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I love a romantic, traditional wedding, and Julie and Gaetano’s wedding at Lake Las Vegas was just that, overflowing with love and personal details. They were married at a venue well-suited to Julie’s vision of a fairytale wedding, the gorgeous Capella Di Amore at Hilton Lake Las Vegas, a dramatic chapel that hovers over water. Despite losing her voice, Julie powered through and married her sweetheart. Soft pink colors mixed with Tiffany blue and a hugely dramatic wedding gown perfected this classic Las Vegas wedding and make this couple’s dream day come true.
The Ceremony –Capella Di Amore at Hilton Lake Las Vegas
Before I met Gaetano, I was that little girl who dreamt of a fairytale wedding, I always knew I wanted to feel like a princess on my big day. So when my Prince Charming asked me to marry him I couldn’t have been more thrilled to start planning. I chose the Hilton at Lake Las Vegas because of their beautiful chapel on the bridge. It was exactly what I was looking for! Our wedding was beautiful and a very special day in our lives.
There were a couple small speed bumps along the way. I completely lost my voice on the wedding day — I woke up and could hardly make a sound! I actually found it a blessing in disguise. I was able to kick my feet up while my sister/maid of honor handled everything. I drank warm tea and saved my voice for my vows. I was able to say them and be heard. Another minor issue was my flowergirl dresses, I decided to get crafty and make them myself. I used the prettiest tulle, full of glitter. Unfortunately glitter is really itchy! My flowergirls were all red and begging to take their dresses off after we took pictures. They sure did look cute though.
DIY Details + Decor
Other than the flowergirl dresses (the only DIY projects that went wrong, thank goodness!) my sister and I made the flowergirl wands, table numbers, menus, seating name cards, bouquet for the toss, favors, garters and much more. I saved a bunch of money making these myself and they gave my venue a unique feel.
Julie and Gaetano’s Wedding Tips
One planning tip I have is pick a good wedding coordinator! I was so lucky to have Debbie (Ravella’s wedding coordinator) she was so good at keeping me organized and on time. She was very helpful in making decisions before the wedding and helping my wedding day to go as smoothly as possible. We had a guest list of 75 people and everyone knew where to go and what to do.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Images by EDI
CEREMONY VENUE . Wedding Chapel at Hilton Lake Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Ballroom at Hilton Lake Las Vegas
OFFICIANT . / WEDDING PLANNER . / FLORAL . Petals Flowers and Events / CATERING . Hilton Lake Las Vegas / CAKE . / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – shoes – jewelry – accessories – / HAIR AND MAKEUP . / BRIDESMAIDS . / GROOM’S WEAR . / TRANSPORTATION . / RENTALS . / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . / ENTERTAINMENT .
It starts with a true love story – Thuy met her French husband Jonathan while in Paris, and they fell head over heels for one another. With family and friends all over the world, the couple chose Las Vegas to bring everyone together at the Springs Preserve for their wedding.
Their wedding mixed a number of different themes and styles, true to this jetsetting couple’s lives: desert garden combined with tropical Vietnam with a touch of European elegance. The ceremony featured floral details: a calla lily lined aisle, and an arbor strung with glass bubbles filled with chrysthanthemums. Thuy and Jonathan also provided a tea ceremony service for their guests.
The desert garden wedding transitioned into Paris in the jungle, with huge philodendron leaves and orchids at each table setting. Seafoam green and grey dominated, with white and silver to complement the palette. A photobooth with tonnes of fun props entertained guests and the bride and groom, and to end the evening, the newlyweds changed into traditional Vietnamese wedding attire!
Why Jonathan and Thuy Married in Las Vegas
We chose Las Vegas because it is a great city that is fun and tourist friendly. My husband is from France so we wanted to pick a place where his friends and family can easily entertain themselves, party to the wee hours of the morning, and for our guests to have a great vacation as well as joining our wedding. Also, Vegas has special meaning to us as it is the first place I took my husband to when he first visited me from France when we started dating. We picked Springs Preserve because it is such a beautiful venue that is not your typical idea of a Vegas wedding. Springs Preserve has a nice mix of modern, elegant, and natural elements that makes this venue truly unique.
