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Snowy Sedona Wedding from Sedona Bride Photographers

Snowy weddings just so happen to be my favorite. The fabulously white snow adds such a sparkling, radient quality to a wedding, only a bride’s beautiful smile could outshine it. Sedona Bride Photographers were on hand for a rare snowy wedding in Arizona, and since the result was obvious magic, they had to share. And we can not thank them enough for sending over such a wonderful winter wedding. You may not believe it, but the gallery is going to turn even the most loyal summer wedding lover into someone who secretly wishes for snow on her big day!

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From Sedona Bride Photographers … What are the chances of two incredibly unusual and gorgeous blessings coming in one wedding? First they won the Sedona Bridal Show / Wedding Chronicle Wedding Giveaway with over $40,000 in services donated by incredible Sedona and Scottsdale wedding vendors… and then it snowed on their wedding day! Snow on a wedding day in Sedona happens once or twice a year and is super beautiful.

Events by Showstoppers first did flowers in bottles for an editorial shoot for Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine. The idea turned out to be wildly popular and it worked beautifully in Alexis and Max’s theme for their wedding as well; we just adored the tags in the bottles as table numbers. It was very cute and a great way to add a bit of color.

By the time we got to our favorite spot for romantic portraits with a red rock back drop it had stopped snowing almost all together. It sure was gorgeous with the red rocks blanketed in snow… Alexis and Max would look great anywhere though! They are just so cute together!

Photography: Sedona Bride Photographers / Ceremony & Reception: L’Auberge de Sedona / Wedding Coordination: Karen Lynn at Sedona Wedding Planner / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Floral and Lighting: Events by Showstoppers / Cinematography: Serendipity Videography / Cake: Sedona Cake Couture / Band: Artists in Rhythm / Bridal Gown: Mariee in Scottsdale / Groom’s Suit: Saverio Custom Clothier / Limo: White Tie Transportation / Makeup: Patricia Vega / Ceremony and Cocktail Guitarists: Brian David Trio with FitzHugh Jenkins and Joel Reich / Entertainment: Sedona Sounds

Sedona Wedding by Ryan Ray Photography

Ryan Ray Photography sent us such a sweet bundle of goodness, we could hardly stand the wait to share. It’s all at once intimate and wildly gorgeous with a couple exchanging vows in front of a handful of loved ones in the vast beauty of Sedona. There’s snow, there’s lots and lots of love and insanely pretty imagery by Ryan Ray. You know what that’s called? A Wedding Trifecta. Head over to the gallery for even more.

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From the bride… Our vision for the wedding was intimacy. It was most important to us to have a wedding about our marriage and not being overly flashy or over-the-top spending. We wanted everything to be quaint, sweet and the focused solely on our marriage in front of God and witnessed by family and closest friends. The officiant was the groom’s cousin, who is a pastor, and we chose the venue, L’Auberge de Sedona, because of its beautiful location by the creek. It was an absolute bonus that it snowed. We honestly thought that because of the long summer it would be sunny that weekend in December, but snow was a thousand times better!

My favorite part was how perfectly calming and intimate our ceremony was. It was amazing for us to feel so loved as we were placed in a beautiful snowy setting by a creek, surrounded by our guests. Benjamin said the first look was something he would never forget when he turned around and saw me. I won’t forget that when I saw him from the hotel room when he was shooting with Ryan first, it finally hit me — I’m getting married! I will never forget getting my makeup done and watching the snow fall all morning. What an incredible blessing to witness as I was getting ready. I also think the fact that our wedding was less about the wedding production but more about our marriage, so many of our guests told us after they had never been to a wedding like it!

What I enjoyed most about the planning was my venue team. Being a wedding photographer myself, it was a dream to work with my favorite people in the business, from my event designer, cookie designer, makeup artist, venue and, most importantly, the photographer that I had to have! I felt like I had the dream team and I couldn’t have asked for more. I’m so thankful that everyone was able to come together and work their amazing talents.I also loved that our ceremony was short, simple and sweet. I kept telling Benjamin I wanted to get married all over again. It was so much fun.

