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Guest Post: Tips on Getting the Most Out of Your Wedding Photographer

Guest Post by  of Mad Love Weddings


Maybe you noticed this week that there is a new option in the navigation bar up at the top. It’s one of the new features on Little Vegas Wedding – a Las Vegas Wedding Photographer Directory.

Finding a wedding photographer that fits your budget, your photography wants, personality and is available on your wedding date can be hard work sometimes, so I hope this directory helps make it a little easier.

After you find someone, what’s next, though? Well Amy Leavitt, one half of the team at Mad Love Weddings, a Little Vegas Wedding Photographer Directory member, crafted this guest post to help you get the most out of your wedding photographer and work with them effectively. It’s the best way to manage expectations on both ends!

I thought there were a lot of helpful tips and pointers in here, no matter who you hire to capture your wedding day, so read on!


Vegas Wedding Planning is a Messy Affair

Recently, I met Kim on Twitter. She’s from the UK and is an April 2013 Las Vegas bride! I thought it was be interesting to follow a bride as she plans the final stages of her wedding from so far away, so I’ve asked her to share a few posts leading up to her wedding about that. (As if she wasn’t busy enough…)

If you are an avid off-beat wedding blog follower, you might recognize the couple from their feature post on Rock n Roll bride. They had a very messy engagement session shot by Assassynation Photography. At the same time, they also did an AWESOME Save the Date video with Sassy ‘n’ Frank announcing to everyone they were planning to get wed in Vegas. You can check it out below!

But I’ll let Kim talk about how she and her fiancé Phil chose Las Vegas for their sure-to-be-unique wedding, and what venue they went with, and why.

Let me introduce myself and fill you in with the gory details, my name is Kim and my fiancé is Phil, we have been together a little over 5 years now (oh how time flies!)

We met at a music festival, something we both love doing. Phil proposed a couple of years ago after having a date night at home with dinner and a movie. After the movie ended we began to start tidying up as we headed for bed. [pullquote]When I pressed eject on the DVD player the disk popped out, and had “Will you marry me?” written on it…[/pullquote]

When I pressed eject on the DVD player the disk popped out and had “Will you marry me?” written on it, Phil was casually sitting on the sofa behind me holding out a ring. Of course I accepted and we celebrated. So now you know how we came to be engaged and I am pleased to be writing a few guest posts for Little Vegas Wedding and how we made our decisions in the planning of our Vegas wedding, which we’ve been planning for nearly two years!

Right from the start we knew that we didn’t want any standard wedding, for us we wanted something that stood out and that suited our personalities. Choosing Las Vegas was probably the first decision we made after saying “Yes!” We had previously been on holiday in western America spending four weeks touring around, starting in Las Vegas then driving through Death Valley, Yosemite, San Francisco, and down the coastal road stopping at Monterey, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego. It was truly some of the best times we’ve had together and Vegas left us wanting more.

Phil and Kim announce the location of their wedding in film format!

Once we announced our destination decision, we had a variety of reactions, with most thinking it was awesome, However, some family members were disappointed that it wasn’t the big white traditional wedding they dreamed for us. Naturally we questioned our choice but decided that it is our day and that’s what we truly wanted.

During our previous visit to Las Vegas we stayed in the Stratosphere, and attended some of the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly weekender at the Orleans and attended a wedding at the Graceland Chapel.

We began our search though the wedding venues in Las Vegas and with over 100 places to say “I do” – it became a daunting task. With such a vast amount of places to marry in it meant that you could pretty much have any type of wedding you could dream of; Star Wars weddings, Elvis weddings, drive-thru weddings, KISS weddings, huge weddings, small weddings… the list goes on!

We decided that with living in rainy England we would like to take full advantage of the beautiful desert weather in Nevada and have an outdoor wedding. After looking at plenty of chapels and hotels we whittled it down to a few venues we loved: the Chapel of the Flowers, the Artisan and the Flamingo hotel.

Finally, we chose the Flamingo hotel’s Gazebo Chapel. The wedding planners couldn’t do enough to help, they even put together a bespoke package for us which suited our budget; which many other venues lacked in. The Gazebo Chapel is beautiful and we cannot wait to get married amongst our family and friends in the city in the desert that we love.

