I always feel like I’m spying in on a couple when I feature an elopement on Little Vegas Wedding. It’s so…private and intimate! Hanna and James chose to do their ceremony Vegas-style, and got married on a gondola floating down the replica canal of Venetian Las Vegas.
Going for a different side of Las Vegas for their post-wedding photos, they headed downtown with Cluney Photo to do a shoot at the Neon Boneyard for a touch of old Vegas. Classy, personal and packed full of huge smiles — pretty much the perfect Vegas elopement. Thanks for the peek in Hanna and James!
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We decided to do the Venetian gondola wedding because Hanna’s family, who is very traditional, was not that happy with our initial plan to be married by Elvis. We wanted to keep things low key and enjoy the day, so after the ceremony we toured the Strip and did some sightseeing, in addition to taking a bit of time to take photos at the Neon Museum. We spent a few extra days in Las Vegas, seeing shows and just enjoying the city afterwards.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Cluney Photo
CEREMONY VENUE . Gondola at Venetian Las Vegas
POST-WEDDING SHOOT: Neon Museum
FLORAL . Venetian Las Vegas / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – J.Crew “Dune” / HAIR + MAKEUP . EJ Bain / GROOMSWEAR . J.Crew
10 years together requires a certain level of celebration, if you ask me. And what more appropriate way to mark a decade of marriage than with a renewal of vows from an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas? You can’t help falling in love all over again.
Tisha and Cory went all out for their vow renewal, tacking on a tour of the city and hitting all the big photo spots. A sexy shimmering gold dress and hot red heels for her, a suit and tie for him. An epic renewal, for sure. Be sure to get the low down on these Vegas vows from the photographer, Leana, below!
More from Leana, the photographer:
Tisha and Cory are a one of a kind couple. It was a shocker and an honor to be flown into Las Vegas to shoot their 10 year vow renewal. Tisha and I once were elementary teachers together. We have been in each others lives for nine years and continue to be great friends. Cory definitely grew on me too! I know the conservative parental side of these two, but Vegas brought out a whole new side!
We all gathered the afternoon of the big day. Our pockets were empty from slot machines, but our excitement was through the roof. Tisha was at Aria getting ready with hair and make up while Cory continued to gamble away in his well-fitted suit. It was priceless when Cory came up to the room and saw Tisha in her sparkly gold dress. He walked across the room to give her a kiss and finish zipping her up. They continued to get ready together before we left for the Neon Boneyard.
The Neon Boneyard was ridiculously awesome. We were surrounded by old neon signs from the Las Vegas Strip. How cool is that? There was so much history and vibrant colors. It was a magical moment right before the sunset.
The limo then picked us up and took us to downtown Vegas where we were to meet up with Elvis before traveling to the Vegas sign for the vows. Surrounded by tourists, other photographers, other weddings and what would normally be a distracting scene…it was like Tisha and Cory were the only ones there.
Epic trip. Epic couple. Viva Las Vegas!
Venue + Vendor Details:
PHOTOGRAPHER . POPography
VOW RENEWAL VENUE . Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign
PHOTOGRAPHY VENUE . Neon Museum
OFFICIANT . Elvis from Simple Vegas Wedding / HAIR + MAKEUP . Makeup in the 702
The coral color the bridesmaids are wearing above just pops in the photo, doesn’t it? Well get your eyes ready because this classic Las Vegas wedding at M Resort is full of the beautiful shade. Vegas locals Monika and Doug had a wedding full of love … with a heavy dash of modern style.
Round bouquets stuffed full of roses for the ladies, live music and stunning view of the Vegas valley and mountains from the top floor wedding venue, LUX at M Resort kept things classy, but didn’t take away from this adorable couple.
More from the bride, Monika:
Our love story didn’t start like those typical romance novels or “love at first sight” movies. Our first encounter was at Wells Fargo Bank! Doug being the outgoing, charismatic guy he is invited me out to a Justin Timberlake concert; which inevitably would be our first date. The great ending to this first date is that the tickets Doug bought on Craigslist turned out to be counterfeit! I can always remember his face thinking, “this girl will never go out with me again.” That night didn’t faze me and we still had so much fun.
Shortly after that night I moved in with Doug right after his second kidney transplant and we both can attest that we’ve been through so much in those four years before our actual engagement and marriage that no force could ever come between us. We are both surrounded by a loving family and friends and because we were both born in Las Vegas I feel we will always have a special bond to this city we still reside in today.
