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Botantical Inspired Wedding at Springs Preserve from gaby j photography

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It starts with a true love story – Thuy met her French husband Jonathan while in Paris, and they fell head over heels for one another. With family and friends all over the world, the couple chose Las Vegas to bring everyone together at the Springs Preserve for their wedding.

Their wedding mixed a number of different themes and styles, true to this jetsetting couple’s lives: desert garden combined with tropical Vietnam with a touch of European elegance. The ceremony featured floral details: a calla lily lined aisle, and an arbor strung with glass bubbles filled with chrysthanthemums. Thuy and Jonathan also provided a tea ceremony service for their guests.

The desert garden wedding transitioned into Paris in the jungle, with huge philodendron leaves and orchids at each table setting. Seafoam green and grey dominated, with white and silver to complement the palette. A photobooth with tonnes of fun props entertained guests and the bride and groom, and to end the evening, the newlyweds changed into traditional Vietnamese wedding attire!

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Why Jonathan and Thuy Married in Las Vegas
We chose Las Vegas because it is a great city that is fun and tourist friendly. My husband is from France so we wanted to pick a place where his friends and family can easily entertain themselves, party to the wee hours of the morning, and for our guests to have a great vacation as well as joining our wedding. Also, Vegas has special meaning to us as it is the first place I took my husband to when he first visited me from France when we started dating. We picked Springs Preserve because it is such a beautiful venue that is not your typical idea of a Vegas wedding. Springs Preserve has a nice mix of modern, elegant, and natural elements that makes this venue truly unique.

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Thuy’s Favorite Wedding Day Memory:
There were many stand out moments from our wedding day. We did our first look which I enjoyed very much because it allowed us to spend some alone time before the ceremony and seeing my husband’s reaction to seeing me for the first time was priceless. Another stand out moment was when my husband was trying to comfort me when I was crying during my father’s reading of his poem. It was a very emotional and fun ceremony that will forever be remembered. We also loved that we were able to get the Skyline Terrace Suite at the MGM Grand Hotel for our rehearsal dinner and after party, allowing us to spend more time with our friends and family in a relaxed setting with an amazing view.

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The Ceremony — Gardens Arboretum at Springs Preserve
The ceremony was officiated by my sister’s husband who made it very personal and heartfelt. We incorporated the tea ceremony to honor my Vietnamese culture and parents. The purpose of the tea ceremony is for the bride and groom to honor our family elders and receive their blessings. During the ceremony, my father read a Vietnamese poem that he wrote in which it was translated in English and French. My bridesmaid read the English version of the poem and my mother-in-law read the French version. We thought it was a nice way to include our parents and friend into the ceremony.

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The Reception — Gardens Terrace at Springs Preserve
There is a gorgeous view of the Vegas strip skyline at this reception site. My mother and her florist friends did an amazing job with the flowers and decorations. Our guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and open bar catered by Divine Events. We then danced the night away to the music provided by Elegant Entertainment.

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DIY Details and Wedding Decor:
My mother and sister are very creative and talented people. They pretty much did everything themselves. My mother designed and did the flowers and decorations. The wedding favors/escort cards were made by my mom. My sister made the programs, menu, and designed the logos on the backdrop for the “red carpet” pictures. I made the table numbers incorporating our color theme of sea-foam green and silver.

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Thuy and Jonathan’s Tips for Other Couples Marrying in Las Vegas
Do your research on your vendors to make sure they are reliable and professional. We would highly recommend reading the reviews. We heavily relied on our vendors since we are not from Las Vegas. Also, ask your vendors for recommendations for other vendors. Our photographer, Gaby J, was very helpful in recommending us to some great vendors. Try to plan multiple events for the wedding weekend in which Vegas is great place to allow that. We had multiple events like the rehearsal dinner, after party, a meet up in downtown Vegas, and a dim sum brunch after the wedding day to allow us to see our friends and family from near and far.

