Monthly Archives: August 2009

Vineyard Weddings in Sedona

 There is something perfectly romantic about a vineyard wedding — and not just in the Napa Valley.

The Wall Street Journal recently applauded Sedona and the adjacent Verde Valley as an emerging vineyard hotspot, vying for Napa-like status.  The vineyards in this North-Central Arizona oasis, as well as those in Southern Arizona, are rapidly earning a worldwide reputation.

According to the Arizona Wine Growers Association, climate and soil studies have revealed that the Southern region is similar to Ribera Del Duero in Spain, Southeastern Australia, and Southern France.  It is almost identical to that of Paso Robles, California.

Van Damme Weddings was recently at Sedona’s Page Springs Cellars doing a wedding shoot to promote and generate more interest in Vineyard Weddings for our destination brides as well as our local brides. Why go to Napa for your wedding when you can stay right here in Arizona?

I hope you enjoy this snapshot of the lush and beautiful Page Springs Cellars, who are ready to host your event. Watch for our wedding video and photo shoot coming soon.

Page Springs Cellars

Page Springs Cellars

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The fiery orange Sedona sunset captured by Bob Coates in my Chapel post reminds me of how popular the color orange is in our Sedona weddings. With our fall season coming up soon we will be seeing all shades of orange in our wedding color themes.  Orange is an especially popular color this year as seen in this beautiful inspiration board by Michelle Mospens of Visit Michelle’s site and blog for the most inspiring wedding ideas and custom wedding invitations featuring her original artwork and designs.


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Do It Yourself- Fun and Beautiful

As a fan and preferred vendor of the fabulous “Wedding Chicks” blog, I am always inspired and knocked over by all the beautiful DIY posts they do as well as all the great DIY free templates they offer. Yes free. Here are a couple of them I love.


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Andrea and Sean recently said their vows at the Tlaquepaque Chapel. The stained glass windows, hand carved leather pews, and white washed adobe walls created an intimate romantic setting for this small wedding of family members and friends. The couple wrote their vows to each other and there was not a dry eye in the Chapel as they recited to each other. The grooms son, Dalton acted as ring bearer and daughter, Klarise was the flower girl.

Bob Coates photographed the wedding day. Flowers by Bliss Floral. Congratulations Andrea and Sean, it was such a pleasure working with you and being a part of your very special day.

Andrea and SeanChapel


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Red Rock Wedding at the Knoll

The Knoll is another spectacular setting for a beautiful outdoor Sedona wedding. It is a small mesa that has views of majestic Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Butte.

Melissa and Brad were married here on this beautiful mesa with its wide reaching vistas.  Family and Friends joined the couple for a beautiful ceremony. Melissa and Brad wrote their vows to each other, which were beautiful, touching and personal. Photographs were taken by Melissa’s friend and photographer, Yfat (Iffy) Yossifor

Dinner followed at the Red Stone Cabin.

Check back for a post on Melissa’s jewelry line. Melissa is a talented jewelry designer. She and Brad have recently moved to Sedona.Red Rock Knoll

The KnollMandB plusWOW

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One Girl Cookies is my latest obsession. Everybody loves cookies. As an addition to your wedding cake table or standing alone with several varieties. Cookies, petit fours or tea cookies are a great addition to any wedding desert table.

One Girl believes in only the freshest and finest ingredients in all of their wonderful baked goods.

One Girl also has the most beautifully packaged event favors. Design is only limited by your imagination. Your guests will be delighted to open these small packages filled with a tasty surprise. Shipping is available.



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Hiring a Wedding Planner

Congratulations! You’re engaged to be married to the person of your dreams. As you begin thinking about the wedding plans though, it can be shocking to discover how much preparation is involved. The location, ceremony and reception site, the caterer, florist, entertainment, ceremony musicians, photographer, baker, officiate, just for starters. Couples are faced with so many decisions they often find they may need experienced professional help.

A wedding planner can be the answer to helping you as your personal guide through the hundreds of decisions that accompany every wedding. Creating a memorable day requires time, effort and organization. A wedding planner can help by removing the added stress to you by dealing with the time consuming details of planning and implementing each segment of your wedding. For example, you can eliminate the time it takes to qualify people who provide wedding services by using those vendors already pre-qualified by your wedding planner. Having direct access to vendors who have proven to be ethical, dependable and affordable often offsets a planner’s fees. Hiring a planner will allow you, your family and friends and guests to enjoy the day by not having any duties besides just “showing up”

 How do you know you have the right planner? Trust is important in this relationship. Are you comfortable with your planner? Is she or he listening? Will she work on your behalf to get the best services, quality, and prices? Do you “click?”

Does she have a good track record working with clients as well as other vendors?

 These are some of the obvious reason brides hire a coordinator and are thankful that they did. What a planner does behind the scenes is equally important. You may need your planner to be the detached diplomat and problem solver with family situations or emotional decisions. And you’ll want your planner to anticipate potential problems before they arise and solve them, many times without you or the groom ever knowing about them. These “saves” run the range from the big to the small. I remember a big save at our local ski resort when the bride’s friends pulled up in their van, with a sheepish look and said, very apologetically, “We are so sorry but we had to slam on the brakes coming up the mountain and every table center piece went flying off the seats”. There they were, beautiful little cactus plants set in what once might have been small stones and potting soil, on the floorboards, the stones and soil in every crevice of the van. With not much time left before the wedding, we quickly gathered up the pieces and put the arrangements back together. All went well no one noticed a thing, and the bride never knew of the near disaster.

Or a small save can be as simple as being an extra set of hands that can run a last minute errand, find the forgotten guest book or be there to pick up the place cards that were scattered by the wind. There are unexpected situations that can present themselves and having a coordinator on your team to be your advocate is invaluable. A professional planner is prepared for most anything on your wedding day.

So let your planner act as your guide and collaborator and troubleshooter to compensate for any errors. It’s your day, enjoy it!!

 Best Advice: Let your day be the representation of your love for each other and how happy you feel in this moment. Savor every moment, it goes by so fast. This is the perfect wedding day!

Perfect Planning by Van Damme Weddings

Perfect Planning by Van Damme Weddings

Photos by Cameron Clark

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