Pink and cream were the sophisticated palette for this intimate wedding. Hidden away in the hotel within a hotel at Four Seasons Las Vegas, Nicole and Alex exchanged vows in the courtyard backed by the unforgettable fountains (complete with cocktail hour), followed by a classic ballroom reception. The feminine touches created an airy, romantic look for this simply stunning wedding. I am gaga over the florals. Feast your eyes!
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On a perfect spring day, Nicole walked around her suite at the Four Seasons Las Vegas to the sounds of laughter from her bridesmaids while sipping on a bottle of Dom Perignon. After spending a year planning this beautiful day, her wedding day was finally here.
The couple opted to do a first look. Nicole took Alex’s breath away as he turned around to see his beautiful bride for the first time.
The scattered clouds over the evening ceremony made for stunning light at the right moments. A string duo played Pachelbel’s Canon in D as the bride took her first step down the aisle with both her parents by her side. Surrounded by their family and friends, Nicole and Alex vowed to love each other unconditionally for the rest of their lives and sealed it with a kiss.
PRESS brought great energy as guests sipped on cocktails and enjoyed hors d’oeurves while waiting for the reception to begin. The breathtaking ballroom awaited and Nicole and Alex got the party started with their first dance. The night was filled with lots of great food, a few Persian traditions, and even a slider station at the end of the night.
Starting a new series for Little Vegas Wedding is always a lot of fun, so I am pleased to announce “5 Favorites!” It’s a new venue spotlight series that will be highlighting some of the prettiest and most popular wedding venues in Las Vegas.
Kicking the series off today is waterside wedding venues. Yes, that’s right. Las Vegas features some beautiful wedding venues with a gorgeous waterfront or waterside location…even one under water! There are lots of choices in the city, but here are five of my favorites for a waterside wedding in Vegas.
Lotus Court at the Westin has an extraordinary location, boasting a view of Lake Las Vegas while being surrounded by fire features, fountains and tropical foliage. If you are seeking a traditional hotel setting with a Moroccan flair and lakeside setting, this is definitely a venue to consider. And if Lotus Court doesn’t fit the bill, Westin Lake Las Vegas features a few other lakeside venues and even a beach option!
Seascape Ballroom at Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef Aquarium
The Seascape Ballroom is a unique waterside wedding venue in Las Vegas: it’s actually under water! Located within the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, this venue will allow you to go under the sea with your guests as they watch sharks and other sealife swim past the reception. Incredible and unforgettable.
The chic boutique Four Seasons Las Vegas is located within Mandalay Bay, giving it a very private feel. They happen to have an extraordinary poolside venue, popular for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. The elegant Fountain Terrace also features water in a tropical fountain waterfall and is popular for ceremonies or cocktail hours.
Oh, those famous Bellagio fountains! The romance of this location ranks it highly for not only wedding ceremonies, but for engagements, too. Although the fountains and replica of Lake Como they are in can host weddings from many locations, get up close and personal with them inside the luxe Hyde Nightclub. The iconic fountains can be timed perfectly with your vows, dancing behind you as you share your first kiss.
Get married right on the water’s edge at The Lake Club at SouthShore, located at Lake Las Vegas. This venue hosts both ceremonies (particularly beautiful at sunset) and receptions next to a villa-style club house. Pair the wedding with a cocktail hour cruise for your guests to complete that nautical feeling!
Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Today the focus is on restaurant receptions on the south Strip.
Restaurant receptions are common for many smaller Vegas weddings, as almost every Las Vegas restaurant offers some kind of private dining, and they make it easy to host a reception for 30 or fewer people. Instead of everyone swimming in a room that is too large for the group, these restaurants tailorsized their venues to smaller groups. You get all the benefits of the restaurant’s decor and location in addition to customized menus, the ambience, service and privacy.
Border Grill — Mandalay Bay (Caesars Palace Location: Opening September 2014)
It’s no secret I love Border Grill. Great Mexican food with a vibrant atmosphere and indoor and outdoor options: what’s not to love? The best options for smaller weddings are the Ciudad Dining Room (34 guests) or the covered outdoor Cantina Patio for up to 60 guests.
Breakfast, lunch, cocktail and dinner menus available.
Cuisine Style: Mexican. Don’t miss: the Cadillac margaritas or chile relleno. Innovative action buffet stations for tacos, desserts and paella are available for banquets
Decor: Funky with bright colors and expansive windows overlooking the Mandalay Bay pools
Verandah — Four Seasons Las Vegas This intimate dining experience inside Verandah offers two private dining rooms for weddings: La Luna for up to 12, and La Sala for 26. The serene and calming atmosphere with views of the lush pool area cannot be beat.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus available, served à la carte, buffet or family-style.
