AUGUST 13, 2014
Historic Cave Creek church re-opens as an elegant non-denominational wedding chapel
CAVE CREEK – The historic Cave Creek church, located behind and above Harold’s Cave Creek Corral, is now the Cave Creek Wedding Chapel. The completely refurbished non-denominational venue offers couples one of the valleys most inspiring and stylish settings for weddings, vow renewals and elopements.
According to owner/operator, Maggie Hunt, no important detail has been overlooked. “The new Cave Creek Wedding Chapel is a work of art,” she said. “The candle-lit, flower strewn center aisle is flanked by intricately carved pews imported from historic St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church located in Baltimore, Maryland.” Hunt added that the pews were hand-made in 1857 and have been lovingly restored to their original condition. “Many of the nails used in their construction remain in the wood.”
The Chapel’s quaint interior is flanked by awe-inspiring, jewel-hued stained glass windows. A large, panoramic window provides guests with stunning views of the surrounding desert mountains during the ceremonies. Wedding parties can relax and prepare for their big event in charming private suites. The Chapel’s bridal suite includes a private bathroom, vanity and additional amenities. The separate groom’s suite is furnished with leather sofas, stereo system, TV and refrigerator.
Hunt has customized services to accommodate 4 to 80 guests, depending on the event. “We have utilized noted craftsmen as well as designers to insure that our Chapel provides the perfect setting for every occasion, large or intimate.” Our goal is to create a moving, unforgettable experience,” she said. Hunt also plans to open the Chapel to businesses and various types or organizations for meetings and guest speakers. “We are also contacting location scouts who we believe may promote our facility to photographers and movie producers.”
Hunt pointed out that the former Baptist Church was visited by a number of notable individuals. She said that syndicated columnist, Paul Harvey, best known for his international radio program “The Rest of the Story” was a regular parishioner. Harvey devoted one of his final broadcasts to the church. In the broadcast he praised the old church saying, “On a dusty desert hilltop overlooking Harold’s Corral and the Horny Toad Café is a tiny Baptist church which holds so much significance in my life.”
The Cave Creek Chapel is located at 6914 E. Bella Vista Drive in Cave Creek, Arizona. Those wishing to inquire about the various services offered are invited to call (480) 658-0182 or visit the Chapel’s website: www.cavecreekchapel.com.
Photo by Dylan Sido