Which wedding venue would you pick? I’d love to hear what kind of reactions you faced for your wedding!

Thanks so much, Kim! I can’t wait to read your next entry…

Guest Post: Melting Makeup and Sin City

Today we have a guest post by veteran Las Vegas makeup artiste: Amelia C. I know it seems like it’s a long way off as we all shiver through winter, but summer is coming, I promise! Amelia’s sharing a few nuggets of information from her depth of experience on how to deal with the sweat inducing sweltering heat under the Nevada sun, and the best ways to keep your makeup looking fresh and beautiful in spite of it.

These tips (including one involving paper toilet seat liners!) will serve you well if you going to be spending any amount of time in Vegas and want to look good for engagement shoots, trash the dress sessions, wedding photos or just looking good everyday, so listen up!

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Some of the beautiful looks makeup artist Amelia C and her team have created
Photo credits: Ron Miller (l), Mindy Bean Photography (r) 

Before we get started, who is Amelia? Here’s a little about the woman and her company: Amelia C & Co comprises an award-winning team of Las Vegas Hair and Makeup Artists making bad hair-days and sloppy makeup quiver in their proverbial stilettos.  Our comfort zone is as wide as our skin is thick, and yes, we will let you know if you have a booger that’s distracting everyone from our awesome makeup job. If we aren’t on set sneaking pizza to models or with a wedding party putting straws in champagne flutes, we are probably stuffing our faces and imbibing copious amounts of wine (and telling dirty jokes.)

Confession : I LIVE for Vegas Summers.

Where out-of-towners liken our heat to sticking ones head in an oven, I live for soaring 100+ temps. And after spending nearly thirty years in the sweltering Vegas heat, I’ve learned a thing or two about keeping your makeup in place well past margarita-hour.

The key to any water-resistant makeup is…wait for it… silicone. That’s right, silicone! And if not silicone, oil. Sounds strange, I get it, but hear me out. I know right now you’re picturing something like bacon fat in a frying pan, grease slowly dissolving under the heat into a runny mess. But let me ask you this: what would happen if you put salt water in that bacon grease? It would just bead up, right? Please don’t go slather your face in Crisco, just trying to give you a visual here.

Silicone-based makeup is the sexier, savvier version of the old oil-based products. And it also happens to be the base of choice for most professional artists. We can use it for traditional application and airbrush application; it blends beautifully and leaves a silky but matte finish. Sweat and tears just bead up on its finish and roll right off. Eureka!

The secret to making makeup last on hot summer shoots

The secret to making makeup last on hot summer shoots is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Thankfully professional line Makeup Forever has the ultimate collection of silicone-based foundation  (#1), and Temptu has some stellar product as well. For home use, I suggest the Makeup Forever HD line.

The other not-going-anywhere product you need to have to survive our summers is eye shadow primer. Unlike other parts of your face, the eyes always have some kind of friction going on. Open, close, open, close. The lid of your eye is constantly rubbing on your crease. If you’ve ever come home and seen that unattractive line of makeup where all your carefully applied shadow has migrated to, you know what I’m talking about.

Enter primer (#2) to save the day! Primer acts as a kind of adhesive, although it’s not. It locks the shadow in place from underneath, so that all those come-hither looks you’re casting about don’t skew your makeup.

Finally, the thing you need to take with you, your go to, your touch up maven, is blotting paper (#3). We can put anti-shine on you, we can use silicone-based makeup, we can use primers, but there is absolutely nothing we can do about your oil and sweat glands. You WILL get shiny. Blotting papers lift the moisture from your face without moving your makeup underneath. In a pinch, those toilet seat covers in public bathrooms work wonders. (Unused, please!)

Unless your day exceeds 10+ hours, resist the urge to take powder with you. Oil/sweat plus powder creates an icky, cakey looking finish on the face. Gross. Far better to appear a little dewy and smooth than to look like water and flour had a fight on your face.


Amelia C & Co

Get more great make up tips and insider knowledge, or book a great makeup artist over at Amelia C’s blog


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