In my years of planning beautiful weddings and events, I have learned so much from some very creative brides and vendors and I would like to pass some of this on to you. If you are thinking about getting married in this beautiful and magical place called Sedona, I think you will enjoy some of my couples’ stories and beautiful photos. I am also excited to share wedding trends, new finds, and fabulous vendors. I hope some of these posts will inspire your creativity for your wedding celebration.I believe that beautiful weddings are about the details and these can be obtained with an eye for beauty and a style that says, “This is me.” We at Van Damme Weddings would love to hear from you. What has inspired you. Send us your favorite wedding; fabulous décor; shopping find, ideas for the unusual, large and small.
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Tag Archives: Gowns
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.”
Awesome vendors who contributed to this wedding
Event Planner: Van Damme Weddings
Photographer: Kelly and Sergio
Florist: Events by Showstoppers
Cake: Sedona Cake Couture
Venue: Forest Highlands
Photo Booth: Flagstaff Photo Booth
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
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
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
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.
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
Kati and Chad celebrated their casual, yet beautifully elegant bohemian inspired wedding in the natural outdoor beauty of Sedona.
It’s no secret that the Creekside Inn at Sedona is a perfect venue for an enchanting wedding. Tucked away on two acres of woods, lawns and Oak Creek the grounds are covered in a canopy of beautiful Arizona sycamore trees. It was perfect for these two writers and teachers who wanted an intimate easy going and fun day with loved ones. Although both busy professionals, we had a great time in the planning process. We included an afternoon tasting some great craft beers from Sedona that were served to guests. The outcome was a direct reflection of the love for family and friends and each other.
Kati chose a beautiful BHLDN jewel encrusted gown with a small train that pooled perfectly to the floor. It was glamorous with an Old Hollywood appeal.
There were lots of perfect details that made the wedding so personal. A nod to Chads heritage were the Loteria Mexican playing cards framed and used for the tables and as escort cards.
Thanks to a great team of wedding professionals. And a big thanks to Liza Parenti, Kati’s mom who was so hands on and fun to work with. She organized a family basketball game prior to the rehearsal dinner as well as a big family dinner the night before the rehearsal dinner. It was a memorable weekend. Congratulations to all.
Planner/Coordinator: Van Damme Weddings
Photographer: Kym Ventola Photography
Florist: Bliss Floral
Caterer: Heartline Cafe
Cake: Sedona Sweet Arts
Ceremony Musician: Brian David
DJ: Sedona Sounds
Hair and Make Up: Sedona Beauty Team
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Transportation: Northern Arizona Limo
Celebrant: Courtney Fowler
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. All photos by Diego Uchitel
The vintage wedding trend has created an infinite number of ways for brides to also be eco-friendly. Bridal wear, eco-friendly jewelry, wedding favors, invitations can all be beautiful and help the planet. The very popular use of mason jars is a great example of a wedding trend that is inexpensive, can be recycled many times and be used in countless clever details. Bride’s are having vintage wedding dresses refitted or a grandmothers or mothers wedding dress made into something completely new. Outdoor weddings in Sedona on forest service lands are very desirable. There are many resort and restaurant chefs that support locally grown produce so be sure to ask at your reception venue. Here are some choices for earth loving brides and grooms found on etsy.
Gowns from Abstract Pretty
From Stair Lodge Supplies
While we here at Van Damme Weddings are just winding down our busiest fall wedding season; Project Wedding has been at the New York Bridal Market previewing the 2011 Spring and Fall bridal collections. Here are a few of the designers they have seen. Head over to their blog for a closer look.
The recent New York Spring Wedding collection had bloggers buzzing. Of all the beautiful gowns these are some of my favorites by Vera Wang, as seen on project wedding blog.
These bridal gowns have been showing up on my reader the last week and are simply delicious. By Temperley London