Jack and Joanne met when Joanne had almost given up on love. They met on an online dating service and are a perfect match. Their love of the outdoors made them decide on Sedona as a perfect destination wedding location, and you can see it was the perfect place for a summer wedding. The accents of white, brown and green complimented the natural elements perfectly. Take a look at this stunning couple, and their beautiful Arizona wedding.
How did he propose?
I was taking part in the Teaching American History Grant through my school district and I had been doing a teacher training in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia for a week. Upon completion of the program, Jack came to visit me in Virginia. That night while we were on the beach and I was looking another way he said a bottle had washed up on shore. In the bottle was an old scroll that said: ”Joanne will you marry me?” Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean that night on Virginia Beach I said yes. We then enjoyed our weekend taking in the sites of Washington D.C. On our U.S. Capitol tour our Senator from Arizona, Jeff Flake gave us a personal congratulations and told us good luck with our future.
Tell us about your venue.
Poco Diablo Resort was the perfect setting for our wedding. The moment we saw the amazing weeping willow tree that towers over the Sedona gazebo we knew this was where we wanted to get married. In the background you have a beautiful view of the Sedona red rocks and many different lake views as well. There was so much variety on the grounds of Poco Diablo for wedding photos, we knew this was the place! Jill was amazing to work with from Poco Diablo. She is so organized, makes accommodations for your special day, and helps you out with questions and details so that you can really know that you can relax and enjoy your special day! Jill was more than willing to meet with us on a number of occasions to put myself at ease with food selections, set up for the wedding, rehearsal schedule, you name it she was amazing! We used the ballroom for our reception at Poco Diablo and they also had an amazing staff who made and served the guest their plated dinners. Everyone of my guests commented on how great the food was at the wedding! Felipe and his crew did an amazing job so that our guests were very pleased with the delicious food.
Describe the theme and color scheme of your wedding.
Both of us love nature and we decided since it was a summer wedding to have our theme be the outdoors. Our color scheme was white, green, and brown. Our table setting had numbers that I designed with pictures of us around Sedona which was placed in a wood cut out. We had beautiful white and green flowers, green and white party favor boxes, one on each table with a butterfly. Whoever sat in that seat was the winner of the table flower centerpiece. Our guests each attached a leaf onto a framed tree which we now have hung in our hall. We had table setting cards and a basket that were beautifully decorated by my mother with the nature and butterfly theme. My mother did an amazing job decorating the gift card gazebo for the gift table.
One thing you learned?
Planning a wedding has many components and parts. Use your talents to make it your special day! My husband is gifted in money management and spreadsheets and budgets… this was his role. My role was the creativity, theme, favors, design, and layout of the wedding ceremony…. the creative side. Once we established our roles and what we were good at, we had much less stress and not micromanaging each other. It was fun as a project and a true test before the big day!
This bride and groom had beautiful lakeside, nautical Wisconsin wedding. Although it rained the morning of their wedding day, the ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect, and was full of so many personal touches. And one way to get rid of those pre-ceremony jitters? Why not have a boat cruise with your bridal party BEFORE the ceremony… yup, that’s one way to do it.
From the Bride
Patrick and I met online in 2009. After 3 years of dating, Patrick proposed while we were on vacation in August of 2012. We live in Chicago but decided on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for a wedding venue. We wanted to be outside and close to the water if possible. I’ve always been obsessed with sailboats and all things nautical. Patrick and I spent a lot of our dating time near and on the water so a nautical themed wedding was perfect for us! When we found the outside venue at Abbey Springs overlooking the lake it was perfect! The whole weekend was us, from the rehearsal dinner boat cruise, the anchor beer glass favors, the invitations and the ceremony. Our wedding ceremony was perfect, especially given that it had rained all day. But by the time the ceremony started, it was a gorgeous evening! Our ceremony was very personal, my uncle was our officiant and close family and friends participated in different ways. My oldest friend (from preschool) and his wife sang “I Won ’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz during the ceremony. The little details of our wedding were some of my favorite parts. My mom and I spent months before the wedding looking for the perfect vases, ribbons and chalkboards for our decor. We used Pinterest and wedding blogs to help come up with some great phrases for our chalkboards as well as the table centerpieces.
