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
Heather and Eric were married on a perfect summer day at Amara Resort and Spa. When I first starting working with Heather she described her wedding day vision as being low-key, modern, subtle and elegant. And it was just that!
Heather and Eric are fun loving and seemed to enjoy every moment of their wedding day. Beginning with their first look to the heart filled ceremony and their seriously fun filled reception it was non-stop smiles. Dueling Pianos kept the guests dancing and entertained.
Heather chose turquoise, yellow, cream with a spatter of greens for her colors. She was a stunning bride and knows how to accessorize. Bright turquoise heels and turquoise bangles set the pop of color to her beautiful gown. She wore her mother in laws chapel length veil for the ceremony.
Sedona Bride captured the day with these beautiful images, always flawless, always with an eye for that unexpected moment. Wedding Planning by Margaret Van Damme, lighting and floral by Events by Showstoppers, hair and make up by Patricia Vega of Le Petit Spa de Sedona and April Bates of Amara as always on top of all the resort details rounded out this team of vendors. Ceremony music was provided by friends of the couple Ryan and Betsy Uttech
This sweet wedding celebrated the joining of Randy and Heidi as man and wife as well as celebrating the joining of two families. Between them, they have six beautiful children. The bride’s three daughters and the grooms two sons and a daughter all attended their parents in the wedding ceremony. The family chose a sand ceremony to reflect the blending of their two families into one new family. The love of family could be seen and felt in all the details of this intimate wedding.
The couple, busy medical professionals living in Idaho chose, sight unseen, L’Auberge de Sedona as their destination venue. It was the perfect gathering place for family and close friends to surround and celebrate the couple’s love for each other and the love of their family. Dinner was held on the patio by the creek-followed by dancing. Andrew Holman captured the day in these beautiful images.
The couple was off for Bali on a honeymoon vacation.
Fabulous vendors that made the day beautiful
Event Planning and Coordination: Van Damme Weddings
Floral and Lighting: Event by Showstoppers
Photographer: Andrew Holman
Venue: L’Auberge de Sedona
Venue Event Coordinator: Teagan Tudor
Ceremony Musician: Brian David
Hair and Make Up: Patricia Vega
Officiant: Ken Froessel
We love this Creekside wedding. It is filled with family, friends, fun, lots of love and a gorgeous bride and groom. The bride was stunning in her Monique Lhuillier gown. Every beautiful moment was captured by Cameron & Kelly Studio
Samantha and Brenan wanted a wedding with a backyard feel. After looking at several venues they chose the charming Creekside Inn. Nestled on the banks of Oak Creek, with lush lawns and beautiful old trees, it gave the couple the perfect setting for their wedding day.
Working closely with Samantha for almost a year we created her “backyard wedding” with wood ceremony benches; bare wood estate tables, small bud vases with a variety of flowers that looked fresh picked from the garden. There were so many details that made this wedding personal and charming. Samantha’s super talented friend, Carly Bennett, created a chalkboard menu on an old door and chalkboard sign for the wine barrel bar.
As a surprise for the groom Samantha had her paper designer make a special sign for the Junior bridesmaids to carry that said “Here Comes your Buddy” a nickname that has stuck with the couple since they started dating as “buddies’.
Rather than the traditional wedding cake, the couple had various flavored miniature Bundt cakes. They also had a popcorn table where guests could fill bags with flavored popcorn; the sign read “Poe Corn” Poe the groom’s last name.
The ceremony was held on a shaded lawn near the creek. Guests then enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the upper patio/lawn. Dinner was held under a clear top tent strung with bistro lights. We were all obsessed with the beautiful tent where the crowd danced the night away.
A Perfect Outdoors Summer Wedding
Design and Planning and Coordination: Van Damme Weddings
Photography: Cameron and Kelley
Paper Goods: The Event Essentials
Floral: The Jazz Bouquet
Minister: Ken Frossel
Venue: Creekside Inn
Catering: Dans Bistro
Hair and Make Up: Patricia Vega
DJ: Jeremy from Ray the DJ
Ceremony Musician: Dave Robinson
Bundt Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Transportation: Sedona Trolley
Van Damme Weddings outdoor styled shoot is in the June issue of Arizona Finest Wedding. The feature article is all about Adventure Weddings. I styled and coordinated this sweet shoot at L’Auberge de Sedona with Meghan Rudolph It was photographed by Katrina Wallace of Sedona Bride. The brides gown is by our Arizona bridal designer Jennyvi Dizon now in NYC. Bridal bouquet by Ken at Events by Showstoppers and hair and make up by Patricia Vega. I always love working on these projects with great vendors creating new looks and ideas for our brides.
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