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

Kelly + Jake

Mammoth Lakes Intimate Wedding

WHERE do I even start with this beautiful 20 person intimate mountain lake wedding day? Do I start where Jake and Kelly met in college at a dance party and instantly fell for each other? Or do I start when they moved to Bend and created a life together and decided to get married? Or do I start at their vows, which were poetry and made everyone cry? It all was intentional and purposeful. I’m honored to not only be their photographer but also their friend.

Kelly has a superpower of love and kindness. You will not meet a more in touch, grateful, inspiring human on this planet. She pulls you into her grace and bliss of life. You are enamored by her awe and wonder of this life. 

Jake is so vastly compassionate and intentional you will feel like the only person in the room when you are talking. He can hold the longest eye contact, so don’t you try to win at a staring contest! He is intelligent, open hearted, and warm. 

They wanted a small wedding up in the mountains. Each decision made from the food to the air b+b, to the flowers, and arbor at their ceremony was picked with intention. They loved every process of planning this wedding because they were SO EXCITED to get married. After 7 years of dating and engagement, it was time to invite people into their deep love. They decided on Convict Lake in Mammoth Lakes after a family trip a year earlier. They knew this would be the spot they would become one. It was truly breathtaking. 

Jake started reciting this vows with a poem he wrote her the first year they were dating. As soon as he started speaking she started mouthing the words because she had memorized it after all these years of him repeating it to her. Kelly’s vows were heart wrenching, explaining how much love she has for him and how alive she feels in his presence. I stood there with the wind blowing my hair all around, camera in hand, soaking it all in. The mountains stood tall behind them and I cried a bit.

I realized this is why I love photographing weddings. Not because the beautiful details or the likes on instagram, but because I get to be apart of this deep love that is helping to heal the world. Jake and Kelly, by being open for all to drink deeply of possibility of beautiful love, are truly helping to heal the broken world. It’s all apart of being human and I cannot imagine not photographing weddings for this reason alone. 

Immediately after they kissed, Jake and Kelly danced down the aisle while their friends jumped up and started dancing with them. Many hugs and tears were given throughout family photos. As the sun started to set, the three of us romped around the lake enjoying the majesty of the nature together. We came back to the Air B+B to a long table set up on the deck filled with lace, flowers, and a dinner setting. It was a relaxing reception where we laughed and ate good food. The night ended with hours and hours of dancing all together. Goofy playful dancing.