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Golden Grace

A shining golden grace was palpable, as it wove throughout Chelsea and Colby’s wedding. From the crisp medallion leaves adorning their romantic and playful engagement photos, to the mid-December glow of the setting butterscotch sun, as it slipped through the canopy of leafy trees to catch a glimpse of that delightful moment, the First Look. It was nestled in the cozy courtyard of the El Portal hotel, where our bride and groom set eyes on each other for the first time on their wedding day. With their cherished teacup Pomeranian Chi Chi (proudly displaying a natural golden crown) tucked safely under arm, Chelsea and Colby made their way to the charming Chapel at Tlaquepaque. The melodic beauty of Elizabeth Elgin’s classic gilded harp accompanied Chelsea, as she walked arm-in-arm with her beloved and proud parents down the aisle, sprinkled with flower petals complimenting her splendid bouquet of deep reds and maroons. All of the floral designs were meticulously created by Sedona Fine Art of Flowers. The sweet affection of their intimate circle of loved ones enveloped them, as the spirit of God’s love for this devoted couple infused their sacred ceremony, led by long-time Sedona officiant Anthony Flesch.

Before, during, and after the ceremony, expert photographer Andrew Holman could be found lending his gifted eye to every shot. Our newlyweds were so taken with his work, that he is now their official family photographer!

The ambiance of Tlaquepaque with its holiday décor made for an especially festive backdrop, and although well past Autumn, there were wispy, autumnal-like leaves carpeting the ground. We’d like to give a nod of appreciation here to the unsung heroes behind Tlaquepaque that made the magic of Chelsea and Colby’s wedding happen, owner Wendy Lippman and manager Liz Mohler.

After the photos, it was off to the reception! Chef Lisa Dahl is credited for hosting Chelsea and Colby’s reception celebration at the newest addition to her Sedona family of restaurants, the exquisite Latin Inspired Grill, Mariposa. And anxiously awaiting the wedding party’s arrival was a delightfully delicious spiced carrot cake with cream cheese filling, and salted caramel cupcakes by Marla Hutchison Cakes.

Northern Arizona Limousine shuttled our happy couple and guests to and fro throughout the day and evening with elegance, and the expertise of Taltos Video Productions will enable Chelsea and Colby to relive their wedding over and over again throughout the years.

All of the elements of our finest, most complete package, the Tlaquepaque Completar were brought together at just the right times, to create a truly enchanting wedding experience for Chelsea and Colby.

The first definition of grace from Dictionary.com is elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action. This couldn’t more appropriately describe our bride, Chelsea. Their second definition of grace is a pleasing or attractive quality or endowment. The quality of graciousness truly shines in and from her. From the beginning to the end of the planning process, Chelsea showed us nothing but grace. Her kindness is palpable, and when we met Colby, it was clear they were a match made in heaven!

It was our absolute honor and pleasure to plan your wedding, Chelsea and Colby, and we can’t wait to see your family grow over the years, infused with the golden grace of your love!

 

Tlaquepaque “Best of Everything” Union!

We invite you to take an exclusive journey with us, as we celebrate the marriage of Naomi and Andrew—they came all the way from Virginia to get married in our quaint town of Sedona! We had a blast planning their wedding, and being there on the day itself to watch them infuse their experience with laughter and meaning was truly a gift.

Tlaquepaque lived up to its meaning, “Best of Everything” on the day of Naomi and Andrew’s wedding, a uniquely beautiful backdrop for a uniquely beautiful couple! A symphony of bright flowers adorned the event, as hot pinks and deep purples nuzzled together in bouquets and arrangements bursting with orchids, hydrangeas, anemones, lilies, roses, callas, ranunculus, freesias and stock, all artistically arranged with a “pop of whimsy” by Mountain High Flowers. What a perfect accent to the emerald green dresses Naomi chose for her attendants! Their closest family and friends anxiously anticipated the couple’s arrival, as Eric Miller’s guitar gracefully set the mood with the classic melody of Pachelbel’s Canon in D. At that moment we watched gorgeous Naomi walked down the aisle to meet Andrew, her handsome husband-to-be. The ceremony was performed by our own Rev. Susan Perry, who herself had a hard time keeping her eyes dry!

Then on to the sparkling cocktail hour and stunning reception! Verve Events & Tents set the stage with tables and chairs, specialty linens, dinnerware, and more, creating an oh-so enchanted evening. Filling the plates with delectable fare, and the glasses with luscious libations, was Bonnie Grant and her crew from Rosalie’s of Sedona. The evening was topped off with a simply exquisite lemon lover’s cake with raspberry filling by Marla Hutchison Cakes.

