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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.
More from their photographer:
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…
More from Andrea Eppolito, the planner of this pretty purple party-tastic wedding:
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
Video games at a wedding? Be still my heart! This very special wedding debuts a few new elements to Little Vegas Wedding: the first feature photographed by the fantastic Altf Photography, the first wedding planned and submitted by planning pro Andrea Eppolito and, of course, those video games!
From a masculine groom’s cake and videogames to a wedding cake decorated with roses and pearl strands and centrepieces dripping in crystals, this romantic wedding absolutely reflects a union between two people which is really what a wedding is all about. Andrea delves into the heartfelt details behind Eric and Amy’s wedding below; please read on and absorb the details from this incredible lakeside wedding full of romantic (and fun!) details.
More from Andrea Eppolito about this wedding:
They say you can’t meet anyone in a nightclub…but what if you meet on the way out? Lightening can strike.
That’s exactly what happened when Eric and Amy ran into one another after a night out with friends. He was the self-professed Las Vegas bad-boy with a chip on his shoulder and a line for every situation. She was the Southern California stunner studying pre-law who wasn’t biting!
Eric would not take no for an answer, and after finally getting her phone number he proceeded to court her old school with phone calls that lasted long into the night, text messages, emails, and enough flowers to fill a florist! In fact, to this day, Eric has a standing order for roses and lilies, ensuring that Amy is never without something to make her feel special.
From our first meeting, it was obvious that this would be a team effort. Amy had a very strong vision of what she wanted in terms of colors and design. Her heart was set on getting married on the water, which reminded her of her native San Diego. With a color palette of steel gray and pale pinks and a request to accent the space with roses, petals, and crystals for a soft and romantic feel.
While Eric was happy to give her what she wanted, he also wanted to ensure that he wasn’t lost in the process. He didn’t want to feel like he was living in a pale pink wonderful complete with cotton candy and sugared flowers. After making an off-the-cuff comment that the best parties he ever went to were the ones that ended with Golden Tee video games, we decided to build an outdoor arcade complete with multiple machines, candy stations, and fire pits with s’mores set ups. A nod to both Eric’s college days and Amy’s time on the boardwalks of San Diego, the balcony was intended to give Eric and the boys a place to retreat from all things pink, and ended up being the hit of the night where guests gathered for story telling, cocktails, and more than a few laughs.
As a surprise for her groom, a man who wooed her with super-human efforts, Amy arranged for the photo booth to have LED light up super hero masks, and for a Groom’s Cake that featured all of the naughty Vegas activities that Eric once loved.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Altf Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Andalusian Gardens at Westin Lake Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Baraka Ballroom at Westin Lake Las Vegas
OFFICIANT . Jimmy Mac / WEDDING PLANNER . Andrea Eppolito Events / FLORAL . Naakiti Floral Design / CAKE . wedding cake and groom’s cake – Peridot Sweets / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Cosmobella, shoes – Jimmy Choo Vamp / HAIR + MAKEUP . Makeup in the 702 / DECOR + RENTALS . Naakiti Floral Design / DANCE FLOOR + DRAPING . Sit On This / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Paper & Home / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ Mike Fox / VIDEOGRAPHY . Lighten Films / PHOTOBOOTH . ShutterBooth / VIDEO GAMES . Funtime Arcades / COTTON CANDY STATION . Amazing Clowns
I swoon for autumn, I’ll admit it. And a wedding in the fall in Las Vegas? Even better! Christophe and Nicole are two locals who met while working at a high-end restaurant together. They married in the beautiful gardens of the JW Marriott. Can you even tell when looking at the photos that their nuptials were in November?
Nicole was a gorgeous bride with her retro-style makeup look and a wedding dress that evoked old Hollywood glamour. I love that they were able to sneak away from their reception to do some bridal portraits in downtown Las Vegas and on the Strip to finish the night. Be sure to check out their wedding film from Memory Lane for some shots of the reception.
WHY NICOLE AND CHRISTOPHE MARRIED AT JW MARRIOT
We chose to marry in Las Vegas because we live here and we both have family all over the globe which made it difficult to pick somewhere; Vegas just made sense for us. After seeing venue upon venue we were starting to become a little discouraged. While i was out looking at venues with my mom we made one last stop at the JW Marriott and fell in love!
THE CEREMONY — Lagoon Patio at JW Marriott Las Vegas
We didn’t want a big wedding and tried to keep things as simple as we could, but still nice. We also got lucky with perfect weather for our outdoor ceremony! For our reception we rented out a small space on the second floor at Spago in Caesars Palace. The food and the service was incredible.
Something we will never forget about our ceremony is forgetting our rings! Our officiant was supposed to be carrying them but she didn’t have them…nobody did. Everyone looked like deer in headlights. Christophe ended up using his dad’s ring and I used my sisters. It definitely brought some entertainment.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
All of our centerpieces and table decor at the reception were made by me. Also as the wedding favors, one of my best friends who is a chocolatier special made chocolate boxes and chocolates just for our wedding. Something fun we did at the ceremony was write love letters to each other that we enclosed with a bottle of wine. The plan is on our first anniversary to drink the bottle of wine and read each others letters.
NICOLE + CHRISTOPHE’S WEDDING GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We had 50 guests at our wedding and ended up spending about $15,000 for everything.
Memory Lane Video
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Kristin Long Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Lagoon Patio at JW Marriott
RECEPTION VENUE . Spago Las Vegas at Caesars Palace
FLORAL . Roxi Floral / CATERING + CAKE . Spago / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Allure, Celebrations Bridal + Fashion, shoes – Jimmy Choo Crown peep-toe pumps / / BRIDESMAIDS . Celebrations Bridal + Fashion / VIDEOGRAPHY . Memory Lane