Wedding Photography: Ryan Ray Photography / Wedding Venue + Cake: L’Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Arizona / Event Designer: la Ricki / Flowers: Bliss Extraordinary Floral / Hair + Makeup: Lizzy Marsh / Wedding Dress: Tadashi Shoji / Cream Belt: J.Crew / Black Belt: BHLDN / Earrings + Bracelets: Nadri / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Jewelry: J.Crew / Groom’s Suit: Zegna / Tie: Calibrate / Shirt: Thomas Pink

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Outdoor Sedona Wedding from Cameron + Kelly Studios

There are few things about this Arizona wedding, captured by the brilliant Cameron + Kelly Studios, that I don’t love. Okay, never mind – there is not one single thing that I do not love. I love the flowers, the traditional white flowers mixed with beautiful succulents, giving the arrangements a very Sedona-esque feel. I love the fun pepper detail on the isle runner and centerpieces – who thinks of such fabulous decor ideas like that? I LOVE the cake – with an almost watercolor design to it. I love the love that is 100% apparent between these two – you’ll have to read their story below to see that. And I love that there is an image gallery filled with even more fantastic deets for all of our viewing pleasure!

From the groom … We designed the theme of the wedding around the unsung sides of the southwest; the blue skies, the green of succulents, the clean air that we enjoy in this beautiful place. We truly fell in love in Mexico during a three month period of travel there shortly after our relationship began. When we began planning our wedding we wanted to share that romance with our guests.

I had met Sarah years before our first date. We were friendly and knew each others names but that was about all that could be said. Fast forward a few years and we crossed paths again. I ran into Sarah at her job and asked her to meet me after work for a drink. She declined. I would not be deterred and we traded messages and phone calls over several weeks as we tried to make time to get together. Three weeks later we had scheduled a traditional dinner and a movie first date. The night before, Sarah called and changed the venue. Our first date was at the Grand Canyon. Sarah had unknowingly selected the perfect venue.

I moved to Arizona from Connecticut because of the Grand Canyon and spent three summers working for the Park Service. Sarah had a much deeper connection to the Canyon, her grandmother was a nurse at the clinic and her mother had gone to high school at Grand Canyon High School. We talked for hours out at Shoshone Point. We went to the village and talked for a few more hours. Then we drove back to Flag and had dinner, talking the whole time. The first date lasted about 14 hours and when we said good night I knew that I had found the love of my life.

From the bride … From the first date, I have always been amazed with Ben’s patient, understanding, loving, fun loving nature. He invited me to travel with him in Mexico during the second week of dating. Ben and I decided it would be an adventure, and even though we had only been dating for two weeks it was a risk worth taking. The time spent in Mexico, especially Oaxaca, changed my life. I fell in love with Ben and I learned wonderful, impressive, and beautiful things about him in Mexico. My life was changed for the better by taking a chance (and maybe even a crazy chance) and going to Southern Mexico for three months with a man I had just met.

Ben began our engagement with a lie. It was our anniversary, Ben told me he was sorry but that he had to work at 7 am and we would not be able to spend the day together. At 6:30 am, Ben’s alarm went off and he walked around to my side of the bed, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. He told me that he had lied because he wanted to surprise me with a proposal first thing in the morning so that we had all day to celebrate. We jumped in the car with our little dog Mosley and drove down to Sedona to enjoy the day together.

I couldn’t have asked for a better partner to plan a wedding with. Ben is the groom that every bride wishes she had helping her. Ben was right there by my side, making decisions, calling vendors, picking out colors and flowers…. he even helped make the ribbon wands for the ceremony. He helped me out so much and is a super groom. That is probably cheesy, but he really is a super groom.

