If you have been reading Little Vegas Wedding for even a short time, you know I go nuts for a certain things: namely weddings with rock ‘n’ roll flair and a palette of red and black, for example. That’s why I did a little dance in my office when Michelle, the bride, contacted me to have her wedding featured. (I always feel SO lucky when brides and grooms contact me to share their wedding days!) And that was BEFORE she told me about her awesome idea.
Being that Michelle and Adam’s first anniversary is in just a few days, Michelle thought it would be fun to get their celebration posted on a wedding blog, then print the post out and give it as a first anniversary present to Adam (the suggested gift is paper, you see!)
Readers, you are going to love the punk rock theme that Michelle and Adam had going on. Red petticoats and retro ‘dos for the bridesmaids, a palette of black and white stripes with bold red accents and Michelle’s killer skull-detailed heels all add up to one glam, retro-style wedding. The touches of Halloween and goth-inspired goodness are also amazing. Happy anniversary, Michelle and Adam!
WHY DID YOU GO WITH CANYON GATE?
We were looking for a country club that had a great outdoor space for ceremony and a ballroom with a few vintage touches for around 150 guests. We fell in love with the patio set up overlooking the picturesque golf course and quaint water feature for the ceremony at Canyon Gate. Inside we saw the cocktail room was located directly indoors from the ceremony site, and that the ballroom was separate for the “Grand Reveal” of the reception space when it was ready for guests to find their seats. Add to that a great chandelier with panoramic windows displaying the Spring Mountains and golf course in the ballroom and Canyon Gate seemed too good to be true! We actually looked at many different venues (at least 10 more) after that in Las Vegas but nothing seemed to give us the same feeling that Canyon Gate did.
THE CEREMONY — Patio at Canyon Gate Country Club
Our ceremony was on the patio before sunset on a beautiful October day. I’m Catholic and Adam is Jewish, but we’re not very religious and wanted to showcase parts of our religions with our personalities intertwined into the ceremony. You could tell walking in it definitely wasn’t a traditional ceremony. The space was decorated with a black and white stripe aisle runner with candle-filled vases lining the aisle. At the end of the aisle was the traditional Jewish chuppah flanked by two black manzanita trees with crystals and clear orbs with red roses hanging from the branches.
As guests took their seats, they may have heard a classically arranged string quartet version of their favorite punk rock or classic rock song over the speakers by Vitamin String Quartet. As the ceremony started, the bridesmaids descended down the aisle to the Game of Thrones theme song, and when I walked down the aisle, the DJ switched the music to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri from the Twilight Soundtrack. I was so full of emotion as I walked down the aisle with my dad! Adam: “The anticipation of seeing my future wife walk down the aisle was overwhelming. I had heard whispers about the dress but it was hush, hush. When I finally saw her, she looked even more beautiful than I could ever imagine.”
We had two non-traditional readings one from Game of Thrones and another from Nightmare Before Christmas. We wrote our own vows; Adam’s were funny, clever and rhymed and I cried but made it through! Our recessional was walking hand-in-hand to Everlong by the Foo Fighters.
THE RECEPTION — Grand Ballroom at Canyon Gate Country Club
The room was decorated with black table linens with tables alternating black and white stripe table runners and damask table runners, and the tables were named for Bad Religion songs. There were three different centerpieces; a black manzanita tree with crystals and crystal orbs with red roses draped in the branches, a lantern with blinged-out skull and small white and black pumpkins, and a black and white pumpkin with a tea light skull candle holder. The sweetheart table had Victorian thrones with the damask letters spelling out “LOVE” with my brooch bouquet as the centerpiece. The reception started off with each member of the bridal party walking in to a different theme song from a TV shows that described them. We walked out to a Bad Religion song waving terrible towels: a Pittsburgh Steelers tradition. Our first dance was to Rise Against’s Swing Life Away.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
We met at a Bad Religion concert four years prior to the wedding. I always wanted a wedding with a black and white color scheme with punches of red accents, so we tied in punk music with all of our other favorite things (movies, HBO shows like Game of Thrones and True Blood, pirates, Pittsburgh sports teams, and vampires) throughout the wedding to make it fun and full of our personality. The majority of the budget went to the venue and catering and we did as much DIY as we could, from invitations and stationery to jewelry, tablescape details. There was lots of time spent in Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, dollar stores and Ross! Even the cookie favors were baked by family and friends.
