Falling for The Phoenician
It has often been said that there is something magical about The Phoenician. As the Crown Jewel of the Southwest, the resort has continued to captivate visitors from around the world with its breathtaking beauty and luxurious accommodations. As we look back on 25 wonderful years in the Valley of the Sun, we know there is indeed something special about The Phoenician; it’s the unforgettable memories and cherished moments, from our guests and associates that have truly made The Phoenician what it is today.
We recently caught up with the very first couple to be married at The Phoenician, as they near their very own silver anniversary.
Karen first fell in love with The Phoenician in 1987, when she worked for American Continental Corp. as a leasing associate for the property. When Karen got engaged to her now-husband, David, she knew that The Phoenician had to be a part of their future; so, they both decided early-on that they wanted their wedding to be held on the property. Although construction wasn’t yet complete, Karen and David decided it would be a privilege to be the first couple to get married at the resort – even if it meant they’d have to wait. On November 5, 1988, they exchanged vows – just a month after the doors had officially opened for business. Guests gathered on the croquet lawn for the ceremony, which included music from a grand piano. The party then moved into the Grand Ballroom for the reception. Speaking recently with Karen, it is still evident that the wedding was everything she and David could have hoped for. “From the Mother of Pearl pool, the gardens, marble everywhere, spectacular views, Allan Houser art, furnishings, everything about the property and our day was magical,” said Karen. After 25 wonderful years of marriage, David and Karen decided it would only be right to celebrate their anniversary next month at the place where it all began – The Phoenician.
From past to present one thing remains the same: The Phoenician continues to be at the heart of many great love stories. We are honored to share in those memories with our guests, and with our fellow ambassadors …
Dawn first met Josh in 2010, when they were both working at The Phoenician. Although each says they shared an instant connection, the relationship didn’t develop until Dawn left to take a position elsewhere. From then-on they both knew that it was meant to be. Fast forward to 2013 and Dawn had once again returned to The Phoenician, but now it was Josh who was working elsewhere. Although marriage was something they both discussed, Dawn was completely caught off-guard when Josh surprised her at work on a Friday afternoon last spring. Little did she know that he had carefully orchestrated an elaborate proposal, complete with the couple’s dog, Munchkin. Dawn was asked to take pictures of two sales associates on the Desert No. 8 hole of the golf course, and although the request seemed a bit odd, she didn’t give it a second thought. As they made their way up to the tee box, located on Camelback Mountain and overlooking the city, Dawn began snapping away – until she saw Munchkin coming up the hill towards her, followed closely by Josh. That’s when she noticed the bottle of champagne waiting on the tee box, pink rose petals scattered about, and Josh on one knee, asking her to marry him.
Much like Karen and David, Josh knew that The Phoenician was, and always will be, special to them, just like it has been for so many people during the last quarter century. Thank you to all who have shared those unforgettable moments with us. We can only hope that our next 25 years are filled with as much love and happiness!