For rock climbers and Vegas locals Carrie and Kimball, their wedding was all about their own personal relaxed style and the great outdoors! So much of their rustic wedding was DIYd or handmade by friends and family, keeping this a memorable experience for all involved. They even used their 1999 VW Eurovan Camper as wedding transportation and staging area, Carrie doing her prep and makeup in there! Super-sized lawn games entertained the crowd at this daytime wedding reception, and allowed the bride and groom to mingle with their guests in the beautiful grounds of Spring Mountain Ranch, overlooking the mountains they love to climb so much. Stunning.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
I live here in town and loved the backdrop of Red Rocks because my fiancé and I have climbed out there for years. The blue skies and the Red Rocks look stunning, also the outdoor opportunities around Las Vegas are one of the reasons I love this town so much. Originally Spring Mountain Ranch directed me to the wrong wedding location. I was surprised the week before when I learned that I was planning on the wrong field. It was a little windy the day of, but it turned out beautiful. McKenzi helped me navigate some of their rules and regulations pertaining to a photo permit. Also, the field that I ended up getting married on had a little horse poop spread around for good measure. If you are really OCD about these things, I wouldn’t recommend getting married at Spring Mountain Ranch.
THE CEREMONY — Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
The ceremony was very simple and we planned it together. A good friend of ours, one who was part of lives before we started dating, married us. The theme was country rustic, with sunflowers, and my friend Andrea did an absolutely amazing job arranging all of the bouquets of sunflowers and decorating them on the altar.
THE RECEPTION — Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
The reception was catered by Café Rio, because my fiancé and I love that place. Also, their catering prices are substantially lower than classic vendors. We had a four-piece bluegrass band play and had some large lawn games for the guests. I think day weddings can be kind of lame (as no one drinks quite as much as at a night wedding) so we had a “giant game” theme. Andrea and Mike Tomlinson made this awesome GIANT cornhole, with giant beanbags that you had to use some muscle to throw. There was also Jenga, giant Pick-up sticks and a few others. We had a photobooth with props that was really fun and the vendor created a book of all of my friends doing funny poses.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
My invitations were guaranteed to arrive to me but got lost in the mail (go USPS). The invites at my wedding were a last ditch effort by my roommate Madeline and my sister, purchased at Walmart. They were done literally the night before on our home printer!
VIVA LAS VEGAS
I had a pretty fun bachelorette party the Friday before the wedding — some of my best girl friends went to classic hangouts in old downtown Vegas!
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We had 40 guests and spent about $11,800 total including our rehearsal dinner and two nights of hotel rooms.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
OFFICIANT . Pastor Kevin Scott / WEDDING PLANNER . Friends and family / FLORAL . Costco, arranged by Andrea Tomlinson / CATERING . Cafe Rio Mexican Grill / DESSERTS . Pink Box Doughnuts / HAIR . Vision Hair Salon / MAKEUP . Katherine Wolcott / RENTALS . Rebel Party Rentals / ENTERTAINMENT . Blue Skies Band / DECOR . IKEA and eBay
Today’s wedding pairs the gorgeous Mandalay Bay chapel with a little touch of desert beauty. Together they make an amazing combination for Amanda and Daniel’s Vegas wedding. With a classic black and white and red color theme and rose accents this wedding was filled with little touches of old Hollywood glamour.
As you know Mandalay Bay is an MGM property, and they do not allow outside photography of their wedding ceremonies, so there are no ceremony photos in this post, but the photos of getting ready and the amazing bridal portraits were too gorgeous not to share. I’m totally in love with Amanda’s dress!
WHY LAS VEGAS?
We chose Las Vegas for something different and exciting. Daniel and I had never been there together. We are both people that live to go out, have fun and just enjoy life. What better way then to start a new chapter in Las Vegas than getting married?
THE CEREMONY — Mandalay Bay
We chose Mandalay Bay for the beauty of the place. They were also so open to concerns and answering our questions. It just felt like they really cared about making our day as special as possible.
THE RECEPTION — Buca di Beppo at Excalibur
Our celebration dinner was with the 40 family and friends that attended our special day. We had it at Buca di Beppo located in Excalibur.
