Couples Say "I Do" to an Arizona Wedding

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There are few places in the world that offer such a wide variety of backdrops for a couple’s wedding day. With its vast array of landscapes, sunsets and venues, Arizona offers the perfect location for memorable nuptials. With awe-inspiring scenery across the state, couples have endless options to create their dream day.

With Sacramental Blessings For those seeking the more traditional route, Arizona hosts some of the most beautiful sanctuaries in the Southwest, such as St. Mary’s Basilica in downtown Phoenix. Seeking more of a contemporary setting? Visit cobalt blue First Christian Church in Phoenix, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Churches established throughout Tucson offer a dramatic backdrop of desert flora and fauna visible through large picture windows, such as those in the Spanish colonial mission architecture featured at St. Phillips In The Hills Episcopal Church.

A Geologist’s Dream Check out one of Arizona’s natural settings, where guests can enjoy the adventurous landscape. The Grand Canyon offers the finest views of the South Rim, creating memorable photo backdrops. One of the most beautiful destinations in the country, the red rocks of Sedona offer romance and dramatic scenery.

Let Them Drink Wine Arizona has three distinct wine regions that create a casual atmosphere among the vines. Whether you choose the northern wine area of Verde Valley, the Willcox region of southeastern Arizona or Sonoita farther south, enjoy sunny days and cool, refreshing evenings.

Want a Shotgun Wedding? As a popular venue for many famous Western movies, Arizona has an abundance of settings offering a rustic, Old West authenticity. While Tombstone is probably the best known of these, many would be surprised to discover the soft, romantic side of “the town too tough to die.”

Closer to the Urban Core From small B&Bs to lavish resorts, metro Phoenix offers a variety of wedding locations with photo opportunities within just a few minutes’ drive. South of Phoenix, Tucson’s Old World charm, landscape and architecture is reflective of its Spanish and Mexican heritage. Choose from historical adobe hotels to guest ranches nestled in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Honeymooners The state is abundant with locales to celebrate those first few days of wedded bliss. From luxury resorts and award-winning spas to statewide road trips and small Western towns, Arizona destinations ensure the honeymoon is never over. Adventurous couples can choose from championship golf courses, jeep tours, mountain hikes, horseback riding, skiing, rafting and kayaking, then take respite in a secluded inn.

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