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Thuy and Jonathan’s Guestcount + Budget
We had 90 guests with a budget of $25,000 for the wedding weekend celebration


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER gaby j photography, a LVW photography directory member
CEREMONY VENUE . Gardens Arboretum at Springs Preserve
RECEPTION VENUE . Gardens Terrace at Springs Preserve

OFFICIANT . Bride’s brother-in-law / WEDDING DESIGNER . Bride’s Mother / FLORAL . Bride’s Mother, Assisted by Absolutely Flowers and Balloons / CATERING . Divine Events / CAKE . Retro Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress - Augusta Jones, shoes – Nina, / HAIR AND MAKEUP . Cristophe Salon at MGM Grand / BRIDESMAIDS . Vera Wang / GROOM’S WEAR . Hugo Boss / LIGHTING . Elegant Entertainment / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . invitations – Indian Wedding Card, menus – DIY by bride’s sister / ENTERTAINMENT . Elegant Entertainment / PHOTO BOOTH . Elegant Entertainment  / VIDEOGRAPHY . Neat Event Video


James and Cheryl’s Silver and Blue Siena Golf Club Wedding from Bently and Wilson Photography

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James and Cheryl are a couple of Canadians who decided to have their destination wedding at a country club in Las Vegas. Their ceremony (decked out in deep blue and silver) involved their 50 guests in a ring warming and group vow. They also ditched a lot of the parts of a traditional reception like the first dance and garter toss, instead mixing up a custom cocktail together for their first toast. So Vegas! The wedding celebration continued into the wee hours back on The Strip at an afterparty in Aria’s Gold Lounge. Read on for James and Cheryl’s Vegas wedding tips and for a story on how the ring warming might have been a little TOO warm! ;)

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Why James and Cheryl chose Las Vegas for their destination wedding
We picked Las Vegas because we had our first vacation as a couple here. We are Canadian and Las vegas is only a 2.5 hour flight south, so it was ideal for a short weekend getaway for guests with lots of things to do besides the wedding. We got married on May 3rd, 2014 at Siena Golf Club. The water, landscaping and the Red Rock mountains behind the golf course is why we picked this as our location. We walked in and both loved it!

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The Ceremony – Villa Lawn at Siena Golf Club
Our ceremony was overlooking the water at Siena Golf Club. The ceremony was great! Angie delivered it very well and we couldn’t have asked for a better day, the day was hot but breezy and the sunset ceremony was beautiful! It was a fairly short ceremony, about 25 minutes and it involved the guests with a ring warming ceremony and group vow. Being a sunset ceremony, we decided to do a first look and all the photos before the wedding while the lighting was still good. I am very glad we did this because it allowed us to enjoy some of our cocktail hour with our guests.

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A favorite wedding memory:
I absolutely loved having our friends and family bless our rings and our marriage during the ring warming ceremony. The challenge I will remember, James’ ring wouldn’t go on! It was 96F that day and his hands were swollen from the heat. His ring would not go on in the ceremony. It did fit after a few hours inside with air conditioning.

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The Reception – Bistro at Siena Golf Club
They did a great job setting up and taking direction from us. I did not hear one complaint about the food, everyone was raving about it. We decided to keep décor very simple and use the Tuscan style bistro the way it was. We decided to get rid of lots of traditions. We modernized our reception and made it very us. We did a first drink instead of a first dance and we did not have any parental dances, no garter toss or bouquet toss.

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Any handmade or DIY details? 
As our wedding was destination and planned from Canada, DIY was very challenging. We did do a couple items DIY: the arch décor and the gluten-free and dairy-free favours. Everything else was ordered and sent to Siena to be held until the wedding.

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James and Cheryl’s #1 tip for other couples planning a Las Vegas wedding:
Do your research and scout! We found that some places looked run down and not nearly as nice as the photos posted online. You will want to see it in person or view current photos from someone else’s wedding. Make sure you check out real reviews on third party websites.

