An Otherworldly Wedding in Arcosanti, Arizona Has Us Captivated Like Nothing We’ve Seen Before

bride and groom kissing in Arcosanti, Arizona

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

western inspired illustrated wedding invites

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.

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding

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.

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding

bride in lacey off the shoulder dress and western hat

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.

ride in lacey off the shoulder dress and western hat

bridal western hat with flowers

What’s Love Without Friends?

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding

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.

brown groom's suit

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.

black and white photo of groom and groomsmen smiling

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding

Nothing feels better than having your friends laugh and enjoy themselves on such a special day.

Welcome, All!

handpainted wedding sign

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.

Arcosanti Arizona Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

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.

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding ceremony

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding First Kiss

Romantic gusts of wind whistled in the background while Morgan and Jonathan said their vows and became husband and wife.

bride and groom walking down the aisle after saying their vows

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding

An Explorative Duo

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding

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.

bride and groom kissing in arcosanti arizona

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding

Arcosanti Arizona Outdoor Wedding

Jonathan and Morgan were a pure example of bountiful love and romance between partners.

A Divine Reception

Arcosanti Arizona Sunset Wedding

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.

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding Reception

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding

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.

amethyst wedding reception decor

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding Reception

The subtle touches of pampas grass expertly tied in the touches of bohemian inspiration to this far out wedding.

mobile bar van

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding

Our Favorite Memory From The 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.

wedding tarot reading

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!

wedding dessert table

Jonathan and Morgan adorably printed “fun facts” pertaining to their relationship on the napkins of the dessert table.

fun facts printed on wedding napkins

Arcosanti Arizona Wedding

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