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September 08, 2012
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Nicole and Max traveled all the way from northern Utah to be married on the red rocks of Sedona. They felt a special connection to this beautiful area and wanted to start their future while absorbing this natural beauty. The more they thought about their ceremony, and the more they thought about what they wanted to say with their hearts on the wedding day, they leaned more and more towards having a Native American wedding. Nicole and her family grew up with a strong appreciation of Native American culture that went back for many decades. In a reflection of this appreciation, she, her mother and daughter all wore pieces of heirloom turquoise jewelry of her Grandmother’s. I grew up in Georgia, just miles from the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina, and also, less than ten minutes from the start of the Trail of Tears. As such, I’ve always felt a special connection to all things Native American and appreciated all the wonderful traditions and special ceremonies. But, even though we’re surrounded in Arizona by Native Nations, and being a wedding photographer for so long, this was my first Native ceremony. Kristen and I were so honored to have been there to witness this special ceremony. Nicole looked stunning in her white sundress while carrying a simple bouquet of lilies. Patricia Vega, of Le Petit Salon, gave her the classic, polished look that complimented her to perfection. Uqualla, a medicine man of the Havasupai Tribe, delivered a powerful ceremony. I could go on and on about how much I loved this ceremony, but I’ll summarize it by saying that it was filled with promise, honor and appreciation for the gift of love. I hope you love the images as much as we loved witnessing this special union of the body and the spirits of Nicole and Max. Congratulations to you both and we hope you carry the special message of your ceremony’s words in your hearts forever. ~ Melissa

Red Rock Crossing

Native Feather Ceremony

shaman wedding

Red Rock Wedding

Turquoise Wedding Jewerly

Red Rock Ceremony

Red Rock Crossing Wedding

Wedding Vendors:

Medicine Man: Uqualla of the Havasuapai Tribe
Ceremony Site: Crescent Moon Ranch
Bridal Hair and Make-Up: Patricia Vega of Le Petit Spa de Sedona
Photography: Tangled Lilac Photography

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