Thuy’s Favorite Wedding Day Memory:
There were many stand out moments from our wedding day. We did our first look which I enjoyed very much because it allowed us to spend some alone time before the ceremony and seeing my husband’s reaction to seeing me for the first time was priceless. Another stand out moment was when my husband was trying to comfort me when I was crying during my father’s reading of his poem. It was a very emotional and fun ceremony that will forever be remembered. We also loved that we were able to get the Skyline Terrace Suite at the MGM Grand Hotel for our rehearsal dinner and after party, allowing us to spend more time with our friends and family in a relaxed setting with an amazing view.
The Ceremony — Gardens Arboretum at Springs Preserve
The ceremony was officiated by my sister’s husband who made it very personal and heartfelt. We incorporated the tea ceremony to honor my Vietnamese culture and parents. The purpose of the tea ceremony is for the bride and groom to honor our family elders and receive their blessings. During the ceremony, my father read a Vietnamese poem that he wrote in which it was translated in English and French. My bridesmaid read the English version of the poem and my mother-in-law read the French version. We thought it was a nice way to include our parents and friend into the ceremony.
The Reception — Gardens Terrace at Springs Preserve
There is a gorgeous view of the Vegas strip skyline at this reception site. My mother and her florist friends did an amazing job with the flowers and decorations. Our guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and open bar catered by Divine Events. We then danced the night away to the music provided by Elegant Entertainment.
DIY Details and Wedding Decor:
My mother and sister are very creative and talented people. They pretty much did everything themselves. My mother designed and did the flowers and decorations. The wedding favors/escort cards were made by my mom. My sister made the programs, menu, and designed the logos on the backdrop for the “red carpet” pictures. I made the table numbers incorporating our color theme of sea-foam green and silver.
Thuy and Jonathan’s Tips for Other Couples Marrying in Las Vegas
Do your research on your vendors to make sure they are reliable and professional. We would highly recommend reading the reviews. We heavily relied on our vendors since we are not from Las Vegas. Also, ask your vendors for recommendations for other vendors. Our photographer, Gaby J, was very helpful in recommending us to some great vendors. Try to plan multiple events for the wedding weekend in which Vegas is great place to allow that. We had multiple events like the rehearsal dinner, after party, a meet up in downtown Vegas, and a dim sum brunch after the wedding day to allow us to see our friends and family from near and far.
Thuy and Jonathan’s Guestcount + Budget
We had 90 guests with a budget of $25,000 for the wedding weekend celebration
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER gaby j photography, a LVW photography directory member
CEREMONY VENUE . Gardens Arboretum at Springs Preserve
RECEPTION VENUE . Gardens Terrace at Springs Preserve
OFFICIANT . Bride’s brother-in-law / WEDDING DESIGNER . Bride’s Mother / FLORAL . Bride’s Mother, Assisted by Absolutely Flowers and Balloons / CATERING . Divine Events / CAKE . Retro Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress - Augusta Jones, shoes – Nina, / HAIR AND MAKEUP . Cristophe Salon at MGM Grand / BRIDESMAIDS . Vera Wang / GROOM’S WEAR . Hugo Boss / LIGHTING . Elegant Entertainment / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . invitations – Indian Wedding Card, menus – DIY by bride’s sister / ENTERTAINMENT . Elegant Entertainment / PHOTO BOOTH . Elegant Entertainment / VIDEOGRAPHY . Neat Event Video
Ever thought of ending your honeymoon with a wedding? Today’s newlyweds did just that, marrying after an around-the-world trip together! Stuart and Debbie travelled through several countries in southeast Asia as well as China, Australia, Fiji and a large chunk of America in 2013 and 2014, making Las Vegas their final stop to get married before heading home, alongside 18 friends and family members who joined them.
