Austrian Astrid and American Brad’s (from America) elopement highlighted all that is awesome about downtown Las Vegas weddings. Held in the Arts District, the bright backdrop of graffiti was the perfect scenery for this couple’s ceremony, officiated by none other than Elvis. Bring in some celebratory party poppers and this is one colorful and energetic little Vegas wedding!
I love the urban feel to these photos. Warehouses and skylines make the best wedding photos, in my opinion. Sometimes all you need is the love of your life, Elvis and cupcakes to get hitched…
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Mike L. Photography member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Downtown Las Vegas (Arts District)
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
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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
Holly and Chris are a couple who met through work and decided to get married in Las Vegas because they wanted “a place our guests would remember,” in addition to their wedding. Their wedding day looked like an absolute blast, from the sweet first looks Holly had with her dad and her husband-to-be, to the retro-Vegas shots at the Fun City “pink” Motel which coincidentally matched their wedding palette! Blush pink and gold created a modern, airy and fresh atmosphere at both their ballroom ceremony at Mandarin Oriental and the reception that followed at Joe’s Stone Crab. Simply gorgeous.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
I was born and raised in southern California and Chris was born and raised in central Illinois. We both met while serving in the Marine Corps together and just decided Vegas would be a great place for everyone to travel to instead of one of our hometowns. Vegas is so fun and completely different from any city we have been to. We wanted a place our guests would remember … including our wedding!
CHOOSING THE VENUES
I knew I didn’t want anything cheesy. I didn’t want a chapel ceremony or outdoor since it’s so hot in Vegas. I wanted something elegant and classy. I felt that Mandarin Oriental and Joe’s Stone Crab provided that. The process wasn’t easy though. I researched and researched to find the perfect location!
THE CEREMONY — Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
The ceremony was very romantic! It was a basic room but Mandarin is so beautiful that it didn’t need many decorations. I did have blush uplighting which made the room pop! It was so pretty and flirty. I personally chose all the music myself. Chris and I love music and I knew I wanted something different and unique.
THE RECEPTION — Gigi Room at Joe’s Stone Crab, Caesars Palace
My theme was vintage classic. Not shabby chic vintage, but more Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. The Gigi room is so romantic and classy! I wanted all my guess to feel special. We only had 35 close friends and family there so we knew the Gigi room would be perfect for that. We also had blush uplighting which changed colors once dancing started. We also had beautiful centerpieces, a wonderful cake and a DJ.
WEDDING DAY CHALLENGES
I felt that everything went smoothly! I knew little things would go wrong but nothing extreme. I think all brides should know that a big event like a wedding won’t be perfect and it’s fine if it’s not. It’s about getting married in front of your best friends and loved ones. The only complaint that I really have is the heat but we knew there was nothing we could do about that, especially since it was the middle of July! We couldn’t take that many pictures outside so we went into a lot of hotel lobbies and in the shaded areas for pictures.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM HOLLY + CHRIS
Just to do your research. I felt that looking at blogs, websites, TV shows and anything about Vegas helped me with the wedding. I knew where to book hotels, limos, flowers, cake and everything else from the web. We did make a trip about a year before the wedding to look at possible venues which I think made a world if difference. Everything looks different in person!
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We planned on a very small wedding of about 20, but it grew to about 45. In the end 35 guests were able to join us, which was the perfect amount! I didn’t really have a budget in mind I just knew I didn’t want to go overboard and worked with a 10k budget. However that jumped to 16k, which was fine with us. That covered everything from my dress, plane tickets, flowers, an amazing dinner service and everything in between. I knew it was money well spent because my guest couldn’t stop talking about the food!! The only splurge I had was the ceremony flowers that I ordered through Mandarin Oriental but they were so big and beautiful!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Unposed Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Gigi Room at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab
OFFICIANT . Rev. William McFarland III / DAY OF COORDINATION . Archel Rowling Events / FLORAL . The Palette / Ceremony Flowers: Mandarin Oriental / CAKE . Hott Cakez / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David Tutera, Frew’s Bridal / HAIR + MAKEUP . Stevee Danielle / BRIDESMAIDS . Frew’s Bridal / TRANSPORTATION . Las Vegas Limo / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Champagne Press / ENTERTAINMENT + LIGHTING . Bliss Entertainment
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