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Ten Reasons to Elope in Tucson

Desert landscape with saguaro cactii (Carnegie...

Desert landscape with saguaro cactii (Carnegiea gigantea) in Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Autumn in the Sonoran Desert is beautiful. Windy sometimes, though beautiful even in the cool breezes.

Winter? G O R G E O U S. Seriously. If you are planning an elopement and coming from colder climes where the gray skies, bone chilling winds and short daylight hours all add up to less than welcoming outdoor fun, consider eloping in Tucson.

This is the simplest of reasons why eloping to Tucson for a fabulous winter wedding is a good idea: the weather. Here are ten more:

1. Our natural landcapes and vistas are stellar. The open desert surrounding Tucson calls to birders, hikers, bikers and lazy picnickers alike. From the trails on Mt. Lemmon to the canyons in the Santa Rita Mountains, there are countless places for enjoyment and simple outdoor ceremonies.

2. The historic architecture is inviting and colorful. If your more of an urban couple and like historic areas for exploration, go no further than downtown Tucson with the Museum of Art and places like Old Artisans. Photo opportunities and quiet nooks for ceremonies are around nearly every corner.

3. Much of the local food is unique in the world and the margaritas make you want more. Who wants to travel without interesting, provocative and delicious food and drinks right? You’ll find it here. From places like Proper or Cafe Poca Cosa in downtown to Mi Nidito’s on south Fourth Avenue, you’ll be savoring mouth watering morsels.

4. The live music alternatives are endless. Nearly every night of the week, you can find live music to sit back and enjoy or shake your booty to . . . all up to you. Places like Monterey Court Cafe and Galleries have nightly bills. And if you want ceremony musicians to make your elopement extra special, local talent like husband and wife combo Duo Vibrato plays unforgettable tunes.

5. Our warm and comfortable places to stay are beyond memorable. The list of unique places to stay or to have a simple ceremony on the grounds is literally too long for me to get into here. We have beautiful accommodations throughout Southern Arizona. From Hacienda del Sol to Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain or cozy bed and breakfasts tucked into historic neighborhoods or mountain towns alike, there is a warm inviting place with a fireplace and good views just waiting for you.

6. Your opportunity for co-creating a fun and meaningful custom ceremony awaits. I couldn’t skip myself at Sweetgrass Ceremonies, could I? I love working with mindful couples to co-create custom experiences for their desert elopement ceremony, not just the courthouse steps express.

7. Our desert skies and sunsets are often magical. This photo conveys more than I am able.

Purple Sonoran sunset

Purple Sonoran sunset (Photo credit: kevin dooley)

8. The people welcome you with friendliness and open arms. You’ll find folks here truly welcome visitors with a graciousness that might surprise you. Our summers are so hot and desolate, the buzz around town in winter is a welcome change of pace!

9. Myriad recreational activities can make you dizzy. No joke. This reason could comprise a whole blog post in of itself. From rock climbing to horseback riding, tennis to day hikes, migratory birding to mountain biking, pool lounging to day hiking . . . making a choice from all of the possibilities might make you tired.

10. Your bank account will still be happy after all is said and done. Tucson and other interesting towns in Southern Arizona like Tubac are affordable getaways. You can really step out for an elopement vacation you always remember and not break the bank. That’s worth noting.

Phew. That is a good long list, right? If this has you intrigued, give me a call. Let’s explore what is possible for your winter elopement in Tucson!

Eloping in Tucson

Sabino Canyon, Tucson
Image by miheco via Flickr

Couples who elope to Tucson for saying their “I dos” have so many choices, it can be overwhelming! If you want something beyond the courthouse steps, being creative and seeking adventure helps. And that’s where I usually come in.

Just a few weeks ago, for example, I led a very easy-going, poignant and adventuresome wedding in Sabino Canyon. And when I say in the Canyon, I mean we literally stood barefoot in the creek, shaded by a huge old sycamore tree! It was so refreshing in the desert heat.

The experience felt pretty magical. The Bride and Groom couldn’t have been happier.

They were visiting from back east and knew just what they wanted for their ceremony: simple, stress-free, meaningful and scenic. A great elopement recipe that I can deliver as a relaxed Wedding Celebrant!

Two Weddings to Remember

Every once in awhile, I connect with a couple who immediately feels like we’ve already known each other for eons. That happened last year with Carolyn and John.

Their sense of ease with one another and complete adoration for each other melted me. I’ve told a bit of their story already this year. Here’s Part One:

We met in December 2010, when John called me early Christmas Eve morning to see if I could do their elopement ceremony after Christmas. (He was waiting for Carolyn to try on wedding dresses when he called!) They were in the desert visiting from chilly Iowa.

Part One: John & Carolyn’s winter Elopement in Tucson

Fortunately, I was in town and available. I think the Universe had grand plans for us, so everything worked absolutely perfect. We met on Sunday afternoon, they answered a few couple reflections for me, and ‘voila’! After a very early morning ceremony writing session, I sent their customized script to them for review by 9AM.

They cried big happy tears upon receiving it and said “This is so truly US. We are thrilled!” We had a blast during their ceremony, with two dear friends as witnesses being present to celebrate. It was a bit surreal how smoothly everything unfolded.

And Part Two:

As is often the case for couples, they elope with a satisfying sense of simplicity. And then there are circles of family and friends ‘back home’ who really want an excuse to celebrate their union, too! Carolyn and John saw their great opportunity in celebrating with their extended circle of loved ones back in Iowa. And they chose to repeat their ceremony, with me leading it.

Needless to say, I was completely moved. And eager to fulfill their wish!

Part Two: Celebration in Iowa

We added a few very meaningful flourishes the second time. First, Carolyn’s two sons participated as the bearer’s of the wedding rings. Second, I asked all the guests for their blessings and support upon John and Carolyn’s union. (Of course they enthusiastically responded with “WE DO!”)  And third, John wrote and performed a song just for his Bride. I’m not sure there were any dry eyes in the house!

They had this Icelandic saying engraved into each of their custom made rings:

“Gued, laeder oaker aast ae-lift.” / “God guide our love always.”

And I said this on behalf of everyone before the pronouncement – more happy tears!

Thank you, dearest Carolyn and John, for this opportunity to serve you and your family as your Wedding Celebrant. I cherish our connection. And I can’t wait to see you again this winter in the desert!

John singing to Carolyn to close their Ceremony