Testimonials

Portico Wedding & Event Facility – Gilbert, AZ

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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 show 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.

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Wow is the only word I can use to describe my nieces wedding at Portico in Arizona. The whole atmosphere of the venue was perfect.  I am not sure what I loved more, the beautiful court yard that she was married in, the outside reception hall, or the outside décor of fire pits and fountains. This is my first time to Arizona and Melanie had said we wouldn’t be disappointed, that she found a wedding venue that showed off all of her favorite parts of Arizona, and she was not lying.

There was not a thing I could complain about, the food was so wonderful, especially the chicken, wow!  Her flowers were beautiful and the DJ was great.  I can not believe that she did not have to go out and get her own vendors. I wish I had that option when my two daughters were married, I might have been able to enjoy it.

This is a beautiful site and the owners appeared to be so attentive to the bride and groom as well as her mother.  All I can say to others is to not think twice about reserving this place; you might be able to enjoy your own wedding.

Carol

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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 visit 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

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Billy and I want to let you know how much we appreciate everything you did for us on our wedding day. Every detail was perfect and the two of you really helped to make everything flow smoothly throughout the evening. I cannot even tell you how many compliments we received on your venue. Some people said it was the most beautiful and intimate wedding they had ever gone to.  I am really grateful.  I have even had a couple friends asking about the venue because they are interested in it for their wedding.  I have recommended you guys with 100% certainty that their wedding will also be memorable and beautiful.

Thanks again to the both of you!

Billy and Aubrey

My husband and I Loved the intimate feeling that Portico had to offer.

Carmen & Eric

testimonial4We got married  on a sunny day in March at Portico.  Planning a wedding can be quite stressful but with the help of God leading us to the right location, that stress slowly started to fade away.  Our first initial tour at Portico was very lovely.  It was perfect for a small, simple, and beautiful wedding. Amy was very kind and polite and made it clear that her and Kyle would do everything in their power to accommodate our needs.  We ended up booking our wedding that day!!   We appreciated Amy and Kyle’s openness to our thoughts and ideas. The fact that Portico provided choosing your own centerpieces and table cloths for the tables they provided was fantastic!!  There was plenty of colors and arrangements to choose from that were simple yet elegant. The catering was very professional and the food was delicious. Amy and Kyle made sure that everything went smoothly on our wedding day and communicated with us very well to make sure we were up to speed with what was going on.  That was such a relief.
Our overall experience was fabulous!  Amy and Kyle were so easy to work with and truly cared about helping make our day amazing.   We admire their hard work and dedication. Thank you Amy and Kyle for everything  you have done for us, we are so thankful!
God bless you,
Matthew and Ester
First of all, thank  you both so much for all the work you did for our wedding!! It was better than either of us ever could have hoped for, and we appreciate it so much. :)NBecton 1345 SK
We can’t thank you enough for everything you did for us for our wedding! Everything was picture perfect, and you both did such a great job of making everything run smoothly. Thank you for taking care of the details and helping us relax- and thank you for our picture CD!! We were so thrilled to receive it, especially since you didn’t have to go to the trouble. You really went the extra mile for us, and you made our wedding something unique and special that we’ll cherish forever!
Meghan & Kegan 2011
testimonial6We wanted to let you know how wonderful our experience at Portico was.  Our wedding of March 2011 was picture perfect, and Amy’s pictures prove it.  We loved the set up and you both were so easy to work with to get everything lined up.  Portico gave us the cozy togetherness that we really wanted for our wedding.  It was so personal and intimate, and everything was taken care of for us, that once we set foot at the venue all of our stress seemed to melt away.  We can’t tell you how many of our guests told us what a great time they had, they loved the food, the decorations, the venue itself.  We were having people calling us weeks later and still raving about what a great time they had and were telling friends what a beautiful wedding it was.  The pictures that Amy took were magical and we have had the hardest time picking favorites to put on our walls.  We wanted to thank you both for helping us make our wedding the perfect day for us both.
Thanks! Julie & Lance

Dear Kyle and Amy,

Thank you for the beautiful wedding you did for Kevin and Miki last night.  Everything went like clockwork and everyone had a great time.  The food, photography, DJ, movie and all were very well done.  Thanks also for the help with the Signature Tree.

