🎸 Let’s make music in Jerome, Arizona πŸ’• A Summer Wedding β˜€οΈ

Summer Wedding in Jerome

It was a warm summer day in July here in Jerome, a perfect day for Erika and Ian to be married under the big beautiful shade trees at The Surgeon’s House, which is located about 45 minutes southwest of Sedona. The daily monsoons had held back their 3 o’clock ritual of dousing the mountain and loud thunder cracking above just for this special day. Instead we enjoyed the sounds of the bees buzzing around the flowers, birds chirping, and best of all…Ian strumming his guitar with Erika by his side admiring the melody.

A simple romantic act they these two will remember about this day

Erika and Ian were referred to us by our sweet friend Andrea, who happens to own and operate the incredible Surgeon’s House (bed and breakfast) where they were to be wed (we always love your referrals Andrea, thank you!). We emailed back and forth for a while bonding over our mutual love of animals. Erika manages a vet clinic and Ian works for Fender, hence the sweet guitar and appreciation for all things music. We were able to meet up a few months ago with the two of them at our favorite boutique coffee shop in Peoria, AZ (union coffee, if you are curious and want to check them out, do it! we promise you won’t regret it). As we sat around sipping locally roasted, bold coffee and sparkling tea on tap, we shared stories of how we all met each other. Their story began through their mutual friend, Matt. Erika had known Matt for most her life and Ian befriended him while they were on tour in Iraq together.

For them, it was music

When Erika and Ian’s paths both ended up in Arizona, Matt suggested that they meet each other. Which they both thought was a good idea, but somehow they only got as far as friending each other on Facebook. And that was it, for a couple of years anyway, until Ian randomly reached out to her just to actually meet in person. So they finally met and instantly clicked as they shared stories and laughed and discovered their families were from the same area. All because Ian knew that the rare instrument that Erika’s father played was called a Dulcimer. It’s the unique details that everyone has in their own relationships that make things special. For them, it was music. Before they knew it, they had closed down the bar on their very first date! 

They have a strong love for each other and know they have found their life partner. We see how much their family and friends all love them too. People traveled far and near just to be a part of this love story. Ian’s two son’s flew in from Germany, and others drove in from Texas. All to this little ghost town in Arizona near Sedona. Erika’s vows were heartfelt, and even sprinkled in a few Metallica lyrics from “Nothing else Matters”. And Ian spoke of how when they are together their melody’s soar, harmonies converge, and he moves to the beat of her heart.

And queue the tears…

“I never opened myself this way. Life is ours, we live it our way. All these words I don’t just say. And nothing else matters” -Metallica

Erika and Ian are gracious and caring, they invited us to their reception dinner at The Asylum Restaurant, not as photographers, but as friends. There is no better feeling than getting invited to be a part of these story filled experiences. We all sat around drinking wine and reminiscing about how everyone met, the crazy veterinary office stories and tours abroad and wild concert nights. With the cool breeze coming in the open windows, a gentle monsoon arrived over head with light thunder and sprinkling rain as we shared decadent cheese cake with these new found friends. We shared pictures of our cats, and dogs, and we felt right at home in the mix of english and german conversations.

“Trust I seek and I find in you. Every day for us something new. Open mind for a different view. And nothing else matters.” –Metallica

Erika and Ian, we wish for you many years of making music in life together. Erika, we love how down to earth and resourceful you are. The fact that Priscilla thought you had a nicely scented perfume and it just turned out to be fabric softener spray that you improvised with shows how real and easy going you are. And Ian we appreciate your love for music and spirit for life. With the two of you combined, nothing can stand in your way with your great outlook and harmony together. Congratulations to you both and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you!

-With Love,

Adam & Priscilla

 

Be sure to see more blogs from The Surgeon’s House with a View of Sedona:

Olivia and Joseph’s Halloween Wedding

Kristen and Darryl’s Anniversary

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Love love love the story! And the pictures couldn’t be more gorgeous! Cheers to you both!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful photos! Congrats!!

  3. Shanna Baker says:

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple with a beautiful story!

  4. Melinda K Striyle says:

    Wow! Amazing pictures.. Worthy of such an amazing couple! Much love to you both!!

  5. Kelly Brown says:

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful couple. So glad to remember this beautiful wedding through your photography.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Awesome pictures, awesome couple and a awesome story. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

  7. Brenna says:

    Gorgeous photos that beautifully capture two of our favorite people on their special day!

  8. Reagan peles says:

    I had no idea! What a cute story and beautiful pictures!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Such stunning photos of the happy couple on their special day! Congratulations!!!

  10. Matt Johnson says:

    Super thankful that we were able to have been there for the union of two of the finest that I’ve ever known. Love you both, and I’m so happy for you! The pictures are all so wonderful, and they capture the essence of the day so perfectly!

  11. Christy says:

    I remember when Erika first told me about that night! Beautiful photos of a beautiful couple in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been (and I’ve been to Jerome before)! You did a lovely job of capturing it all.

  12. Kiki says:

    Finally Pictures! They are so lovely!! I was very disappointed I couldn’t be there. Thank you so much for blogging and sharing the photos and allowing me a glimpse of what it was like to be there! And Congratulations again, Erika and Ian πŸ™‚

  13. Courtney Thiel says:

    Awesome pic. Great couple. The photos show how much you two love each other.

  14. Amber says:

    Absolutely stunning story and photos of the most wonderful couple! It was a day filled with so much love!

  15. Kelli and Keith Bias says:

    So glad we got to share in this beautiful ceremony for my best friend and the best man she could have ever met to be her husband! These photos are stunning just like the bride! It was great meeting both Priscilla and Adam. Cheers to many years of bliss!

  16. These pictures are so beautiful and your blog captures our story perfectly! I started crying while I was reading it! Words cannot express our appreciation enough.

  17. Stacie says:

    Love it! What a beautiful wedding, beautiful bride! Congratulations again guys! Love you!

  18. Darla says:

    Congrats again! Everything was beautiful and I had a great time! The photos came out great and the dinner was delicious!

  19. Richard says:

    These photos do, do the location justice!

  20. Daniel Banks says:

    Such a great day. Great pictures to go along with it! Thanks for letting me be a part of it.

  21. Mary says:

    Reading this with tears of joy and happiness for you both! Congratulations again Ian & Erika! Blessings for a lifetime of love, happiness and making beautiful music together!! ❀ Such beautiful words and amazing photos of such an awesome couple. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful reflections and photos! Thank you for sharing the experience as well as the photos for those who were there in spirit!

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