Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix, Arizona Elopement Photo Story Award

Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix, Arizona wedding image of The bride and groom exiting the outdoor, garden ceremony hand-in-hand

Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix, Arizona Elopement Photographer | The bride and groom exit the ceremony hand-in-hand as the cellist plays them out of the lush alcove surrounded by flowers

This couple decided to host their small wedding ceremony at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. The resort is surrounded by beautiful greenery and desert flowers, making the perfect setting for this outdoor wedding. The Spanish Colonial-style resort offered a rustic yet ornate backdrop for the ceremony and reception, offering the couple and their guests a location that offered the best of the unique desert environment.

The bride and groom exit the ceremony hand-in-hand as the cellist plays them out of the lush alcove surrounded by pink flowers.

Phoenix, AZ wedding prep shot showing the silhouette of the bride as a bridesmaids helps

Royal Palms Resort, Phoenix, AZ Elopement Photography | the silhouette of the bride as one of her bridesmaids helps her get ready

Here we can see the silhouette of the bride as one of her bridesmaids helps her get ready before the ceremony.

Arizona wedding photo of The bride and her father walking to the ceremony

Royal Palms, Phoenix Elopement Image | The bride and her father walk together to the outdoor wedding ceremony

The bride and her father walk together to the ceremony. They pass under trees and a natural floral archway to access the private alcove where the ceremony will take place.

Phoenix, Arizona Outdoor Wedding Ceremony photo showing the intimacy and beauty of a small ceremony

Royal Palms Resort and Spa- Phoenix, Arizona Elopement Ceremony Picture | the intimacy and beauty of this ceremony are evident

Zooming out a bit, the intimacy and beauty of this ceremony are even more evident as it is surrounded by large palm trees, colorful desert flora, and Camelback Mountain in the background.

Arizona Wedding Ceremony picture taken while Peeking through the pink flowers

Royal Palms Resort of Arizona - Elopement Ceremony Photos | Peeking through the pink flowers surrounding the ceremony

Peeking through the pink flowers surrounding the ceremony location, we can see the bride smiling as she stands with the groom at the altar.

Royal Palms Resort of Arizona wedding image of The groom, wearing sunglasses

Royal Palms Resort - AZ Elopement Photographer | The groom, wearing sunglasses to shade himself

The groom, wearing sunglasses to shade himself from the bright, desert sun, wears a huge smile on his face as he waits for the bride to arrive at the ceremony.

AZ wedding photography of the guests toasting the couple at dinner

AZ Elopement Image | the guests toast the couple and everyone shares champagne

After the ceremony, as the sun begins to set, the guests toast the couple and everyone shares champagne beneath the trees.

AZ wedding venue Reception picture from The dinner outside

AZ Elopement Reception Venue Photo | The wedding reception dinner takes place outside

The wedding reception dinner takes place outside as well, once the sun has gone down. However, the lush garden and overarching trees are decorated with fairy lights, illuminating the immaculately decorated table.

AZ wedding photo from the The private wedding dinner in an orange grove

AZ Elopement Venue Picture | The private wedding dinner took place in an orange grove

The private wedding dinner took place in an orange grove, and the newlyweds and their guests celebrated into the night surrounded by orange trees and fairy lights.