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Last May 29th, Steven and Kassie held their lovely wedding here at Poco Diablo Resort and one whole year has already passed! Wow, what a fun and exciting wedding they had with us and I know that their family and friends are still talking about it. We really enjoyed the time we spent with Steven and Kassie and loved the wonderful photographs captured by Janise Witt. Here are a few of their lovely photographs that reflects the love they share for each other and their special wedding.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012. A few months ago, we met the kind parents of Gaurav, who lives in Michigan. They were looking for a wedding venue in Sedona and visited us for a property tour. We enjoyed the time we spent with them and they felt that Poco Diablo Resort would be the perfect wedding venue for their son and daughter-in-law. During the Sedona Bridal Fair in February, Ashley and Gaurav traveled to Sedona to see our lovely property and they were looking for a specific May date.  We really wanted to accommodate them and we were happy that we could host their wedding here at Poco.  They wanted to have the ceremony on the golf course and hold the wedding reception in the Poco Diablo Ballroom. We were able to adjust some of our other events taking place on the same day and luckily, we were able to host their wedding here at Poco Diablo Resort.

Setting up the Wedding Mandap

Setting up the Wedding Mandap

It was a lovely Sedona day on Saturday and the golf course looked amazing. The traditional ceremony was held with beautiful red rock views while the flowing ponds and trees comforted the wedding guests. Our newly hatched ducklings were in the nearby stream and birds were singing throughout the ceremony. The groom arrived with much fan fair and celebration. Flowers were prevent throughout the ceremony. The canopy or mandap was placed on the golf course and decorated with colorful material and floral designs. Ashley looked lovely in her red sari as she approached Gaurav, who wore traditional wedding attire. Ashley wore decorative henna, created for the special occasion. The ceremony was performed by Pandit Vajpayee in front of their family and friends. It was such a lovely ceremony.

Waiting for the Arrival of the Groom, then the arrival of the Bride

Waiting for the Arrival of the Groom, then the arrival of the Bride

Gaurav arrives, the Baraat is the arrival of the groom on the day of the wedding.

Gaurav arrives, the Baraat is the arrival of the groom on the day of the wedding.

Marriage Ceremony

Marriage Ceremony

The entire Poco Diablo staff enjoyed the family and friends of the bridal couple. Our Executive Chef Felipe Felix was excited to prepare the wedding dinner with an Indian flair and our banquet staff made sure the ballroom was set up for comfort and fun. The delicious dinner buffet included Naan Bread, Basmati Rice, Grilled Chicken Breast with Lemon Herb Sauce, Muttar Peneer, Fresh Garden Salad, Seasonal Vegetables, Potato Samosas with Mango Chutney and an Assorted Fresh Fruit and Cheese Display. Much of the traditional dancing and champagne toasts took place just before dinner. Music and dancing went on throughout the evening.

Their Pandit Performs the Ceremony

Their Pandit Performs the Ceremony

Mommy Duck and Baby Duck Nearby

Mommy Duck and Baby Duck Nearby

Lovely Marsh Flowers In the Pond

Lovely Marsh Flowers In the Pond

We are anxious to see the professional photograhs taken by the Fenglong Photography teamThey traveled from Atlanta for this special event and also covered the Mehndi Party the night before the wedding.

Poco Diablo Ballroom Prepared for the Arrival of the Bridal Party and Wedding Guests

Poco Diablo Ballroom Prepared for the Arrival of the Bridal Party and Wedding Guests

Poco Diablo Ballroom Prepared for the Arrival of the Bridal Party and Wedding Guests

Poco Diablo Ballroom Prepared for the Arrival of the Bridal Party and Wedding Guests

One of the highlights of the evening was the spectacular wedding cake created by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts. The handmade sugar flowers were remarkable and when the cake arrived in the ballroom, our staff circled the cake table in awe of the unbelievable sugar floral decor. This was truly a spectacular wedding cake!

The Spectacular Wedding Cake Created by Pastry Chef and Sugar Artist Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

The Spectacular Wedding Cake Created by Pastry Chef and Sugar Artist Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

Delicious Samosas Offered as Appetizer

Delicious Samosas Offered as Appetizer

Guests danced throughout the evening and celebrated the wonderful wedding of Ashley and Gaurav. We have enjoyed working with the bridal couple and their parents and were truly honored to host their beautiful wedding. Thank you and many happy years to you both. Come back and visit us when you return to Arizona.