One of the best parts of our day was after the first look and wedding party pictures, when we all boarded an old wooden boat to transport us to the ceremony. It was such a fun and relaxing way to spend the hour before the ceremony. We were able to cool off from the heat, have a glass of champagne, and relax with our closest family and friends. We put some great music on the boat speakers and started the celebration! It was a great way to calm my nerves and relax before the whirlwind that was the ceremony and reception! The ceremony was wonderful and went off without a hitch! During the exchange of the rings I was so nervous that I put the ring on the wrong hand! The groomsmen quickly corrected me and we solved the problem after some laughter from the guests. The rest of the evening was filled with wonderful food and drinks, as well as toasts and then we all danced the night away! It rained again during dancing which just cooled everything off! The guys snuck away for some cigars on the balcony overlooking the lake after the rain stopped. Overall it was an amazing day. We are so grateful to our amazing family and friends as well as our vendors who helped make the day possible!
Get ready to see the most adorable flower girl, and such a sweet, loving couple. Tim + Tiffany were married this past June at the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs resort in Salida, Colorado. This is a true mountain setting: three hours southwest from Denver, all through windy mountain roads complete with the stunning front range views. The colors were a rusted orange and light gray. The guest favors were mason jars filled with ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies. What I love most about this wedding and this couple is how much their incorporated the love of their family, and daughter, who was their flower girl. Not only did they have her sign as their witness on their marriage license, she also tried on her mom’s wedding gown while the girls were getting ready. Insert awwww here.
From the Bride & Groom
We could not be more pleased with how our wedding day turned out. We spent a year and a half planning out every little detail about how the day would go, and everything turned out just the way we wanted it to. We found that flexibility and compromise were the two things that were most important to ensuring a smooth wedding day. If we were ok with some things going differently than we had planned, then we could look at the day as a whole and label it a success. We chose Mt. Princeton Hot Springs as our location because the area is sacred to us. We wanted to be somewhere that represented our love for Colorado, and that had some personal importance to us. Being in that beautiful natural setting with all of our close family and friends was incredible. We have never felt closer to each other than we did on that day. We can honestly say that we would not do anything differently. Every little bump in the road is what made the day memorable to us.”
My favorite moment of the day (aside from seeing two of my very good friends get married) was when Tiffany climbed up onto Tim’s shoulders (with a little help from her bridesmaids) after the ceremony. That and the cupcakes. The Oreo-topped mini cupcakes were divine.
Most of us experienced our first snow of the season yesterday. Here in Denver? We hit snow number three for the season. The weird thing is I love winter – the snow, the chill in the air, an excuse to wear every sweater and pair of boots I own. But, I won’t lie, I do long for one 70-degree day here and their. So, where am I going with this?
Emily and Tim. First off, their wedding was outside – it was June after all. Secondly, look how green that grass is. Thirdly, how about the relaxed, classic style of their wedding? It has these beautiful details like the escort cards and chiavari chairs, but then you have the simple and natural backdrop for their wedding ceremony. Sounds like a good mix to me.
I always wanted to get married on the 4th of July. It was my favorite holiday growing up, and I never really shook the notion of having my special day on our nation’s birthday. I’m inspired by the different plays on the traditional color palette, and details that are just subtle enough to give a nod to the holiday without being confused for just any 4th of July bash.
Tasty Trials | Geoff Lung via Martha Stewart Weddings
Photogen Inc. via Minnesota Bride | Martha Stewart Weddings
Mathieu Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs | Photogen Inc. via Minnesota Bride
The Little Pea | Tinywater, via Style Me Pretty
Lionsgate Designs | BellaPhotografica via Style Me Pretty
Marilyn Keepsakes | Engaged Studio via Style Me Pretty
Cupcakes and Cashmere | Martha Stewart Weddings
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Happy Fourth of July, everyone, and stay cool!