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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Category Archives: Flowers
Anita and Armand were married at one of Sedona’s most breathtaking and visited landmarks, The Chapel of the Holy Cross. The Chapel was built on a twin-pinnacled spur about 250 feet high jutting out of a thousand-foot red rock wall. It is a true architectural marvel. Completed in 1956, only a handful of weddings have taken place at the Chapel. All the creatives that contributed to this wedding felt truly fortunate to have played a part. Our bride and groom are an exceptionally amazing couple. Full of love for family, life and each other. They are both fun loving and share a great sense of humor. There were many laughs and light hearted moments shared throughout the day. Family and friends dined on incredible food, sipped on Dom Pérignon Champagne and danced the night away to the big band sounds of the Hamptons. The beautiful chapel ceremony and wedding reception were perfectly captured by Katrina Wallace and Andrew Mejia of Sedona Bride.
Planning and Creative Direction: Van Damme Weddings
Photographer: Sedona Bride
Floral Design: Bliss Extraordinary Floral
Ceremony Venue: Chapel of the Holy Cross
Reception Venue: Agave of Sedona
Caterer: Creations in Cuisine
Cake: Sedona Cake Couture
Signage: Isha Mehta
Band: The Hamptons
Ceremony Musicians: Sweetwater Strings
One of our last weddings of the fall season. This wedding was perfection, A beautiful couple, wonderful family and lovely friends. The heartfelt love and emotion was perfectly captured by thier photographer, Andrew Holman. Thanks to all our talented vendors below that contributed with their skills and love to create Tyler and Samantha’s beautiful wedding day.
From the Bride:
When Tyler proposed to me on top of Baby Bell rock in September 2015, we knew right away that Sedona was where we wanted to get married. With my parents getting married in Sedona, I had always held a special place in my heart for the beauty of its landscape. We both chose to have a smaller, outdoor ceremony so that the amazing red rocks could be fully appreciated! There is truly no other place I can imagine having had my wedding at, and am blessed that we will forever remember how beautiful this day was!
Living in Gilbert, AZ there was initially some concern about how the planning process would work. Without Margaret’s help, I don’t even want to think of how it would have turned out! I had no doubt the entire time that things were going to turn out beautifully. Her communication and precision with details allowed for my mind to be at ease and worry about all the other things a bride finds to worry about! I am so appreciative of all the work that was done to make our wedding day more than we could have ever imagined
Our fabulous team:
Event Planner: Van Damme Weddings
Photographer: Andrew Holman Photography
Video: Taltos Video Productions
Florist: Events by Showstoppers
Cake: Sedona Cake Couture
Ceremony Music: Sweetwater Strings
Ceremony Venue: Sky Ranch Lodge
Reception Venue: Sedona Golf Resort
DJ: MT Sounds
This couple stole our hearts from the beginning of the planning process until the very last dance of their wedding. They were involved, excite and enthusiastic about their wedding and inviting their closest friends and family to join them in beautiful Sedona, AZ for a week end of hiking, sightseeing, food and wine and laughter, with a little yoga thrown in for their community of yoga enthusiasts. The ceremony was held Creekside at the lush Los Abrigados property. The bride and groom DIY’d a beautiful invitation suite, the escort cards and holders and signage.. The highlight for me was that the groom took the time in his welcome speech to personally thank all of his vendors for their exceptional work.
From the Bride:
We met long before professing our love. Dennis is a Bikram instructor, Jennifer a long time Bikram yogi. Our yoga relationship grew into an eight year friendship, and finally into a lifelong partnership after a yoga retreat to Spain in 2015. Dennis is a very big fan of Maynard Keenan, and wanted to go back to Sedona and Jerome, where he had visited many years ago. And so, shortly after our Spain trip, we took a road trip out to Sedona. We both fell in love with beautiful Sedona and its’ magical surroundings. As wine lovers, we also fell in love with the local wineries. And so when it came time to planning our wedding, we just knew Sedona would be the place.