The most amazing thing to me is that their wedding was planned almost completely from the road and decorated with little items collected from their journey! Brilliant Imagery joined up with the pair just following their ceremony at Flamingo and before their restaurant reception, photographing the dinner and ensuing celebration around Las Vegas in their massive party bus! Read on for Stuart and Debbie’s wedding day details…
The Ceremony – West Lawn at Flamingo Hotel and Casino
We chose to have our ceremony at Flamingo on the West Lawn because it was a beautiful outdoors setting with a lovely white wooden gazebo and lots of garden flowers. It reminded me of home amongst a crazy setting! The staff at the Flamingo were fantastic and very efficient and made our whole experience easy. Hannah, my best friend since I was 4-years-old, was my bridesmaid & our 4-year-old nephew William was our pageboy and he held a sign saying “Uncle Stuey here comes your bride” when he walked before me. I walked down the aisle (a brick path!) to “At Last” by Etta James, a little joke on Stu because we have been together for 12 years!
The parasol Debbie is holding was one of the souvenirs collected on their global trek — it was purchased at the Great Wall of China!
The heart flower-patterned fan? You guessed it, another souvenir, this time from Thailand.
The Reception – Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas
After our ceremony none of our guests, other than our best man, knew a thing about our reception, which kept it more exciting for us! Our reception dinner was at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris, we had a lovely small private room looking out towards the Bellagio fountains. We chose to have a cheese board served as soon as we arrived along with a French cocktail. Cheese is my favourite food and I am always too full at the end of a meal to eat it, so I decided to have this served first! Followed was a three course menu with plenty of wine for the girls & beer for the boys!
Before dessert was served we had our speeches, with words from my Mum and a lovely poem on marriage, a moving speech from Stuart and an amazing speech from our best man Darryl. He even performed a song he wrote on an acoustic guitar as a surprise! He had hid the guitar behind a curtain to keep it a secret from us.
DIY and handmade touches:
Our theme was 1930′s vintage, with blush pink & golds as our colours. I made all our place setting cards with pink tassels and I did all our flowers for the two reception tables. My Mum made me a book with messages from home and photos from family & friends that couldn’t make the wedding. My Nan sent me her pearl scarf pin as my something borrowed, which I pinned it to the back of my dress where the buttons ended, covering the hidden zip. My brother, sister-in-law and two nephews, George & Alfred sent me an antique blue brooch as my something blue that I pinned on my bouquet. My something new was my dress and my something old was a vintage clutch bag I had for the evening.
Our wedding invitations were designed by myself and my friend Anna who is a fantastic artist. Her style suited our wedding of modern vintage but with a twist of the craziness of Las Vegas. We decided on a postcard style to represent our travels before our wedding and a luggage tag as our RSVP.
Favorite wedding day memories:
The first time I saw Stuart standing there smiling waiting for me to walk down the aisle, when my nephew William & sister-in-law Jenny gave me a handmade rosette stating “Mrs Allerton”, and the excitement of our guests when they saw the limo!
After dinner we headed to the north entrance of Paris and waiting for us was a 26-seater mammoth limo, stocked to the brim with all our favourite alcohol! We partied for three hours and made stops to the Bellagio, the Vegas sign and Fremont Street and Rachel took amazing photos along the way. We were dropped off just before midnight at Paris, with our last surprise being a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Debbie and Stuart’s top tip for other couples marrying in Vegas:
Research! At first I felt deflated because I couldn’t find anything to suit our budget or needs! But A LOT of research paid off and I am so thrilled to have found the vendors we did!
