Category Archives: Elopements

Sedona Woodland/Bohemian Wedding

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.

OneCreek Creek 1 Creek 2 Creek 3 Creek 4Ceremony 1 Ceremony 2 Ceremony 3 Ceremony 3b Ceremony 4b CocktailEmily Meeko Reception Dinner Table Table 3 Table CakeRed Rock 1 Red Rock 2 Red Rock 3End of Day

Event Planning and Coordination-Margaret Van Damme

Celebrant

Photography

Floral

Venue

Hair and Make Up

Ceremony Music Jesse Kalu

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Cloud Nine-Sedona Wedding

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sedona Red Rock Elopement

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.

The couple’s parents joined them for a ceremony and all were transported via Pink Jeeps to Merry Go Round.  Sedona Bride was there to capture the memories of a lifetime.

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.

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Summer Brilliance

Summer is here with a burst of color. Sharalee and David eloped to Sedona recently. They chose the fabulous Lodge at Sedona for their stay and held their ceremony on the lush lodge grounds. Sharalee decided against convention and wore this bright, purple/magenta and ivory dress. I love the purple shoes. Sharalee and David were fun, playful and relaxed. The Chicago couple were happy to be in beautiful Sedona.

Elopement Arrangements: Van Damme Weddings

Officiant: Van Damme Weddings

Photography: Taltos Productions

Hair and Make-Up: Patricia Vega

Bridal Flowers: Bliss Floral

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A Good Ending to 2009

This is our last wedding in December 2009. Our beautiful couple decided to elope to the serenity of Sedona after their guest list reached somewhere near 600. They were very happy to enjoy the moment, take in the beauty and peace of a winter at Red Rock Crossing and share the vows they wrote to each other. They will celebrate in the spring with a grand party for friends and family in their new home.

Congratulations Tara and Brent. Images by Pamela Duffy. Wedding by Van Damme Weddings Flowers by Ken Heflin at Events by Showstoppers and music provided by Magdalena Wolf.

Winter Red Rock

Winter WhiteRed Rock Crossing

Cathedral

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A Quiet Elopement

Although facing some pressure with deadlines to complete paperwork before Ron’s deployment; Ron and Dallas knew they wanted to be married in Sedona’s serene and magical environment. Ron and Dallas were married in a quiet and beautiful ceremony on Oak Creek. The couple exchanged vows they wrote to each other on a perfectly clear Sedona fall day.
Pamela Duffy captured the day’s images and Bill Barnes played guitar. We at Van Damme Weddings are so proud of the men and women who are serving our country with such honor and sacrifice. This will be Ron’s third deployment. Pamela Duffy will be going to Phoenix to photograph Ron in uniform as he says goodbye to Dallas at the airport. Pamela is working on a photographic project depicting service men and women and their families.

 

Oak CreekRed Rock Crossing

 

Oak Creek

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