To those of us who grew up in the Deep South, it can come as a shock to learn that pecan trees are part of the Arizona landscape. And that leafy groves of them create a natural wedding canopy that has protected many a bride from too much desert sun.
In the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, one favorite Destination:W ceremony and reception venue is the pecan grove at The Farm at South Mountain, which hosts about 100 weddings a year.
You are in Arizona, so the outdoor appeal drops off dramatically from mid-May through September, when the temperatures soar. But the rest of the year The Farm offers a number of pleasant venues, from the Morning Glory Patio, which overlooks an organic garden, to the Stone Grove, which will accommodate more than 300 guests.
The Farm at South Mountain is a working farm, growing fresh produce, flowers, and livestock, but it is also a kind of agrarian community center. If you’ve got guests flying in before the wedding, The Farm’s classes in cooking, gardening, and yoga would make great group activities. And its dining options—the Morning Glory Café, with its locally made sausages, The Farm Kitchen, with its made from scratch pecan pie, and Quiessence, which Travel + Leisure has called “most romantic”—will allow your guests to get as close to a farm-to-table experience as they are ever likely to.
As for the pecans, The Farm no longer harvests them commercially. But a special perk of having a wedding here is that in season, which begins about mid-December, your guests can help themselves to any that have fallen to the ground—consider them U-Pick wedding favors. And of course there’s that unforgettable pecan pie.
For more on what to do in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, and for recommendations on where to stay, check out the Destination:W Destination Wedding Insider – Phoenix/Scottsdale.
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