Also beware of the exchange rate and fees. We were lucky and paid off most of the wedding before our exchange rate dropped drastically. We also didn’t realize when we started planning that there is typically a 20% service fee added on to most things.

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We had 50 people in total attend the wedding. We went over budget by a lot, our original budget was $18,000. Our final numbers came back at $31,000 (including all rings, attire and travel). We splurged on some items and upgraded some things, so we knew we would be over budget.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Bently & Wilson Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Villa Lawn at Siena Golf Club
RECEPTION VENUE . Bistro at Siena Golf Club

OFFICIANT . Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions / DAY OF COORDINATOR . Culinary Pros Las Vegas / FLORAL . bridal bouquet + bridal party - Costco / CATERING . Siena Golf Club / CAKE . Las Vegas Custom Cakes / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – M1227L Mia Solano / HAIR + MAKEUP . Beauty by Bri / TRANSPORTATION . AWG Ambassador / RENTALS . furniture, props, lighting and linens - All Night Long and RSVP Party Rentals/ STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . invites - David’s Bridal, other - Shutterfly / FAVORS . The Knot / ENTERTAINMENT + DJ . The Music Solution / AFTERPARTY . Gold Lounge at Aria


 

Krista and Austin’s Modern MGM Grand Suite Reception from Tyler Freear Photography

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Krista and Austin show us how an in-suite wedding reception is done in Las Vegas in today’s post! After a ceremony at Aria’s wedding chapel (and a double decker bus ride) they brought their guests back to a Skyline Terrace suite at MGM Grand for an evening of dancing, food and cake, enjoyed from the patio with a fantastic panoramic view of the Strip.

Photos from Tyler Freear show off this fabulous family and their amazing wedding day. Don’t you just love Krista’s incredible feather shrug? Just one of the many things that make this Vegas wedding feel like chic old Hollywood. Read on for Krista and Austin’s wedding tips, vendors, budget and more!

Ceremony: Aria Wedding Chapel | Reception: MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite

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Why Krista and Austin chose a Las Vegas wedding
We love Las Vegas! Austin proposed in the Eiffel Tower restaurant, which was another added memory. We went with Aria based on the resort itself actually, the chapel was not complete when we booked our date, but I just knew it would be wonderful, modern and chic just like Aria. My mom and I do a lot of wedding planning and day of coordination here in Washington state (editor’s note: Krista didn’t give herself a shoutout, but I will! Every Last Detail Events, check them out! -Kelly) so after doing so many weddings I wanted something different and unique. Our guest list for an at-home wedding would have been well over 200 guests, and that sounded too big. We wanted a smaller group to really be able to enjoy everyone.

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The Ceremony – The Wedding Chapel at Aria
We had a short but sweet non-religious ceremony where we said our own vows, and it was perfect. The bridal party walked in to a piano version of Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake and I walked down with my dad to Avril 14th by Aphex Twin.

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The Reception – MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite
Before we went to MGM we had a short tour of the strip on a double decker bus. Our guests enjoyed themselves but we cut it short and headed to the suite. My aunt and her sister-in-law made all the food for the reception at her condo. We had a selection of hors h’oeuvres including bacon wrapped prawns, caprese skewers, smoked salmon dip, hot artichoke crab dip and more. We brought our own alcohol and hired a bartender through Culinary Pros, to serve up drinks all night long. A friend was our DJ, and we danced the night away with a beautiful view from the terrace!

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Favorite Vegas wedding memory
It was all just so much fun! I woke up the morning of the wedding and felt so fabulous, it was a really stress-free day (thanks to my mom and a few of her friends) and everyone had a ball.

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DIY and handmade touches at Krista and Austin’s wedding
I added glitter to our invitations, our cake stand an wooden letters that spelled “LOVE”. Having help from my aunt and her sister-in-law for the catering was amazing! My cousin also did our flowers.