MICHELLE: I joked with my friends that my wedding will look like my home “gave birth” to a child. I used a lot of décor that I already had and if I didn’t have it, I bought it because I knew I would use the décor in my home. I wanted to make sure I had a lot of fun planning the wedding, make sure that our wedding screamed with our personality and have a kick-ass party. Mission accomplished.
ADAM: Seeing all our personal touches that went into the décor was worth all the time and effort we put in. It wasn’t your average cookie cutter wedding. People kept coming up and complimenting how cool the room and tables looked, and that it was definitely our style.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM ADAM AND MICHELLE
Don’t sweat the small stuff while planning and be realistic. Nothing is worth fighting over and hating each other while planning your wedding. Most couples fight about how much everything is costing. When we planned our wedding, we set the budget, but we were realistic that it might go over. Know that the budget is there, but it isn’t the end of the world if you go over. Make the planning process as fun as possible for both of you.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Red Velvet Weddings
CEREMONY VENUE . Patio, Canyon Gate Country Club
RECEPTION VENUE . Grand Ballroom, Canyon Gate Country Club
OFFICIANT . Elegant Vegas Weddings / FLORAL . Enchanted Florist / CAKE . Cravin’ Cake Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Maggie Sottero from Bowties Bridal Boutique, shoes – Iron Fist, jewelry + accessories – DIY / HAIR + MAKEUP . Stevee Danielle / BROOCH BOUQUET + BOUTONNIERES . Bouquet Couture / BRIDESMAIDS . / GROOMSWEAR . Tuxedo Junction, Ties – Rok Gear / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . DIY / PHOTOBOOTH . Shutterbooth / VIDEOGRAPHY . Red Art Studios / CANDY + COOKIE TABLE . Cindy Ashley
Some things just go together, like romance and France, or the color pink and bridal showers. Kimberly’s Las Vegas bridal shower featured all four of these options, combining feminine touches and memories of flea markets in Paris. Macarons, vintage details, pearls and pretty perfumes transformed this room at Canyon Gate Country Club into a little bit of France for this perfectly Parisian bridal shower that will have you saying “oui!”
The bride-to-be, Kimberly, on her French-inspired bridal shower and where the idea came from:
Last summer I visited Europe with my childhood friend, Dawn, to visit her brother and his wife who now live in Paris. Her brother works for Google and his wife owns a travel service, so we were totally taken care of. Paris became the inspiration for the shower. After that trip I started pinning ideas I liked and we took it from there.
This shower came together through so many people. Dana and Lisa from The Sugar Jar took care of the details and decor: they provided the furniture, candy dishes, signs, statues, hats and more. Even that 8-foot Eiffel Tower came from them. All the coordination was done by Kristin and Brittany of Canyon Gate. The cake pops were made by my best friend who is from Vegas but moved to New Jersey; she owns a cake pop studio there now. My mom and aunt took care of the favors: they wrapped Bath and Body Works Mediterranean garden soaps and my aunt’s homemade cookies — which are to die for!
Congratulations, Kimberly. Enjoy your fall wedding!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Mary Rendina Photography
VENUE . Lakeview Room at Canyon Gate Country Club
DECOR + DETAILS . The Sugar Jar / SEATING + TABLE CARDS . Etsy / MACARONS + FRENCH PASTRIES . Baby Cakes at M Resort / VINTAGE FURNITURE . The Sugar Jar / CO-ORDINATION . Canyon Gate Country Club / CAKE POPS . Pop Culture Cake Pops / DESSERT BAR . The Sugar Jar
Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Today is the first of the country club and golf course wedding venues, Canyon Gate Country Club.
Canyon Gate Country Club
2001 Canyon Gate Drive, Las Vegas | 702.363.4650
Capacity: Up to 200 | Indoor + Outdoor Sites Available | Hosts: Ceremonies + Receptions
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Just the Deets
The elegant, modern and comfortable Canyon Gate Country Club is approximately 20 minutes drive off Strip. It’s an immaculately landscaped golf course with fantastic water features and vistas featuring the fiery Red Rock Mountain range.
