Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine Features The Sedona Bridal Boot Camp and Wedding Soiree
What a pleasant surprise this morning when we discovered this wonderful feature on Phoenix Bride And Groom Magazine’s blog. The feature was written and posted by long time SWS friend and fellow member, Kelly Gill. It was quite a day. All who participated were so happy Kelly came all the way up the hill from Scottsdale just to spend the day at the bootcamp. Thank you Kelly for this lovely article!
The next issue of Phoenix Bride and Groom has a lavish, multi-page feature in the Sedona section. It showcases a photo shoot taken at Rachel’e Knoll high above SWS member venue, Seven Canyons. It was a complicated, stylish shoot that was produced in it’s entirety by members of the Sedona Wedding Studio! The word on the street is that the feature is absolutely unbelievable. Be sure to get your copy asap! First issues will be available starting June 12th. Here are two “teaser notes” we will share with you that were sent to the SWS from publisher and fellow member, Fran Samuel. The first one is when she saw the mini- preview by Sedona Bride Photography and the second is when she received the entire catalogue of images.
1. I have no words other than “just amazing”….. love love love. I can’t stop looking at the images. Jim was right, it’s the best ever. Thank you to all involved in this magic.
2. Photo shoot team – Today is Saturday and I just received the entire CD of images from the Sedona shoot. I honestly don’t know what to say other than thank you. I know your talents, I’ve seen your talents but this is so over-the-top beautiful. I feel honored we have the opportunity to grace the pages of Phoenix Bride & Groom with your talents. This truly is the frosting on the cake.
You are all fabulous!!!!
Best wishes, Fran Samuel, Publisher
Phoenix Bride & Groom Magazine
Post By Kelly Gill / Phoenix Bride And Groom Magazine
A few months ago I couldn’t stop tweeting and facebooking about Sedona Wedding Studio’s Bridal Bootcamp. I went, I gushed, I took copious notes. Today I am sharing with you what I gleaned at the bootcamp and some of my not- so- great images. It turns out my Blackberry doesn’t take the best pics and SWS co-founders and photographers, Sedona Bride Photographers, were busy teaching people stuff to take very many; here’s a game for you: see if you can discern between my pics and theirs (haha)!
In case you haven’t been there, Sedona Wedding Studio is a charming place where you can meet all the vendors you would want to meet for your wedding. You can browse samples of vendors’ work, schedule meetings with vendors and be inspired by the sites and smells. OH, the smells! Sedona Cake Couture is in the space adjacent to the studio and there is always something that you just have to try. Look at this irresistable sweets case:
Guests of the bootcamp received invaluable advice from professionals such as Liz Margin, make up artist; Dana DeLuz, Dance Instructor; Andrea Carusetta-Blount, cake artist; coordinators Margaret Van Damme, Judi Bloomfield and Karen Lynn; Bobby Russell, DJ; Katrina and Andrew, photographers and co-founders of Sedona Wedding Studio; and Ken and Jim, floral designers and co-founders of Sedona Wedding Studio.
They also set up some cute vignettes throughout the space for wedding inspiration:
This table design is by Laura Marolakos, Heart of Sedona Weddings.
Details from Laura’s table include vintage table settings and Invitations.
This charming pink themed table is by Karen Lynn, Sedona Wedding Planner.
No one could resist the French Macrons from Sedona Cake Couture. I am pretty sure Sedona Wedding Studio is going to host another Bridal Bootcamp in the future and if you didn’t go, I urge you to do so. They are the nicest people around, the bootcamp is intimate and personal, Sedona is gorgeous, and every single Sedona Wedding Studio vendor travels, especially to Phoenix.
Here are a few tips that I think would be helpful to anyone planning their wedding, brought to you by the members of Sedona Wedding Studio:
Liz Margin Makeup: stay away from blue undertones since red/pink on the eyes can make you look tired; avoid super bright lips
Dana DeLuz Dance Studio: practice your wedding dance in different surroundings so that the wedding floor surroundings don’t throw you off
Sedona Cake Couture: add crunch to your cake! Use pralines, coconut, etc. for texture
Van Damme Weddings: define your style by gathering materials, pictures, etc. then see what color palette emerges. Once you determine the colors, don’t change! Huge trends: grey suits/dresses, 40′s inspired details, shades of blue, honeysuckle, Hollywood Glam
Sedona Wedding Planner: seek a variety of venue options and determine your priorities.The Forest Service properties are beautiful but you cannot bring anything onto them, including chairs; B&B’s are great for intimate weddings; Resorts offer guest convenience; Private Properties are beautiful but may have noise curfews; Vineyards are great, etc.
Events by Showstoppers: Be open to suggestions about flowers since the time of year determines what looks best; have an idea of what you want and the style you are looking for but be open to the designer’s professional opinions- they are not necessarily trying to get you to spend more money, but they do want the floral to be the best it can be.
Sedona Sounds: Make sure your DJ is professional and practices the pronunciations of names well before the wedding day. Bobby Russell actually tapes the way you pronounce names and practices them!
Sedona Bride Photographers: you must have 2 photographers, at least; consult with your photographer before sending out the invites- time/lighting are important factors; if possible, choose a prep area with lots of natural light; candles and up- lighting are really important; meet wiht the photographer- do not base your decision on website alone.
And my tip, that I humbly offered to the bootcampers: listen to your gut. If you meet with a vendor and you just don’t feel like you are connecting well, don’t hire them. They may not be connecting with you either. Often, the best weddings are not those where the most money was spent but those that are made up of a team of vendors who really get you and your style.
I will be sure to keep you posted on the next Sedona Wedding Studio Bridal Bootcamp- those who attended had a blast!
The food was catered by Heartline Cafe and it was delicious!