Since the Neon Museum began hosting events at their boneyard last year, I’ve heard of weddings being held there, but this is the first one shared on the blog! The venue is a popular spot for engagement and post wedding portraits, but is a pretty special place to hold an event as well. You are surrounded by the sights and signs of vintage Vegas, making for a great atmosphere for a reception with a built in theme and decor!
Kristin and Corey held their modern wedding ceremony and reception at the retro museum recently, and threw in an Elvis officiant for good measure. I love the modern mix of Kristin’s glitzy gold sequined kate spade dress and stylish low decor of the reception surrounded by the glowy neon lights.
Read on for more from Kristin on planning a wedding at the Neon Museum and for lots of photos from Brilliant Imagery of the wedding, plus the welcome dinner at the Sugar Factory and the trash the dress shoot in the arts district of Vegas with all the girls post-wedding!
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Little Vegas Wedding has featured weddings at St Joseph Husband of Mary Church before – it is one of my personal favorite spots for a classic church ceremony. The space is magnificient and perfect for the solemn exchanging of vows to one another, as Mishella and Carlo did in June.
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Sometimes the reason for a wedding photo do-over are very sensitive indeed. Katie and Danny are the sweet couple in this styled wedding shoot. They were married in 2012 during which time Katie was pregnant. Unfortunately, the couple lost their baby soon after the wedding, so it’s a little hard to look back on the photos of their marriage. Looking to create some happier photographs, Katie contacted photographer Rachel Garcia of Brilliant Imagery to help her have a wedding photo do-over.
Rachel got really wrapped up in the concept behind the styled shoot for the couple which emulated the vintage glamour of the 1920s. The couple looked amazing in period style outfits; Katie got a flapper style makeover, complete with finger and Marcel waves.
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Today’s post is very special – it’s part styled shoot and part incredibly sentimental wedding “do over” for a real couple. It’s also starting off a week of posts featuring Vegas wedding do overs.
Ally and Nick are a young military couple who were married just five months after their engagement. With little time to plan ahead of Nick’s imminent deployment, they jumped right into planning and pulled off their wedding.
However, after their wedding photographs came back, they felt extremely disappointed with the photos. That was when family friend and photographer Denise Burridge stepped in.
Nick means the world to our family and we almost lost him two years ago during a deployment where he was shot. So it was very important to me that they have images before he left.
She immediately came up with an idea for the couple to give them some lasting memories of their marriage as best as she could before Nick left on deployment. The idea? A day after wedding styled shoot; a sort of wedding photo do-over.
Working with vendors including Nostalgia Resources she helped create a wedding scene, tying in hints of military red, white and blue in the antique trunk, linens and vintage books under the cake stand. A carpet was rolled out and “George” the antique settee was added in addition to fresh flowers, a bell jar and various other props to create this little romantic desert scene.
Freed’s Bakery replicated Ally and Nick’s original wedding cake – which they cut into and sampled again as the sunset over the desert. The final result of this shoot is gorgeous, heartfelt and I don’t mind saying: very moving.
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Denise Burridge Photography / Wedding Venue: Sunrise Mountain / Event Concept and Design: Denise Burridge / Makeup: Makeup by Shandell / Cake: Freed’s Bakery / Rentals and Vintage Props: Nostalgia Resources
Afterwards the couple celebrated with a little sparkling wine and casual photographs. Nick is a pararescue jumper (known as a “PJ”) and one of the symbols for the Combat Search and Rescue community is green footprints. If you look carefully, you can see a pair of green feet on the bottle of bubbly.
And what did the couple think of the photos this time?
Ally, the bride: [...] after a couple weeks seeing the final photos brought me to tears. The photos were absolutely beautiful, and were very personal because my husband had left on a five-month deployment. We were both beyond pleased and value the art of capturing these times more then ever before.
If we’re talking wedding venues with spectacular views, the rooftop at Platinum Hotel & Spa has to rank high on that list. Meg and Ben’s hip wedding with DIY projects galore at Platinum was photographed by Brilliant Imagery and included a rocking party complete with karaoke and interpretive dances. (Um – awesome!) You will not only love the always amazing views from the hotel’s skydeck, but all of the handmade details.
The paper goods were made by Meg herself – in fact, the wedding inspired her and she now runs her own company NupptialDesigns, specializing in wedding items. A baker friend from D.C. unable to supply a cake for their destination wedding made an amazing cake topper that combined the TV show “Parks and Recreation” with the Green Bay Packers.
Meg’s bouquet included kale, her favorite vegetable, and was wrapped in doilies made by Ben’s grandmother. The blazing blue bottle centerpieces were from Saratoga Springs Water Company, and it was the cobalt blue and silver colors that inspired the entire wedding palette.
Keep reading for some excellent tips from Ben and Meg on planning a destination DIY wedding in Las Vegas!
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