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.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . McKenzie Stewart Weddings
CEREMONY VENUE . Chapel of the Flowers
FLORAL . Chapel of the Flowers / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Zara, shoes – DSW / HAIR . Nurture Spa and Salon at Luxor Las Vegas
I have to admit something: I am obsessed with The Smith Center. The art-deco architecture, the great location and the mix of indoor and outdoor spaces add up to one killer wedding spot. It’s no surprise that Ryan and Danette chose the famous performing arts venue for their romantic wedding.
Dressed up in roses and draping with black and white decor, the venue allowed this couple to shine on their wedding day…and for their wedding party to get a little dancey later on. Every detail was taken care by Scheme Events of and allowed Ryan and Danette to just enjoy their amazing day.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE SMITH CENTER?
It is a beautiful location which gave us a few options when deciding if we wanted an indoor or an outdoor wedding. It gave us an urban city feel while offering the capability to customize the venue to tie into our theme.
THE CEREMONY — Courtyard at The Smith Center
The ceremony was held in the courtyard of The Smith Center, which is a naturally stunning location and the perfect size for our wedding. With the addition of white flowers, white draping, and everyone we loved surrounding us it was everything we could have imagined and more.
THE RECEPTION — Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center
The theatre was perfect stage for all to showcase their jokes and dance moves. The night started off with a roast before the toast that had everyone laughing at the jabs from Ryan’s close friends. It led into the jokes and our hidden secrets from Ryan’s brother and best man and the maid of honor. Once the dinner was done and the dancing started there was everything from the Montana country dance, to Bruno Mars, to the Sigma Chi sweetheart serenade (that’s a thing…) everyone had a blast. Even Ryan’s 90-year-old grandparents made an appearance on the dance floor.
The best moment of the day was our first look. We had a quick moment to see each other and have a few moments to ourselves in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the day. It was refreshing to get our focus on each other right before the ceremony when there are so many other things going on around you.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM RYAN AND DANETTE
Hire a wedding co-ordinator or planner. It made our lives so much easier. We used Scheme Events and our co-ordinator Francesca had an answer for everything. We used all of her vendor recommendations and she was only a phone call away anytime we needed something. We only had one mishap with our venue but Francesca was there to keep Bridezilla from making an appearance…kind of. When Bridezilla came out she just giggled and refocused me.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We had a budget of $35,000 and a guest list of 100.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Adam Frazier
CEREMONY VENUE . Courtyard at The Smith Center
RECEPTION VENUE . Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center
OFFICIANT . Pastor Vance Pitman, Hope Church / DAY OF CO-ORDINATION SERVICES . Scheme Events / FLORAL . Flora Couture / CATERING + CAKE . Culinary Arts Catering / HAIR + MAKEUP . Amelia C. & Co. / RENTALS . RSVP Party Rentals / FAVORS . Welcome Bag Shoppe / ENTERTAINMENT . Harry O. Productions / LIGHTING . The Smith Center
It’s been a while since I featured an engagement on the site, but couldn’t resist this short and sweet one! Collin and Tommy went for vivacious, vibrant and totally Vegas engagement photos.
It’s so hard to pick just one or two locations when you’re setting up wedding or engagement photos in the city, but they picked some winners, combining urban parks with nature-filled vistas. From the Valley of Fire to Symphony Park in downtown Vegas, they picked some of the most colorful and picturesque spots in the area for their session.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Mak Rabbitt Photography
Stacey and Al (from the U.K.) had a completely beautiful sunrise ceremony in DTLV. They chose to be married in front of the fantastic rainbow sculpture by Tm Bavington that is on the edge of Symphony Park at The Smith Center. They chose their ceremony time around their desire to get some bridal photos taken at The Neon Museum, which also turned out beautifully. And the best part of a morning ceremony? The entire day infront of you! Stacey and Al grabbed breakfast at a diner post-ceremony, before heading out on a helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon and a steak dinner later in the evening.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
We had actually already booked a holiday to America starting in Las Vegas and later on we decided to get married while we were there. We had been together more than 11 years so thought why not! We wanted something simple with minimum hassle, so this seemed the perfect answer. Luckily when we told our parents a few weeks before we left, they were all supportive and happy for us to go it alone! The Smith Centre sculpture was suggested by Jamie and when we Googled it we thought it was perfect; colourful and unique. Some friends of ours have since bought us a print as a wedding present with the coordinates of our wedding location so that’s pretty special.
