Mississippi-based photographer Lindsay Vallas attended this styled wedding shoot with 14 other photographers during the 2013 Wedding Portrait & Photography International (WPPI) conference this past March. The concept and styling which I would describe as “gilded 1950s desert wedding” came from Bensten Photography and Kelli West Photography.
Shot at Floyd Lamb State Park, this faux wedding featured 1950s details, a golden tablescape with peach and pale pastel tones atop Tiffany blue linens. The “bride” Lauren, even wore a golden gown with a cozy fur stole.
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I’m confident you are going to swoon over Emily and Tyler’s wedding at Floyd Lamb Park today. Rustic details, Scrabble pieces and peacocks – it’s got something for everyone! It’s also featuring fabulous photography by a new contributor to the blog (or should I say contributors) – please welcome the husband and wife team of Weddings by Scott and Dana!
Emily, the lovely bride, brought her Nashville charm to this perfect park wedding and reception. Romantic elements, a little Southern hospitality and personal details made this wedding warm and welcoming and to be honest, completely transformed the venue.
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Photos by Myron Hensel Photography
Gavin and Chrystal had their romantic and dreamy engagement session with Myron Hensel Photography in and around an area near downtown Las Vegas. Can you believe the variety of locations and photos available within steps of the Smith Center? There is of course, the much loved Tim Bavington rainbow sculpture, the foliage and greenery of Symphony Park, the courtyards of the Smith Center and even the gritty feel of a trainyard.
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I know I spout off a lot about how different some of the options you have for photography are in Las Vegas, but today’s engagement shoot by Gaby J Photography is a perfect example! Floyd Lamb Park is a magical spot about half an hour off the Strip but is a world away from it.
The park (named after a Nevada state senator) is a source of natural spring water and became a ranch about 1940. It was a home for livestock and produce, eventually growing to 2,040 acres in size. Today the park is an oasis of watery calm and nature, and a home to birds, fish, plants and a lot of history. It’s also a great place for a photo shoot, as this Javie-Anne and William’s engagement shoot by Gaby J Photography today shows!
The natural beauty of the park – and couple – really shine in the photos as they stroll around. Huge trees, water features, peacocks, flowers and more are seen in the airy, organic photos which are shot in Gaby’s signature style. What a gorgeous session – thank you for sharing, and congratulations to Will and Javie who were wed in early May.
Shot on location at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs by Gaby J Photography
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I LOVE Javie’s statement necklace (and her all white wardrobe for the session!)
A Canadian goose, eh?
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Gaby J shoot without her Instax photos!
On Friday we got to take a peek at Pamela’s sweet bridal shower tea party. It’s no surprise that her circus themed wedding to Kenny held in a city park near Las Vegas was no less charming. Again, photographer Elizabeth Le was on hand to capture the casual ceremony and the totally DIY reception that followed.
Pamela and Kenny kept the wedding ceremony and carnival style reception family friendly and on budget. The location was a park in Boulder City near Las Vegas called Wilbur Square/Bicentennial Park. Pamela says “I loved having it outdoors without the cost of a golf course lawn, it was spring so the weather was ideal with lots of shade trees but enough open space to be flexible.”
When talk to Pamela about this wedding, it would actually be easier to say what WASN’T handmade by the bride and groom. Every single crafty detail other than the face painting, photobooth and wedding photography was done at home in the weekends ahead of the wedding. That includes the fabric photo backdrop (made by Kenny, the industrious groom) and the peach and teal decor: colored pinwheels, tissue pompoms, paper chains, pennants/bunting and ribbon wands (the bride and groom assembly-lined these.)
Even the little circus-inspired props like carousel horses and the hula hoop and gumball machine centerpieces were repurposed for the wedding. These items were found via searching online on eBay and Craigslist or some serious thrifting, then spraypainted to match the colors.
How did Pamela keep this wedding on budget? Many things, like hair and makeup and made-to-order crepes, for example, were provided via friends, family or bride and groom power! The face painter and photobooth were booked via Groupon deals with additional packages tacked on. Wedding guests drank lemonade hand-squeezed by Kenny, the groom, and dined on handmade sweet crepes topped with fresh fruits, Nutella or pie filling. The food and beverage came from a whole lot of trips to Costco and Sam’s Club!
Here’s what Pamela had to say about the wedding’s feel:
As with the bridal shower, I wanted more of a party/get-together. I wanted something different & fun that would be interactive for guests and memorable. I had devised a plan to already be up (the aisle) as guests arrived. They just came up to hug me, congratulate us, etc. then the music started and people were asked to take a seat for the ceremony. I loved having it outdoors without the cost of a golf course lawn, it was spring so the weather was ideal with lots of shade trees but enough open space to be flexible.
Boulder City is considered an oasis in the desert, and living in the south-end of Vegas it was only a short drive from our home. Their grass is luscious green and well maintained for all their annual events. Their parks department was super helpful and cooperative, they even offered to shut down the street from regular traffic (allowing through wedding guests only) and provide electricity/generators for the day. The process was so simple and the fee was very reasonable, so I felt they deserved my business. After finalizing the reservation date, my husband & I rode out there with a tape measure and pen & paper and mapped the whole thing out for set-up, down to the distance between each tree.
Then, for their closing trick, Kenny whisked Pamela away in her cute little leather jacket on his motorcycle!
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