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I’m really feeling Mount Charleston as a Vegas wedding venue these days (just check out these other recent weddings there) and for good reason: it’s natural, relaxed and just so cosy. For couples who are seeking an outdoorsy wedding venue near Vegas, Mount Charleston is a perfect spot to pick, just 30 minutes away from the city.
Amy and Jeff are a couple who love to be in wilderness and woodsy, so for these locals, the Resort at Mount Charleston was the natural choice for their wedding. Joined by their loved ones, including their dog Lucky, the celebration was DIYers dream with a rustic feel to the decor and decorations. Balancing out the feminine touches are airplane details as table number markers and the guestbook propeller blade. Perfect, as the groom is a pilot!
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The outdoors are very important to this vibrant couple, so it was no surprise that they chose a Mt. Charleston Resort wedding. They exchanged their vows under the fresh mountain air surrounded by friends and family. Amy’s grandfather officiated the wedding, making this day even more memorable.
Jeff says he moved to Vegas and hit the jackpot, maybe not in dollars but definitely in love, when he met Amy. He knew he’d met the girl of his dreams as he sat across from her on that first date. This first grade teacher had a smile that made his heart melt. With each twirl of her hair he fell more and more in love. Amy knew she’d finally met someone she could take home. Here was a man that not only could fly himself anywhere he wanted, but was a hunting and fishing kind a guy. Someone that would fit in with her family. She was only too happy to show him around Las Vegas, since he was new to to the area.
The Mt. Charleston Resort chalet has a western feel to it, which fit these two being from Michigan and Wisconsin. There was a bit of DIY presence in the decorations. The bouquet was put together by Amy herself. The bride and groom were showered with flying paper airplanes as they left the marriage ceremony. Such a perfect mountain wedding!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Patio at the Resort on Mount Charleston
RECEPTION VENUE . A Cut Above at the Resort on Mount Charleston
OFFICIANT . Angie Kelly at Peachy Keen Unions / FLORAL . Costco / CAKE . The Cupcakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – White by Vera Wang VW351007 GROOMSWEAR . Express / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ from Allure Entertainment
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Mount Charleston is, in a word: magical. The mountainous setting and lodge-like atmosphere are a world away from the Strip of Las Vegas…but not a long drive away. Brenda and Johnny held their casual rustic wedding on the mountain, opting for the surroundings of nature and trees instead of lights and busy Strip bustle. Personalized DIY projects and vintage touches created by the bride rounded out this warm, woodsy wedding.
WHY MOUNT CHARLESTON?
Since we love the outdoors and knew we did not want to get married on the Strip, Mount Charleston was the perfect location because it was far away enough from the Strip but close enough for our family and friends to make the trip. We also both loved the fact that the ceremony took place with the mountains as our backdrop. I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else.
THE CEREMONY — Patio at Mount Charleston Lodge
They set up and aisle and arranged the chairs. We had a view of the mountains and the cabins to the left. The ceremony was short and sweet, and had an intimate feeling.
THE RECEPTION — Restaurant at Mount Charleston Lodge
The venue included the ceremony space, the reception area, and a three-course dinner (which was delicious.) There were about six long tables set up for the guest and extra tables for the cake and gifts. The dance floor and DJ/karaoke were on the left side of the restaurant and the photobooth was set up on the right. I really enjoyed the reception because guests were able to hang out on the patio outside and dance inside. Overall it was a fun day which was exactly what we wanted.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
I pretty much made all the decorations and centerpieces myself! My sister and I made all the signs and seating charts out of old picture frames. I spray painted them with chalk board paint, and she hand wrote everything. I bought mason jars and my husband and I made the flower arrangements inside, they were placed on top of vintage books I found at different thrift stores. I made the table numbers from the pages of the books. Our sweetheart table had a monogramed wooden slice, which my husband and I painted and put together. Our personalized button favors were made by a friend and our invitations were hand made by Mariah who I found on Pinterest.
So many things went on that day that I will never forget, from the moment we both started crying when we saw each other for the first time, to the cutting of our beautiful cake.
