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If you are on the fence about marrying in the desert near Las Vegas at any of the spectacular natural venues available (ie., Red Rock Canyon, Grand Canyon and so on) today’s wedding will push you over the edge, solidly into the “We have to do that NOW” camp.
A few months back, Cactus and Lace Weddings approached me to help promote a contest they were running for a couple get married at a styled wedding at the Valley of Fire. Dozens of you entered, but ultimately Canadians Dawn and Scott won the package. The pair flew down with their daughter and other loved ones for their intimate November elopement and cake and champagne reception surrounded by a gorgeous desert setting.
From the palette drawn from Mother Nature to the succulent-adorned floral designs and the vintage wood furniture paired with touches of lace, your heart will be racing and you will be feeling the lovvvve in this little family. Longing for your own stylish wedding set in the heart of an amazing natural area? Read more about desert weddings here or check out the packages Cactus and Lace Weddings now offer. A stylish desert elopement … with none of the stress.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
Scott and I met five years ago. He is in sales and I am a firefighter in Toronto. We have a small daughter together. We both have a love for Las Vegas and try to go at least once or twice a year. During our first trip there together, we rented a car and drove out to the Grand Canyon, but in the back of my mind I thought to myself “How cool would it be to get married/elope out here in the desert?”
When I saw the contest listed on Little Vegas Wedding, I just had to enter it but I never thought a girl from Canada would win. I was so surprised and shocked when I heard from the girls at Cactus & Lace that I had actually won!
THE CEREMONY + RECEPTION
I can’t say enough about how amazing the entire experience was. I had a Skype conversation and many emails back and forth with Cactus & Lace but never in my wildest dreams would have ever imagined the experience would be as perfect as it was. When we pulled up to the ceremony site my eyes welled up. Everything was absolutely perfect.
The girls at Cactus & Lace listened to everything I said and as a result totally nailed my vision and my taste. The ceremony was just as we both wanted it to be: personal, non-denominational and quick :)
The photos are breathtaking and I have three new friends who helped to create one of THE most memorable days of my life.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Cactus and Lace Weddings
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Valley of Fire
OFFICIANT . Pastor Jason Ham / WEDDING STYLING . Cactus and Lace Weddings / FLORAL . The Front Porch Flowers & Gifts / CAKE . Gimme Some Sugar / HAIR + MAKEUP . Brandy Norris Hair / TRANSPORTATION . Presidential Limousine / RENTALS . Cactus and Lace Weddings
Josh and Stephanie chose the perfect venue for their modern, yet traditional wedding: Canyon Gate Country Club! The sweeping views and gorgeous ground were the perfect complement to their purple-hued wedding day, a one-stop destination venue for them and their guests. Romantic candles and roses, purple uplighting and a beautiful view from the ballroom completed this gorgeous day. I love that the couple chose to have breakfast together the morning of the wedding, too. A lovely moment of calm in what was sure to be a busy day!
If you want to learn more about this venue, be sure to read the Ultimate LVW Venue Guide post, including posts of more real weddings there!
WHY LAS VEGAS?
We have family all over the US, we knew that there would be a lot of people flying in and we felt it would be cool to have them fly into someplace cool, instead of Los Angeles or Orange County. We looked at many different venues, we knew we didn’t want anything on the strip or in a hotel partly due to the cost and partly because we really wanted something mellow and romantic. Kristen and Canyon Gate really gave a great impression during our initial meeting, after going there we both knew that it was going to be our venue.
Both Josh and I are business owners, we knew we wouldn’t have endless hours to plan, so the fact that Canyon Gate handled the menu and had easy to navigate bar packages and vendor references was really helpful.
THE CEREMONY — Patio, Canyon Gate Country Club
We kept the ceremony short and sweet — it began at 5:30 ended just before sunset. We then had an hour long cocktail hour before our reception. Canyon Gate let us pick the location out of two available gazebos, as well as the colors we wanted the seats and overhang to be. We tried to save on flowers so the only ceremony decor we had that Canyon Gate did not supply was the flower petals on the ground and the lanterns placed at the end of the aisles.
THE RECEPTION — Ballroom, Canyon Gate Country Club
The reception was important to us, we are very close to our family and wanted them to have a great time! We paid for an open bar and went with the buffet style dinner so guests wouldn’t be restricted to their tables and could walk around and socialize. Josh and I also went with a sweet heart table so we wouldn’t separate any of our bridal party from their spouses and so we could have a little bit of alone time. Canyon Gate gave us choices of table linen, seat covers, plates and silverware. Up lighting was from VOX DJ’s.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
My mother and sister deserve all of the credit for the majority of the decorations. I am lucky to have them! The centerpieces, table numbers, sweetheart table details and the favors was all them. Candles were the recurring theme I went for.
My favorite moment of the day was having breakfast with Josh the morning before, it was nice to have a quiet moment with him before all the crazy started. Our first look was also lots of fun! The most challenging was wrangling the family and wedding party for photos!
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM JOSH + STEPHANIE
Enjoy it! How many other wedding venues also happen to be the fun capitol of the world? Josh and I made sure to make a weekend out of it when we went on the venue search and the tasting, we also stayed for a week as our honeymoon.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
The total guest count ended up being about 92, the grand total including vendors and some of our wedding party accommodations was about $22,000.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Sun & Sparrow (Associate Photographer)
CEREMONY VENUE . Patio at Canyon Gate Country Club
RECEPTION VENUE . Ballroom at Canyon Gate Country Club
FLORAL . Enchanted Florist / CATERING . / CAKE . Cravin Cake Bakery / STYLING . Rouge Skin / HAIR . Extensions and color by Beto Zamora / MAKEUP . Makeup by Kelly Williams, Kelly Wi / GROOMSWEAR . Men’s Warehouse / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ Henry Jones from VOX DJs / LIGHTING . VOX DJs / PHOTOBOOTH . Shutterbooth
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
Submitted via Two Bright Lights
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