Archive of ‘Outdoor Ceremony or Reception’ category

Easy, Breezy Red Rock Elopement | Taylored Photo Memories

Red Rock Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding
I get so many emails from couples who are hoping for a just-for-two elopement, asking for my advice on where to hold it. For couples who love nature, Red Rock Canyon is often at the top of my recommendations. It’s private, incredibly scenic and convenient, as it is super close to Las Vegas.

Sam and Sage opted for a ceremony set in the wilds west of the Strip at Red Rock after their plans for a larger wedding in their home state got to be overwhelming. These two wanted to keep things natural, and a spring ceremony was perfect with cooler weather. A few flowers even made an appearance. They didn’t need much: a photographer, officiant, their vows and a simple banner to use in an announcement card keep things beautifully easy.

WHY RED ROCK CANYON?

Coming from Hawaii, we are surrounded by lush green mountains, waterfalls, and ocean everyday. The beauty of nature is so much of what we love about living in Hawaii so although we decided to escape the islands and elope in Vegas, it was important for us to still be surrounded by nature. Red Rock Canyon was so completely different than the landscape we are used to and the big open feel of a desert seemed like the perfect place for us to exchange our vows.

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THE CEREMONY

Our original vision of our wedding day consisted of a large party at a beach house on the north shore of Oahu, but as we began to plan the event we became overwhelmed by the details and the amount of work and money it would take to create the perfect day. I woke up one morning and asked Sam if he wanted to elope. No fuss, no drama, no stress. Once we made the decision to elope there was a huge feeling of relief.

Our vision then became about what was really important to us; expressing our love for each other in an intimate ceremony surrounded by beauty. We wanted our day to be about US and we were determined to make that happen. It was perfect. Thanks to McKenzi Taylor our planning process was simple. I had seen pictures of Red Rock and knew that’s where we wanted to tie the knot, but I left it up to McKenzi to choose a time and exact location for our elopement. She suggested an officiant and we were done!

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FAVORITE MEMORY

The one thing Sam and I did spend time on was writing our own vows to each other and I’d have to say that was the best part of the planning process. It was a way for each of us to reflect on our relationship and really focus on what this commitment meant to us. It was a beautiful process.

Red Rock Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding

ELOPEMENT TIPS FROM SAM AND SAGE

Keep it simple! It’s so easy to get sucked into “you need this and you need that” for you wedding, but none of those things are actually what’s important. Your special day should be about you and your partner and sharing your love for one another. You don’t need $25,000 and fancy napkins to experience that. No matter what you decide, just be true to what YOU want and not what someone else tells you you need.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories
CEREMONY VENUE . Red Rock Canyon

OFFICIANT . Peachy Keen Unions by Angie Kelly

Woodsy, Rustic Wedding at Legends Ranch | The Amberlight Collective

Legends Ranch | Little Vegas Wedding

From first touch to last dance, Bridget and Jason infused their wedding at Las Vegas’s Legends Ranch with rustic goodness. Sunflowers, wood and glowing candles created a romantic, casual atmosphere.

The Amberlight Collective were not originally going to shoot this wedding, but when Bridget and Jason’s original photographer had a family emergency, wedding planning Archel Rolwing recruited them. Using a planner was key for these two as they were travelling from California to get married, with just four months to plan. After touring the grounds of Legends Ranch, complete with trees, horse stables and all the rustic touches of a former working horse ranch, they were smitten.

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FAVORITE MEMORY

My favorite and most special part about the entire day was probably when Jason and I got to pray together before the ceremony and before even seeing each other. That, to me, meant so much. I remember being so incredibly nervous about the whole thing but as soon as I heard Jason’s voice (which was also super weird without being able to see his face! Especially since I hadn’t seen or talked to him all day long) I calmed down almost completely.

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DETAILS + DECOR

Some of the rustic touches of the wedding included multiple sized glass cylinders with candles burning inside at the altar, perched atop old tree stumps. Tablescapes featured twisted driftwood with mason jars and wine bottles full of flowers and wine corks sprinkled throughout. The cake was modelled after an aspen tree that we carved our initials into.

