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Category Archives: Table Design and Decor
The wedding season is winding down in Sedona and it has been a year of many beautiful weddings. The spring was challenging with the very wet weather that we had.
Rain represents many things in different cultures some of which include fertility, cleansing, unity, renewal, and tears, on the positive side.
This superstition tends to have been interpreted by many different cultures, making what we hear today a mixture of many ideas and beliefs!
All brides of course wish for beautiful clear skies and perfect temperature for their day. Abbie and Chris’s wedding looked like it was going to be that perfectly clear day when it began to rain the night before. The weather cleared in the morning and we were all hopeful that the day would continue to be dry. It began rain shortly before the ceremony and continued all evening. With some quick moving about, a back up tent and some incredible vendors the wedding turned out beautiful. The beautiful thing about the entire wedding was the attitude of a very easy and accepting bride and groom who went with the flow, were present in every moment and were totally happy and in love.
The bride wore a fit-and-flair vintage lace wedding dress from the Martina Liana collection. Bridesmaids were in Jenny Yoo Evening Blue gowns.
The estate tables were designed with very long and low garland of greens and seeded eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, ivy, and myrtle, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus and magnolia. Floral to include dusty sage green succulents, eryngium thistle, white hydrangea and white Star of Bethlehem The wedding details were personal and lovely. Many were DIY’d by the very talented bride. We loved that Abbie had sewed into the underside of her wedding dress a heart shaped piece of denim from her dad’s blue jeans. It was a very intimate and lovely evening celebrating love with close family and friends.
Event Planning and Coordination Van Damme Weddings
Invitation Suite Yao Cheng Design
Venue Sky Ranch Lodge
Photography Sierra Blanco
Floral Bliss Extraordinary Floral
Catering Fresh From the Kitchen
Officiant Intimate Sedona Weddings
Hair and Make Up Patricia L. Vega
Ceremony Musician Kip Fox
Rentals Classic Party Rentals
Cup Cakes Wild Rose of Old Town Tea House in Cottonwood
Emily and Marcin decided on a small intimate wedding. They did however; want it to be beautiful and special, evoking all the details of their vision for their day. They chose L’Auberge de Sedona as the backdrop for the woodsy, bohemian and free spirited look. Neutral colors and lots of greenery came together with succulents and antlers for this free spirited look. Events by Showstoppers created the beautiful table centerpiece according to Emily’s vision. It was covered in moss, antlers and cream colored floral with lots of greens, gold candlesticks and tapered candles as well as votive candle light creating a dreamy effect on the Creekside table. Miniature faux antler place cardholders with names of the six guests were at each place setting.
Emily wore a sheer black and white Free People gown. Her bridal bouquet picked up the black and white scheme with anemones with black centers and a black handle. Adorable cat and bear cake topper sat atop the cake. Emily and Marcin’s dog, Meeko played a big part in their day and had his own floral collar.
Rain threatened the ceremony but the sun broke through and Margaret Van Damme performed a Native American Blanket ceremony for the couple with native flutes playing in the background. Katrina Wallace and Andrew Mejia of Sedona Bride flawlessly captured the day and all the little details.
If you are tempted to elope and think the wedding might look plain or boring this wedding is just one example of how stunning an intimate wedding can be. Thanks to all the great vendors that added their talent to this beautiful day.
Event Planning and Coordination-Margaret Van Damme
Ceremony Music Jesse Kalu
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
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.
Van Damme Weddings recently designed the ballroom at event venue, Inspirador in historic downtown Chandler, Arizona. The occasion was for their open house and bridal show to benefit My Sisters’ Place, a local nonprofit safe house for women and children.
The title theme was “Some Like It Vintage.” Inspiration was taken from 1930’s Old Hollywood Glam. The ballroom was elegant and sophisticated. The 30 ft banquet table was draped in champagne Lamour and set with white gold trimmed art deco edged china, Gold flat ware and gold-rimmed barware. Old hotel silver serving pieces were used. Small gold beaded lamps lined the table and gave a soft lighting. Black and white photographs of Hollywood stars of the era were set on small ornate gold easels. The color palette of champagne, apricot and sage was incorporated in tall elegant floral arrangements created by Bliss Extraordinary Floral. Beautiful invitation suite and paper goods created by the Event Essentials depicted various gold chandeliers and art deco design.
The escort cards were displayed in a vintage suitcase. On the table were vintage silver candelabra old love letters near a vintage typewriter, opera gloves added to the authenticity.
A gentleman’s cigar table was created with vintage cigar boxes, a 1930’s telephone, chocolate cigars and vintage chewing gum. A tall glass etched vase held the floral arrangement. This was a fun throwback to the era. Our cigarette girl was also a hit. She strolled the ballroom with her cigarette box that contained boxes of candy cigarettes. Pour Masters bartended and served up our signature drink, “Black Dahlia” martini. Named after notorious crime victim Elizabeth Short in the 30’s. Fresh From The Kitchen catered scrumptious food. 1930’s black and white movie “Top Hat” played on a large screen in the ballroom. Professional Argentine dancers Rommel and Daniela performed tango demonstrations on the black and white dance floor. DJ Music by Desert House Productions. Event rentals by the always helpful Classic Party Rentals. The very talented Brian Hinz captured the feeling of a glamorous affair in these beautiful images.
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
These vintage birdcages popped up on Ruffled today. I absolutely love the use of these birdcages in wedding décor. You can see the entire post on Ruffled as well as places to purchase these lovely birdcages.
First row: left, hanging bird cages photo by Bonnie Tsang; right, bird cage wedding decor via Perfect Bound. Second row: centerpieces and hanging lights shot by Stephanie Williams. Third row: vintage wooden bird cages styled by Duet Weddings photo by Corbin Gurkin. Fourth row: left, Neiman Marcus via Heidi Ryder; right, Country Living. Fifth and sixth rows: photo by Stephanie Williams. Last row: left, West Elm; right, Newport Nautical Decor