What does an Arcosanti wedding look like?

Danny & Caroline traveled from Colorado to Arizona because they love the Southwest, but they wanted an Arcosanti wedding because they loved the unique mix of old and new.

Good food, happy memories, and gorgeous scenery were just some of the words Caroline used to describe their dream wedding. And for Danny, the water-rights lawyer, and Caroline, the documentarian, Arcosanti delivered! The small experimental community houses an inspiring history and about 80 to 100 people.

The architecture merges sustainable buildings with the greenery of the high-desert. The community has private event spaces, including a perfect wedding-sized amphitheater and space for people to stay overnight. Keep scrolling to see what made Arcosanti the perfect venue for Danny & Caroline.

What are you looking for in a wedding photographer? White Desert Photography has plenty to offer.

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groom getting ready

Bride getting ready

What is Arcosanti?

The Cosanti Foundation first started working on the community in Arizona’s high desert in 1970.

Arcosanti is a self-described experimental living project focusing on the idea of Arcology — a merging of architecture and ecology. The Cosanti Foundation explains that architect Paolo Soleri saw cities as vital to the human experience but built over some of their essential environmental values. Arcosanti was an attempt to re-imagine urban sprawl in order to preserve critical farmland and ecosystems.

The community also designed and sold bronze wind bells that have become an iconic part of their history.

What all of this means is that you’re guaranteed to have a one-of-a-kind wedding at Arcosanti with an magical story to inspire your guests.

Arcosanti Wedding Ceremony

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Arcosanti Wedding Venue at night

How do my guests get to Arcosanti?

The community of Arcosanti is set in Yavapai County, which means its about smack-dab in the center of Arizona.

From Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, Arcosanti is about 70 miles north on the Interstate 17 toward Flagstaff. The surrounding Arizona communities of Mayer, Cordes Lake, and Spring Valley are all nearby. Luckily there are places to stay at Arcosanti to service your guests so they don’t need to drive 70 miles on the day of your wedding.

Those looking to explore more of Arizona from Arcosanti should note that Sedona is 52 miles north, Flagstaff is about 80 miles north, and the Grand Canyon is about 160 miles north (depending on your route.)

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Arcosanti Wedding in Arizona

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Arcosanti offers stylish sustainability

Everyone has an idea of what sustainability means, and Arcosanti is one man’s take on the idea.

At Arcosanti, the venue doesn’t build over the landscape but incorporates it. The open-air location does not feel disruptive and focuses on reducing or reusing waste. For Danny and Caroline, a water-rights lawyer and documentarian, an Arcosanti wedding allowed them to celebrate their love with as little impact on the planet as possible.

The two also knew their money was going toward an inspiring community that respects the landscape with style.

White Desert Photography doesn’t hide our pricing — check it out here!

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arcosanti sustainability

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Can we stay overnight in Arcosanti?

Arcosanti has a wide variety of private options for couples looking for an easier experience and to stay at their venue.

From AirBnBs to private accommodations, the Cosanti Foundation has multiple spaces that provide a quiet night to satisfy any newlyweds. The nearby communities can also provide some interesting places to explore for those adventure lovers.

For example, many of these fun perspectives from the venue were found by just walking around the space.

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bride overlooking Arizona landscape

Should you choose an Arcosanti wedding?

Arcosanti is a timeless location that supports all kinds of weddings and private events.

While it excels at sustainability, Danny & Caroline’s Arcosanti wedding shows that you don’t need to compromise beauty, a timeline or happiness in the name of sustainability. As their review shows, these two were so happy with their event and photos.

Can you see yourself at Danny & Caroline’s after party or their intimate ceremony? If so, Arcosanti may be the venue for you.

Check out a local, Arizona photographer with more than 10 years experience at weddings!

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Bride and groom at arcosanti

Victoria Nabours, a Northern Arizona local, founded White Desert Photography in 2018. Since then, the company has bloomed into one of the most in-demand wedding, elopement and engagement photography companies in Sedona. Additionally, her years of expertise has taken her to international wedding destinations and attracted the eye of local and bridal magazines.

Check out her photo galleries, elopement and wedding packages, and inquire today!

  1. Abbigale Carroll says:


    We’re planning on getting married August 2025, we’re interested in your venue and curious of your pricing.
    Thank you!

    • Victoria Buffon says:

      Hi Abbigale! Congrats on your wedding plans. We are just an Arizona wedding photography business that works at Arcosanti. If you would like their pricing, check their website and private event page! Hope this helps.

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