In my years of planning beautiful weddings and events, I have learned so much from some very creative brides and vendors and I would like to pass some of this on to you. If you are thinking about getting married in this beautiful and magical place called Sedona, I think you will enjoy some of my couples’ stories and beautiful photos. I am also excited to share wedding trends, new finds, and fabulous vendors. I hope some of these posts will inspire your creativity for your wedding celebration.I believe that beautiful weddings are about the details and these can be obtained with an eye for beauty and a style that says, “This is me.” We at Van Damme Weddings would love to hear from you. What has inspired you. Send us your favorite wedding; fabulous décor; shopping find, ideas for the unusual, large and small.
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Author Archives: vandammeweddings
We are very excited that the lovely wedding of Mara and Cole was featured on the Wedding Yentas. You can see the entire event and gorgeous images captured by Tangled Lilac Wedding Photography HERE. Thank you Melissa and Kristen from Tangled Lilac and Alison of The Wedding Yentas for the beautiful feature.
This year, Pantone’s color of the year for 2013 is Emerald. Emerald green represents balance and harmony. Van Damme Weddings used the color in their table design for Sky Ranch Lodge at the Sedona Wedding Studio bridal boot camp. The color emerald lends itself to a variety of feels-from elegant to casual and edgy. Margaret went with a casual funky feel and paired it with silver/grey and black. The ombre escort cards were a fun project using paint chips to create a budget friendly DIY element. Photographs of the table and the event were taken by Katrina Wallace and Andrew Mejia of Sedona Bride Photography. Cake by Sedona Cake Couture Flowers by the Jazz Bouquet Paper by Wedding Paper Divas
Janae and Mike were married in an intimate ceremony surrounded by loving friends and family. Although rain threatened the day, both Janae and Mike were calm, steady and full of love and joy. The rain soon let up, and the ceremony held by the creek at beautiful L’Auberge de Sedona. The hollow square tables were lush with floral by Events by Showstoppers. Janae was hands on with every detail of the wedding; from her gorgeous gown and Badgley Mischka shoes to Mikes custom made shoes. The children had their own table complete with fun props and activities to keep them entertained. Birdsong Photography perfectly captured one beautiful image after another.
It was an honor for Van Damme Weddings to officiate as well as act as day of coordinator for this lovely wedding.
Pamela Duffy of Pamela Duffy Photography submitted this photo of Yuki to National Geographic’s 2012 Photo Contest. I worked with Yuki and Daniel to create and officiate their intimate ceremony, which was held at the beautiful L’Auberge de Sedona Resort this fall.
The fall wedding season in Sedona has wrapped up with some beautiful weddings. Here is a spectacular shot of Janae and Mikes wedding in early September. Birdsong Wedding Photography took the “day after” wedding photo at Merry Go Round Rock.
Van Damme Weddings recently brought three of the cutest little girls together to show off these delightful tutus made by Sarah Brock. Sarah is an amazing mother, student, artist and friend. She started the tutu project for her own daughter and has had so many requests for them that she is now offering them for sale. The tutu’s are handcrafted from layers of tulle and finished with matching ribbon. They come with a coordinated headpiece. Little girls love wearing them. They are irresistible for weddings, parties or everyday. Katrina Wallace captured these adorable girls, at their tea party -to perfection. Message Sarah on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sarahscisors
There is something romantic about the idea of running away, just the two of you, to some exciting location, exchanging vows near a creek, a mountaintop or a favorite city.
Allison and Brandon, did just that by eloping to the breathtaking Red Rocks of Sedona.
Allison’s vision was to be married in a late afternoon ceremony outdoors, high in the Red Rocks. Avid hikers, and mountain bikers, Allison and Brandon wanted a casual, relaxed and happy wedding. They envisioned an outdoor dinner under the stars with elegant food and fine wines. Great photos were also high on their list.
Allison took her inspiration from the charm of the bohemian era. Her Free People dress was a strapless pheasant dress with a tiered skirt accented in vintage inspired embroidery. The groom wore a Mexican Wedding Shirt and light kaki trousers. They returned to fine dining and excellent wines on the banks of Oak Creek at the L’Auberge de Sedona Resort.
In keeping with Allison’s theme Margaret Van Damme designed a table of vintage bottles filled with wildflowers, a centerpiece set in vintage milk glass and lots of candlelight. Peacock Flower Co. provided the table floral and beautiful bridal bouquet.
The Event Essentials created place cards and signage for the wedding chairs, which gave the small wedding of six a special and personal touch. Beautiful family crystal champagne flutes in which to toast were brought from home.
Allison and Brandon had a beautiful, unforgettable, planned elopement in a setting that was perfect for two or two hundred.
I am very excited to feature the wedding of talented designer/illustrator Tabitha Emma and Dan. Tabitha is the talent behind our own blog at Van Damme Weddings.
Tabatha created for she and Dan a beautiful and elegant wedding with so many of her creative touches in the details. The bride designed all the beautiful paper goods.
The couple, lovers of old architecture and vintage finds were married in The Great Hall at Sydney University. The hall over 150 years old is a great example of Victorian Gothic revival architecture. Reception followed at the Petersham Town Hall where the over two hundred guests ate, enjoyed and danced the night away to a live Jazz band.
I am in love with the bride’s Maggie Sottero gown and headpiece by whichgoose. The bridesmaid’s dresses are the perfect compliment to Tabatha’s look.
There are so many perfectly placed details that make this wedding beautiful. I especially love that the cake was made by the bride’s grandmother and decorated by the bride and her mother. This wedding is full of beauty, friends, family and lots of love.
Jillian and Josh were married on the banks of Oak Creek with stunning Cathedral Rock backdrop. Attended by their parents the day was beautiful, the light perfect and all about love.
Jillian wore a stunning gown, bejeweled flower sash and statement necklace. Jillian wore a pair of Tom’s shoes, perfect for the red rocks. Tom’s are cute, comfortable and best of all for every pair of shoes purchased; they give a pair to a child in need.
From the bride:
We decided to not have a traditional wedding because we wanted something that was going to be fun and focused on just us rather than an extravagant ceremony. We are both very relaxed, and simple people that take life a day at a time. We both enjoy traveling and are excited to be surround by a beautiful place on our wedding day.
Wedding Arrangements: Van Damme Weddings
Photography: Pamela Duffy
Flowers: Peacock Flower Company
Hair: Patricia Vega
This wedding had all the elements of gorgeousness; crazy beautiful bride, handsome groom, stunning bridal party and the most precious flower girls. Roseanne and Dave were married at the L’Auberge de Sedona resort outdoors under a birch arbor surrounded by family and friends. Cocktails and reception followed under the stars on the banks of Oak Creek. The wedding was Elegant and timeless in tones of Ivory, blush, dusty pink and platinum.
Venue: L’Auberge de Sedona
Photographers: Cameron + Kelly Studios
Event Coordinator: Van Damme Weddings
Flowers: Events by Showstoppers
DJ: Sedona Sounds
Minister: Matthew Pushkar