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Delightful Desert Elopement from City Wedding Tours

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Lately I’ve been hearing some rumblings that perhaps Calico Basin and Red Rock Canyon aren’t as accessible to weddings as they once were, due to some recent changes to the permit system.

However, there is no denying the place is gorgeous. Incredible rock formations, beautiful colors and a special intimacy that can only come from getting married in the natural beauty of the desert. Kelsey and Adam chose to marry (after getting engaged) there before joining friends and family at a festive reception after. Sounds perfect for this down-to-earth couple who also chose to support artisans where ever they could in their wedding day.

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THE CEREMONY — Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is our favorite spot in Las Vegas. We wanted an outdoor wedding and Red Rock is such a beautiful location it was the obvious choice. It was the location Adam proposed to me as well, so it holds a lot of memories for us. We also wanted the reception festivities to stay within the Summerlin area, so Red Rock made an easy venue to get between the different locations for the wedding festivities.

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DIY DETAILS + DECOR

(We were going for) simple, natural, and as DIY as possible. We wanted to keep it small and intimate with a personal touch. We wanted our actual wedding ceremony private to keep it as intimate as possible, but we opened up our reception to close friends and family. We kept it simple by holding the reception party at Adam’s parent’s house. We had an open bar so people could make their own drinks as they pleased, and the majority of the food was homemade. All decorations were either handmade or purchased through Etsy to support independent artists. We had a succulent/desert theme which we incorporated through our colors (greens and purples with highlights of gold and silver) and flowers (succulent centerpieces and succulent bouquet and boutonniere). We made our own wedding invitations, centerpieces and signs.

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FAVORITE MEMORY

My favorite part of the planning process was just being able to enjoy the reward of all of our hard work at the great reception party we had. While we kept our wedding simple there was still a lot of planning involved. It was nice to be able to enjoy all of the work everyone had put in to make our day so special. Another part I enjoyed was being able to support independent artists. Etsy was a great resource and I feel like a lot of our wedding items were truly unique and original.

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LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM

Make a lot of lists! The only thing that kept me organized was making lists. It felt satisfying being able to mark stuff off as we went along. At the end of everything there was only one or two things that I had forgotten, but they were minor and not really significant. If I had not used lists to keep myself organized a lot more would have been forgotten! Another good thing to remember is that everything will still be okay even if something is missed or goes wrong. There’s always something that’s going to go wrong but it’s such a big day and you are surrounded by such loving and supportive people that no one would really care if you forgot to put out a certain favor or sign, etc. No one knows the difference and they’re most likely having a good time anyway!

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . City Wedding Tours
CEREMONY VENUE . Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon
RECEPTION VENUE . Private home

OFFICIANT . Norma with City Wedding Tours / WEDDING PLANNER . City Wedding Tours / FLORAL . Succulently Urban / CAKE . Nothing Bundt Cakes / BRIDAL FASHION . Adrianna Papell

5 Favorites: Garden Wedding Venues in Las Vegas

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Today’s venue spotlight falls on my five favorite garden wedding venues in Las Vegas. Despite being in a desert, Las Vegas takes gardening seriously, with many gorgeous parks, venues and botanical gardens to enjoy. From traditional gardens to more desert, xeric landscaped ones, check out these options!

For more modern Las Vegas wedding venues, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide. See all posts in the 5 Favorites series here and check out all the real weddings set in Las Vegas gardens right here.

Venus Garden Caesars Palace | Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide

Venus Gardens at Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace has a few options for garden weddings, but Venus Gardens catches my eye because of the perfect combination of classic Roman architecture and privacy. It’s a little bit themed, but in a classy way.

Beautiful additions like a domed temple, stone bench seating, tiled aisle (say that three times fast!) and a koi pond add special little details and make this garden a true gem. If you catch it at the right time of year, the garden is exploding with flowers. This is one of the larger garden options, seating up to 114 people, and Caesars also permits outside photographers.

See real weddings at Caesars Palace featured on Little Vegas Wedding.

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Frame House at Springs Preserve

With more than 180 acres featuring an amazing array of walking paths and nature trails, Frame House at Springs Preserve is just one of my favorite venues for a wedding. In fact, I’m not sure where to start: there are more than 10 garden/outdoor venue choices at the Springs for weddings! Although I was married at the Gardens Arboretum, these days I’m more partial to Frame House.

This intimate covered space is nestled amongst some of the prettiest floral displays in the garden, and very near to cactus alley. It’s quiet, private and can be very green — yet is protected from the midday sun. Just lovely for wedding ceremonies of up to 45 guests.

See real weddings at Springs Preserve featured on Little Vegas Wedding.

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Garden Romance at Venetian

Although the canals and faux Venice-style facades of the shopping mall get all the attention, there are some truly lovely European terraced gardens around the pools at Venetian. For smaller elopements and weddings, the Garden Romance package offers a standing room only ceremony for 10 guests set in a side garden of the Venezia Courtyard. This romantic spot has you surrounded by hedges and lush greenery as well as Italian-style sculptures. Of course, the one downside is that like many other Strip hotels, they will not allow you to use an outside photographer.

