4TH OF JULY WEEKEND AT TLAQUEPAQUE

  • By Wendy Lippman
  • 03 Jun, 2017

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.

The adorable flower girl and ring bearer for Melissa and Karl
Melissa and her Dad preparing for the walk down the aisle
Left to Right: Mel Russell, Kenneth Gordon and Susan Perry

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.

The ceremony of Kyoki and Jon
Rev. Joel Boyd
Our last wedding on Saturday was held in the Tlaquepaque Chapel at 7:30pm. The marriage of Robyn Turner and Damian Giardina was the intimate ceremony performed by Andrew Murphy,   Heart of Sedona Weddings .   Taltos Productions   covered the wedding – Michael David and Schelli Rothi, photographers. They love to shoot weddings at Tlaquepaque – and who can blame them! The lovely setting is enjoyed by everyone.   Mountain High Floral   decorated the intimate Tlaquepaque Chapel with lovely floral arrangements.   Oman Ken   played his magical harp as guests entered the ceremony. It was a lovely wedding and a perfect end to our 4th of July weekend.
Robyn at the entrance to the Chapel
Oman Ken and his Harp in the Chapel
By Wendy Lippman 15 Sep, 2017
Tlaquepaque North is open!  With its three impressive new buildings and a major renovation of a former cobblestone home, all are beautifully congruent architecturally, seamlessly mirroring the main arts village.   Tlaquepaque, now on both sides of the street, functions as a gateway to the Sedona Gallery District.  New tenants to Tlaquepaque North include : The Pump House Station Urban Eatery and Market, Caravana North, The Artist's Kitchen Shop, Renee Taylor Jewelry and Quilts Ltd.
By Wendy Lippman 11 Aug, 2017
Mark your calendars for our annual signature event, Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque!   Bring friends and family, including the kids, for a day of non-stop fun and entertainment, celebrating Mexican Independence Day, Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Admission is free and parking is available at the Uptown Municipal parking lot with continuous shuttle service to and from Fiesta.
By Wendy Lippman 02 Aug, 2017
The many fountains in Tlaquepaque offer soothing respite for visitors, especially in the balmy months of summer.  In Old Mexico, fountains were located in the central village square, serving as a place to gather water, meet friends and catch up on the latest news.   Tlaquepaque visionary Abe Miller sought to capture that sense of place and purpose at Tlaquepaque as well.  During special times of the year, its fountains are transformed into spectacular seasonal displays with gourds, vines, roots, squashes and pumpkins in the fall, and trimmings like holly, ornamental balls and handmade signature serape ornaments during the holiday season.  Any time of year the gurgling, splashing water from the fountains brings a magical element to an already magical environment.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Tlaquepaque “Best of Everything” Union!


By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

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.


By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

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.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Guest books have come a long way….

Do something unique and different besides having the boring old paper guest book. Be creative and make “Your Wedding You ” and I think the guest book is a great place to show your personality and have a little fun.

There are so many ideas out there. One if the more popular ideas is using the game Jenga. Using the fun game of Jenga turns blocks into a guest signing success.

You could stack the pieces and have your guests remove their own block and write a message or you could put the pieces into a container of your choice.

There are many ways to create your display, so remember to have fun with it and make it your own. Don’t forget a catchy sign.

Every time you play the game, it will bring back all the memories of your special day for years to come.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Andrea Carusetta, owner and artist of Sedona Cake Couture, created a display cake for Tlaquepaque which is truly amazing and captured the true essence of Tlaquepaque, inspired by the rustic walls and Mexican tile throughout our beautiful village.


By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017
Tlaquepaque is proud to be one of the newest members of the LGBT Pride Guide. This amazing guide will help you plan your commitment ceremony or wedding. It’s filled with vendors that you can you trust to handle your special day. The guide has Calendar of Events, a 12 month Wedding Planning section, Honeymoon Ideas and a special section, Congrats to all the Newlyweds! Plus much more. The Pride Guide is beautifully done in color. So the next time you see the guide pick it up and check out our ad on page 94. It’s our pleasure to be part of this fabulous community!
By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Here is a gorgeous cake from Sedona Cake Couture In this years wedding color Marsala! Andrea handcrafted all the sugar succulents on this beautiful master piece! Andrea displayed this cake at the Sedona Bridal Show and Boot Camp that was held on January 17,2015 at the Hilton Sedona.

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