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Southwestern Styled Shoot at the Springs Preserve {Wedding Inspiration}


In my opinion, there are few places in Las Vegas as beautiful as the Springs Preserve in the spring. The budding trees and plants are gorgeous and very inspiring. So it’s a great setting for today’s wedding inspiration photo shoot, which is a total treat for your eyes and full of wonderful ideas if you are going for a rustic desert look.

Photographer Megan Vaughan took part in a wedding inspiration/styled shoot that happened at the Springs Preserve in March. This exquisite event, conceptualized by Chelsea LaVere of Orchestrated Shoots and coordinated by Angelica McDonnell of Green Orchid Events had a “Feather and Stone” desert theme, with faded aquamarine and dusty pink tones, strong graphic lines and shapes alongside genuine turquoise stones with feather details for a softer feel. I love the “turquoise” on the cake by Peridot Sweets!

Adding to the depth of this shoot was fabulous vintage tablewear and furniture from Dirty Dishes and The Wooden Trunk. For a complete list of fantastic vendors who took part in this shoot, please see below.

More photos of this fantastic spring shoot over here!






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Venue and Vendor Goodness:

Styled Shoot “Wedding” Venue:  Springs Preserve / Photographer: Megan Vaughan / Styled Shoot Concept and Design: Chelsea LaVere, Creative Director of Orchestrated Shoots  / Styled Shoot Coordination: Green Orchid Events / Videography: Jeremy Mitchell Cinema / Wedding Dress and Bridal Wear: Free People / Jewelry: / Bride’s Shoes: / Bridesmaid’s Dress: Bella Bridesmaid / Groom’s Suit and Neckwear: Tuxedo Junction and Studio Arno /Hair + Makeup: Your Beauty Call /  Floral: Blossoms by Gayle / Cake: Peridot Sweets / Stationery:  The Girl Tyler / Furniture Rentals and Decor: The Wooden Trunk / Dishware and table settings: Dirty Dishes by Alta Sue / Flatware: Every Last Detail / Feathers: Stuff n Feathers of Etsy / Linens: Pottery Barn

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Splashes of Orange and a Dash of Glamour {Springs Preserve}

When Meg of Megruth Photography alerted me to this wedding, I knew it had to be something special. And I was not disappointed! The word “dreamy” gets thrown around a lot in the wedding world…but it definitely applies to this wedding.

Katie and Ryan were wed at the Springs Preserve, in the gorgeous Origen room. The lighting and wood provide a certain warmth. It’s one of my favourite venues at the Springs Preserve. The freestanding vases of callas from Enchanted Florist were a beautiful choice – they just seem to float in the room.

The bride’s delicate Alençon lace and frothy tulle gown came from Lazaro, and those sparkly platforms from BCBG.

Beautiful portraits – the orange details were a great choice for the Springs Preserve. They really work with the ochre and terracotta tones of the buildings there. And again, the dress! It reminds me of seafoam.

Could be in Paris, right? What a dramatic moment Meg captured here. And I have to say, I love those tattooed brides!

After the ceremony, the celebration moved to Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.


More photos can be seen over here.

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Wedding Venue: Springs Preserve (Origen Museum) / Reception Venue: Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab at Caesars Palace / Photographer: MegRuth Photography / Event Planning: Green Orchid Events / Ceremony Music: Classical Entertainment / Hair & Makeup: Your Beauty Call /  Floral: Enchanted Florist /  Wedding Dress: Lazaro / Bride’s Shoes: BCBG  / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Shoes: Johnston and Murphy / Cake: Gimme Some Sugar

Having an Green and Eco-friendly Las Vegas Wedding

I know, I know…this blog post title seems like an oxymoron. What is eco-friendly about Las Vegas?

It’s a city built in a desert with huge water consumption rates, buffets and restaurants that ship in tonnes of food from around the world, lots of cars – but hear me out. It IS possible to have an ecologically sensitive wedding there. It’s maybe not the MOST sensible place to have a wedding if being green is one of your biggest priorities in a wedding, but there are some venues you can consider if it’s important to you.