See more real weddings at set in gardens featured on Little Vegas Wedding.

Garden Weddings at JW Marriott Las Vegas | Little Vegas Wedding

Garden Gazebo at JW Marriott Las Vegas

With an extraordinary 54 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens and waterscapes to choose from, weddings at JW Marriott are hard NOT to have in a gorgeous garden! The Garden Gazebo combines a beautiful structure as a backdrop for your vows, while still surrounded by the amazing landscaping. Perfect for weddings of 80 to 200 people, this is a great off Strip venue for slightly larger weddings.

See real weddings at JW Marriott Las Vegas featured on Little Vegas Wedding.

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Emerald at Queensridge

Another off Strip choice, Emerald at Queensridge is an all-in-one banquet facility that just so happens to have an elegant garden for wedding ceremonies. Get ready on-site in the luxurious facilities before you walk the aisle under huge trees, then head inside to celebrate in the chic (and high-tech!) ballroom setting. The courtyard is beautiful not only for ceremonies but for photos, too, and looks beautiful day or night.

See real weddings at Emerald at Queensridge featured on Little Vegas Wedding.

For more modern Las Vegas wedding venues, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide. See all posts in the 5 Favorites series here and check out all the real weddings set in Las Vegas gardens right here.

Photos: Emerald at Queensridge, Caesars Palace, Springs Preserve, Venetian, JW Marriott Las Vegas and Taylored Photo Memories

Warm Rustic Wedding at Spring Mountain Ranch from Taylored Photo Memories

Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding For rock climbers and Vegas locals Carrie and Kimball, their wedding was all about their own personal relaxed style and the great outdoors! So much of their rustic wedding was DIYd or handmade by friends and family, keeping this a memorable experience for all involved. They even used their 1999 VW Eurovan Camper as wedding transportation and staging area, Carrie doing her prep and makeup in there! Super-sized lawn games entertained the crowd at this daytime wedding reception, and allowed the bride and groom to mingle with their guests in the beautiful grounds of Spring Mountain Ranch, overlooking the mountains they love to climb so much. Stunning. Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding

WHY LAS VEGAS?

I live here in town and loved the backdrop of Red Rocks because my fiancé and I have climbed out there for years. The blue skies and the Red Rocks look stunning, also the outdoor opportunities around Las Vegas are one of the reasons I love this town so much. Originally Spring Mountain Ranch directed me to the wrong wedding location. I was surprised the week before when I learned that I was planning on the wrong field. It was a little windy the day of, but it turned out beautiful. McKenzi helped me navigate some of their rules and regulations pertaining to a photo permit. Also, the field that I ended up getting married on had a little horse poop spread around for good measure. If you are really OCD about these things, I wouldn’t recommend getting married at Spring Mountain Ranch. Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding

THE CEREMONY — Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

The ceremony was very simple and we planned it together. A good friend of ours, one who was part of lives before we started dating, married us. The theme was country rustic, with sunflowers, and my friend Andrea did an absolutely amazing job arranging all of the bouquets of sunflowers and decorating them on the altar. Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding

THE RECEPTION — Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

The reception was catered by Café Rio, because my fiancé and I love that place. Also, their catering prices are substantially lower than classic vendors. We had a four-piece bluegrass band play and had some large lawn games for the guests. I think day weddings can be kind of lame (as no one drinks quite as much as at a night wedding) so we had a “giant game” theme. Andrea and Mike Tomlinson made this awesome GIANT cornhole, with giant beanbags that you had to use some muscle to throw. There was also Jenga, giant Pick-up sticks and a few others. We had a photobooth with props that was really fun and the vendor created a book of all of my friends doing funny poses.

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DIY DETAILS + DECOR

My invitations were guaranteed to arrive to me but got lost in the mail (go USPS). The invites at my wedding were a last ditch effort by my roommate Madeline and my sister, purchased at Walmart. They were done literally the night before on our home printer! Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding

VIVA LAS VEGAS

I had a pretty fun bachelorette party the Friday before the wedding — some of my best girl friends went to classic hangouts in old downtown Vegas!

GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET

We had 40 guests and spent about $11,800 total including our rehearsal dinner and two nights of hotel rooms. Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding Real Weddings | Little Vegas Wedding


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

OFFICIANT . Pastor Kevin Scott / WEDDING PLANNER . Friends and family / FLORAL . Costco, arranged by Andrea Tomlinson / CATERING . Cafe Rio Mexican Grill / DESSERTS . Pink Box Doughnuts / HAIR . Vision Hair Salon / MAKEUP . Katherine Wolcott / RENTALS . Rebel Party Rentals / ENTERTAINMENT . Blue Skies Band / DECOR . IKEA and eBay

Tropical Valley of the Falls Wedding from Cashman Photo

Valley of the Falls | Little Vegas Wedding

Kassandra and Sean began as many of you do, planning a wedding at home. Disappointed by the venue selection available to them there, they eventually decided to host a destination wedding in one of their favorite places: Las Vegas!

