Sedona has been a pilgrimage destination from prehistoric times to the present day.  Native American tribes have long regarded the dramatic natural setting as sacred and to be used for special ceremonies.  New Age believers claim that vortex sites can affect the human consciousness and one’s physical body.  The area’s red sandstone rocks are said to emit powerful energy partly because of a high concentration of magnetic iron.

Family members from Arizona, California, Idaho, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington traveled to the Sedona area to hear our sacred vows.  Friday night was an opportunity for the two families to become acquainted at the Javelina Cantina.  After Happy Hour, we gathered in an enclosed area of the dining room with views of the red rocks.  Our waiter was fantastic and we were gifted with festive sombreros.

Bell Rock & Courthouse Butte

Bell Rock & Courthouse Butte

The Penrose Bed & Breakfast in the Village of Oak Creek offers dramatic views of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte from each of the five second floor rooms as well as from the deck where the ceremony took place.  Our anxiety about the weather was unnecessary as the sun was shining with only a moderate wind.  Nevertheless, a heater on the deck and two heaters on the patio helped those used to warmer temperatures.  The Reverend Andrew Murphy, who specializes in wedding ceremonies, provided us with helpful resources to design a meaningful ceremony and officiated.  Oman Ken is a versatile musician.  His Native American and ethnic flutes evoked just the right tone during the ceremony.  As we moved inside the Penrose for appetizers, Oman sat down at the piano and started playing.  When we moved to the back patio for a tasty buffet dinner prepared by the Heartline Cafe, Oman picked up his guitar.  Verde Valley Rentals provided the heaters and other items.  Sedona was a wonderful place for pledging our hearts and lives to one another!

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