Jackie and John married in classic country club wedding style at TPC Summerlin. Expansive greens and views of the Red Rock mountains for their outdoor ceremony and a blush pink wedding dress and pink and gold wedding reception palette added up to their romantic day. Completing the fairytale-esque wedding? A horse-drawn carriage entrance. Read on for more details of their fabulous Vegas wedding!
More from McKenzi, the photographer:
A fairytale wedding and a gown fit for a princess are what a lot of young girls dream about when they think of their future wedding. I’m inclined to believe that my bride Jackie was one of these little girls because when I arrived at TPC Summerlin to photograph her big day the scene before me was definitely fairytale-worthy. The lush grounds of the golf course provided a picturesque ceremony backdrop while the reception hall was embellished with candles, lace, fresh flowers, and accents of pink and gold. When I saw Jackie in her blush-colored ball gown complete with a Julia Roberts wattage smile on her face she could have put Disney princesses like Cinderella and Belle to shame. In a word – gorgeous. And it was only fitting that this fairytale princess bride made her grand entrance in a horse and carriage.
Jackie and John wanted their big day to be memorable and fun, however instead of making their wedding solely about them, this humble princess and her prince wanted to focus on the celebration itself and the important family and friends who were able to attend and join in the festivities. The horse and carriage entrance definitely made a statement, but Jackie wanted it because she thought it would be fun for the kids, who were able to pet Duke, the horse, and take rides in the carriage after the ceremony. Similarly, the ice cream bar after dinner was also selected with the kids in mind. Adult guests were invited to take home one of the infused vodka wedding favors that Jackie made herself.
All of these details contributed to Jackie and John’s fairytale-worthy celebration with family and friends and I have no doubt that they achieved the memorable and fun wedding day that they were hoping for.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . The Hill at TPC Summerlin
RECEPTION VENUE . Clubhouse at TPC Summerlin
OFFICIANT . Elegant Vegas Weddings / WEDDING PLANNER . / FLORAL . The Palette / CATERING . TPC Summerlin / CAKE . Las Vegas Custom Cakes / TRANSPORTATION . Personal Sedan Service / ENTERTAINMENT . Las Vegas Wedding Music
Wedding submitted via Two Bright Lights
Spring: that time of the year when the sun hangs a little longer in the sky, the days are warming and the brides and grooms get a little busier.
I’m sure your agenda is packed with planning if you are having a summer or fall wedding, but there is a must-attend event going down in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 1 at Bally’s: the Las Vegas Perfect Wedding Guide Wedding Show.
From 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm that day, more than 60 of Las Vegas’s most experienced and welcoming wedding professionals will be on hand to meet you and answer your questions.
Ultimate Planning Experience
Las Vegas Perfect Wedding Guide aims to create the ultimate wedding planning experience for couples. This one day event is an invaluable resource when it comes to planning your
wedding. Multiple Las Vegas wedding venues, florists, DJs and photographers will all be on hand in one event-filled afternoon.
Readers of LVW can get in for just $3 if they use the code LittleVeg (tickets are regularly $10 at the door!) Get more information on the vendors and use the code to purchase your tickets at las-vegas.pwgshows.com.
Prizes + Surprises
Of course, it’s not a bridal show without prizes and freebies. One lucky couple will win a three night/four day stay at any all-inclusive Palace Resort in Mexico, compliments of A Travel Desk.
Other prizes include catering and DJ packages, all valued at $500 or more. Every bride or groom attending will also receive $1,000 in PWG Bucks to use on vendors participating in the show. And the first 100 lucky attendees will receive a complimentary event tote bag stuffed with goodies from show vendors!
No matter what stage of wedding planning you’re in, the PWG Wedding Show has something for you. Every pre-registered bride/groom will receive a $200 gift card to SymbolizeIt.com to use toward wedding prints, customizable wooden frames, guest books and signature cake toppers.
It’s sure to be an awesome afternoon watching the latest in wedding wear at the fashion show. Bring your bridal party and try cocktails, complimentary appetizer and cake samples; gather inspiration for tablescapes and floral designs; and sample tons of freebies like photo booth pics or hair and makeup looks.
Perfect Wedding Guide Wedding Show Details
Meet more than 60 amazing Las Vegas wedding vendors
Sunday March 1, 2015
Ballys Las Vegas, 3645 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Register here (Don’t forget to use “LittleVeg” for $3 tickets!)
Vendors will include:
Photos in the post by Neon Sun Photography, courtesy Perfect Wedding Guide. This post was sponsored by Perfect Wedding Guide Las Vegas.
