Mountain Shadows Resort, originally built in 1959, has returned as a fresh face in Paradise Valley, Arizona after undergoing a complete rebuild. Perfectly nestled below Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain, the resort earned its namesake from the shadows cast by the iconic silhouettes each afternoon. The upscale locale was an instant success, catering to the likes of international travelers, visiting families, and Hollywood stars.
When Rebecca and I had the opportunity to tour the rebuilt version of Mountain Shadows, by our friend Zeina, we were in awe by the backdrop and in our opinion the best view of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
We noticed the contemporary sleek design of the hotel and knew that it was a matter of time before all couples would want to wed there; inclusive of a same sex couple.
The problem was a lack of images to show that Mountain Shadows celebrated working with all couples so with little convincing we gathered an awesome group of vendors that could pull together a beautiful design.
Photos: Keith and Melissa Photographers
Click the image below to watch a behind the scenes video by Something New Media.
Mountain Shadows was reintroduced in 2017 and stands at the heart of Paradise Valley once more. Traces of the past can be found throughout the resort, from the name of the restaurant to iconic breeze block by the pool. Whether they follow in the footsteps of past globetrotters or happen to live down the street, every guest experiences the same warm hospitality, modern elegance, and beautiful scenery that made Mountain Shadows a beloved destination for decades.
Our team of creatives for this styled shoot wanted to connect the gorgeous environment of the resort to the mid-century vibe that the hotel has embraced. Showing affordable options with a gender neutral feel and design that could be embrace by any couple was the focus of this shoot. We topped it off by photographing a same-sex couple to show that the resort welcomes and celebrates all weddings.
Todd and Eddie, our handsome grooms, have been married for several years but never had a wedding. On the day they were married, Todd took Eddie and a few key family members on a trip down memory lane that led them through Todd's hometown. The tour ended at the courthouse much to everyone's surprise, including Eddie's, where they got married minutes before closing time. Being photographed in their finest, toasting their new life as husbands, and feeding each other wedding cake was not in the cards on their wedding day, but today we were able to celebrate that moment for the, even if it was just for fun.
A special thanks to all our creative vendors that took a part in this overall concept. It was an extremely challenging 3am set up time with summer temperatures and dark glooming monsoons. This tribe pulled together and in the break of any sunshine made it happen.
Love you all and thank you for smiles no matter what.
Event Planning + Design Concept - Life Design Events // Guess we could thank ourselves but that would be weird.
Venue - Mountain Shadows // Thank you for providing the space and the excitement to welcome all couples. Love to you, Z!
Furniture Rentals - Prim Unique Rentals // Thank you for being enthusiastically involved and having hot guys set the furniture.
Rentals - Classic Party Rentals // You all were amazing to work with and so flexible with our ideas. Thank you so so much.
Photography - Keith and Melissa Photographers // Love more that you care more about people than you do the stuff. To us, that matters.
Graphic Details + Paper - Life Design Events // Jilly, you never cease to amaze me. Love you girl.
Floral Design - Butterfly Petals // Your team did amazing and the ceremony backdrop was so so sexy. Thanks for always having our back, Mandles.
Cake - Cakes By Whisk // Way to jump in, Barb. Not only did it look awesome but tasted delicious too.
Cinematography - Something New Media // Your passion is exceptional. Thank you for loving your job so much and sharing it with us.
Todd and Eddie, enjoy these images. You two are remarkable, dependable, funny and so dog-gone-good-looking! Guess we should go celebrate at Windsor. ;)
With all that Life has to offer,
Life Design Events // Wedding Planner // Phoenix