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I can’t hold it in anymore! I’m have a super exciting announcement for you today: Little Vegas Wedding is sharing a huge Valley of Fire wedding package giveaway from Cactus and Lace Weddings. It’s the biggest contest I’ve promoted on the site to date, and I’m so happy to be working with the team at Cactus and Lace, their work is stunning.
If you have been dreaming of a desert wedding, keep reading, you could win your wedding!
Cactus and Lace specializes in intimate, stylish weddings in places where such a wedding is not normally possible, like the spectacular Valley of Fire. They provide a personalized wedding ceremony package for you as a couple, setting you up with floral design, wedding photography, an officiant, a post ceremony celebratory cake all in a stylish setting. They strive to provide a stress-free, all-inclusive modern wedding experience.
However, this is not your basic Vegas package wedding. Cactus and Lace combines the look of those amazing styled wedding inspiration shoots you see on your favorite wedding blogs with a real wedding. Props and decor are used by their professional stylists and wedding designers to make your wedding a little more fancy, and a little more personalized.
So you can have your wedding ceremony in a special setting, but also get that pretty, romantic look you might have been hoping for in your photos. That’s something the big chapels and companies won’t give you!
Want proof? Check out these amazing photos from other styled events Cactus and Lace has designed and photographed:
And — drum roll please — Cactus and Lace Weddings has very generously offered to give away a stylized wedding ceremony for one couple and up to five guests at the Valley of Fire.
You can read more about the fantastic desert scenery at Valley of Fire in this previous post, but the take away is that it’s Nevada’s oldest state park, just over an hour from Las Vegas. Amazing sandstone rock formations and gorgeous colors await, in an unforgettable natural setting. It’s a very popular location for adventurous couples looking for something away from the neon of Las Vegas for their elopements!
If you have been dreaming about a Valley of Fire desert wedding, now is your chance to have one planned for you, for free! What’s included in the Cactus and Lace prize wedding package valued at approximately $3,600?
- Luxury transportation from Las Vegas for the couple and up to five guests for the one hour trip to Valley of Fire
- A minister to provide your intimate outdoor wedding ceremony and exchange of vows
- Your choice of wedding site at Valley of Fire state park: Seven Sisters, Rainbow Vista, the Visitor’s Center or The Cabins
- Designer floral bouquet of fresh flowers courtesy Front Porch Flowers
- Decor and design for the wedding site chosen by you from three options with custom color and design elements
- Comprehensive photography coverage of the ceremony from two photographers
- A post-ceremony cake celebration, cake provided by Gimme Some Sugar
All you would need to provide is transportation to Las Vegas and accommodations if necessary, a valid marriage license, your wedding day outfits and hair and makeup if desired.
Following your two-hour event at Valley of Fire, you are whisked back to Las Vegas where you can continue celebrating with your new spouse and your bridal party!
Please send an email to kelly AT littlevegaswedding DOT com with answers to the following questions before August 21, 2014:
- Bride and groom’s full first and last names
- The city you live in
- Contact info: phone number and email address
- How you met one another
- Why you would like to get married at Valley of Fire and the date you would prefer
- Which location you would like for your Valley of Fire wedding: Seven Sisters, Rainbow Vista, Visitor’s Center or The Cabins
- What you like most about each other
Contest Rules + Regulations:
- Contest closes: midnight Easter time on August 21, 2014. Entrants must answer the supplied questions via email before then
- This contest is open to international entrants, however any travel fees to Las Vegas are the responsibility of the couple and their guests
- The winning wedding date must take place between October 1 2014 and February 28 2015. Date subject to availability
- Couple marrying must both be over the age of 21
- Wedding may only take place at the state-approved locations at Valley of Fire
- The couple marrying will need to provide the following things themselves: transportation to Las Vegas, a marriage license, their wedding day attire and hair and makeup if desired
- Winner will be chosen at random from the entries received and notified via email within a week of contest closing date
- Copyright of publicity will belong to Cactus and Lace. Wedding photos may be featured on wedding blogs and sites in the future
- Cactus and Lace reserves the right to substitute a similar prize of equivalent or greater value should the prize be unavailable. None of the prizes may be exchanged or transferred and there is no cash value
- Package includes: transportation to and from Las Vegas to Valley of Fire and five guests, state park wedding permits and entry fee, wedding day photography, flowers, minister, cake and event design. Total prize value: approximately $3,600
These days I get quite a few emails from readers asking for advice, but I still clearly remember one of the first couples who wrote me. Neal and Bobby had a tall order: they wanted to have a midnight wedding ceremony during their short layover in Las Vegas before flying on to Asia. The date was significant, and midnight was the only time it could happen. They wanted help finding a suitable officiant and a photographer who could capture a certain style of another elopement they saw on LVW – could I help?
I knew right away who to recommend, and I did so, with great enthusiasm. I didn’t hear anything about how it went until recently, when I saw the photos of Bobby and Neal’s midnight elopement and I nearly keeled over from the romance. Their ceremony was simple, meaningful and it made me really happy to see that everything came together just as they had hoped. A beautiful reminder that it’s not necessarily where a wedding is or how it looks that holds the power, but rather who is there and what is said.
Why Neal and Bobby Chose Las Vegas:
We wanted a lightning trip where we could get everything we wanted with minimal stress or fuss. Also, we had already booked our flight out for Indonesia from LA for the next day. The wedding plans actually grew from there. We realized that if we got married at midnight on 4/11 we could lock in the date of our 10 year anniversary and still fly to LA in the morning. Where else could you make that happen but Vegas?
We chose Aria because we were attracted to the modern, classy look of the CityCenter area and wanted to capture that vibe in our wedding. We had visited it before, and also checked out more pictures online, so we had a good idea of the space. We knew our way around Vegas, so it was easy to plan without actually being there. We’re very happy with how it all turned out.
The Ceremony – Outside Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria
We scouted out Aria and a few other CityCenter spots the night before to hone in on a specific location. We found a beautiful spot outside of Jean Georges restaurant there and had our officiant, Angie, and the photographer, Brandon, met us there at about quarter to midnight. It was an iffy proposition because we didn’t book the spot or anything—we just thought we’d do our thing and hope we didn’t get the boot. Our back up plan was to use our suite at the Cosmopolitan if that failed.
Angie did a great job presiding over the ceremony and we each wrote our own vows…which were of course only revealed to each other at that moment. After 10 years together and planning the event together, we wanted to keep a few surprises to keep things fun. We also didn’t see each other all glammed up until the night of our wedding. Although the ceremony was brief, about 10 minutes, it felt very intimate, as if the moment and space were truly ours only.
Reception — Secret Pizza at Cosmopolitan
Our whole honeymoon was a celebration, but at around 2 or 3am, after our photographers left, we headed over Secret Pizza in the Cosmopolitan and grabbed a slice. That was our first meal as husband and wife!
Favorite Wedding Memory
The best part was definitely the ceremony itself. We felt great and ready for our moment. Putting our feelings into words and making a statement of love and commitment to each other was a truly special moment. It felt intimate, special and authentic — despite literally being outside of a restaurant. Gladly, we were not shooed away, and given the late hour, there were no distractions. Everything went off without a hitch.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Gin & Sake Productions, memberss of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Outside Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria
RECEPTION VENUE . Secret Pizza at Cosmopolitan
OFFICIANT . Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions / FLORAL . Gaia Flowers / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David’s Bridal / HAIR + MAKEUP . Makeup in the 702 / GROOMSWEAR . The Black Tux
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
FLORAL . Petals Flowers and Events / CATERING . Hilton Lake Las Vegas
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