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Sunday, June 19, 2011. Rachel and Paul really know how to throw a party! They wanted to make their wedding a very special event for all of their dear family members and wonderful friends. Choosing Sedona for their destination wedding, Rachel and Paul made all their wedding arrangements from their home in Chicago for their dream Sedona wedding.
Wedding guests arrived into town from a variety of destinations to join in the special event. On Thursday night, Paul’s father Marty and his wife Kappy hosted an informal pizza party at their Sedona home. This was the kick off to an entire weekend of fun and celebration. Rachel received so much help and support from her sister Rebekah, in addition to other members of their family that were so helpful throughout the weekend.
Friday night the family got together for a quick rehearsal for their traditional ceremony taking place on Saturday. Guests were invited to a special welcome dinner in the Poco Diablo Ballroom where a Southwestern Buffet was prepared by the Chef and his team. According to Jewish tradition, it is customary to begin the Friday night meal with a wine and challah blessing. Guests were also invited to view the creative timeline created by Rachel and Paul, celebrating their lives throughout the years. Each guest could add their best wishes, their own experiences and events within the lives of Rachel and Paul. The timeline contained a variety of photos of the couple and was 16 feet long!
Saturday morning Rachel and Paul planned a hike to Brins Mesa trail which has lovely views of Sedona’s lovely red rocks. It was great that there were so many activities for the wedding guests during their weekend in Sedona. Preparations were being made for the wedding throughout the day. Rachel looked brilliant when she appeared in her lovely wedding gown for wedding portraits which were taken by Sedona Bride Photography. Janice Midkiff was an outstanding wedding coordinator and helped with the flow of events throughout the evening.
The wedding ceremony was performed by Rabbi Shoshanah Conover. The traditional ceremony included two parts: Erusin (betrothal) and Nissuin (marriage). Paul and Rachel’s siblings walked out with the traditional Chuppah followed by Paul and his parents. Rachel was accompanied by her parents as she approached the Chuppah and Paul waiting patiently. It was a lovely procession which was led by three adorable flower girls.
Following the wedding ceremony, guests proceeded to the Rose Terrace for the cocktail reception. At this time, Rachel and Paul returned to the hospitality suite for the yichud – an opportunity for the two of them to spend their first few moments alone together as husband and wife.
Dinner was held on the Canopy Patio while Bobby Russell with Sedona Sounds played a variety of music. Guests were offered the option of our famous Chicken Diablo – Chicken Breast stuffed with Boursin Cheese, Baby Spinach, Sun-dried Tomatoes served with our Roasted Red Pepper Sauce or a delicious Filet of Pan Seared Salmon Served with Lemon Dill Caper Sauce.
The Canopy Patio looked lovely adorned by beautiful flower arrangements by Amy Mills and Vickie Reitz with Bliss Extraordinary Floral. The amazing four tiered wedding cake was made by pastry chef and sugar artists Donna Joy with Sedona Sweet Arts. The delicious wedding cake was completely gluten-free and tasted great.
Following dinner, guests were invited to the Poco Diablo Ballroom where Bobby Russell had set up his amazing lights and sound system. We were preparing for a great party in the evening and Bobby did not disappoint! Guests enjoyed a variety of desserts and coffee drinks and danced throughout the evening.
As I mentioned earlier, Rachel and Paul really know how to throw a party! But this was not the final event as everyone was welcomed to join them for a breakfast brunch on Sunday morning in the ballroom. Guests were able to wish Rachel and Paul a wonderful trip as they were getting ready to spend their honeymoon in sunny Spain. This was a weekend that will always be remembered by Rachel and Paul, their friends and family members, and Poco Diablo Resort. We were so happy and excited to spend so much time with them and our staff enjoyed helping them with their magical wedding weekend. Thank you Rachel and Paul. We will miss you until your next visit to Sedona.