planning a wedding is a LOT of work

I can help! I've had the privilege of being a part of hundreds of couples' love stories and walking the grounds of Arizona's most beautiful venues for 13 years, and I have to say, I am a HUGE fan of outdoor weddings and receptions! I've put together a list of some of the BEST Phoenix venues if you’re dreaming of a dinner party under the stars!

1. El Chorro


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 your outdoor wedding and reception under the stars!

You can see more of the weddings I’ve photographed at El Chorro here, here, and here.


Seated right at the foot of Camelback Mountain in dreamy Paradise Valley, Arizona, this quiet little club offers outdoor dining that’s about as classic and lovely as it gets. Throw in a white tent to up the Great Gatsby factor and you’ve got a dinner party that is sure to be remembered, and, bonus: that mountain backdrop is a dream for your portraits!


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!

You can see more of this wedding at The Country Club at DC Ranch here.


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. Set at the foot of Pinnacle Peak with several options for your reception location, the Four Seasons is a stunning setting for an outdoor reception!

You can see more of the weddings I’ve shot at The Four Seasons Scottsdale here and here.


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!

You can see more of the weddings I’ve shot at The Paseo Venue here and here.


Encanterra’s outdoor reception locations offer gorgeous lake and mountain views, green manicured grounds, and the perfect view of the sunset. I’ve been loving the look and feel of the outdoor celebrations they’ve been putting on!