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Yes, you can let your love of the movies shine at your wedding! We here at Sedona Sky Weddings have guided many brides and grooms through the musical catalog of life to pick wedding processionals such as these:

Harry Potter

  • 21st Century Fox theme
  • Braveheart soundtrack, Main Theme
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire soundtrack, “Neville’s Waltz”
  • The Holiday soundtrack, “Gumption”
  • How to Train Your Dragon soundtrack, “Romantic Flight”
  • James Bond: main theme
  • Jurassic Park: main theme
  • Lord of the Rings soundtrack, “Concering Hobbits”
  • Love Actually soundtrack, “Portuguese Love Theme”
  • Mission: Impossible: main theme
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan, “Somebody’s Getting Married/He’ll Make Me Happy”
  • The Pink Panther: main theme
  • The Princess Bride soundtrack, “Storybook Love”
  • Sense and Sensibility soundtrack, “Throw the Coins”
  • Star Wars: “The Throne Room/End Title Song”
  • Up soundtrack, “Carl Goes Up”

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There’s no denying it: there are some exquisite soft rock or pop songs which would make a great wedding processional except for one itsy bitsy thing…the lyrics might make Aunt Margaret blush three shades of crimson and Grandmother might faint dead away on the floor. In order to avoid this…

Tip #1: Use the song without the lyrics as an instrumental.

Even though the category is soft rock, some songs can get a little loud in their current arrangement with several guitars and a drum set on steroids. Solution?

Tip #2: Have the music played on a single guitar or keyboard.

Really love the song but it’s way too fast and would have you running up the aisle like an Olympic sprinter? Solution?

Tip #3: Have a musician slow the piece down or speed it up to make it a comfortable walking pace…in heels…with a long train.

Here are a number of soft rock and pop songs which work as wedding processionals!

Soft Rock/Pop:

  • Adele One and OnlyAdele, “Make You Feel My Love”
  • Adele, “One and Only”
  • Lily Allen, “Somewhere Only We Know”
  • Sara Bareilles, “I Choose You”
  • Bright Eyes, “First Day of My Life”
  • Jeff Buckley, “Hallelujah” (works very well as a guitar or keyboard instrumental)
  • Colbie Caillat, “I Do”
  • Colbie Caillat, “Magic”
  • Mariah Carey, “Always Be My Baby”
  • Eric Clapton, “Wonderful Tonight”
  • Coldplay, “Reign of Love”
  • Coldplay, “Viva la Vida”
  • Coldplay, “Yellow”
  • Dave Mathews Band, “You & Me”
  • Des’ree, “I’m Kissing You”
  • Jose Gonzalez, “Heartbeats”Ellie Goulding, “How Long Will I Love You”
  • Elle Hollis, “Rather Be” (Acoustic)
  • Five for Fighting, “1,000 Years”
  • Iron & Wine, “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” (from Twilight)
  • Elton John, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”
  • Elton John, “Your Song”
  • Carole King, “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”
  • Katrina and the Waves, “Walking on Sunshine”
  • Lennon & Maisy, “Boom Clap”
  • Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”
  • John Mayer, “XO”
  • Van Morrison, “Crazy Love”
  • Jason Mraz, “I Won’t Give Up on Us”
  • Jason Mraz, “Love Someone”
  • JeffBuckleyHallelujahStevie Nicks, “Landslide”
  • Passion Pit, “Take a Walk”
  • Christina Perri, “A Thousand Years”
  • The Police, “Every Breath You Take”
  • Cat Power, “Sea of Love” (from Juno)
  • Sia, “Breathe Me”
  • Sia, “Salted Wound” (from “Fifty Shades of Gray”)
  • Ed Sheeran, “Kiss Me”
  • Sleeping at Last, “I Would Walk 500 Miles”
  • Sleeping at Last, “Turning Page” (instrumental from Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
  • Rod Stewart, “Forever Young”
  • The Swell Season, “Falling Slowly”
  • Taylor Swift, “Love Song”
  • Temper Trap, “Need Your Love” (Acoustic)
  • Train, “Marry Me”
  • The Verve, “Bittersweet Symphony”
  • Matt White, “Love”
  • Keith Whitley & Alison Krauss, “When You Say Nothing at All”
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Wedding Song” (the acoustic version works well as a processional)

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Brides and grooms often select classical music to add elegance and sophistication to their wedding. Since not all of us are classically trained musicians, we asked Kris Phillips, Sky Ranch Lodge and Sedona Sky Weddings Events Sales Manager, for her top picks for classical music used as a processional.