Instead of pouring unity sand or lighting a candle, we had a wood board with three ropes on it and a verse — A cord of three strands is not easily broken, from Ecclesiastes 4:12. The two ropes on the outside represented us, with the one in the middle representing God. We braided the three ropes together which meant that we were tying our marriage in with God right in the middle.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . The Amberlight Collective
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Legends Ranch

WEDDING PLANNER . Archel Rolwing Events / FLORAL . Flora Couture / CATERING . DiVine Events and Ben’s BBQ & Smokehouse / CAKE . Peridot Sweets / HAIR + MAKEUP . Glamsquad702 / LIGHTING . LED Unplugged

Sparkling Legacy Golf Club Wedding | Taylored Photo Memories

Legacy Golf Club | Little Vegas Wedding

Cassie and Mike took advantage of being locals to totally customized their country club wedding. Choosing shades of royal purple and glittery accents, this pair created a romantic wedding day that fit their budget thanks to utilizing DIY skills and Etsy vendors. Their exit is spectacular and created a sparkling finish to what was a gorgeous, personalized celebration.

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More from their photographer, Taylored Photo Memories:

Like many couples Cassie and Mike were looking to accomplish their big day on a budget without incurring any debt. Cassie and Mike wanted to include all of their friends and family while being mindful of costs since they were paying for the wedding themselves. After nailing down the Legacy Golf Club in Henderson as their perfect venue, Cassie set her sights on coming up with all of the details. Cassie’s love for glitter tied in perfectly with their winter wedding theme and she and Mike would spray paint their wedding accessories gold if they did not come in the colors that they wanted. With the help of DIY tricks like these and websites like Etsy that offer customization, Cassie claims she was able to have total control over all of the details and how they would factor into their big day.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . The Legacy Golf Club

OFFICIANT . Linda Venniro / WEDDING PLANNER . A Formal Affair / FLORAL . Enchanted Florist / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David’s Bridal, shoes – Macy’s, jewelry – Wrenn Jewelry / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Seating chart –  Whimsical Stationery . Sparkler tags – Paracosm Paper . Favor tags – I Do Tags . Name cards – ModParty . Wedding programs – Keister Designs . Signage – Blursbyai . Bridesmaid cards – Southbound Hippie / ENTERTAINMENT . Wild One Entertainment / VIDEO . Digital Guerrilla / GUESTBOOK . The Wedding Tree

Wedding submitted via Two Bright Lights

Country-style El Dorado Elopement | Jenna Ebert Photography

El Dorado Ghost Town | Little Vegas Wedding

Mary and Christian brought a touch of country in the desert for their El Dorado elopement. Mary looked amazing rocking those boots and flower crown for the ceremony and fit in so perfectly with the eclectic, whimsical charm of the venue. Simple, stunning, secret.

How amazing is that stained glass/giant tree altar by the way?

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Jenna Ebert Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . El Dorado Canyon

OFFICIANT . Weddings for Eternity / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David’s Bridal, shoes – Boot Barn / FLOWER CROWN . LoveLikeStyle / HAIR + MAKEUP . Concierge Makeup / GROOMSWEAR . Louis Thomas

Vegas Arts District + Neon Museum Wedding | JamieY Photography

Neon Museum | Little Vegas Wedding Brent and Leigh are a pair of booklovers who chose one of Vegas’s most historic locations for their ceremony: The Neon Museum. Nestled amongst the amazing retro signs, these two elected to involve their friends in their ceremony, having them read passages from favorite books and taking photos with them afterwards.

Leigh laughed the entire way through their ceremony because she said she could hear an ice cream truck nearby which really animated the photos. She looks like she’s having the time of her life.

PS: I’m kind of obsessed with their retro-modern attire for the day. The entire crew looked amazing, didn’t they?

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More from JamieY, the photographer:

Brent is from Chicago and Leigh is from New Jersey. They were originally a long-distance couple and as self proclaimed book nerds, their romance began on a website for book lovers called LibraryThing. They love vintage things and history, which is half the inspiration behind this wedding. The other half is that they appreciate art, funky architecture, and neat graphic design. 

After the ceremony we took some portraits on the grounds of the museum and then headed off to the arts district for some more alternative urban backdrops for their photos. They really like the contrast of grungy non traditional backgrounds, with them in their beautiful wedding day attire. We had a great time before they headed off for a dinner reception with friends.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . JamieY Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . The Neon Museum

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