Monthly Archives: June 2009

Location, Location, Location

Sedona wedding venues can provide just about any combination of amenities brides and grooms are looking for: Elegant Resorts; Intimate Inns; Cozy Bed and Breakfasts; Stunning Private Vacation Rentals; and spectacular outdoor sites in Red Rock Forrest Service Land. Each week I will post one of these outstanding places to say “I do” and log them on the permanent “Sedona Wedding Locations” page.

Merry Go Round

Merry Go Round is a red rock dream location. Traveling up Schnebly Hill Road near the 3000 foot Mogollon rim the red rock formations blaze the trail. The red, salmon and cream colored rocks make a striking landscape. It is about a ten minute walk in to the ceremony site from the road. Be prepared with walking shoes, although I have had brides in four inch heels and eighty year old grandmothers make this trek with ease.


Photo by Jenni Goldman

Jenni Goldman

Merry Go Round

Photo by David Beckstead

Photo by Taltos Productions

Photo by Taltos Productions

Taltos Productions

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And the cover goes to-

Katrina Wallace and Andrew Mejia of Sedona Bride capture the cover of the 10th Anniversary Issue of Phoenix Bride and Groom.

If you get the chance to have this talented husband and wife team photograph your Sedona wedding, you will be very happy. Their approach to fine art photojournalism is sophisticated without being pretentious. They will capture the beauty and detail of your day, with expertise and love.  Van Damme Weddings loves working with this team! Check back often to see their work.


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Vintage Postcards as Placecards

Love these placecards posted by Oh So Beautiful Paper  They are from design sponge another great blog of beautiful home and product design and great ideas.



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Twigs & Honey

I was really excited when I found these hand made hair adornments by Myra Callan from Twigs and Honey.  They can also be seen on her etsy store.


“The Twigs & Honey line features hair adornments, headbands, birdcage veils, traditional veils, bridal jewelry, belts, boutonnieres, ring pillows, hats, shrugs, bouquets, corsages, and more! The line uses fine silks, feathers, laces, and vintage bits that result in completely unique adornments.”


New on Etsy-Garden Bouquet

New on Etsy-Garden Bouquet

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With This Burger, I Thee Wed

As the wedding season gets into full swing, many brides and bridegrooms are taking a decidedly down-home approach. Bring on the grilled steak, sweet potato fries and Rice Krispie treats (not to mention the checkered tablecloths). It’s enough to have the most sophisticated bride scrambling for her grandmother’s Betty Crocker cookbook.


Read entire New York Times article

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Vintage Inspired Headband

I love these handmade Feather Headbands by Pluma. These headbands are a great way to play up your personal style. Wear it on your wedding day and then throw it on later, with jeans.clotilde_large3anila_large2rachel_large1



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Glittery Accessories

I saw these hot new accessories while having coffee and reading the LA Times this morning. Seems I can’t keep from searching out beautiful bridal details, even on a Sunday.

Hand fabricated argentium sterling silver and 14k white gold ring with diamonds and amatrine by Andrea Lucille Designs, $1650. Visit


The pictured Glow necklace features aurora borealis and clear Swarovski crystals, $425. Available at the Swarovski Boutique in Garden City or online at




White Italian leather shoe with white & sapphire crystal rhinestone brooch by Dikuza, $475. Available online at





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Wedding Day premieres on TNT June 16

Wedding Day is a new series on TNT, premiering on Tuesday, June 16. The series is the first show in a new Tuesday night lineup on TNT.  In Wedding Day, Celebrity event planner and food expert Alan Dunn and celebrity wedding planner Diann Valentine host as the perfect wedding is planned for couples in love.

Wedding Day is a show that helps couples who have endured various obstacles to have the perfect day. According the Wedding Day website, sometimes insurmountable obstacles prevent couples from having the perfect wedding that that they dreamed of. Wedding Day helps to give that perfect wedding to the couple, with the help of family and friends.

Alan Dunn (For Better or Worse) and Diann Valentine (author of Weddings Valentine Style) host the show as the family, friends and community come together to create a dream wedding of couples who have had difficulties. As the wedding is planned, viewers will learn the couple’s compelling story.


Wedding Day promises to be a series that delivers heartwarming stories and some tips to help viewers plan a wedding of their own.



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Traditional Wedding Shoes

These great shoes were posted on my Face Book page today by Wedding Aces


Row One:  Cole Haan ‘Ceci Air Rose’ Slingback found at Nordstrom; Badgley Mischka Couture Pump in Tulle with Roses found at Perfect Details
Row Two:  Stuart Weitzman ‘Gigiritz’ Pump found at Nordstrom; Stuart Weitzman Applause found at Zappos

Row Three:  Christian Louboutin Satin d’Orsay Pumps found at Saks, Image from Brandy J Photography

Row Four:  Touch Ups ‘Gemini’ by Benjamin Walk found at (Confession, these were my wedding day shoes!!); Kathryn Amberleigh Pump Image from at Martha Stewart Weddings




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Custom Songs For Your Wedding

I was introduced to Life Song Productionselli-blue and Elli Gray by a former bride, Sarah Lisa Petrauschke.


Elli, is a talented musician, songwriter and performer. “Life Song Productions helps make this celebration of love even more special by writing an original wedding song for couples.” Elli creates a unique song for each couple. As a songwriter Elli is constantly inspired by real life love stories. Hear samples of her work on her website.

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