Alicia and Max were married at the Nordic Center, one of our favorites outdoor venues for a wedding in Flagstaff. It really boasts some spectacular scenery for a wedding, with the meadow carpeted with wildflowers and the ceremony site surrounded by an enchanted aspen grove. When we first met this sweet couple, we found out Alicia was a veterinarian at Continental Animal Wellness Center here in Flagstaff and planned to incorporate her client’s horses in the wedding. And oh, where they spectacular! We’ll never forget pulling into the Nordic Center parking lot and being greeted by two these majestic creatures, Major and Tyson, in full celebration costume, pulling the most fairytale like carriage we’ve ever seen at a wedding. (I suspect the owners, Paul and Terry, are going to get a few requests for this again!) However, it turned out that Tyson had a taste for calla lilies, and we almost lost the bridal bouquet to him when he tried to eat it! We also learned the evening of the wedding, from a heartfelt speech from Alicia’s father, that her first word was “horse”, and her love for these sweet animals is what led her into a career in veterinarian science.
After the beautiful ceremony led by Jim Dorman, minister at Christ Church of Flagstaff, we got to go to a remote meadow and aspen grove to take some more photos of the wedding party and Alicia and Max. Everyone was so wonderful to work with, and kept us laughing with their lightheartedness and jokes. The day went by so quickly and we were so blessed to have been able to be there. Congrats Alicia and Max! ~ Melissa
Ceremony and Reception: Flagstaff Nordic Center
Wedding Planning: Peak Events
Rentals: Verve Events and Tents
Hair: Angie at All About Hair
Officiant: Jim Dorman, Christ Church of Flagstaff
Bridal Gown: Lilian Lottie Couture
DJ: Andy Sasser at Jam-n-Sounds
Catering: BigFoot BBQ
Horse and Carriage: Paul and Terry Kimbrell
Melissa and I met Mara and Cole last year as they started planning their destination wedding in Sedona. They are one of those couples you meet and instantly think, wow, they have something special. As we talked with Mara and Cole they told us their amazing story and journey up to this point. Mara and Cole met eight years ago in high school and shared their first kiss at age 14. They both knew from the start that they were meant to be together forever. They have brought amazing support to each other and their families through the ups and downs of life, they have traveled the world, and both graduated from the University of Arizona. They have accomplished so much, all while being at each others side.
Mara and Cole’s wedding was not only beautiful, it was very romantic and personal. You could feel the high level of respect family and friends have for this young couples love. It was very special to be involved and witness.
Mara was a stunning bride! Her dress was perfect for her and the outdoor Sedona wedding. We loved the bridesmaids in green chiffon dresses with their gorgeous colorful bouquets. Amy from Bliss Floral did an amazing job with Mara’s vintage rustic garden theme.
Mara and Cole had a very emotional first look, such a special moment for the couple!
Melissa and I fall in love with Sky Ranch Lodge every time we get to photograph there. The panoramic views of the Sedona red rocks are spectacular. Mara and Cole added to the natural beauty with their beautifully decorated Chuppa, designed by Encore Production Company.
After Mara and Cole’s ceremony at Sky Ranch Lodge we jetted off to Schnebly Hill for their couple photo’s before heading to the reception at Los Abrigados. Mara and Cole were so easy to work with, we really just stood back and snapped away. What a gorgeous couple!
The reception was held a Los Abrigados Resort and Spa in the heart of Sedona. The ballroom was magical, complete with amazing centerpieces designed by Bliss Floral.
Mara and Cole danced their first dance as husband and wife to Hero by Enrique Iglesias. They danced to this song at their high school homecoming dance before they started dating. Unfortunately, their dance got cut short by their limo showing up and having to leave the dance. The night of their wedding they finally got to finish their dance.
What a special day! Mara and Cole we wish you lots of love and laughter. It was a pleasure to get to know you and be involved in your amazing love story, thank you! ~Kristen and Melissa
Wedding Coordinator: Margaret Vandamme
Ceremony Venue: Sky Ranch Lodge
Officiant: Rabbi Alicia Magal
Reception Venue: Los Abrigados Resort and Spa
Florist: Amy Mills Bliss FLoral
Wedding Cake: N.Y. Bagel Deli
DJ: DJ Miles Gilbert SKM Entertainment
Chuppa & Rentals: Encore Production Company
Videographer: Serendipity Videography
Photography: Tangled Lilac Photography
Alex & Kenny’s wedding was outside of Flagstaff at the beautiful Foxboro Ranch. This special couple, with the help of Kim from KD Event Designs, created one of the most meaningful weddings Kristen & I have ever worked or attended. This was a relatively large wedding but all the personal touches made you feel like you were at an intimate wedding witnessing something extremely rare and special. From the wedding gift that Kenny made for Alex, to their creative wedding vows, and their long time friend singing as Alex walked down the isle, let me tell you this was a special day! As Sedona wedding photographers, we adore having a fantastic outdoor space to capture the couple in their environment. Foxboro ranch allows you to have the amazing scenic outdoors and an elegant but rustic indoor reception. Cheers to the beautiful couple! ~Melissa & Kristen
Event Design & Planning: KD Event Designs
Floral Design: Glamorous Occasions
Venue: Foxboro Ranch Estates
Photography: Melissa Dunstan Photography
Cake: Sedona Sweet Arts
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