Birds Sang Throughout the Wedding Ceremony

Birds Sang Throughout the Wedding Ceremony

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Red Rock Views Showcase the Wedding of Sunny and Duncan

Red Rock Views Showcase the Wedding of Sunny and Duncan

Friday, May 18, 2012. Poco Diablo Resort was honored to host the intimate wedding and fun reception of Sunny and Duncan.  The May weather here in Sedona was beautiful with cool breezes and clear skies. The wedding ceremony was held on the Poco Diablo Golf course facing Elephant Rock. Rev. Andrew Murphy with Heart of Sedona Weddings performed the beautiful wedding ceremony while Brian David played classical guitar during the ceremony.

Adorable Ring Bearer and Flower Girl

Adorable Ring Bearer and Flower Girl

Our lovely bride walking down the aisle

Our lovely bride walking down the aisle

Guitarist Brian David

Guitarist Brian David

Laura Maralakos with Heart of Sedona Weddings was their wedding coordinator, making sure every detail was just as the couple wanted, adding her personal touch to the event.  Additional decor was created by Laura accompanied by beautiful floral designs by Kim Sutherland with Mountain High Flowers. Sunny looked lovely in her wedding gown and her bridal party wore the colors of red and yellow which were prevalent throughout the wedding.

Lovely Table Decor - Flowers by Mountain High Flowers

Lovely Table Decor – Flowers by Mountain High Flowers

Wedding Professionals - Left to Right: Laura Maralakos and Andrew Murphy, Heart of Sedona Weddings, Kim Sutherland and Florist Mountain High Flowers

Wedding Professionals – Left to Right: Laura Maralakos and Andrew Murphy, Heart of Sedona Weddings, Kim Sutherland and Florist Mountain High Flowers

The professional photographer was Kate Wall and Patricia Vega with Le Petit Spa de Sedona did Sunny’s hair and make-up. The bridal party looked wonderful on the golf course for the perfect Sedona wedding.

Wedding Ceremony on the Golf Course

Wedding Ceremony on the Golf Course

Following the wedding ceremony, guests proceeded to the Canopy Patio for a delicious Southwestern Dinner buffet. Dessert was created by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts. Delicious Red Velvet cupcakes accompanied by a lovely cake with hand made sugar flowers. Entertainment was provided by Kevin Lee, Pure Entertainment DJ. He got everyone up on their feet during the reception with his great music selections.

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes Created by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes Created by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

Kevin Lee, Pure Entertainment DJ

Kevin Lee, Pure Entertainment DJ

Our Sweet Bride Sunny

Our Sweet Bride Sunny

The Canopy Patio looked festive with colorful lanterns and pom poms that decorated the reception. Our bartender Holli make sure everyone enjoyed themselves and our staff had a great time with the wedding guests.

Poco Banquet Staff - Holli Center, RJ Left, Nic Right

Poco Banquet Staff – Holli Center, RJ Left, Niklas Right

Oriental Theme at Wedding Reception

Oriental Theme at Wedding Reception

We were so excited to host Duncan and Sunny’s wedding and we wish them many happy years together. We look forward to seeing them back at Poco Diablo Resort.

How Cute!

How Cute!

Candle - Cactus Syle - Fun Wedding Favor

Candle – Cactus Syle – Fun Wedding Favor

Beautiful Poco Diablo Resort

Beautiful Poco Diablo Resort

Congratulations to Sunny and Duncan on their Marriage

Congratulations to Sunny and Duncan on their Marriage

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Poco Diablo Resort, Sedona Arizona. The perfect venue for your dream wedding. What is more adorable than having children take part in your wedding party. It is exciting for them and enjoyable for all your guests and others in the wedding party. Some wedding traditions that grew over the years:

Adorable Ring Bearer

Adorable Ring Bearer

Flower Girl is a participant in a Wedding Procession. Like Ring Bearers and Page boys, flower girls are usually members of the Bride’s or Bridegroom’s extended family, but may also be friends.

