Melissa and Chris from Australia got married in Las Vegas on their anniversary of being together a decade! They elected to have a smaller, funkier wedding with lots of personal touches in Las Vegas with their closest friends and family members joining them for a day of festivities and Olga from Dott Photography capturing all of the moments.
Chris loves Elvis, and Melissa is enamored with all things vintage and glam, so things came together naturally in terms of hair, makeup and fashion. Of course Elvis (Kent Ripley) officiated the vows, which took place at the original Las Vegas chapel: Wee Kirk O’ the Heather. After a portrait session at the Neon Museum Boneyard, the couple joined their wedding party for a a reception dinner at Sensi at the Bellagio.
Melissa is an illustrator and designer (check out her portfolio), so naturally her hand was in many details of the wedding, as you’ll see.
The invitations are gorgeous, and feature watercolor portraits of her little family – Chris, her cats and herself. They mixed Melissa’s artwork and design sense with beautiful details like a library-style response card, dainty paperclips and heart pennant, a laser cut wooden diamond magnet, an information card for travel plans with a vintage pin-up girl on the front, as well as gorgeous script and typography.
Each one was handmade and came nestled in a recycled brown paper enveloped, closed with a red string tie. (Photos courtesy Melissa Avery, http://melissaavery.tumblr.com/)
Melissa also handcrafted these tiny llamas for the wedding, as she happened to be working on a project creating ceramic animals at the time. It was a symbolic nod to an inside joke that is a acknowledges the way Melissa and Chris say I love you to one another. Each guest at the wedding got to take a pair home.
Loving the wedding day manicures!
Best shoe shot ever! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding, Melissa and Chris. It was truly magic.
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Wedding Venue: Wee Kirk o’ the Heather Chapel / Reception Venue: Sensi, Bellagio / Photographer: Dott Photography / Wedding Dress: Whirling Turban / Hair + Makeup: Francesco Lombardo of Bobbie Pin Beauty / Celebrant: Kent Ripley as Elvis / Stationery: Melissa Avery
The lead-up to Valentines Day in Vegas continues with an amazing opportunity. Now that the Neon Museum is complete, the famous Vegas “Neon Boneyard” is available for weddings on February 14.
Already a favorite place for unique engagement, elopement or post-wedding photos, the Boneyard at the Neon Museum offers a look in the history of Las Vegas through its legendary signs. The collection is now home to over 150 donated and rescued signs from various businesses, hotels and casinos dating from the 1930’s up until today, all located in a large two-acre outdoor lot. These produce a beautiful array of imagery, from the iconic and nuptial photo friendly red and white “Wedding Chapel Information” sign, the robin’s egg blue curlyqued El Cortez sign to the more quirky genie’s lamp from “Aladdin” with all sorts of bulb festooned signs with amazing typography in between. It really is one of my favorite places in Las Vegas!
Dramatic lighting, unique dress and beautiful signage at the Neon Boneyard, images by Mike L Photos
The wedding option is a first for the Neon Museum, and for $777 includes a ceremony inside the Boneyard itself, which is normally closed off to those who have pre-reserved and cleared photo shoots or booked tours only. Also included is a photography package with 30 minutes of exploration and photo-taking time (that’s the “walk-thru” part), a champagne toast, floral bouquet and boutonniere and a bunch more edible and wearable swag. The couple may bring along four guests. You can read more about the details here.
For more information on the Valentines Day wedding special, or getting married at the Neon Museum any other day, contact Event Coordinator Cynthia Behr Warso: cynthia AT neonmuseum DOT org
This post is part of the Valentines Day series. Click here to read all of the posts!
Photo credit: Ryan Jackson Photography and Mike L Photos
Details of first wedding featured here, second wedding here
I think one of the most amazing things about Las Vegas are elopements. The intimacy, the complete personality that shines through, the amazing photos that are taken because the photographer can totally focus on the couple…I’m in love! Today’s elopement comes courtesy the lovely Chelsea Nicole. I’ve been a fan of her work for sooooo long – way before I had even locked down a Vegas wedding as a possibility, actually, and wayyyyyy before this blog was even a thought in my mind. Today’s photos really showcase why I like her style.
The blue-shoed bride, Heather, wrote a little bit about the celebration she had with her mate, Pete:
Because we wanted our wedding day to be an intimate experience between just the two of us, we snuck off to Vegas (from Minneapolis) to elope. It was a natural choice – six months after we started dating, I tried to get Pete to marry me while we were vacationing there. It may have taken a bit longer, but we finally got hitched on the 6-year anniversary of our first date.
On our wedding day, we set out to have fun and celebrate each other – with lots of laughs. Since photos would be the only vehicle for sharing our special day with others, we knew our choice of photographer would be critical. We were thrilled when we found Chelsea Nicole because we knew she would capture our style and spirit brilliantly. She even surprised us by taking us bowling! Because Pete and I both work in the advertising/design industry, we wanted the images to look less like standard wedding photos and more like editorial shots you’d find in a magazine.
See more of these amazingly edited and shot elopement photos at Chelsea Nicole’s blog.
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Photo Venue(s): Neon Museum, Vdara, Arts District / Photographer: Chelsea Nicole
This elopement has sex appeal all over it, so you know it’s coming from Mike and Courtney Lichtenwalner! The day for this couple started at Palms Place with getting ready photos, and then moved over the Chapel of the Flowers for their super intimate marriage. As is the case with CotF, they do not allow outside shooters, so Mike and Courtney had to sit tight and be the witnesses for the ceremony.
Afterwards, over to the Neon Boneyard for post-wedding photos that can only be described as high fashion.
Best bottom of shoe message EVER.
More photos of this fab couple at Mike L’s blog.
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Wedding Venue: Chapel of the Flowers / Photographer: Mike L Photos / Hair & Makeup: Bobbie Pin Beauty / Shoot Venues: Palms Place, Las Vegas Sign, Neon Boneyard
Although I am very happy with how my wedding turned out (missing pants and hairstylists and all) sometimes I just see something that makes me go “I want a do-over!” Today’s shoot from Ella Gagiano made me do just that. This couple eloped in Vegas all the way from New Zealand. I’m so happy they got such stunning photos to show off after the event.
The colors of the Neon Museum, the emotion, her dress, the simple sexiness of everything. Love it.
There are some more gorgeous photos on Ella’s blog.
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Photographer: Ella Gagiano / Shoot Venue: Neon Museum (Neon Boneyard) and the Strip