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Monday, September 20, 2021

Celebrate "I Do" In The Desert

Words by Lauren Ertl



When it comes to endless sunshine, prickly pear margaritas and desert mountain views – Scottsdale takes the cake. Whether you are looking to host your destination wedding here or considering a fun bachelor or bachelorette weekend away, you are sure to be impressed with the numerous luxurious resorts eager to fulfill your every desire.

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For a resort experience where the party can really flourish, book your stay at the
AAA 4-Diamond JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The property was designed to be able to cater to every type of group, making it the ideal place to celebrate your nuptials with friends and family.

Golf lovers can tee up at one of the two champion courses designed by golf legends Arnold Palmer and Nick Faldo. Beyond getting to witness the beauty of the Sonoran desert, the Wildfire Golf Club’s courses are made to resemble an Australian sand belt course and to give golfers unique challenges.

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Lovers of drinks with tiny umbrellas and catching rays by the water will never want to leave the lazy river and outdoor pool complex. Find the perfect spot and relax in lounge chairs at one of the five dedicated pools, or take the party to the next level and book a cabana cottage or pool-side suite to enjoy for the day.

Bachelor and bachelorette parties come to life in the private oasis of a Lazy River Suite. You and 13 of your pals will get to enjoy the room’s two televisions, private half bathroom, air conditioning, refrigerator, misting system, and indoor and outdoor seating. The best part– a dedicated poolside concierge team will be at your service so you never have to make a single trip to the bar.

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After a day of fun in the sun, wash up and head to pre-dinner drinks and appetizers at Twenty6. Your group can choose to sit indoors in the posh lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows or take it outside to the expansive patio with live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night. Follow up with dinner at stonegrill, offering American food with Southwest flare. Perfect for From Bison burgers to a scrumptious salmon dish (yes, yummy fish in the desert is a thing), your crew will leave feeling satisfied and fueled up for a restful night.

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For those who choose to marry on the property, be prepared to have your socks knocked off. With more than 240,000 square feet of total event space, brides and grooms are really only limited by their imaginations. The best part, in our opinion, is the opportunity to capture stunning wedding photos amongst the Arizonan landscape. For Pinterest-perfect portraits, wait until the sun begins setting and the sky is painted in shades of orange, pink and blue. To show you how much of a spectacle desert “I do's" can be, we've included a styled shoot below with the permission of the shoot's talented vendors (listed below images.)



To take a closer look at this luxurious property for your pre-wedding parties and/or your wedding itself, visit the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa website!

Vendors (styled shoot): Venue: JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & SpaPlanning: J.Starr Wedding Co; Photography: Jonathan Allison Photography; Florist: Dei-zinz Fresh Floral Studios; Cake: Desert Ridge pastry team; Hair & Makeup: Babydoll Weddings; Gown: Bella Lily Bridal; Menswear: Mr. Formal; Rentals: Event Rents & Glamour & Woods; Stationery: Copper Cactus Company

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