You’re going to love today’s very timely Day of the Dead Vegas wedding – it’s anything but ordinary! It ticks so many fun, quirky boxes: rockabilly, Día de los Muertos, Elvis, pinup, DIY style, 1950s retro theme…and that’s just for starters. But, that’s what you get when two creative types get married!
Paige and Phil are birds of a feather from New York City – they’re both artists (you have to check out their illustrations and design work at The Art of Paigey and Ballsyart) who have super fun style. Looking through the photos I couldn’t help but feeling like I wanted to be there for the party!
Joined by 44 guests for their destination wedding, they were married by Elvis at the Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel, and then had a bridal shoot with Glitter Lens Photography at the Neon Boneyard before a restaurant reception at MGM Grand.
The wedding was full of totally personal style that reflected the special wedding date of November 2. There was even a soundtrack for the wedding – how cool is that? Paige and Phil asked their guests to dress in “retro spooky cocktail” style or “what you’d wear to Vincent Price’s funeral.”
Paige rocked a customized Vivien of Holloway 1950s style halter sundress with black petticoat and a Louise Black skeleton cameo corset blinged out with Swarovskis, accessorized with black fishnets and black lace gloves. Her matron of honor wore a matching corset in black.
Phil wore a vintage jacket, TUK creepers and a skull boutonnière made out of Red Dead Redemption playing cards. The boutonnières, hair flowers and bouquets were designed by the matron of honor Fenny of Little Asian Sweatshop, who also assisted with the wedding favors. A lot of the wedding was DIY, you can read about the projects here.
More from the bride on planning this funky wedding from afar:
Our biggest concerns with the wedding were mostly that we had to plan a lot of things sight unseen, since we live in NYC and the wedding was in Vegas. Fortunately my brother had been married 3 years prior in Las Vegas at the same chapel by Elvis but on April Fools Day (yeah my family is awesome). I had gone to FIVE WEDDINGS that year and his was by far the most fun, also I cried like a baby.
[…] from a logistical standpoint Vegas made the most sense. My family is from Maryland and Phil’s family is from Missouri, yet we both live in New York City. Rather than have the organizational and financial nightmare of having family and friends come to NYC, we figured we’d make it fair to everyone and have our wedding in Las Vegas, therefore not giving any preferential treatment to anyone and it being a sort of vacation for everyone.
That’s just scratching the surface of the tips and hints Paige shared about planning this unique destination wedding on her blog, so go check it out right now!
And be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for the absolutely epic wedding video from GEBBS Wedding Films. I don’t use the word “epic” lightly, either. Certainly not when it comes to weddings like this.
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Neon Boneyard – Glitter Lens Photography, all others – J. Hunt (friend of the bride and groom) / Videography: GEBBS Wedding Films / Wedding Venue: Viva Las Vegas Chapel / Reception Venue: Nobhill Tavern by Michael Mina at MGM Grand / Wedding Dress: Customized Ivory Duchess halter silk sundress by Vivien of Holloway, corset by Louise Black with custom detailing and alterations / Hair: Style by Sam at Shag Me Salon, Cut + Color by Nicole at David Alexander / Makeup: Karen Pumphrey / Hair Flowers: Little Asian Sweatshop / Boutonnières: Little Asian Sweatshop / Bride’s Shoes: John Fluevog “Gorgeous Mini” / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Palm Beach Vintage jacket, JC Penney, Tie: Skinny Ties, shoes by TUK / Bouquet: Little Asian Sweatshop / Cake: Nobhill Tavern by Michael Mina / Caketopper: Mexican Sugar Skull / Favors: DIY, Little Asian Sweatshop skull and playing card hair flowers, Elvis sunglasses, Jose Pulido Elvis Calavera stickers
The bride designed this amazing custom wedding logo! Credit: The Art of Paigey
On special memories and moments:
It may be a cop-out but my favorite moment of the wedding day started once the wedding party all got into the limo and headed to the chapel and lasted ’til the end of the night. It was the first time in a year I no longer had to worry about wedding preparation and finally just went with the moment. It was here and went off without a hitch. I even got genuinely choked up was when we rolled up to the chapel and I saw so many of my friends and family all hanging out front, dressed in their retro spooky cocktail best with giant smiles all waiting for Phil and I.
All Neon Boneyard photos were taken by Glitter Lens Photography:
And back to MGM Grand for the reception dinner…
The most important lesson I learned from our wedding was that even if you have a ‘low key’ wedding, you’ll still have a lot of work to do to make it come together. If anything it being a low-key, DIY wedding meant I had to take on a lot of tasks myself. I did accept help from my best friend Fenny and my mother, who are two people who know how particular I am with things and share my OCD-riddled worldview. Fortunately my ideas for the wedding were all realistic and not impossible to do, they just required time and creativity.
The guests looked so fabulous in their “spooky retro cocktail” finest!