The planning and the day could not have been more perfect and beautiful because of our planner Margaret. I had so much fun researching and working with Dennis and Margaret to make the vision come to fruition. Being a destination wedding, it could have been so difficult and a disaster, but we trusted the best and never questioned her advice or assurance. The best part of planning was when Dennis and I made a trip prior to the wedding to meet Margaret and all of our vendors she recommended. We immediately felt calm and so very connected with everyone involved in our wedding. At that time, we knew everything was right and that we were in the right place with the right people. The day itself, of course the best part of the day was seeing one another for the first time. You can’t beat that – planning this day, and that split second you plan so long and hard for suddenly presenting itself. Nothing else matters at that moment.
Thanks to a great team of the following vendors for helping create a memorable event for Dennis and Jennifer
Event Design, Planning and Coordination:Van Damme Weddings
Venue: Los Abrigados Resort and Spa
Florist: Events by Showstoppers
Photographer: Birdsong Photography
Cake: Sedona Cake Couture
Hair and Make Up: Sedona Beauty Team
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
After the weekend of beautiful snow in Sedona, the sun is out and spring is in the air. Time to start thinking of all the fresh blooms to bring into your wedding bouquets and décor. I pulled a few beautiful bridal bouquets by the creative and talented florist at Events by Showstoppers to inspire you.
Jim and Ken of Events by Showstoppers have outdone themselves again. This time transforming the Palmera Salon at the Royal Palms in Scottsdale into a bride’s fairy tale wedding. Head over to their blogsite for all the beautiful photographs of the bride and groom, exquisite wedding site, patio lounge area and the ballroom complete with ethereal fabric draping, chandeliers and fabulous floral. Photography by Phyllis Lane The time lapse video of the transformation by Serendipity Videography, a Sedona Wedding Studio member.
I have wanted to post this particular work by Events by Showstoppers since they created it for a summer wedding at El Portal. Their floral design is exquisite and it fit perfectly at one of my favorite venues El Portal Inn. El Portal has long been a favorite of mine for that intimate mid-sized wedding. (30) Guests.
The design created by Ken Heflin and Jim Bullock for this wedding was truly a “showstopper”
As a grand entrance for the bride, Showstoppers create one of their fabulous rose petal carpets. For this carpet two thousand roses were used in colors of red, fuchsia and deep pink. The wisteria growing near the outdoor ceremony site was hung with pink snapdragons up side down to create the illusion of blooming wisteria. Also at the ceremony site were the beautiful rose spheres made with 150 roses per ball and wound with rattan vines. The bridal bouquet was made of blush cymbidium orchids, peonies and rose hips. I think my favorite was the layering of all the elements on the U shaped dinner tables. Square vases were filled with coral peonies, double pink tulips, wax flower, genestra, French tulips, phlox and chartreuse reindeer moss. Spaces between were filled with fresh mushrooms, votives, small birds nests filled with quail eggs and Manzanita branches. English ivy trailed down the sides of the tables. Fabulous images by Sedona Bride
There is a hint of fall here in Sedona Red Rock Country. Here are some rich fall colors we will be seeing in bridal bouquets soon. These floral creations are by Bliss Extraordinary Floral.
I love the wedding arrangements and design that come from Amy Mills and her team at Bliss Floral. Amy enjoys creating “magic” for intimate elopements to grand affairs.
Amy has been an interior designer and floral designer for over 30 years. She is creative, enthusiastic, and filled with new and fresh ideas for your wedding.
Our friends and designers extraordinaire Jim Bullock and Ken Heflin at Events by Showstoppers create some of the most beautifully designed wedding floral settings you can imagine. Stop by their blog and see their incredible list of preferred Sedona vendors as well as some of their beautiful designs. My favorites are the Rose Petal Carpets. Outstanding! Ken and Jim can transform your venue into a fairy tale setting.