Hair & Makeup: Patricia Vega, La Petite Salon / Day-of Coordination: JB, Sedona Luxury Weddings / Floral: Garage by Ivy / Officiant: Shanandoah Sterling, Sterling Weddings / Ceremony Site: L’Auberge de Sedona / Reception Site: Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Calle Independencia / Catering: Heartline Cafe / Cake: Sedona Cake Couture / Entertainment: AZ Nights / Rentals: Tri Rentals / Photography: Cameron + Kelly Studios

Outdoor Sedona Wedding from Sedona Bride Photographers

After feasting my eyes on this Sedona wedding for hours upon hours, I now understand why Sedona is an up and coming locale in the world of destination weddings. Views of red rocks that are so perfect they could have been painted, the apparent gorgeous weather, oh, and that happy glow of every single person, from the beaming bride to the sweet little flower girls to every single guest. Not to mention those beautiful florals from Bliss Extraordinary Floral. I guess Arizona weddings just agree with people. Sedona Bride Photographers were on hand to capture every little smile, detail, and loving gaze, and have decided to share their fantastic work with lucky us. Click here for more of this fantastic affair over at Sedona Bride Photographers.

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From Sedona Bride Photographers … Sedona is a lesser known but very popular wedding location… for couples like Allison and James, Sedona is one of the Southwest’s best kept secrets for a romantic destination wedding. Every year many couples from the east coast and may Chicago brides travel to Arizona to enjoy weddings in the warm winter weather.  Most of Allison and James’ family and friends came in from out of state and mostly from Chicago. They were treated to a stunning day with the unique red rock landscape, high desert weather, and lush creekside as a backdrop to a beautiful couple’s wedding.  Many have enjoyed beach weddings and big city weddings but few have had the experience of watching a gorgeous ceremony with views like those found in Sedona.

Allison and James’ wedding took place at the stunning L’Auberge de Sedona which was voted “Arizona’s Most Romantic Resort” and one can see why from the stunning creekside and red rock experience. A five minute walk through lush grounds takes your from the babbling Oak Creek to the hillside view of a vista with red rocks as far as the eye can see.

One of the most adorable parts of this wedding was the cute wedding invitation that the groom James created. It was a map of their relationship starting with the couple meeting in high school because their of last names their lockers were right next to each other. Then it detailed out their courtship and ended with the wedding invitation. It’s so great to see when the grooms get involved… especially when they are creative like James. You can really see how much they really do adore each other in the images. James has a special way he looks at Allison that is just so sweet and inspiring.

It threatened to rain all day. Instead of raining the clouds just broke and created the most amazing light for their breathtaking ceremony. L’Auberge’s Spirit Song Terrace was perfect with the vast red rock vista glowing in soft shades of red and pink as their families closest family and friends carried in the chuppah to start the ceremony. Allison’s dad had passed away so the ceremony and the day was more emotional than most weddings. In his remembrance his cowboy hat was displayed during the reception with a lit candle. Family stepped in for him for the father daughter dance and there could not have been a dry eye in the whole room.

Preparation, Ceremony, and Reception:  L’auberge de Sedona / Coordination:  Weddings in Sedona / Makeup and Hair:  Patricia Vega / Floral and Decor:  Bliss Extraordinary Floral / Cake:  Sedona Sweet Arts / Entertainment:  Chad Sebastian, Sedona DJ’s / Photography:  Sedona Bride Photographers

Sedona Wedding from KD Event Designs + The Charity Wedding

Have you heard of The Charity Wedding? It’s an awe-inspiring blog, centered around an amazing idea. This Arizona couple wanted to do more than just have a wedding. So they decided to donate the money they were going to spend on their big day to three separate charities. And on top of that, they were still able to have a killer wedding. Make sure to read the brides story below – it will totally blow your mind. And the wedding! Forget about it. Sedona stunner. KD Event Designs was on hand for so much of the planning and design, and with Melissa Dunstan Photography behind the camera, it was a no-brainer, uber fantastic affair. KD Event Designs’ has more on their blog, so click here!

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Kyle and I got engaged in July of 2009 while we were living in Iowa. He was attending school and set to graduate in October at which point we’d head back to Arizona, where we are both from. We decided not to do any wedding planning until we got back as we figured it would be much too difficult to plan long distance and since we wanted a fall wedding, there wasn’t a huge rush. We had a few blissful months of what I call stress-free wedding planning.