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Classical:

  • Johann Sebastien Bach, “Concerto in E Major”
  • Johann Sebastien Bach, “Minuets in G Major”
  • Beethoven, “Ode to Joy” (from the Ninth Symphony)
  • Johannes Brahms, “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen”
  • “Cavatina” (Spanish classical guitar)
  • Claude Debussy, “Clair de Lune”
  • Georg Frederick Handel, “Air” from “Water Music”
  • Georg Frederick Handel, “Largo” from the opera, Xerxes
  • Gustav Holst, “Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity” (from The Planets)
  • Gustav Holst, “Venus” (from The Planets)
  • Modest Mussorgsky, “Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade”
  • Pachelbel, “Canon in D”
  • Piano Guys, “Secrets” and Beethoven’s 5th. Symphony
  • “Prelude in D” (classical guitar)
  • Josquin des Prez, “Ave Maria Virgo Serena”
  • Camille Saint-Saens, “Symphony #3”
  • Erik Satie, “Gynopédie, No. 1”
  • Giuseppi Verdi, Triumphal March from Aida
  • Antonio Vivaldi, “Spring” Allegro from “Four Seasons”
  • Richard Wagner, “Bridal Chorus” (classical guitar)
  • Yo-Yo Ma, “Appalachia Waltz”

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Engaged couples today have so many more options when selecting their wedding processional for the entrance of the bride and bridesmaids into the wedding venue. In fact, many couples select separate pieces of music for the family members, groom, and the groomsmen. So for the groom who built a 12 ft. replica of the “Stargate SG-1” arch for his wedding and the couples who arrive dressed as their favorite super heroes, here is our list for you!

James Bond Theme Songs

Whimsical & Unique Choices:

Dropkick Murphy, “A Cadence to Arms”

Europe, “The Final Countdown”

James Bond: main theme

Jurassic Park: main theme

Mission: Impossible: main theme

The Muppets, “Somebody’s Getting Married/He’ll Make Me Happy”

The Pink Panther: main theme

Star Wars: “The Throne Room/End Title Song”

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As the bride and groom preparing to work with a photographer, here are 7 great tips from Kris Phillips, Event Sales Manager for Sedona Sky Weddings at Sedona Sky Lodge in beautiful Sedona, Arizona.

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  1. Give your photographer a list of “must have” photos. These could be the bride with her grandmother, the bride with her younger sister, the groom with his college roommate or his Boy Scout leader.
    Are there particular poses you want? Bring an iPad or photos of what you want to your consultation with your photographer.
  2. Give your photographer the names of all the bride and groom’s siblings so that your photographer can make sure everyone who is supposed to be in the shot…actually is!
  3. Give your photographer the names of key people in the wedding party. You might even want to give the cell phone numbers of your maid of honor and best man to the photographer…in case there are any planned flash mobs in which the bride is not involved.
  4. Beauty is in the details. As the bride, you’ve spent months on the details–picking out the cake topper, the reception hall décor, and such. Ask your photographer to take detail photos as well: a picture of the cake topper, your rings on an open page of your minister’s Bible, a picture of the buttons or pearls on the bride’s dress. If there are details you want your photographer to shoot, make sure he/she knows.
  5. If you are having your wedding at the gorgeous wedding patio at Sky Ranch Lodge which looks straight out on Coffee Pot Rock and Thunder Mountain, encourage your photographer to take landscape shots prior to your wedding so that you can treasure the red rock beauty of Sedona!
  6. You might want to appoint one of your friends to help out the photographer. This person is more important than the person handling your guest book because the photographer’s assistant will make sure that a particular aunt or beloved cousin is in the formal family shots without you two needing to play border collie and herd everyone needed into the photos.
  7. Create a schedule for which family arrives first. Since you want formal photos of each family, it is better to have one arrive 30 minutes ahead of the other so that they one family is not standing around bored.

motb_wedding16_section_1_img_1Mothers often take care of everyone except themselves. At their adult offspring’s wedding, it is very important that Mom (and Dad) look perfect because there will be oodles of pictures and videos taken on that special day. For that reason, we offer these lovingly offered tips to the mother of the bride and mother of the groom.

Rule #1:
Remember the 3 Most Important Words at a Wedding: Understated, Elegant, and Appropriate.
These words should be your guide in delineating your look on this very special day. You want to look beautiful and add to the bridal party, not detract from the bride.

Rule #2:
Plan a day of beauty before the wedding.
On the day before the wedding, get a new manicure and pedicure.

Rule #3:
Plan to get your hair and make-up done by a professional or a very dear friend on the day of the wedding.
Remember, water-proof mascara is your friend. 🙂

Rule #4:
The bride decides if she wants to invite you to join her bridesmaids in getting glammed up.
If she does not invite you, that’s fine. Plan a day of glamming up with the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom. After all, it’s a special day for you two as well!

Rule #5:
Your son or daughter can get ready for the wedding and probably has several friends helping them.
You need to get yourself ready. Don’t overlook yourself.
Your job is to look gorgeous on this special day!

