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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 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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Indian Desert Wedding of Jordan and Nicole Part Two

There were so many beautiful, intimate and moment driven photos taken by  photographer Danelle Bohane on her four day documentation of Jordan and Nicole’s wedding that it was hard to choose or not post every single one.  I wish I could have been there. 0890 Jordan and Nicole 0892 Jordan and Nicole 0897 Jordan and Nicole 0904 Jordan and Nicole 0906 Jordan and Nicole 0967 Jordan and Nicole 1010 Jordan and Nicole 1057 Jordan and Nicole 1064 Jordan and Nicole 1069 Jordan and Nicole 1079 Jordan and Nicole 1085 Jordan and Nicole 1102 Jordan and Nicole 1107 Jordan and Nicole 1115 Jordan and Nicole 1119 Jordan and Nicole 1131 Jordan and Nicole 1141 Jordan and Nicole 1163 Jordan and Nicole 1182 Jordan and Nicole 1213 Jordan and Nicole 1221 Jordan and Nicole 1229 Jordan and Nicole 1233 Jordan and Nicole 1270 Jordan and Nicole 1273 Jordan and Nicole 1312 Jordan and Nicole 1317 Jordan and Nicole 1320 Jordan and Nicole 1449 Jordan and Nicole 1457 Jordan and Nicole 1471 Jordan and Nicole 1528 Jordan and Nicole 1562 Jordan and Nicole 1571 Jordan and Nicole1094 Jordan and Nicole 1201 Jordan and Nicole 1592 Jordan and Nicole

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Indian Desert Wedding of Jordan and Nicole Part One

From the moment I first saw this wedding I was in love. It is beautiful, magical and enchanting. Every detail of every image captured by the talented photographer Danelle Bohane is captivating. I have a special place in my heart for this country, India. The people, the sights, the smells, the food, the architecture can be as luxurious as it can be squalid. Love it or hate it, It gets into your blood. The light, the color and the love is felt in every image of this beautiful couple and their families and their country. Set in Jaisalmer a former medieval trading center and princely state in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the “Golden City the wedding of Jordan and Nicole was captured over four days. I will let the photos tell the story. Visit Danelle’s blog for the heartwarming story of these two lovers, Jordan and Nicole. Thank you Danelle for allowing me to share your work.

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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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Sedona Woodland/Bohemian Wedding

Emily and Marcin decided on a small intimate wedding. They did however; want it to be beautiful and special, evoking all the details of their vision for their day. They chose L’Auberge de Sedona as the backdrop for the woodsy, bohemian and free spirited look. Neutral colors and lots of greenery came together with succulents and antlers for this free spirited look. Events by Showstoppers created the beautiful table centerpiece according to Emily’s vision. It was covered in moss, antlers and cream colored floral with lots of greens, gold candlesticks and tapered candles as well as votive candle light creating a dreamy effect on the Creekside table. Miniature faux antler place cardholders with names of the six guests were at each place setting.

Emily wore a sheer black and white Free People gown. Her bridal bouquet picked up the black and white scheme with anemones with black centers and a black handle. Adorable cat and bear cake topper sat atop the cake. Emily and Marcin’s dog, Meeko played a big part in their day and had his own floral collar.

Rain threatened the ceremony but the sun broke through and Margaret Van Damme performed a Native American Blanket ceremony for the couple with native flutes playing in the background. Katrina Wallace and Andrew Mejia of Sedona Bride flawlessly captured the day and all the little details.

If you are tempted to elope and think the wedding might look plain or boring this wedding is just one example of how stunning an intimate wedding can be. Thanks to all the great vendors that added their talent to this beautiful day.

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Event Planning and Coordination-Margaret Van Damme

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Hair and Make Up

Ceremony Music Jesse Kalu

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Casey and Scott’s Sedona Wedding

It doesn’t get any prettier than the Sedona wedding of Scott and Casey. It was the perfect combination of rustic, romantic and total elegance.