One night while laying in bed, Kyle sound asleep, I thought “What if we could make this wedding mean something more than just a party for ourselves, what if we could somehow take the money we would spend on this event and help other people with it instead, all while still having a wedding?” That next morning I presented the idea to Kyle, who looked at me with a furrowed brow and then did as he always does; supported the idea fully. This was likely because I mentioned the word wedding which was generally a queue for him to tune out and just agree; he had no idea what he was getting into!

I had recently been to a local bridal show and I emailed every single vendor as I thrashed through the bag of business cards and brochures I collected that day at the show. We set guidelines and a simple request: vendors would donate all or part of their time or service and we would in turn donate to charity instead.

The response was exciting. We received a lot of questions and many people were skeptical of our motives, but then there were some vendors who just seemed to get what we were trying to do. Just about everyone – vendors, family, and friends included – had never heard of a concept such as this and we all adapted and evolved as we went.

First on board was Melissa Dunstan, our photographer, who was one such vendor that never asked what was in it for her or questioned our motives. As an avid volunteer who is extremely charitably minded, she just thought it made sense which was a huge boost of confidence for us as we weren’t really sure if it did make sense or if it would to vendors.  We didn’t want vendors doing it as a favor for us; we wanted them to come on board as if this was a joint effort to help others. Melissa was instrumental in helping us find other vendors including Kim Duncan of KD Event Designs, our event designer and Dana Micklos, our florist.

The more vendors we got on board and the more we talked about the process on our blog, the more receptive people became and before we knew it we had all our vendors. The process inspired and motivated us to do even more so we held various fund raisers and events to raise awareness for different charities along the way. We determined that the money from what would have been spent on the vendors would be divided among three charities: The American Heart Association, Second Chance Center for Animals, and Camp Soaring Eagle.

In terms of the wedding itself, it functioned exactly like a normal wedding. We selected Tequa plaza as our venue because it was outdoors and had a beautiful view from the roof top terrace where the reception was held. It was essentially a blank canvas which allowed Kim to do just about anything with the décor. We really wanted the natural beauty of Sedona to be the focus and all the details to just compliment that. We wanted sort of a vintage, handmade type feel so we scavenged thrift stores for vases and candle sticks and made a lot of little things like chalkboards, signage, and fabric flowers.

Our goal was also to spend as little money as possible to maximize what would go to charity at the end so we made cuts where necessary, used recycled items, and made whatever we could including the invitations. Kim did an excellent job of pulling all the random elements I gave her, with a bunch of random elements of her own to create the beautifully cohesive mix-matched look we were trying to achieve. I put a lot of trust and confidence in both Kim and Dana to do what they do best and didn’t give much instruction in terms of specific colors, flowers or design. I wanted them to be able to be creative and not be stifled by what I thought would look good. Many details including my bouquet were a complete surprise until the day of the wedding which was really fun for me and also it took a lot of the stress and pressure off me.

Family is really important to us and we wanted to incorporate them however we could. I wore my Grandmother’s necklace that she wore on her wedding day.  She gave me that before I even had my dress and I literally designed the style of my dress around that necklace. We incorporated family wedding photos and my stepfather served as our minister. It was intimate and so special to include little bits of the people that are so important to our lives. An Etsy jewelry designer and friend, Carly Thomas, made cameo necklaces that I gave to my bridesmaids to tie us all together and to pass on a little bit of my wedding tradition on to them. Kyle’s family owns a restaurant and they provided all the food. The people that work at the restaurant have become an extended family and it made it feel even more intimate to be surrounded completely by only people we knew and loved.

My dress was custom made by a small local store, Victorian Cowgirl, and I wore a beautiful sash given to me by Marie of Emici Bridal as well as a hair piece designed by Marie. I felt absolutely beautiful and so honored to wear these pieces that were custom made just for me, for this day. The girl’s and I wore red shoes in an effort to bring awareness to heart disease and on our invitation we asked our female guests to wear red shoes as well. This was important to us because Kim, our event designer’s, mother died at a young age of heart disease and it was important to her that we incorporate that in some way. It was so fun to see all the ladies dancing in their red shoes! Plus no one complained that I gave them an excuse to go get new red shoes! Kyle and some of the groomsman wore Tom’s Shoes and I even had a pair once my heels got to be too much to handle!

