Where To Start
Continuing on with my venue spotlight series of fabulous locations for weddings here in the Valley, I'd like to focus tonight on one of my latest obsession. This venue is palatial! Every time I shoot there, I find new amazing corners of light and hidden spaces to use for intimate portraits. If you haven't considered the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort yet, it needs to be on your list!
From the grand entry way to the sweeping grounds, the Princess feels GRAND from the moment you hand the valet your keys. The lobby is a fantastic combination of orchids, modern architecture and saturated color.
From the lobby, multiple covered, but open walkways lead throughout the resort, like a mythical maze through a castle! There are so many hidden alcoves of muted brick and interesting light, I could literally shoot a full day's worth of coverage in the hallways!
Just off the grand entrance, is an amazing dramatic hall that leads to Bourbon Steak (a Michael Mina restaurant). While the food is to die for, that's not what this little photographer fell for. The hall itself is simply spectacular! It's made of dramatic open brickwork, which is backlit by candles. The drama of that space is beyond anything I've seen at other resorts around the valley and it's a must for a wedding photographer that likes to Vogue it up a bit!
My first shoot at the Princess actually took place on a bizarre day last year where it rained...the whole day! Because we were limited to covered areas for the shoot, I was able to explore and get creative with our setting selection. And guess what? I found the most unique, asymmetrical staircase in the main tower, just off the grand entrance. Nothing like an aerial view of love for a jaw-dropping wedding photograph!
At the base of the staircase is another phenomenal cache of interesting light. There's an open patio area with hanging lights that contains an entire wall of cascading water, and an open corridor that lets you capture the massive height of the resort.
Did I mention there are also lush green lawns and a pond for the ceremony location? And crystal chandelier- adorned ballrooms for the reception (in case you're thinking of a wedding in one of our warmer months).
If you are looking for grand elegance and drama for your wedding day backdrop, the Princess is a must see!