Teela and Robert hosted exchanged their vows backed by a panoramic view of the Strip from their MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite. With over 800-square-feet of patio space, it was more than spacious for their intimate guestlist of family and friends. Luxury details filled the suite, from the bride’s silver heels to the sophisticated wedding cake. Perfect for the modern space.
After getting emotional on the terrace, the party continued indoors with a chic cake and Champagne reception. They celebrated their marriage by sharing their first dance outdoors, the lights on the Strip flickering on hotel by hotel behind them.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Skyline Terrace Suite at MGM Grand
OFFICIANT . Peachy Keen Unions‘ Norma Rivera
I know a lot of brides and grooms stress about the “perfect” venue for their bridal portraits, but the truth is, if you have chosen a talented (and patient) photographer, you can get amazing photos. That’s the reason I’m highlighting this fairly simple bridal portrait session today. Shot on location in MGM Grand, this pin-up inspired series shows that you don’t need much to go glam.
These photos evoke old Hollywood drama — and were all shot in a ginormous hotel complex. But you’d never know it; fabulous lighting and careful angle choice help hide that. So don’t focus on running around Vegas trying to get as many famous landmarks as you can in your photos, just take a few minutes to consider working with what you’ve got and what you’re really trying to capture in your wedding photos…the background, or you.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Erin Usawicz Photography
SHOOT VENUE . MGM Grand
SHOOT PLANNER . Pete Wright / BRIDAL FASHION . Bella Rosa Bridal / HAIR + MAKEUP . by the model, Signe Kofoed
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
Krista and Austin show us how an in-suite wedding reception is done in Las Vegas in today’s post! After a ceremony at Aria’s wedding chapel (and a double decker bus ride) they brought their guests back to a Skyline Terrace suite at MGM Grand for an evening of dancing, food and cake, enjoyed from the patio with a fantastic panoramic view of the Strip.
Photos from Tyler Freear show off this fabulous family and their amazing wedding day. Don’t you just love Krista’s incredible feather shrug? Just one of the many things that make this Vegas wedding feel like chic old Hollywood. Read on for Krista and Austin’s wedding tips, vendors, budget and more!
Ceremony: Aria Wedding Chapel | Reception: MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite
Why Krista and Austin chose a Las Vegas wedding
We love Las Vegas! Austin proposed in the Eiffel Tower restaurant, which was another added memory. We went with Aria based on the resort itself actually, the chapel was not complete when we booked our date, but I just knew it would be wonderful, modern and chic just like Aria. My mom and I do a lot of wedding planning and day of coordination here in Washington state (editor’s note: Krista didn’t give herself a shoutout, but I will! Every Last Detail Events, check them out! -Kelly) so after doing so many weddings I wanted something different and unique. Our guest list for an at-home wedding would have been well over 200 guests, and that sounded too big. We wanted a smaller group to really be able to enjoy everyone.
The Ceremony – The Wedding Chapel at Aria
We had a short but sweet non-religious ceremony where we said our own vows, and it was perfect. The bridal party walked in to a piano version of Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake and I walked down with my dad to Avril 14th by Aphex Twin.
The Reception – MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite
Before we went to MGM we had a short tour of the strip on a double decker bus. Our guests enjoyed themselves but we cut it short and headed to the suite. My aunt and her sister-in-law made all the food for the reception at her condo. We had a selection of hors h’oeuvres including bacon wrapped prawns, caprese skewers, smoked salmon dip, hot artichoke crab dip and more. We brought our own alcohol and hired a bartender through Culinary Pros, to serve up drinks all night long. A friend was our DJ, and we danced the night away with a beautiful view from the terrace!
Favorite Vegas wedding memory
It was all just so much fun! I woke up the morning of the wedding and felt so fabulous, it was a really stress-free day (thanks to my mom and a few of her friends) and everyone had a ball.
DIY and handmade touches at Krista and Austin’s wedding
I added glitter to our invitations, our cake stand an wooden letters that spelled “LOVE”. Having help from my aunt and her sister-in-law for the catering was amazing! My cousin also did our flowers.
Krista and Austin’s #1 tip for other couples planning a Vegas wedding
Hire a day of co-ordinator! Let me say it again: HIRE A DAY OF CO-ORDINATOR. Haha! And if you’re doing an insuite reception get the suite the day before. Remember to have fun, it’s Vegas! Take lots of pictures of the events before the big day — we wish we had more!
Krista and Austin’s Guestlist and Budget
We invited about 80 people and 45 people attended, including the wedding party. Budget was $7,500 and we ended up spending around $11,000
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Tyler Freear Photography / Ceremony Venue: Aria Wedding Chapel / Reception Venue: MGM Grand Skyline Terrace Suite / Wedding Dress: I Do Bridal, Seattle WA / Alterations: Romashka Bridal, Everett WA / Day of Coordination: Laurie Andersen / Hair: Katie Sarpy of Essential Organic Earth Salon, Tulalip WA / Makeup: Bobby Pin Beauty by Francesca Lombardo / Bride’s Shoes: Aldo with DIY Swarovski detailing / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Davids’ Bridal / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Men’s Wearhouse / Floral: Bride’s Cousin from Mayesh Wholesale Floral / Catering: DIY / Cake: Retro Bakery / Cake Topper: Chicago Factory / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Door Hangers: Brown Paper Moon / Rentals (ice chest, chafing dishes): RSVP Party Rentals / Transport: Presidential Limousine / Videographer: Langdon Video
You’re going to love today’s very timely Day of the Dead Vegas wedding – it’s anything but ordinary! It ticks so many fun, quirky boxes: rockabilly, Día de los Muertos, Elvis, pinup, DIY style, 1950s retro theme…and that’s just for starters. But, that’s what you get when two creative types get married!
Paige and Phil are birds of a feather from New York City – they’re both artists (you have to check out their illustrations and design work at The Art of Paigey and Ballsyart) who have super fun style. Looking through the photos I couldn’t help but feeling like I wanted to be there for the party!
Joined by 44 guests for their destination wedding, they were married by Elvis at the Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel, and then had a bridal shoot with Glitter Lens Photography at the Neon Boneyard before a restaurant reception at MGM Grand.
The wedding was full of totally personal style that reflected the special wedding date of November 2. There was even a soundtrack for the wedding – how cool is that? Paige and Phil asked their guests to dress in “retro spooky cocktail” style or “what you’d wear to Vincent Price’s funeral.”
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