Wedding season has officially begun, and it has UDA looking at buildings through a romantic lens. All across The Valley are stunning venues appealing to the structure enthusiast in us all. Pairing down the list was tough, but ultimately we settled on 5 AZ wedding venues for architects.
If architecture and the desert are held almost as close to your heart as your betrothed, than Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West should be at the top of your list. Once his winter home and Taliesin Fellowship headquarters, it is now a National Historic Landmark and school. Its deep connection to the southwestern landscape will give you a sense of calm when saying, “I do.”
Arizona Biltmore Hotel
The Arizona Biltmore Hotel has been an attraction of Phoenix, since it was constructed in 1929. People mistakenly attribute the design to Frank Lloyd Wright, but he was only a consultant for four months of the project. The true architect was Albert Chase McArthur, a former draftsman for Wright. The building was erected entirely of “Biltmore Block,” which were made from on-site desert sand and inspired by palm tree trunks. It has held countless, vibrant social events, so you know your special occasion will be in good hands.
Chapel of the Holy Cross
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is nestled between the red rocks of breathtaking Sedona. High on a hilltop, this church was designed and commissioned by Marguerite Brunswig Staude, and Richard Hein was the project’s architect. Stunning, panoramic views will leave everyone feeling spiritually renewed. Plus, having your ceremony in one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona isn’t a bad way to start off your life as a married couple!
Arcosanti is an experimental town designed by Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri. The prototype demonstrates what can be created when architecture, urban planning, and ecology are fused. It’s easy to overlook this community, since the structures use colors and textures ideal for blending into the desert landscape. This hidden gem provides a unique backdrop for any upcoming nuptials.
San Xavier del Bac
Located in Tucson, the original mission was founded in 1692, but the current mission was built between 1783 and 1797. San Xavier Del Bac, also known as the White Dove of the Desert, is an outstanding example of Spanish Colonial architecture, and is the oldest European structure in the state. Massive mesquite-wood doors lead to a traditional Latin cross floorplan, and the entire church is ornately decorated with dazzling painting, carvings, frescoes, and statues. If you desire a venue practically oozing with history and charm, than look no further!