Normally, you wouldn’t think that the 4th of July holiday would be a popular time for weddings but this year, Tlaquepaque had four weddings over the 4th of July weekend. When I mentioned to another bride that we were having three weddings on Saturday, July 4th, she said that was an unusual day to get married. I then told her that I got married on the 4th of July in 1991. The way I thought about it – I probably wouldn’t have to work on the 4th of July (wrong), and there would always be fireworks on my wedding anniversary (not in Sedona!). So, I can totally understand why this American holiday would be chosen as a wedding date.
Friday, July 3 we were happy to host the wedding ceremony of Joni Jones and Jeff Berta in the Tlaquepaque Chapel. It was a warm Sedona day but the temperatures cooled off during the evening hours and we experienced a slight shower just before the start of the ceremony. The lovely floral was provided by Mountain High Floral in Sedona and guests were entertained by Oman Ken playing guitar in the Chapel. Andrew Murphy, Heart of Sedona Weddings , performed the intimate ceremony.
Weddings in Sedona made the wedding arrangements for Melissa Careau and Karl Evangelista who celebrated their wedding vows in the Tlaquepaque Chapel on Saturday, July 4. Candles were provided by Red Rock Candle and Gift in Tlaquepaque. Brian David played classical guitar as guests entered the chapel. The ceremony was performed by Susan Perry and Mel Russell took photographs of the wedding couple.
Kyoko Makino and Jon Helleson had a 6:30pm ceremony on the Patio de las Campanas. Kyoki and Jon came down from Flagstaff for their wedding which was performed by Joel Boyd. Tim Turner was the photographer for the wedding. Kyoko and Jon spoke their vows in front of their friends and family in the intimate Patio while birds sang and chirped in celebration.
There’s nothing quite like falling head over heels in love. Sometimes that love is so strong you just want to run off and get married immediately. Eloping can be crazy and romantic, but there’s still some planning that needs to happen. Yes, it’s true! If you ever considered a destination for your elopement, consider Tlaquepaque’s Chapel in Sedona, Arizona.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to weddings from ceremonies to receptions more and more brides and grooms are personalizing their weddings. Today’s couples are mixing old with the new for ways to make their wedding stand out from the rest. Make your wedding day as special and unforgettable as you both are and put your imagination to good use. Marriage is about two unique individuals coming together as one, so don’t be afraid to step out of the box.
Tlaquepaque has had great brides and grooms with amazing ideas, from dessert bars to candy stations. Ideas range from placing a romantic seating area for the bride and groom to relax and enjoy their evening and guests. You can take it a step further and incorporate sofas and coffee tables to break up a traditional wedding reception set up.
Another great idea so as to not keep your guests waiting taking photos is a First Look. About 70% of couples opt to have a first look before their ceremony. This is where they can capture that special moment and take a minute to breathe and shake off some of that anxiety that has been brewing all day. Some of our photographers have captured some great moments.
We hope you enjoy these ideas and photos.