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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 Creekside Wedding

This fall wedding has it all. A gorgeous bride and groom, great fun loving family and friends, and beautiful Sedona as the backdrop made for the perfect wedding day.

Jay and Hilary met each other while attending school at USC. Jay is originally from Phoenix, AZ, and Hilary is from Pasadena, CA.

Together for nearly 6 years, Jay and Hilary live in Playa del Rey, CA with their two cats, Nara and Toro. Jay is a video game sound designer and Hilary is an English teacher.

The day was filled with personal touches from the humorous couple. Jay and Hilary personalized signage with quotes from movies they love. Bar menu: “Now I’m lucky if I can find half an hour in which to get funky” –Homer Simpson

Guest Book: “You don’t need a mirror to know you look good”. –Finn, Adventure Time

Welcome: “ We have the tools and we have the talent” -Winston, Ghost Busters

From one of their favorite characters they chose an adorable cake topper of Wall e and Eve. It was a day filled with fun, laughter, and good food and dancing.

Congratulations Jay and Hilary

 

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Event Planning and Coordination: Van Damme Weddings

Venue: Creekside Inn

Photographer: Kym Ventola Photography

Florist: Bliss Floral

Caterer: Rosalie’s of Sedona

DJ: Desert House Productions

Hair and Make Up: Sedona Beauty Team

Minister: Mike Allison

Transportation: Northern Arizona Limo

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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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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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Fall Sedona Wedding

A perfect way to end our wedding season is this beautiful wedding. The bride and groom are a dream couple, beautiful, and gracious and so in love.

Daryl and Kyle’s Sedona wedding was held this fall at L’Auberge de Sedona. Daryl and Kyle wanted their day to reflect their love for each other and time spent in “the city of love” Paris. It was the perfect mix of warmth and elegance and a fête champêtre. (Garden party)

The bride chose a natural color palette of dusty rose, ivory, and taupe, punctuated with terra cotta. She wore a pearl beaded cap sleeve gown from Sarah Seven Her bridesmaids were in BHLDN gowns of different styles and color, while the groomsmen wore rich brown tweed suits with vests from J Crew.

Daryl and Kyle incorporated so many great personal details to their day. Escort cards were placed on individual skeleton keys. Table names were favorite places of the bride and groom.  A gorp table was available for guests to fill bags with tasty treats. There was beautiful hand made signage and the couple provided warm blanket throws for guests to use when the night got chilly.

The couple’s love of the outdoors gave the affair the look and feel of the French countryside. Relaxed yet elegant. Songs they heard while strolling the streets of Paris inspired music. Daryl’s friends sang at the ceremony. Everyone danced the night away.

There were so many beautiful moments captured by Daryl’s friend and photographer Matthew Simpkins that I will  have to add part II to this beautiful wedding.

A huge thanks to all the vendors that participated in this beautiful day

Venue: L’Auberge de Sedona

Event Planning and Coordination: Van Damme Weddings

Floral Design: Bliss Floral

Officiant and friend: Mary Karen Vellines

Music: Artist In Rhythm:

Photography: Matthew Sinpkins:

Hair Design: Jonathan Sharpless

Cake: L’Auberge

 

 

 

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Sedona Perfect Summer Wedding

We love this Creekside wedding. It is filled with family, friends, fun, lots of love and a gorgeous bride and groom. The bride was stunning in her Monique Lhuillier gown. Every beautiful moment was captured by Cameron & Kelly Studio

Samantha and Brenan wanted a wedding with a backyard feel. After looking at several venues they chose the charming Creekside Inn.  Nestled on the banks of Oak Creek, with lush lawns and beautiful old trees, it gave the couple the perfect setting for their wedding day.

Working closely with Samantha for almost a year we created her “backyard wedding” with wood ceremony benches; bare wood estate tables, small bud vases with a variety of flowers that looked fresh picked from the garden. There were so many details that made this wedding personal and charming. Samantha’s super talented friend, Carly Bennett, created a chalkboard menu on an old door and chalkboard sign for the wine barrel bar.

