Choosing a wedding venue can be one of the hardest decisions you make when it comes to your wedding. A wedding venue sets the tone for the type of event you are going to have. And so many decisions about the event itself are hinged on this one decision. It can be so stressful. We are going to show you some of our favorite wedding venues in Arizona and tell you what we love about them. But first here are some tips on how to choose the perfect venue for your wedding.

In This Case Size Matters:

The amount of people you are planning at your wedding determines the number of venue options you have… Having over 150 people at your wedding basically limits you to 5 properties in town. So think long and hard about that guest list because having over 150 may mean you are limiting yourself to resorts with larger ballrooms.

What’s Your Wedding Style?

Next you have to determine what your wedding style is… Are you going to for a garden wedding? Do you want the whole barn look? Are you a contemporary clean lines couple? So many choices… Determining your vibe will help you narrow down your options.

Where Are Your Guests Coming From?

Next you need to think about where your guests are coming from… Is everyone local or do you have a lot of out oft owners. Local guests open your venue options to places other than resorts. If you have a lot of out of towners then you need to think about accommodations. Having it at a resort or near a resort would be important to accommodate those traveling to your wedding.

And Then There Is The Money…

Weddings aren’t cheap… In fact it’s a billion dollar industry. Every couple has a budget they are generally working within. So that has to come into play when you are selecting your venue. Most resorts have what is called a food and beverage minimum that you have to meet. Meaning a certain level of spending of food and beverage to even have the event there. During peak season it can be even higher than the average minimum. Other types of venues don’t have a food and beverage minimum but they have a total cost or fee for having an event there. Often those venues are a flat fee but then you need to hire a caterer to provide food and a bartender to take care of the drinks.

So Many Choices… Let’s Take A Look At Some Of Our Favorites.

The Four Seasons

I mean come on… Who doesn’t want “The Four Seasons” to be listed on their wedding invitation. This property is stunning… It is quiet, tucked into the desert, and away from the hustle and the bustle of the city. We love that it has multiple ceremony sites and the option to have your reception indoors or outdoors. We have seen it done both ways!! It also has accommodations for your guests with lots of activities for them if they come in for a weekend. Plus its a Four Seasons so the service and food are incredible.

El Chorro Lodge

El Chorro Lodge is rich in Arizona history. It dates back to 1934 when it used to be a girls school. It was renovated in 2009 and has quickly become one of the valleys premier wedding venues known for its exquisite food, most especially its sticky buns and Paradise Valley exclusivity. Its got an incredible lawn for your Ceremony and a fabulous patio for cocktails complete with a fireplace. The ballroom is a blank canvas that can work for any color palette. It is a one stop shop for your vendors. Since it is not a hue resort it is really easy to navigate and move guests about. Its backdrop is Mummy Mountain, the backside of Camelback Mountain.

The Sanctuary

The name speaks for itself. This resort built into the back of Mummy Mountain is just that… A Sanctuary. It is quiet and peaceful with only one wedding per day allowed there. Perfect for the couple looking for that contemporary, sleek and clean lines look for their wedding. It has some of the most picturesque locations for photos. You can choose from the Praying Monk as your backdrop, Mummy Mountain or Paradise Valley down below. The sunsets are absolutely incredible and can be enjoyed by your guests during cocktail hour.

The Royal Palms

If you are wanting a garden wedding this is your venue. It has one of the most private and lush gardens in all the valley to say “I Do”. The Allegria Garden at The Royal Palms is spectacular. Nestled in the property its lush foliage makes for a wedding that could come right out of a storybook. The garden is gorgeous but the grounds themselves make for the perfect backdrop for photos with lots of nooks and crannies to sneak away with your partner to get some romantic snapshots.

Mountain Shadows

Mountain Shadows is the valleys newest luxury resort and property. Its backdrop is Camelback Mountain with a sprawling lawn looking up at the mountain. It’s stunning. It also has an awesome rooftop patio for your cocktail hour. The design of this resort is very contemporary and chic. Lots of white so it’s crisp.

The Paseo

The whole get married in a barn thing is big right now… And do we have the barn for you… But it is “barn chic”… The Paseo… It has an incredible view of the Superstition Mountains and the location is in the desert so the photo session will have that classic Arizona look. The reception site is “barn” so to speak but classy barn. It is a blank canvas so you can do whatever you want with the space. It will come out looking just like the barn wedding you designed on your Pinterest board!!