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Krista and Austin’s #1 tip for other couples planning a Vegas wedding
Hire a day of co-ordinator! Let me say it again: HIRE A DAY OF CO-ORDINATOR. Haha! And if you’re doing an insuite reception get the suite the day before. Remember to have fun, it’s Vegas! Take lots of pictures of the events before the big day — we wish we had more!

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Krista and Austin’s Guestlist and Budget
We invited about 80 people and 45 people attended, including the wedding party. Budget was $7,500 and we ended up spending around $11,000

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Vendor and Venue Details: 

Photographer: Tyler Freear Photography / Ceremony Venue: Aria Wedding Chapel / Reception Venue: MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite / Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal, Seattle WA / Alterations: Romashka Bridal, Everett WA / Day of Coordination: Laurie Andersen / Hair: Katie Sarpy of Essential Organic Earth Salon, Tulalip WA / Makeup: Bobby Pin Beauty by Francesca Lombardo / Bride’s Shoes: Aldo with DIY Swarovski detailing / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Davids’ Bridal / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Floral: Bride’s Cousin from Mayesh Wholesale Floral / Catering: DIY / Cake: Retro Bakery / Cake Topper: Chicago Factory / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Door Hangers: Brown Paper Moon / Rentals (ice chest, chafing dishes): RSVP Party Rentals / Transport: Presidential Limousine / Videographer: Langdon Video

Caity and Bryan’s Rustic Las Vegas Country Club Wedding from Jenna Ebert Photography

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When you mix a picturesque (and historic!) country club just off The Strip, rustic wedding decor and an amazing couple, you get gorgeous results. Caity and Bryan were married at the Las Vegas Country Club this spring, and provided perfect hospitality for their wedding guests. Casual lawn games the couple made themselves such as beer pong (which was signed by guests to become a guestbook) giant Jenga and a photobooth kept guests entertained during the cocktail hour while the thoughtful couple captured amazing wedding pictures with Jenna Ebert Photography.

The rustic-style decor was primarily handmade by Caity and Bryan themselves, including chalkboard signage, the mason jar and woodslice centerpieces and other burlap touches. Even the bridesmaids dresses were custom made by a seamstress, ensuring everything was just as this couple wanted. The reception was accented with bistro lighting and pops of yellow sunflowers — even a country-fied vintage Chevy truck perfect for photos was provided by Bryan’s father! A simply gorgeous spring wedding.

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Why Caity and Bryan chose Las Vegas Country Club for their wedding:
We chose the LVCC for multiple reasons, the most important being I knew it was going to be our venue the moment I walked out onto the open terrace. It was so big and beautiful, completely took my breath away. The LVCC also covered a lot of my concerns when picking a venue, such as a pretty backup indoor location in case the weather went south, my guests only had to drive to one location for both the ceremony and reception, and there wasn’t a lot of walking for them to do, but most importantly it is gorgeous!

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The Ceremony 
We chose not to add much to the ceremony because the site was already pretty on its own. I love the look of white picket chairs on green grass and as we didn’t want a fancy arch or anything like that, so I simply had my florist line the sides of the aisle with fully bloomed sunflowers to frame our perfect moment, and it was just that, perfect. Immediately after the ceremony we had Allie (the second photographer at the wedding) take a group shot to make sure we included and remembered everyone who shared in the wedding including our main photographer Jenna, my new sister in law!

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The Reception — Grand Terrace at Las Vegas Country Club
We kept the reception fun and had plenty of things for the guests to do, including yard games, a photobooth and memory video. The bistro lighting and chandelier that the LVCC supplied for me really tied all the magic of the night together. I think one of the most important parts of the reception is the music and the MC, and ours did the most fantastic job, he played the music we wanted and we never heard anything we didn’t want to. He really helped the night run smoothly with the help of Selena (the Las Vegas Country Club wedding coordinator.) All of my handmade decorations and signs really helped tie in the theme and feel I was going for and made everything so worth it.

