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Vintage-Inspired Ceremony in the Desert | Cactus and Lace Weddings

Desert Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding

When choosing a location for their destination wedding, New Yorkers Melissa and Daniel were drawn to the desert. They checked out the Valley of Fire on a scouting trip and instantly knew it was the place for them.

Guests were transported into a whimsical desert scene for the ceremony. Cactus and Lace Weddings co-ordinated everything, combining the soft tones of the desert with fresh florals and succulents alongside blush and gold details that ruffled in the wind. Antique books and china completed the vintage feel. After the touching vow exchange was a dessert reception and toasts with a beautifully dressed sweetheart table. A hand-carved vintage door was set up behind the table as a backdrop and as a reminder that doors symbolize hope, a new beginning, and will always stay open for loved ones.

Combining their ceremony with a private restaurant reception at Tableau at Wynn Las Vegas turned out to be the perfect combination for these two. But as an In-n-Out fan, I love that this couple made time for a pit stop for some burgers, too!

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WHY LAS VEGAS?

My husband, then fiancé Daniel, came up with the idea to have a desert wedding. We figured Las Vegas had a lot of activities and attractions and would be the most fun for our guests. We had also been to Vegas three times together in the past. We found Cactus and Lace and instantly fell in love with the Nevada desert and the ladies at Cactus and Lace were the sweetest.

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THE CEREMONY — Valley of Fire

Since we are from NYC, we Skyped/emailed with Rachel and Lory many times. They setup everything at the ceremony based on my Pinterest board of wedding ideas. The ceremony was beautiful beyond what I imagined it to be. Having the Valley of Fire as the backdrop, chairs for our guests were set up and flower petals were scattered down the aisle. We had a string quartet play during the reception and then we did a first dance to the Phantom of the Opera’s “All I Ask of You.”

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THE RECEPTION — Tableau at Wynn Las Vegas

Our reception was held at the restaurant Tableau within the Wynn hotel. We love the whimsical decor of the Wynn and the food was outstanding.

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DETAILS + DECOR

My color palette for the ceremony was blush and white with touches of gold. There were also vintage books, Lace, and mirrored decor layered in. This look is similar to how our home is decorated so it matched us well. Cactus and Lace supplied all the decor. It was such a beautiful setup.

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FAVORITE MEMORY

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2016 so just a few months before my wedding. The week before my wedding was her final round of chemo. The wedding was also a celebration for her finishing chemo and a strong and healthy future ahead. Daniel and I did not give out wedding favors and instead made a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM MELISSA + DANIEL

I was stress free through the entire process thanks to Cactus and Lace. The only advice I would give to couples is enjoy the day to the fullest and try to take it all in while it’s happening. It felt so surreal and the day flies by. Having a great photographer to capture all the moments is important.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Cactus and Lace Weddings
CEREMONY VENUE . Valley of Fire
RECEPTION VENUE . Tableau at Wynn Las Vegas

WEDDING PLANNER . Cactus and Lace Weddings / FLORAL . The Front Porch Flowers and Gifts / CAKE . Peridot Sweets / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Karen Willis Holmes / HAIR + MAKEUP . Ruby Finch Salon / BRIDESMAIDS . BHLDN / GROOMSWEAR . Macy’s Bar III / RENTALS + DECOR . Cactus and Lace Weddings / VIDEOGRAPHY . Lighten Films

Moroccan Wedding Inspiration | Erin Usawicz Photography

Moroccan Desert Wedding Inspiration | Little Vegas Wedding

Every spring in Las Vegas, one of the largest gatherings in the world of wedding photographers and industry experts happens at the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International expo. As a wedding blogger, it’s one of my favourite times of year because I see the results of some amazingly imaginative photo shoots. Many of them are hosted for out-of-town photographers by local vendors, so it’s a beautiful way to see people work together and have the city hosts show another side of Las Vegas to visitors. It’s almost time for the 2017 conference and I can’t wait see what kind of amazing inspiration rolls in this year!

For now, here’s a shoot from last year that evokes the elegance of a desert wedding with a Moroccan flair … complete with camel. Lanterns and drapery sway in the breeze while decadent treats beckon the bride and groom. The details were put together by Cactus and Lace Weddings in the amazing Valley of Fire. From the lush local florals to the henna-inspired cake, I hope you can find a little eye candy in this inspiration shoot.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Erin Usawicz Photography
VENUE . Valley of Fire State Park
STYLIST . Cactus and Lace Weddings

FLORAL .  Flora Pop / HAIR + MAKEUP . Ruby Finch Salon / BRIDAL GOWN . Wear Your Love / VEILS + HEADPIECE . Phenomena Jewelry / MENSWEAR . True Gentleman Supply Co. / CAKE . Peridot Sweets

Creative Desert Elopement at Valley of Fire | Cactus and Lace Weddings

Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding

While it is a little further away from Las Vegas than comparative desert locations, the Valley of Fire is well worth the extra journey time, as you’ll see with today’s wedding.

Tim and Svea’s wedding theme came from the bride’s love of flowers — something that reminds her of her father, a gardener. And the wedding was full of other personal famiily mementos as well, despite being a destination wedding in a remote location. The way the desert is turned into a royal blue, rustic scene is truly magical, don’t you agree? All the little pieces and details come together in a totally unforgettable way.

The amazing team behind this desert transformation is none other than Cactus and Lace Weddings. If you are loving today’s Vegas wedding, they are offering a Valentine’s Day special for weddings hosted on Feb. 14, 2017. You can save up to $3,000 on their Valley of Fire elopement special for an all-inclusive wedding ceremony. It includes photography, floral arrangements, transportation and more to make getting married in this gorgeous desert scenery stylish and simple. Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding B Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding

More from Rachel of Cactus and Lace on Tim and Svea’s gorgeously styled desert affair:

Svea is quite talented and taught herself to sew via the Internet, creating a beautiful, navy blue cape. Tim merges art and the virtual world at a job he thoroughly enjoys. It was fitting that these two met at graduate school and thus began the beginning of this new family. We loved learning about and displaying the treasures which were made by Svea’s great-grandmother and great-grandfather, including an amazing hand-carved table her great-grandfather created and a small detailed wooden box, carved with skill and craftsmanship. His name and date are inscribed on each piece and it was fabulous to include these intricate, lovingly created items in the ceremony’s style.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Catcus and Lace Weddings
VENUE . Valley of Fire

WEDDING DESIGN + CO-ORDINATION .Catcus and Lace Weddings / FLORAL . The Front Porch Flowers and Gifts / CAKE . Gimme Some Sugar / HAIR + MAKEUP . Ruby Finch Salon / TRANSPORTATION . Presidential Limo

Colorful Vegas Engagement Session | Mak Rabbitt Photo

Vegas Engagement | Little Vegas Wedding

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.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Mak Rabbitt Photography

Hot Valley of Fire Engagement from Ostara Photography

Desert Engagement | Little Vegas Wedding

I haven’t been sharing as many engagement sessions recently, but was captivated by Zack and Kat’s, shot on location in the Valley of Fire. It’s such an amazing location if you love nature or geology, isn’t it? The colors and shapes are beautiful, and Kat’s smile is beaming!

Although I can’t say the Valley of Fire sounds like an appealing summertime road trip, to these Vegas locals it was a natural choice for their engagement photos. Those rocks and that alien-esque desert scenery was a big draw, despite it being August (!) and 110°F (!!) The shots with the empty road winding behind them are my favorite. It feels like they are the only ones in the world.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Ostara Photography 
ENGAGEMENT SHOT ON LOCATION AT . Valley of Fire

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