There to creatively capture each memorable moment were top-notch Sedona-based photographers Katrina and Andrew of Sedona Bride. From the casual engagement photos, to the bride and groom “selfie” just after the ceremony, to the quiet moments stolen under an arch made of bricks, and so much more, Sedona Bride was there to capture it all.

Naomi and Andrew were such a joy to work with, that it didn’t really seem like work! They were so loving and inclusive, so responsive and appreciative — what a pleasure! We’d like to take this moment to thank Naomi and Andrew for choosing Weddings In Sedona for their “day of days.” And, we wish you, Naomi and Andrew, a lifetime of delightful experiences, woven together with miles and miles of laughter, happiness and contentment.

Sacred Native Nuptials

Our adventuresome and strikingly handsome couple, Cecilia and Thomas, became husband and wife high above Sedona proper, at the magnificent Merry Go Round Rock! Bon Miller Wedding Photography caught it all, as the excited bride and groom and their guests traversed the winding, bouncy road in jeeps provided by A Day in the West, to this truly one-of-a-kind setting. Native American Medicine Man Mario Blackwolf, from the Mechica Apache tribe, performed the sacred ceremony, with the smell of sage dancing on the wind, and Oman Ken’s Native American flute music filling the vistas with an ancient spiritual melody.

Upon their return to level ground, they landed at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa. As their guests enjoyed an inviting cocktail hour at Timo Restaurant, our newlyweds snuck off for a few more photos down by the creek. When they rejoined their party, they glided elegantly into their First Dance. Cecilia and Thomas then tipped their glasses together in celebration, as they  appreciated their unique cake, the topper being a whimsical expression of the moment that they met—on an airplane!

We send warm and happy wishes to you, Cecilia and Thomas, for a marriage graced with an exciting and romantic road that never ends!

 

Romance That Rocks!

Susy and Robby were a quintessentially stunningly-cool wedding couple! Check out their fashion statements—what a breathtaking dress and trendy suit!! They brought a bit of their hometown Miami spirit with them, to be sure. We were hired for Day Of Coordination, so when we first met Susy and Robby they were dressed to perfection. Their beauty and chic style were matched only by their kindness of spirit. These two were shining on every level!

Our happy couple exchanged their vows with panoramic red rocks and the quaint city of Sedona as their backdrop, at the ceremony site of Sky Ranch Lodge. Then we saw them off to Huckaby Trail for some up close and personal romantic red rock photos. Afterwards Agave of Sedona was the stunning setting for the time of their lives celebrating their marriage with family and friends.

Susy and Robby chose Mike Olbinski Photography to bring their special day to life, and Sedona Fine Art of Flowers tastefully added succulents to elegant arrangements, bringing a southwestern flair to the day. Our own Susan Perry wove the moments of the day seamlessly together, making sure that all was as it should be.

A toast to the happy couple:

“May thy life be long and happy, thy cares and sorrows few;
And the many friends around thee prove faithful, fond and true.
May your voyage through life be as happy and as free
as the dancing waves on the deep blue Miami sea.”

Happiness Always, Susy and Robby!

 

Here Come the Brides!

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We were so excited to help our two Sweetheart Brides, Terra and Megan, create their one-of-a-kind wedding day in Sedona! The events began with their First Look, and then they went on to take advantage of the breathtaking red rock panoramic views at Back O’ Beyond. Next, and of course, the highlight of the day, was their intimate wedding ceremony, which they shared with the closest of family and friends. It took place on a carpet of sprawling green grass, in front of a timeless terracotta-roofed gazebo at Poco Diablo Resort. A gorgeous photo session followed the ceremony, graced by a magnificently romantic willow tree, with their loved ones (pups included!) by their side. Terra and Megan’s reception brunch played out immediately afterwards in the ballroom, as their true love was celebrated by all.

Thank you, Terra and Megan, for trusting Weddings In Sedona to weave together your stories, laughter, thoughts, colors, tastes and inspirations, to create your extraordinary wedding day!

Also, a shout out to the professional vendors that helped to bring our special Brides’ dreams to life!

Jane in the Woods Photography
Flowers Unlimited
Marion Maby, Violin
Marla Hutchison Cakes

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“My prince charming is a princess.”
— Author Unknown

New Yorkers Wed In Sedona

1. DIPPING Nieves-Charamonte.SGR. Sierra Blanco

Leslie and Jason came all the way from New York to tie the knot in our little town, and we were honored to be chosen as their full-service wedding planners. We’re revisiting their wedding from 2012–we just loved it!

The Sedona Golf Resort and their fabulous red rock views provide the backdrop for our couple’s reception and this intimate moment in a dramatic “dip”!

