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Wedding at Sedona Chapel of the Holy Cross

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.

 

Vendors:

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

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Forest Highlands Wedding

Allison and Tony contacted me about help with their wedding having heard from their friends Jay and Hillary that I had coordinated their Sedona Creekside wedding. They chose as their destination venue Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff Az. Surrounded by mountains, and ponderosa pine forests it was the perfect location for their beautiful, woodsy, intimate and fun wedding.

It was important to both Allison and Tony that their wedding be intimate and personal, a great experience for their guests and remain true to who they are. Photography was important to them and they went with the awesome duo of Kelly and Sergio who reflected their personalities perfectly. Both Allison and Tony were hands on and created DIY projects that were clever and playful and an expression of their lifestyle. Personal touches included a custom monogram, two whimsical foxes which they used as cake topper, photo booth print outs and tags for the s’mores favors. Their signage included funny hashtags and clever sayings. They also transported from home large navy high back Mr. and Mrs. Chairs for their head table. They struck the perfect balance of rustic and romance in the décor.

With close friends at their sides, many from high school, the day for these long time sweethearts was filled with lots of fun and humor.

Heartfelt vows were said on the green overlooking a lake under a huge grandfather pine tree. Their very best friends stood witness along with their handsome beloved Pomeranians who were dressed to the nines.

Guests were transported after to a meadow lawn for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres and to play croquet and bocce ball on the expansive green.

Dinner felt like a family affair with a mix of round and rectangular tables surrounded by floor to ceiling windows to view the greens. The king’s table was adorned with running garlands of eucalyptus and flowers. Lots of candlelight added to the atmosphere. Guests were a partying, fun loving bunch and danced the night away.

There was a prescribed burn in the forest on the wedding day, creating smoldering smoke at the resorts entrance. Some might have been upset, but Allison and Tony used it their advantage and with their photographers, Kelly and Sergio ventured into the forest for post ceremony photos in a mystical backdrop.

The Love Story of these two quirky, beautiful humans is best told on their website. Although I must include the last paragraph of this story, in their own words. http://allisonandtony.net/about

“She is truly selfless and puts her pack above all else. Tony, well, he does the impossible, he keeps Allison sane. He eases all her worries and concerns about the dogs. He makes her stronger and confident, whether it be her fear of heights or winding roads, he reassures her. He’s helped her become more outgoing and spontaneous. He keeps her smiling because he is personable and truly hilarious; even when his jokes are ill-timed and inappropriate (which Tony would like to mention is never the case). They are lucky enough to have found their truly better halves in which to share a life with, which is all anyone can ask for.”

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Awesome vendors who contributed to this wedding

Event Planner: Van Damme Weddings

Photographer: Kelly and Sergio

Florist: Events by Showstoppers

DJ: John Y Rogers for Desert House Productions

Cake: Sedona Cake Couture

Venue: Forest Highlands

Photo Booth: Flagstaff Photo Booth

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Sedona Creekside Wedding

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.

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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

DJ: Desert House Productions

Cake: Sedona Cake Couture

Hair and Make Up: Sedona Beauty Team

 

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Sedona Wedding Inspiration

In the office today and deep in the process of spring and summer wedding planning I came across this inspirational and beautiful wedding.

The summer wedding of Caitlyn and Bryan at Creekside Inn is an all time favorite of ours.  They are the sweetest couple ever. They were so much fun to work with and both totally involved in the planning process and details reflecting their great personalities.

They met through mutual friends and after their first date were madly in love. It was the perfect setting, a beautiful day, heartwarming and romantic with all the perfect details. Brides Dress by Pronovias of Barcelona. Bridesmaids wore pale blush dresses from LuLu*s. Guys rocked stylish-trim blue suits. The floral by Events by Showstoppers were lush and to die for. We think these beautiful photos tell the story.

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Vendors

Venue: Creekside Inn

Event Planning and Coordination: Van Damme Weddings

Photography: Vienna Glenn

Floral: Events By Showstoppers

Cake: Sedona Cake Couture

Paper, Signage and Calligraphy: Paper and Posies

DJ: DJM4

Hair: Haley Munson

Make Up: Chanel Warick

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Sedona Wedding-Creekside Inn

Kati and Chad celebrated their casual, yet beautifully elegant bohemian inspired wedding in the natural outdoor beauty of Sedona.

