Interested in a non-traditional ceremony and reception? You can have a breathtaking destination wedding without a passport! Look local, and you’ll find many stunning gems perfect for your scenic destination wedding right here in the U.S.
Destination weddings can be an exciting way to celebrate your marriage because you get to travel and experience a new location with one another. What better way to start your lives together than with adventure?!
5 Stunning Locations for Your U.S. Destination Wedding
Unsurprisingly, Hawaii is one of the dreamiest locations for a U.S. destination wedding. With its white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and tropical rainforests, it’s no wonder so many couples flock to the area. There are endless spots to choose from, but Turtle Bay Resort and Haiku Mill are two of the top places. The Turtle Bay Resort is perfect for a beach wedding, and the best part is that you and your guests can stay at the resort, so you don’t have to commute for wedding festivities. Turtle Bay also features a lush, expansive golf course that offers entertainment and scenery!
In contrast, Haiku Mill displays a more natural aesthetic surrounded by a lush, tropical jungle. The former sugar plantation has transformed into a serene oasis and has become the pinnacle of destination wedding locations. In fact, The Bachelor stars Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham tied the knot at Haiku Mill! No matter which location you choose in Hawaii, it is sure to be a magical experience!
Covering 268,597 square miles, Texas displays a wide variety of landscapes and geological features. From ranches to wildlife preserves and wildflower fields, it’s not difficult to find a picturesque canvas for your wedding day–but it is hard to choose! We loved shooting this stunning wedding at Blue Hills Ranch near Waco, Texas, where giraffes make surprisingly good wedding guests.
Most people wouldn’t think of Arkansas as a typical destination wedding location, but the secret is to know where to look! Just outside of Eureka Springs is a hidden gem called Thorncrown Chapel. This chapel has won several architectural awards for its stunning design, with 425 windows and over 6,000 feet of glass. The chapel is nestled in the woods, and soft natural light flows into the chapel through the clear glass ceiling making for an incredibly unique and unforgettable wedding experience.
Where to begin? Colorado has numerous locations with exceptional views! You could “get hitched” at a dude ranch for a western-style wedding! Don western-chic wedding attire. If you’re brave enough, the soon-to-be newlyweds could ride horses down the aisle (imagine the photos)!
For a more modern and sophisticated wedding in the city, consider hosting your wedding at Hotel Jerome in Aspen. This historical landmark combines the best of both worlds with an elegant ballroom and majestic views of Aspen Mountain.
This east coast state is known for weddings due to its spectacular scenery! Several movie productions chose to film here, such as The Notebook, Forrest Gump, The Patriot, and Dear John. From the beach to rows of old oak trees, South Carolina provides a beautiful natural canvas for a wedding. For your South Carolina destination wedding, consider the Country Club of Hilton Head or Middleton Place. You’ll fall in love with the exquisite views and southern charm.
There are few backdrops more striking than Sedona’s Red Rocks in Arizona. If you want to celebrate your destination wedding with a desert flair, look no further than this land of iconic geo formations! L’Auberge offers two wedding options where you could get married next to the bubbling Oak Creek or with the Red Rocks as your view. This luxurious location also has a fine-dining menu that will leave your guests speechless. The Agave of Sedona is another fantastic wedding venue with panoramic views of the Red Rocks. The exceptional staff strives to make each wedding unique, stunning, and sophisticated. Never underestimate the extravagance and beauty of an Arizona destination wedding!
Photograph Your U.S. Destination Wedding with Nathan Phillips Weddings
If you are interested in an adventurous and picturesque wedding experience, then a U.S. destination wedding is the perfect choice! The country has so much beauty to offer—you just have to get out there and explore! Congratulations on your engagement. Our team can’t wait to help make your wedding vision a reality!