As a surprise for the groom Samantha had her paper designer make a special sign for the Junior bridesmaids to carry that said “Here Comes your Buddy” a nickname that has stuck with the couple since they started dating as “buddies’.

Rather than the traditional wedding cake, the couple had various flavored miniature Bundt cakes. They also had a popcorn table where guests could fill bags with flavored popcorn; the sign read “Poe Corn” Poe the groom’s last name.

The ceremony was held on a shaded lawn near the creek. Guests then enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the upper patio/lawn. Dinner was held under a clear top tent strung with bistro lights. We were all obsessed with the beautiful tent where the crowd danced the night away.

A Perfect Outdoors Summer Wedding

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Vendors

Design and Planning and Coordination: Van Damme Weddings

Photography: Cameron and Kelley

Paper Goods: The Event Essentials

Floral: The Jazz Bouquet

Minister: Ken Frossel

Venue: Creekside Inn

Catering: Dans Bistro

Hair and Make Up: Patricia Vega

DJ: Jeremy from Ray the DJ

Ceremony Musician: Dave Robinson

Bundt Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Transportation: Sedona Trolley 

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Sedona L’Auberge de Sedona Wedding

Janae and Mike were married in an intimate ceremony surrounded by loving friends and family.  Although rain threatened the day, both Janae and Mike were calm, steady and full of love and joy. The rain soon let up, and the ceremony held by the creek at beautiful L’Auberge de Sedona. The hollow square tables were lush with floral by Events by Showstoppers. Janae was hands on with every detail of the wedding; from her gorgeous gown and Badgley Mischka shoes to Mikes custom made shoes. The children had their own table complete with fun props and activities to keep them entertained. Birdsong Photography perfectly captured one beautiful image after another.

It was an honor for Van Damme Weddings to officiate as well as act as day of coordinator for this lovely wedding.

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Marrying American Style

Pamela Duffy of Pamela Duffy Photography submitted this photo of Yuki to National Geographic’s 2012 Photo Contest. I worked with Yuki and Daniel to create and officiate their intimate ceremony, which was held at the beautiful L’Auberge de Sedona Resort this fall.

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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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A Very Special Sedona Wedding

From the first time I met Devin it was clear she had a vision for the wedding she had been dreaming of from the time she was a little girl. Devin chose a beautiful lace Alvina Valenta gown with champagne sash. She envisioned the look of her wedding reflecting her dress. The look was elegant, romantic and somewhat whimsical. The couple wanted an elegant wedding yet easy and most of all fun for their family and friends. A perfectionist, Devin was hands on in creating so many of the details for her wedding. She and Brian were both involved in every aspect of the wedding. Devin hand painted over a hundred varied sized votives with a gold wash and wrapped each in different laces. The lace theme was repeated in various ways including all the cupcake wrappers. She made all the signage and table numbers and collected beautiful frames for them. The reception linens were a beautiful champagne ruched fabric that Devin rented from a bride that had them made for her own wedding. Great re-purposing. Floral was very important to Devin and she found the perfect match for her vision in Bliss Floral. Bliss created large spray arrangements on the reception tables with white heather, white carnations, white larkspur, white tulips, white statice, white Oriental lilies and white hydrangea.  The bride’s bouquet was ivory hydrangea, champagne spray roses, gardenias, white anemones and ivory lisianthus.

The wedding day was sheer magic. In spite of threatening rain, in the last minutes before the ceremony the clouds parted, the sun peeked out and lit up the entire area. Guests enjoyed fabulous food, great wine and danced the night away to live music.

Vendors:

Event Planner: Van Damme Weddings

Venue: L’Auberge de Sedona-Robin Arredondo, Event Manager

Photographer:  Erin McFarland

Floral: Bliss Extraordinary Floral

Cinematographer Jay Worsley 

Make Up: Liz Margin 

Band: Affinity-Jim May

Ceremony Musician: Brian David 

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