Despite never having seen Valley of the Falls in person, this brave couple booked it and saw it for the first time on their wedding day. Like many others, they fell in love with the romantic, tropical and private atmosphere and it turned out to be the perfect spot for their Vegas wedding. A pink and white theme prevailed for the ceremony, with the party continuing into the night in a Vista suite high above the Vegas Strip.

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WHY LAS VEGAS?

We chose Las Vegas because it is one of our favorite places. We have shared some of our best memories there. After searching for about six months for the perfect wedding venue in Oregon, I started looking into a destination weddings and fell in love with the Valley of the Falls the moment I saw a picture of it and knew this would be the perfect plan for us.

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THE CEREMONY — VALLEY OF THE FALLS, MANDALAY BAY

We used the Valley of the Falls at Mandalay Bay for the ceremony, which was perfect. I also went through one of their wedding coordinators, Mariel Serra, who was amazing. I never saw the venue before I walked down the aisle and everything turned out more perfect than I could have ever imagined. Mariel was quick to respond to all emails and calls and kept me informed of everything and made my ceremony go perfectly without ever having a rehearsal. She was very organized and made me feel at ease, on what could have been a stressful day. My wedding package with Mandalay Bay also included the officiant, who did an amazing job and the floral. The photography and videography was done by Cashman Photography.

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THE RECEPTION — VISTA SUITE, MANDALAY BAY

We got the Vista suite for the reception, which fit our small group perfectly and had the most amazing views of the Las Vegas Strip. Our ceremony was very laid back and just consisted of dancing, cocktails and a light dinner that we had catered. Our cake and cupcakes came from the Retro Bakery, which turned out perfect and they also delivered it to the resort. My hair and makeup was done at the Bellagio Salon. I chose this salon because my friend’s sister works there and I am very glad I did.

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FAVORITE MEMORY

The thing that stood out the most to me about this experience was the lack of stress I felt. I have in a couple weddings where things have been very hectic and unorganized and I almost felt as if I was missing something because everything went so smoothly and perfect.

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LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM KASSANDRA + SEAN

Do NOT plan your bachelor and bachelorette parties the night before the wedding. A lot of our friends and family flew in the night before the wedding so we decided it would be a good night for it, but not everyone was feeling up to par the next day for our reception, so that is something that I wish would have gone different. I also wish I would have had more pictures taken at the reception, as we did not have the photographer for that.

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GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET

We had about 22 people at our wedding which ended up costing us around $7,500 for everything.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Cashman Photo (with personal photos)
CEREMONY VENUE . Valley of the Falls, Mandalay Bay
RECEPTION VENUE . Vista Suite, Mandalay Bay

WEDDING PLANNER . Mandalay Bay / FLORAL . Mandalay Bay / CAKE . Retro Bakery / HAIR + MAKEUP . Bellagio Spa + Salon

Dreamy Wedding at TPC Summerlin from Taylored Photo Memories

TPC Summerlin Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding

Jackie and John married in classic country club wedding style at TPC Summerlin. Expansive greens and views of the Red Rock mountains for their outdoor ceremony and a blush pink wedding dress and pink and gold wedding reception palette added up to their romantic day. Completing the fairytale-esque wedding? A horse-drawn carriage entrance. Read on for more details of their fabulous Vegas wedding!

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More from McKenzi, the photographer:

A fairytale wedding and a gown fit for a princess are what a lot of young girls dream about when they think of their future wedding. I’m inclined to believe that my bride Jackie was one of these little girls because when I arrived at TPC Summerlin to photograph her big day the scene before me was definitely fairytale-worthy. The lush grounds of the golf course provided a picturesque ceremony backdrop while the reception hall was embellished with candles, lace, fresh flowers, and accents of pink and gold. When I saw Jackie in her blush-colored ball gown complete with a Julia Roberts wattage smile on her face she could have put Disney princesses like Cinderella and Belle to shame. In a word – gorgeous. And it was only fitting that this fairytale princess bride made her grand entrance in a horse and carriage.

Jackie and John wanted their big day to be memorable and fun, however instead of making their wedding solely about them, this humble princess and her prince wanted to focus on the celebration itself and the important family and friends who were able to attend and join in the festivities. The horse and carriage entrance definitely made a statement, but Jackie wanted it because she thought it would be fun for the kids, who were able to pet Duke, the horse, and take rides in the carriage after the ceremony. Similarly, the ice cream bar after dinner was also selected with the kids in mind. Adult guests were invited to take home one of the infused vodka wedding favors that Jackie made herself. 

All of these details contributed to Jackie and John’s fairytale-worthy celebration with family and friends and I have no doubt that they achieved the memorable and fun wedding day that they were hoping for.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . The Hill at TPC Summerlin
RECEPTION VENUE . Clubhouse at TPC Summerlin

OFFICIANT . Elegant Vegas Weddings / WEDDING PLANNER . / FLORAL . The Palette / CATERING . TPC Summerlin / CAKE . Las Vegas Custom Cakes / TRANSPORTATION . Personal Sedan Service / ENTERTAINMENT . Las Vegas Wedding Music

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