Sincerely,  Greg  (Father of the groom)

testimonial7My husband and I were on a very tight budget for our wedding. He had just finished getting his degree and became an officer in the Army, and I am a public school teacher. At first we weren’t even looking at this venue, due to the prices on the website. However, after calling and talking to Kyle and Amy (owners) we found out that they were in our price range. In fact we were able to have our wedding under budget without skimping on anything! When we saw this venue it just so happened to be after we had all of those terrible dust storms. To be honest, the place was a mess. Kyle and Amy were very apologetic and explained to us that it was due to the weather. My husband and I looked on their website and we loved the pictures of the place so we took a little leap of faith. We were able to choose from their vendors or use our own. When we were having trouble deciding what caterer to use, they let us bring an outside vendor and credited us the difference. As it grew closer and closer to our wedding date there were so many things that needed to be done or decided and Kyle and Amy were very helpful! Amy also let me call her whenever I had a last minute question or if something came up I didn’t understand. She also did an engagement photo shoot and the pictures came out amazing! The actual wedding day itself came and there were little to no hiccups that day. Everything ran smoothly and I know it was because of Kyle and Amy and everything they did for us. I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to anyone who is looking for a great place to get married at.

Stephanie & Doug

 We loved our wedding at Portico! Amy and Kyle (the owners) were very helpful the entire time and they were ALWAYS very prompt to answer questions either by phone or email. The price was good for a Saturday compared to other places, and we really appreciated that they provide the opportunity to rent the venue without requiring you to use preferred vendors. We were able to cater our wedding with our favorite Italian restaurant’s food instead of a catering business. We used a few of their recommended vendors and all of the ones that we used, we loved! Overall, we had a great experience and would recommend it to other people.

Cassy & Aaron

testimonial8We looked at several places and are so glad we went with Portico and Amy & Kyle. They made everything so easy. All we had to do was choose our vendors from a list after attending open houses and sampling their products.They have everything planned out, down to the minute to maximize your experience. It made it a truly wonderful and relaxing day.We’ve compared our wedding to others and ours comes out ahead every time. I’ve already called Amy to have her do the pictures of our first child when he arrives in a couple of months!

Amanda & Casey

testimonial9Kyle & Amy – Thank you so much for providing such a beautiful venue and for really giving us the most wonderful day of our lives. We have gotten so many compliments on the beauty and fun of it all. Everything went so smoothly and we have been told by many how well organized it was and that it was one of the best weddings they’ve been to. We give much gratitude to you for everything you have done! Love always,

Rodney & Heather

Dear Kyle and Amy, we have been talking about how fun Taylor’s wedding was! It was such a wonderful night and we have had so many compliments on how beautiful everything was. It was such a great day and we will have so many sweet memories.Thank you again for all of your help. Taylor loved EVERYTHING!

Love,
Katheryn
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I just wanted to send you a quick note thanking you for a wonderful night at Portico last week. Our experience far exceeded our expectations (and my expectations were very high). You have a beautiful facility and you should be very proud of what you have built there. All of the vendors we worked with were outstanding!
Thanks again,
Sandy
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Amy and Kyle were awesome on our big day. Amy always went above and beyond to make sure all the details that you don’t have time to worry about were taken care of. She Low 188 SKmade sure everything was set up and decorated for us. All the little decorations we brought in to add to tables, our favors and made sure everything looked gorgeous. Through out the day Amy was constantly checking on our wedding party, ensuring we had water and drinks. They have recently made some awesome updates to the facility that made all the difference. Bridal room was updated and awesome improvements were made to the inside of the tent. On the night of our event after all our guests arrived, the place just sparkled. It was truly magical. Our family and friends raved at how beautiful the venue was. A true hidden gem!
Renee and Aaron
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I only had a 60 person guest list including the wedding party and wanted a more intimate setting that was not overly fancy but was still beautiful. I had seen several lower cost venues that were cramped and not very accommodating for getting ready so I was not very pleased.
I had been to Portico several times with a few other friends who were planning weddings on a tight budget. Kyle and Amy were very welcoming. They were flexible with our down payments, head count, and when we come come in to pay off balances due.
On our wedding day Amy kept me calm and collected and any ‘issues’ that came up I was not made aware of unless Kyle and Amy could not fix it themselves. I would have to say they were a huge part in making our day stress free and fun. We came in almost 2K under budget and still had a beautiful ceremony and amazing reception.
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Connors 1583 SK
Kyle & Amy at Portico are AMAZING!!!! They made our day absolutely perfect!! From the time we booked until the day of our wedding the two of them were with us every step of the way. They were always there to answer our questions and fast! They offered a full package which made the planning super easy and stress free! The vendors they partner with are first class and made our wedding day everything we dreamed of!! We had a budget and with Portico we came well under the budget!! We had 150 guests at our wedding and we still hear from our guest how much fun they had at our wedding and we owe it all to Kyle & Amy at Portico!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! We so appreciate everything you did for us to make our day exactly what we dreamed of!!
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Our daughter’s wedding was amazing. Portico was a fantastic venue and everything was so easy.
Rhonda
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As Mother of the Bride, I hoped to have as little stress as possible during the planning stages for my daughter, son-in-law & myself. We attended an open house & knew right away that Portico was the right venue. Amy & Kyle are easy to work with & open to ideas from their clients. The venue is very clean & very well maintained. The Bride’s Room was beautiful & convenient for all the ladies to get ready, as was the Groom’s Room for the men. My daughter chose a package that included Portico’s preferred vendors for catering, photography, flowers, cake & officiant. She had her own DJ. All of the vendors offered superior services. I would describe the atmosphere as casual elegance with both outdoor & indoor areas. The ceremony area is very lovely & is separate from the other areas. The bar area is covered, but open to the extensive patio which surrounds a fenced pool & includes intimate gathering areas & a fire pit feature. The enclosed pavilion is perfect for eating & dancing. The dance floor is fantastic. Most of our guests have rated this event as the best wedding they ever attended. Loads of kudos to Amy & Kyle for creating an outstanding venue & for making this an unforgettably happy experience for all of us.
Sandy
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Brummitt 651 SK
Amy and Kyle were very professional, knowledgeable and flexible with all the preparations for the wedding. I was so confident as the Mother of the Bride that everything would be under control on the day of the wedding. All my guests were appreciative of the inside and outside accommodations so they could relax and enjoy the wedding. Compliments galore to this venue!!
Mary
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Kyle and Amy where amazing through the whole process. They understood that we had our own vendors and did a great job at accommodating us. They have you pay for a package that includes servers and it worked at great. They helped ease the tension of the food line. The set up ended up being perfect. Therefore all I can do is thank Kyle and Amy!
Benjamin
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Meckes 1350 SK
Kyle and Amy were amazing to work with! They were so helpful with the planning process as well as the day of. They are professional, polite and so great to work with. They eased all my worries and concerns. We had multiple guests comment on the venue itself and how beautiful it was. I had a fantastic wedding and I have The Portico to thank for a lot of that.
Samantha
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Portico was a wonderful place to have my wedding. Kyle & Amy are the best. My day went so smooth, I had no problems at all. They have open houses that were extremely helpful in planning my wedding. Arizona Catering company hands down is the best. I used their florist & DJ. They were wonderful!!! Portico let me pick and chose what I wanted in my package. It was very clean and the decorations and center pieces where included, that was nice not to have to mess with any of that. Portico was affordable! I had a great experience there. I will always recommend Kyle & Amy (Portico) for special events. Thank you for everything.

