When you are coming all the way from Australia to get hitched in Las Vegas, you know it’s going to be in fine style. Stace and Dill were elopers who somehow convinced their near and dear ones to join them on a (long) trip to Vegas … and on the plane there, told them it was because they were getting married!
Both the bride and groom got ready at Cosmopolitan and chose to do their first look right on the Strip in front of the hotel. What an amazing idea this elopement was from surprise ceremony at the Neon Museum to the Strip photo tour to end the night.
Coolest, right? The colors, the emotion, the awesome photos of best friends hanging out at the Neon Boneyard who just happen to be getting married.
More from their photographer POPography about this surprise wedding:
This wedding was all about relationships, friendships and commitment. Everyone committed to be there and show their love and support. Hands down the coolest group of Aussies I know! In true Vegas fashion, we hit the Strip for two hours and enjoyed the oversized resorts, twinkling lights and gorgeous architecture. It is a true honor to be asked to shoot a wedding. It is even more overwhelming when someone from across the world ask you to join them for a destination wedding. A SECRET destination wedding!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . POPography
CEREMONY VENUE . Neon Museum
FLORAL . DIY / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Rachel Gilbert, shoes – Betsey Johnson / HAIR + MAKEUP . Makeup in the 702
Wedding submitted via Two Bright Lights
Today’s venue spotlight falls on my five favorite museum wedding venues in Las Vegas. I’ve always loved museum and gallery-style spaces, and Vegas has a number of beautifully modern venues perfect for hosting ceremonies and cocktail receptions. If you are looking for a loft-style or museum-inspired wedding space in Vegas, check out these options!
For more modern Las Vegas wedding venues, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide. See all posts in the 5 Favorites series here.
Chihuly Gallery at Aria Las Vegas
Dale Chihuly is the artist responsible for that amazing glass sculpture inside Bellagio (and in a few other Strip hotels). He also has an ultra-modern gallery space at Aria featuring his incredible work in a contemporary setting. The gallery is well-suited for ceremonies as well as long-table style receptions for around 50 guests.
See real weddings at Aria featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: Sergio Mottola Photography
The Boneyard at The Neon Museum
We can’t talk about museums without mentioning an incredible part of Las Vegas history: The Neon Museum! This outdoors walk-through museum is home to hundreds of neon signs from throughout Las Vegas history, providing an industrial-chic setting with a vintage backdrop for your vows. It’s popular for wedding photos, but getting married here (especially at night with the signs turned on) would be perfect for any Vegas, architecture or design fans.
See real weddings at The Neon Museum featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: Gin and Sake Productions
Discovery Children’s Museum
I think museums angled to kids are a fabulous space to get married in. They’re unique, playful and memorable! Las Vegas has the wonderful DISCOVERY Children’s Museum which features several different exhibit halls and stage venues perfect for a one-of-a-kind wedding. Who says getting married has to be an grownup affair, anyways?
See real weddings at DISCOVERY Children’s Museum featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: DISCOVERY Children’s Museum
Origen Rotunda at Springs Preserve
Set on 180-acres just a few miles off The Strip, Springs Preserve is a museum featuring desert botanical gardens, family events, traveling exhibits, trails and — you guessed it — weddings. There is an amazing array of outdoor spaces and gardens, but the Origen Museum Rotunda is the most gallery-style space. It features a high vaulted ceiling, and a room ringed with kinetic granite sculptures floating on water and sculptured cattails, all etched with the names of museum donors.
See real weddings at the Bellagio fountains featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: The Springs Preserve
The Mob Museum
Not only is The Mob Museum (National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement) a symbol representing a colorful part of Las Vegas history, it’s a fun place to get married! The architecturally important building (a former US Postal Office and federal courthouse) is a gorgeous reminder of the early days of Vegas and offers some unique venue spaces within, like an accurate replica courtroom.
See real weddings at The Mob Museum featured on Little Vegas Wedding.
Photo: Mob Museum
For more modern Las Vegas wedding venues, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide.
See more posts in the 5 Favorites series here.
Britney and Jon decided Vegas was the perfect spot for a Halloween wedding — the anniversary of their first date! They didn’t go with an overt theme but spread the wedding fun throughout two days, including a drive-thru wedding in downtown Las Vegas and a bridal photo shoot at The Neon Museum.
This destination wedding was on the intimate side, but Britney and Jon were able to infuse many personal touches into the day, including a custom LEGO minifig cake topper, playing card stationery and super cool Millennium Falcon cufflinks. A touch of Halloween was included in the glam gold bat headband Britney wore. Keep reading for more about this unique Vegas wedding from their photographer!
More from McKenzi of Taylored Photo Memories, their photographer:
Britney and Jon wanted to embrace what a Vegas wedding had to offer and after getting to know them better during our two day photo shoot I would have to agree that it was the perfect choice for them. From the playing card themed invitations to the iconic pink convertible where they exchanged their vows and rings, this bride and groom focused on the details to pull off a fun and memorable event that revolved around them as a couple. I feel that too often a lot of couples can get overwhelmed with the amount of stress and work that goes into the grand production which is a traditional wedding.
If you are one of those couples who is fighting with your soon to be spouse over the budget or the guest list, my advice is to take a deep breath and always remember that your wedding day, traditional and elopements alike, is about the two of you. So take a page from Britney and Jon’s book and make your day about you, make it memorable and make it fun!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Drive-Thru at Little White Wedding Chapel
PRE-CEREMONY PHOTO VENUE . The Neon Museum
FLORAL . Silk by Gina Louisa Designs / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Max Maxi dress by Boulee Designs shoes – Sam Edelman, jewelry + accessories – Kate Spade and Kate Szabone Jewelery / RINGS . Brilliant Earth / GROOMSWEAR . The Artful Gentleman / TRANSPORTATION . Earth Limos & Buses / CAKETOPPER . Lego by Minifigs.me
Wedding submitted via Two Bright Lights
Some of us just know we want a Vegas wedding. Whether it’s the built-in party atmosphere, the incredible food and venues or the glitz, glamour and neon that draw us to the city, we have just always known.
