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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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Indian Desert Wedding of Jordan and Nicole Part Two

There were so many beautiful, intimate and moment driven photos taken by  photographer Danelle Bohane on her four day documentation of Jordan and Nicole’s wedding that it was hard to choose or not post every single one.  I wish I could have been there. 0890 Jordan and Nicole 0892 Jordan and Nicole 0897 Jordan and Nicole 0904 Jordan and Nicole 0906 Jordan and Nicole 0967 Jordan and Nicole 1010 Jordan and Nicole 1057 Jordan and Nicole 1064 Jordan and Nicole 1069 Jordan and Nicole 1079 Jordan and Nicole 1085 Jordan and Nicole 1102 Jordan and Nicole 1107 Jordan and Nicole 1115 Jordan and Nicole 1119 Jordan and Nicole 1131 Jordan and Nicole 1141 Jordan and Nicole 1163 Jordan and Nicole 1182 Jordan and Nicole 1213 Jordan and Nicole 1221 Jordan and Nicole 1229 Jordan and Nicole 1233 Jordan and Nicole 1270 Jordan and Nicole 1273 Jordan and Nicole 1312 Jordan and Nicole 1317 Jordan and Nicole 1320 Jordan and Nicole 1449 Jordan and Nicole 1457 Jordan and Nicole 1471 Jordan and Nicole 1528 Jordan and Nicole 1562 Jordan and Nicole 1571 Jordan and Nicole1094 Jordan and Nicole 1201 Jordan and Nicole 1592 Jordan and Nicole

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Indian Desert Wedding of Jordan and Nicole Part One

From the moment I first saw this wedding I was in love. It is beautiful, magical and enchanting. Every detail of every image captured by the talented photographer Danelle Bohane is captivating. I have a special place in my heart for this country, India. The people, the sights, the smells, the food, the architecture can be as luxurious as it can be squalid. Love it or hate it, It gets into your blood. The light, the color and the love is felt in every image of this beautiful couple and their families and their country. Set in Jaisalmer a former medieval trading center and princely state in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the “Golden City the wedding of Jordan and Nicole was captured over four days. I will let the photos tell the story. Visit Danelle’s blog for the heartwarming story of these two lovers, Jordan and Nicole. Thank you Danelle for allowing me to share your work.

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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 Monsoon Wedding

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.

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Vendors

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

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BHLDN’s Spring 2015 Wedding Dress Collection

BHLDN”s new collection of weddings gowns has us swooning. This is their largest collection to date with over thirty new gowns. “A collection inspired by lush blooms, trailing vines, and hidden nooks”

We love the romantic feel of these gowns that are part 1930’s Hollywood glamour and part bohemian.

They would be perfect for an elegant ballroom or equally at ease in an outdoor garden. We look forward to seeing one or more of these divine gowns in our Sedona Weddings this year.slide_394112_4819104_free slide_394112_4819106_free slide_394112_4819110_free slide_394112_4819112_free slide_394112_4819116_free slide_394112_4819118_free slide_394112_4819128_free slide_394112_4819384_free slide_394112_4819480_free slide_394112_4819508_freeAll photos by Diego Uchitel

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Outdoor Adventure Wedding in Sedona

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.

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TUTU TEA PARTY

Van Damme Weddings recently brought three of the cutest little girls together to show off these delightful tutus made by Sarah Brock. Sarah is an amazing mother, student, artist and friend. She started the tutu project for her own daughter and has had so many requests for them that she is now offering them for sale. The tutu’s are handcrafted from layers of tulle and finished with matching ribbon. They come with a coordinated headpiece. Little girls love wearing them. They are irresistible for weddings, parties or everyday. Katrina Wallace captured these adorable girls, at their tea party -to perfection. Message Sarah on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sarahscisors

 

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Australian Wedding by Jonas Peterson

The beautiful work of Australian wedding photographer Jonas Peterson inspires me and takes my breath away. He captures the beauty and tells an intimate story of love. The bride and groom are both beautiful and stylish. I love the bride’s pale pink sequined dress by Jenny Packham.  The photos speak for themselves. Thanks Jonas.

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