The Cotters
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Our wedding was beautiful. The Portico provided great service and communication was fabulous. We definitely have recommended the venue to other couples we know getting married.
Raeanna
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Connors 1461 SK
We had our wedding at Portico and it went so perfectly! I felt like I never needed to worry about details because they had everything covered. Anytime I had a question they had an answer, and all of their vendors were very accommodating and great to work with! Amy and Kyle made our wedding day so much less stressful than it could have been and we are so glad we chose Portico.
Stefanie
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Great place! Everything was perfect. They were always available to answer my questions.
Fina
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Meckes 1232 SK
Portico Wedding Venue was the absolute best place my husband and I could have chosen to get married. Kyle and Amy Schafer made all the preparations super easy and the companies they have teamed up with are fantastic as well. We got absolutely wonderful remarks about our wedding from our family and friends and feel that if any other happy event were to take place in our lives, Portico would be the first choice! Their attention to detail, and the ease to work with them made what we had heard was overwhelming, one of the easiest and most memorable experiences of our lives.
Chelsey
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If I could give more than 5 stars for this venue I absolutely would! Not only is the location gorgeous and exactly what we were looking for for our wedding, but Kyle and Amy were great to work with. Amy was a tremendous help on the day of the wedding helping with coordinating who was going where and when. They absolutely helped make our already special day absolutely perfect!
Rachel
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Post 1387 SK
Portico Weddings and Events is an absolutely beautiful single use indoor/outdoor property. Amy and Kyle (owners and event organizers) were amazing to work with! Anytime I had a question, I had a response in less than 24 hours. They were flexible with what I wanted and an excellent value. Because of their services and flexibility, they contributed to us actually coming in UNDER budget for the wedding! Who can say that?! I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the service. Amy made sure throughout the event to check in with me to make sure I had everything I needed and because they did such an amazing job, I never needed anything. I recommend this venue 100%.
Jessica
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PORTICO FEATURES
* Single Use Facility for Privacy
* Ceremony Area Surrounded by Greenery
* Pool Area with Bridge for Photos
* Spacious Bride’s Room
* Private Groom’s Casita/Man Cave
* Classic Ornate Wood Bar with Granite Bar Top
* Vintage Phone Booth for Photos
* Twinkle Lights Surrounding Cocktail & Reception Area
* Huge Inlaid Dance Floor
* Incredibly Comfortable Reception Chairs

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