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What were some of the DIY and handmade personal touches at your wedding? 
Everything was handmade! From my save the dates, invitations, all signs, banners, mason jars, and even the lawn games were made by Bryan and I with a little help from family and friends.

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What was one of the most memorable moments of the wedding?  
One of our favorite parts of our wedding was once all the major events were finished, we were just able to celebrate, dance, play games and go in the photobooth with all our friends and family.

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Caity and Bryan’s #1 tip for other Las Vegas weddings:
I was so afraid of my guests being bored while we were taking our photos! To help time pass and entertain our guests, we decided to make the lawn games, have a photobooth and play the memory video all in this time. Our games included a handmade cornhole, giant lawn Jenga, and even a beer pong table that people could sign. Everyone was so happy and having so much fun! We had no complaints.

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Caity and Bryan’s Guestcount and Budget: 
The budget was somewhat based around the LVCC minimum fee. You had to reach a minimum of $10,000 in food and alcohol for the night, with a $2,250 venue fee as well, which my parents kindly paid for, and we took care of all the other vendors. Our wedding included an open bar and amenities for 140 guests.

Vendor and Venue Details:

Photographer: Jenna Ebert Photography / Second Shooter: Alison Claire Photography / Ceremony + Reception Venue: Las Vegas Country Club / Wedding Planner: Selena Stern at LVCC / Officiant: Tom Mattick / Wedding Dress: Bowties Bridal / Hair: Raena Overton at Salon Salon / Makeup: Elle Belanger (bridesmaid) / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Custom by Juanita Chitay / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Jos. A Bank /  Floral: ACS Florals and Events / Catering: / Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes / Bistro Lighting and Chandelier: LVCC Entertainment and Other Lighting: Perfect Vision Entertainment and DJs / Stationery: DIY by the Bride / Vintage Chevy truck: owned by Groom’s father / Chalkboards: DIY / Mason Jars: DIY

Romantic Evening Wedding at Historic Fifth Street School from Amberlight Collective

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I am head over heels in love with this evening wedding at Historic Fifth Street School, photographed by Amberlight Collective. Stephanie and Mark infused their September destination wedding in downtown Las Vegas with bright colors and bits of retro snazz in the stationery and favors with help from the ladies of Scheme Events.

Bistro lighting from LED Unplugged infused romance into the courtyard, which hosted both their ceremony and reception. There are many gorgeous details at this wedding, but my favorite part is probably the Quaker-inspired “voicing of support” portion of their ceremony. Friends and family were invited to share a story about the newlyweds, share advice or otherwise celebrate the new marriage. A beautiful way to involve everyone in the wedding! Read on for more details and tips from Stephanie and Mark…

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Why did you choose the Historic Fifth Street School for your wedding?
On the day we visited Fifth Street School, we had seen several venues across town and it was the only one that we walked into and immediately felt excited about. When we walked in to the courtyard, we both knew it was the place for the casual, fun atmosphere we were going for. I am a Las Vegas native, and my mom actually went to school there when she was growing up. That added significance, combined with the fact that it is perfectly restored and such a unique historical space that is so incongruous to its surroundings, made it exactly what we were looking for.

I am from Vegas, but Mark is from Ohio and more than half the guests would be traveling, (we referred to our wedding as “half-destination’). We wanted to pick a place that was fun for the people traveling, but also not a pain for the locals to get to. It was important to us to find a place that would highlight Vegas as a fun place to visit, but that also showed visitors another side of Vegas they might not get to see otherwise. Being inside the courtyard feels like you’re in a completely different kind of Vegas, and it was that side of the city we wanted our guests to see. It was perfect.

