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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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Sky Ranch Wedding in Sedona

One of our last weddings of the fall season. This wedding was perfection, A beautiful couple, wonderful family and lovely friends. The heartfelt love and emotion was perfectly captured by thier photographer, Andrew Holman. Thanks to all our talented vendors below that contributed with their skills and love to create Tyler and Samantha’s beautiful wedding day.

From the Bride:

When Tyler proposed to me on top of Baby Bell rock in September 2015, we knew right away that Sedona was where we wanted to get married. With my parents getting married in Sedona, I had always held a special place in my heart for the beauty of its landscape. We both chose to have a smaller, outdoor ceremony so that the amazing red rocks could be fully appreciated! There is truly no other place I can imagine having had my wedding at, and am blessed that we will forever remember how beautiful this day was!

Living in Gilbert, AZ there was initially some concern about how the planning process would work. Without Margaret’s help, I don’t even want to think of how it would have turned out! I had no doubt the entire time that things were going to turn out beautifully. Her communication and precision with details allowed for my mind to be at ease and worry about all the other things a bride finds to worry about! I am so appreciative of all the work that was done to make our wedding day more than we could have ever imagined

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Our fabulous team:

Event Planner: Van Damme Weddings

Photographer:  Andrew Holman Photography

Video: Taltos Video Productions

Florist: Events by Showstoppers

Cake: Sedona Cake Couture

Ceremony Music: Sweetwater Strings

Ceremony Venue: Sky Ranch Lodge

Reception Venue: Sedona Golf Resort

DJ:  MT Sounds

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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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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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Fall Sedona Wedding, II

We could not get enough of this wonderful wedding, the bride and groom, their families and fun loving friends.

We love, love the details that make your day personal and memorable here at Van Damme Weddings. These small touches add charm to your wedding and make your guests feel special.

Daryl and Kyle thought of and included so many personal details in their wedding day. Signage included hand painted wood signs for the specialty cocktail “You’re the Bees Knees”, Hot Apple Cider and GORP table. Initial letters of the bride and groom sat on the guest book table, which held a Polaroid camera for guests to take photos of themselves and tape in the book with their message for the bride and groom. There was a large mirror on an easel to welcome guests to the ceremony. Program cards were handed to each guest coming into the ceremony. Escort cards were held on vintage keys and made it easy for guests to find their table. Daryl took different styled picture frames and inserted photos of places the couple have visited to place at each table. There were also lots of wonderful photos of the couple placed throughout. A basket of warm fleece blankets were available to guests when the evening got chilly.

Congratulations Daryl and Kyle. It was a wonderful day.

 

Thanks to Matt Simpkins for all the fabulous images

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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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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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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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Glamorous Head Pieces

Dara Kent-Cobb is a full time apparel designer and creates these amazing couture millinery pieces for Preston & Olivia. I love her oversize vintage inspired hairpieces.


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