Dax and Gee are Las Vegas locals who chose a Strip hotel to get married at. Gee says it was because it was “the only chapel that we’ve been in that didn’t feel cheesy and it felt very intimate.” The chocolate brown and light pink tones keep the chapel very modern and airy, it is one of my favorite Strip chapels, too.
These cyclists chose a tandem bike theme, adding in rustic details like burlap and handpainted signage. (Bikes also showed up at their cute engagement session at Spring Mountain Ranch!) Friends and family drew together to make almost everything at this event personalized by hand; from the decor and cake to the photography, a family member or close friend helped make it happen. Such beautiful work, and full of special meaning.
THE CEREMONY — Garden Chapel at Flamingo Las Vegas
The ceremony was very intimate. We only had our closest family and friends come for the reception since the maximum seating in the chapel was less than 60, but it was the best choice we made. The glass doors, marble floors and beautiful lighting made it ideal for photos.
THE RECEPTION — Maggiano’s Little Italy at Fashion Show Mall
To sum it up the reception was simple awesome! We had 110 guests and Maggiano’s gave us the best package out of anybody in town. The ambiance and family style dinner made it feel like a really big family gathering instead of a wedding reception. The view (of The Strip ) from the banquet hall is exquisite. It didn’t feel crowded or tight, the service was on-point, and all of our guests kept commenting on how much food there was and how they have never expected that kind of dinner for a wedding … and it was the least expensive package they had! And even when I had major brain lapse and had to make changes last minute (like right before we did our grand entrance) our banquet captain and coordinator at Maggiano’s made it happen with no fuss.
DETAILS + DECOR
Every decoration was DIY courtesy my sisters, moms, grandmothers and aunts! That included centerpieces, seating charts, baskets, pillows for the ring, candles and more. Both Dax and I are cyclists here in Vegas and that is why our theme was tandem bicycling!
What stood out the most at our wedding was the amount of love and support we got from our family and friends. In fact, most of our vendors were family and friends. My photographer was my brother-in-law who had to shoot alone as his wife and co-photographer was my matron-of-honor. Our videographer and DJ is a family friend, the photobooth came via a co-worker and our dessert table and cake were made by my sister-in-law and mother-in-law. Even our Pastor is a friend of ours; we were lucky!
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM DAX + GEE
Make it about you two and not what everybody else expects your wedding to be. We had a small budget but our budget went a long way because we did what we believed.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We were able to host 110 guests on a $10,000 budget.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Alfred & Emma Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Garden Chapel at Flamingo Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Maggiano’s Little Italy at Fashion Show Mall
CAKE . Lianamae’s Cake Nook / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David’s Bridal / BRIDESMAIDS . Nordstrom / GROOMSWEAR . Express / LIGHTING . Elev8 DJs / ENTERTAINMENT . Elev8 DJs / VIDEOGRAPHY . Twentyseven Studios / PHOTOBOOTH . Peek-a-Boothed
Britney and Jon decided Vegas was the perfect spot for a Halloween wedding — the anniversary of their first date! They didn’t go with an overt theme but spread the wedding fun throughout two days, including a drive-thru wedding in downtown Las Vegas and a bridal photo shoot at The Neon Museum.
This destination wedding was on the intimate side, but Britney and Jon were able to infuse many personal touches into the day, including a custom LEGO minifig cake topper, playing card stationery and super cool Millennium Falcon cufflinks. A touch of Halloween was included in the glam gold bat headband Britney wore. Keep reading for more about this unique Vegas wedding from their photographer!
More from McKenzi of Taylored Photo Memories, their photographer:
Britney and Jon wanted to embrace what a Vegas wedding had to offer and after getting to know them better during our two day photo shoot I would have to agree that it was the perfect choice for them. From the playing card themed invitations to the iconic pink convertible where they exchanged their vows and rings, this bride and groom focused on the details to pull off a fun and memorable event that revolved around them as a couple. I feel that too often a lot of couples can get overwhelmed with the amount of stress and work that goes into the grand production which is a traditional wedding.
If you are one of those couples who is fighting with your soon to be spouse over the budget or the guest list, my advice is to take a deep breath and always remember that your wedding day, traditional and elopements alike, is about the two of you. So take a page from Britney and Jon’s book and make your day about you, make it memorable and make it fun!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Drive-Thru at Little White Wedding Chapel
PRE-CEREMONY PHOTO VENUE . The Neon Museum
FLORAL . Silk by Gina Louisa Designs / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Max Maxi dress by Boulee Designs shoes - Sam Edelman, jewelry + accessories - Kate Spade and Kate Szabone Jewelery / RINGS . Brilliant Earth / GROOMSWEAR . The Artful Gentleman / TRANSPORTATION . Earth Limos & Buses / CAKETOPPER . Lego by Minifigs.me
Wedding submitted via Two Bright Lights
Some of us just know we want a Vegas wedding. Whether it’s the built-in party atmosphere, the incredible food and venues or the glitz, glamour and neon that draw us to the city, we have just always known.
