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Spring Sedona Wedding

Sedona weather can be sometimes unpredictable. We had an unusually rainy spring season. This beautiful wedding did not escape the downpour. Our couple, Nathan and Jillian had a cheery and positive attitude about it all and the bride gave the thumbs up to proceed with the outdoor ceremony. It was just the beginning of all the loveliness captured by Sedona Bride Photography. The lush floral, homemade favors and surprise details everywhere honored the couple’s love and made the wedding unforgettable

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Venue: L’Auberge de Sedona

Event Planning and Coordination: Van Damme Weddings

Photography: Sedona Bride

Florist: Bliss Floral

Filmmaker: Bright Bokeh

DJ: Sedona Sounds

Ceremony Music: Sweetwater Strings

Cake: Sedona Cake Couture

Hair and Make Up: Sedona Beauty Team

Artist: Bill Wylie

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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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What’s new for 2012? The bridal shows are winding up and new looks are beginning to emerge for the spring season. The Sedona Bridal Boot Camp was a great success. We saw some wonderful newly engaged couples beginning to plan their weddings. I spoke to brides about some of the trends I have been seeing and talked about couple’s incorporating their own interests and personalities into their wedding. Making choices with the confidence that you are comfortable with will lead to an authentic and beautiful day.

Gowns: Designers are creating and brides are wearing gowns with sleeves, not only long but capped, or with little bolero’s. Lace is strong and soft colored gowns are a growing trend. There is a return to elegance with a hint of the past.

Photo 1 elie saab

Photo 2 Monique Lhuillier

Photo 3 Touch of Color

Table Design: Here is a great place to infuse your style and personalities. Choose specialty linens in your color pallet. Or if there are budget constraints you can always go with your venues standard linen and add a beautiful runner. Add pieces to your table from your own collections. Bare wood tables and estate seating is very popular. You can forgo the linen and go bare or use a runner. Add a pop of color with a beautiful napkin.

Photos: Pinterest

Vintage: There is much debate on vintage being in or out.  I have brides that love the vintage look and I love incorporating vintage elements in weddings.I think a wedding can pull inspiration from an era or style without being too literal or theme-y, don’t you?

Photos: Pinterest

Cakes: The wedding cake is here to stay, but oh the spin on it. In are beautiful hand painted cakes. The dessert bars are also popular, giving your guests wonderful assortments of sweets. And the cupcake is getting very fancy.

Photos: Pinterest

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Wishing you LOVE, PEACE and HAPPINESS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR wherever you are.

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New Gowns BHLDN

Feast your eyes on these new gowns from BHLDN

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Alannah Hill Spring/Summer 2010

On this hot August summer day, I love these fresh cool summer frocks from Alannah Hill. The photos are beautiful. Check out Alannah’s site. It is so charming and whimsical.

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Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July week-end. Here it’s a fabulous kids parade in Historic Old Town Clarkdale. Fireworks and Grilling, maybe a few margaritas. Have a happy and safe week-end.

Colorboard from The Perfect Palette

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Prismera Design

Prismera Design has launched a new couture collection of fabric necklaces that utilize a variety of materials including: Japanese chiffon, pleated velvet, or heavy cotton twill. Laura, the designer, name the collection “PD Couture” due to the handcrafted nature of each necklace. Each necklace is cut and layered, sewn, then draped on a mannequin and secured. Some of the designs are limited editions and the necklaces range in price from $45 to $330. They are available online at These necklaces would work for either a bride that wants a statement necklace or even as bridesmaids gifts. And, for a limited time, each order will receive an exclusive watercolor postcard featuring the Jenesis necklace. via brendasweddingblog

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Love Is All You Need

156 Countries Sing Together For Starbucks Love Project

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