When our wedding day was finally here; I still couldn’t’ believe it was happening. All the anticipation and stress over one day was well worth it because we both married our other half.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Denise Burridge Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . LUX at M Resort Spa + Casino
RECEPTION VENUE . LUX at M Resort Spa + Casino
FLORAL . Blossoms by Gayle Logan / CAKE . Freed’s Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Couture Bride, shoes – Valentino “Couture Bow”
Video games at a wedding? Be still my heart! This very special wedding debuts a few new elements to Little Vegas Wedding: the first feature photographed by the fantastic Altf Photography, the first wedding planned and submitted by planning pro Andrea Eppolito and, of course, those video games!
From a masculine groom’s cake and videogames to a wedding cake decorated with roses and pearl strands and centrepieces dripping in crystals, this romantic wedding absolutely reflects a union between two people which is really what a wedding is all about. Andrea delves into the heartfelt details behind Eric and Amy’s wedding below; please read on and absorb the details from this incredible lakeside wedding full of romantic (and fun!) details.
More from Andrea Eppolito about this wedding:
They say you can’t meet anyone in a nightclub…but what if you meet on the way out? Lightening can strike.
That’s exactly what happened when Eric and Amy ran into one another after a night out with friends. He was the self-professed Las Vegas bad-boy with a chip on his shoulder and a line for every situation. She was the Southern California stunner studying pre-law who wasn’t biting!
Eric would not take no for an answer, and after finally getting her phone number he proceeded to court her old school with phone calls that lasted long into the night, text messages, emails, and enough flowers to fill a florist! In fact, to this day, Eric has a standing order for roses and lilies, ensuring that Amy is never without something to make her feel special.
From our first meeting, it was obvious that this would be a team effort. Amy had a very strong vision of what she wanted in terms of colors and design. Her heart was set on getting married on the water, which reminded her of her native San Diego. With a color palette of steel gray and pale pinks and a request to accent the space with roses, petals, and crystals for a soft and romantic feel.
While Eric was happy to give her what she wanted, he also wanted to ensure that he wasn’t lost in the process. He didn’t want to feel like he was living in a pale pink wonderful complete with cotton candy and sugared flowers. After making an off-the-cuff comment that the best parties he ever went to were the ones that ended with Golden Tee video games, we decided to build an outdoor arcade complete with multiple machines, candy stations, and fire pits with s’mores set ups. A nod to both Eric’s college days and Amy’s time on the boardwalks of San Diego, the balcony was intended to give Eric and the boys a place to retreat from all things pink, and ended up being the hit of the night where guests gathered for story telling, cocktails, and more than a few laughs.
As a surprise for her groom, a man who wooed her with super-human efforts, Amy arranged for the photo booth to have LED light up super hero masks, and for a Groom’s Cake that featured all of the naughty Vegas activities that Eric once loved.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Altf Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Andalusian Gardens at Westin Lake Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Baraka Ballroom at Westin Lake Las Vegas
OFFICIANT . Jimmy Mac / WEDDING PLANNER . Andrea Eppolito Events / FLORAL . Naakiti Floral Design / CAKE . wedding cake and groom’s cake – Peridot Sweets / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Cosmobella, shoes – Jimmy Choo Vamp / HAIR + MAKEUP . Makeup in the 702 / DECOR + RENTALS . Naakiti Floral Design / DANCE FLOOR + DRAPING . Sit On This / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Paper & Home / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ Mike Fox / VIDEOGRAPHY . Lighten Films / PHOTOBOOTH . ShutterBooth / VIDEO GAMES . Funtime Arcades / COTTON CANDY STATION . Amazing Clowns
If you haven’t realized it by now, one of the biggest reasons to have a destination Vegas wedding is the excuse to have a weekend (or week) long party! Allison and Robin did just that, traveling from Boston for their wedding with guests joining them from all over the US. Their wedding weekend included stops at the cabanas of Planet Hollywood’s pool, a welcome party in a PH Boulevard Suite and double decker bus ride up and down The Strip. Of course there was also the wedding itself, and then not only one but two afterparties!
I’ve included a few of Allison’s candid photos of the weekend sprinkled in between the pro photos by Neon Sun Photography to give you a little peek into what kind of craziness a Vegas weekend wedding holds.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
Robin and I love to travel, and our friends are always asking us “where are you going next?” We are also creatures of habit. Vegas is a place we return to on an almost an annual basis. In March 2013 we were on a trip with friends for March Madness (we are huge Syracuse University fans!) and Robin proposed at the end of that trip at the top of the “Eiffel Tower.”
