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Retro Wedding Reception at The Peppermill | POPography

Retro Reception at The Peppermill | Little Vegas Wedding

If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting The Peppermill, you will understand why I am so excited to share today’s wedding. And if you haven’t been … what are you waiting for!? It’s a kitschy classic that oozes old school Vegas style. Lots of neon, cozy couches and cheesy details served alongside big cocktails and diner classics. It’s a must go. Especially after you see how awesome a wedding reception there can be!

Lauren and Joe had a day full of amazing moments, from a first look at Cosmopolitan’s Chandelier Bar to cruising the Strip in an oversized Dodge Challenger, and of course, celebrating their wedding with loved ones.

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WHY LAS VEGAS?

I first went to Vegas in 2008 with my best friend Charlie. I loved it out there so much. I said back then that if I was ever “stupid enough to get married” I would do it in Vegas…haha! Careful what you wish for. When Joe proposed to me the first thing I said (after yes!) was: Please can we do it in Vegas?

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THE CEREMONY — Elvis on the Terrace at Vegas Weddings

it was dark and the fairylights on the gazebo were simply beautiful. It was a fun-filled romantic ceremony … we loved every second. I walked down the aisle to Can’t Help Falling in Love and my mum gave me away. We had 20 guests which was amazing considering my side of the wedding party were from the U.K. and Joe’s family are spread out across the U.S.

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THE RECEPTION — The Peppermill

The Peppermill was an amazing place! The food is incredible and the ambiance was just perfect for us. I love the colours and the neon lights. Reminds me of old meets new Vegas. I made contact with Peggy, the owner, and asked if it would be possible for us to have our wedding reception there. She was more than happy to accommodate us and was really helpful. I had a purple colour theme and she even offered to order in purple napkins. I dropped my table decorations and favours in the day before and they laid them out beautifully for us. It was perfect! We opted for the normal menu but they do have set menus, too. As our wedding was quite late it was the best venue, being open 24/7. And there was no deadline or curfew. Three weeks later we had another reception in the U.K. for 70 people.

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DIY DETAILS + DECOR

I made all the ladies in my wedding group a bracelet with a purple ribbon and a silver State of Nevada charm as a thank you gift. I also made the save the date note myself and all the wedding invitation inserts. The wedding favours were also DIY’d. I bought poker chips and stuck on some stickers I had made onto them. These were included with a thank you poem. I was trying to keep the costs low and the wedding personal.

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FAVORITE MEMORY

There are so many. It was just incredible. Just being able to get married to the man I love, in one of my favourite cities in the world, surrounded by our friends and family was a dream come true. Our wedding had a live feed too so all our friends and family who couldn’t make it could watch. My dad also couldn’t make it out to Vegas for the wedding, but en route to the wedding chapel, Joe and I FaceTimed him in the U.K. He had a mini bottle of Champagne at the ready while he watched online (even though it was 3:30 a.m.)

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LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM LAUREN AND JOE

Be organized and do your research. Make sure you have an itinerary and that you get confirmations for everything. I didn’t see my actual wedding venue until two days before the wedding, but it was perfect. I spent hours online reading reviews and estimating travel times etc.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Popography
CEREMONY VENUE . The Terrace at Vegas Weddings
RECEPTION VENUE . The Peppermill

CAKE .Gimme Some Sugar / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Justin Alexander / MAKEUP . Makeup in the 702 / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Bride and Groom Direct

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Chic Vow Renewal at Cosmopolitan | Clivabeth Photography

Cosmopolitan Vow Renewal | Little Vegas Wedding

For couples lucky enough to stay at Cosmopolitan, you know it’s the right amount of sexy and chic with romantic and intimate, making it perfect for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or, in the case of today’s couple, a vow renewal.

Damon and Alemnesh celebrated 10 years together with an Elvis renewal followed by a cake cutting and Champagne celebration with their closest loved ones in a stunning wraparound terrace suite. There were little thank you bags with hangover recovery kits for guests and sweet treats, too, all in a classic red and black palette. They went for a fun theme with little reminders of The Hangover around the suite. Can you spot all of the references?

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Clivabeth Photography
CEREMONY VENUE .
RECEPTION VENUE . Wraparound Terrace Suite, Cosmopolitan

WEDDING DESIGN . Tracey Thomas / FLORAL . Elizabeth Dantus / CATERING . Cosmopolitan / DESSERTS . The Pink Cupcake LV / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Oleg Cassini, shoes – Betsey Johnson – / HAIR . Lacy, Salon Couture, styling by Perla at VaVoom Studio / MAKEUP . MAC Cosmetics / NAILS . Mikal at BeLoved Nails 365

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Villa Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding

Lindsay and Ryan held their wedding in a fabulous villa they rented just for the occasion, using the opportunity to fill it with vintage touches. Going for an antique shop feel, the couple hung parasols and bistro lights above, and filled the tables with ornate frames and colorful glass vases.

