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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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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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Wood Wedding Invitation Suite

I recently had the pleasure to work with Shirlene, owner with her husband, Matthew of Wood Chick Studios. I was looking for a unique “woodsy” invitation suite to use on a table design for the Sedona Wedding Studio’s bridal boot camp event.
Etsy artists Shirlene and Matthew really caught my eye. They are a small boutique design studio dedicated to printing on real wood. Their wood invitations are beautiful, eco-friendly and affordable. The designs compliment a rustic, vintage or modern wedding theme. They have some beautiful designs or will customize for you.
Here are the photos of the table design I created for L’Auberge de Sedona.

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Save The Date Engraved Wood Wedding Announcements

These are a unique alternative to paper goods. RobertoSand at Bullfrog Laserworks custom makes these beautiful engraved wood wedding invitations, wedding favor tags, table numbers and much more.  Personalized and made to order, these are great for an outdoor, rustic, vintage wedding. They would be perfect for a Sedona wedding at one of our beautiful venues.Check out the work of Roberto on his Etsy site

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Sedona-Letterpress Shoot

Here are a few photographs of the vintage tabletop we designed last month. The Aerialist Press created the beautiful letterpress invitation suite for us. Katrina Wallace of Sedona Bride photographed at Tlaquepaque. The awesome cake was the work of Andrea at Sedona Cake Couture. Cute fun and casual, Van Damme Weddings can do something equally awesome for your wedding.

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Beautiful Letterpress Wedding Invitations

The Aerialist Press created this beautiful letterpress wedding invitation suite for me to use in a vintage tabletop design. I am so thrilled with the work of Alexandra and Craig.  For all you brides that are looking for the richness and beauty of letterpress invitations at an affordable price, visit their web site. You will be surprised and delighted.

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Calligraphy from Primele

I love calligraphy and especially taken by the work of Patricia of Primele. Primele is the studio of three sisters in upstate New York. I love the many uses of calligraphy in these photos. Via:the Sweetest Occassion

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Paisley Quill-True Love of Design

I was so thrilled and surprised to receive in the mail a gorgeous presentation of invitation samples from Molly Myers at Paisley Quill.

I have followed the Paisley Quill blog for some time and love their sense of beautiful design.

Having the invitation suites in my hands was heaven for a design and paper lover like me. It is hard to imagine unless you see and feel them how wonderful they truly are.

Choose from custom wedding suites or from Paisley’s ink well collection of ready made invitations. You will love the luxury and quality of these invitations.

My favorites below are from a Hindu/Christian Wedding. The collection is elaborate in detail and embedded with tiny red and gold jewels. See more about the details here.

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Lovely Letterpress-Lovely Price

rana-invitations_by_ajalon-smI recently received these samples from Ajalon Printing and Design. They are a small, family-owned letterpress printer in Northern California. I loved their letterpress invitations and was especially excited about the reasonable prices. They have a special offer of 100 letterpress invitations and enclosure cards for only $398.  Please visit their site and gallery. If you are serious about beautiful letter press invitations for your wedding or event at a great price, contact them for samples.rachelle-invitations_by_ajalon

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Beautiful Letterpress Invitations on a Budget

I have always loved beautiful paper and have bought and collected handmade papers for many years. So I was really happy when I was contacted by Craig and Alexandra of Aerialist Press. Their business was started with their love of paper and design and finding it difficult to find a letterpress suite for their own wedding at an affordable price.  They bought their own press and designed and printed an invitation suite for their wedding. They loved the process so much they decided to offer their service to brides with an eye for detail, design and beautiful paper at a price they can afford. I think you will love their work as much as I do. Visit their website and blog and you will get a sense of this delightful couple, who they are and the beautiful invitation suites they create.

I love the map below that Alexandra and Craig created for their guests, marking their favorite wineries and vineyards with wine bottles.


Love the detail in these maps

Love the detail in these maps



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Vintage Postcards as Placecards

Love these placecards posted by Oh So Beautiful Paper  They are from design sponge another great blog of beautiful home and product design and great ideas.



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