L’Auberge De Sedona

The red rocks… I can pretty much just end this post with that. Oh L’Auberge… views of the red rocks or be creekside… You can have both… You don’t have to choose!! Lots of couples want a destination wedding and you only have to drive 2 hours north to get that!! Your guests will love it because the event becomes a weekend affair. Your photo session will be a stunner if you choose Sedona as your destination location.

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Scott and Whitney met at a bowling alley through mutual friends. After dating for a while, Scott planned a trip to Sedona. He proposed to Whitney at the Enchantment Resort off the cliff of a Vortex! How cool is that!?

Fast forward to their wedding day and my goodness was it a fairytale! If you put anything in the hands of Kayla with Some Like It Classic, you will end up with your dream wedding (Like this one we captured last Spring!) No doubt! But my goodness did she out do herself on this one! From the full floral arch during ceremony, to the stage lined with gorgeous floral arrangements, and the cutest lounge furniture set up in reception. It all came together so beautifully for over 400 guests! I just kept saying “WOW!” all day in disbelief that this was real life.

The bridesmaids rocked these gorgeous gold Sherri Hill gowns, while the groomsmen were in classic black and white tuxes. We started the day at The Phoenician to capture the details and ladies getting ready. Then later that morning we made our way to the Gilbert Temple. My, is this temple a sight! When they made their exit they were surrounded by so many people who loved them, it was such an overwhelming feeling to be there. Later that afternoon we met back The Phoenician to capture their ring ceremony that was led by Whitney’s father. He had such great marriage advice and sweet messages to share.

It was such a pleasure to capture Scott and Whitney’s day. The connection between these two was so natural and their love and laughter was contagious. Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Dinsdale! We wish you all the love and happiness in the world!

Vendors: Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography // Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Venue: The Phoenician + The Gilbert Temple // Planning + Design: Kayla with Some Like It Classic // Florist: The Flower Studio // Entertainment: The JJ’s Band // Invitations: Idieh Design // Dress: Custom Sherri Hill

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Hi! It’s that time of year where couples are in the thick of their wedding planning and are on the hunt for their perfect wedding vendors, we know it can be stressful, so we wanted to take a little time to introduce ourselves. Maybe we are the perfect videographer for you! We are Serendipity Cinematography! A group of super rad female wedding videographers in the Phoenix area. {Who love to travel for destination weddings, might I add!}

Who you hire on your wedding day can make or break your wedding day experience. Especially when it comes to who documents your wedding day memories. Hiring the right videographer to tell your love story will be the biggest decision you make. These women below tell the unique stories of our amazing and incredible couples, and create a life long memory to share with your friends, family, and future children.

We are a team of women! Which if you think about it, who better to tell the story of a wedding than a team of women? Girls just get weddings. We get what is keeping you up at night, we get being torn over two different linens that are basically the same shade, just slightly different textures. We understand the details you spent months pouring over. Us women understand the emotion of a wedding day and what is most important to capture. We get weddings, and treat every single one as if it were our own.

So meet a few of our lead videographers, editors, and our owner in our film below! & If you’d like to get to know our individual videographers a little more, check us out here!

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Most couples have never hired Wedding Videographer before, so they are not sure what they are looking for or what questions to ask to make sure that it will be everything they are dreaming it will be. Here is a little guide on how to select the right Wedding Videographer for you as a couple:

style:

The first thing you need to identify with is the style of the videographer. Take a look at their website samples and review their blog. Ask to see films from the venue that you are getting married at, but don’t bypass that videographer if they haven’t filmed at your venue. That is often times a good thing because they see it as a blank canvas and it can stimulate creativity to be able to film at a new location. If you are finding yourself sending who you want to hire samples of other videographers work, then hire the videographer that you are sending samples of. If you are asking to change that videographers style then they aren’t the videographer for you.

experience:

It is really important to look at the experience of the company you are hiring. How many years have they been in business? How many wedding seasons have they gone through? Do they specialize in weddings or all video production? You want to work with a company who specializes in wedding films. Weddings are a very different production than commercial video production because they are live events. You can’t rewind the first kiss as a couple because your videographer wasn’t ready. We get one chance to get the shot, so live event experience is a must!

