Three Gorgeous Setups Offer Unique Takes on Wedding Day Designs at El Chorro

Styled Shoot
The beauty and versatility of one of Arizona's most iconic wedding venues found itself on full display across these unique events.
Written by
Chelsea Gibson


Arizona Bride Fall/Winter 2023

Nestled between Scottsdale and Phoenix at the base of the Camelback and Mummy Mountains sits El Chorro, an iconic venue that’s been serving up memorable experiences since the 1930s. What was originally established as a school for girls in 1934 has been renovated and transformed into a romantic, timeless and quintessential desert setting that specializes in spectacular local and seasonal cuisine. El Chorro offers sweeping views, luxurious amenities and a variety of different event spaces to choose from, giving couples the versatility and creative freedom to make their special day truly their own. 

Peek at some gorgeous videography showcasing highlights from real weddings for Design 1 and Design 3.

Our first design opts for a classic take. For Arala and Kyle, a refined palette of black and cream was on the menu. Because many of their guests traveled from out of state, they wanted to provide a true desert experience. Natural, cascading cream and white florals adorned every nook and cranny of the property; a dreamy candlelit path led to a free-flowing organic ceremony setup complete with modern Lucite chairs; and lounge spaces and food stations added a relaxed yet sophisticated air to the event.

Our second design is inspired by a warmer take on the property with dazzling results. In a completely different approach to décor, this sunny-styled shoot at El Chorro leaned into sunshine yellow for every moment—from the monochromatic mini two-tiered cake to the wild climbing ceremony installation, and the asymmetrical swath on the outdoor fireplace with a free-form arrangement on the hearth. A long reception table was topped with bounding blooms in yellows, pinks and peaches. Wishbone chairs added a modern finishing touch.
A final take on design at El Chorro opts for unapologetic boldness. For Ally and Zach’s wedding day, color inspiration came from the bright bougainvillea plants abundant throughout El Chorro’s grounds. This fuchsia palette extended to romantic floral arrangements that also incorporated neutrals and pops of zingy oranges and peaches. An epic ceremony aisle and retro western space for dancing were just a couple of details that added charm to this desert dream wedding. The star of the show, in addition to the venue, was the couple’s French Bulldog, Tahini, who made a grand entrance decked out in a custom tuxedo.

City State:

Paradise Valley




Design 3 Bridal Attire
Design 3 Cake
Design 3 Groom's Attire
Design 3 Florals
Design 3 Beauty
Design 3 Musicians
Design 3 Photography
Design 3 Rentals
Design 3 Transportation
Design 3 Videography
Design 3 Wedding Planner
Design 1 Band
Design 1 Bridal Attire
Design 1 Cake
Design 1 Catering
Design 1 Florals
Design 1 Hair
Design 1 Linens
Design 1 Photography
Design 1 Planning
Design 1 Rentals
Design 1 Rentals
Design 1 Rentals
Design 1 Transportation
Design 1 Videography
Design 2 Bridal Attire
Design 2 Earrings
Design 2 Cake
Design 2 Candles & Vessels
Design 2 Painted Champagne Bottle
Design 2 Wholesale Florist
Design 2 Floral Supplies
Design 2 Groom's Attire
Design 2 Hair & Makeup
Design 2 Invitations, Programs & Signage
Design 2 Photography
Design 2 Production Assistant
Design 2 Rentals
Design 2 Rentals
Design 2 Tabletop Rentals
Design 2 Wedding Planner
Design 2 Wedding Planner