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This Sedona Wedding was the kind of perfect intimate wedding we love. With just the bride and groom, it was planned with attention to detail and loving selections by the couple. It was truly magical in the sky above the Red Rocks of Sedona in a bright hot air balloon.
Sharon and Chris first met in May 2009, both fish out of water, at a nightclub of all places. Chris had just wandered over after a coworker send-off at a next-door eatery and Sharon had just returned to the U.S. that day after living in Europe for three years. They couldn’t have been farther from where they belonged, but fate had crossed their paths and paved a road for a lifetime.
Chris had been collecting Star Wars toys and film memorabilia since his early college days and both he and Sharon shared a love of the Wizard of Oz film since childhood. Both are avid travelers, Sharon as she climbed the corporate ladder and made inroads around the globe, and Chris chasing down Star Wars toys and movie props from all over the world. It was Chris’ appreciation of film props and the iconic nature of the ruby slippers that made them a coveted keepsake, instantly recognizable by nearly everyone.
When Chris found the courage to finally tie the knot after a lifetime of bachelorhood, his wife-to-be was just as excited to do it in a way that would be truly romantic and memorable. Sharon always had the desire to visit beautiful Sedona and when Chris saw that they could not only go on a balloon ride, but actually get married in a hot air balloon the scene was set! The balloon immediately brought to mind the Wizard of Oz and the chance to procure a pair of ruby slippers for the event was all too perfect. They found an artist that handcrafted exact replicas that Sharon could not only wear for the occasion, but that they could forever have on display in their new home.
Chris found the perfect size heart lapel pin that he was able to turn into a clock and with the aid of a silver-gray suit and tie; his nod to the tin man was complete. Sharon wore a cute white dress that was simple and fun for the occasion and would let the shoes shine in all of their glory. These small touches were just enough to flavor a magical event with a beloved fairy tale and a sunrise wedding high above the red rock desert was going to be as picturesque as one could hope.
From the engagement to the rings to the entire wedding plan and execution, the event was a total secret from everyone they knew. They mailed special Oz/Sedona inspired postcards to friends and family who would receive the news of the elopement the day afterwards and it worked like a charm. Everyone was excited for the couple and the ceremony and weather had been perfect. It was an incredible way to begin a loving life together, filled with adventure and whimsy and, of course, a love of all things nostalgic!
Thanks Margaret Van Damme Van Damme Weddings Katrina Wallace Sedona Bride Patricia Vega Le Petit Spa de Sedona and Northern Lights Balloons for all getting up very early and having a great time doing it. Also the Jazz Bouquet for the bridal bouquet, Sedona Cake Couture and L’Auberge de Sedona
It doesn’t get any prettier than the Sedona wedding of Scott and Casey. It was the perfect combination of rustic, romantic and total elegance.
From their photographer Katrina Wallace: “There are days in Sedona where the light is so amazing and we wish there was a wedding; when the sky goes dark and the sun peaks through and creates especially gorgeous dramatic light. Casey and Scott had just that”
The drop dead gorgeous bride was stunning in her Martina Liana Vintage-inspired corded lace gown and custom-made cathedral veil. Shoes by Jimmy Choo. Her bridesmaids were beautiful in soft pistachio colored chiffon- each styled differently. The groom and his men were all dashing in modern Vera Wang grey suits.
The floral created by Bliss Extraordinary Floral was lush, soft and romantic.
Long bare wood feasting tables were filled with an abundance of lush floral in birch containers, Spanish dried moss, vintage ribbed glass mason jars, lanterns and lots of candlelight. Tiny Potted Succulents, hand wrapped in butcher paper tied with a cord and tagged with guest names served as escort cards and favors.
Casey carefully included so many personal and heartfelt details to her wedding. A brooch that belonged to her Nanny was on her bouquet. Also special to Casey was her wedding band that was handed down to her by her paternal grandmother, her Grammy. Casey’s mom did the hand painted Mr. and Mrs. Signs. All the small touches that make a wedding a memorable affair were in this Sedona wedding filled with love, family and friends. The talented team of Katrina Wallace and Andrew Mejia of Sedona Bride beautifully captures this love story here.
