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LVW Mailbag: BYOP — Bring Your Own Photographer?

LVW Mailbag

Oh man, what’s going on? Even the LVW Monday Mailbag is back! Since it’s been a while since the last instalment, a refresher: this is where you get to hear my thoughts and opinions on Vegas wedding planning questions.

Today, I answer a question about intimate, stylish but budget-friendly elopement spots that are light on the cheese factor.


Hi Kelly,

I’ve been to your website many times and loved it. I’m getting married soon in Las Vegas, at a wedding hosting 14 guests.

Do you know any chapels who would allow outside photography or charge a fee to allow personal camera? The wedding chapels of Las Vegas is the only one I found that will allow the use of personal camera. But I’m confused if the chapel will consider the photographer I hired will be considered his camera as personal camera. The most important part of this wedding for me other than the ceremony is the wedding pictures. But I don’t like the photos of many of the photographers chapels make you use. 

I appreciate suggestions and advice. 

Thanks,

E

Hi E,

Most venues consider photographers with pro camera equipment (even friends with large cameras) to be professional, so there is no sneaky way around that.

Many hotel chapels and standalone chapels will require you to use their photographers, so I would recommend looking at Caesars Entertainment chapels: Paris Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, LINQ, Flamingo Las Vegas and so on. Almost all of them will let you pay a fee to bring your own photographers.

Also Tropicana will let you bring your own photographer. Off Strip, many golf clubs and banquet venues will allow you to use your own photographer, as well. This is the most important thing to you, so I would start looking at those properties first.

Good luck,

Kelly


Have a Vegas wedding planning question? Feel free to send it to me at kelly AT littlevegaswedding DOT com with the subject line: “LVW Mailbag” or leave a comment on one of the posts. I may answer it in a future mailbag feature. Questions may be edited for length, clarity and privacy.

If you want more immediate help, I encourage you to join the LVW Wedding Planning Facebook group. This private group is full of people planning their weddings just like you as well as some vendors. Both are great for knowledge and advice and are probably much more in the know than me! You can also read past mailbag questions here, a good place to start because I get a lot of similar questions.

Modern Pinwheel Wedding Inspiration from Brilliant Imagery

Pinwheel Wedding Inspiration | Little Vegas Wedding

Pinwheels were the playful inspiration behind this teal, silver and purple styled shoot from Brilliant Imagery. What a perfect choice and color palette for the amazingly modern World Market Center Las Vegas! Who would have guessed the somewhat simple pinwheel (something I think we all relate with children) would make such a whimsical wedding theme? Not me! Perfect if you are planning an eco-friendly wedding, or are looking for alternatives to flowers.

Genius touches like pinwheel danish for a dessert bar (beside a pinwheel fondant wedding cake, naturally), the bouquet, boutonniere and those modern invitations all incorporate this beautiful shape. I can’t get enough of this theme!

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Brilliant Imagery member of the LVW photography directory
SHOOT VENUE . World Market Center Las Vegas

STYLIST . DiMaria Designs / CAKE . Red Bettie / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – UWDress, jewelry – DiMaria Designs / HAIR + MAKEUP . DiMaria Designs / STATIONERY . Casebolt Creative / PAPER GOODS + PINWHEELS . Magpie and Max 

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LVW Mailbag: Where to Find Sweet Treats

LVW Mailbag

Today in the LVW Monday Mailbag, a couple wants to know where to find macarons easily and some suggestions for candy/dessert bars.


Aloha Kelly,

We are getting married soon in Vegas and we’re hoping to have our reception in our suite. I was hoping you might have some tips on creating a candy/popcorn bar for the event? Also the bakery I might order the cake from doesn’t do macarons and my fiancé loves them so I was hoping to incorporate them in as well. Also a gift for our guests would be nice! 

Mahlao!

A.

Hi A,

There are a few places on Strip you can get macarons from: Bouchon Bakery at Venetian and Payard at Caesars Palace come to mind. Macarons are pretty popular these days and are fairly easy to find. Off-Strip bakeries would also almost certainly deliver.

There are companies that will set up a popcorn or candy bar for you and honestly, if you are coming in from out of town, I would recommend it as they will take care of containers, signage and flavours.

Try Popcorn Girl and B Sweet CandySugar Jar or Hello Kandy.

Good luck!

Kelly


Have a Vegas wedding planning question? Feel free to send it to me at kelly AT littlevegaswedding DOT com with the subject line: “LVW Mailbag” or leave a comment on one of the posts. I may answer it in a future mailbag feature. Questions may be edited for length, clarity and privacy.

If you want more immediate help, I encourage you to join the LVW Wedding Planning Facebook group. This private group is full of people planning their weddings just like you as well as some vendors. Both are great for knowledge and advice and are probably much more in the know than me! You can also read past mailbag questions here, a good place to start because I get a lot of similar questions.

Delightful Desert Elopement from City Wedding Tours

Calico Basin | Little Vegas Wedding

Lately I’ve been hearing some rumblings that perhaps Calico Basin and Red Rock Canyon aren’t as accessible to weddings as they once were, due to some recent changes to the permit system.

