Monthly Archives: July 2009

Flower Brooches

I saw these fabulous new handmade linen-and-flower flower brooches posted by Joanna Goddard. They are by Emerson Made They reminded me of a past Van Damme Wedding bride, Karen Underwood, a talented designer from New York who had this look for her ’07 wedding to Anthony Famiglietti in Sedona. Last photo of Karen by Pamela Duffyemerson-made-wedding


Photo by Pamela Duffy

Photo by Pamela Duffy

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Launch of Ardour by chloe & reese NYC

I was recently introduced to this line by Jeanha Joo from chloe and reese. I love these trendy chic dresses. They are in Jeanha’s words “classic, sophisticated, flirty and feminine.

chloe and reese offer a collection of party dresses perfect for brides, bridal parties and special events.

Jeanha emailed the following:

We are excited to share that chloe & reese now presents Ardour by chloe & reese, an exclusive collection of party frocks perfect for bridesmaids and the bride for her rehearsal dinners, engagement parties and special events. We can dress the mother-of-the-bride as well as other members of the bridal party – and we specialize in wedding guests, who also have the frustrating experience of shopping for a perfect dress to wear to a wedding.

We offer endless options – with hundreds of styles and hundreds of lush color choices, there are thousands of options of gorgeous silk faille gowns, sweet party dresses, chic one- shoulder styles and a classic V neck with lush full skirt, to name a few.

After looking at the website and all the wonderful dresses available, I have to agree that these dresses have an utterly feminine effect that will spice up your event

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Van Damme Weddings Partners with Sedona Wedding Studio


SEDONASignSedona Wedding Studio has opened its doors. Under the visionary team of Jim Bullock and Ken Heflin of Events by Showstoppers, Sedona Wedding Studio has emerged.  The Sedona Wedding Studio will be comprised of over 20 leading Sedona vendors and venues.  Here, brides can find the best, well known and established Sedona wedding and event vendors all under one roof.

Brides can plan their weddings in a gorgeous showroom complete with conferencing areas, helpful resources, video and slide shows. The showroom has been decorated with beautiful examples of table settings, cakes, sample books, flowers, and photography. All this in a relaxed and elegant atmosphere. With this exciting group of talented artists and professionals, The Sedona Wedding Studio has instantly become the hub of the Sedona wedding professional’s community!  Stop by and see why no wedding will be complete without a visit to The Sedona Wedding Studio.

Located at 1710 West Hwy. 89A, Brides now have the convenience of meeting with the most outstanding Sedona vendors in pre-arranged consecutive appointments instead of spending their valuable and limited time traveling all over town seeking meetings and information.  

The Sedona Wedding Studio purpose is to provide excellence, experience and dependability so all our brides can have a wonderful and worry free wedding experience. 

Watch for the studio’s fabulous new website and on-line appointment book coming soon.Van Damme Weddings is pleased to be a part of this great new venture. Call us for your appointment to meet at the Sedona Wedding Studio.


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Pamela Duffy sent these beautiful photos of our recent wedding with Kate and Scott. Their intimate gathering of friends and family was a dream come true for this couple from Massachusetts.

The ceremony was held on the banks of Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing. The rain that threatened the outdoor ceremony would not dampen the high sprits of the bride and groom and their guests. The ceremony was performed by the groom’s brother, Mark and bride’s sister, Erin.


The bride’s bouquet of Ivory roses, dendrobium orchids, peonies and green cymbidium was created by Ken at Events by Showstoppers.

Guests were transported by Sedona Trolley with the bride and groom and wedding party returning to L’Auberge de Sedona in transportation provided by Northern Arizona Limousines


Cocktails and butler passed Hors D’ Oeuvres of wild mushroom stuffed puff pastry; grilled jalapeno, cilantro roasted chicken and cheese quesadilla; house smoked raspberry salmon cigars and tarragon lobster croquet monsier were served on the terrace of the Creekhouse.


When the bride and groom arrived they were met with a human arch of sparklers.

After dinner, the bride and groom choose to serve their guest the beautiful cake by Sedona Cake Couture themselves.They felt this was a much more personal touch and indeed it was.

The evening concluded with dancing, dancing and more dancing.


Music was provided by Artists In Rhythm for the cocktail hour as well as the ceremony. Other contributors to this fabulous wedding are Patricia Vega, hair and make-up and the outstanding staff at L’Auberge.


Sarah, the grooms mother and master gardener created exquisite centerpieces of southwest succulents in an elegant way.

Groom is ready for his first glance at his bride

Groom is ready for his first glance at his bride

Bride arrives by trolley

Bride arrives by trolley


A little help from her friends

A little help from her friends


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Turtle Love Committee

I am always inspired by anyone contributing to a greener and more sustainable lifestyle. Turtle Love Committee accomplishes this with beauty, simplicity and generosity.  These beautiful wedding rings were posted on a practical wedding  see the post and visit Turtle Love Committee’s site to see their beautiful collection of engagement and wedding bands in silver and semi-precious stones. And read about their commitment to making our planet a better place in which to live.





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Details In Bloom

I love the wedding arrangements and design that come from Amy Mills and her team at Bliss Floral. Amy enjoys creating “magic” for intimate elopements to grand affairs. 

Amy has been an interior designer and floral designer for over 30 years. She is creative, enthusiastic, and filled with new and fresh ideas for your wedding.


Vickie Tom and Amy

Vickie Bob and Amy




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Happy 4th of July

Have a wonderful 4th of July week-end wherever your celebration takes you; picnics, parades, backyard get togethers or fireworks.

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