Andre was en route to Vegas from Rio de Janeiro when his flight was cancelled. The couple had not seen one another for six weeks, due to work schedules so reuniting the morning of their ceremony was extra sweet. They chose not to get ready together, and did a first look just outside the hotel. Even modern elopements need a bit of tradition!
Stephanie had always dreamed of wearing pink heels while she exchanged her vows, and that dream came true. In another twist of tradition, she also carried a vintage beaded purse gifted by her grandmother and wore three blue flower pins from her sister.
After their chapel ceremony officiated by Elvis (decidedly non-traditional!) they did some fun photographs in and around the Smith Center and downtown Las Vegas.
Pete and Katie are a couple of nurses from Minnesota who escaped to Las Vegas for a completely charming elopement at Chapel of the Flowers. While they were there, they had a post-wedding shoot with Taylored Wedding Photos, doing a mini-Strip photo tour in and around Bellagio. Katie is the very definition of a glowing bride, isn’t she?
Read on for more from the bride:
Why Katie and Pete Chose Las Vegas
Reception – Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas We left the chapel and headed straight to Paris Las Vegas where we had dinner in the Eiffel Tower. It was wonderful and breathtaking watching the sunset from up there! After a delicious meal, we went see the Cirque du Soleil “Beatles LOVE”, where we had front row tickets! The show was amazing and the actors have us a copy of the program and included us in the show! It was so neat!!!!! After the show we celebrated with ice cream sundaes and shakes at a place in the Mirage.
Everything about the day seemed so magical. I remember walking down the strip with Pete while getting our pictures taken and everyone was moving out of the way and taking pictures with their phones and cameras and wishing us well. It was so fun! Everyone wanted to tell us good luck!!!
My mom made my bouquet for me, and added little trinkets that were hidden to symbolize my two kids who weren’t with us. They were able to watch it online though so that was fun!
Katie and Pete’s #1 tip for other couples planning a Las Vegas elopement
Make sure you have a photographer! I was ok with just using the photos from the chapel but Pete convinced me that we should have some professional ones taken and I am so thankful we did. The ones from the wedding were ok, but they weren’t as personal or as fantastic as the ones we got from McKenzi!!! I would recommend her a millions times over. I’ve told her this a few times, but she really made us feel at home and it was like we were amongst friends while getting our pictures done. No pressure, no silly “hold this pose and smile like this” it was great.
Guest Count + Budget
We had Pete’s mom and his sister come with, and we didn’t set a budget. We just made a list of what we wanted and did our best to research the best options. To be honest, I’m not sure what the final cost was but it was money well spent. It was the best day we’ve had so far!!!
It can be argued that numbers mean more in Las Vegas – I mean, the town was basically built on them. And, of course, weddings are no exception.
Now that the lucky magic of 7/7/2007 and 8/8/8 are long gone and the binary dates 10/10/10 and 11/11/11 are too, 11/12/13 has stepped up to the plate as this year’s memorable (some say lucky) sequential date. Well, it’s at least a unique wedding date; I can make no guarantees on the luck side of things!
I’ve never been much of a numerology person, but the date is quirky and fun, and would certainly be an easy anniversary to remember (one hopes!) On top of that, it’s a Tuesday which means you might still have a chance at booking a last minute wedding at one of the venues below, or with one of the fantastic officiants listed. They’re all offering packages tailored for your 11/12/13 wedding date. No word on if the 14:15 time slots are taken yet, to fully complete that number theme.
And keep in mind if you’re not quite ready this year, there’s always 12/13/14. THAT one falls on a Saturday…
A Peachy Keen Wedding Date
Officiant Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions has four openings available and is offering a 12% percent discount for bookings made for November 12. Angie is known for her intimate, personal weddings in the city, and she is able to travel to and officiate at ceremonies all over the Las Vegas area.
