The richness and beauty of a venue doesn’t just come from its aesthetic, but also from its testimony in a myriad of stories. Every wedding is a new chapter in a couple’s love story. For countless love stories, our local venues have been the witnesses of this new chapter. Many couples fall in love with a venue for the story that it tells, and forever intertwine their love story with its history. This history can be seen in the architecture, charm, and influence of a venue. Today we’re highlighting historical wedding venues, so that brides can find the perfect venue at which to begin their next chapter. Be sure to check back for part 2 to see more gorgeous historical wedding venues!
Historical Wedding Venues
Desert Botanical Garden: What started as a passion project by a Swedish botanist grew into this beautiful living museum. The Garden opened in 1939 with hep from several neighbors to raise awareness for the natural desert beauty. It is one of only 24 gardens to be accredited by the American Association of Museums and stands as a truly unique wedding venue.
El Chorro: A father’s love for his daughter compelled him to build a school for girls. That building was later purchased and renovated to become an upscale restaurant and lodge that celebrities frequented. A bartender and cocktail waitress who worked there fell in love, got married, and purchased the venue. They kept the place running for several decades until the building was bought again and converted into a beautiful wedding venue renamed El Chorro.
Hassayampa Inn: This venue brought the entire community of Prescott together almost 100 years ago. Famous architect Henry Trost was challenged by residents to create an impressive hotel. Most of the residents bought shares of the building at $1/each to help with construction, and the result is this red-bricked gem that is a slice right out of the Roaring 20s.
The Hermosa Inn: Originally named Casa Hermosa, this building lived up to its name. Artist Lon Megargee built Casa Hermosa on a quiet plot of land he found in the desert. It became his artistic escape, and he hung many of his paintings on its walls. To supplement his income, he decided to turn it into a guest ranch. Over the last half century, this quiet abode would find new owners who added new additions to create The Hermosa Inn – an intimate desert wedding venue and retreat.
Hotel Valley Ho: Built on the belief that the most important thing is to make your guest feel wanted, this cool cat venue boasted an ahead-of-its-time mid-century modern minimalist style that garnered the attention of many notable celebrities. The hotel was purchased by Ramada and underwent changes to decrease the modern styling. This resulted in a lesser attraction, which led to its resale in 2002. Restoring the venue to its former splendor, the new owners created a contemporary mid-century modern atmosphere for couples looking to be wed.
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