Our desert photoshoot was absolutely amazing. We had an awesome photographer that had mentioned the idea to us and we thought it would be something totally different then just having regular ceremony pictures. It had rained the night before and the clouds were just not lifting enough to get the exact photos that we wanted in the morning. As we drove out the the desert around 4pm the fog had lifted just enough to capture amazing shots of the two of us.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Leandra Elaine Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Mandalay Bay Chapel
RECEPTION VENUE . Buca di Beppo, Excalibur
WEDDING PLANNER . Ashley Brilman / FLORAL . Mandalay Bay / CATERING . Buca di Beppo / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Jovani / HAIR + MAKEUP . Fairytale Hair and Makeup / GROOMSWEAR . Men’s Wearhouse /
Today’s venue spotlight falls on my five favorite museum wedding venues in Las Vegas. I’ve always loved museum and gallery-style spaces, and Vegas has a number of beautifully modern venues perfect for hosting ceremonies and cocktail receptions. If you are looking for a loft-style or museum-inspired wedding space in Vegas, check out these options!
For more modern Las Vegas wedding venues, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide. See all posts in the 5 Favorites series here.
Chihuly Gallery at Aria Las Vegas
Dale Chihuly is the artist responsible for that amazing glass sculpture inside Bellagio (and in a few other Strip hotels). He also has an ultra-modern gallery space at Aria featuring his incredible work in a contemporary setting. The gallery is well-suited for ceremonies as well as long-table style receptions for around 50 guests.
See real weddings at Aria featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: Sergio Mottola Photography
The Boneyard at The Neon Museum
We can’t talk about museums without mentioning an incredible part of Las Vegas history: The Neon Museum! This outdoors walk-through museum is home to hundreds of neon signs from throughout Las Vegas history, providing an industrial-chic setting with a vintage backdrop for your vows. It’s popular for wedding photos, but getting married here (especially at night with the signs turned on) would be perfect for any Vegas, architecture or design fans.
See real weddings at The Neon Museum featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: Gin and Sake Productions
Discovery Children’s Museum
I think museums angled to kids are a fabulous space to get married in. They’re unique, playful and memorable! Las Vegas has the wonderful DISCOVERY Children’s Museum which features several different exhibit halls and stage venues perfect for a one-of-a-kind wedding. Who says getting married has to be an grownup affair, anyways?
See real weddings at DISCOVERY Children’s Museum featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
Origen Rotunda at Springs Preserve
Set on 180-acres just a few miles off The Strip, Springs Preserve is a museum featuring desert botanical gardens, family events, traveling exhibits, trails and — you guessed it — weddings. There is an amazing array of outdoor spaces and gardens, but the Origen Museum Rotunda is the most gallery-style space. It features a high vaulted ceiling, and a room ringed with kinetic granite sculptures floating on water and sculptured cattails, all etched with the names of museum donors.
See real weddings at the Bellagio fountains featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: The Springs Preserve
The Mob Museum
Not only is The Mob Museum (National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement) a symbol representing a colorful part of Las Vegas history, it’s a fun place to get married! The architecturally important building (a former US Postal Office and federal courthouse) is a gorgeous reminder of the early days of Vegas and offers some unique venue spaces within, like an accurate replica courtroom.
See real weddings at The Mob Museum featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: Mob Museum
For more modern Las Vegas wedding venues, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide.
See more posts in the 5 Favorites series here.
Kassandra and Sean began as many of you do, planning a wedding at home. Disappointed by the venue selection available to them there, they eventually decided to host a destination wedding in one of their favorite places: Las Vegas!
Despite never having seen Valley of the Falls in person, this brave couple booked it and saw it for the first time on their wedding day. Like many others, they fell in love with the romantic, tropical and private atmosphere and it turned out to be the perfect spot for their Vegas wedding. A pink and white theme prevailed for the ceremony, with the party continuing into the night in a Vista suite high above the Vegas Strip.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
We chose Las Vegas because it is one of our favorite places. We have shared some of our best memories there. After searching for about six months for the perfect wedding venue in Oregon, I started looking into a destination weddings and fell in love with the Valley of the Falls the moment I saw a picture of it and knew this would be the perfect plan for us.