Luv Bug Wedding
Las Vegas Luv Bug Weddings are throwing in some free upgrades for weddings booked on 11/12/13. The package comes with all the regular trimmings: a minster, witness, photographer and all paperwork taken care of, but with upgraded florals and photography. Two locations are available: Caesar’s Gardens (7:30AM-3:00PM) or Bellagio Terrace (7:30PM-10:30PM)
Get Married to the Mob
Just five couples will be wed at the Mob Museum on 11/12/13, so better start booking, if the spots aren’t already taken! The vows are said in their historic courtroom or on the front steps of the majestic building. The package, priced at $1,112.13 (hmm…) includes the wedding, plus cake and champagne for twenty guests.
Light Up the Date
The Neon Museum is holding Magic Day packages on 11/12/13 which are on offer to just four couples to be wed amongst the historic neon and signage of Las Vegas. The package for $650 includes a 30 minute ceremony, photo package and a few souvenirs.
With a choice of the gazebo or chapel, Mon Bel Ami went all out for their “Sensational” package, priced at $699. The options include a rose strewn aisle, floral packages and customized music for your ceremony.
Lucky in Love
The MGM Grand is offering a Numerology package that includes accommodation, hair and makeup, photography and a ceremony with live pianist accompaniment. There are even a monogrammed 11-12-13 robes and a couple’s massage, all for $1,400.
Viva Las Wedding!
Starting at $311.12, the Viva Las Vegas Chapel packages offer three styles of ceremony: the traditional, the Elvis and the themed which covers everything from Bond to vampires and everything in between.
The 11/12/13 Forever ceremony at the Chapel of the Flowers at $795 keeps it simple and provides an intimate ceremony and classic roses in their package. There is an upgraded package available for $2,013.
The Royale Wedding Chapel at Riviera has a special $99 deal. Since we’re talking numbers, that’s one that is sure to make you happy.
And a bonus one, as suggested by a reader of the blog:
Cosmopolitan is offering a package to get wed in their famous Chandelier Bar surrounded by sparkly light. In addition to the vows and minister, also included are three nights in a Terrace Suite, violinist, flowers and photography.
I love getting bride or groom submitted posts on LVW. Why? Because of the details and the stories! Today’s elopement comes directly from the bride herself, Bethany, who married her husband Thomas in Las Vegas this spring. They combined their marriage with their honeymoon!
The couple were wed at Chapel of the Flowers, and then headed out with photographer Bently & Wilson for some post ceremony photos around the MGM gardens and grounds and then further down the Strip. When they arrived home in western Pennsylvania as husband and wife they had a cake and cocktails reception to celebrate with friends and family!
One thing I learned from today’s wedding? Las Vegas chapel weddings need not be cookie cutter! They can be completely original and feature fabulous photography.
Travis and Ashley looked absolutely stunning for their destination wedding at Chapel of the Flowers. The couple went for the whole meal deal, getting everything through the Chapel – their wedding ceremony, limousine transportation, photographer, floral and more.
I love the props the couple included in their photos, which started during the ceremony at the Chapel of the Flowers but extended along the length of the Strip, with stops downtown, at the Wynn Resort, and Welcome to Las Vegas Sign.
Their photographers, Every Detail (Chapel of the Flowers on-site photography partner) were there for the various photo sessions, including the one of them jumping on the bed and the bridal portraits of Ashley in Little Chapel’s famous red chair – doesn’t she look amazing? Her beauty on the day was completely done by … her! So stunning, and so fun. Love her choice of a black feather, red and white rose bouquet as well. Congratulations!
Vendor and Venue Details:
Wedding Ceremony Venue: Chapel of the Flowers / Photographer: Every Detail Photography, Chapel of the Flowers On-site Photography Partner (Digital Brilliance and Lifestyle Session) / Transport: Limo via Chapel of the Flowers / Wedding Planner: Chapel of the Flowers / Makeup + Hair: By the Bride / Floral: Chapel of the Flowers