Price per guest: Contact venue for current pricing
Cuisine Style: Italian. Don’t miss: the housemade pastas! Gluten free menu options are available.
Decor: Tropical country club chic
Aureole — Mandalay Bay Aureole is a breathtaking restaurant inside Mandalay Bay a world unto itself. A four-story wine tower, outdoor garden and fountain area with swans and modern cuisine make it unforgettable, like a secret garden. The terrace hosts up to 40 guests while the Center Room hosts up to 30.
Price per guest: $85-120, bar packages from $25 an hour
Cuisine Style: New American. Don’t miss: Charlie Palmer’s signature French Onion soup. Tasting menus and wine pairings from their extensive list are available
Decor: Modern, with natural light from oversized windows overlooking Swan Court
Boardroom at Jean Georges
Jean-Georges Steakhouse — Aria Las Vegas
A classic steakhouse inside Aria, Jean-Georges is a masculine space (as you might expect for a steakhouse) with two options for wedding receptions: a 20 seat boardroom and 12 seat chef’s table.
Cuisine Style: Modern Steakhouse with an Asian twist. Don’t miss: broiled bone marrow or black truffle and comté fritters. A/V equipment for slideshows is available
Decor: Sleek and chic with dark woods, metal details and bull accents
Mon Ami Gabi — Paris Las Vegas
The French bistro Mon Ami Gabi offers a fantastic view of the Bellagio fountains or the Eiffel Tower replica. Two private dining rooms accommodation up to 24 at a long table and Cafe Halle for up to 40 guests. There are also semi-private options.
Lunch, brunch, cocktail receptions and dinner menus available.
LVW readers! Today I have a very special guest post for you from one of the founders of My Hotel Wedding, a fabulous site that is dedicated to amazing weddings in hotels!
Brooke is sharing her Las Vegas wedding which, naturally, happened in one of the loveliest Strip hotels. Read on for all the details from a hotel wedding pro, and to see the gorgeous images of the day by Micah and Megan Photography. (I can’t get over that midnight donut bar…)
Greetings Little Vegas Wedding readers! I’m Brooke, co-founder of My Hotel Wedding. My sister (previously a Catering Manager at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel) and I started My Hotel Wedding to be your one-stop site for seamless hotel wedding planning. We realized that with our combined knowledge and experience we had lots to share with couples planning hotel weddings. I am honored to share my Vegas wedding experience with you.
My husband and I met in film school and we both work in Los Angeles in the entertainment industry. When it came down to choosing a location for our wedding, we didn’t want LA, but also didn’t want to go too far from home. We had family and friends flying in from all over the country, so we wanted a location with easy access from the airport…VEGAS!!!
First we had to choose our Vegas venue. Our top three contenders were the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas (since my sister worked for the company :) ), the Bellagio (because it’s stunning) and the Mandalay Bay (a personal fave). We chose the Four Seasons because of their ability to provide a truly customized wedding experience. Although the rooms and chapels were lovely elsewhere, they only offered wedding packages, which were unable to be customized to our taste when it came to food and beverage options.
Once we chose the Four Seasons everything else easily fell into place. Dennis Silknitter, our Catering Manager, made everything a breeze from the planning to the wedding day itself. One of our favorite planning memories was the tasting; we tried what felt like half their menu! Everything was divine! The final choices were hard to make, but we came up with our perfect wedding menu. Although we tried and tried to say no, we ended up saying yes to a midnight handmade donut station, which was a complete hit!
For our florist we chose Naakiti Floral Design who came highly recommended by the Four Seasons. Randi, the owner/founder, was amazing to work with. She greeted us at her studio off the Strip where we browsed thousands of images. She worked with our budget and even helped us find the perfect wood chairs to match our hot pink and purple theme.
By the time our wedding day came, I was so excited that I woke up at 6am ready to go! Our wedding day flew by, but was full of wonderful memories; from my grandma’s face seeing me in my wedding dress to the first look with my hubby Gordon. By the way, we recommend having the first look before the ceremony as it gets all the jitters out.
Another favorite moment that we’ve written about in our hotel hints, is taking a moment for just the two of us after the ceremony. We went back up to our suite and were able to have some time alone to freshen up, enjoy each other’s company as husband and wife and munch on delicious hors d’oeuvres sent up from the hotel.
All in all our wedding day was perfect. Every detail was meticulously handled by my sister and Dennis so that we could just enjoy. To see more photos from our wedding and all the vendors we used, visit our full blog post.
We hope you enjoyed hearing about our Vegas wedding experience. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out via email to brooke AT myhotelwedding DOT com or visit My Hotel Wedding for tips, tools and total inspiration for your hotel wedding!