Sometimes, you find yourself somewhere that just feels different. Not only different, but truly special and unique to you. For Jonathan and Morgan, that special place is Arcosanti, Arizona. Jonathan, an archaeologist, has spent years digging up evidence of older civilizations and the essence of a time before the present. Morgan fancies herself a lover of art and the extravagance in natural beauty. To them, Arcosanti represents the perfect intersection between old and new.
The architecture of Arcosanti is meant to foster community and nurture the best of human nature. The first time I walked onto a Soleri property, I felt it. It was like something brand new, something I couldn’t describe. I just felt good. That’s why we chose to have our wedding here. It inspires people to think about the things that might make their life better.
The couple trusted Maya Papaya Pictures to perfectly capture the beauty of their union in this unique location. Want a chance to experience this entrancing energy right from your home? Let’s get into the details!
A Far Out Wedding
The wedding’s theme was heavily influenced by a few factors: the western desert aesthetic, a 70s flare (the decade in which Arcosanti was built), and a smidge of the somewhat futuristic flare the venue seems to have.
We called it “Far Out Wedding” and created a sort of old-time western movie poster for the invites with the help of an illustrator friend. There is something mysterious in desert life, it’s a raw kind of beauty.
The grounds of Arcosanti look both inviting and mysterious. The varying shapes, desert backdrop, and Italian cypress trees work together to create an environment that is as unique as it is stunning.
Morgan wore a lace gown by Madi Lane that suited the occasion perfectly. The contrast between the delicate lacey details and the relaxed vibe of a western hat created a look to be remembered.
What’s Love Without Friends?
Morgan was accompanied by some of her best gals as she prepared to marry the love of her life. The bridal party sauntered down the aisle to an acoustic version of Right Down the Line by Gerry Rafferty.
Jonathan wore a fresh and modern take on a 70s suit. The varying tones of brown perfectly complemented his skin and the environment surrounding him.
Nothing feels better than having your friends laugh and enjoy themselves on such a special day.
Guests were greeted into the ceremony with a hand-painted sign made by one of the couple’s close friends. The sign depicts The Vaults of Arcosanti, where the reception was to be held.
This unique wedding ceremony was held by the cliff’s edge. As Morgan walked down the aisle to her soon-to-be husband, the guitarist played Crimson & Clover by Tommy James & The Shondells – a song long-loved by the bride.
Romantic gusts of wind whistled in the background while Morgan and Jonathan said their vows and became husband and wife.
An Explorative Duo
As our guests enjoyed signature drinks, appetizers, and a sky cycling through the oranges and pinks of southwest sunset, we climbed The Vaults over their heads in our restrictive wedding clothes. I’m not sure we will ever get the chance to do that again.
Jonathan and Morgan were a pure example of bountiful love and romance between partners.
A Divine Reception
Much of the decor was handpicked by Morgan. Inspiration came to her from many different places, but they were all uniform in their stunning outcome.
I saw this incredible table display in Liberty of London and it inspired me to fill the tables with bottles, nicknacks, and whimsical florals rather than one centerpiece. My friend, and florist, helped create the mood by painting found objects gold. She even created gold spaceships to tie into the desert lore.
The subtle touches of pampas grass expertly tied in the touches of bohemian inspiration to this far out wedding.
Our favorite part of the wedding was hearing how much our guests enjoyed experiencing Arcosanti. A few even returned on their own to explore some more.
Seating arrangements were assigned in the form of a tarot card on each guest’s seat. Each guest was treated to a reading of the meaning of their card. Some guests also received a complimentary reading during cocktail hour!
Jonathan and Morgan adorably printed “fun facts” pertaining to their relationship on the napkins of the dessert table.
Congratulations to Morgan and Jonathan! We wish you endless “far out” moments to come in your life together!
photography: Maya Papaya Pictures // venue name: Arcosanti, Mayer, Arizona, USA // florals: Devon Kellogg // wedding dress: Madi Lane // wedding dress boutique: Luv Bridal // groom attire: Parker & Schmidt Clothiers // videography: Sydney Beth Films // paper goods: Ryan Parker with I Draw Good Art // catering: Urban Phoenix // cake: Ruze Cake House // linen rentals: Bright Event Rentals // music: Sky Daddy // lighting: Adam Taylor // photo booth: Cruisin Photo Bus // cocktails: Couple of Bartenders // rentals + styling: Lisa Warman