A bride is hugged from behind by her groom as he kisses her shoulder at an El Chorro Wedding

An Inside Look at the World-Class El Chorro Wedding Venue

There’s something magical about the mountains in Arizona. El Chorro, a world-class dining destination and event venue in the Phoenix Area, takes advantage of spectacular views of Camelback Mountain. Paired with its gorgeous, historic event spaces, El Chorro is a spectacular venue for an elegant, romantic wedding. Keep reading to learn what makes an El Chorro wedding truly unforgettable! 

About The El Chorro Wedding Venue

Nestled into Paradise Valley is a gorgeous world-class dining experience known as El Chorro. Originally built as a school for girls in 1934, it was purchased several years later and converted into a restaurant and lodge that hosted celebrity guests like Clark Gable and Milton Berle. In 1973, a long-time bartender and cocktail waitress purchased El Churro. She worked hard to expand their beloved restaurant and keep it open year-round. 

A long-time local philanthropist who worked hard with her business partners to revitalize the existing buildings and expand the indoor/outdoor dining spaces purchased El Chorro in 2009. At that time, El Chorro received a LEED Green certification and transformed into a stunning event space. 

Today, El Chorro is known for its exquisite dining, stunning mountain surroundings, and elegant event spaces. In fact, Arizona Bride Magazine just awarded them the 2023 Best Phoenix & Greater Area Venue! 

Details of wedding rings sitting in a purple flower

Details of the Grounds

Furthermore, El Chorro has several gorgeous event species perfect for breathtaking ceremonies and receptions. They pair The Event Lawn and Casa Paloma for larger weddings and the Herb Garden and Classroom Bar & Bocce Lawn work for more intimate gatherings.

For an outdoor reception, the Event Lawn offers spectacular views of the Camelback and Mummy Mountains. You and up to 250 guests can gather on the lush, manicured lawn surrounded by beautiful landscaping. The stage area is the perfect setting for a romantic vow exchange where everyone can bear witness to your union. 

Following your ceremony, you can move the celebration to Casa Paloma, a gorgeous indoor venue with spectacular views, dreamy patios, and colorful gardens. There is plenty of room for your guests to dine, dance, and socialize indoors or outdoors, and all of the modern elegance and refinement you’re looking for in a wedding venue. 

Smaller weddings can host ceremonies in the Herb Garden, a pastoral, intimate setting with space for up to 100 guests. The Herb Garden sets your vow exchange against a pair of rich wooden doors and a white wall covered in crawling ivy. Then, for your reception, gather with your guests in the Classroom Bar & Bocce Lawn. These spaces feature a gorgeous outdoor fireplace, romantic lighting, and, of course, spectacular mountain views. 

Newlyweds rest their foreheads together while standing outside for their El Chorro Wedding

Photography Opportunities

El Chorro’s stunning mountain views and spectacular gardens are perfect backdrops for photos full of romance and natural beauty. Your wedding album will be full of pictures that are as timeless and classic as modern and contemporary, each exuding elegance. The venue’s Southwestern style also provides unique photo features for pictures that capture El Chorro’s signature charm. 

Wedding Details

In addition to the venue’s stunning vistas, gardens, and facilities, people will remember your wedding for its incredible food. When not hosting weddings, El Chorro is a renowned destination restaurant. Their acclaimed culinary team will bring their A-game to your wedding day menu, working with their event specialists to create a truly unforgettable event for you and your partner. 

El Chorro Wedding

An El Chorro wedding is a spectacular, elegant event with great food and incredible style. Check out this Phoenix-area venue to see if it aligns with all of your wedding day dreams! 

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