Paradise Valley, Arizona

Rustic wedding overlooking Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona

The week leading up to this outdoor wedding at El Chorro in Paradise Valley, Arizona was a nail-biter. It poured rain all week – we even got hail and some snow the day before! Totally not typical weather for the Phoenix valley. The morning of the wedding came and… nothing but clear skies and the most beautiful weather!

This tiny wedding was simple, elegant, and intimate. Only the bride and groom’s closest friends and family watched as they exchanged vows on El Chorro’s even lawn, overlooking Camelback Mountain. The only downside to the beautiful weather was that the snow gracing the top of the mountains around Scottsdale disappeared as suddenly as it arrived.

Simple, rustic altar at an intimate wedding at the restaurant El Chorro in Paradise Valley, Arizona
Simple, elegant seating arrangement for an intimate wedding at El Chorro. This restaurant's event lawn overlooks Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
The bride walked down the aisle and was given away by her two children. They were so sweet and happy for their mom!
Bride and groom say their wedding vows at an intimate ceremony at El Chorro in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Bride and groom say their wedding vows in an intimate Arizona ceremony on the event lawn at El Chorro, a popular restaraunt in Paradise Valley.
Couple exchanges rings during an intimate wedding ceremony at El Chorro in Paradise Valley, Arizona

After the ceremony, guests mingled in the courtyard before moving into a cozy dining room for dinner. I loved the subtle, rustic details of the venue. Simple decor felt perfectly in place for the Southwest and let the beauty of the venue shine through.

This rustic corner fireplace is just one of the many details featured at El Chorro, a Paradise Valley, Arizona restaurant and wedding venue.
Couple sits together before dinner at El Chorro, the restaurant hosting their wedding and reception. The rustic decor at El Chorro is simple and elegant.
Elegant floral table setting at an intimate wedding in Paradise Valley, Arizona
Minimalistic roses and light pink florals were the perfect touch for this simple wedding. The bride did all the florals herself! I love having these types of details at small weddings. It makes them feel so much more personal!
This rustic corner fireplace is just one of the many details featured at El Chorro, a Paradise Valley, Arizona restaurant and wedding venue.
The beautiful floral centerpieces are just some of the many details featured at El Chorro, a Paradise Valley, Arizona restaurant and wedding venue.
I’m still kicking myself months later for forgetting to have one of these adorable and probably delicious mini bundt cakes.
Close-up detail photograph of the bride and groom's wedding rings at this intimate Arizona wedding.
Close up detail of the bride and groom at this intimate Arizona wedding.
Bride and groom walk down the aisle on the event lawn at El Chorro in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

I can’t get enough of that breathtaking Camelback Mountain view! It’s the perfect backdrop for any Arizona wedding.

Should you consider an intimate venue like El Chorro for your wedding?

I absolutely love tiny weddings like this one. The night was spent making memories and relaxing, instead of rushing to talk to 300 different guests. Sharing your most special moments is even more meaningful when you’re sharing them with your most special friends and family! Are you interested in having a tiny wedding or even eloping? Let me tag along! Send me a message even if your wedding isn’t in Arizona – I love to travel to new places!