When I photographed Julianne and Andrew last summer for their engagement session in Oak Creek, they told me about planning their wedding full of Scottish details. I love being a Sedona wedding photographer, but I’ve never had the honor of photographing a Scottish wedding! Andrew’s family is from Scotland and brought with them rich cultural heritage and customs. I loved seeing all the traditions unfold during the wedding. Andrew’s family presents the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival here in Flagstaff every year! And it goes without saying…those Kilts were fantastic! Julie was breathtaking in her lace gown and her Badgley Mischka shoes were what so many women dream of :). The couple chose to have their wedding at the panoramic Sky Ranch Lodge over looking the red rocks of Sedona. They definitely have one of the best views in Sedona! But what I loved most about this wedding was meeting the couples’ family and friends and seeing just how much they were adored. It was so wonderful to spend a day surrounded by so much joy, love and laughter! Congrats you two! xoxo ~ Melissa
Photographer: Tangled Lilac Photography
Ceremony Site: Sky Ranch Lodge
Reception: Agave of Sedona
Hair and Make Up: Northern Arizona Glam Squad
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Floral Art: Jazz Bouquet of Sedona
Wedding Cake: Sedona Cake Couture
Catering: Heartline Cafe
Linens and rentals: Verve
Alie and Nate met in college. It was a fateful day when the class was grouping into partners for a project. Nate had already decided that he was going to drop the class, until the teacher said, “Why don’t you be Alie’s partner”.
And from there it’s history.
Nate and Alie dated for three years, and have been married for three years. They’ve both gone to college and Alie has gotten her master’s degree and recently, Nate decided to join the National Guard.
Alie wanted to surprise Nate with something special when he got home from Basic Training so she called us for a photography session. It had been since their wedding three years prior since they had their photos taken and she didn’t want to miss another three years. We decided on the downtown Flagstaff location, for it’s diversity and urban tone. It worked beautifully with Alie’s colbalt blue skirt and Nate’s dashing dress blues.
It was such a pleasure to spend an afternoon with this sweet, accomplished couple. And, we are always honored when the men and women who serve our country come to us for photo sessions. Thank you for serving our country Nate.
We wish you both many more happy years together!
After this weeks snowy start we were blessed with a gorgeous day yesterday! Melissa & I spent our afternoon on the Northern Arizona University campus photographing college senior Kati for her upcoming graduation. She was such a doll and dealt with the mud and melting snow so well. Here are a few of my favorite photos so far, what a great smile!
As wedding season soon approaches us, we thought it would be helpful to show off Pantone’s Color of the Year for Spring 2012! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pantone, they are the fashion world’s color guru, spotting the hottest colors of the season and pairing them with shades that complement them perfectly.
This year, the title of the Color of the Year goes to Tangerine Tango, which Pantone calls “an enticing juicy orange… a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s look this spring.”
Other colors of the season are Solar Power, Bellflower, Cabaret, Sodalite Blue,Margarita, Sweet Lilac, Driftwood, Cockatoo, and Starfish, which can all be mixed and matched with Tangerine Tango to create a lively, fun look. Whether it be in your bouquet, cake, or an accent in a groom’s suit, Tangerine Tango looks fantastic in the details of a wedding. Need some inspiration? Here are some examples of what past brides have done to incorporate this bold color in their wedding!
Third Row: Bouquet by Bliss Floral
Fourth Row: Bouquet, Boutonniere, and Center Pieces by James Geores
Samantha and Stephen were married in Aspen, Colorado at The Little Nell’s famous Sun Deck. I can’t imagine a more spectacular setting for a wedding. I remember getting off the gondola and simply just starting at the 180 degree view of the Rocky Mountains. It was spectacular. There is a reason that this mountain range inspired many poets and songwriters. Looking out, I felt so small, and yet, so inspired. I looked over to see Kristen, and she just nodded in agreement. There really are no words, so I hope our photos do it justice.
Samantha got ready at the bottom of the mountain, at The Little Nell resort. Her makeup artist, from Full Circle, had just spend a weekend with Kevin Costner as his personal makeup artist for a documentary he was filming. Being one of his biggest fans, I was happy to hear he was gracious and endearing. The pearls you see were hand selected by Samantha’s dad in Hong Kong, as a gift to Samantha’s mother years ago. I thought it was perfect that Samantha wore them as a way to remember her dear mother. The gown was a beautiful Romona Keveza, light and sweet, and reflected Samantha’s personality perfectly. Anne from Anne’s Alterations did some custom work on the gown, and even made her a custom corset, which was gorgeous!
The wedding on the Sun Deck was perfect! The Rocky Mountains don’t need any decorations at all, so Dana at Glamorous Occasions decided to emphasis the scenery with garden chairs, small hand tied bundles of peonies and stock and a beautiful white runner for the bride to walk upon. The reception at The Aspen Mountain Club was flocked with gorgeous champagne linen and romantic candles. We loved her candle tower and the peony centerpieces, so elegant and refined. At the reception, the bride’s father gave a speech that had us all in tears. To be surrounded by so much love was pretty overwhelming. Thank you Samantha and Stephen for choosing us as your photographers. We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness! ~ Melissa and Kristen
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Event & Floral Design: Glamorous Occasions
Wedding Gown: Romona Keveza
Make Up & Hair: Full Circle
Alterations: Anne’s Alterations
Photography: Melissa Dunstan Photography
Kristen and Adam are dear to my heart, in so many ways that I hope this blog post will do it justice. I met Adam in 2003, when he (and his 13 bicycles :)), became my roommate. It was a strange thing, one day someone asked me if I wanted a roommate, and the next week a complete stanger moved into my house. Except, Adam was never a stranger. Do you ever meet someone and you feel like you’ve known them for a 100 years? Well, Adam is definitely that person to me. He was the little brother I never had, but always thought was out there. I remember when I was a little kid, I would ask my mom if I was adopted, over and over. She finally asked why, and I said I wanted to find my other sibling that I thought was “out there”. She laughed, but in all honestly, I really did think that. He and I became best friends quickly and even more quickly, he was family.
When Adam started to date Kristen, I knew even before he did that she was “the One”. She was spunky, smart and loved to laugh….a lot! I just adored her and she quickly became my soul sister. She and I are one of the 4 founders of our invented adult sorority group called “Chippies”, but that’s a whole different story…:) Now, like all little brothers, Adam really started to annoy me when he didn’t know as quickly as I did that she was the One, but a couple of years later, it hit him like a ton of bricks had just fallen from the sky. So, I found myself going to the jewelers with my ‘adopted’ little brother, helping him pick out the perfect setting for his mother’s heirloom diamond.
I was so honored when they asked me to do their engagement photos! We choose this location, a section of the Arizona Trail, because this is where they fell in love, spending hundreds of hours over the years in the outdoors of Flagstaff riding their mountain bikes and hiking with their dogs, Cindy and Sapphire. It was a near perfect day and I really think these photos show their adoration perfectly for one another. As sedona wedding photographers I was so glad to have my good friends at Sierra Blanco Photography (Tina and Angie) photographed their wedding (I was a bridesmaid!!), so check out their wedding photos on their blog. I really do wish someone had videotaped my speech. It was one of my best ones ever, and I don’t mind saying so myself. 🙂