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Jessica + Shane

Modern-Day Love Meets Sedona

A swipe in the right direction

When asked how they met, the response from this couple is fairly straightforward: “We swiped right.” The bride, who grew up in Phoenix, had frequently visited Sedona; coincidentally, the groom had also spent time there during annual golf trips. They chose Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa for their reception because of the venue’s alluring location, sense of intimacy, stunning courtyard and enviable red rocks view. The ceremony took place at 5:30 p.m., at the Chapel of The Holy Cross, with the sun streaming into the Chapel adding to the allure of this historical site, Jessica and Shane were only the second wedding to take place at the Chapel during the past 30 years. The set-up featured white garden roses and ranunculus, succulents and plenty of greenery. After the ceremony, the reception kicked off at the Kimpton Amara, where the newlyweds also spent their first night together as husband and wife.

Memorable Details

The duo loved that the resort is large enough to feel spacious, yet intimate enough for them to regularly run into friends and family throughout the weekend. All of their guests enjoyed taking advantage of spa features during the day and courtyard amenities every evening. They describe the wait staff and bartenders as “courteous and friendly.”

“The service was top-notch, not only for the wedding events, but during our entire stay.”

The couple highly recommends this sensational Sedona wedding site; they found that Wayne, the manager on duty, went above and beyond for every single guest.

During the cocktail hour, guests walked out to discover a magical scene of illuminated fire pits, assembled lawn games and Adirondack chairs facing the red rocks scenery. Guests enjoyed signature cocktails named after the newlyweds’ dogs and received Mexican blankets as favors.

The reception in the Amara Sedona Room featured a palette of white with gold accents. Centerpieces showcased candles and the same types of flowers that had beautified the wedding ceremony. The bride and groom enjoyed the evening from their head table.