Preparations were made at Poco Diablo Resort, where Patricia Vega brought her expertise to make Leslie’s hair and makeup fabulous for her once-in-a-lifetime day!

2. FIRST LOOK Nieves-Charamonte.Huck.Sierra Blanco

The stunning red rocks of Huckaby Trail surround our not-yet-married couple, as they make their way to a photo shoot with award-winning photographers Tina Wright and Kevin Juberg of Sierra Blanco Photography. 3. HUCKABY Nieves-Chiaramonte.Huckaby.Sierra Blanco

Photography and art playfully intersect, as Leslie and Jason pass by a heart-shaped prickly pear cactus.4. HUCKABY Nieves-Chiaramonte.Huckaby.SGR Sierra Blanco 5. HUCKABY LIMO Nieves-Charamonte.SGR Sierra Blanco

Leslie takes one last look at the scenery and her groom-to-be, as they are about to be chauffeured to their ceremony by Northern Arizona Limousine.6. STUNNING BRIDE Nieves-Chiaramonte.Huckaby.SGR Sierra Blanco

Absolutely stunning bride!7. GROOM Nieves-Charamonte.Huck.SGR Sierra Blanco

Our handsome, happy groom!

8. FLOWERS Nieves-Chiearamonte.SGR.SierraBlanco

Bliss Extraordinary Floral gets the credit for the very classy flowers and decor.

8. Pap Guests Nieves-Chiaramonte.SGR Sierra Blanco

9. VOWS Nieves-Charamonte.SGR. Sierra Blanco

Anthony Flesch brings his years of officiating expertise to this touching moment.

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“Please seal the ceremony with a kiss!”11. TABLES Nieves-Charamonte.SGR Sierra Blanco

Eggplant and gold graced with succulents adorn the the tables, waiting for a feast!12. TOASTS Nieves-Chiaramonte.SGR.Sierra Blanco

Giggles and grins from the groom, as the bride raises her champagne glass to punctuate a toast!13. CAKE Nieves-Charamonte.SGR. Sierra Blanco

Sedona Sweet Arts baked this delightful cake with a southwestern flair! Bliss Extraordinary Floral weaves flowers, branches and candles together creating a unique floral decor design.14. GROOM.MOG Nieves-Charamonte.SGR. Sierra Blanco

This sweet, soft moment lights up the dance floor.15. BRIDE DANCE Nieves-Charamonte.SGR Sierra Blanco

How did Sierra Blanco catch this interesting shot, hands suspended in time?16. COUPLE DANCE Nieves-Charamonte.SGR.Sierra Blanco

Happy endings grace this perfect day! Leslie and Jason, our heartfelt best wishes for a long and happy married life!!

Best of Both Worlds

1. Paradise-Bennett.Huckaby

Katie and Chadd chose the magnificent red rocks to begin their wedding day with a sweet and sentimental “First Look” at Huckaby Trail, followed by a creekside wedding at Los Abrigados Resort – the Best of Both Worlds!

2. Paradise-Bennett 1st Look Huckaby

Our bride quietly sneaks up on her groom, and gets his attention with a gentle tap on the shoulder.  Jane in the Woods Photography was there to catch the special moment.

3. Paradise-Bennett Huck Spin

Katie takes a joyful spin with her groom-to-be!

4. Paradise-Bennett Bride

Mountain High Flowers outdid themselves with this beautiful bouquet for a stunning bride, a floral fantasy with a desert flair!

5. Paradise-Bennett-Ceremony Petals

Beneath the grace of the tall, wispy trees by the creek at Los Abrigados, this relationship is transformed, as it merges from two separate lives into one life of wedded bliss.

6. Paradise-Bennett Ceremony

They’re all smiles! Wedding officiant Anthony Flesh shares a happy moment during the ceremony.

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Katie’s awesome bridal party!

8. Paradise-Bennett-Groom Wedding-Party

Chad’s groomsmen wouldn’t miss this for the world!

9. Paradise-Bennett Bride Rain

A visit from the rain routed the reception indoors, but a fabulous time was had by all!

9. Paradise-Bennett Centerpiece

Mountain High Flowers strikes again! This centerpiece holds a grand place of honor at the reception, as it spills over the front of the Bride and Groom’s Sweetheart Table.

10. Paradise-Bennett Cake

Sugared ‘N’ Iced provided this simple but elegant wedding cake, along with a parade of heavenly treats that were enjoyed by all.

11. Paradise-Bennett Toasts

Thoroughly enjoying the moment, our newly married couple tune in together to take in a toast.

12. Paradise-Bennett Party

A classic celebration!

13. Paradise-Bennett Dancing

This intimate dance begins the dance of a lifetime—Congratulations Katie and Chadd!