Archive for 'Weddings'

October 14, 2013

Anneliese and Malte planned an amazing destination wedding at Shoshone Point and Thunderbird Lodge at the Grand Canyon.  They had a small group of friends and family from all around the world celebrate with them on their big day.  Anneliese and Malte live in Washington D.C. but travel to the Grand Canyon as much as they can.  They enjoy the amazing hiking, relaxation and beauty.  We got the pleasure of traveling around the canyon to all their favorite spots taking their couple photos.  Just before sunset we met their guests at Shoshone Point for their ceremony and champagne toast.  To finish off the evening, Anneliese,  Malte and guests enjoyed a relaxed reception at the Thunderbird lodge.  Congratulations to the beautiful couple! ~Kristen


October 14, 2013

Kim and Tim celebrated their wedding day at the beautiful El Portal and Segner Ranch in Sedona, Arizona.  The bride and groom were surrounded by their closest family and friends at their outdoor ceremony and reception.  The guests were treated to an amazing English garden reception.  The design and floral were perfect for the occasion, lots of bright whimsical floral and decor.  Kim and Tim, we wish you years of love and happiness!  Thank you for letting us share in your special day! ~Kristen



Coordination and Design: Kim Duncan Event Designs

Floral: Bliss Floral 

Catering: Big Foot BBQ

Venues: El Portal and Segner Ranch

Photography: Tangled Lilac Photography

October 01, 2013

Since I’ve been a wedding photographer, I’ve come to expect the unexpected.  I’ve seen couples panic from big issues like lost wedding gowns at the airport, incorrect catering and floral orders the day of the wedding, to small things like missing shoes, spray tan disasters and the dog-as-the-ring-bearer chasing a duck into the golf course pond.   We, at Tangled Lilac Photography, always tell the couple to release all their expectations and to just embrace their day as it unfolds.  More likely than not, a little something will go wrong, and more times than not, the couple does not even notice.  That’s because it’s usually something so small and insignificant that in the big scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter.

I wasn’t expecting this latest hiccup however.  This morning at 12:01AM in Washington DC, the government shut down.

But, what does this have to do with anyone’s wedding?

We at Tangled Lilac Photography photograph a lot of destination weddings at the Grand Canyon.  If you’ve seen any of the photos there, you can see why so many couples from around the world are drawn to this majestic wonder of the world.   It is a scene that conjures no words to adequately describe the beauty, serenity and magic of this place.  We’ve had couples from Germany, Switzerland, New York, Maine, Florida, Kansas and all states in between that have been married while looking over the rim.


So, when we were contacted by our friend, Andrew, at Heart of Sedona, to photograph a Grand Canyon wedding at Shoshone Point, we were delighted.  It’s definitely one of our favorite places to photograph in the world, and to have it in our own backyard is a fortunate blessing afforded to us living in Northern Arizona.

What we didn’t anticipate is the Government Shutdown.  This morning, the gates at the Grand Canyon were closed, permits revoked and a “I’m truly sorry” was issued to the couple from New Jersey who we were scheduled to photograph tomorrow as they exchanged vows overlooking Shoshone Point.

Lucky for the couple, they had the foresight to hire a great team of professionals.  Andrew and I brainstormed and decided that a different location, not too far from their original destination, Merry Go Round Rock, would be a beautiful option.  It offers a beautiful overlook and heartstopping sunsets.   It’s going to be the perfect solution and, more importantly, gives the couple the peace to know they are going to have that perfect wedding after all.


We’re looking forward to going to Merry Go Round Rock tomorrow and helping our new friends celebrate their life together.  Thank you for trusting us to be part of your new life together! ~ Melissa


September 10, 2013

Melissa and I photographed Caitlin and Jason’s engagement session last February and couldn’t get over how sweet this couple is together and with their cutie daughter Emma.  They were so amazing we could not wait for their August wedding! Caitlin and Jason were married on a gorgeous stormy day at  Sedona Golf Resort.  We were lucky enough to sneak away for a few photos to bell Rock pathway with Jason’s restored yellow Corvair.  The clouds and scenery were beautiful and dramatic for their couple photos.  We arrived back at Sedona Golf Resort to have a evening ceremony with red rock views as the backdrop.  Caitlin and Jason enjoyed the night dancing and drinking with a close group of family and friends.  They ended their special day with a fantastic sparkler exit!  Congratulations to Caitlin and Jason! ~Kristen



August 01, 2013

Megan and Ryan choose the elegant Amara Resort Spa and Resort in breathtaking Sedona, Arizona as the site for their intimate wedding.  Surrounded by their family and friends, on the bank of Oak Creek, the two sealed their vows.  Little Rylie, the couple’s daughter, served as the flower girl, and the couple’s son, adorable 5 month old Beau, was the ring-bearer.  Megan looked stunning in her gown from Nordstrom and her hair and makeup (Patricia Vega at Le Petit Spa de Sedona) was perfection.  Megan finished her rustic chic looked by donning a special pair of cowboy boots and carrying gorgeous flowers from Bliss Extraordinary Floral; she was so beautiful!  Ryan’s college friend, Steve, who became an officiant just for his friend’s wedding, gave a heart felt ceremony and all of us were laughing and crying.  Megan and Ryan were adorable together and Ryan had a special way to make Megan laugh at just the right moment!  Congrats you two and we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!








Wedding Team:

Ceremony and Reception:  Amara Resort and Spa

Hair and Makeup:  Patricia Vega, Le Petit Spa de Sedona

Officiant:  Steve Morrill, the groom’s college friend

Florist:  Bliss Extraordinary Floral

Wedding Gown:  Nordstrom Wedding Suite


August 01, 2013

I recently met and have gotten to know Jesse and Kyle through my husband.  They are such a fun and easy going couple, I was ecstatic when they contacted us to photograph their Flagstaff engagement session.   We decided to drive around to a few outdoor locations and utilize the beautiful summer landscape.  We timed the start of the engagement session perfectly, the monsoon clouds had just started to move in and we barely got sprinkled on.   We ended the session at the top of Mars Hill at the look out point before the entrance to Lowell Observatory.  This is a special place for Jesse and Kyle.  They often drive up to this view point to relax and reflect on their day.  Congratulations to Jesse and Kyle, it was so much fun working with you both! ~Kristen

We asked Jesse and Kyle a few questions about their relationship:

Tell us the story of how you met …

We grew up within a couple miles of each other. Knew of each other in high school because Jesse’s family rented their house to Kyle’s family for a short time. We hung out in Tempe every weekend at a townhouse in Tempe during college and timing was always off. We lost touch and reconnected 4 years later at a wedding in rocky point that we both happened to be in. We’ve been together ever sense.

Tell us about your engagement/proposal…

Kyle proposed to me on our 2 year anniversary in Jerome. We had planned to go and stay for a night to celebrate out anniversary.After we ate dinner at Quince we roamed around the town and ended up waling in the neighborhood of houses that is above the main street around sunset. We were walking and talking and Kyle dropped down on one knee and popped the question and I screamed . We celebrated at the spirit room all night:) 

What things do you two have in common and like to do together?

We like going to the Observatory and Lake Mary. We like jumping in the car and going to Prescott, Cottonwood, Jerome, and Sedona. We also like going to new places that neither of us has ever been before. We also enjoy a lazy river or pool kind of staycation in the valley every now and then.  We both love music, cycling, our dog Daisy, socializing.