videographers:

Who will be filming your wedding? Do they have a staff of videographers that are trained to film weddings or do they just hire freelancers to shoot the weddings booked? Be very aware of this. Freelancers can operate cameras just fine, but they may not be trained in filming weddings. Again weddings are live events and require a specific level of expertise and experience. It is important that your team of videographers is in sync that day and has experience with one another. You don’t want a couple of random hires to film your once in a life time event.

a one camera package, its never a good thing:

The offering of packages with one camera and one videographer is never a good thing. Do not purchase this despite the temptation of the low price. It is very dangerous for your wedding film for so many reasons. When you do this you truly are selling you, and your wedding film short.

  1. What if something happens to the one camera they are filming on? Then what? All filming stops while they figure out a solution?
  2.  What if something happens to the one card they are recording on? If your wedding is filmed with one camera and one data card and the card fails… then what? Your whole day that was filmed is lost and can never be recovered.
  3. So much is missed when filmed by one person because they can’t be in two places at once. Getting ready of the couple, cocktail hour and reception detail coverage, both reactions during the first look, and so much more.
  4. You only get one angle of everything..

service:

Who will you be working with throughout the process? Are you working with a sales person who just sells you on the service and passes you off? Will you be working with the owner or have access to the owner should the sales person leave? Your wedding film is a very important investment. Who is servicing you and how they are servicing you is of utmost priority.

investment:

You truly get what you pay for with wedding videography. There are a lot of low cost providers flooding the marketplace with some very cheap packages. A quality wedding film is definitely something worth investing in. If a company is significantly less than others in the marketplace, there is a reason why. You need to look long and hard at their product and what your experience will be like with them. Quality wedding videography is not cheap and owning a wedding videography company is not cheap. There is a reason the pricing is the way it is for a legitimate company that may cost more. You need to be concerned about the low cost providers, and their ability to still be in business by the time your wedding comes if the price point is so low.

watch out for fluff:

You need to look at the meat and potatoes of the collection or package you are purchasing. There are many things that videographers offer to make a collection or package look like you are getting so much, that is truly of no value to you. What matters most is what is going to be delivered and these are what you need to be asking for:

  1. How many hours of videography am I getting?
  2. How long is the Feature Film going to be?
  3. Am I going to receive a Wedding Movie Trailer?
  4. How many videographers will be at my wedding?
  5. Will I get any Documentary Style Films showing me entire parts of my day in full?

How the company delivers a finished wedding film is important. Are they delivering on old outdated technology like DVD’s and Blu Ray’s or Thumb Drives? Those are both dying technologies that in a few years won’t be around. Asking for a DVD is like asking for music on a cassette tape or CD. Everything is going towards streaming, downloadable file
This is how you should be delivered your film at this point.

delivery:

Overall we want your wedding videography experience to be all that it should be! Check out our blog and feel free to email us if you’re looking for a wedding we filmed at your venue, to see our style. We would love to capture your special day and we are looking forward to hearing from you!
Happy wedding planning!

Vendors: Venue: El Chorro // Planner: Blossoms and Grace // Videographer: Serendipity Cinema // Photographer: Ryan Nicole Photography // Florist: Garden Gate Flowers // Rentals: Prim Rentals + Material Girls Weddings // Linen: La Tavola Linen // Entertainment: The Beat Booth // Cake: Mae Flour Cakes // Beer Donkey: Wedding Burro

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Rahil and Natalie are such genuinely good people full of class. We were so excited when we found out that we were going to be capturing their destination wedding right here in Arizona! I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again. Being in the heart of a destination wedding city is truly the coolest thing. Being able to meet all these incredible couples in our hometown in truly special. There is just something about this Arizona desert that keeps them coming back time and time again.

Their wedding day was absolutely stunning. Designed and planned by one of our favorite wedding planners, Kayla with Some Like It Classic. From the arch at ceremony, to the outdoor dinner reception full of flowers and floating lanterns, to the after party with lounge furniture and a custom succulent logo on the DJ booth hand painted by the brides mother. Everything came together so perfectly, and truly embodied this whimsical romantic desert vibe that Natalie and Rahil envisioned for their wedding day. It was an honor to capture and create such a timeless film for them to relive their day again and again.

