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New-Desert Wedding Adventures at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, AZ

Inventive Twist on Destination Weddings and Proposals Offers Unprecedented Desert Adventures for All Members of the Wedding Party Including Western Horseback Ceremony, Mountain Bike Vows and a Wedding Rodeo

The newly-opened Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain north of Tucson has introduced a comprehensive destination wedding program designed to showcase the 850-acre recreation, golf and spa resort’s true spirit of adventure. Future brides and grooms have the option of exchanging vows reflecting a different approach to the traditional wedding ceremony, and incorporating some of the desert Southwest’s most coveted and exclusive outdoor adventures.

 With options available for marrying couples, families and bridal parties from the very intimate to more grand in size, Desert Wedding Adventures at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain pioneers a new approach to southwest nuptials. Under the program, guests can turn their investment in wedding attendance into a personal vacation that not only breaks the mold for destination weddings but also provides a memorable Arizona experience rarely available to the savviest of independent vacationers. In particular, exclusive package components have been designed to deliver an uncommon, hard-to-access entre to the mystical Sonoran Desert surrounding the resort, showcasing authentic experiences that are uniquely true to Arizona’s rich cultural and natural history.

Desert Wedding Adventure options at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain include:

Native American Nuptials
- Guests hike to legendary Lower Javelina and Wild Burro trails to a private outdoor ceremony
- Native American flutist performs a wedding song
- Ceremony ends with a Native American sage blessing
- Return to the Honeymoon Casita, where a customized bridal dinner awaits

Mountain Bike Vows
- Guests ride into the pristine Tortolita Reserve (bikes provided)
- Desert ceremony vows take place amidst the beauty of a true high Sonoran location
- Celebratory wine and cheese fortifications are provided to all in attendance
- Guests return to the hotel for an interactive dinner in Core Kitchen and Bar
- An outdoor couple’s massage and romantic breakfast is included on the following day

Western Horseback Ceremony
-  Bride, groom and guests depart the hotel resort before sunset
- Officiant on horseback awaits on the beautiful Wild Burro Trail
- Ceremony is followed by an acoustic guitar performance
- The sunset ride continues after the ceremony through the unforgettable beauty of the desert
- Guests return to the resort for a special western reception or casita dinner for two

Wedding Rodeo
- Guests venture to the famous and exclusive White Stallion Ranch
- From the ranch, guests enjoy a scenic trail ride through a lush landscape of saguaro cactus and rare desert flora and fauna
- A cowboy minister performs the “western” ceremony
- Guests return to White Stallion Ranch for their own Wedding Rodeo, where cowgirls and cowboys rope and ride
- A western barbecue reception follows, customized for the wedding group
- The wedding party returns to Honeymoon Casita where champagne on ice awaits the new bride and groom

Four-Wheel Wedding Adventure
- Guests share in a Jeep tour into the Saguaro National Park
- Ceremony takes place at “the corral” overlooking thousands of saguaro cacti and a lush Sonoran desert landscape
- Mariachi music punctuates the desert silence
- Champagne and strawberries are provided as the sun sets
- Guests return to the resort for a customized tasting menu with paired wines

About Weddings at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain:
At The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, wedding guests can experience the best of the high Sonoran Desert, the Wild West, Native American culture history, Southwest flora and fauna, and a mystical sense of place -- all at the same time, all in the same wedding or honeymoon vacation. For those wanting to embrace their inner adventurer, venture into the surrounding canyons for hiking, canyoneering, birding, geo-caching, stargazing, rock climbing, and archeological touring. Younger wedding guests can enjoy many of the above activities, as well as their own water adventures and eco-tours providing an up-close-and-personal introduction to many notorious “critters” of the desert. Wedding and honeymoon guests have unique access to an adventure menu that is unprecedented among contemporary southwest bridal venues.

About The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain:
Nestled in the high Sonoran Desert is an invigorating 850-acre playground where the adventurous can explore the lush desert along the Tortolitas Mountains and majestic Saguaro forest. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain features a 253-room hotel, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, destination spa, acclaimed dining, and luxury homes at The Residences. The resort also features adventure programming and world-class hiking, and is host to the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships each year in a striking canyon setting. This is a place where adventure and a gracious spirit of hospitality come to life. For reservation information, please call 1-800-241-3333, contact a travel professional, or visit our website

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