Ashley & Blayne were married at the Las Vegas LDS Temple, and celebrated afterwards with friends and family in a fabulous backyard wedding with a carnival theme. And they went big with the circus theme: a kissing booth and other fair-style attractions and games, pony rides, an actual big top, a carnival-inspired menu and more. They really captured the feel of a real carnival, I think: fun for all ages, and a casual, memorable vibe for a backyard affair. The photos were taken by a new contributor to Little Vegas Wedding: Chauntelle Graf – welcome, Chauntelle!
More on the details of this DIY wedding from the bride, Ashley, follows…
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Downtown Las Vegas is, without a doubt, one of my favorite places to hang out these days. Awesome bars, affordable restaurants and the mix of history and cool new stories being written make it irresistible. The same goes for Kerry and Manny, two Vegas locals who had their first date downtown, were engaged downtown and (spoiler alert:) got married there, too!
Favorite books, bands, music and even postcards reigned at Manny and Kerry’s wedding, which was held at the Historic 5th Street School. All of these details, plus beloved friends and family, helped make the wedding downtown fab-u-lous! Sometimes a couple finds the venue that fits them best, and I think Kerry and Manny succeeded here. They were able to involve music, art and the city they love in a venue they made their own.
Photographed by Doug of Mindy Bean Photography, you’re going to love this one. Get ready to be inspired, from the first look all the way through to the rockstar reception (that’s not hyperbole, an actual band played their wedding!) Kerry says she doesn’t think their wedding had any particular theme, but I would respectfully argue that it does, and that theme is how awesome Kerry and Manny are. Read on for more details from the bride…
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Lauren and Dwight were married at Red Rock Country Club on one of those spectacular evenings with a desert sunset where the sky turns cotton candy pink. Although this was technically a destination wedding since the bride and groom live in California now, the couple met in Las Vegas and Lauren’s father is a chef at Red Rock Country Club.
Little touches of Vegas whimsy were included in decor details including the guestbook, seating cards and wedding favors, many of which were handmade. The wedding palette of bright pops of pink and lime green carried over into the florals and amazing candy bar. I can’t stop drooling over the amazing photos of the food though… Read on for more details on this wedding from the bride!
The Ceremony – Red Rock Country Club
The ceremony was on August 3, 2013 at Red Rock Country Club. It was a beautiful evening and our family pastor married us. We handed both of our mothers roses during the ceremony, we had my cousins and uncle sing before the wedding, and the pastor had us make a sculpted heart out of clay, which represents our love for each other. The Emerics showed up before the wedding and we hit it off from the start. I felt very comfortable with them and they took amazing photographs of our day.
The Reception – Red Rock Country Club
Red Rock and their wedding coordinator did an amazing job and the food was unbelievable. All of their vendors were great and professional and my father is the chef there, so we had a buffet style menu with beef, chicken, and fish and the cocktail hour was filled with amazing appetizers from sushi to shrimp. Naakiti Floral decorated the reception with fresh flowers and we had a candy bar and a DJ from The Music Solution.
I had a cake topper of the bride dragging the groom, which everyone thought was really funny and the cake was delicious. Since I am a photography teacher, we incorporated a lot photography into the wedding such as: pictures of our grandparent’s wedding, a Las Vegas photo clip to hold the guest names, and a photo booth from ShutterBooth, which was a hit. Everyone loved getting into all the fun costumes and we received a memory book with all the images that our guests took.
A stand-out moment was the amazing sunset and the heart that was in the sky while we were getting married. We had a hummingbird fly around the altar, just before I walked down the aisle. And the food! People are still telling us how amazing it was. I was lucky to work so closely with the chef.
DIY Details and Decor
Since I am an art teacher and photographer much of the wedding had DIY touches. Lots of photographs of friends and family surrounded the cocktail hour and cake table. We handmade the fans, which also doubled as the wedding programs. My table numbers and the guest seating were handmade and designed by my matron of honor. I had handkerchiefs embroidered for all the men to wear in their coat pocket with a special message on the one for my husband and the sashes for the flower girls were DIY.
We also had pink and green cotton candy as a favor and I designed the label with a photograph of us with Elvis in front of the Las Vegas sign. We designed our invitations and inserts for the guest arrival to Red Rock and my throwing bouquet was handcrafted with pink and green paper flowers.
The couple’s #1 tip for other couples planning a Las Vegas wedding
When people plan weddings, most people don’t go off The Strip however, most of the guests stayed at the Red Rock Resort & Casino. It was great having friends and family together for the long weekend and spending time together before and after the wedding.
Also, when planning out all the details: double and triple check everything. We had a shuttle service pick-up and drop-off people from the hotel to the country club and they lost our confirmation and almost didn’t pick up the guests from the reception. That was almost a disaster, however we straightened it out before anyone even knew what had happened.
Also, if you are having people come from all over and traveling into an area they’ve never been, make sure they feel welcomed have services available to them. We had a list of things for people to do and we made sure to have a room block available to our guest, so no-one would have issues with their room. Our guests loved the hotel and venue and we had a fabulous weekend together.
Wedding Guest Count + Budget
We had around 100 people and since some of my family and friends live in Las Vegas it was a great place to get married. Dwight and I met in Vegas, so it was the most logical place to have our wedding. The cost for everything was around $30,000 with the long weekend and little touches that we incorporated into the day.