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Sedona Wine Tasting ToursSedona is on the same line of latitude, has similar climate and volcanic soil as the wine making region of Naples, Italy—which is what started a whole lot of people growing wine grapes around here! Now, Sedona and the Verde Valley are home to over 100 wineries and wine tasting rooms! As a result of applying advanced wine making techniques, local wineries are now reaping harvests of praise and scads of medals at major competitions. A Javelina Leap wine won the gold medal at a California competition featuring over 900 wines!

Sedona Wine Tasting ToursYavapai College hosts the only viticulture and enology program at a community college in Arizona. Not only do we grow wine grapes in the Verde Valley but we grow wine makers as well. Each year at the Southwest Wine Center, they host a magnificent dinner featuring the culinary creations of local chefs paired with the perfect wine!
Take your beloved out for a wine tour in Sedona! You will be smiling for many reasons!

Montezuma CastleStep back in time at Montezuma Castle and step forward into inner peace at Sedona’s Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park.

Located in nearby Camp Verde, Montezuma Castle is a magnificent cliff dwelling built by the Sinaqua (Native Americans) above the dancing Beaver Creek. Built about 1000 years ago and abandoned about 600 years ago when the Sinagua moved to another location, the legacy of these people continues to inspire the imaginations of past generations. This site is considered so important to the history of America that on December 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt celebrated the passage of the Antiquities Act by declaring Montezuma Castle as one of the first four sites of historic and cultural significance as our nation’s first National Monuments. President Roosevelt, a noted conservationist, identified as the Castle as “of the greatest ethnological value and scientific interest.” Roosevelt’s decision assured the continued protection of one of the best preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in North America.

Wander along a well marked trail to explore the National Park Service’s educational displays detailing how the Sinagua lived along this small river and sought shelter from the heat and from their enemies in this dwelling built in the side of a cliff. Gaze up at the Castle and imagine yourself ducking through doorways and darting through passageways.

Understanding Arizona’s past and the people persistent enough to live here is part of understanding Sedona’s present and future.

Amitahba Stupa in Sedona ArizonaSedona’s Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park offers you a different opportunity: the opportunity to seek inner peace. Situated on 14 acres in Sedona’s stunning red rock country, the park is a place for mediation and spiritual renewal. Native Americans deem this land at the base of the impressive Thunder Mountain is holy and many who visit feel that spiritual transformation and healing expressed through the architecture and sacred geometry of the stupa.

There are two fully empowered and consecrated two here: the Amitabha Stupa and the Tara Stupa. Each sits majestically among the pinion and juniper pines, surrounded by a garland of crimson pinnacles of Sedona Red Rock.

Taking its name from Buddha Amitabha (the Buddha of Limitless Light), the Amitabha Stupa is a 36-foot enlightenment stupa. The Buddha’s bronze image is forged into the faceplate of the stupa. Graced with millions of prayers for peace, ritual offerings, and sacred relics, the Amitabha Stupa is an enlightened presence, offering a beacon of blessings for all beings.

The White Tara (or female Buddha) is the Earthly embodiment of long life and compassion. A relief of her graces the six-foot White Tara stupa.
Those of all faiths and those who seek enlightenment are welcome here. May you find peace here.

 

Photo provided by Gateway to Sedona

Photo provided by Gateway to Sedona

Considered to be the focal point for feminine energy, Bell Rock is a fantastic hike, whether you feel the vortex or not. Looking like an old fashioned dinner bell, this red rock landmark seems to swirl upwards because it was carved by wind and rain over the ages.

There are two parking lots. The one on the north side, noted as Courthouse, is actually closer to Bell Rock than is the Bell Rock parking lot on the south side of the formation.

As you climb Bell Rock, you may see a prayer wheel on each plateau. Though the Native Americans worshiped in this area as early as 1100 AD, these prayer wheels are often made by New Age spiritual seekers. Either way, please don’t pick up and move the objects as they are in that spot for a purpose.

The climb up Bell Rock is fairly easy. Take water (lots of water)! Since the humidity is usually very low in Sedona, you feel dried out and parched faster here. For that reason, take more water than you think you might drink just to be on the safe side.

If you wish to be on Bell Rock to see the sunset (which is spectacular), take a flash light. Climbing down in the dark is no fun at all.

Self-Propelled Tours offers the only on road bike tours in Sedona. (The other tour companies are mountain bike and/or off-road tours.) Led by experienced bicyclist and tour guide, Heather Parris, you can design your tour to see the sights while staying within your athletic ability. Join Heather for a leisurely ride during which you can stop whenever you want to take photos. From Heather, you can learn about the amazing history, geology, flora, and fauna of this magical place called Sedona. Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air while biking through the glorious red rocks!