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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Destination Wedding Sedona

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of El Portal Sedona

Destination weddings are special and different. They are a lovely way to invite family and friends to a place that will hold special meaning in everyone’s hearts.  Somewhere away from the mundane that will be remembered as the place where something extraordinary happened – a wedding.  Sedona, Arizona is a hidden gem when it comes to destination weddings.  More accessible and affordable than remote islands, Sedona offers everything a wedding party could ask for in a destination: breathtaking views, spectacular outdoor spaces, stunning indoor architecture, gorgeous mountains, and wonderful hospitality.

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Sedona, Arizona is unique among many towns its size.  There are few other places that provide the scenic nature, enthralling day trips, boutique shopping, outdoor adventures, and quiet relaxation all within the same geographic location.  This eclectic mix means that Sedona offers something for everyone, making it ideal when it comes to brides, grooms, wedding parties, and guests with different tastes.  Take a day trip to the Grand Canyon, a jeep tour of the beautiful red rock mountains surrounding Sedona; hike one of the many trails in the area.  Or if classic vacations are more appealing, there are world-class golf courses, relaxing spas, and boutique shopping in the renowned Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.  But of course, friends and family are not there solely for a vacation! They are there for a wedding, and Sedona is a spectacular destination for any wedding day.

There is a location to suit everyone’s ceremony preferences.  There are churches and chapels with features like stained glass for a more traditional wedding. Or to enjoy the delightful weather, have an outdoor wedding in a garden with flower-gilded arches, fresh air and a background of the majestic red rocks for something different. On top of the plentiful wedding venue locations, Sedona also has more than enough places to choose for your reception.  With unique restaurants, dining rooms, and many more options available, it will be simple to find a place for everyone after the ceremony has ended and the festivities begin. After the ceremony, the reception, the dancing, and the greetings the two of you can steal away with to a quiet, secluded suite in one of the many boutique hotels peppered throughout Sedona. 

One of these boutique hotels is El Portal Sedona Hotel, located in the heart of Sedona. It is a truly exceptional place to have your wedding. The twelve room boutique Sedona hotel was designed and built with careful attention to detail, featuring turn of the century Southwestern design, 18-inch thick handmade adobe walls, recycled wood trim and natural native stone. The property features an intimate, romantic courtyard with dramatic surroundings of towering red rocks that is wonderful for a cherished wedding. The inn also features a spacious great room that can serve as the perfect room for an intimate reception. That same meticulous attention to detail will be there in planning your wedding. El Portal provides guests with unparalleled personal concierge services for Sedona and area, and has created many memorable weddings for up to thirty guests.

Brides who entrust their special day to their hosts at El Portal Sedona Hotel will feel pampered and well taken care of, as they create unforgettable memories in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s your very own wedding getaway.  No need to rush to a taxi and off to the airport, relaxation and seclusion are already at your fingertips.

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