What do these two buildings above share in common…? There are a few venues you might consider above others if you are ecologically sensitive in your everyday life and wish it to extend to your wedding:

ARIA at CityCenter  (above left) is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, hotels in the world to become LEED Gold certified. The property has also received 5 Green Keys from the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, the largest international program evaluating sustainable hotel operations. The complex it is in, CityCenter, features a number of ecologically minded points as well:

  • Energy and heat at CityCenter comes from a natural gas plant onsite, which reduces emissions. They also recycle heat to heat the water for the hotels.
  • Water is conserved and recycled. Reductions in water usage are 30 percent and 43 percent within the buildings and 60 percent for landscaping
  • Their limo fleet are natural gas powered
  • Much of the construction waste from the previous hotel (Boardwalk – home of the best hotdogs ever – R.I.P) to exist on the site was recycled and even reincorporated
  • Low-wattage lighting keeps public space lighting more efficient, and native local plants were used in the landscaping to keep water needs lower
  • Window glazing, building shades, and light-colored rooftops reflect the hot desert sun, and help keep cooling costs down in the buildings

You can read more about CityCenter and ARIA’s commitment to the environment here.


Springs Preserve (above right) is a LEED Certified venue, and where I held my wedding, incidentally. They feature an ecologically minded cafe and catering service in addition to a venue that has a clear focus not only on sustainability, but educating visitors about desert living.

They host a series of videos about being a LEED complex, and the various ways they try to live sustainably. This not all just for show, either. I can personally attest to the staff’s commitment to being green. They were very clear about reusable water dispensers and compostable cups instead of bottled water. Their catering department and cafe focuses on locally grown, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Meetings and other events, not just weddings, focus on environmentally responsible practices and sustainability.

Your guests also have access to the gardens and education centers of the Springs Preserve, perfect for entertaining in between events.

As far as venues, the Desert Living Center uses green construction and exist to educate visitors about green design. It’s also a great place for a reception, as the indoor spaces feature recycled carpeting, straw bale insulation, and cooling towers. There is solar power, wind power, recycled everything, xeriscaping and very little grass to sustain – making almost all of their venues ecologically minded.

Seriously – Springs Preserve is so amazing, even if you do not have your wedding there, I recommend you visit to learn more about desert living, the history of Las Vegas and think about your future.

There are also a few vendors you might consider if you want to keep it ecological and elegant:

The Las Vegas florist An Octopus’s Garden will source and use native and local plants and flowers. They also suggest you rent vases and containers, and focus on using entire living plants for tablescapes instead of cut flowers. The florists shy away from using preservatives to make the flowers last long, and to save them from being dumped into the environment afterwards. They use succulents and grasses native to Nevada, and use natural elements like wood, stone and sand to help decorate instead of plant material.

Las Vegas stationer and designer Visionary Pen run a letterpress that is human powered and use non tree based paper, made from cotton, bamboo and even elephant dung! They are conscious of ink materials, and use their extra paper and cut offs for other projects, or donate them to schools. How awesome are they?!

And to get to the reception? You can corral every one together at a central location and have an EarthLimo bus pick them up. EarthLimo is a Vegas company that uses biodiesel, liquefied petroleum gas  and hybrid technology in their buses, limos and shuttles.

You might also consider reducing your impact before and during your event as well: electronic invites or recycled paper and water soluble ink. Buying local to reduce transport. Thinking about how often you need your bedsheets and towels washed in your hotel. Consider spending a bit more money and renting glassware and plates for any showers, parties or events around your wedding. These are all factors you can consider even if you do not want to go with a certified “green” venue.

For real Las Vegas green couple wedding power, check out this wedding highlighted on Eco-Beautiful Weddings. It’s amazing!

Photo credit: Voyages Destination, Lovely Las, An Octopus’s Garden

Small & Simple with a Pantless Groom {Springs Preserve}

Welcome to my wedding! Although the wedding was two years, four countries, three homes, and three five jobs ago, the details still shine in my mind, and people still speak fondly of tiny things about the wedding, which makes me happy. Mr M and I wanted it to be more like a family and friend reunion crossed with a wicked time in a city we loved – Las Vegas!

It was a small 40 person affair in early May that ran an entire week full of food, fun and family. The main event featured an outdoor ceremony at the Gardens Arboretum at the Springs Preserve followed by a reception at Border Grill and an after party in a media suite at Mandalay Bay.

DIY elements mixed with fabulous photo locations and candid journalistic photography style for a memorable event. I also did quite a bit of Polaroid photography as the day went on. 

The entire week was full of events for the forty attendees. Even though we were all scattered across timeshares, hotels, apartments and homes in Las Vegas, most people made it to atleast two events.

Food is incredibly important to us, so we scheduled a range of events to allow people to sample the food and restaurants we love in Vegas. There was a thank you dinner at Raku izakaya for our wedding party and celebrant, a rehearsal dinner at Lotus of Siam, a welcome drink event at Todd English P.U.B. at CityCenter, wedding day breakfast at M&M Soul Food, the wedding events themselves of course, plus the day after champagne brunch at the Wynn Buffet, and another in suite party at our Palazzo room. The final event was a “just us” dinner at Guy Savoy, though. I could not have asked for anything more.