Debbie and Stuart’s Las Vegas Wedding Guestlist and Budget:
Our guests numbered 18 plus Stu and I, so 20 in total. We didn’t have an exact budget but we were very aware to keep costs low after spending lots on our travels!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Brilliant Imagery
CEREMONY VENUE . West Lawn at Flamingo Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas
FLORAL . Flamingo / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Clematis by MiaMia, shoes – Dune, earrings - Swarovski, headpiece – The Wedding Trousseau / HAIR + MAKEUP . Smooth Brides / BRIDESMAID . Coast / GROOMSWEAR . suit + shirt - Next and Laura Ashley, bow tie and suspenders: Chadds Menswear of Norwich, pageboy’s bow tie and suspenders – Etsy / TRANSPORTATION . Elite Transportation / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . just married sign – Rifle Paper Co., handdrawn invitation – Bullrush Art
Treasure Island is one of the wedding chapels on The Strip that will allow you to bring in your own photographer for wedding photos, which is exactly what Vitaliy and Anastasia did. After being together for a number of years and starting a family together, this New York-based couple but decided that a Vegas wedding would be fun, and brought along a small group of friends to their elopement.
After the ceremony, a limo transported Anastasia and Vitaliy around Las Vegas, stopping for some celebratory champagne … and vodka shots! The couple IS originally from Russia and Ukraine, after all! A relaxing “getaway” ride in a gondola at Venetian followed, then it was off to a reception dinner at the rotating restaurant on top of Stratosphere overlooking the Vegas valley lights.
McKenzi, the photographer writes:
I kept hearing guests shouting “Горько!” [GOR’-ka] during toasts. Gorka can be translated as “bitter”. By shouting “Горько!” the guests are saying that the alcohol is bitter, and the couple needs to start kissing to sweeten the drinks. The couple kisses for as long as possible while the guests are counting “1, 2, 3, 4, 5….”, if the couple doesn’t kiss for long enough, the guests might should “Горько!” again.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories a LVW photography directory member
CEREMONY VENUE . Wedding Chapels at T.I.
RECEPTION VENUE . Top of the World at Stratosphere
BRIDAL FASHION . dress - Allure 8902 from Monica’s Bridal in New York City / HAIR + MAKEUP . Bianca from Amelia C & Co.
Rolf and Danielle are from Providence, Rhode Island — this pair of music lovers met when they worked together in a record store. The reason they decided to get married in Vegas was because of the unique venue at Cosmopolitan — the seasonal wedding chapel that opens from time to time there. While the Pop Up Chapel didn’t open this year, I couldn’t resist featuring this incredible elopement with a dash of vintage Vegas style.
That hot red retro dress Danielle wore? She rocked it. Instead of scattering petals, the bridesmaids blew noisemakers, and the soundtrack was eclectic: the processional was “This Wheel’s on Fire” by Siouxsie and the Banshees and the recessional was Harry Nilsson’s “Cuddly Toy.” Perfect.
More from the photographer, Heather Parker:
This small destination wedding was casual but still stylish and personalized. The traditional wedding chapels in Vegas weren’t that exciting for the bride, but the Pop-up Chapel was great for this special occasion. It was modern, and sleek, and located in a chic hotel on the Vegas Strip.
Close friends came together and the big project was a handmade bouquet out of felt and brooches including letters of the names of the bride and groom. The colors of the wedding were red, black and white drawing inspiration from a roulette wheel, which was perfectly fitting for a Vegas destination wedding. Gold horseshoe earrings were given to the bride by a friend, as a symbol of good luck. The groom kept his cool personality while rocking out down the aisle in his Chuck Taylors as Siouxsie and the Banshees played.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Heather Parker Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Pop Up Wedding Chapel at Cosmopolitan
GETTING READY HOTEL . HRH Suite Tower at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Honey, in Red by Trashy Diva, shoes – Crane Pumps by Vince Camuto, earrings – Little Luck By Boe, necklaces - Katy Westcott, fascinator - Batcakes Couture / VINTAGE BROOCH BOUQUET . Handmade / WEDDING RINGS . She Weld / LEATHER RING POUCH . Gypsy Tailor / GROOMSWEAR . Iron Maiden t-shirt by John Varvatos, slip-on gray Chuck Taylors by Converse