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Kelly + Donnie

Romance + Rain Among Sedona’s Red Rocks

Auspicious numbers, a fleeting monsoon and joy-filled reception

On 8/18/18, Kelly and Donnie kicked off the rest of their lives together. Though “a monsoon storm” caused a slight ceremony delay, the couple felt thrilled to still say an outdoors “I do” in stunning Sedona. Theirs is a modern-day romance (thank you, eHarmony), and Donnie proposed to Kelly at Tucson’s Gaslight Theatre. For the wedding destination, they easily chose Sedona (“beautiful red rocks, majestic backdrop”); they knew they’d love spending their anniversaries here, too. Our venue option was the first that didn’t make their event feel like “just another wedding,” they explain, plus Katie Breneman made the entire experience extra special, taking the time to listen to what the couple truly desired for their magical day.

Photography by @sedonabridephotographers

Memorable Details

On the wedding day, hair and makeup prep started for the bridal party at 7 a.m.; that morning the groom took a group of guests out on a Hummer tour, followed by lunch. Wedding photos began around 1 p.m. A monsoon storm rolled in at 4:15 p.m., just as guests were arriving. Once the 20-minute downpour ceased, hotel staff worked swiftly to dry off the chairs and perfect the ceremony setup once again.

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Kimpton amara resort and spa real weddings
Kimpton amara resort and spa real weddings

All of the wedding guests made a point of complimenting the hotel’s incredible hospitality—from the valets and bartenders to staff working the front desk, kitchen and housekeeping.

Kimpton amara resort and spa real weddings
Kimpton amara resort and spa real weddings
Kimpton amara resort and spa real weddings

“Amara, and especially Katie, made our wedding a dream come true. Thank you so much for a beautiful experience; we will remember for the rest of our lives!!!!”
- Donnie and Kelly

Kimpton amara resort and spa real weddings
Kimpton amara resort and spa real weddings
Kimpton amara resort and spa real weddings

The ceremony took place in the poolside lounge area facing the Red Rocks. (Snoopy and Lucy were in attendance.) Flowers by Sedona Fine Art helped enhance the already-sensational ambience, the groom’s brother officiated, and DJ G provided the night’s soundtrack.

Kimpton amara resort and spa real weddings
Kimpton amara resort and spa real weddings
Kimpton amara resort and spa real weddings

The Sedona Room reception began with a first dance to “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur, followed by an “INCREDIBLE” dinner. Other evening highlights ranged from beautiful toasts, the “shoe game” and shoulder-top dancing to the garter toss with the WVU fight song. The beautiful night concluded with everyone swaying in a large circle to John Denver’s beloved “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

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