However, my favorite memory would have to be the day after the wedding. We woke up very early in the cabin and had a chance to reflect on everything that had just happened. We took our time looking at pictures, reading cards and had a chance to take it all in. It was beautiful waking up in the mountains like that.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM BRENDA + JOHNNY
Pick a good photographer! Take your time planning, enjoy all the little things, be in the moment of the day and enjoy your celebration.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
The guest count of the wedding was about 54 people, honestly I’m not 100% sure what our budget was, it couldn’t have been more than $8,000-$10,000 and that’s including every little thing.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Belinda Louann Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Patio, Mount Charleston Lodge
RECEPTION VENUE . Restaurant, Mount Charleston Lodge
OFFICIANT . Rev.Daniele Karstedt of Elegant Vegas Weddings / FLORAL . A Beautiful Bouquet Florist / CAKE . Showboy Bakeshop / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Arabella by Maggie Sottero, pins . Sboschetto / HAIR . Amy Lara at Square Colour Salon / MAKEUP . Angelene Tasabia / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Oh What Love / VIDEOGRAPHY . Giovanni Espino / PHOTOBOOTH . Premiere Photo Booth Las Vegas
I always feel so fortunate to be able to feature Vegas elopements on the site. These intimate little weddings are a peek into the most private side of a couple’s relationship, and the photos are always so emotional. Today’s feature elopement from Taylored Photo Memories is no exception. Dominique and Anthony chose to marry in the gardens of the Springs Preserve, and looked so happy and relaxed doing so. So simple, so beautiful.
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Dominique and Anthony are going down as one of my all time favorite couples. They chose a to do a small Springs Preserve wedding rather than a big fussy wedding in their hometown. One of the first comments Dominique made to me was how she did not like being the center of attention, and that they would need help posing. Pictures were very important to her.
Taking their pictures, as it turned out, was very easy. Dominique and Anthony basked in their happiness making the wedding photo shoot easy. They were relaxed and playful, complete naturals. Posing came easy, their love shined through as they held hands, looked into each other’s eyes. They forgot I was there and enjoyed each other and their special day, making my job easy. All I had to do was capture what was already there.
They wanted a beautiful outside setting for their elopement in Las Vegas. We chose the Springs Preserve. It offers many different natural settings that matched the beautiful simplicity of this couple. Dominique was a total DIY bride and got it right! She wore a beautiful custom-made, flowing tulle skirt with a simple feminine white blouse. Dominique’s little sister made the silk sash she wore around her waist and the bride used parts of that to make her own bouquet. A simple ornate headband was the only accessory in her hair. Anthony the groom, a tall handsome man, wore all white to match his bride. He was hip and masculine, with a smile full of love only for his new wife. His eyes lit up every time he looked at her.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Springs Preserve
OFFICIANT . Angie Kelly, Peachy Keen Unions / BRIDAL FASHION . top – LOFT, tulle skirt – Space 46 Boutique, accessories – Urban Outfitters
The city of Las Vegas is the natural complement to a swank nightclub wedding. LVW has featured a few through the years, but none as high-energy as Jimmy and Alice’s wedding today! Wedding planner Andrea Eppolito submitted their luxe wedding at Chateau Nightclub, and tells the story of the day so well. Feast your eyes on the gorgeous photos from Adam Frazier of this wedding held at the base of the romantic Eiffel Tower, which not only married a couple, but all the best elements of a Vegas wedding: incredible views, lots of dancing and vibrant similes. On an amazing side note, Andrea continued to work through the wedding despite sustaining a broken toe during as the day got started following a statue-related accident. Now that’s dedication…
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Meet my bride Alice, a chef who owns a restaurant in Southern California, and my groom, Jimmy, who works in the tech industry. When Jimmy met Alice through mutual friends as an undergrad, he was immediately smitten with his bright eyes, big smile, and her vivacious, insatiable appetite for life. Alice was drawn in by Jimmy’s “swag” but wanted to make sure that the big man on campus was serious before she fell head over years. Ten years later, Alice & Jimmy finally decided to make it official with a Las Vegas wedding that was as bold and high energy as the two of them are.
With a strong color palette and the desire for a high energy, sexy wedding, Alice and Jimmy booked Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in Las Vegas, as the venue offers the best of the city – beautiful spaces, gorgeous views, top notch food and wine, and entry into one of the city’s hottest nightclubs for the post party!
After downtown bridal portraits, they returned to Paris, where they held a personalized ceremony in the interior of the club, sparing guests from the 105 degree heat! A friend officiated the ceremony, pulling together the sweet and tender moments from their last 10 years together.
For the reception, guests headed up to the rooftop patio, which was dressed in white drapes, purple linen, and teal accents. They feasted on butler passed hors d’oeuvres and enjoyed action stations, an open bar, dancing, and both a photo booth and a flip book station. After a toast by Alice’s father, her brother serenaded the couple with a beautiful performance of “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel.
