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Intimate Elopement at Floyd Lamb Park | j. anne photography

 

Cold Creek | Little Vegas Wedding

Lauren and Darrik travelled from Colorado to elope in Las Vegas. They exchanged vows at Floyd Lamb Park with just two friend to witness, but special mementos of those who mattered to them were present everywhere. Lauren’s grandparents raised her and although her grandfather passed away before he could see her married, little reminders of him were carefully included: her “Pa” tattoo, an embroidered handkerchief, a heart from her grandfather’s workshirt sewn into that stunning gown.

In her heartfelt way, Reverend Angie Kelly worked with the couple to provide a romantic, personal ceremony perfect for the intimacy of the occasion. I’d love to include the entire ceremony but I’ll share just a sampling of a part that struck me: You’ve been pooling your emotional resources and know that life’s trials are less threatening because of the strength and compatibility you offered one another. Here you are, at THIS pinnacle point where you’re expressing and recording your unity to each other in a way that thousands of great couples have done throughout history.

Afterwards, the group headed north for a bridal photo session in Cold Creek. It’s a small community near Las Vegas well-known for its wild horses and scenic desert landscape. Isn’t it magical?

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . j. anne photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Floyd Lamb Park
BRIDAL PHOTO VENUE . Cold Creek, Nevada

OFFICIANT . Reverend Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions / FLORAL . Layers of Lovely – An Inspired Floral Art Studio

Cute Elopement at Cactus Joe’s | Taylored Photo Memories

Cactus Joe's | Little Vegas Wedding

For East Coast couple Zay and Dean, a Vegas elopement was just the thing. Hosting a small guest list inside of the quaint chapel at Cactus Joe’s Nursery was everything they dreamed of. It captured their relaxed earthy vibe in amazing surroundings and even had enough room to host a Champagne toast after.

To say the chapel at Cactus Joe’s is unique is an understatement. Located on the edge of town where streets and desert mesh, this working garden center has an amazing array of desert plants and animals … and the cutest damn chapel I’ve seen in Vegas so far. It’s one-of-a-kind in a town full of incredible venues.

McKenzi, Zay and Dean’s wedding photographer fills us in on the mood there:

Distressed wooden accents and decorative metal surrounded the wedding chapel where vows were exchanged and fewer than 20 guests witnessed this intimate event at sunset. Zay’s choices of subtle gold accents with white made a statement, from her bridal headpiece and fingernail polish all the way to the couple’s wedding favors: dreamcatchers, made by the bride.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories
CEREMONY VENUE . Chapel at Cactus Joe’s Las Vegas Nursery

OFFICIANT . Ceremonies by Janet / FLORAL . A Garden Floral / BRIDAL FASHION . ModCloth / HAIR + MAKEUP . Smooth Brides / TRANSPORTATION . Earth Limos & Buses / HEADPIECE . VividBloom

Serenaded by Elvis at A Little White Wedding Chapel | Photography by Amy Nicole

Elvis Ceremony | Little Vegas Wedding

Nicole, the bride from today’s feature wedding, says she dreamed of a Vegas wedding from an early age. I think some of us can relate! With husband Cleveland, she planned a midnight ceremony at the downtown Vegas classic A Little White Wedding Chapel, serenaded in and officiated over by none other than Elvis and witnessed by a group of around 20 guests, including kids. After getting ready on the Strip the group headed north for the ceremony before heading out for a Strip photo tour on a party bus including stops at the Bellagio fountains, Linq and the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Destination wedding heaven for this Vegas vow obsessed bride.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Photography by Amy Nicole
CEREMONY VENUE . A Little White Wedding Chapel

Creative Desert Elopement at Valley of Fire | Cactus and Lace Weddings

Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding

While it is a little further away from Las Vegas than comparative desert locations, the Valley of Fire is well worth the extra journey time, as you’ll see with today’s wedding.

Tim and Svea’s wedding theme came from the bride’s love of flowers — something that reminds her of her father, a gardener. And the wedding was full of other personal famiily mementos as well, despite being a destination wedding in a remote location. The way the desert is turned into a royal blue, rustic scene is truly magical, don’t you agree? All the little pieces and details come together in a totally unforgettable way.

