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Tag Archives: Red Rock Crossing
Jillian and Josh were married on the banks of Oak Creek with stunning Cathedral Rock backdrop. Attended by their parents the day was beautiful, the light perfect and all about love.
Jillian wore a stunning gown, bejeweled flower sash and statement necklace. Jillian wore a pair of Tom’s shoes, perfect for the red rocks. Tom’s are cute, comfortable and best of all for every pair of shoes purchased; they give a pair to a child in need.
From the bride:
We decided to not have a traditional wedding because we wanted something that was going to be fun and focused on just us rather than an extravagant ceremony. We are both very relaxed, and simple people that take life a day at a time. We both enjoy traveling and are excited to be surround by a beautiful place on our wedding day.
Wedding Arrangements: Van Damme Weddings
Photography: Pamela Duffy
Flowers: Peacock Flower Company
Hair: Patricia Vega
Sedona brides and grooms love having their wedding ceremonies in the natural outdoor beauty of Sedona. Vibrant sandstone cliffs that are carved into exotic shapes, blue skies and changing colors frame weddings in a spectacular way. Amy and Chris chose Red Rock Crossing for their intimate elopement this spring. This location is one of the most popular settings with Oak Creek flowing through the park and Cathedral Rock as a beautiful ceremony backdrop.
Elopement Package Arrangements: Van Damme Weddings
Photography: Pamela Duffy Photography
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
Kristi and Craig wrapped up a colorful spring elopement season here in Sedona. They were married at Red Rock Crossing in an intimate ceremony with family.
A lover of photography and aspiring photographer herself, Kristi chose Katrina Wallace of Sedona Bride to cover her wedding. Her gorgeous soft romantic bridal bouquet was created by Amy Mills at Bliss Extraordinary Floral. Elopement arrangements by Van Damme Weddings.
We are having beautiful spring weather here in Red Rock Country. Lori and Nathan escaped Iowa weather to elope in Sedona last week. They were driven from their resort in a beautiful limousine to the stunning Red Rock Crossing for their ceremony. They later dined on unforgettable cuisine at the L’Auberge de Sedona Restaurant. It was a memorable few days in Sedona. Lori and Nathan relaxed with spa treatments at the Amara Spa; took an exciting Pink Jeep tour and soaked up the beauty of Sedona.
Call us for your destination elopement and experience the best.
Elopement Arrangements: Van Damme Weddings
Photography: Pamela Duffy Photo
Bridal Flowers: Bliss Floral
Transportation: Northern Arizona Limousine
This is our last wedding in December 2009. Our beautiful couple decided to elope to the serenity of Sedona after their guest list reached somewhere near 600. They were very happy to enjoy the moment, take in the beauty and peace of a winter at Red Rock Crossing and share the vows they wrote to each other. They will celebrate in the spring with a grand party for friends and family in their new home.
Although facing some pressure with deadlines to complete paperwork before Ron’s deployment; Ron and Dallas knew they wanted to be married in Sedona’s serene and magical environment. Ron and Dallas were married in a quiet and beautiful ceremony on Oak Creek. The couple exchanged vows they wrote to each other on a perfectly clear Sedona fall day.
Pamela Duffy captured the day’s images and Bill Barnes played guitar. We at Van Damme Weddings are so proud of the men and women who are serving our country with such honor and sacrifice. This will be Ron’s third deployment. Pamela Duffy will be going to Phoenix to photograph Ron in uniform as he says goodbye to Dallas at the airport. Pamela is working on a photographic project depicting service men and women and their families.
Dawn and Dino were married October 05, 2009 at Red Rock Crossing. This beautiful and fun loving couple, together twenty years decided to travel to Sedona from their home in Florida to say “I do”.
Dawn chose a 20’s inspired look with her halter style appliquéd gown, long pearl necklace and opera length gloves. She carried a large calla lily bouquet created by Bliss Floral and popular in the 20’s and wore an ostrich feather attached to her custom made veil. Marcia The Art of Photography captured images at several locations, including Tlaquepaque, The Knoll and Red Rock Crossing. Ceremony music was provided by Oman Ken. Planning and officiating by Van Damme Weddings.
The couple braved the cold waters of Oak Creek for a “trash the dress” session after their ceremony.
Pamela Duffy sent these beautiful photos of our recent wedding with Kate and Scott. Their intimate gathering of friends and family was a dream come true for this couple from Massachusetts.
The ceremony was held on the banks of Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing. The rain that threatened the outdoor ceremony would not dampen the high sprits of the bride and groom and their guests. The ceremony was performed by the groom’s brother, Mark and bride’s sister, Erin.
The bride’s bouquet of Ivory roses, dendrobium orchids, peonies and green cymbidium was created by Ken at Events by Showstoppers.
Guests were transported by Sedona Trolley with the bride and groom and wedding party returning to L’Auberge de Sedona in transportation provided by Northern Arizona Limousines
Cocktails and butler passed Hors D’ Oeuvres of wild mushroom stuffed puff pastry; grilled jalapeno, cilantro roasted chicken and cheese quesadilla; house smoked raspberry salmon cigars and tarragon lobster croquet monsier were served on the terrace of the Creekhouse.
When the bride and groom arrived they were met with a human arch of sparklers.
After dinner, the bride and groom choose to serve their guest the beautiful cake by Sedona Cake Couture themselves.They felt this was a much more personal touch and indeed it was.
The evening concluded with dancing, dancing and more dancing.
Music was provided by Artists In Rhythm for the cocktail hour as well as the ceremony. Other contributors to this fabulous wedding are Patricia Vega, hair and make-up and the outstanding staff at L’Auberge.
Sarah, the grooms mother and master gardener created exquisite centerpieces of southwest succulents in an elegant way.