Kimberly and Jamie hosted a small group of their closest friends and family for an intimate ceremony in a suite at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. Vows before Champagne and cupcakes and that view! While I am jealous of their fabulous wedding venue I have to say I’m even more jealous of Kimberly’s bridal shoe choice. Comfortable custom Chucks? Sign me up.
The next day the couple had a post-wedding shoot at The Neon Museum’s Boneyard. Perfect way to wind down after a hectic few days.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Erik and Alicia Photography
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Wraparound Terrace Suite at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
FLORAL . Anemone Paper Florist / CAKE . Freed’s Bakery
For couples lucky enough to stay at Cosmopolitan, you know it’s the right amount of sexy and chic with romantic and intimate, making it perfect for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or, in the case of today’s couple, a vow renewal.
Damon and Alemnesh celebrated 10 years together with an Elvis renewal followed by a cake cutting and Champagne celebration with their closest loved ones in a stunning wraparound terrace suite. There were little thank you bags with hangover recovery kits for guests and sweet treats, too, all in a classic red and black palette. They went for a fun theme with little reminders of The Hangover around the suite. Can you spot all of the references?
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Clivabeth Photography
CEREMONY VENUE .
RECEPTION VENUE . Wraparound Terrace Suite, Cosmopolitan
WEDDING DESIGN . Tracey Thomas / FLORAL . Elizabeth Dantus / CATERING . Cosmopolitan / DESSERTS . The Pink Cupcake LV / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Oleg Cassini, shoes – Betsey Johnson – / HAIR . Lacy, Salon Couture, styling by Perla at VaVoom Studio / MAKEUP . MAC Cosmetics / NAILS . Mikal at BeLoved Nails 365
When you are coming all the way from Australia to get hitched in Las Vegas, you know it’s going to be in fine style. Stace and Dill were elopers who somehow convinced their near and dear ones to join them on a (long) trip to Vegas … and on the plane there, told them it was because they were getting married!
Both the bride and groom got ready at Cosmopolitan and chose to do their first look right on the Strip in front of the hotel. What an amazing idea this elopement was from surprise ceremony at the Neon Museum to the Strip photo tour to end the night.
Coolest, right? The colors, the emotion, the awesome photos of best friends hanging out at the Neon Boneyard who just happen to be getting married.
More from their photographer POPography about this surprise wedding:
This wedding was all about relationships, friendships and commitment. Everyone committed to be there and show their love and support. Hands down the coolest group of Aussies I know! In true Vegas fashion, we hit the Strip for two hours and enjoyed the oversized resorts, twinkling lights and gorgeous architecture. It is a true honor to be asked to shoot a wedding. It is even more overwhelming when someone from across the world ask you to join them for a destination wedding. A SECRET destination wedding!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . POPography
CEREMONY VENUE . Neon Museum
FLORAL . DIY / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Rachel Gilbert, shoes – Betsey Johnson / HAIR + MAKEUP . Makeup in the 702
Wedding submitted via Two Bright Lights
Rebecca and John’s Vegas wedding encapsulates the versatility of having a wedding on The Strip. Starting with a romantic wedding ceremony officiated by a friend in the tropical gardens of Flamingo, they moved with their guests over to the chic lounge at Chandelier Bar. Handcrafted cocktails, hors d’ouevres and cupcakes fuelled the guests up for a full night of Sin City adventure, and they had little Vegas survival bags to take back to their hotels afterwards. I’m in love with Rebecca’s incredible silver Tadashi Shoji dress, too. A perfect choice for this stunningly modern wedding!
WHY REBECCA AND JOHN CHOSE LAS VEGAS
We decided to get married in Las Vegas because we didn’t want a traditional wedding and we knew that all our guests would have a great time there. It’s almost impossible to not have fun in Vegas!
THE CEREMONY — Gazebo Chapel at Flamingo Las Vegas
The ceremony was held outside at the gazebo chapel at the Flamingo hotel. My best friend was the officiant, and we had a very personal ceremony with our closest friends and family. We wrote the ceremony as well as our own vows.
THE RECEPTION — Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan
The reception was at the Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan hotel. We had passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails all made by the amazing catering staff at the hotel. We then held an after party at Cleopatra’s Barge at Cesar’s Palace where we danced until the wee hours of the morning.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
I designed the invitations and gift bags and then professionally printed. I also made the programs for the ceremony and the card holder box that was placed at the reception. Although there weren’t many decorations needed because we chose venues that were gorgeous on their own, I wanted to make sure that there were some personal artistic touches. I’m an artist so having my hand in the design of the invitations and gift bags was really important to me. Some items in the wedding that we’re special to me were my grandmother’s purse and handkerchief that had her initials embroidered on it. The hanky definitely came in handy when we were reading our vows!
It’s hard to pick just one! I think the most memorable thing for us was when we read our own vows. We each wrote them privately, so they were a surprise at the ceremony. Proclaiming our love and commitment to each other in front of our closest friends and family was such a powerful and moving experience that we will never forget. Also doing a Soul Train dancing line at the after party was pretty epic!
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM REBECCA AND JOHN
Our number 1 tip for planning a great wedding in Vegas, is to pick a location and vendors you love. There are so many options to choose from, and most venues make it pretty simple to plan a wedding. It was like one stop shopping for us. John and I both love to cook, and food and cocktails were the most important aspect of the wedding for us. The Chandelier Bar is so spectacularly beautiful and know for their mixology program, that hands down, there was no other venue in our mind that would have been as perfect.
REBECCA AND JOHN’S GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
I really wanted to keep our wedding around $15,000. I think we were pretty close to that, but I honestly lost track after a while. In reality it was probably closer to $20,000. We had about 75 guests that travelled from all over the country to be with us.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . JamieY Photography, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Gazebo Chapel at Flamingo Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan
OFFICIANT . Christine Glanert, personal friend / FLORAL . Flamingo Las Vegas / CATERING . Cosmopolitan / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Tadashi Shoji / HAIR . Marie Dillenbeck, Expressions Hair and Nail Salon / MAKEUP . Violet Hour Salon at Cosmopolitan / GROOMSWEAR . MICHAEL Michael Kors / VEGAS SURVIVAL TOTE BAGS . designed by the bride, printed by Indyink / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . designed by the bride, printed at Colpa Press / FAVORS . chocolate poker chips – Personalized Chocolate, Elvis sunglasses – Oriental Trading Company, cookies and snack mix – DIY
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