Vendors: Venue: The Four Seasons Scottsdale // Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Photographer: Amy and Jordan // Planning + Design: Kayla with Some Like It Classic // Florals: Flower Studio // Entertainment: Sweetwater Strings + Mia Carson + Desert House Productions // Draping: Quest Events // Rentals: Prim Rentals + Event Rents // Linens: La Tavola Linen // Invitations: Celebrations in Paper // Brides Dress:
Atelier Pronovias // Brides Second Dress:
Mother’s Vintage Italian wedding dress updated by Jenny Kim Couture // Hair + Makeup: Makiaj Beauty

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Being a wedding videographer, we get to meet the most amazing couples. Each couple has their own story, their own unique personalities, and fun personal touches they add to their wedding day. We honestly have the best job ever! 

One of our favorite moments in a wedding day though, is the first look. What is a first look you ask? Well it is a time prior to the ceremony where the couple gets to see each other for the first time. I know what you may be thinking, wait.. aren’t we supposed to wait to see each other for the first time under the alter? Waiting till the alter is a very traditional approach, and still very much respected and can be done. A first look though, definitely has it’s own perks. Lets talk about them!

1. You are free to have sincere authentic emotions and thoughts:
When you do a first look prior to ceremony, it is just you and your significant other. (And your paparazzi of course) But ultimately it is just the two of you. Both free of judgement and free to openly express how you feel about one another in that moment, your thoughts about marrying each other, and your love. When you wait for the alter it’s hard to express those emotions fully while your officiant is holding your ceremony. So it truly gives you time to just soak in that moment together intimately and privately.

2. You are able to get the bulk of your photos out of the way: Ever wonder how couples are able to enjoy their cocktail hour with their friends and family? First look! By having a first look it gives your videographer and photographer time to capture couple portraits, bridal party photos, and family photos before the ceremony even begins! Giving you some time to capture a few couple portraits at sunset after the ceremony, and then enjoy cocktail hour with friends and family.

3. The feelings don’t go away: If you’re worried that having a first look will make the feelings and emotions go away during the ceremony, it’s not true. If the feelings and emotions are there, then they will be there regardless. I have seen so many amazing ceremony reactions, moments after a first look. If you don’t want to give your whole look away prior to ceremony, but want to have a first look, consider saving your veil for the ceremony. It is something different for your groom to be looking for. Either way, nothing can take away from the moment you walk down the isle toward your significant other to commit your life to them forever.

Either way, whatever you two decide on, it will be perfect for your wedding day. We are ultimately just so grateful to be there to capture it. Let us know if you have any other questions on First Look’s!

Vendors: Venue: The Paseo // Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Photographer: Monique Hessler Photography // Rentals: Lace and a Barn // Florist: The Floral Theory // Cake: Piece of Cake // Entertainment: Got You Covered // Hair: Harley Does Hair // Dress: Strut Bridal // Tux: Men’s Warehouse // Officiant: 1st Officiant // Photo Bus: The Foto Bus // Cookie Favors: T and Cookies

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Classic Brophy Chapel Wedding

How They Met:

Jack and Emily met in High School! Jack went to Brophy Prep and Emily went to Xavier Prep, the all girls school right next door. Their separate groups of friends met up at Country Thunder and they were instantly attracted to one another! Then the rest is history!

The Proposal:

Jack and Emily took a trip to Flagstaff where her family has a house. This was supposed to be for Emily’s birthday, but little did she know it would be for so much more! They spent the weekend just the two of them having a blast all around Flag. They went horseback riding, drove their jeep around, and watched lots of movies. In Emily’s words it “could not have been more perfect”.

The family had a birthday dinner planned at a nice restaurant in Flagstaff on Saturday night. Before dinner, Jack said he had a surprise for Emily and that it had something to do with what they did in high school. She knew INSTANTLY what they were doing and she was so excited. In high school they always used to watch the sunset on camelback mountain on the hood of their cars. 

Well, Emily was right! They drove their car up to this beautiful mountain with a bottle of wine to watch the sunset. Emily thought nothing of it since they used to do this all the time. Just as the sun was setting Jack gets up, then down on one knee and pops the question! Tears are flying and it is perfection!