THE CEREMONY — Symphony Park at The Smith Center
It was very simple and romantic too in its own way with just the two of us plus (photographer) Jamie and Kym (the officiant). We spent the hour or so before having some sunrise photos in downtown Las Vegas, then our driver took us to the ceremony location where we met Kym. When we arrived a worker was cutting the hedges but thankfully he stopped in time for us to hear the vows! Kym read our (non-religious) vows and Al gave me my ring, we were both a little emotional! Then we had more photos by the sculpture and went on to the Neon Boneyard to complete our photo shoot.
THE RECEPTION + HONEYMOON
We went for breakfast in a diner then had a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon, followed by a huge steak in the evening! The next day we left Las Vegas and spent two weeks on a road trip/honeymoon through Death Valley, Yosemite National Park, Santa Barbara, Big Sur and San Francisco – amazing!
The early morning was a challenge! Because we wanted to have some photos at the Neon Boneyard and it was only bookable in the morning, we decided to meet at sunrise to get some different shots in downtown before the ceremony and Boneyard. That meant hair and makeup arriving at 4am! But it was worth it. Special memories – all of it, we loved it!
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM STACEY AND AL
Can we say ‘book Jamie’! She made things so much easier in the planning and relaxed on the day (especially for two people who aren’t that keen on having photos taken!) Other than that, just do it however suits you, and enjoy every second as it’s over so quickly.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . JamieY Photography, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Symphony Park at The Smith Center of Performing Arts
BRIDAL PHOTO VENUE . The Neon Museum
OFFICIANT . Flawless Ceremonies by Kymberli / BRIDAL FASHION . coordinated skirt and croptop – Zara and TopShop / HAIR + MAKEUP . Amelia C & Co.
Today’s sassy couple is the first real wedding post of 2015, and it’s such a great one. For starters, it’s an in-suite wedding, held in a super-sized V Suite at the former THEHotel (which changed into Delano in September 2014).
Also Jessica, the bride, wore an incredible Victorian-style corseted gown with a victory roll hairstyle. Since both she and her husband are gamers, so there was a Portal and Mass Effect themed wedding cake and an amazing space-themed shirt for the groom, Michael. Their military wedding followed by cake and Champagne reception were casual and intimate, and brought all the best elements of family and love together.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
I was a Las Vegas local for nine years before I got married, and a lot of the dates that my groom and I went on happened while I was still living in Vegas. His grandparents live there as well, so it made it convenient for him to stop by and visit me (we had a long distance relationship). The location was convenient and definitely fit into our budget. Plus the city itself just has so much to offer in terms of venues, so why not get married in one of the wonderful resorts? We chose to get married at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay before it got replaced by the Delano. It was absolutely beautiful; the contemporary styling fit in with what we wanted in an in-suite wedding!
When Michael and I planned our wedding, we knew we wanted it to be something about us and let people know who we are. In fact, Offbeat Bride inspired me to go all out for my wedding and to know that it’s okay to go against the grain! Besides, Michael and I were not much for the Wedding Industrial Complex in the first place.
THE CEREMONY — V Suite at THEhotel (now Delano)
I didn’t want to be walked down the aisle by my dad as there really wasn’t an aisle in our venue (which was held inside our hotel suite), yet my mother-in-law highly recommended that I do so anyway and that a makeshift aisle was fine. I’m glad that I went with her suggestion, as the conversation that my dad and I had before my procession helped me to bond with him and cope for the rest of the evening.