Hand in Hand down the Aisle

Hand in Hand down the Aisle

Her male equivalent is the ring bearer or page boy. Often the ring bearer and the flower girl are dressed to look like a couple, and they may be dressed in miniature versions of the bride’s and bridegroom’s clothes

We love these ruffles!

We love these ruffles!

Typically, the flower girl walks in front of the bride during an entrance processional. She may spread flower petals on the aisle before the bride or carry a basket of flowers. We have seem many variations of this here at Poco Diablo Resort.

Historically, the clothing is provided by the families of the bride and groom, but most modern couples expect the parents of the flower girl to pay for her clothing and other expenses related to her participation.

Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

The Ring Bearer is a special page who carries the wedding rings for the bridal party. This is almost always symbolic, with the ring bearer carrying a large white satin pillow on which imitation rings are sewn, while the real wedding bands are kept in the safekeeping of the Best Man.

The ring bearer as a separate role is a relatively modern innovation. In today’s common wedding ceremony, the best man carries the rings.

Flower Girl with Bridal Couple Kassie and Steven

Flower Girl with Bridal Couple Kassie and Steven

Ring bearers are often nephews, sons or young brothers and are generally in the same age range as flower girls, which is to say that they are no younger than about four nor older than 12.  If the couple have had children prior to marriage, their own children may serve as ring bearer or flower girl.

Beautiful Flower Girl

Beautiful Flower Girl

Many wedding couples start their own traditions as many things have changed throughout the years. Various types of weddings are taking place in modern times.

Wedding Ringbearer

Wedding Ringbearer

Not to be confused with an elopement, a destination wedding is one in which a wedding is hosted, often in a vacation-like setting, at a location to which most of the invited guests must travel and often stay for several days. This could be a wedding set in the Red Rocks of Sedona or a simple ceremony on the golf course followed by the wedding reception. During the recession of 2009, destination weddings continued to see growth compared to traditional weddings and who can blame the growth in destination weddings when people discover the beauty of Sedona, Arizona.

Cute Flower Girls Help Out at the Wedding

Cute Flower Girls Help Out at the Wedding

Here at Poco Diablo Resort, we also see a number of weekend weddings, which is a wedding in which bridal couples and their guests celebrate over the course of an entire weekend. Special activities, such as hiking, jeep tours, spa treatments and golf tournaments may be scheduled into the wedding itinerary. Poco Diablo Resort can offer a block of guest rooms for wedding guests, convenient for everyone since guests stay in the same facility as the wedding reception.  Many times couples often host a Sunday brunch at Poco for the weekend’s finale or a rehearsal dinner prior to the wedding.

Ring Bearer and Flower Girl

Ring Bearer and Flower Girl

Personalizing your wedding party with your children, nieces, nephews and siblings make a deep impression on the children taking part in the wedding. The photographs are adorable and enjoyed by everyone.

Pair of Adorable Flower Girls

Pair of Adorable Flower Girls

Our Lovely Bride Marcy with her Flower Girls

Our Lovely Bride Marcy with her Flower Girls

Think of Poco Diablo Resort for your special Sedona Wedding. We’re booking weddings for 2013 so check with us on your wedding date and start planning your dream wedding with us.

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Wedding Ceremony on the Golf Course

Wedding Ceremony on the Golf Course

Saturday, May 5, 2012.  Cinco de Mayo in Sedona, Arizona – a great day for Stefanie and Roberts special wedding here at Poco Diablo Resort. Over the past few months, we have enjoyed working with Robert and Stefanie planning their wedding on this special day. They visited the resort a few times getting their details worked out and all the thoughtful planning showed on Saturday.

Wedding Party Begins Procession down the Aisle

Wedding Party Begins Procession down the Aisle

Andrew Murphy with Heart of Sedona Weddings performed their wedding on the Poco Diablo golf course in front of nearly 100 friends and family members. There was a comfortable breeze flowing through the weeping willow tree that soared above. Natalie Flanigan with The Pros was their official photographer. The lovely floral wedding arrangements were provided by Mountain High Flowers. The ceremony was personalized by their children, taking part in the wedding party.