It’s no secret that the Creekside Inn at Sedona is a perfect venue for an enchanting wedding. Tucked away on two acres of woods, lawns and Oak Creek the grounds are covered in a canopy of beautiful Arizona sycamore trees. It was perfect for these two writers and teachers who wanted an intimate easy going and fun day with loved ones. Although both busy professionals, we had a great time in the planning process. We included an afternoon tasting some great craft beers from Sedona that were served to guests. The outcome was a direct reflection of the love for family and friends and each other.

Kati chose a beautiful BHLDN jewel encrusted gown with a small train that pooled perfectly to the floor. It was glamorous with an Old Hollywood appeal.

There were lots of perfect details that made the wedding so personal. A nod to Chads heritage were the Loteria Mexican playing cards framed and used for the tables and as escort cards.

Thanks to a great team of wedding professionals. And a big thanks to Liza Parenti, Kati’s mom who was so hands on and fun to work with. She organized a family basketball game prior to the rehearsal dinner as well as a big family dinner the night before the rehearsal dinner. It was a memorable weekend. Congratulations to all.

 

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Planner/Coordinator: Van Damme Weddings

Photographer: Kym Ventola Photography

Florist: Bliss Floral

Caterer: Heartline Cafe

Cake: Sedona Sweet Arts

Ceremony Musician: Brian David

DJ: Sedona Sounds

Hair and Make Up: Sedona Beauty Team

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Transportation: Northern Arizona Limo

Celebrant: Courtney Fowler

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Sedona Wedding-What Love Looks Like

Jennifer and Tim wanted their wedding to be small, intimate, and laid-back. Both love the outdoors and camp, ski and mountain climb. They spent a year living in the Sierras working with a team doing mountain rescue. L’Auberge de Sedona was a perfect venue for this beautiful wedding without defined theme and just the things the couple loves; loving family, great friends, the beauty of nature and lots of love.

The Sedona monsoon season was still hanging on and it rained off and on before the outdoor ceremony. After a sudden downpour, the sun peeked out and the ceremony was held in the most beautiful light. Congratulations Jenn and Tim! Thanks to a great team of Sedona vendors and these stunning photos by Katrina Wallace of Sedona Bride.

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Photography: Sedona Bride

Floral: Events by Showstoppers

Hair and Make Up: Sedona Beauty Team

Ceremony Musician: Brian David

Venue: L’Auberge de Sedona

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Casey and Scott’s Sedona Wedding

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

Venue: Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

Minister: Rev. Andrew Murphy

Caterer: Heartline Café

Cake: Sedona Sweet Arts

Ceremony Music: Phoenix String Quartet

DJ: Noah Wylie

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Dove Release: Bob Sizelove

Photo Booth: Fun In A Flash

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Sedona Summer Wedding

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

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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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Elegant Vintage Australian Wedding

I am very excited to feature the wedding of talented designer/illustrator Tabitha Emma and Dan. Tabitha is the talent behind our own blog at Van Damme Weddings.

Tabatha created for she and Dan a beautiful and elegant wedding with so many of her creative touches in the details. The bride designed all the beautiful paper goods.

The couple, lovers of old architecture and vintage finds were married in The Great Hall at Sydney University.  The hall over 150 years old is a great example of Victorian Gothic revival architecture. Reception followed at the Petersham Town Hall where the over two hundred guests ate, enjoyed and danced the night away to a live Jazz band.

I am in love with the bride’s Maggie Sottero gown and headpiece by whichgoose. The bridesmaid’s dresses are the perfect compliment to Tabatha’s look.

The gorgeous bouquets by Clementine Posy are fabulous.  The beautiful images captured by Luisa Brimble of Serendipity Corner capture the day perfectly.

There are so many perfectly placed details that make this wedding beautiful. I especially love that the cake was made by the bride’s grandmother and decorated by the bride and her mother. This wedding is full of beauty, friends, family and lots of love.

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