• 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

Tlaquepaque Happenings

By Wendy Lippman 12 Dec, 2017
The Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village has become the undisputed epicenter for holiday entertainment and festivities in Sedona.  It all starts Saturday, December 16th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.   As always, the event is free and the trolley will be running from the Uptown municipal parking lot (260 Schnebly Road) during the same time period for your convenience.

Now in its fifth year, the Holiday Sweet Stroll is a musical and entertainment extravaganza sprinkled with very special treats, gifts and sweet discounts to entice some holiday shopping.  Gather family, friends and the young ones for a magical afternoon of fun.  The participating Tlaquepaque boutique shops and galleries have gone all out to make sure your holidays are the best ever. 
By Wendy Lippman 04 Dec, 2017
Few events in Sedona can boast 45 consecutive years of overwhelming success and holiday magic.  Get ready for Tlaquepaque's Festival of Lights, the beloved signature event - perfect for the whole family, happening this year on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 3:00 to 8:00p.m.  Come marvel at the arts village, beautifully lit with 6000 luminarias, creating a warm , golden glow flowing over every courtyard, balcony and walkway.  For your holiday shopping pleasure, the shops and galleries will stay open until 8:00 p.m.  Admission is free --- so is the hot cider,and, for your convenience, take the free trolley from the Uptown Municipal parking lot to and from Tlaquepaque.  Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy for kids ...drop them off at the Toys for Tots station in Patio del Norte.  
By Wendy Lippman 28 Nov, 2017
Get ready to kick-off the holiday season at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, the Art and Soul of Sedona.  Bring friends, family and especially the youngsters as there is plenty to do and see.   Start your evening on Friday, December 1st around 5 p.m. to enjoy the traditional tree lighting with Mayor Sandy Moriarty.   

By Wendy Lippman 16 Oct, 2017
Cocopah , Arizona’s oldest bead store, is committed to dealing in historic, ethnic and rare beads. Turquoise has always been the most significant bead we represent. It was an intricate part of the history, lore and trade of Pre-Columbian Indians in the Southwest and along the ancient trade routes to South America. As all the mines but Kingman have closed, it has become yet more precious and costly. Imitation materials are sold everywhere as Turquoise. Visitors constantly ask us how to tell the real from the fake. We want to share with you some fascinating information about this mythic stone.
By Wendy Lippman 27 Sep, 2017
Fall in Sedona is a favorite time of the year, and at Tlaquepaque  it's high season, filled with festivals and popular events that happily bring Sedona residents and visitors together.  Forty-five years ago founder Abe Miller envisioned Tlaquepaque as a community gathering place to recreate Fiestas from Old Mexico.   Since that time, we have worked hard to keep the most time honored traditions alive.
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 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.

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