Arizona’s beautiful desert scenery makes for the perfect backdrop for wonderful wedding photos. This southwestern flora is taken to a whole other level at a Mountain Shadows Resort wedding. Here, you will find carefully cultivated grounds peppered with cacti, palms, and surprising greenery with the reddish backdrop of Camelback and Mummy Mountains. It is a spot that provides a lot of inspiration to these two photographers when it comes to capturing the magic of your day.
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Mountain Shadows Resort has been a fixture of the Paradise Valley since opening their doors all the way back in winter of 1959. Nestled between the two mountains, the morning and evening silhouettes led to the name of the resort. The resort was a hit, garnering visits from many celebrities like Liz Taylor and John Wayne and even serving as a film location.
After closing in 2004 for renovations, Mountain Shadows reopened to great fanfare, establishing itself as a premier Phoenix area wedding destination. Today, your Mountain Shadows wedding features iconic views, personalized service, and luxury similar to that which made the resort a celebrity playground in the 1960s.
There are a variety of features that you can’t help but notice when scouting this resort for your Mountain Shadows wedding. Of course, the beautiful grounds are a true highlight, particularly the collections of trees and cacti that dot the resort’s carefully manicured grounds. The entire resort is filled with opportunities that your Mountain Shadows photographer can use for that perfect Instagram moment.
The resort is carefully crafted to take advantage of the area’s natural lighting with floor-to-ceiling windows. Those who decide to stay the night after their wedding will find carefully appointed suites with comfortable furniture, beautiful wood flooring, and modern elements of luxury. Premium rooms also feature patios and balconies. With beautiful pools, a wellness center, and the delicious cuisine from Chef Charles Wiley, you won’t want to leave.
A Mountain Shadows wedding is an excellent choice but also provides a tough decision with so many gorgeous spaces available for your ceremony and reception.
Camelback Overlook Deck
Camelback Mountain provides a great backdrop for your Mountain Shadows wedding photographers. Thus, it is no surprise that this is one of the most popular places for your wedding. Take in panoramic views while saying “I Do” in a truly unique space. Celebrate the night in this innovative space that can host 420 guests.
For those wanting an indoor wedding, the Paradise Ballroom is the featured space for a Mountain Shadows Resort wedding. This space can host up to 435 guests and features plenty of space for dancing. Of course, one of the highlights of any reception is the menu that can feature American, Asian, or Southwest creations.
Mountain Shadows Lawn
Another excellent outdoor space, the Mountain Shadows Lawn provides some of the most stunning flora at the resort. Here, you and 450 guests can celebrate your nuptials while you dance into the night. This is a great setting for your Mountain Shadows wedding photographer to capture shots that showcase the personalities of the couple.
A wedding package price tag of $5,000 will get you a ceremony including chairs, linens, sound system, a rehearsal, and overnight accommodations for the couple among other perks. Receptions are based on food and beverage packages. Menus range from $185 to $225 per guest with options for add-ons and upgrades. You can also add a variety of experiences for your wedding party including an astronomer-led stargazing session with telescopes, private cabana rentals, and golf tournaments.
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