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The Ceremony — Historic Fifth Street School Courtyard
We did a lot of research trying to find a ceremony format that we felt fit us. We weren’t huge fans of the traditional format – the thought of walking down an aisle gave me heart palpitations and neither of us could stand the idea of being married by someone who had no idea who we were. And, most importantly, we didn’t like the idea that our friends and family would spend a large part of our wedding celebrating without us. Whether at the beginning, when we would be separated before the ceremony, or the actual ceremony where we would stand in front of everyone and not get to interact, or afterward, where you leave for ages to get pictures taken. We didn’t want any of that – so we decided we would scrap it.

When we got engaged, Mark laid down only one request – that his friend Tim would to be the one to marry us. Tim is one of Mark’s oldest friends, and since it was important that we be married by someone who knows us and knows who we are as a couple, that was a no-brainer. Ahead of the ceremony we did a cocktail hour/photo session where Mark and I would greeted our guests, gave hugs, and took pictures with all the groups of family and friends who attended. This was a little stressful, as I wanted to make sure that we got pictures with everyone, but I preferred it to sitting in a back room somewhere freaking out. When the time came, we had our DJ announce it by playing the first part of Queen’s “The Wedding March,” which set just the right fun, lighthearted tone we wanted.

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As everyone took their seats, Mark and I held hands and walked across the courtyard with everyone else and took our places with Tim at the front, with our family and friends seated all around us. We decided to do a Quaker-style wedding after finding the format on a wedding blog – it basically involves the initial exchange of vows, followed by a voicing of support by friends and family – which invites anyone to come up and voice their support for our union by telling stories, giving advice, or just telling us they love us. This was my favorite part of the day, as our parents and friends came up and made us laugh and cry. We were able to hug each of them and have them as a part of our ceremony pictures, which was incredibly important to me.

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The last person to speak was Mark, who made a toast to his father, Michael, who is no longer with us. Everyone in the crowd was given a shot of either Crown Royal (Michael’s favorite) or Coke, and all of us toasted him and all of our family who weren’t able to be there on that special night. Taking the laughter and love from those stories, we ended the ceremony with a ring exchange where Mark’s mom Chris handed me his ring, and my mom Pam handed Mark my ring, and the rest is history.

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The Reception — Historic Fifth Street School Courtyard
First of all, because we were planning from across country, I really gave the Scheme Events girls and their amazing team of vendors free reign on the space. Bistro lights were the splurge that I really wanted, and since we were using the space both for ceremony and party, it was important the seating could transition easily. We did picnic tables, scattered with some circles of lounge seating, but Traci & Scheme really did whatever they thought best and they did an incredible, incredible job. The lighting was absolutely perfect. And the flowers by Layers of Lovely were staggering. I gave them barely any guidance – basically just preferred colors – and they created the most beautiful, perfect arrangements for the space and the atmosphere we wanted.

After the ceremony, Mark and I went off for a little time by ourselves and to take a few pictures with Danette. Have I mentioned she is amazing – everyone should hire her right now. We wandered over to East Fremont to get some neon pics in the meantime, our guests went right into eating and partying – the food was done masterfully by Masterpiece Catering, and everyone was raving about how amazing the food was. As is the story for most weddings – we didn’t really get a chance to eat.

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Everyone’s favorite part of the reception was the ice cream sandwich and popsicle desserts, which we did in lieu of cake – since neither of us are that big on it. For a warm Vegas evening, it was divine.

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When we came back from photos, we had our first dance to “Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space,” by Spiritualized – which carried over our Vegas theme since it is a futuristic cover of sorts of Elvis’ “Fools Rush In.” We did our Father/Daughter, Mother/Son dance together to Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Long as I Can See the Light,” and after the first part of it, invited everyone to dance with us.

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This resulted in my favorite picture of the night, where my Dad is looking over at Mark dancing with his Mom, and everyone is grinning from ear to ear. After this, dancing dancing dancing, and along with our awesome photobooth and wonderful friends, it was pretty much the best party I could have imagined.

