Cute Elopement at Cactus Joe’s | Taylored Photo Memories

Cactus Joe's | Little Vegas Wedding

For East Coast couple Zay and Dean, a Vegas elopement was just the thing. Hosting a small guest list inside of the quaint chapel at Cactus Joe’s Nursery was everything they dreamed of. It captured their relaxed earthy vibe in amazing surroundings and even had enough room to host a Champagne toast after.

To say the chapel at Cactus Joe’s is unique is an understatement. Located on the edge of town where streets and desert mesh, this working garden center has an amazing array of desert plants and animals … and the cutest damn chapel I’ve seen in Vegas so far. It’s one-of-a-kind in a town full of incredible venues.

McKenzi, Zay and Dean’s wedding photographer fills us in on the mood there:

Distressed wooden accents and decorative metal surrounded the wedding chapel where vows were exchanged and fewer than 20 guests witnessed this intimate event at sunset. Zay’s choices of subtle gold accents with white made a statement, from her bridal headpiece and fingernail polish all the way to the couple’s wedding favors: dreamcatchers, made by the bride.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories
CEREMONY VENUE . Chapel at Cactus Joe’s Las Vegas Nursery

OFFICIANT . Ceremonies by Janet / FLORAL . A Garden Floral / BRIDAL FASHION . ModCloth / HAIR + MAKEUP . Smooth Brides / TRANSPORTATION . Earth Limos & Buses / HEADPIECE . VividBloom

Moroccan Wedding Inspiration | Erin Usawicz Photography

Moroccan Desert Wedding Inspiration | Little Vegas Wedding

Every spring in Las Vegas, one of the largest gatherings in the world of wedding photographers and industry experts happens at the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International expo. As a wedding blogger, it’s one of my favourite times of year because I see the results of some amazingly imaginative photo shoots. Many of them are hosted for out-of-town photographers by local vendors, so it’s a beautiful way to see people work together and have the city hosts show another side of Las Vegas to visitors. It’s almost time for the 2017 conference and I can’t wait see what kind of amazing inspiration rolls in this year!

For now, here’s a shoot from last year that evokes the elegance of a desert wedding with a Moroccan flair … complete with camel. Lanterns and drapery sway in the breeze while decadent treats beckon the bride and groom. The details were put together by Cactus and Lace Weddings in the amazing Valley of Fire. From the lush local florals to the henna-inspired cake, I hope you can find a little eye candy in this inspiration shoot.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Erin Usawicz Photography
VENUE . Valley of Fire State Park
STYLIST . Cactus and Lace Weddings

FLORAL .  Flora Pop / HAIR + MAKEUP . Ruby Finch Salon / BRIDAL GOWN . Wear Your Love / VEILS + HEADPIECE . Phenomena Jewelry / MENSWEAR . True Gentleman Supply Co. / CAKE . Peridot Sweets

Swank Wedding in a Palms SkyVilla | Apaige Photography

Palms SkyVilla | Little Vegas Wedding
Ah, Las Vegas. City of views. For some, nothing but a suite overlooking the iconic Bellagio fountains will do. But I think the view is better just a few blocks off the Strip from a hotel such as Hard Rock, MGM Signature or today’s feature hotel: Palms. Watching the lights flicker on as the sun goes down is an amazing sight. I’ve long been curious about the suites high in the sky at Palms with their cantilevered pools hanging off the edge so precariously. Today’s reception brings you right into those amazing SkyVillas.

Madi and Tim ditched their traditional wedding when planning got too intense. Opting for a huge suite and a small guestlist, they exchanged vows in just a few minutes at Chapel of the Flowers, barely pausing the party on the bus to do so. I love the energy these two bring and am so happy to be finally sharing their wedding. (Seriously, I’ve been putting this post off forever, I’m so excited to finally hit publish!)

And if you can’t get enough of this suite, head back in the archives for this other feature wedding in a SkyVilla.

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WHY LAS VEGAS?

Originally we had a huge wedding planned at home, with a down payment on the venue and everything. It was becoming too stressful doing the guest list, seating arrangements, centerpiece designs and everything else. Vegas has always been special to my husband and I so one morning when we woke up I just asked, “Do you want to get married in Vegas?” He replied, “I thought you’d never ask!”

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THE CEREMONY — CHAPEL OF THE FLOWERS

It was perfect: five minutes, in and out. We said our “I dos” and go back on the party bus.

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THE RECEPTION — SKYVILLA AT PALMS

Our reception was magical. We stayed in the Palms SkyVilla. It’s 6,000-sq.-ft. with a pool hanging off of the side. We served In-N-Out Burgers and Chronic Tacos, the best reception food ever.

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DIY DETAILS + DECOR

My mom made awesome gift baskets to place in everyone’s room when they got to Vegas, it was great.

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FAVORITE MEMORY

Honestly, I can’t choose a favorite memory, it was the best day of my life. If I had to choose one it would possibly be twirling under these huge pillars on the Strip with my husband. Just the Strip in general, actually. And of course the fantastic villa with a butler, and having 30 of our closest friends and family there. See, I couldn’t pick just one!

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A TIP FOR YOUR VEGAS WEDDING FROM MADI AND TIM

DON’T PLAN. Book a room, get a reservation for where you want to get married…and enjoy the moment. Nothing else needs to be planned. Your wedding should be stress-free, it should only be about love, laughter and happiness. Vegas is the perfect place to get married if you want to have the best wedding ever.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Apaige Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Chapel of the Flowers
RECEPTION VENUE . SkyVilla at Palms

Dazzling Outdoor Wedding at Las Vegas Country Club | Fabio + Adri Photography

Las Vegas Country Club | Little Vegas Wedding

After relocating to Las Vegas, Kate and Jake decided to celebrate their wedding in country club style with their daughter. With friends and family joining them from all over, they worked to create a fun destination wedding where guests danced under glowing bistro lights in the warm desert air. The seeming secluded Las Vegas Country Club is located on the north end of the Strip, tucked in just behind Westgate and the Las Vegas Convention Center. The dazzling lights of nearby hotels like the Stratosphere light up the sky, adding an extra layer of romanticism. These newlyweds ended their evening with their guests and the quintessential Vegas wedding shot: a group photo at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on the south Strip.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Fabio and Adri Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Presidential Garden, Las Vegas Country Club
RECEPTION VENUE . Event Terrace, Las Vegas Country Club

FLORAL . ACS Floral + Events / HAIR + MAKEUP . Stevee Danielle Hair + Makeup Salon / ENTERTAINMENT . Knight Sounds Entertainment

Serenaded by Elvis at A Little White Wedding Chapel | Photography by Amy Nicole

Elvis Ceremony | Little Vegas Wedding

Nicole, the bride from today’s feature wedding, says she dreamed of a Vegas wedding from an early age. I think some of us can relate! With husband Cleveland, she planned a midnight ceremony at the downtown Vegas classic A Little White Wedding Chapel, serenaded in and officiated over by none other than Elvis and witnessed by a group of around 20 guests, including kids. After getting ready on the Strip the group headed north for the ceremony before heading out for a Strip photo tour on a party bus including stops at the Bellagio fountains, Linq and the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Destination wedding heaven for this Vegas vow obsessed bride.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Photography by Amy Nicole
CEREMONY VENUE . A Little White Wedding Chapel

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