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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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Fall Wedding at L’Auberge de Sedona

One of our last weddings of 2015 was this beautiful pair at L’Auberge de Sedona. Elizabeth and Jason had a wonderful day celebrated by close friends and family. This wedding had it all. A beautiful color pallet of blush, ivory and champagne, a gorgeous, elegant bride in Monique Lhuillier and Jimmy Choos, a bit of vintage, chalkboard signs and lawn games all woven together flawlessly creating a soft, romantic, elegant day. All captured perfectly here by Jamelle Kellly and Hailey Golich of Cameron and Kelly Studios.

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Venue: L’Auberge de Sedona

Event Planning and Coordination: Van Damme Weddings

Photographers: Cameron and Kelly Studios

Floral: Events by Showstoppers

 Officiant: Intimate Weddings

Live Music: Giant Steps Jazz Combo

DJ: All Pro DJ

Make Up: Lauren Mitchell

Hair: Chelsea Sprinkle

 

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Sedona Monsoon Wedding

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.

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Vendors

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

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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-Creekside Inn

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.

 

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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

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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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Photography

Floral

Venue

Hair and Make Up

Ceremony Music Jesse Kalu

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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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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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