Elaine and Joseph — Cucina Rustica Sedona

Elaine and Joe wanted to keep things really simple, so they didn’t make a lot of advance plans about exactly where they wanted their Sedona wedding ceremony to be.  They had made dinner reservations at Cucina Rustica, in the Village of Oak Creek — one of our best Italian restaurants.  Having visited the restaurant, they decided to see if they could … Read More

Michelle and Steve — West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon

West Fork (aka Call of the Canyon) is an awesomely beautiful canyon about 30 minutes from Sedona, carved by a tributary of Oak Creek.  Michelle and Steve eloped there, and hiked in for their Spring wedding. This is one of the locations near Sedona that has both great red rock/canyon views, as well a lush, green riparian environment created by the perennial creek. They … Read More

Susan and Joel — L’Auberge de Sedona

Susan and Joel got married by the Creek at L’Auberge de Sedona — one of the prettiest wedding locations anywhere.  As a Sedona wedding officiant for 20+ years, I tell couples I talk to about the two types of natural beauty we have here in Sedona.  Of course, we have the famous and amazing red rock formations, which most people know about.  … Read More

Pat and Ken – Page Springs Vineyard & Cellars

On the chilly Monday after Christmas, Pat and Ken exchanged their vows on the deck at Page Springs Cellars, overlooking Oak Creek. The winter sun warmed us as it shone over the rows of bare vines, while the creek played its ceaseless music below. As a Sedona wedding officiant, I most often get asked to officiate weddings within view of Sedona’s … Read More

Alissa and Kyle — Crescent Moon Ranch

Alissa and Kyle traveled from Minnesota for their elopement wedding in Sedona, at Crescent Moon Ranch (aka Red Rock Crossing). It was the winter solstice, but a pretty mild day for a Sedona winter. The photographer, Andrew Holman, was very happy with the day, because the light overcast sky created the kind of soft light that only clouds can create. … Read More

What is a prothalamion?

I just learned that a “prothalamion” is a poem written specifically to celebrate a wedding. The term was coined by Edmund Spenser (1552-1599), who is best known for his epic poem The Faerie Queen. Spenser wrote the first prothalamion to celebrate the double marriage of the two daughters of Edward Somerset, Earl of Worcester; Elizabeth Somerset and Katherine Somerset. Most … Read More

Sherri and Rob – L’Auberge de Sedona

Sherri and Rob got married creekside at L’Auberge de Sedona resort, on a beautiful Fall Sunday. As a Sedona wedding officiant, I hear a lot of really wonderful vows that couples make to each other. And, Rob and Sherri’s vows were some of the most moving and heartfelt I’ve ever experienced.  I was so choked up after hearing them that … Read More

Kathleen and Daniel – L’Auberge de Sedona

Kathleen and Daniel got married at the beautiful “SpiritSong” deck high on the hill at L’Auberge de Sedona. It was a gorgeous early Fall day, and the red rocks were glowing as only they can do when it gets close to sunset. L’Auberge is a lovely property – for a private location, one of the prettiest places to get married … Read More