Rev. Andrew Murphy Performing Wedding Ceremony

Rev. Andrew Murphy Performing Wedding Ceremony

Following the ceremony, Robert and Stefanie took lovely wedding portraits while guests proceeded to the Rose Terrace for cocktails and appetizers. A delicious ceviche was served with cocktails along with our signature fruit and cheese tray. Guests enjoyed music played by DJ’s The Pros throughout the evening.

Freshly Made Ceviche was Served During the Cocktail Hour

Freshly Made Ceviche was Served During the Cocktail Hour

Banquet Server Nicholas

Banquet Server Niklas

Lovely Floral Arrangements by Mountain High Flowers

Lovely Floral Arrangements by Mountain High Flowers

Dinner was served on the Canopy Patio with lovely views of the surrounding summits and hills. The golf course never looked better!  Following their dinner salad, guests enjoyed a duo plate of Chicken Breast topped with Tarragon Cream Sauce paired with Grilled Salmon with Garlic Butter.

Dinner was Served on the Canopy Patio

Dinner was Served on the Canopy Patio

Elegant Fruit and Cheese Display

Elegant Fruit and Cheese Display

The beautiful and delicious wedding cake was made by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts. The tables looked lovely with floral decor and party favors placed by their children. They did a great job adding their special touch to the wedding reception. It was such a wonderful wedding and everyone had a great time. We would like to wish Stefanie and Robert much happiness in their life together and thank you for allowing Poco Diablo Resort to be a part of your wedding celebration.

The Beautiful Wedding Cake created by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

The Beautiful Wedding Cake created by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

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Candice and Anthony

Candice and Anthony

Saturday, May 5, 2012.  The perfect day for a Sedona wedding with mild temperatures and clear skies. Cinco de Mayo was a popular day for weddings here in Sedona and we were thrilled to host the wedding of local couple Candice and Anthony here at Poco Diablo Resort.  The wedding took place on the golf course at the gazebo which is surrounded by beautiful rose bushes.

Candice and her Father approaching the Gazebo

Candice and her Father approaching the Gazebo

Pastor Frank Performed Ceremony

Pastor Frank Performed Ceremony

Pastor Frank performed the emotional wedding ceremony while photographer Janise Witt took wedding photographs. Candice looked so beautiful as her father walked her down the aisle.  The color red was popular throughout the wedding and the large bridal party was joyful as they approached the ceremony site.

Bridal Party in Red and Black

Bridal Party in Red and Black

Mr and Mrs

Mr and Mrs

Following the ceremony, guests proceeded to the ballroom for a delicious wedding brunch containing:

  • Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs
  • Applewood Smoked Bacon
  • Sausage Patties
  • Poco Breakfast Potatoes
  • Country Style French Toast
  • A Display of Sliced Seasonal Fruit
  • Build Your Own Yogurt Parfait which includes House Made Granola and Fresh Berries
  • Freshly Brewed Coffee and Decaf, Assorted Hot Teas and Fruit Juices
  • Breakfast Breads, Muffins, Sweet Rolls, Sweet Butter and Preserves
Photographer Janise Witt

Photographer Janise Witt

We were so happy to be able to be a part of their celebration. Congratulations to Candice and Anthony and please come back and see us very soon.

Cake and Cupcakes at the Wedding Brunch

Cake and Cupcakes at the Wedding Brunch

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We can hardly believe that it is already one year since Audra and Kadecia allowed us to host their special commitment ceremony here at Poco Diablo Resort. On April 30, 2011 Audra and Kadecia spoke their sacred vows in a ceremony performed by Shanandoah Sterling in front of the golf course gazebo. It was a loving and heartfelt wedding shared by all of their friends and family and we were honored to be a part of it.

Their reception was held on the Canopy Patio where the color purple was prevalent. The delicious cake was made by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts. It was such a fun evening and everyone had a great time. We thoroughly enjoyed helping Audra and Kadecia with their special day.

Wedding Cake Created by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

Wedding Cake Created by Donna Joy, Sedona Sweet Arts

A special “thank you” to Kadecia and Audra for sharing their photographs with us, and have a wonderful anniversary. Next year you may consider a visit to Poco Diablo Resort to celebrate!

Canopy Patio Reception

Canopy Patio Reception

Wedding Photos by Oak Creek

Wedding Photos by Oak Creek

Farewell, until we meet again.

Farewell, until we meet again.

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