However, there is no denying the place is gorgeous. Incredible rock formations, beautiful colors and a special intimacy that can only come from getting married in the natural beauty of the desert. Kelsey and Adam chose to marry (after getting engaged) there before joining friends and family at a festive reception after. Sounds perfect for this down-to-earth couple who also chose to support artisans where ever they could in their wedding day.

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THE CEREMONY — Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is our favorite spot in Las Vegas. We wanted an outdoor wedding and Red Rock is such a beautiful location it was the obvious choice. It was the location Adam proposed to me as well, so it holds a lot of memories for us. We also wanted the reception festivities to stay within the Summerlin area, so Red Rock made an easy venue to get between the different locations for the wedding festivities.

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DIY DETAILS + DECOR

(We were going for) simple, natural, and as DIY as possible. We wanted to keep it small and intimate with a personal touch. We wanted our actual wedding ceremony private to keep it as intimate as possible, but we opened up our reception to close friends and family. We kept it simple by holding the reception party at Adam’s parent’s house. We had an open bar so people could make their own drinks as they pleased, and the majority of the food was homemade. All decorations were either handmade or purchased through Etsy to support independent artists. We had a succulent/desert theme which we incorporated through our colors (greens and purples with highlights of gold and silver) and flowers (succulent centerpieces and succulent bouquet and boutonniere). We made our own wedding invitations, centerpieces and signs.

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FAVORITE MEMORY

My favorite part of the planning process was just being able to enjoy the reward of all of our hard work at the great reception party we had. While we kept our wedding simple there was still a lot of planning involved. It was nice to be able to enjoy all of the work everyone had put in to make our day so special. Another part I enjoyed was being able to support independent artists. Etsy was a great resource and I feel like a lot of our wedding items were truly unique and original.

Calico Basin | Little Vegas Wedding

LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM

Make a lot of lists! The only thing that kept me organized was making lists. It felt satisfying being able to mark stuff off as we went along. At the end of everything there was only one or two things that I had forgotten, but they were minor and not really significant. If I had not used lists to keep myself organized a lot more would have been forgotten! Another good thing to remember is that everything will still be okay even if something is missed or goes wrong. There’s always something that’s going to go wrong but it’s such a big day and you are surrounded by such loving and supportive people that no one would really care if you forgot to put out a certain favor or sign, etc. No one knows the difference and they’re most likely having a good time anyway!

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . City Wedding Tours
CEREMONY VENUE . Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon
RECEPTION VENUE . Private home

OFFICIANT . Norma with City Wedding Tours / WEDDING PLANNER . City Wedding Tours / FLORAL . Succulently Urban / CAKE . Nothing Bundt Cakes / BRIDAL FASHION . Adrianna Papell

Bohemian Wedding at Historic Fifth Street School from gaby j photography

Boho Vegas Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding

Opting for a bohemian, relaxed wedding with natural details, Morgan and Erick chose the perfect venue for their day: the Historic 5th Street School. Full of handmade touches (made by the bride and groom and purchased from Etsy artisans) this wedding featured earthy details and tones with a subtle desert vibe. Straight out of the pages of a magazine, florals were stunning as well, completing the lush natural feel at this eclectic downtown Vegas wedding full of personal details.

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THE CEREMONY + RECEPTION — Historic 5th Street School

We went with a modern, natural look … minimal, indie-ish, boho. Our colors were mostly jewel-tones. We DIYed candles for our wedding favors! For my bouquet, my focal point was a protea, the rest was dahlias, eucalyptus, and some other random things. My bridesmaids had the same bouquets minus the protea. My flower crown was eucalyptus and peonies. Our ceremony altar backdrop and cake stand was built by my husband out of old pallets. We used a lot of different greens for our table runners and arches, like ferns and different types of eucalyptus. Our wedding stood out from the crowd because of our location — though we were in Vegas, it just didn’t feel like you were in the middle of a big city.

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FAVORITE MEMORY

My favorite memory was our first look, it was very calming for me, and if we hadn’t done that, I think I would have lost it at the “altar.” Also, I loved our photobooth, so fun.

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LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM MORGAN + ERICK:

Hmm, some advice, use all the help you can get! If you have the money, please do find an amazing photographer, it is worth it!! Every penny! Gaby, I can’t say enough good things about her. Also make sure to have a great support group, aka bridesmaids; they are what keeps you glued together through all the emotions.”

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . gaby j photography member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Courtyard, Historic 5th Street School
RECEPTION VENUE . Courtyard, Historic 5th Street School

FLORAL . Bud + Vine / CATERING . Memphis Championship BBQ / CAKE . Freed’s Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – BHDLN, shoes + necklace – Anthropologie, bracelet – Free People, garter – Nestina Accessories / BRIDESMAIDS . Free People + Anthropologie / FLOWERGIRL . Jen’s Pirate Booty / GROOMSWEAR . John Varvatos, Shoes by Aldo, Tie Clip by The Crafty Store / RING BEARER . H&MLe Beau Tie / RENTALS . RSVP Party Rentals / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Kelli Murray / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ Demario / CAKE TOPPER . michiemay / BARTENDING . Liquid Courage / RING PILLOWS . Scout + Whistle / ALTAR WALL HANGING . Soñadora / PHOTOBOOTH . Smashbooth

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