Charlotte and Kyle had a sweet intimate wedding on a snowy Saturday at the end of December. The couple was back in their hometown of Flagstaff for the holidays and thought it would be a perfect time to say I do! Their ceremony was attended by immediate family and held at the quaint Chapel of the Holy Dove. Charlotte looked stunning in her lace gown and her red rose bouquet from Mountain High Flowers. The Chapel of the Holy Dove is a unique place, set in a meadow with views of the San Francisco Peaks. The Chapel is one the way to the Grand Canyon so it gets many visitors from all around the world. Most visitors write in the chapels journal but couples that get married there get to write on the chapel walls. Charlotte and Kyle are now among the couples that have had their wedding in this special little chapel. Congratulations Charlotte & Kyle, we will you lots of love and happiness! ~Kristen
Floral: Mountain High Flowers
Photography: Kris Daulton, Associate Photographer, Tangled Lilac
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!
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
I met Derrick in 1999 (although he probably doesn’t remember it) when he was a semi-professional mountain bike rider at a race in Prescott, AZ. I had just gotten a new camera, and went to test it out during a race. All I remember about him then was that he was too fast for me to get a good shot! Fast forward about 6 years and I found myself in his house for a BBQ where I had been invited by mutual friends. (This mutual friend would later become my husband, Grant :)) During this visit, I met Tamara. At that time, I didn’t know Tamara at all, but I could tell from the sidelines that this girl would become his wife one day. She was sweet, genuine and loved Derrick to the moon and back. Plus, both of us are misplaced Southerners, so we struck an immediate bond. And, sure enough, in 2006, Tamara and Derrick were married in a tropical paradise in Costa Rica. In 2007, Derrick was one of my husband’s groomsmen and someone my husband still calls his “BFF” to this day. Over the years, I’ve seen their bond grow as husband and wife, and watched as their family of two grew to four with the birth of their adorable children, Kiley and Alec. For the past two years, I’ve been blessed to take their family photographs, something I will never take for granted. Seeing them interact as a family is something that always makes me smile, laugh, giggle and realize just how amazing it must be to become a parent. I hope you enjoy these photos of some of our best friends, and family of our hearts 🙂 ~Melissa Sedona Wedding and Flagstaff Family Photographers, Tangled Lilac Photography