The amazing team behind this desert transformation is none other than Cactus and Lace Weddings. If you are loving today’s Vegas wedding, they are offering a Valentine’s Day special for weddings hosted on Feb. 14, 2017. You can save up to $3,000 on their Valley of Fire elopement special for an all-inclusive wedding ceremony. It includes photography, floral arrangements, transportation and more to make getting married in this gorgeous desert scenery stylish and simple. Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Beautiful desert elopement near Las Vegas in the Valley of Fire from Cactus and Lace Weddings. Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding B Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding Magical Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding

More from Rachel of Cactus and Lace on Tim and Svea’s gorgeously styled desert affair:

Svea is quite talented and taught herself to sew via the Internet, creating a beautiful, navy blue cape. Tim merges art and the virtual world at a job he thoroughly enjoys. It was fitting that these two met at graduate school and thus began the beginning of this new family. We loved learning about and displaying the treasures which were made by Svea’s great-grandmother and great-grandfather, including an amazing hand-carved table her great-grandfather created and a small detailed wooden box, carved with skill and craftsmanship. His name and date are inscribed on each piece and it was fabulous to include these intricate, lovingly created items in the ceremony’s style.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Catcus and Lace Weddings
VENUE . Valley of Fire

WEDDING DESIGN + CO-ORDINATION .Catcus and Lace Weddings / FLORAL . The Front Porch Flowers and Gifts / CAKE . Gimme Some Sugar / HAIR + MAKEUP . Ruby Finch Salon / TRANSPORTATION . Presidential Limo

Easy, Breezy Red Rock Elopement | Taylored Photo Memories

Red Rock Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding
I get so many emails from couples who are hoping for a just-for-two elopement, asking for my advice on where to hold it. For couples who love nature, Red Rock Canyon is often at the top of my recommendations. It’s private, incredibly scenic and convenient, as it is super close to Las Vegas.

Sam and Sage opted for a ceremony set in the wilds west of the Strip at Red Rock after their plans for a larger wedding in their home state got to be overwhelming. These two wanted to keep things natural, and a spring ceremony was perfect with cooler weather. A few flowers even made an appearance. They didn’t need much: a photographer, officiant, their vows and a simple banner to use in an announcement card keep things beautifully easy.

WHY RED ROCK CANYON?

Coming from Hawaii, we are surrounded by lush green mountains, waterfalls, and ocean everyday. The beauty of nature is so much of what we love about living in Hawaii so although we decided to escape the islands and elope in Vegas, it was important for us to still be surrounded by nature. Red Rock Canyon was so completely different than the landscape we are used to and the big open feel of a desert seemed like the perfect place for us to exchange our vows.

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THE CEREMONY

Our original vision of our wedding day consisted of a large party at a beach house on the north shore of Oahu, but as we began to plan the event we became overwhelmed by the details and the amount of work and money it would take to create the perfect day. I woke up one morning and asked Sam if he wanted to elope. No fuss, no drama, no stress. Once we made the decision to elope there was a huge feeling of relief.

Our vision then became about what was really important to us; expressing our love for each other in an intimate ceremony surrounded by beauty. We wanted our day to be about US and we were determined to make that happen. It was perfect. Thanks to McKenzi Taylor our planning process was simple. I had seen pictures of Red Rock and knew that’s where we wanted to tie the knot, but I left it up to McKenzi to choose a time and exact location for our elopement. She suggested an officiant and we were done!

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FAVORITE MEMORY

The one thing Sam and I did spend time on was writing our own vows to each other and I’d have to say that was the best part of the planning process. It was a way for each of us to reflect on our relationship and really focus on what this commitment meant to us. It was a beautiful process.

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ELOPEMENT TIPS FROM SAM AND SAGE

Keep it simple! It’s so easy to get sucked into “you need this and you need that” for you wedding, but none of those things are actually what’s important. Your special day should be about you and your partner and sharing your love for one another. You don’t need $25,000 and fancy napkins to experience that. No matter what you decide, just be true to what YOU want and not what someone else tells you you need.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories
CEREMONY VENUE . Red Rock Canyon

OFFICIANT . Peachy Keen Unions by Angie Kelly

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