As a surprise for the newly married couple, and to start the party properly, we showered them with confetti as they took over the dance floor, celebrating with their family and friends all night long!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Adam Frazier
CEREMONY VENUE . Chateau Nightclub, Paris Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Chateau Nightclub, Paris Las Vegas
WEDDING PLANNER . Andrea Eppolito Events / FLORAL + DECOR . Naakiti Floral / HAIR + MAKEUP . Your Beauty Call / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ Mike Fox / FLIPBOOK . A Flying Camera / CINEMA . Lighten Films
Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide. Today, the stunning gardens and grounds of the JW Marriott Las Vegas await.
JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
221 North Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas | 702.869.7034
Capacity: Up to 1,000 | Indoor + Outdoor Sites Available | Hosts: Ceremonies + Receptions
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This off-Strip property offers a few very compelling reasons to host your Vegas wedding there, but the most attractive one must be the amazing grounds. Over 54 acres of gardens and waterscapes await you if you choose to have your wedding here, in addition to beautiful ballrooms, terraces and lush poolside areas.
The JW Marriott Las Vegas horticulture team maintain the landscape of the grounds, which make for a photogenic backdrop to any ceremony, reception or photo session. The hotel was recognized and awarded as Best Ceremony and Reception Site in Las Vegas and Best Wedding Venue in Southern Nevada by several publications and organizations.
Venue options at JW Marriott are plentiful — seven ceremony sites and eight reception options — and many combine indoor and outdoor elements. Several traditional and non-traditional ceremony and reception sites can be customized to fit any size wedding from an intimate gathering up to a grand celebration of 1,000 guests. It is possible to host your wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception in three completely different spaces with very easy transitions between the events for your guests.
Of the venues available, the ones most best suited for smaller weddings include: Lodge at the Lawn (40-150 guests), Suite 6200 (30-50 guests) and Lagoon Patio (40-60 guests).
Also available: Ceres Restaurant (100-160 guests); Marbella Ballroom (80-140 guests), Valencia Ballroom (200-450 guests), Parian and Tazza’s Lounge, Loggia and Patio (100-180 guests) and Spa Courtyard (100-500 guests). Outdoor options include Lagoon Patio, Parian Room Patio, Ceres Patio, Garden Gazebo and Valencia Terrace. Unique options include the penthouse style Suite 6200 (40-60 guests) and the modern nightclub Edge Lounge (70-150 guests).
Edge Lounge wedding at JW Marriott
Pricing + Catering
Ceremony packages start at $1,500 and are available Monday-Thursday anytime and on Friday-Sunday from 8am-2pm.
Catering for receptions only start at $150 per person and up. There are many options for receptions including formal sit down dinners, buffets or even champagne brunch. Enhancements such as ice carvings, lighting and wine options to name a few. Wedding cakes are included in all menus. View sample menus and pricing.
Combined all-inclusive packages, including a ceremony and accompanying butler-passed refreshment service, four hour reception including beer and wine bar, linens, dance floor, champagne toast and more, are priced from $9,000-30,000 for 50-200 guests. A $5,000 add-on covers flowers, DJ, photography, officiant and videography.
- This full service property can arrange all related events around your wedding, not just the wedding day itself. This includes elegant guestrooms, restaurants for a rehearsal dinner and bridal brunch, poolside cabanas, and even special bridal packages at Spa Aquae
- JW Marriott will allow you to host just a portion of your wedding, for example just your ceremony
- Courtesy room blocks and rates will be provided for out-of-town friends and family without having to commit to purchasing an entire room block — convenient!
- Valet parking is available
- Personal concierge services may be arranged in advance including welcome amenities, transportation services and activities for families
- Bride and grooms receive a complimentary suite for their wedding night
- Although off Strip, JW Marriott operates a complimentary shuttle for those guests who wish to visit the Strip during their stay
- JW Marriott works with an extensive list of dependable vendors and wedding service provides, but if you prefer you may book non-preferred vendors for your wedding. The vendor must have a valid business license and insurance.
Real Weddings at Venue
Garden Gazebo ceremony
Spa Courtyard ceremony
Lagoon Patio wedding ceremony
Parian Lawn ceremony
Valencia Terrace wedding ceremony
Lodge at the Lawn
Searching for the perfect venue for your Las Vegas wedding? Be sure to check out the other posts in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue series, or peruse the Vegas Wedding Venue Directory!
All photos courtesy JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa