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Delightful Desert Elopement from City Wedding Tours

Calico Basin | Little Vegas Wedding

Lately I’ve been hearing some rumblings that perhaps Calico Basin and Red Rock Canyon aren’t as accessible to weddings as they once were, due to some recent changes to the permit system.

However, there is no denying the place is gorgeous. Incredible rock formations, beautiful colors and a special intimacy that can only come from getting married in the natural beauty of the desert. Kelsey and Adam chose to marry (after getting engaged) there before joining friends and family at a festive reception after. Sounds perfect for this down-to-earth couple who also chose to support artisans where ever they could in their wedding day.

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THE CEREMONY — Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is our favorite spot in Las Vegas. We wanted an outdoor wedding and Red Rock is such a beautiful location it was the obvious choice. It was the location Adam proposed to me as well, so it holds a lot of memories for us. We also wanted the reception festivities to stay within the Summerlin area, so Red Rock made an easy venue to get between the different locations for the wedding festivities.

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DIY DETAILS + DECOR

(We were going for) simple, natural, and as DIY as possible. We wanted to keep it small and intimate with a personal touch. We wanted our actual wedding ceremony private to keep it as intimate as possible, but we opened up our reception to close friends and family. We kept it simple by holding the reception party at Adam’s parent’s house. We had an open bar so people could make their own drinks as they pleased, and the majority of the food was homemade. All decorations were either handmade or purchased through Etsy to support independent artists. We had a succulent/desert theme which we incorporated through our colors (greens and purples with highlights of gold and silver) and flowers (succulent centerpieces and succulent bouquet and boutonniere). We made our own wedding invitations, centerpieces and signs.

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FAVORITE MEMORY

My favorite part of the planning process was just being able to enjoy the reward of all of our hard work at the great reception party we had. While we kept our wedding simple there was still a lot of planning involved. It was nice to be able to enjoy all of the work everyone had put in to make our day so special. Another part I enjoyed was being able to support independent artists. Etsy was a great resource and I feel like a lot of our wedding items were truly unique and original.

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LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM

Make a lot of lists! The only thing that kept me organized was making lists. It felt satisfying being able to mark stuff off as we went along. At the end of everything there was only one or two things that I had forgotten, but they were minor and not really significant. If I had not used lists to keep myself organized a lot more would have been forgotten! Another good thing to remember is that everything will still be okay even if something is missed or goes wrong. There’s always something that’s going to go wrong but it’s such a big day and you are surrounded by such loving and supportive people that no one would really care if you forgot to put out a certain favor or sign, etc. No one knows the difference and they’re most likely having a good time anyway!

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . City Wedding Tours
CEREMONY VENUE . Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon
RECEPTION VENUE . Private home

OFFICIANT . Norma with City Wedding Tours / WEDDING PLANNER . City Wedding Tours / FLORAL . Succulently Urban / CAKE . Nothing Bundt Cakes / BRIDAL FASHION . Adrianna Papell

Simple, Romantic Desert Wedding Style by Ivory Lime Photography

Simple Desert Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding

One of my favourite Vegas events (that I have yet to attend) is the annual Wedding and Portrait Photographers International conference. Known as WPPI, this event hosts thousands of photographers in Las Vegas every spring. Many photographers attend learning sessions, pay to access models and styled shoot set ups to try new thing and add to their portfolio and network. Naturally a time of renewal, this spring conference is great for amazingly imaginative styled shoots and inspiration, too, much of which I get to share with you, dear readers!

We’ll kick things off with a simple elopement-style shoot that showcases the natural simplicity of desert scenery and a couple’s intimacy. Rustic detailing, a vintage wedding dress and handmade accessories turn it into a gorgeous concept, perfect for low key couples. Can’t you just imagine these two whipping around the desert in a dune buggy in their wedding gear? Of course, you know I had to include it because of that darn cute dog, too!

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This feature is one of a few organized during WPPI 2015 that I have coming in the future weeks. Prepare to get inspired by new ideas, new vendors, concepts and venues!


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Ivory Lime Photography by Angela Stewart
STYLED + COORDINATED BY . Jenn Burnett Photography
STYLED SHOOT VENUE . Shot on location east of Las Vegas

BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Dress Me Sew Chic / HAIR . Hair by Ashley Nichols / MAKEUP . Carly Ryan Makeup Artist at The Batterman Group / BOUQUET + BOUTONNIERE . Burlap and Bling Design Studio / FLORAL CROWN . Forever Hooked

Bohemian Wedding at Historic Fifth Street School from gaby j photography

Boho Vegas Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding

Opting for a bohemian, relaxed wedding with natural details, Morgan and Erick chose the perfect venue for their day: the Historic 5th Street School. Full of handmade touches (made by the bride and groom and purchased from Etsy artisans) this wedding featured earthy details and tones with a subtle desert vibe. Straight out of the pages of a magazine, florals were stunning as well, completing the lush natural feel at this eclectic downtown Vegas wedding full of personal details.

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THE CEREMONY + RECEPTION — Historic 5th Street School

We went with a modern, natural look … minimal, indie-ish, boho. Our colors were mostly jewel-tones. We DIYed candles for our wedding favors! For my bouquet, my focal point was a protea, the rest was dahlias, eucalyptus, and some other random things. My bridesmaids had the same bouquets minus the protea. My flower crown was eucalyptus and peonies. Our ceremony altar backdrop and cake stand was built by my husband out of old pallets. We used a lot of different greens for our table runners and arches, like ferns and different types of eucalyptus. Our wedding stood out from the crowd because of our location — though we were in Vegas, it just didn’t feel like you were in the middle of a big city.

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FAVORITE MEMORY

My favorite memory was our first look, it was very calming for me, and if we hadn’t done that, I think I would have lost it at the “altar.” Also, I loved our photobooth, so fun.

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LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM MORGAN + ERICK:

Hmm, some advice, use all the help you can get! If you have the money, please do find an amazing photographer, it is worth it!! Every penny! Gaby, I can’t say enough good things about her. Also make sure to have a great support group, aka bridesmaids; they are what keeps you glued together through all the emotions.”

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . gaby j photography member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Courtyard, Historic 5th Street School
RECEPTION VENUE . Courtyard, Historic 5th Street School

FLORAL . Bud + Vine / CATERING . Memphis Championship BBQ / CAKE . Freed’s Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – BHDLN, shoes + necklace – Anthropologie, bracelet – Free People, garter – Nestina Accessories / BRIDESMAIDS . Free People + Anthropologie / FLOWERGIRL . Jen’s Pirate Booty / GROOMSWEAR . John Varvatos, Shoes by Aldo, Tie Clip by The Crafty Store / RING BEARER . H&MLe Beau Tie / RENTALS . RSVP Party Rentals / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Kelli Murray / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ Demario / CAKE TOPPER . michiemay / BARTENDING . Liquid Courage / RING PILLOWS . Scout + Whistle / ALTAR WALL HANGING . Soñadora / PHOTOBOOTH . Smashbooth

5 Favorites: Garden Wedding Venues in Las Vegas

Best Garden Wedding Venues  | LIttle Vegas Wedding

Today’s venue spotlight falls on my five favorite garden wedding venues in Las Vegas. Despite being in a desert, Las Vegas takes gardening seriously, with many gorgeous parks, venues and botanical gardens to enjoy. From traditional gardens to more desert, xeric landscaped ones, check out these options!

For more modern Las Vegas wedding venues, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide. See all posts in the 5 Favorites series here and check out all the real weddings set in Las Vegas gardens right here.

Venus Garden Caesars Palace | Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide

Venus Gardens at Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace has a few options for garden weddings, but Venus Gardens catches my eye because of the perfect combination of classic Roman architecture and privacy. It’s a little bit themed, but in a classy way.

Beautiful additions like a domed temple, stone bench seating, tiled aisle (say that three times fast!) and a koi pond add special little details and make this garden a true gem. If you catch it at the right time of year, the garden is exploding with flowers. This is one of the larger garden options, seating up to 114 people, and Caesars also permits outside photographers.

See real weddings at Caesars Palace featured on Little Vegas Wedding.

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Frame House at Springs Preserve

With more than 180 acres featuring an amazing array of walking paths and nature trails, Frame House at Springs Preserve is just one of my favorite venues for a wedding. In fact, I’m not sure where to start: there are more than 10 garden/outdoor venue choices at the Springs for weddings! Although I was married at the Gardens Arboretum, these days I’m more partial to Frame House.

This intimate covered space is nestled amongst some of the prettiest floral displays in the garden, and very near to cactus alley. It’s quiet, private and can be very green — yet is protected from the midday sun. Just lovely for wedding ceremonies of up to 45 guests.

See real weddings at Springs Preserve featured on Little Vegas Wedding.

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Garden Romance at Venetian

Although the canals and faux Venice-style facades of the shopping mall get all the attention, there are some truly lovely European terraced gardens around the pools at Venetian. For smaller elopements and weddings, the Garden Romance package offers a standing room only ceremony for 10 guests set in a side garden of the Venezia Courtyard. This romantic spot has you surrounded by hedges and lush greenery as well as Italian-style sculptures. Of course, the one downside is that like many other Strip hotels, they will not allow you to use an outside photographer.

See more real weddings at set in gardens featured on Little Vegas Wedding.

Garden Weddings at JW Marriott Las Vegas | Little Vegas Wedding

Garden Gazebo at JW Marriott Las Vegas

With an extraordinary 54 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens and waterscapes to choose from, weddings at JW Marriott are hard NOT to have in a gorgeous garden! The Garden Gazebo combines a beautiful structure as a backdrop for your vows, while still surrounded by the amazing landscaping. Perfect for weddings of 80 to 200 people, this is a great off Strip venue for slightly larger weddings.

See real weddings at JW Marriott Las Vegas featured on Little Vegas Wedding.

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Emerald at Queensridge

Another off Strip choice, Emerald at Queensridge is an all-in-one banquet facility that just so happens to have an elegant garden for wedding ceremonies. Get ready on-site in the luxurious facilities before you walk the aisle under huge trees, then head inside to celebrate in the chic (and high-tech!) ballroom setting. The courtyard is beautiful not only for ceremonies but for photos, too, and looks beautiful day or night.

See real weddings at Emerald at Queensridge featured on Little Vegas Wedding.

For more modern Las Vegas wedding venues, visit the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Guide. See all posts in the 5 Favorites series here and check out all the real weddings set in Las Vegas gardens right here.

Photos: Emerald at Queensridge, Caesars Palace, Springs Preserve, Venetian, JW Marriott Las Vegas and Taylored Photo Memories

Scenic Elopement at Red Rock Canyon from Taylored Photo Memories

Red Rock Canyon Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding

In my time writing about Vegas weddings, I’ve occasionally heard about families who are not that supportive of the couple’s decision to host an untraditional or destination wedding. But today’s couple, Jessica and Jason? Jessica’s mother was fully on board with a Vegas elopement. To her, the proof was in the pudding: she herself had eloped and was married for 48 years!

Jessica and Jason’s Red Rock Canyon elopement was a mix of fun and romantic. The gorgeous venue at Calico Basin was down-to-earth, and in fact is a spot the couple has enjoyed hiking in the past. And driving out there in a sportscar kept it fun and exciting and a little bit Vegas-y.

The couple paid tribute to Jessica’s parents’ marriage by replicating a photo taken at their 1966 elopement just ahead of going out to protest President Johnson’s arrival in their town. Their wedding photo is of the two of them holding a “Make Love Not War” sign and their special flower has always been a yellow rose, a flower incorporated into Jessica and Jason’s floral details.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon
RECEPTION VENUE . House of Blues Las Vegas

OFFICIANT . The Mobile Minister / FLORAL . Gaia Flowers / CAKE . Freed’s Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Nicole Miller, jewelry – Rent the Runway / HAIR . Robert Cromeans Salon / TRANSPORTATION . Corvette Stingray, Enterprise Exotics

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