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One of the best things was having my former coworker, photojournalist and tech whiz Ryan Jackson to document not only the day of the wedding, but the events in the days leading up to the wedding, too. He took some great photos at the rehearsal dinner, the welcome party, and shot for more than 14 hours the day of the wedding, giving us not only great candid shots of the drama as the day unfolded, but amazing panoramics and custom “Ryan Jackson” photos for which he has become well known in journalism and new media circles. I had deeply considered other local photographers for the day, but in the end, I do not regret asking Ryan to come along.

My parents live in Bangkok for part of the year, and my mom picked up gifts for the wedding party, a second dress and jewelry for me in addition to her own custom wedding outfits. She braved the political riots that year, even, to pick up her silk two piece suit. Crazy!

My morning of getting ready and having a leisurely breakfast with my dad was held up when my hairstylist, Candace Campbell of the I Do Crew was a no show. She did not pick up her phone either. I had to scramble, missing my make up appointment at MAC and having to do it myself, and missing breakfast in the process.

Luckily the woman doing my mom’s make up, Veronica Robles, came through and had one of her hair stylists meet me an hour before the wedding. THANK YOU VERONICA!

The groom forgot his pants, holding up the ceremony, but things went on, eventually. Guests stayed cool by using their fan programs (that I designed and assembled myself) and drinking ice water.

An amazing move turned out to be renting a classic Cadillac. It was a beautiful photo prop, relaxing even in insane downtown Vegas traffic, and elicited all sort of comments from nearby drivers. No regrets, even if we had to wake up incredibly early the next morning to return it.

Another vintage touch was using my Polaroid for our guestbook. People went nuts with it, and I have so many amazing one of a kind photos because of it.

Another great idea was doing a very fast, very hot 1 hour shoot at the Neon Boneyard with our wedding party.

I ordered my stationery suite from Appleberry Ink on Etsy, but did all other stationery myself. I regret waiting until the night before the wedding to finish assembling my programs, but they still turned out great. I was especially proud of my menus.

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Driftwood and succulent centrepieces, a Polaroid guestbook table alongside an all you could eat Mexican buffet with premium margaritas, an ice cream bar and Mexican hot chocolate took place partially indoors and partially outdoors by the Mandalay Bay pool.

mandalay bay wedding border grill

mandalay bay wedding border grill

After the reception, the party moved upstairs to a media suite at Mandalay Bay. Mini vegan and regular cakes from Whole Foods were featured at the cake cutting and a bartender helped serve custom cocktails and beer. Moving to a smaller more intimate location and treating ourselves to a quintessential “Vegas” experience of a suite party with a bartender and late night snacks and cake was amazing. And because it was all self catered instead of done via the hotel, it was surprisingly affordable. We felt like rock stars, if only for one night.

#1 Tip for Vegas brides: Make sure you bring water if you are going to a secondary location to shoot photos.
Also, make sure the groom has his pants.

This was my reaction when Ryan, the photographer came to tell me Mr M forgot his pants back at the hotel, holding up the wedding by a half hour. All hail the man and maid of honor for going to fetch them. And for the Springs Preserve staff for being so patient.

Photos by Ryan Jackson
Polaroids by me!

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Wedding Venue: Gardens Arborteum at Springs Preserve / Reception Venue: Border Grill at Mandalay Bay / Afterparty Venue: Media Suite at Mandalay Bay / Photographer: Ryan Jackson / Transport: Cadillac rental via Beverly Hills Rental Cars Airport pickups and inter location transport Presidental Limo/ Wedding Dress: Bridal Debut Sherwood Park – Custom Shrug by Bonzie Designs – Second Dress from Bangkok – Custom Fascinator – FeatherFlair / Jewelry: Vintage / Bride’s Shoes: Calvin Klein / Groom’s Suit: custom from FanPlusFriend/ Groom’s Shoes: Prada / Groom’s Ring: Boone Titanium Rings / Makeup: Bride did it herself / Hair: Makeup To Remember by Veronica Robles (also did mother of the bride makeup) / Floral: Enchanted Florist / Catering: Reception – Border Grill Afterparty – Whole Foods / Afterparty setup, bartending and staff: Culinary Pros Las Vegas / Cake: Whole Foods / Celebrant: Kenny Lozowski / Stationery: Appleberry Ink and bride / Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals / Photo Venues: Neon Boneyard, Las Vegas Sign, Springs Preserve


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