One of the most memorable residential weddings we have produced was for Karen and Steve. We quickly discovered we were all on the same page from day one. The entire process was so much fun. Karen wanted lots of purple for her wedding and she got it. The challenge was to use varieties of purple, bring in elements of the Southwest yet keep the look of a wedding, respect the style of the home and to create all of this in the heat of the summer on a windy day.
We pulled it off perfectly. We didn’t do it alone though. Karen Lynn, Sedonaweddingplanner.com planned every detail of this Sedona wedding until the last light went out. It was complicated to produce this wedding. There were so many details to address. Karen was incredible at organizing the entire wedding. Katrina Wallace and Andrew Mejia, Sedonabride.com, delivered the most beautiful photos you could ever imagine. Katrina and Andrew have a passion for their work and always make Show Stopper’s designs look just like they did in real time. We have included some of our favorite shots.
Just look at this gorgeous bouquet Ken made for Karen. He and Karen both love orchids so Ken used just about every orchid known to mankind. It had such depth, texture, rich color and a sexy hypnotic fragrance. The bouquet was the perfect complement to her fabulous Christian Dior gown. You can see color right down into the center of the design.
The couple came out of the home strolling through the courtyard garden to greet the guests. I thought the entry gate, with antique Mexican doors, was perfect for the ceremony since it was already an arch.
We decorated the arch with manzanita branches, succulents, liatrise, stock, ocotillo, varieties of orchid sprays, larkspur and cholla cactus skeletons.
Guests were seated in the circular drive between a huge Spanish fountain and the entry gate.
The bowls of the giant Spanish fountain were designed with golden barrel cactus, agave, succulents, kale, larkspur, liatrise, orchids and cholla cactus skeletons. Petals from 1000 roses were strewn across the top of the water. They completely covered the surface. It looked like some kind of exotic algae growing on top of a tropical lagoon.
The ring bearer carried one of our custom ring boxes. The box was covered with galax leaves then decorated with succulents and orchids. A purple ribbon finished the look. He was so cute and so proud to be a part of the ceremony. He was just beaming.
The centerpieces were made of fresh manzanita branches anchored in a base of polished alligator juniper. Manzinita grows all around the home and looks stark and fabulous in silhouette against the twilight. Quartz crystal specimens were hollowed out to house a votive candle that created a mystical glow. They served a duel purpose by weighting down the centerpieces. Wire votives were hung from the branches surrounding an display of spilling orchid sprays, liatrise, stock and larkspur.
I love this photo that Katrina and Andrew set up with the centerpiece against the aqua colored pool. We hung small quartz crystal points to finish the look. More tiny crystals were tossed around on the top of the table for the guests to take.
This great photo shows what can be achieved with good lighting. We used small pin spots with pale pink gels on every centerpiece.
The evening concluded with dancing under the full moon. Our lanterns looked great along the edge of the yard. Howling coyotes sang a celebratory song just for Steve and Karen as the sun sank behind the formations of red rock.