• By Wendy Lippman
  • 03 Jun, 2017
Kicking off the first weekend in October, Tlaquepaque hosted four weddings under clear skies and full moon. The weather is a bit cooler this time of year but that did not affect our bridal couples.
Preparation on th Patio de las Campanas for the wedding ceremony

We were excited to host the wedding of Alison Ecklund and Scott Carney. They booked their Tlaquepaque wedding last August, and at the time, their wedding date of Saturday, October 3, 2009 seemed so far away. But before we knew it, the wedding date was here. Alison is a journalist with the Sedona Red Rock News and a local favorite. Scott and Alison made the perfect Sedona couple and we loved having them here.

Alison and Scott during the Wedding Ceremony

Their wedding ceremony took place on the Patio de las Campanas at the foot of the Tlaquepaque bell tower. Scott and Alison walked across the bridge above the patio and entered the ceremony site by our tiled staircase. It was a very elegant entrance to a lovely ceremony. Events by Showstoppers decorated the Patio with lovely curtains as a back drop for the ceremony.

Alison Ecklund with lovely flowers provided by Events by Showstoppers

Following the ceremony, guests proceeded to the Calle Independencia where they enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by   Heartline Cafe . Centerpieces and bridal floral was created by   Events by Showstoppers .

Lovely floral centerpieces created by Events by Showstoppers

Throughout the evening, Muskellunge Bluegrass Band performed great music and were enjoyed by all.

Scott and Alison's wedding cake created by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

Donna Joy with   Sedona Sweet Arts   created a beautiful wedding cake covered with coconut. The cake was light and fluffy and it looked as if it were adorned by feathers. What a wonderful and unique wedding cake.

Kimberly Walling with her father getting ready to walk down the aisle

Kimberly Walling and James Rising held their wedding ceremony in the Tlaquepaque chapel on the same evening. Their wedding was planned and coordinated by Laura Maralakos with   Heart of Sedona Weddings . Rev. Andrew Murphy performed the intimate wedding ceremony and flowers and candles were provided by   Bliss Extraordinary Floral . Michael David with   Taltos Productions   took the professional photographs of their wedding.

Michael David with Taltos Productions

Kimberly and James escorted their wedding guests to Heartline Cafe where they enjoyed their wedding reception. Their lovely wedding cake was made by Donna Joy,   Sedona Sweet Arts .

James and Kimberly's Lovely Wedding Cake Created by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

It was an amazing evening and a successful weekend at Tlaquepaque and we would like to congratulate all our wedding couples.

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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