Such is the case with Gregan, the bride in today’s post (who is actually a Vegas local!) She said she just always wanted a Vegasy wedding, and what she got was Vegas…and then some. Although this wedding was held at the epic location of Westin Lake Las Vegas, many touches of The Strip and old Sin City completed Phillip and Gregan’s wedding. Vegas-themed centerpieces, showgirls, an incredible Vegas in text cake and a bridal portrait session at The Neon Museum did not let people forget they were in Las Vegas.
And I agree with the bride, I also wish there was a surprise for every couple getting married. And if it’s Elvis to sing to the guests? All the better.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
I didn’t know sparkling, red-feathered showgirls or an Elvis wearing more makeup than I was would show up at my wedding reception. Or that I would start crying before I ever stepped onto the aisle. I didn’t know if the bridesmaids’ colorful dresses would work out. I didn’t know there would be Lego figures on the cake. But what I did know is that I’ve always wanted a Vegas wedding.
Or I had joked as much. Really, I never thought I’d get married. And then I met Phillip. After a couple years he popped the question on a sparkling beach in Greece one hot August vacation. When I was in college I would always say if I ever did get married I’d want to have a Vegas themed wedding. Not a drive-thru or a chapel, but something with glitter and lights. Phillip took my enthusiasm for this glitzy theme and let me run with it.
THE CEREMONY — Lotus Court at Westin Lake Las Vegas
Phillip and I wanted a ceremony with a beautiful backdrop and all of the people we love there. That was our dream wedding.
The Westin Lake Las Vegas was one of the first venues we choose to tour because Phillip and I had our first kiss there overlooking the sparkling man-made lake.
After touring dozens of other wedding venues — making lots of calls and rejecting several contracts — Phillip and I signed with the Westin. We loved the idea of getting married outside near a body of water at a place that meant so much to us.
The ceremony (besides being in August) was perfect. The set up was simple and gorgeous. Everything ran smoothly thanks to the venue co-ordinators and the seasoned vendors we hired. If only I could have stopped crying sooner.
THE RECEPTION — Baraka Ballroom at Westin Lake Las Vegas
I think the new trend for weddings should be that surprise moment. Something the bride and/or groom doesn’t know about. That moment for us was definitely when the King of Rock himself walked into the room, ushered by two glamorous showgirls. It was so Vegas!
DETAILS + DECOR
Phillip and I spent a whole year thinking, planning and saving for this wedding. So we both had plenty of time to think about the decorations and how much we could spend.
My brother, sister and I helped created the Mr. & Mrs. sign that decorated the head table. It was really easy, with this DIY. We also made our runner using two LED light strips. So the aisle had a touch of Vegas.
I made my glittering brooch bouquet from lots of sniper bid wins on Ebay. I also asked my bridesmaids make their own bouquets.
We also decided to print our invitations, save the dates, seating cards and table markers on the backs of playing cards. For the program, a family member helped by writing the schedule of events and bridal party names on two vintage mirrors.
Also, our centerpiece, though very planned out, were all tossed together that morning. We piled casino chips, dice and playing cards around these inexpensive fiber optic lights we bought for each table. Many of our guests ended up pocketing some of the good luck charms at the end of the night. We also wrote our own vows!
The whole wedding had so many moments. The ceremony to me was unforgettable. I really couldn’t stop crying. The whole day was emotional. Also, I don’t think Phillip has ever looked so sharp. So our first look was definitely a standout moment for me. Our photographer Edina suggested a first look photo opportunity because Phillip and I did take photos in the Neon Boneyard back in the springtime when the weather was much cooler. So Phillip had already seen me in the dress.The first look photos were a great chance for us to see each other in a special way before taking family photos and the ceremony.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM GREGAN AND PHILLIP
Start saving now. Also, talk with your partner about the most important things about your wedding. There may come a time when sacrifices have to be made, decide early on what’s most important. And trust me, some aspects you feel are essential to your big day really are not. We didn’t have any flower centerpieces and no one minded. However, photos are something that were very important to me and Phillip, so we knew we had to get an exceptional photographer.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We had approximately 140 guests for around $25,000
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Images by EDI
CEREMONY VENUE . Lotus Court at Westin Lake Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Baraka Ballroom at Westin Lake Las Vegas
OFFICIANT . Rev. Linda Venniro / WEDDING CO-ORDINATORS . Mae Morimoto and Rod Arnett / CAKE . Gimme Some Sugar / HAIR . Sola Salon Studios at The District in Henderson / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ John D, Wedding DJs of Las Vegas