Many of you marrying at locations where you cannot use an outside photographer for your ceremony often ask me if it’s worthwhile to hire a separate photographer in addition to the hotel photographer. My answer is always yes. Although your photographer often will not be able to photograph the actual wedding ceremony, they can get amazing photos like the ones in Madison and Matthew’s wedding today.
Their getting ready shots and first look were captured in that oh-so-stylish MGM Grand Skyline Terrace suite. (As well as Madison’s boudoir shots!) This super modern and sexy set of wedding photos set the scene for an intimate Vegas wedding with a host of events and parties over the week — my favorite kind!
WHY LAS VEGAS?
It seemed spontaneous and it was an easy access destination for our world-wide guest list. My husband is Canadian and at the time I lived in Seattle, Washington. We had friends and family come from all over: Whistler, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Seattle, San Francisco, London, Barcelona and even as far as Sydney, Australia!
THE CEREMONY — Gazebo at Mon Bel Ami
The ceremony was magical! It was dark and the gazebo was lit up with candles and strung lights. We had 50 of our closest family and friends there to show their love and support! I walked down the isle to Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine. Our ceremony was short and sweet with so much personalization. We had prepared our own vows for each other and as we walked down as husband and wife Home by Edward Sharpe played throughout the gazebo.
THE RECEPTION — Firefly Tapas Bar
Firefly was amazing they had a room set up for us with linens matching our wedding colors, microphones for speeches, and beautiful candles lit everywhere! We ended up having 70 guests for dinner instead of 50 and they did not skip a beat! The service was superb, too! Our group was a very lively bunch and we continued the excitement to our rooftop terrace suite at the MGM where we had our first dance followed by many Champagne toasts. It was such a beautiful evening.
My stand-out moment was seeing my husband for the first time. The morning went by so fast with hair, makeup, and boudoir photos. I think the first time I really took a deep breath was when I met him out on the balcony of our suite, the sun was shining and I felt that our love was radiating which you can tell from our photos.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM MADISON + MATTHEW
I think people have a certain idea of what a Vegas wedding looks like, but honestly you can make it whatever you have been dreaming of. The first thing I had to tell people when I told them I was getting married in Vegas is, No…Elvis is not performing at my wedding. Vegas can be inexpensive (well, for a wedding) and still very classy.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We ended up spending more money at the pool parties and clubs the days surrounding the wedding, thanks to an $8,000 MGM Wet Republic pool party ;) But all in all $9,000 for 50-70 people? Not bad at all.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Heather Elizabeth Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Mon Bel Ami Wedding Chapel
RECEPTION VENUE . Firefly Tapas Bar
GETTING READY SUITE . MGM Grand Skyline Terrace
OFFICIANT . Regina Madiera-Gorden (bride’s mother) / CAKE . Freed’s Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Nicole Miller / HAIR + MAKEUP . Paige Dorans / GROOMSWEAR . Tuxedo Junction / TRANSPORTATION . VIP Transportation / AFTERPARTY VENUE . MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite
Desert weddings are among my favorite to share on Little Vegas Wedding and today’s from Key Lime Photography does not disappoint. Marianna and Travis were wed in an intimate outdoor ceremony just beyond the outer reaches of Las Vegas.
The couple have a rather unique romantic courtship story to share when they meet others…Marianna is a forensic pathologist and Travis a homicide detective and, well, work brought them together when they found themselves working a case together. It’s not everyday you can say you met the love of your life at an autopsy, but Marianna and Travis can!
For having such a great “how they met” story, it was appropriate they chose such a unique location for their destination wedding – the Red Spring boardwalk at Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon. (Note: they do require special notice and permits, but Marianna said it was easy to do. However she also said there is about a 10 minute walk to the platform from the parking lot to where the ceremonies normally happen.) The couple decided Calico was the spot for them as it allowed outside photographers unlike many chapels, and was close to The Strip. The photos really are spectacular – great venue choice!
Rabbi Mel Hecht officiated and wove family traditions into their ceremony which was performed infront of a small group of friends and family. Afterwards the wedding party enjoyed some dancing and a meal at Firefly Tapas Kitchen (in an alternate space) plus slices of what has to be one of the most personal, fun and totally awesome wedding cakes I’ve ever seen, made by Cakes on the Move. What else could it be but a crime scene cake?
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Vendor and Venue Goodness:
Wedding Venue: Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon / Reception Venue: Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar / Photographer: Key Lime Photography / Transport: Bell Trans / Wedding Dress: Nordstrom / Hair: Regis Salons / Makeup: by the Bride / Floral: Springtime Floral / Cake: Darlene of Cakes on the Move / Celebrant: Rabbi Mel Hecht
Amanda and Dan are a couple of crazy Canucks who were married in the very fun Pop Up Chapel at Cosmopolitan, and Mike L Photography was there to take all the amazing images to follow.
Amanda said that she originally started to plan for a wedding in the newly renovated Skyline Chapel at Quad, but after feeling like there were so many add ons and extra costs – they jumped ship to the seasonal Pop Up Chapel. With no extra fees for an outside photographer or florist, plus the option to play their own music, it worked out perfectly!
The comicbook-esque paper origami bouquets and boutonnieres with added superhero action figures were handmade by the bride (instructions for the projects can be found here and here) How awesome and funky are they!?
After the ceremony, and before the reception, the wedding party limo’d over to the Welcome to Las Vegas sign and took some atmospheric bridal party shots. What an awesome looking bridal party. Best Woman in a suit? Yes, please! When all the hard posing work was done, it was time for drinks, food and celebration at Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar, where the guests drank sangria and mojitos from the open bar while sampling paella, stuffed dates, camarones ajillo and many other Spanish treats.
Amanda said she booked Mike & Courtney to do their photos after following their work for three years, and honestly – these photos do not disappoint. And you should really go read the story about how they started dating on Mike L’s blog. It’s pretty hilarious.
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Vendor and Venue Goodness:
Wedding Venue: Cosmopolitan Pop Up Wedding Chapel / Reception Venue: Firefly* Tapas Kitchen and Bar Las Vegas / Photographer: Mike L Photos/ Wedding Dress: Galina Signature Line from David’s Bridal / Jewelry: “Merry” necklace and “Puzzle” earrings by Swarovski / Bride’s Shoes: “Himber” Pumps by Spring / Hair + Makeup: Harmony Medina / “Floral:” Hand folded origami paper bouquets, a DIY project by the bride! Instructions here and here/ Cake: The Cupcakery at Cosmopolitan Pop Up Chapel / Cake Topper: “Vegas BABY!” Custom Wire Cake Topper from heatherboyd on Etsy / Stationery: Vintage Vegas line from Vintage Wedding Invitations via Zazzle
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