One would think, when planning a practical wedding, a venue would be rather difficult. This practical bride has a long list of requirements: eco-friendly, intimate, whimsical, and vintage-y (it's a word, I swear). But the most important requirement was that neither I nor my fiancé wanted a hotel or a ballroom. A stuffy ballroom that gets used equally so for business conferences and weddings does not have that right whimsical feeling I so wanted on our wedding day. They also lack a certain ambiance, which can be made up for in pricey flowers that will die and wilt the next day- certainly not a green idea.
Thankfully when on holiday in Sedona, we vacationed at resort that was walking distance to a quaint little Spanish-town replica. It was everything I ever imagined and much more. A quaint Spanish chapel with a large mural lit with candles and old wooden pews. What's more is that it fit into my fiancé's idea of a small wedding as it would limit our guest list to what we could fit in the chapel. The chapel seats 45 and we would have 7 people on the altar (2 bridesmaids, 2 groomsmen, the 2 of us, and the minister).