The tables were super pretty, from the umbrella shaped sugar cookie favors to a custom mix with music created by Lindsay and Ryan from the wedding. (The pair met while working at Tower Records in Vegas.) I think the dessert table has to be the crowing glory though: it’s a huge Rice Krispie cube (complete with a “bite” taken out as a nod to an episode of The Simpsons) and mini bundt cakes. A stunning laidback affair with a casual vibe that is just infused with personal details.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Mike L. Photography
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Red Rock Mansion Estate

OFFICIANT . Norma with Peachy Keen Unions / DESSERT CAKES . Nothing Bundt Cakes / BRIDAL FASHION . Vintage wedding dress

Easy, Breezy Red Rock Elopement | Taylored Photo Memories

Red Rock Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding
I get so many emails from couples who are hoping for a just-for-two elopement, asking for my advice on where to hold it. For couples who love nature, Red Rock Canyon is often at the top of my recommendations. It’s private, incredibly scenic and convenient, as it is super close to Las Vegas.

Sam and Sage opted for a ceremony set in the wilds west of the Strip at Red Rock after their plans for a larger wedding in their home state got to be overwhelming. These two wanted to keep things natural, and a spring ceremony was perfect with cooler weather. A few flowers even made an appearance. They didn’t need much: a photographer, officiant, their vows and a simple banner to use in an announcement card keep things beautifully easy.

WHY RED ROCK CANYON?

Coming from Hawaii, we are surrounded by lush green mountains, waterfalls, and ocean everyday. The beauty of nature is so much of what we love about living in Hawaii so although we decided to escape the islands and elope in Vegas, it was important for us to still be surrounded by nature. Red Rock Canyon was so completely different than the landscape we are used to and the big open feel of a desert seemed like the perfect place for us to exchange our vows.

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THE CEREMONY

Our original vision of our wedding day consisted of a large party at a beach house on the north shore of Oahu, but as we began to plan the event we became overwhelmed by the details and the amount of work and money it would take to create the perfect day. I woke up one morning and asked Sam if he wanted to elope. No fuss, no drama, no stress. Once we made the decision to elope there was a huge feeling of relief.

Our vision then became about what was really important to us; expressing our love for each other in an intimate ceremony surrounded by beauty. We wanted our day to be about US and we were determined to make that happen. It was perfect. Thanks to McKenzi Taylor our planning process was simple. I had seen pictures of Red Rock and knew that’s where we wanted to tie the knot, but I left it up to McKenzi to choose a time and exact location for our elopement. She suggested an officiant and we were done!

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FAVORITE MEMORY

The one thing Sam and I did spend time on was writing our own vows to each other and I’d have to say that was the best part of the planning process. It was a way for each of us to reflect on our relationship and really focus on what this commitment meant to us. It was a beautiful process.

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ELOPEMENT TIPS FROM SAM AND SAGE

Keep it simple! It’s so easy to get sucked into “you need this and you need that” for you wedding, but none of those things are actually what’s important. Your special day should be about you and your partner and sharing your love for one another. You don’t need $25,000 and fancy napkins to experience that. No matter what you decide, just be true to what YOU want and not what someone else tells you you need.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories
CEREMONY VENUE . Red Rock Canyon

OFFICIANT . Peachy Keen Unions by Angie Kelly

Vintage Western Wedding at a Bed and Breakfast | Taylored Photo Memories

Vintage Western Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding

Alamo, Nevada is just a short 90 minute drive from Las Vegas, but has the look and feel of going back in time. This quaint town was well worth the trip for Las Vegas locals Dani and Andrew, who had their heart set on a country-style wedding.

This pair amped up the natural ranch style of their al fresco venue by infusing their wedding decor with lace, wood and burlap. Add a mason jar here, a pair of Frye boots there, and it all adds up to one amazingly personalized wedding day.

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WHY NOT LAS VEGAS?

I’ve driven past A Cowboy’s Dream many times while on trips up to Ely, NV. Long before I was dating Andrew, I would pass the venue and think that the location, with the mountains as a backdrop, would be a gorgeous place to get married. After Andrew and I got engaged that was the only venue we looked at and knew it was perfect for us.

In fact, I really enjoyed every aspect of planning my wedding because our venue allowed us to have the freedom to really do whatever we wanted. From the invitations to the table place cards, Andrew and I really personalized our wedding to be truly “us”.

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DIY DETAILS + DECOR

I wanted a very “DIY” wedding with a good mix of backyard fun and elegance. My official theme was Old West, meaning we wanted a western wedding in a time-era sense but not in the whole cowboy hats and horses kind of way.

Almost everything was handmade at the wedding. We printed our own invitations, placecards and day-of timelines for the guests. Each guest received a handmade wedding welcome bag when they checked into their hotel room which included Nevada-shaped cookies, a local beer, trail mix and personalized water bottles. I took care of all of the table decorations, making lace-wrapped mason jars for candle holders and decorating each table with an old-timey oil lamp. Also, with the help from a few friends, Andrew and I made different giant lawn games for the guests to enjoy.

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WEDDING TIPS FROM DANI + ANDREW

No matter how small your wedding (ours was only 45 people), it will still go by so fast and you will feel like you didn’t get to talk to half the people you wanted to. Although things will go wrong (yes, they will), enjoy every minute of the day. It really was the best day of my life even though there were plenty of things that didn’t go as I had envisioned, including the weather.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . A Cowboys Dream Bed & Breakfast

CATERING . Windmill Ridge / CAKE . Cream and Crumbs / BRIDAL BOOTS . The Frye Company / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . DIY

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