• By Wendy Lippman
  • 03 Jun, 2017
The second weekend in June was very exciting here at Tlaquepaque! We were so happy to host three lovely wedding ceremonies and three intimate wedding receptions. We couldn’t be happier.

Rebekah Kothe and James Holloway III spoke their wedding vows on the lovely Patio de las Campanas on Friday, June 12. The special touch to this wedding ceremony was the fact that Rebekah’s father performed the wedding ceremony.

Guests enjoyed lovely violin music performed by the   Phoenix String Quartet   during the ceremony which took place at 6:00pm.   Bliss Extraordinary Floral   created the amazing floral archway for the ceremony of Rebekah and James.

Violin Duet from the Phoenix String Quartet
Preparations for the Ceremony on the Patio de las Campanas

Following the wedding ceremony, guests enjoyed a heavenly reception on the Calle Independencia prepared by  Heartline CafeBobby Russell  of Sedona Sounds entertained while playing great music throughout the night.

DJ Bobby Russell, Sedona Sounds
Saturday night, June 13, We were happy to host the wedding ceremony of Devin Tyler and Lee Israel on the Patio de las Campanas. They stood beneath a personalized Chupah decorated with the American Flag and the Union Jack from Great Britain.   Karen Lynn , Sedona Wedding Planner, coordinated the event. Following the intimate wedding ceremony on the Patio de las Campanas, guests were accompanied to the wedding reception held on the Calle Independencia. Many personal items were displayed at the wedding reception including a lovely antique dresser that belonged to Devin’s grandmother. DJ Gabriel Brown played musical favorites while   Heartline Cafe   made preparations for a scrumptious dinner. Amy Mills of   Bliss Extraordinary Floral   provided the lovely floral arrangements for Devin and Lee. Photos were taken by   Jared Platt Photography . The centerpiece of the reception was the wedding cake created by   Sedona Cake Couture .
Wedding Chupah for Devin and Lee in the Patio de las Campanas
Personal Photographs of Devin and Lee on the reception table
On Sunday, June 14, we were happy to host the marriage of Jennifer Patterson and Alfonso Ballesteros.   Laura Lane  with Sacred Unions coordinated both the wedding ceremony and spectacular reception. Their wedding ceremony was held in the Tlaquepaque Chapel decorated with lovely flowers provided by  Bliss Extraordinary Floral .

Andrew Murphy , Heart of Sedona Weddings, performed the intimate wedding ceremony while Elizabeth Elgin played her lovely harp. Katrina Wallace and Andrew Mejia with  Sedona Bride  captured the moments photographically thoughout the day.

Following the ceremony, guests accompanied the bridal party to the Calle Independencia for the wedding reception.  Rosalie’s of Sedona  prepared the food which was delicious and exotic. The amazing four tiered fondant wedding cake was created by Donna Joy,  Sedona Sweet Arts . Donna also made a fun groom’s cake representing the state of Texas.   Lisa Miller  spinned the best music available throughout the night.   Arizona Bartenders  were on hand serving drinks and cocktails to the guests. The event was spactacular under the overhead lighting on the Calle Indepencencia. It was truly a memorable wedding for Jennifer and Alfonso and we were pleased to host their wonderful wedding.
The Sweetheart Table prepared by Bliss Floral for Jennifer and Alfonso
The Grooms Cake made by Sedona Sweet Arts for Alfonso
Rosalie's of Sedona created a lovely reception setting
By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Flamenco in the Courtyard beginning April 3rd !

Sunday through Wednesday evenings from 5:30PM-7:30PM

Join Gaetano and friends in Patio de las Campanas –   El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano   presents master guitarists Gaetano and friends with spirited performances inspired from Spain and Mexico. Gaetano treats visitors to Spanish guitar in the courtyard in front of the restaurant. Enjoy tapas and your favorite beverage from the outside bar.

Free Admission and all are welcome.

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.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017
The color experts at Pantone have named Marsala — a “naturally robust and earthy wine red” – the color of the year for 2015.

It works wonderfully as a base color for your wedding, and it can be complemented either by warm tones, like orange, yellow, or coral, or cool tones, like blue or purple


By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Catherine and Andrew had a wonderful journey driving across the country this past May together with a planned stop to get married right here at our intimate Chapel. Their immediate family met them here in beautiful Sedona for their wedding ceremony.  Serenaded by Spanish guitar, their ceremony was just perfect!

Catherine’s bridal gown had a Western flare to go with her fun cowboy boots and her bouquet which included unique/purple desert succulents.

To end their beautiful wedding, the bride and groom took to the red rocks for some romantic shots.

Wedding Package by   Ceremony of Love

Photographer,   Drew Holman

Flowers by Kim Roda,   The Jazz Bouquet

Guitarist,   Brian David

Officiant,   Janice Midkiff

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