TLAQUEPAQUE WEDDINGS CONTINUE IN NOVEMBER

  • By Wendy Lippman
  • 03 Jun, 2017

On a bright, crisp and sunny November weekend, Tlaquepaque was happy to host three lovely weddings. The skies were clear with a splash of color displayed by the changing leaves of the Arizona Sycamore Trees in our Village.

Bernice Gonzales and Juan Elias Jr.

Rev. Janice Midliff with   Ceremony of Love , performed the intimate Chapel wedding of Bernice Gonzales and Juan Elias, Jr. Janice’s motto – “we are all about the love” really showed during this beautiful Chapel wedding. The wedding was performed on Friday, November 20th in both English and Spanish surrounded by the family and friends of Juan and Bernice.

Rev. Janice Midkiff with her husband Bill Hedrick
Lovely Flower Girls for Bernice and Juan

Saturday, with cooler temperatures, we were excited to host the wedding reception of Johanna Bertoldo and Terry Starner, Jr. who held their wedding ceremony within the amazing Red Rocks of Sedona on Schnebly Hill Road. The sun was shinning brightly during the ceremony. Following the ceremony, guests arrived at Tlaquepaque at 3pm for the reception on the Terrace at Patio del Norte.   Heartline Cafe   catered a lovely meal above the spectacular decorated fountain in Patio del Norte.

Lovely Terrace Reception of Johanna and Terry
Johanna created the floral designs herself!
Wedding Reception above the lovely Patio del Norte

Saturday evening in the Tlaquepaque Chapel, Margaret Van Damme with   Van Damme Weddings   performed the lovely wedding ceremony of Miranda Wells and John Shihadeh. Flowers were provided by   Mountain High Flowers , a local Sedona florist.

The Lovely Miranda Wells - Our happy bride
Margaret Van Damme - Van Damme Weddings
Margaret Van Damme - Van Damme Weddings
Miranda Wells and John Shihadeh
One of the two ring bearers - how adorable!
John and Miranda in the Chapel courtyard

The weekend before Thanksgiving was wonderful here at Tlaquepaque and we couldn’t have been happier for our bridal couples. What a great time to get married in Sedona.

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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