I think as a mother of the bride there is no greater feeling than seeing your daughter happy on her wedding day. It was incredibly hard not to be close by when my only daughter made wedding day decisions, especially since we were footing the bill. I was a little worried when she called to say she found the perfect place for her wedding. She convinced me though that it was exactly what she wanted and kept saying it represented everything she loved about Arizona, (I think she said this to everyone she saw at the wedding). I was still worried after I saw the pictures of the site of the website because I just couldn't picture it. My husband and I were finally able to see the venue on a vist months later and I new instantly that my daughter was right, it was perfect. I thought it was perfect at the time, and then saw it again the day before the wedding after some beautiful renovations were made, and loved it even more.
From the time we walked on to the property for the wedding till the time we drove off, Kyle and Amy were only concerned with what my daughter needed and how to make her happy. In fact, as soon as my daughter walked into the building the day of the wedding, Amy said she looked stressed and offered to do anything to make things better. Now things like that make a mother happy, which makes a father of the bride happy as well.
I have recently seen the wedding pictures Amy herself took and the video Kyle made and am more than satisfied, they are beautiful lasting memories.
I have no complaints except that I wish they could have rubbed off on our hotel attendants.
Thank you Kyle and Amy for your help.
Ken and Linda
Portico Wedding & Event Facility - Gilbert, AZ
I am going to get right to the point to any of the other brides reading this, choose Portico! Every other venue I looked at had a good price but then the extras started to get tacked on and it got so out of control. Why should I have to pay extra for real plates and forks and linens, that is crazy. I found Portico’s site online and decided to take a look even though I was sure I was going to leave angry again. It was in between open houses but Kyle said he would meet us there and sho us around and Amy and he could answer questions for us. So, right away I was impressed, but still cynical. Well being cynical lasted about 20 minutes after walking through their beautiful facility. Before I could even ask, they showed me the china which was included, the linens which not only were included but I could choose my own colors for no extra charge, and most of all the chair covers which were beautiful were included. Unbelievable I would already have been $1000 dollars over the set price at the other venues. I had a lot of family coming from Canada and North Dakota and I wanted them to experience Phoenix the right way and Portico had everything I loved. Lemon and orange trees surround the court yard, the entire outside is decorated in art, and the court yard was beautiful with its bridge covered pool surrounded by fire pits, fountains and other beautiful décor. The whole facility smelled beautiful and looked magical.
My husband and I were married in Vegas so we could have this big wedding later on (long story) so we did not require a minister, every other venue would not customize their packages for us but Kyle did. He worked with us through everything including my mother who is a wine maker, bringing in her own wine. Another cost saver was that Portico has you bring in your own liquor and pop but provides a bartender where most other venues require you to spend a certain amount on booze, and let me tell you after buying our own, people really do not drink as much as you think they would, so the cost is way lower than you would think, (and my family are drinkers).
I can go on and on about the facility but I also want to compliment the vendors that Kyle and Amy have teamed up with. The food was beyond good- that garlic butter chicken was amazing I loved it all. And the flower arrangements were breath taking. I came into the venue on my wedding day so stressed and upset and the first thing I saw in the dressing room was my bouquet and I almost cried, it was beautiful. Piece of Cake did an amazing job on our cake. It was exactly what I wanted-fun and yummy. But most of all the DJ, Rankin, was wonderful. He had everything planned out to the second. The wedding would not have been the same without his help, thank you Rankin. Oopps almost forgot the best part, my memories. The pictures taken by Amy were beautiful, she was wonderful- not pushy or snotty like many of the weddings I have been in. I had no idea what pictures to order more of because they were all beautiful. And the videography by Kyle was equally great.
There is nothing more to say except that my day was perfect and if you want that perfect day, this is the place to be. Heck I would work for them if they asked so I could enjoy more weddings there.
Thank you again for the kindness and for making my day beautiful.
Josh and Melanie
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