Flagstaff Elopement Locations

How to plan an elopement in Flagstaff, Arizona

Having an elopement is the best next thing to do currently. Now that this global pandemic is in full swing and probably not going anywhere anytime soon (sad tears) we must learn how to make lemonade out of lemons! For a lot of my couples they have had to change their wedding dates multiple times due to covid. But also a lot of them have decided to have an elopement in a beautiful location with minimal people. Due to states having restrictions anywhere from 3-10 guests are perfect for a small intimate elopement. 

I MEAN have you ever been a more beautiful cute little town as Flagstaff. Located in Northern Arizona, Flagstaff is home to the San Fransisco Peaks, magical aspen forests, and an historical downtown filled with shops and restaurants. With Flagstaff and it’s surrounding area containing the worlds largest ponderosa pine forest, there are endless possibilities for elopement locations. Sedona and her red rocks are usually a very sought after location for elopements along with the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, but what people don’t know is the beauty Flagstaff has to offer for mountain forest elopement vibes galore. 

Here are some ideas on how to plan a Flagstaff elopement. Everything from locations, officiants, florals, and dinner locations after. 

Locations:

Lockett Meadow

I love love love this location in Flagstaff. It’s only open during April-October and closed during winter months due to a really rocky road!! This is my favorite location to take people to during the fall because of the mountain views and fall colors. They are incredible! Big open field to choose to have an elopement. Or you could choose to be in the aspen groves surrounded around those beautiful trees swaying in the wind.

Hart Prairie 

I have never shot an actual wedding at this location, even though I want to so bad!!! I’ve only shot a bunch of engagement sessions. But as you can see from the images below there are options! You could get married in the aspen groves, in the tall swaying grass, or on top of a mesa with the mountain view in the background. Also, the sunset here is my favorite!!

Snowbowl

Flagstaff resides next to a huge mountain called Humphrey’s Peak. Snowbowl is the ski resort on the mountain. With these beautiful views of the valley below, Snowbowl offers incredible views, aspens, mountain shots, and the sunset!! It’s incredible. Only 35 min drive from downtown.

Edge of the World

This location I was hesitant to put out into the world because it’s my personal favorite camping location. I won’t tell you how to get there unless we book but it’s truly magical. About 60 min drive from town on a dirt road, you’ll get to Edge of the World that overlooks Sedona. There are many different locations and paths to get to the edge and I have the best ones saved. It’s breath taking.

Florals:

Officiants:

Jen Paul from Life Passages (amazingggg!)

Hair + Makeup:

Dinner spots:

Where to stay:

Planning:

Jane in the Woods planning

Email me with any questions you have concerning locations, vendors, or where to stay! I’m here for you! I hope planning a wedding in the beautiful mountains of Flagstaff will encourage you to hike, explore, and fall in love with Arizona.

xoxo-Han

Flagstaff Best Wedding Venues

Flagstaff Wedding Photographers

Flagstaff is nestled at 7,000 ft high in the largest ponderosa pine tree forest in the country. Many couples get married here every year but there are really only a few top wedding venues in this town. You could do the classic hippie Flagstaff thing by getting married in the middle of the forest but it’s not as easy as one would think. Thankfully, there are six great venues here in Flagstaff that provide mountain views, forest access, and beautiful buildings to host a wedding. 

1.The Sycamore Venue Flagstaff 

I love love love this new venue in town!! It’s bright, white wood, and has mountain views! That is a first for Flagstaff. It’s a big white barn that has so many options for your wedding day. Inside ceremony options but I am drawn most to the outside location with a few of the peaks for ceremony. Located on the East side of Flagstaff about 20 mins from downtown it’s not a far drive to get this amazing venue.

https://www.facebook.com/sycamorevenue/

2.The Arboretum at Flagstaff 

The Arboretum at Flagstaff is a lovelyyyy beautiful option for a wedding. It has lush green grass, flowers and plants everywhere, and pine trees scattered for the classic mountains look. The ceremony option has an amazing view of the mountain with large vast landscape behind it. For reception there is only the option for a tent or just out under the trees. But I promise it’s so good!!!

https://thearb.org/calendarofevents/weddings/

3.Forest Highlands

For more of the classy look, Forest Highlands, has the option for a few different locations to have weddings on their site. Depending on what time of year there are options to have your wedding on the course with a view of the peaks or inside if it’s too cold! The clubhouses are designed really well with a bright clean look that can host many many guests!

https://fhgc.com/weddings/?keyword=forest%20highlands%20wedding&creative=233404520844&gclid=CjwKCAiA6aSABhApEiwA6Cbm_7ZpGJuajxfmcYZVMJJwH8x_4BBCiQV9zp4pqm_-hTxByyqlzX0vWxoC-HIQAvD_BwE

4.Aldea Weddings

This is also a new venue in Flagstaff! Just 15 minutes from downtown, Aldea Weddings offer the lodge pine trees forest look that is hard to come by. With a big deck for reception outside you are in the pine trees all day! Their modern look inside offers getting ready rooms and good entrance options for your guests. Excited about this new venue!

http://www.aldeaweddings.com/flagstaff

5.The Gardens at Viola’s

If you want flowers galore look no further than Viola’s Flower Garden in Flagstaff!! With indoor and outdoor options, this venue can offer a variety for your wedding day. You don’t even need that much decor when the venue already looks THIS good with an abundance of flowers.

https://www.flagstaffweddingvenue.com/

6.The Nordic Village

This venue is truly in the woods! Located about 30-40 minutes from downtown Flagstaff, Nordic Village is ALL about the forest. The ceremony location is in the woods, the tent is in the woods, everything is in the woods!! With beautiful aspen trees close to you get a variety look with white tree trunks and pine trees. You really feel like you are in the woods at this venue!

https://arizonanordicvillage.com/experience/weddings-events/

No matter what venue you go for here, you will love the options Flagstaff has to offer for wedding days. Reach out if you have any questions! [email protected]

Xo-Hannah Rose Gray

Aldea Weddings in the Woods

Chic Rustic Styled Shoot

WOW this new Flagstaff venue is amazing in the pine trees and mountains!! This styled shoot was set up by the venue to show the new amazing space they have. They back up right into the forest to showcase the nature that is all around. The inside offers chic new colors and flooring that is a twist of modern and rustic vibes. All the vendors I worked with are amazing and so happy to work with them!!

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS VENUE: http://aldeaweddings.com/flagstaff

Vendors:

Emma + Daniel // Flagstaff, AZ

OHH my sweet roommate and her fiance are getting married! I was able to take them out with some music, beer, and our other roommate to photograph their sweet love…in the snow! Luckily it was not cold at all!! They have a warm to their friendship that goes deep. They trust, acknowledge, and respect each other. They are every parts friends and lovers. She is creative, corky, and sweet. He is gentle, smart, and so kind.