On their way back down the mountain, Emily was dying to call everyone and share the exciting news, but Jack told her they should just wait until after their dinner to start telling everyone. Emily ended up agreeing and they drove downtown. As soon as they walked into the restaurant, there sitting at the table is Emily’s whole family, as well as Jack’s whole family there to surprise her! It was amazing.

The Wedding:

Vendors: Photographer: Mike Olbinski Photography // Videographer: Serendipity Cinema // Venue: Brophy Chapel & Andaz // Planning: Kate with Sip and Twirl

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Mauve & Gold Royal Palms Wedding

Jonathan & Sarah:

How They Met:

When Jonathan graduated from nursing school he had a graduation party, which Sarah attended. He went to school with one of Sarah’s high school friends! Sarah was actually in a long term relationship that was on the rocks and Jonathan was fresh out of a long term relationship. Chris, his brother and best man, and Sarah attended nursing school together. Most people assume that’s how they met!

 

The Proposal:

When we asked Sarah what the proposal was like she told us, “hot and sweaty!” For Jonathan’s 30th birthday, he told Sarah that he wanted to hike Angels Landing in Zion. It was his birthday so she couldn’t argue with that. It was a very tiring climb to the top, but they made it! Sarah had one second to put down her pack before he was asking her to stand with him for a picture. Before she knew it he was down on one knee! They spent their first days as an engaged couple tent camping on the Virgin River. It was so serene Sarah said!

 

Vendors: Photographer: Basically Brandy Photography // Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography // Venue: Royal Palms Resort // Planning + Design: Some Like It Classic // Florals: The Wildflower AZ // Entertainment: Joel Gibbs // Linens: La Tavola //  Hair + Makeup: PHX Makeup Collective // Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero from Suzanne’s Bridal

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Superstition Mountain Golf Club | Magical Rainy Day Wedding

If you live in Arizona you know it doesn’t rain often, especially as early as October, but this year Arizona had a different plan. The morning of Kylani and Jared’s wedding the rain was coming down. As videographers we know we can always make any weather work in our favor with a little extra effort (and an amazing vendor team), but it’s making sure the Bride and Groom are happy with the outcome of their day. Unfortunately weather is not something we can control. Although we really wish we could. But YOU GUYS! Literally right before ceremony started the rain stopped and the most incredible rainbow showed up right behind them against the superstition mountains. It was like right out of a movie. Kylani and Jared were both so flexible and relaxed all day. All they wanted was to leave the day married and in love more than ever and I’m pretty sure they got that! It was a magical day, even with a little rain, and we couldn’t have asked for a better couple to spend it with.  We love you guys!

How They Met:

With the busyness of today’s world, meeting online is becoming more and more frequent. We have captured so many couples who have met online, including Kylani and Jared who met each other on Tinder!

The Proposal:

“You could say we are not your average couple. After dating for three weeks we were brave enough to pick out a dirt lot and build a home. 8 months later, the house was complete. Our first night in the house, after the last load of boxes were delivered, Jared decided to create our first memory in that house. Surround by boxes, he got down on one knee. It was chaos and perfection all at once.” -Kylani

Vendors: Photographer: Ashley Rae Photography // Videographer: Serendipity Cinema // Venue: Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club // Entertainment: DJ Flo Entertainment // Florals: Lena’s Flowers and Gifts // Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty // Dress Designer: Morilee

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Romantic Royal Palms Destination Wedding

Talk about a show stopper. This wedding was absolutely breathtaking to capture, not only because the beauty curated by Some Like It Classic (We love you Kayla!!), but this couple was picture perfect. Nicole and Andrew are a perfect match. They came from Toronto, Canada to celebrate their big day near the Camelback Mountain. Their love for one another was so genuine and we loved being there to capture your most perfect day. Wish we could do this every weekend! We love you guys!

Vendors: Photographer: Andrew Jade Photography // Videographer: Serendipity Cinema // Venue: Royal Palms Resort // Planning + Design: Some Like It Classic // Florist: Lux Florist // Hair & Makeup: HVH // Entertainment: Tre Ja Vu // Specialty Rentals: Prim Rentals + Bright Event Rentals // Rabbi: Rabbi Micah Caplan

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