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It’s no secret that we’ve got some of the world’s most unique and beautiful desert landscape in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas, so featuring this as the setting for your wedding day is a no-brainer! Since I’ve had the privilege of being a part of hundreds of couples’ love stories and photographing the grounds of Arizona’s most beautiful wedding venues for over 13 years, I’ve put together a list of some of the BEST Phoenix and Scottsdale area wedding venues for couples dreaming of a celebration that shows off Arizona’s stunning desert and mountain backdrops.
The name “Four Seasons” evokes a sense of luxury, beauty, and incomparable service for a reason, and our Scottsdale Four Seasons Resort does not disappoint – it is Sonoran desert beauty at its finest! Set at the foot of Pinnacle Peak and surrounded by saguaros and gorgeous natural desert, it also has several options for your ceremony and reception location, making it super versatile. The Four Seasons Scottsdale is a stunning setting for an outdoor wedding reception!
One word…Superstitions. The Salt River winds through this charming little ranch, which is tucked away in private, quiet spot at the foot of the stunning Superstition Mountains. In all honesty, eating dinner on the lawn of the Saguaro Lake Ranch at sunset is a highlight of this past year for me – it’s that beautiful. Little cabins, a dining hall, & horses on property add to the charm and make this a really sweet option for an intimate and unique desert wedding!
3. El Chorro
If you’ve followed me for any amount of time you probably know the love I have for this historic restaurant that holds some of the most gorgeous wedding celebrations I’ve ever been a part of. With a view of Camelback Mountain and the natural desert from nearly every angle, the most beautifully manicured grounds, several ceremony and reception location options, and a staff that’s the best of the best, El Chorro could be the PERFECT setting for highlighting the beauty of the desert on your big day!
Seated right at the foot of Camelback Mountain in dreamy Paradise Valley, Arizona, this quiet little club, surrounded by the natural desert, offers outdoor dining that’s about as classic and lovely as it gets. Throw in a white tent to up the Great Gatsby factor (it’s a thing, right?) and you’ve got a dinner party that is sure to be remembered. Bonus: that mountain backdrop is a total dream for your portraits!
If there is somewhere a list of magical, twinkle lit courtyards, the one at The Country Club at DC Ranch has got to be at the top of the list. And if the courtyard alone isn’t enough to make you want to have your celebration here, it’s surrounded by gorgeous desert and mountains so you can get all the splendor of the desert as well!
I think those Superstition Mountains say it all. The Paseo Venue provides a breathtaking view of some of the most gorgeous mountains in the Phoenix area, and offers the convenience and customizability of a venue whose focus is solely weddings. And my favorite…in the spring the surrounding desert is COVERED in yellow blooms. The best!
The Omni Montelucia makes it onto my list of favorite Phoenix venues for many reasons, but that view of Camelback is what I think makes it a great option for those wanting to feature the desert on their wedding day! With all of the amenities of luxury resort, multiple ceremony & reception site options, plenty of room for your guests to stay, and some really unique indoor event options, the Omni has everything you need for a desert chic wedding.
I sincerely hope this list is helpful to you as you plan for a beauty-filled celebration!