Such is the case with Gregan, the bride in today’s post (who is actually a Vegas local!) She said she just always wanted a Vegasy wedding, and what she got was Vegas…and then some. Although this wedding was held at the epic location of Westin Lake Las Vegas, many touches of The Strip and old Sin City completed Phillip and Gregan’s wedding. Vegas-themed centerpieces, showgirls, an incredible Vegas in text cake and a bridal portrait session at The Neon Museum did not let people forget they were in Las Vegas.
And I agree with the bride, I also wish there was a surprise for every couple getting married. And if it’s Elvis to sing to the guests? All the better.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
I didn’t know sparkling, red-feathered showgirls or an Elvis wearing more makeup than I was would show up at my wedding reception. Or that I would start crying before I ever stepped onto the aisle. I didn’t know if the bridesmaids’ colorful dresses would work out. I didn’t know there would be Lego figures on the cake. But what I did know is that I’ve always wanted a Vegas wedding.
Or I had joked as much. Really, I never thought I’d get married. And then I met Phillip. After a couple years he popped the question on a sparkling beach in Greece one hot August vacation. When I was in college I would always say if I ever did get married I’d want to have a Vegas themed wedding. Not a drive-thru or a chapel, but something with glitter and lights. Phillip took my enthusiasm for this glitzy theme and let me run with it.
THE CEREMONY — Lotus Court at Westin Lake Las Vegas
Phillip and I wanted a ceremony with a beautiful backdrop and all of the people we love there. That was our dream wedding.
The Westin Lake Las Vegas was one of the first venues we choose to tour because Phillip and I had our first kiss there overlooking the sparkling man-made lake.
After touring dozens of other wedding venues — making lots of calls and rejecting several contracts — Phillip and I signed with the Westin. We loved the idea of getting married outside near a body of water at a place that meant so much to us.
The ceremony (besides being in August) was perfect. The set up was simple and gorgeous. Everything ran smoothly thanks to the venue co-ordinators and the seasoned vendors we hired. If only I could have stopped crying sooner.
THE RECEPTION — Baraka Ballroom at Westin Lake Las Vegas
I think the new trend for weddings should be that surprise moment. Something the bride and/or groom doesn’t know about. That moment for us was definitely when the King of Rock himself walked into the room, ushered by two glamorous showgirls. It was so Vegas!
DETAILS + DECOR
Phillip and I spent a whole year thinking, planning and saving for this wedding. So we both had plenty of time to think about the decorations and how much we could spend.
My brother, sister and I helped created the Mr. & Mrs. sign that decorated the head table. It was really easy, with this DIY. We also made our runner using two LED light strips. So the aisle had a touch of Vegas.
I made my glittering brooch bouquet from lots of sniper bid wins on Ebay. I also asked my bridesmaids make their own bouquets.
We also decided to print our invitations, save the dates, seating cards and table markers on the backs of playing cards. For the program, a family member helped by writing the schedule of events and bridal party names on two vintage mirrors.
Also, our centerpiece, though very planned out, were all tossed together that morning. We piled casino chips, dice and playing cards around these inexpensive fiber optic lights we bought for each table. Many of our guests ended up pocketing some of the good luck charms at the end of the night. We also wrote our own vows!
The whole wedding had so many moments. The ceremony to me was unforgettable. I really couldn’t stop crying. The whole day was emotional. Also, I don’t think Phillip has ever looked so sharp. So our first look was definitely a standout moment for me. Our photographer Edina suggested a first look photo opportunity because Phillip and I did take photos in the Neon Boneyard back in the springtime when the weather was much cooler. So Phillip had already seen me in the dress.The first look photos were a great chance for us to see each other in a special way before taking family photos and the ceremony.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM GREGAN AND PHILLIP
Start saving now. Also, talk with your partner about the most important things about your wedding. There may come a time when sacrifices have to be made, decide early on what’s most important. And trust me, some aspects you feel are essential to your big day really are not. We didn’t have any flower centerpieces and no one minded. However, photos are something that were very important to me and Phillip, so we knew we had to get an exceptional photographer.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We had approximately 140 guests for around $25,000
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Images by EDI
CEREMONY VENUE . Lotus Court at Westin Lake Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Baraka Ballroom at Westin Lake Las Vegas
OFFICIANT . Rev. Linda Venniro / WEDDING CO-ORDINATORS . Mae Morimoto and Rod Arnett / CAKE . Gimme Some Sugar / HAIR . Sola Salon Studios at The District in Henderson / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ John D, Wedding DJs of Las Vegas
A few weeks ago I sneak peeked a photo from today’s post and you all went crazy for it, just as I did. The couple in today’s engagement session, Samantha and Nick, chose to include their dog, Gizmo, in their photos, and you loved him as much as I did.
Although these Vegas locals will be getting married in Hawai’i, here’s the full set of their engagement stroll through some of their favorite DTLV hot spots, including East Fremont and The Neon Museum. And yes, there is more of lil’ Gizmo, too. They went for an old school Vegas feel, with a classic hair and makeup look for Samantha and matching wardrobe. Don’t you just love engagements?
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Janelle Addis Photography
ENGAGEMENT SHOT ON LOCATION AT . The Neon Museum, East Fremont Street