The day was perfect in every way and without question our dream wedding. Due to the generous support of our vendors and our fund raising efforts we were able to donate over $6,000 to various charities. We feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to use our wedding to help others. Most weddings are over quickly, but we feel like the impact of our day lives on in the people we were able to help. I love weddings and all the details and this was meant in no way to make other people bad for spending money on their weddings. We truly believe a wedding should represent and reflect the couple. Many people do that through a theme, or through décor, for us creating a wedding centered around others was the way we wanted to represent ourselves through our wedding.  We fully encourage all couples to figure out what will make their wedding unique to them and do it, regardless of what other people think. What we got out of doing our wedding this way was so much more than what we put in and we are so grateful for that.

Dress: Victorian Cowgirl / Hair Piece & Sash: Marie of Emici Bridal / Shoes:  Me Too & Toms / Event Design and Planning:  KD Event Designs / Photographer: Melissa Dunstan Photography / Floral: Glamorous Occasions / Caterer: Red Rock Café / Hair:  Brides Sister, Erin McDonald / Venue:  Tequa Plaza / Cake:  Sedona Sweet Arts / Rentals:  Classic Party Rentals / Cinematography: Taltos Productions

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Portland Wedding from Bridal Bliss

Well, after devouring every little detail of this Oregon wedding, I have decided that I am officially ON the peacock bandwagon. And can I just say, it’s pretty fun over here. The wedding, captured by Powers Studios, seems to have been pretty much awesome. A blast. Bridal Bliss planned this little number, all centered around the love this sweet couple shares, and of course, the peacock feather. How could a wedding which boasts such bold colors like teal, blue, and pink NOT be amazing? Impossible. Click here for the full gallery of images!

Mike and I met in December 2007 when I was home from graduate school for Christmas break.  He needed a date to a dinner party and my best friend from high school, Michelle, who is Mike’s cousin, suggested he take her friend – me.   She set us up for the dinner party and after our first kiss under the mistletoe, the rest is history.

I am Persian and Mike is Lebanese.  We only wanted to have one ceremony so we decided to have a Persian ceremony — Persian ceremonies are very intimate, interactive and fun.  I’ve always pictured myself having one so we just went ahead with it, but amended it to incorporate vows that were unique to Mike and I.  The Persian ceremony typically takes place at the home of the bride’s parents.  Mike and I decided to have a small ceremony with close family and very few close friends at my parent’s home.  As such, it was very intimate and special.

I wanted an urban, modern reception where the look and feel was sleek and sophisticated.  The venue we chose was Pure Space on the north end of the Pearl district, a very chic part of town.  Since the color scheme was fairly muted, however, I knew we had to bring it to life with some bright colors so I picked eggplant and burgundy with pops of teal.   We used the peacock feather as a source of our inspiration throughout the day.  From the welcome baskets to the place settings, to the cutting cake, little pieces of the Peacock theme were incorporated throughout.

We had a DJ that played both American classics and Middle Eastern music.  The highlight of the night was a show from two belly dancers who were really incredible!  We had two kids at the wedding, my new niece and nephew, and since they were the only two invited we were worried they’d get bored! As such, I put together little party buckets for them that included coloring books and crayons, candy and treats, a disposable camera, glow sticks and yo-yos.

Planner & Design: Nora Sheils, Bridal Bliss / Rentals & Design: West Coast Event Productions / Ceremony Venue: Bride’s Parents’ Home / Reption Venue: Pure Space / Photographer: Ben Powers, Powers Studios / Flowers: Buddies Flowers / Belly Dancers: Sedona / Invititations: Bridal Bliss / Hair & Makeup: Katie York / Transportation: English Classic Limousine / Cupcakes: St. Cupcake / Catering: Gourmet Productions / Favors: Stumptown Coffee Roasters / Brides Dress: 2Be Bridal / Reception Printing: Crave Design

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