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The Best Phoenix Wedding Venues with a Desert and Mountain Backdrop

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I create heirloom photographs you feel and help my couples live their big days. I’m also on a mission to help photographers find small changes that mean big progress in their business & life!
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The Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort

Saguaro Lake Ranch

El Chorro

Paradise Valley Country Club

The Country Club at DC Ranch

The Paseo Venue

The Omni Montelucia

 

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.

 

1. The Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort

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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!


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More from The Four Seasons Scottsdale:

Vibrant & Joyful Four Seasons Scottsdale Wedding

Colorful Fall Wedding at the Four Seasons Scottsdale

 

2. Saguaro Lake Ranch

 

 

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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!

More from Saguaro Lake:

Modern & Colorful Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch Wedding

 

3. El Chorro

 

 

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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!

More from El Chorro:

Romantic Alfresco & Blush El Chorro Wedding

Classic Winter Wedding at El Chorro Paradise Valley

Citrus Garden Party Wedding Inspiration in the El Chorro Herb Garden

 

4. Paradise Valley Country Club

 

 

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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!

More from Paradise Valley Country Club:

Classic Open Air Tented Paradise Valley Country Club Wedding

Joyful Paradise Valley Country Club Wedding Filled with Custom Personal Touches

Classic Black Tie Wedding Day at Paradise Valley Country Club

 

5. The Country Club at DC Ranch

 

 

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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!

More from the Country Club at DC Ranch:

Romantic Blush Wedding Day at the Country Club at DC Ranch

 

6. The Paseo Venue

 

 

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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!

More from the Paseo Venue:

Joyful Spring Wedding at The Paseo Venue

 

7. The Omni Montelucia

 

 

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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.

More from the Omni Montelucia:

Elegant Sunset Colored Wedding at the Omni Montelucia

I sincerely hope this list is helpful to you as you plan for a beauty-filled celebration!

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I'm Kelsie, and I create heirloom photographs you feel and help my couples live their big days. I’m also on a mission to help photographers find small changes that mean big progress in their business & life!

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phoenix wedding venue guide

We've seen some things these past 16 years.  Let us help you hone in on the perfect spot for your big day!

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edit photos faster
Want the the editing strategies and tools that help me deliver wedding photos to my clients at lightning speed?
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phoenix wedding venue guide

On the hunt for the setting of a celebration that's perfectly you? Let us help you hone in on the perfect fit for your big day...