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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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Romantic Sedona Wedding

One of our last weddings of the year appeared recently on Project Wedding. This was one beautiful couple. Kathy and Matt were married on a clear day in November at the L’Auberge de Sedona Resort.

The ceremony was held Creek Side with a billowing backdrop of pale ribbon streamers and hanging flower vases. The couple included a wine ceremony and had their wedding party join them in their first toast before being pronounced husband and wife.

Kathy chose a stunning Monique Lhullier gown and her bridesmaids were in floor length sapphire blue gowns, matching the day’s brilliant blue sky.

The wedding was romantic, elegant and filled with warmth and fun.

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Event Planning and Coordination: Van Damme Weddings

Photographer: Renee Clancy Photography

Florist: Petals and Lucy

DJ: Andre Noe

Live Music: Drew Six

Invitations: The Champagne Press

 

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Sedona Wedding Boot Camp

A New Year 2012. We are looking forward to some beautiful weddings in Sedona this year. We are so excited about the upcoming Sedona Wedding Boot Camp. The second annual affair will take place on February 18, 2012. This intimate bridal fete is a great opportunity for brides and grooms planning their wedding. You will be able to meet top vendors in an intimate setting. Sample wonderful food from top caterers, taste delicious desserts from an award winning cake artist and gather inspiration on fresh trends in wedding design from our planners. Our planners have designed inspirational tables with unique and unexpected details you will want to “steal” We will have ongoing mini seminars on topics that include, defining your style, music, photography, music and local things to do. Resister here.

 

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Love and Dragonflies

I love a love story and this one is as good as it gets:

Donna and Dan met 20 years ago while working together.  Although he lived in Arizona, Dan travelled to California frequently for business and over the next 12 years he became a great mentor and friend to Donna. They both made career changes, which took them to different parts of the country, but remained friends. Eventually they lost touch, only catching up through mutual friends.

From the bride: At a mutual friend’s urging, Dan and I reconnected via telephone in 2009.  Dan had divorced and returned to Arizona; while I had never married and was living in Tennessee.  We always adored one another for our paralleled values and after getting swept away on a 3-hour “catch-up” phone call, we agreed to never lose touch again and reach out to one another every month or so. Monthly phone calls turned into weekly phone calls that turned into daily phone calls.   On one call, Dan said, “If you lived here, I would ask you to have dinner, have coffee, or play golf.”  The air got slightly awkward for just a moment, and feeling like I needed to respond, I said, “And I would say YES, YES, and YES!”

And that was it!!  The nature of our relationship shifted instantly with those four little words.  About a month later I visited Dan in Arizona.  We had dinner, had coffee and played golf.  We knew, without reservation, that we would spend the rest of our lives together.

Four months later I moved to Arizona and we married nine months later.  Engraved inside Dan’s wedding ring are the words that changed our lives…..”YES, YES & YES!!”

And the Dragonflies:

When Dan went to Tennessee to move Donna to Scottsdale their U-Haul had a big blue dragonfly painted on the side. When stopping for gas they noticed a blue dragonfly that kept buzzing around their heads.  They commented that THAT blue dragonfly matched the dragonfly painted on the U-Haul truck. The second day of traveling they noticed a dragonfly that was attached to the antenna of their truck. Although the dragonfly was dead he appeared to be hanging on for dear life and stayed attached for two days. A couple of days later he was taken away with a rainstorm. After arriving in Scottsdale the couple were having coffee by the pool and looked down to see a beautiful dragonfly on the pool. That was it-Dragonflies were their talisman. Donna incorporated the dragonfly in her apple green and chocolate color palette, in the invitations and as die cut escort cards on her wine glasses. The wedding cake by Sedona Cake Couture followed the green and chocolate palette. Ken Heflin of Events by Showstoppers created Donnas’ exquisite bridal bouquet of cymbidium orchids. The bride and groom and family members enjoyed cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres on the L’Auberge de Sedona deck. Bill Barns provided guitar music. An intimate dinner in a private dining room of L’Auberge followed. Pamela Duffy photographed the event.

Event design, planning and coordination by Margaret Van Damme-Van Damme Weddings

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Sedona Wedding Shoot Featured on Style Me Pretty

The Sedona Wedding Studio’s inspiration shoot has been featured today on Style Me Pretty. We are always honored and excited to have our work shown on this fabulous blog.  Read the entire post to see all the talented vendors that contributed to this beautiful wedding shoot.  Sedona offers not only the stunning Red Rocks as a backdrop but also beautiful vineyards as reflected in this shoot.

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Daffodil Cake

I am in love with this so realistic potted daffodil cake created by Andrea of Sedona Cake Couture. The cake was made for the recent Phoenix Bride and Groom Luncheon in Sedona.

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Sedona Wedding Cakes

Award winning wedding cake artist Donna Joy of Sedona Sweet Arts has done it again.  This is such a fun, whimsical and beautiful cake. The cake is inverted and custom made for the bride and groom. The bride has allergies so Donna made the top tier of non-dairy hazelnut latte. Yummy. The sides are adorned with sugar paisleys and dots and the fan top from sugar. The adorable bride and groom penguins were provided by the bride. Donna specializes in making delicious gluten free and dairy free wedding cakes. This cake makes me smile!

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