Monthly Archives: January 2011

Beautiful Letterpress Wedding Invitations

The Aerialist Press created this beautiful letterpress wedding invitation suite for me to use in a vintage tabletop design. I am so thrilled with the work of Alexandra and Craig.  For all you brides that are looking for the richness and beauty of letterpress invitations at an affordable price, visit their web site. You will be surprised and delighted.

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DIY Finds

I am always on the lookout for great wedding extras for my brides, for photo shoots or my own designs. I ran across this great site via Wiley Valentine.
Olive Manna and their wedding site, Wedzu are packed full of great items. You will find newsprint paper sacks, pink glassine bags, burlap favor bags, colored clothespins and wooden tags. “Wedzu is all about weddings. Especially indie, handmade, awesome weddings”

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French Macaroons

I love French macaroons. These dainty little cakes in beautiful colors and flavors, yum. Brides that love beautiful food are following this trend to have French macaroons at their event. They can be a substitute for the cake, in addition to the cake, a late night dessert or make a lovely take away gift. I love these from Nicola and Eric at the Macaronner. They make these dainty, delicate; melt in your mouth, French macaroons from scratch. Check out their blog and their etsy store for more delicious ideas.

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Phoenix Bride and Groom Photo Shoot/Part II

Here are a few more photos and some great details from the Sedona Wedding Studio blog.

Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine has published a glorious five page feature in the Sedona Weddings Section of the new issue.  The feature’s photo shoot was produced in it’s entirety by talent from The Sedona Wedding Studio.  The remarkable images by Sedona Bride Photography, Katrina Wallace and Andrew Mejia were shot at the magnificent Dancing Apache Lodge and Vineyards just outside Sedona, Arizona. Margaret Van Damme, Van Damme Weddings, coordinated the shoot.

Margaret wanted to create an atmosphere incorporating vintage elements.  She comments,  ” The collaboration of talented Sedona Wedding Studio members resulted in this inspirational design that reflects a southwest image not often imagined by brides that live on the east coast or Midwest.  In the midst of the rustic country feel is incorporated a sense of casual elegance that might be found in the Italian countryside.”  The photo shoot was intended in part to show the scope of Sedona weddings. There are so many options that are just as exciting as the famous red rocks of Sedona.

Colorful vintage bottles were used as a staple element throughout the shoot.  Among other areas, bottles were hung from tree limbs and filled with flowers to create a charming and playful setting for this image.

Wooden benches were used at the ceremony site instead of traditional folding chairs.  Old bottles set on the ends of the benches to serve as interesting aisle decorations.  The explosive florals were made in vintage wire baskets straight out of the 1920?s and included peach eremurus.

The gorgeous wedding bouquet by Ken Heflin, Events By Show Stoppers, Incorporated a berry theme.  Inspired by the vinery location, complete with immature green grapes, Ken created a textured bouquet was both elegant, unique and vintage.

Varieties of blown garden roses in various colors dotted the design. Pepper berries added a hot pink texture and spicy fragrance that blended with the scent of roses for an exciting composition.  Echinacea (cone flowers ) brought in another texture with the thistle look of the Southwest.  Pale blue scabiosa gave the bouquet that touch of wildflowers that a vintage look demands.

So much thought went into this production.  It was truly a team effort that really paid off with the combined efforts, superb designs and unsurpassed talent of every Sedona Wedding Studio member that participated.  The dining table was particularly interesting  and worked perfectly under the old-growth cottonwood trees that stand as protective sentinels around the property.

Studio member, Debb Beggs of Classic Party Rentals provided her popular Descanso tables and Mahogany Chiavari chairs.  Antique crochet table runners ran the length of the table with mix-matched china and dozens of vintage bottles in every size, color and shape imaginable.  Pastel colored wine glasses accentuated the color of the bottles.

Kim McDowell of Event Essentials designed all the paper products.  The invitation color scheme of ivory, wine and Tiffany blue was lovely and kept within the theme.  A wisp of feathers and tiny pearls finished the look.

Old planter boxes with pealing paint were used to house some of the vintage bottles in the center of the banquet table.



Photo Shoot Designed and Coordinated by:  Margaret Van Damme, Van Damme Weddings

Vendor Services Provided By: Sedona Wedding Studio Members

Venue:  Dancing Apache Lodge

Photographer:  Sedona Bride

Floral Design:  Events by Show Stoppers

Cake:  Sedona Cake Couture

Paper Products: The Event Essentials

Rentals:  Classic Party Rental

Make-Up Artist:  Liz Margin

Hair Styling:  Patricia Vega

Catering:  Dan Martin Perfection Catering

Gown:  Destiny’s Bridal

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New Years Wedding In Sedona

Paul of anapaul photography sent over this New Years Day Sedona wedding. Southern Californians Alison and Ricky braved a very cold day and had their beautiful wedding at the Chapel at Tlaquepaque. The weather did not put a damper on the fun or beautiful smiles of this couple.

The husband/wife photography team of Paul and Anmarie captured some great images in Sedona’s spectacular Red Rocks. Their photography is modern, artsy, a little edgy and definitely fun. See the entire post here.

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