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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Spa enthusiasts, golf lovers and foodies, consider yourselves covered in the Scottsdale area of Arizona. Home to some of the most renowned golf courses in the West and equally impressive destination spas, you can enjoy over 300 days of sunshine and nine months of near-perfect temperatures. Wedding groups will find convenience (the airport is a mere 20 minute drive), adventure (Camelback Mountain is one of the most hiked locations in the valley) and beauty (jaw dropping sunsets appear nightly).
One of our favorite properties in the valley for events is the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, which is situated on the side of, you guessed it, Camelback Mountain. This modern-meets-magnificent property offers spectacular views, sumptuous dining, newly refurbished spa suites and multi-level spa casitas – all within close proximity to the action nearby Scottsdale is known for.
The luxury accommodations come complete with outdoor bathtubs, fireplaces, day beds overlooking Paradise Valley, bright and cozy décor and the seclusion all romantic retreats should offer.
Food Network star, Chef Beau MacMillan has created a culinary paradise ideally suited for the very destination it’s in. At elements restaurant, choose from local, organic and seasonal ingredients found on Chef MacMillan’s artfully crafted menu.
For those spa-goers in the group, you’ve truly found the perfect haven. Sanctuary Spa is one of the most well-known and popular spa destinations in the area. Celebrities have graced the massage tables for a reason – it’s transcendent. The comfortable, yet luxurious décor sets your mind and body at ease.
Around the corner from Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa – one of the area’s newest and most celebrated arrivals.
This mid-century modern gem is thoughtful in all the right ways. Instead of the typical reservation desk, the welcoming “Living Room” gives you the impression you’ve been invited into someone’s home rather than a hotel. Local artists have work on display throughout the hotel, for sale in the gift shop and the Andaz Scottsdale has gone so far as to partner with a local nonprofit organization called Cattle Track (a historic complex for local artisans, performers and students in celebration of Scottsdale’s heritage).
The heart of the resort, which is getting widespread acclaim, is Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen. Serving up seasonal specialties in interesting ways – like their mouthwatering watermelon starter with sea salt, crispy chicken skin and basil on goat cheese crème – makes this place an inviting culinary escape.
Venue options here are numerous – both indoors and out. Sprawling lawns with Mummy Mountain and Camelback Mountain views are in abundance, as well as ballrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and modern décor. The two presidential suites would prove ideal for a rehearsal dinner. With stunning views and a wrap-around patio complete with a fire pit, your guests will continue the celebration straight through into the wedding.
As you look to the West for your destination wedding event and honeymoon vacation, a trip to paradise in the Valley of the Sun may just be the retreat you’re looking for.
Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa (1st & 5th-7th) & Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa (2nd-4th).
This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2018 issue. You can order a copy here.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Photos courtesy of The Amburgeys
When Lizzy and Frank began dating, he visited her frequently in Arizona. Lizzy later moved back to Oklahoma so the two could be closer and were soon engaged. When it came time to decide where they wanted to tie the knot, they decided to go back to Arizona where they fell in love. They chose to wed at The Wigwam resort, which was less than two blocks away from where Lizzy was living and working while in Arizona. “We couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate,” says the bride. “We knew that the planning process with The Wigwam would be fun and stress-free and that is exactly what we found.”
The couple received all positive reactions from their friends and family when they announced their decision to have a destination wedding. “Everyone was really excited about celebrating in Arizona. There were some people that were unable to make it, but they sent their well wishes,” says Lizzy.
According to the bride, planning a destination wedding was fun and made the couple more decisive, since they could only visit Arizona a few times before their wedding. The couple also had a lot of help from The Wigwam when it came to finding vendors and sorting through all the details for their big day. “We relied on The Wigwam and our vendors and they exceeded our expectations. They are true professionals in the event arena,” says Lizzy.
The cost of a wedding was one of the most important factors the couple took into consideration before they began planning. “We found that the destination wedding was on-par with what the cost of a local wedding would have been, as we would have had twice the amount of people at a local wedding,” says the bride. “We ended up coming in right on budget for our wedding!”
Lizzy and Frank’s destination wedding allowed them to have more quality time with their loved ones without rushing through talking to all their guests in one day. “Having our wedding in Arizona allowed us to celebrate with our guests from Thursday-Sunday. If we would have had it in Oklahoma, we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to spend as much time with all of our close family and friends,” says the couple.
The bride’s advice to couples planning their own destination wedding is to relax and try not to stress. “Cherish the moment and don’t let the details get in the way of being present with those you love,” says Lizzy. “Have fun with the process and enjoy planning it. It’s a once in a lifetime event!”
Vendors: Photographer: The Amburgeys, Wedding Planner: The Wigwam, Ceremony: The Trellis at The Wigwam, Garden Reception: The Sachem Terrace at The Wigwam, Florist: Alexis Grace Florals, Stationery: Basic Invite, Cake: Frosted Art Inc., Hair: Matracia Richardson, Makeup: Something Beautiful Hair and Makeup, Gown Designer: Olvi's, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Men’s Wearhouse, Bridesmaids/Groomsmen’s Clothing Designer: David’s Bridal, Videographer: Something New Media & DJ: SKM
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