Casey and Scott’s love story in the brides own words:
“No one knows exactly how it happens, no one knows exactly why its true but some people are just meant to find each other and someday, somewhere and somehow they always do. Scott and I met on match.com. I had just moved to Boise, Idaho from Fort Myers, Florida for a job opportunity and most importantly to be near my family. I work in the medical field and have crazy hours, so living in a new town and meeting people became a challenge. Scott living over 1,000 miles away in Scottsdale Arizona, also worked crazy hours and was having no luck meeting that special someone. Scott then broadened his search and that is how we met. I was only on match.com for one day; if that is not fate we don’t know what is. I never thought I would meet my future husband online, but sometimes you have to do something you have never done to have something you never had. I knew Scott would forever be my always. (I have that engraved on the inside of his wedding ring. “You will forever be my always.”) Scott proposed on our one-year anniversary on a private jeep tour on the top of Merry Go Round Rock in Sedona. Sedona has always been a special place for us and that is why we chose to get married there”
Vendors that contributed to the wedding:
Event Planner: Van Damme Weddings
Photographer: Sedona Bride
Florist: Bliss Extraordinary Floral
Minister: Rev. Andrew Murphy
Caterer: Heartline Café
Cake: Sedona Sweet Arts
Ceremony Music: Phoenix String Quartet
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Dove Release: Bob Sizelove
Photo Booth: Fun In A Flash
We are looking forward to the Sedona Wedding of Casey and Scott in a few weeks. Katrina Wallace of Katrina Wallace Photographers and Sedona Bride Photography recently photographed the engagement session for the couple. Photographed in Sedona’s beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, the engagement session is a great time for a couple to interact with their photographer and each other in a playful way prior to the wedding. As much as I love seeing the beautiful wedding day photos, I always smile at the relaxed playfulness and adoring glances I see from couples at their informal engagement session.
While parts of the country were in a deep freeze, Sedona winter was perfect for a beautiful outdoor wedding. Cassie and Eddie left the sub zero temps of Minnesota to celebrate their intimate February Sedona wedding. The couple were joined by their parents and wedding party for an outdoor wedding in Sedona Red Rock Country. Here are a few fabulous shots by Birdsong Wedding Photography. We will have the whole lovely she-bang right here soon.
We could not get enough of this wonderful wedding, the bride and groom, their families and fun loving friends.
We love, love the details that make your day personal and memorable here at Van Damme Weddings. These small touches add charm to your wedding and make your guests feel special.
Daryl and Kyle thought of and included so many personal details in their wedding day. Signage included hand painted wood signs for the specialty cocktail “You’re the Bees Knees”, Hot Apple Cider and GORP table. Initial letters of the bride and groom sat on the guest book table, which held a Polaroid camera for guests to take photos of themselves and tape in the book with their message for the bride and groom. There was a large mirror on an easel to welcome guests to the ceremony. Program cards were handed to each guest coming into the ceremony. Escort cards were held on vintage keys and made it easy for guests to find their table. Daryl took different styled picture frames and inserted photos of places the couple have visited to place at each table. There were also lots of wonderful photos of the couple placed throughout. A basket of warm fleece blankets were available to guests when the evening got chilly.
Congratulations Daryl and Kyle. It was a wonderful day.
Thanks to Matt Simpkins for all the fabulous images
A perfect way to end our wedding season is this beautiful wedding. The bride and groom are a dream couple, beautiful, and gracious and so in love.
Daryl and Kyle’s Sedona wedding was held this fall at L’Auberge de Sedona. Daryl and Kyle wanted their day to reflect their love for each other and time spent in “the city of love” Paris. It was the perfect mix of warmth and elegance and a fête champêtre. (Garden party)
The bride chose a natural color palette of dusty rose, ivory, and taupe, punctuated with terra cotta. She wore a pearl beaded cap sleeve gown from Sarah Seven Her bridesmaids were in BHLDN gowns of different styles and color, while the groomsmen wore rich brown tweed suits with vests from J Crew.
Daryl and Kyle incorporated so many great personal details to their day. Escort cards were placed on individual skeleton keys. Table names were favorite places of the bride and groom. A gorp table was available for guests to fill bags with tasty treats. There was beautiful hand made signage and the couple provided warm blanket throws for guests to use when the night got chilly.
The couple’s love of the outdoors gave the affair the look and feel of the French countryside. Relaxed yet elegant. Songs they heard while strolling the streets of Paris inspired music. Daryl’s friends sang at the ceremony. Everyone danced the night away.
There were so many beautiful moments captured by Daryl’s friend and photographer Matthew Simpkins that I will have to add part II to this beautiful wedding.
A huge thanks to all the vendors that participated in this beautiful day
Venue: L’Auberge de Sedona
Event Planning and Coordination: Van Damme Weddings
Floral Design: Bliss Floral
Officiant and friend: Mary Karen Vellines
Music: Artist In Rhythm:
Photography: Matthew Sinpkins:
Hair Design: Jonathan Sharpless
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.