We wanted our wedding to be anything but ordinary, different from the typical ballroom event, and most importantly, one big party. We also wanted to keep it intimate. Our love of travel left us wanting a destination wedding, and we thought Vegas would be a perfect fit. Our main goal was to provide our guests with an amazing weekend, to say thank you for making the trip.
CEREMONY – The Chapel at Planet Hollywood
We picked Planet Hollywood primarily for it’s close proximity to the Paris (I wasn’t a fan of the Paris chapel) and the fact that rooms were affordable. The hotel also has a very fun vibe to it and an amazing center strip location. Of all of the indoor chapels (we had to go indoor, was afraid of wind and heat) it’s the prettiest. The Chihuly glass sculpture is beautiful. I also hoped that we might get Britney Spears to make a cameo at the wedding. I actually sent her an invitation! I was sad to find out that her show was dark the week of the wedding. Didn’t think she’d really come anyway :)
The ceremony was short and sweet, just how we wanted it to be. Robin and I wrote our own vows, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Robin’s vows were especially emotional, more so than mine! I wasn’t really expecting that and neither were our guests, hence the crying.
RECEPTION – Mon Ami Gabi
We rented Café Halle at Mon Ami Gabi for our dinner. Mon Ami Gabi is one of my favorite places to eat in Vegas, we eat there almost every time we visit (see, creatures of habit!). The view was spectacular. I felt like we were in a café on the Champs Elysee.
Our guests feasted on escargot, baked brie, salad, filet mignon, roasted chicken, salmon, and of course crème brulee and chocolate mousse. The service was impeccable. Towards the end of the meal we checked in on how we were doing with the room minimum. We still had about $500 to spend so I ran around the room telling everyone to drink up – the staff brought out bottles of champagne. It was quite funny.
After dinner, Robin and I did a strip photo tour and we met our guests at Harrah’s Piano Bar. We had a reserved section and two hours of open bar for our guests. My MOHs (there were three) had gotten there early to make sure everything was set up. They ended up moving the tables off to the sides so we had our own private dance floor in the middle of the place. The duelling pianos were a hit, playing lots of 80s and 90s hits (our favorite) and we danced the night away.
VEGAS WEDDING MEMORIES
Our original photographer cancelled six days before the wedding, so we had to find a replacement quickly! Also, the double decker bus had a bus break down and we had to make some last minute adjustments on the welcome party night. Finally, seven people, including Robin, came down with a stomach virus on the wedding day and afterwards. My husband was a champion. Despite being sick he made it through our Strip photo tour and most of the after party.
Robin and I made a thank you toast to our guests at dinner. Looking around the room and seeing the faces of my best friends and family, who all made the trip to Vegas to celebrate us, was incredible. I felt like the luckiest person on the planet.
OTHER WEDDING EVENTS
I think it’s also worth mentioning the night before the wedding events – the happy hour we hosted in the Boulevard Suite and the Double Decker Bus. The suite was AMAZING. Floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Bellagio Fountains. Plenty of comfy seating and room for 48 people to mingle, and there was a ping pong table! We also played the shoe game, my sister set it up. It was very cute.
The double decker bus was a ton of fun. We packed up coolers with beer, boxed wine and boxed scotch! (No glass was allowed on board). We had a playlist going with Vegas-themed music and we danced on board. It was a great way to see the Strip, open air, cruising through all of the neon lights.
VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM ROBIN + ALLISON
Vegas is an expensive city and things add up! At first I thought having a wedding in Vegas would be less expensive. It wasn’t. We had to prioritize what we really wanted. Sure a cake would have been fun, but was it necessary to spend another $500 when we had dessert provided by the restaurant? Nope.
ROBIN + ALLISON’S GUESTCOUNT
We had 48 guests join us, flying into Las Vegas from Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Nashville and Raleigh.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Neon Sun Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . The Chapel at Planet Hollywood
RECEPTION VENUE . Mon Ami Gabi
FLORAL . Planet Hollywood / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David’s Bridal, jewelry and accessories – Glam House, Etsy / HAIR + MAKEUP . Beauty by Brianna / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Sataya House / WELCOME PARTY . PH Boulevard Suite party and double decker bus / AFTERPARTY . Harrah’s Piano Bar