My family is Filipino, although I did not have my wedding inside a huge Catholic cathedral. So I couldn’t include many of the things that were typical of a traditional, Filipino wedding. However, both of Michael’s family and mine are born-again Christians, so we opted to do a unity candle-lighting ceremony instead. It brought together both families and was a nice blending of the cultures.
THE RECEPTION — V Suite at THEhotel (now Delano)
Initially, we did want a big wedding but to due time constraints, we had to improvise a lot. We were originally going to plan for a courthouse marriage first then a big fat ceremony later (as many military couples do), but even that wasn’t doable with only 3 months of planning available. Due to the entire nature of the military as well as the downside of everyone not living in the same area, only immediate family and close local friends were invited. The wedding was small, yet we managed to pull through and create the wedding of our dreams with just 18 guests! Michael’s mother helped to create our dream day a much more intimate one by providing most of the decorations, as well as cake and champagne.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
I was able to make my own bouquet! I used left over origami paper and other craft things I’ve saved up for years in order to make it. Everyone at the ceremony loved the way it looked and were amazed that I was capable of making my own bouquet (as opposed to just buying some fresh flowers). It made me feel good to know that the hard work I put into it payed off–even my Maid of Honor wanted one for her future wedding!
We wanted a wedding that showed off our personalities and shared interests: we both liked video games, so we included some of that in our ceremony. The Portal and Mass Effect games are significant to us because my groom and I first met when Portal 2 just came out, and he was the one who introduced me to the Mass Effect games. I also liked all things vintage and romantic, and my groom didn’t mind as well — so long as I wore a corset. ;) This worked out well for the both of us since I was able to wear a Victorian Steampunk-inspired, burlesque dress that was modified to go with my wedding theme. The wedding dress was a nice, wine red color instead of the typical white since I wanted to put at least a little bit of practicality to it. That way, I can re-use my dress for other occasions (such as Renaissance Festival or military dining-outs) instead of wasting money by wearing it only once and trashing it.
The most meaningful parts of my wedding were the ones I expected to have so much impact. I mean sure, everyone expects to have the bride and groom kiss to have the most impact — which is true for me. But there were so many other moments that had the same amount of impact, too. During my ‘getting ready’ session with my wedding photographer, my Maid of Honor wasn’t able to make it to my hotel suite on time to help me get dressed into my gown. I was a bit of a loss in what to do for my ‘getting ready’ shoot, as I did not want to further delay plans. Instead, I improvised by just having my groom help me out while our photographer took pictures of us in those moments. Just the whole session was quite intimate, and it helped me to be closer to my groom that day. The pictures that came from him helping me in my gown and undergarments were some of the best, too!
We didn’t have a rehearsal since we figured that it wasn’t needed for a small wedding, so everyone just winged it. However, that didn’t mean that we were free from slip- ups! Michael messed up some of the words when he recited the vows after our pastor, which initiated some chuckles and giggles from me and the guests. But it was all in good spirit; we all learned to laugh along and just roll with it. I also did not expect my groom to have a shirt with funny-looking sleeves underneath his Air Force mess dress! Everything thought that he was just wearing the standard white shirt, so him taking off his coat to reveal that was definitely a hilarious surprise.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM JESSICA AND MICHAEL
There was also a bit of tension with my own mother that comes along with wedding planning to the point of having me go into bridezilla mode. When it comes to planning a wedding where the families are from different cultural backgrounds, it can be a headache to plan. I almost wanted to just quit and elope instead, so that I didn’t have to worry about it all. Who knew that even small weddings were stressful to plan? Yet at the end of the day, it all worked out alright. All I just hoped was for my mother to understand that this is my wedding, and that it is okay for me to shape it into my own image.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Gin and Sake Productions, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . V Suite at THEHotel
DAY-AFTER SHOOT VENUE . The Smith Center
CAKE . Manan Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Glamtasik, shoes – Chinese Laundry, jewelry – Kohl’s, accessories – / HAIR + MAKEUP . Shag Me Salon / BRIDESMAID . Alfred Angelo / CUSTOM CAKE TOPPERS . WTFcharms