From their photographer Katrina Wallace: “There are days in Sedona where the light is so amazing and we wish there was a wedding; when the sky goes dark and the sun peaks through and creates especially gorgeous dramatic light. Casey and Scott had just that”

The drop dead gorgeous bride was stunning in her Martina Liana Vintage-inspired corded lace gown and custom-made cathedral veil. Shoes by Jimmy Choo. Her bridesmaids were beautiful in soft pistachio colored chiffon- each styled differently. The groom and his men were all dashing in modern Vera Wang grey suits.

The floral created by Bliss Extraordinary Floral was lush, soft and romantic.

Long bare wood feasting tables were filled with an abundance of lush floral in birch containers, Spanish dried moss, vintage ribbed glass mason jars, lanterns and lots of candlelight. Tiny Potted Succulents, hand wrapped in butcher paper tied with a cord and tagged with guest names served as escort cards and favors.

Casey carefully included so many personal and heartfelt details to her wedding. A brooch that belonged to her Nanny was on her bouquet. Also special to Casey was her wedding band that was handed down to her by her paternal grandmother, her Grammy. Casey’s mom did the hand painted Mr. and Mrs. Signs. All the small touches that make a wedding a memorable affair were in this Sedona wedding filled with love, family and friends. The talented team of Katrina Wallace and Andrew Mejia of Sedona Bride beautifully captures this love story here.

Casey and Scott’s love story in the brides own words:

“No one knows exactly how it happens, no one knows exactly why its true but some people are just meant to find each other and someday, somewhere and somehow they always do. Scott and I met on match.com. I had just moved to Boise, Idaho from Fort Myers, Florida for a job opportunity and most importantly to be near my family. I work in the medical field and have crazy hours, so living in a new town and meeting people became a challenge. Scott living over 1,000 miles away in Scottsdale Arizona, also worked crazy hours and was having no luck meeting that special someone. Scott then broadened his search and that is how we met. I was only on match.com for one day; if that is not fate we don’t know what is. I never thought I would meet my future husband online, but sometimes you have to do something you have never done to have something you never had. I knew Scott would forever be my always. (I have that engraved on the inside of his wedding ring. “You will forever be my always.”) Scott proposed on our one-year anniversary on a private jeep tour on the top of Merry Go Round Rock in Sedona.  Sedona has always been a special place for us and that is why we chose to get married there”

Vendors that contributed to the wedding:

Event Planner: Van Damme Weddings

Photographer: Sedona Bride

Florist: Bliss Extraordinary Floral

Venue: Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

Minister: Rev. Andrew Murphy

Caterer: Heartline Café

Cake: Sedona Sweet Arts

Ceremony Music: Phoenix String Quartet

DJ: Noah Wylie

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Dove Release: Bob Sizelove

Photo Booth: Fun In A Flash

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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 Summer Wedding

Heather and Eric were married on a perfect summer day at Amara Resort and Spa. When I first starting working with Heather she described her wedding day vision as being low-key, modern, subtle and elegant. And it was just that!

Heather and Eric are fun loving and seemed to enjoy every moment of their wedding day. Beginning with their first look to the heart filled ceremony and their seriously fun filled reception it was non-stop smiles. Dueling Pianos kept the guests dancing and entertained.

Heather chose turquoise, yellow, cream with a spatter of greens for her colors. She was a stunning bride and knows how to accessorize. Bright turquoise heels and turquoise bangles set the pop of color to her beautiful gown. She wore her mother in laws chapel length veil for the ceremony.

 Sedona Bride captured the day with these beautiful images, always flawless, always with an eye for that unexpected moment. Wedding Planning by Margaret Van Damme, lighting and floral by Events by Showstoppers, hair and make up by Patricia Vega of Le Petit Spa de Sedona and April Bates of Amara as always on top of all the resort details rounded out this team of vendors. Ceremony music was provided by friends of the couple  Ryan and Betsy Uttech

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