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: The Emerics / Ceremony + Reception Venue: Red Rock Country Club / Hair + Makeup: The Salon at Red Rock Resort + Casino / Floral: Naakiti Floral Design / Catering: Red Rock Country Club / Cake: Las Vegas Custom Cakes / Celebrant: Pastor Craig Michaelson / Entertainment: DJ from The Music Solution
Destination DIY weddings make my heart go pitter-patter, so it just about exploded when Gaby J Photography contacted me about Scott and Sarah’s Vegas wedding. Just 16 guests were invited to the couple’s incredibly stylish and personal in-suite ceremony and restaurant reception, where much of the design and ideas were conceived and created by them.
Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”, the thoughtful details Sarah and Scott included in their intimate wedding are astounding, including Sarah’s vintage-inspired Sue Wong gown, a choreographed dance routine and an amazing art deco cake. Even the venues were thoughtfully chosen with the theme in mind. The vintage dining style of The Barrymore and The Laundry Room, a private speakeasy bar inside Commonwealth, kept the Gatsby-esque wedding going well into the night.
Why Sarah and Scott chose Las Vegas
We had an intimate wedding and we really wanted to pick a location that was easy to get to from all over the US and could act as our wedding venue! Vegas was perfect because it allowed Vegas to be the venue and us to hop around town. We felt less responsible for making sure everyone was entertained because… it’s Vegas!
Why they chose “The Great Gatsby” for their theme
We felt a Vegas wedding was the perfect excuse for a theme. I am a librarian and Scott and I always felt very fascinated by the roaring 20s and art deco design. “The Great Gatsby” is a book on decadence and lavishness, not the most romantic book actually, but one of our favorite novels. Plus, if there is one time to be lavish, isn’t it your wedding? We felt like celebrating literature and our love, plus everyone looks so great in 1920s clothes!! Scott really wanted all the men in bow-ties.
The Ceremony – Venetian Prima Suite
The ceremony set up in the Venetian Suite was one of the scarier aspects of our wedding! The Venetian doesn’t “allow” weddings in the suites and we had to be a little sneaky about it. Our family drove all of the flowers and decorations in a van and our guests helped us move everything to our room without having the help of bellboys. We were worried our cover would be blown if the maid service or bellboys saw the room decorated.
The Venetian Prima Suite was huge and we booked the room for the day before the wedding and the wedding day. We spent a few hours early the day before the wedding moving the furniture into the bedroom we didn’t need for the ceremony. It took some time rearranging before we checked out, but it was surprisingly easy.
The room had enough seating for all of our 16 guests! We didn’t need to rent or borrow anything. Even the altar was a console table in the room. It all turned out perfectly. I made the aisle runner so it would look more like a wedding than a hotel suite.
We had a Jewish ceremony and two of our friends read poems “I carry your heart with me” by E.E. Cummings and “Touched by an Angel” by Maya Angelou. Our cousin Michael played ”Canon in D” on the guitar while I walked down the aisle. Afterwards we toasted with champagne! Very Gatsby. It was a beautiful and meaningful ceremony. Having it in our hotel suite made the space feel very sacred because it was also our room for our wedding night.
Our wedding dance! We went to secret private dance lessons (with choreographer Gigi Burton) and did a two song routine with rumba, swing, and the lindy hop. We found the perfect spot in the Venetian and just busted it out. Only a few people knew and we just blew everyone away. It was such an amazing feeling and a relief when it was over – we were so worried we would mess up and fall because we were in our wedding clothes for the first time!
The Reception – The Barrymore and The Laundry Room|
Let me tell you, I contacted about 50 places but my mom found The Barrymore. We wanted somewhere classic, vintage, and intimate: The Barrymore was just right. They only have room for 50 people at a time and had amazing prices on pri-fixe menus. The pictures looked amazing online and we just trusted their event coordinator Heather with all of the details. The cake was AMAZING and the food beyond delicious. We are so happy we chose them.
Afterwards, we reserved the private speakeasy inside Commonwealth called The Laundry Room for two hours of open bar. All of the drinks were 1920s inspired and they allowed us to play music on the sound system that Scott and his best man Chris had curated. After our stay there was over we just wandered down to the Fremont Experience dancing and taking pictures. This is what Vegas is about.
Scott and Sarah’s #1 tip for other couples planning a Las Vegas wedding
Research! Go with your gut and if you have a bad vibe at all with a place or vendor, listen to it. There are so many options in Vegas it can be overwhelming. We wanted to make it our wedding and used different vendors rather than one for the ceremony, dinner, and drinking. Let the city be the venue and have FUN!
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Gaby J Photography / Ceremony Venue: Venetian, Prima Suite / Reception Venue: The Barrymore / Cocktail Party: The Laundry Room, inside Commonwealth / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong / Hair + Makeup: Makeup in the 702 / Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Vera Wang for Men’s Wearhouse / Cake: The Barrymore / Celebrant: Rabbi Mel Hecht / Dance Choreographer: Gigi Burton / Bouquet: LaPlumeEthere / Ketubah: Doodlage / Wedding Favors: Copies of “The Great Gatsby” by Penguin House / Ornaments: Mama Made Them
Today’s homegrown wedding ceremony took place nestled within the beautiful pine trees at Mount Charleston, with a backyard reception to follow. Ashley and Dustin are Las Vegas locals who crafted almost all of this heartfelt, homegrown wedding by themselves.
You’ll be amazed at the thought and planning that went into this mountain wedding. From the rustic handmade benches and signage at the ceremony site to the romantic crisscross bistro lighting strings hovering over the reception space, JOA Photography captured all of the details!
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