THE CEREMONY — VALLEY OF THE FALLS, MANDALAY BAY
We used the Valley of the Falls at Mandalay Bay for the ceremony, which was perfect. I also went through one of their wedding coordinators, Mariel Serra, who was amazing. I never saw the venue before I walked down the aisle and everything turned out more perfect than I could have ever imagined. Mariel was quick to respond to all emails and calls and kept me informed of everything and made my ceremony go perfectly without ever having a rehearsal. She was very organized and made me feel at ease, on what could have been a stressful day. My wedding package with Mandalay Bay also included the officiant, who did an amazing job and the floral. The photography and videography was done by Cashman Photography.
THE RECEPTION — VISTA SUITE, MANDALAY BAY
We got the Vista suite for the reception, which fit our small group perfectly and had the most amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip. Our ceremony was very laid back and just consisted of dancing, cocktails and a light dinner that we had catered. Our cake and cupcakes came from the Retro Bakery, which turned out perfect and they also delivered it to the resort. My hair and makeup was done at the Bellagio Salon. I chose this salon because my friend’s sister works there and I am very glad I did.
The thing that stood out the most to me about this experience was the lack of stress I felt. I have in a couple weddings where things have been very hectic and unorganized and I almost felt as if I was missing something because everything went so smoothly and perfect.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM KASSANDRA + SEAN
Do NOT plan your bachelor and bachelorette parties the night before the wedding. A lot of our friends and family flew in the night before the wedding so we decided it would be a good night for it, but not everyone was feeling up to par the next day for our reception, so that is something that I wish would have gone different. I also wish I would have had more pictures taken at the reception, as we did not have the photographer for that.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We had about 22 people at our wedding which ended up costing us around $7,500 for everything.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Cashman Photo (with personal photos)
CEREMONY VENUE . Valley of the Falls, Mandalay Bay
RECEPTION VENUE . Vista Suite, Mandalay Bay
WEDDING PLANNER . Mandalay Bay / FLORAL . Mandalay Bay / CAKE . Retro Bakery / HAIR + MAKEUP . Bellagio Spa + Salon
If I told you the bride in today’s feature loves purple, would you be surprised? Probably not, judging by the splash of the bright color throughout the post!
Heather and Jeff chose downtown Las Vegas — the office of civil marriages at the Clark County Clerk, in fact — for their elopement venue. Although the Vegas office is actually quite picturesque, this couple also toured artsy, eclectic and colorful Fremont Street to get some great pre- and post-wedding photos. Read on for more about this couple and why they went with downtown Vegas, from their photographer below!
More about this wedding from Taylored Photo Memories:
Heather and Jeff were all smiles and laughter, on cloud nine, and looking to have a fun and memorable time during our shoot. They were easygoing yet energetic and you could tell that they enjoyed eachother’s company, which definitely helps make for both genuine and beautiful photos.
Heather and Jeff met as teenagers when they were both working at Sea World in San Diego. They dated on and off for the next few years but in the end they went their separate ways, which included Jeff being sent off to multiple different locations over the years working for the Air Force. For a lot of people that is where the story ends, but thankfully for Heather and Jeff, with the help of tools like email and Facebook, they were able to reconnect after all of these years. Instead of a sad love lost ending they were lucky enough to find each other again and when they did they rekindled their friendship and fell in love. Pretty darn cute right?
Fast forward and I am the Las Vegas elopement photographer lucky enough to be present to capture their memories. Heather and Jeff wanted a small intimate ceremony so they opted to get married at the Marriage Bureau here in Las Vegas and had a reception to celebrate with their family and friends the weekend after. Their love for Fremont Street and its lights, vintage signs, and vitality prompted them to shoot their wedding photos downtown.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Office of Civil Marriages
BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Elie Tahari, shoes – Zappos, jewelry + accessories – Amazon
Wedding submitted via Two Bright Lights