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Was there an especially memorable moment of the day?
Every time I tell this story people recoil with horror, but it was such a surreal and hilarious moment, it’s definitely one of my favorite moments of the entire week. I had my dress custom made by a really lovely and talented woman in Cleveland, at A Bride’s Design. The dress was amazing, a simple camisole top with a skirt of layers peach and champagne organza that she had washed over and over to give it a spectacular unfinished look.

We love road trips, so Mark and I drove from Cleveland to Vegas the week before the wedding, as a last road trip before we got married, so the dress rode in the back of our car and got a little rumpled. We took it to a well-meaning dry cleaner in Vegas (who will remain nameless) and asked them to gently steam the skirt to get the big creases out, but not to iron it, since the skirt was supposed to look a little rumpled. When it arrived at my house, gorgeously wrapped in paper and ribbon, it looked perfect. However, when I put it on the afternoon of the wedding, it became clear that the dry cleaner had pressed the organza back to its original sleek finish, not only ruining the effect it was originally meant to have, but also ruining the carefully-cut hem that had been measured precisely for my shoes. My dress was now nearly 12 inches too long.

It was impossible to walk in, so I had my lovely, lovely, PETRIFIED friends get down on the floor and CUT A FOOT OF MY DRESS OFF. They did an amazing job in a blink of an eye, we got in the limo and off we went. It was a hiccup in an otherwise perfect wedding festivity week – but at the time, I didn’t even care. Just cut the damn thing off and let’s do this! The pictures of this are also my favorite, I’m laughing my head off as my friend Amanda cuts my dress!

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Were there any DIY or handmade details?  
We didn’t really do the DIY thing, since it was tough planning a Las Vegas wedding from across the country. The Scheme girls were amazing and we let them take care of nearly everything. I am a graphic designer, so I did design and create our invites, programs, favors and our VIP passes we sent to guests. We didn’t really have a “theme” to the wedding, but for the paper I took our initials from iconic Vegas signs of the past – so the M was from the Moulin Rouge and the S from the Sands. After I did that illustration, we used it across everything, including some fun VIP passes that were sent as the invitation to our guests – inviting our VIPs to the party of our lives.

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Stephanie and Mark’s #1 tip for other couples marrying in Las Vegas
Make sure you have some time to just be together before the wedding. Planning and family and friends can get overwhelming in those days leading up, and you don’t have that time to reflect or talk or laugh together much when things get going. Our road trip out to Vegas before the wedding was the best decision we ever made. It gave us some great time before to just be together before the insanity began, and since we were driving we were out-of-pocket and mostly out of touch. We both agree having that calm time before was just as good as the honeymoon, and I would recommend it to anyone who has the chance – even if you aren’t travelling. Take a weekend before, tell everyone you are turning off your phone, and just be together.

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Stephanie and Mark’s Wedding Guest Count and Budget
We had 90 people at the wedding, and my advice here would be this: I was really worried about guest count. I didn’t want to go over on the number we had budgeted for, and in the end I was a bit brutal about cutting our list in order to get within the number. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t have done that – because in the end I felt like I had excluded people who should have been there in order to stay within the budget number, and I regret it. The difference between those extra 5-10 people being there and going slightly over budget compared to feeling like they should have been there… it’s just not worth it.

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Vendor and Venue Details: 

Photographer: Amberlight Collective / Ceremony + Reception Venue: Historic 5th Street School, Courtyard / Wedding Planner + Event Design: Scheme Events / Wedding Dress: A Bride’s Design, Cleveland, Custom / Floral: Layers of Lovely / Catering: Masterpiece Cuisine / Celebrant: Friend of the Couple / Entertainment: Harry O Productions / Stationery: Invitations, Programs and VIP Passes Designed by the Bride / Printing: jakprints / Photobooth: Shutterbooth Las Vegas / Vintage Rentals + Props: The Wooden Trunk / Bistro Lighting: LED Unplugged / Transport: Earthlimos and Buses / Custom Playing Card Favors: MakePlayingCards.com / Welcome Bag Champagne: Korbel

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