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Sedona Wedding at Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge from Victor Zerga

When I tell you that you are about to fall head.over.heels for this next stunning Sedona affair, believe you me, I have never been more on the money.  Because any wedding that boasts two adorable high school sweethearts, one vintage-inspired detail after another (all styled by the beautiful bride!) and a breathtaking Sedona setting is most definitely a fall crazy in love kind of affair.  Victor Zerga snapped up every last heartwarming moment… and the gallery?  Your new best friend.  See it all right here.

From the Bride… Mike and I both grew up in Sedona, Arizona. It is a magical place with beauty beyond belief. We live in San Diego now, but we wanted to have our celebration in the town where we met and fell in love. Mike and I are high school sweethearts and spent many days getting to know each other in this sweet little town, so it was fitting for us to tie the knot in Sedona. We decided on holding the ceremony and reception at Garlands Lodge up in the canyon on the creek. It is a rustic setting with beautiful gardens and a big, grassy lawn. We both had spent time at Garlands as children and had fond memories of the place. While I was planning the wedding, Mike was deployed overseas. It was interesting trying to include him and make the wedding just as much about him as it was me. It actually brought us together and brought up opportunities to communicate and work through things.

We decided to go with a vintage rustic theme. It embodied both our personalities. I wanted to make every part of the wedding unique to our love and union. I bought every plate that our guest dined on at thrift and antique stores. I made a heritage table with pictures from both sides of our families, and every frame, vase and book was picked out by me and my mom. The burlap table runners and gift bags were all made by a good friend. The wood frames, ceremony arch backing and seating arrangement stand were all made by my dad. On each place setting, there was an mad lib that we had made, a seed packet of flowers and some Vosges Haute Chocolate.

The flowers were one of the first things I thought about when planning the wedding. I had a clear vision of wildflowers and a Sedona sunset. Sedona’s sunsets are one-of-a-kind. Cathy, our flower lady, did such an incredible job of capturing my vision. The food was done by Heartline Cafe in Sedona, and it was incredible. The photo booth was also a hit. Everybody love going in and taking fun pictures! It got used all night long. The DJ was a close friend! She was just wonderful. I made a playlist of all the songs I wanted played, and I also made a do not play list. We kept it light and sweet during dinner with standard love songs and a few indie favorites. When the dancing began we had a mix of bluegrass, lots of Alabama and a throwback to ’90s hip-hop with a ton of Notorious B.I.G. There was lots of dancing and jumping around. My day of planner was so together and helpful. That would be my best advice for brides planning their own weddings. Make sure to hire a day of coordinator. It’s your day and you need to put the stress into someone’s hands besides your own. A professional wedding coordinator is a must.

Wedding Photography: Victor Zerga / Wedding Venue: Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge in Sedona, Arizona / Event Design: The Bride / Wedding Day Coordination: Alexis Vickers / Floral Design: Cathy Switzer / Officiant: Nate Hansen / Catering: Heartline Cafe / Wedding Cake: Sedona Cake Couture / Wedding Stationery: Minted / Ceremony Music: Redlands / DJ: Jeanie Carroll / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet / Bride’s Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. / Bride’s Shoes: Vintage / Hair: Sara Pinckney / Makeup: DIY / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Various / Groom’s Suit: Theory / Groom’s Shoes: Vans / Groomsmen’s Suits: Jos. A. Bank / Wedding AdLibs: August Press

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Sedona Wedding from Amy & Stuart Photography + Some Like It Classic

I haven’t been lucky enough yet to visit Sedona, but after the complete swoon fest that is this wedding, I am moving Arizona to the very tippy top of my Travel Bucket list. Let me just say, if it is half as gorgeous as Amy & Stuart Photography‘s images let on, its definitely a magical spot. Because only a super special spot could produce a wedding this fabulous – a super special spot AND Some Like It Classic – Wedding & Event Design. It’s totally fabulous, and it’s all right here!

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My first love was Sedona. Amongst my fondest childhood memories are skipping rocks and wading through Oak Creek. I always knew I wanted to get married in Sedona. Anyone who knows Sedona, knows there is just something about it. I just needed to meet someone as special and beautiful to marry. Jameel and I met in law school (you can see all our law books throughout the wedding). When he immediately fell in love with Sedona after a visit early in our relationship, I knew I’d found “the one.”

Distracted with appreciation for the life we had created together in the Bay Area, the February 2011 proposal alongside Oak Creek under Sedona’s famous Cathedral Rock was an unexpected but dreamy moment I will never forget.

In October, we were to be married alongside the banks of Oak Creek, at L’Auberge de Sedona, exactly the spot I dreamed about since visiting as a kid. We wanted our guests to not only join us in celebration of our union but we also wanted them to fall in love with Sedona, to experience the beauty and the magic of the place that was such an important part of who we are as a couple.

Our vision for our wedding day was one in which every element of the event reflected not only our love for each other, but also our love for family, friends, and our cultural identities. Aesthetically, we sought classic, vibrant, and very personal décor with turquoise and orange accents to compliment the breathtaking red rock views. We incorporated Mexican (my culture) and Palestinian (his culture) inspired cultural elements throughout the day: from Arabic inspired lanterns at the ceremony site with mexican flags to wave us on after the ceremony, a mariachi serenaded cocktail reception overlooking the red rocks of Sedona, a reception kickoff with the Mexican Wedding Marcha, the Palestinian Debke that lifted everyone off their seats after dinner , and a N’argileh / Hookah lounge that closed out the night for guests to relax outside after dancing.

The entire wedding day was magical, a perfect combination of who we are and what matters to us and a compliment to the natural beauty of Sedona.

Jameel’s favorite part of the day was the ceremony. Surrounded by our family and closest friends, married by two friends we love and respect under the trees and the peacefully running water at the edge of Oak Creek, we couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful and personal setting in which to share our vows.

My favorite part of the day is when Jameel surprised me after our first dance—he played the beautiful song “In a Sentimental Mood” on his Saxophone for me. He has been playing the sax since he was 11 years old—no one knew he had that surprise up his sleeve.

Photography: Amy & Stuart Photography / Event Planning & Design: Some Like It Classic – Wedding & Event Design / Cinematography: My Wedding Film / Flowers: Bliss Floral / Cake: Sedona Cake Couture / Ceremony Location: L’Auberge de Sedona / Reception Location: L’Auberge de Sedona / Invitations + Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas & PaperCrazy / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Dress: Angel Sanchez / Bridemaids’ Dresses: Alfred Sung

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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