Archive for 'Weddings'

December 18, 2013
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Lauren and Aaron had a beautiful fall wedding at the Flagstaff Nordic Center.  This couple and their families are so sweet and down to earth, they made the entire day a dream.  Lauren had a fantastic custom gown designed and made by Anne Thomas Couture.  The wedding was an afternoon event which allowed us to use the beautiful early evening glow for Lauren and Aaron’s couple photos.  The couple and guests had a fantastic dinner and danced to a their favorite blue grass band from New Mexico.  Congratulations to Lauren and Aaron!

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December 11, 2013
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Katelyn and Adam were married a perfect October day at the Mormon Lake Lodge.  The leaves of the scrub oaks were turning a perfect golden hue and the skies were blue.  Katelyn was a gorgeous bride.  She choose a beautiful lace gown which suited her vintage and classic look.  We loved the birdcage veil and peacock feather embellishments in her bouquet.  Katelyn and Adam love the outdoors so this venue was perfect for their ceremony.  The couple choose Katelyn’s brother to officiate their wedding, and the ceremony was heartfelt with many references to Katelyn’s loving childhood and the lessons of love created from a supportive family.  We loved that the couple brought their rescued dogs to be there with them, and adored how each guest signed a pod to be forever kept in the couples new home in Florida as a reminder of the day.  We spent time with the couple after the ceremony, walking on the Arizona Trail and talked about their family and friends, their bond and their love.  I think it’s my favorite time of the wedding day; just giving a couple a few moments to reflect on their love always brings out the best photos.

Congratulations to Katelyn and Adam!  We hope you’re enjoying your new home in Florida! ~ Melissa and Kristen

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December 06, 2013
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We met Josette and Brett in Oak Creek Canyon on a beautiful fall day.  This was our first time meeting them in person since we Skyped for our consultation, so we were very excited!   Josette and Brett are such a cute couple, always have a smile on their face and make each other laugh.  They had a very calm fun loving vibe about them.  We look forward to spending more time with them at their wedding in May at Sky Ranch Lodge in Sedona.  Congratulations you two!  Enjoy your engagement!

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October 14, 2013
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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

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October 14, 2013
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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

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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
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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.

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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.

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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