Jessica and Nicolas came from Idaho for their Las Vegas wedding, but instead of doing a wedding portraits immediately following their ceremony, they did a pre-wedding shoot. What a great idea for a first look!
They chose to do their photos in a spot that can be a bit of a hike to get to, and test drove hair and makeup looks for an intimate session at Calico Basin with Taylored Photo Memories.
When sharing their wedding, Jessica told a really sweet story about how she coped with some tragedy and heartbreak just before the wedding and how she got her dress. You have to read her sweet, sentimental story of what happened following the death of Nicolas’s grandfather and having to put down their dachshund, Bella, just ahead of the wedding. A reminder that it’s not what happens on the day of the wedding, but sometimes the events leading up to it that make the day so emotional and memorable.
From the bride, Jessica:
After we made the hardest decision of our lives and did what was best for Bella by putting her down, two days later was my appointment at Christa’s. I had made the appointment a month prior and due to all that had been happening, I almost canceled.
My friend and my mom both came to the appointment with me and while trying on gowns, a man came over and asked if he could buy my dress for me. I honestly thought he was joking, because who offers to buy a $1000+ anything for anyone they don’t know? My friend made a point to ask the man if he was actually serious when I went back into the dressing room to try on another dress and he said that he really wanted to buy my dress.
I found the perfect dress thanks to the amazing staff at Christa’s, and Mr. Angel (one of the most amazing people I have ever met) had already paid for it. It still makes me cry just writing this now. After all of this, Mr. Angel even gave us money to go have dinner before we done back to Boise that evening. I had no idea that such amazing people even existed, but I do believe he was sent to me and my family for a reason. It for sure will be a day that I will never forget.
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Taylored Photo Memories / Photo Shoot: Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon / Reception Venue: Victoria’s Family / Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo, 221 “Rapunzel” from Christa’s Dress Shoppe in Twin Falls, ID / Hair + Makeup: Sarah at Fairytale Hair and Makeup / Jewelry: Pritties Accessories UK / Bride’s Shoes: Custom Converse / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Calvin Klein / Floral: The Palette / Celebrant: Flawless Ceremonies by Kymberli Smith
Many wedding bloggers were doing annual roundups just as 2014 began, but I thought it would be more fun to play off the Academy Awards and give honorary Oscar “nominations” for some favorite photos from posts featured on the site in 2013. The photos are a mix of personal choices and those that were popular on social media*. Mostly, it’s just a chance to highlight some amazing photography and work by various vendors from 2013. It was an amazing year on the blog, and I wish I could have included so many more!
So, presenting the nominees in the following categories: Best Visual Effects, Best Drama, Best Props, Best Set Design, Best Wardrobe Design, Best Kiss, Best Picture, Best Supporting Cast, Best Hair and Makeup and Best Cinematography! If you click the photo, it will bring you through to the full post if you would like to see more.
* tallied in a totally scientific way (…not)
Best Visual Effects
Best Set Design
Best Wardrobe/”Costume” Design
Best Supporting Cast
Two nods go out for this one, for two important groups of people. First, the band of professionals that pulled together to make a British couple’s wedding come true after their venue shut down suddenly just before their Halloween wedding.
And to the team at Wish Upon a Wedding Las Vegas, who are there to help wedding dreams come true for couples coping with terminal illness or disability.
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Ashley & Blayne were married at the Las Vegas LDS Temple, and celebrated afterwards with friends and family in a fabulous backyard wedding with a carnival theme. And they went big with the circus theme: a kissing booth and other fair-style attractions and games, pony rides, an actual big top, a carnival-inspired menu and more. They really captured the feel of a real carnival, I think: fun for all ages, and a casual, memorable vibe for a backyard affair. The photos were taken by a new contributor to Little Vegas Wedding: Chauntelle Graf – welcome, Chauntelle!
More on the details of this DIY wedding from the bride, Ashley, follows…
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It’s that day of the week again: time for Sunday Funday – a round up of the best in Vegas wedding news and links, plus some beautiful stuff from the rest of the wide world web of weddings!
In case you missed it, on Monday I launched the Little Vegas Wedding Venue and Reception Guide. It’s a browsable directory featuring over 200 different ceremony and reception venues around Las Vegas, and I hope you’ll find it useful!
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That’s all she wrote folks! See you next Sunday!
Amanda and Skyler, a couple of Canadians, were wed this December in a ceremony and reception at Emerald at Queensridge. This modern, all-in-one ceremony and reception venue just off The Strip is a great place to set it and forget it – all the details are taken care of, and you can enjoy the day as you get ready in the fantastic bridal salon areas. The palette of red, white and black for this affair is stunningly modern – especially on Amanda’s gown. A gorgeous choice for a chic nighttime garden wedding!
More from Davin, the photographer:
The wedding was held at Emerald at Queensridge, one of Vegas’ premier Banquet & Event Caterers. I was thrilled when asked by Amanda if I would shoot her wedding even though her wedding package included an in-house wedding photographer. Amanda’s dress was absolutely stunning & perfectly complemented their Vegas wedding! The hall was beautifully decorated with white linens, black bows around the chairs, & hints of red (including red wall-lighting which surrounded the banquet hall) – the perfect colors for a Vegas wedding!
The night time ceremony took place outside & was illuminated by gorgeous tree-lighting & heat lamps which kept the guests warm. Although a quick ceremony, it was very special especially when Amanda walked down the aisle with her two daughters. Because their package included an in-house wedding photographer, I didn’t end up photographing the entire wedding like I normally would. Instead, I left the formals & dancing photos to the banquet’s photographer & danced the night away…which was no problem.
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Davin G Photography / Ceremony + Reception Venue: Emerald at Queensridge