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
On a beautiful day in Sedona, AZ, I met Celia and Sergio for a maternity shoot to celebrate the birth of their first child, a baby girl. Sedona is a magical place, and somehow, it seems that every time I photograph there it looks different. It’s almost as if the landscape is matching the mood of my clients. On this day, the skies were muted and dreamy, just like this loving couple so excited for the arrival of their new baby girl. Being a Sedona maternity photographer is so much fun, watching clients get married and grow into families is so rewarding and heartwarming. I could almost feel the love permeate from both Celia and Sergio and I couldn’t help but think, what a lucky baby to have chosen this amazing couple to be her parents.
Congrats you two and I can’t wait to meet her! ~ Melissa
Laura and TJ met two decades ago when TJ hired Laura for a job at a video store. TJ said he hired her because he fell in love with her instantly…her smile, laugh, and beauty immediately stole his heart. But, he said, it was her kindness, her strength and her boundless love for her family and others that made him love her forever. Laura and TJ were friends for a long time before they got engaged just two months ago. And once they realized the beautiful love that had grown between them, they didn’t want to waste any more time.
Originally, this sweet couple was going to get married on the San Francisco Peaks, but scheduling problems with their wedding party changed the plans and Laura and TJ decided to elope in Casa Grande and drove up immediately after for our photo shoot. It was Veteran’s Day, so traffic was heavy and they didn’t arrive in Flagstaff until just before sunset. We got some great photos downtown into the night, and the next day headed up to the peaks near Snowbowl for more.
I loved spending time with Laura and TJ and hearing about their love story. Congrats you two! Thank you for including me in your special day! ~ Melissa
While living in North Georgia, Jeanna and Bryan became friends through Jeanna’s brother, Evan, and ultimately fell in love. They were engaged within three years and married nine months later. During their friendship and ultimately, courtship, the couple would vacation in a beautiful gem of Florida, Apalachicola and nearby St. George Island. Because of their affinity for that piece of the world, they chose to have their ceremony and reception in Apalachicola, Florida.
Jeanna relied on the beauty of the natural surrounding for inspiration for her decor of her classic, southern wedding. “The decor was more simple as we had to plan it and bring our decorations 400 miles for the wedding,” says Jeanna. The couple chose a pastel color palette with peach and pale blue as their wedding colors. Jeanna and Bryan also wanted to tie the ceremony and reception locations together with their decor. “It drew on a vintage theme, which I love, and went nicely with the gazebo and the Owl Cafe’s vintage feel,” says Jeanna. One vintage-inspired element at their wedding was a small orange suitcase for “love notes” written by guests. Their ceremony location and floral arrangements also held a special place in the bride’s heart. She had always considered the gazebo in Apalachicola’s historic Lafayette Park to be a special place and wanted pale blue hydrangeas to reflect the flowers outside her childhood home.
Jeanna’s dress was a gorgeous lace mermaid gown which looked like it had been made for her. She definitely was a vision of beauty. However, the couples two boxer dogs, Rosco and Boss, stole the show when they started barking during the vows. Their wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd as they exchanged vows and had their first kiss. It was a sweet moment.
After the ceremony we explored the area around the gazebo and pier and then headed over to where the boats were docked for more photos. It was a blast being a Florida wedding photographer! I hope to get back there soon. It was an enchanting southern evening. Congrats Jeanna and Bryan!
Ceremony Site: Lafayette Park Gazebo
Wedding Consultant: Amy Price, Bayside Events
Officiate: Nedra Jefferson
Wedding Gown: Anya Bridal of Atlanta
Hair and Makeup: Salon Lux
Reception Site and Catering: Owl Cafe
Floral Art: Bayside Events
Cake: Rhonda Tull Cakes
Photography: Tangled Lilac Photography
When you are a Flagstaff Wedding Photographer you don’t get a more quintessential Flagstaff wedding than a beautiful bride and groom in a spectacular field of Aspen trees. Jordan & Brian had a heartfelt ceremony in the middle of a aspen grove at the Nordic Center just outside of Flagstaff. The couple was very blessed to have family and friends travel to celebrate with them on their special day! The bride, Jordan looked stunning in her long sleeve lace Essence of Australia gown and vintage sparkly crown. The bridesmaids and groomsmen wore a pale color palette from LuLu that was perfect for the bohemian rustic theme. Guests entered the ceremony being serenaded by a two person band playing guitar and singing sweet songs. The ceremony included a few tears, many laughs and smiles, you could feel the love surrounding these two. This amazing day was topped off by a fun and relaxed reception. Everyone enjoyed music from bluegrass band The Mars Hillbillies and delicious mexican food from Salsa Brava. Congratulations to Jordan and Brian!
Ellie and Frank met online on a photography forum website. Frank commented on one of Elizabeth’s photos, “You live in a beautiful part of the world” and the rest is history. The two developed a friendship online, and when they finally met in person, they fell in love. Many trips across the pond, this couple’s relationship deepened and they knew they couldn’t live without the other. Their wedding at the Colton House in Flagstaff, AZ was heartfelt, sweet and sentimental. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as they exchanged vows and we loved how much they were all adored by their family and friends. Congrats Elizabeth and Frank!