Canyon Gate Country Club offers all-inclusive packages for ceremonies and receptions, with three sites as options including the greens, an uncovered patio and the ballroom. Included are a variety of items such as ceremony chairs, linens, dance floor and champagne toasts. They are able to host weddings for up to 200 people, but also offer options for smaller, more intimate weddings of 20-50 guests. On site staff and event planners are available to coordinated all the details.
Poolside, Patio, Lakeview Room and the Ballroom are available for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Canyon Gate is also a perfect location for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, bachelor or bachelorette golf tours and other assorted wedding events.
What is really unique here are the fantastic array of upgrades and enhancements to customize your day, from decor and hospitality to food and beverage. Ice sculptures, trendy food action stations like slider or gelato bars, lounge furniture, draping, bistro or uplighting even horse and carriages are available for nominal charges. Even a replica Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is available to welcome your wedding guests to Canyon Gate. It is also one of the few venues that will arrange for reception fireworks over the 18th hole as well.
Ceremony options vary widely at Canyon Gate
Venue fees vary from $2000-3500 for the ceremony, depending on number of guests and location. All catering (aside from specialty menus such as halal or kosher) is done in house, with buffet and plated meals available along with cocktail hour options from $60-77 per person. $25-55 per person for open bar packages.
As Canyon Gate dedicates itself to just one wedding a day, they do tend to be popular and book out quite far in advance.
Couples on a budget may consider an early afternoon wedding and reception, with options available from $45 per person for catering. The event must conclude by 2:30pm.
Real Weddings at Canyon Gate Country Club
Searching for the perfect venue for your Las Vegas wedding? Be sure to check out the other posts in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue series, or peruse the Vegas Wedding Venue Directory!
Unless otherwise stated, photos courtesy: Canyon Gate Country Club
Welcome to Throwback Thursday, when we delve into the archives of Las Vegas photographers, wedding vendors and wedding planner blogs to reveal awesome weddings you may have missed. Today’s weddings keep with Super Sparkle Week and feature glittery gowns, shimmery tablescapes, shiny details and sparkling exits.
Luckily, in a town world renowned for its glitter and sparkle, sparkling wedding style is very easy to pull off in Las Vegas. Why not use that theme to play up at your wedding?
Also set up your own sparkling wedding getaway and be sure to enter Super Sparkle Week’s contest for over $200 worth of sparklers sponsored by VIP Sparklers. The contest ends Sunday, so enter now!
And a special subsection for sparkling getaways – these couples all escaped from their wedding receptions into the night under a canopy of sparklers. A totally gorgeous (and photogenic) way to have your guests say goodbye!
Richard and Michel were wed at an evening wedding ceremony at the vibrant Canyon Gate Country Club, photographed by Nancy Easton at Easton Studios. (Love her ring shots!) Using deep red and purple colors, the wedding featured a romantic French masquerade theme with masks and fleur de lis details all coordinated by Distinctive Celebrations.
A special wedding guest led the bride and groom down the aisle – and what a beautiful canine guest he was! Michel and Richard were then wed under a red canopy on the balcony alongside the lake at Canyon Gate, and then the party got started as the new husband and wife made their entrance into the ballroom wearing their masks. Guests enjoyed a rose and rhinestone decorated cake from Cravin’ Cakes Bakery and music from a DJ from Knight Sounds.
Later in the evening, the couple then made their romantic getaway through a tunnel of handheld sparklers and into an incredible classic car. Is it a Ford? I kind of looks like it might be!
Congratulations, Richard and Michel!
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What a beautiful dog, and what a beautiful tuxedo for him!
Vendor & Venue Goodness:
Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue: Canyon Gate Country Club / Photographer: Easton Studios LV / Wedding Planner + Coordination: Distinctive Celebrations / Groom’s Suit: Bowties Bridal & Tuxedos / Hair + Makeup: Stevee Danielle Hair and Makeup / Bridal Shoes: Steven Madden / Floral: Wild Orchids Florist and Events / Cake: Cravin Cakes Bakery / Celebrant: Elegant Vegas Weddings / DJ & Music: Knight Sounds Entertainment
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