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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

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

Himalayan Pink Salt Desert Wedding Inspiration | Taylored Photo Memories

Pink Desert Wedding Inspiration | Little Vegas Wedding

The New Age flair for this styled shoot takes its inspiration from a gorgeous pink mineral: rose quartz, as well as Himalayan pink salt. Paired with succulents, local botanicals and geometric shapes the adorable tiny chapel at Cactus Joe’s Blue Diamond Nursery takes on a modern feel.

You’ll find many wonderful ideas to take away from this post including boutonnieres made of minerals, eco-friendly favors and the subtle southwestern styling with a touch of vintage glam.

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More from the stylist, Amy, of Design in Mind Events: 

With the popularity of Himalayan salt rocks appearing in cooking recipes as well as home decor, it was a wonderful opportunity to implement the natural mineral source in a wedding setting.The soft luminescent glow of peach and pink from the rocks exemplifies the mood of a desert sunset. With the color palette of pink, peach, champagne and gold, we wanted to incorporate the adorable pink chapel located on the premises! Simple rentals such as champagne linens, gold flatware and pink depression glass adds a pop of romance to the natural desert setting.

To minimize the wedding-carbon-footprint, blooming cacti were placed in rose quartz votive rocks and only a few sprigs of blooms were used to enhance the centerpieces. For the ceremony decor, various sizes of Himalayan salt rocks and succulents were used to line the aisle while strands of rose quartz were used as a backdrop.

When purchasing decor for the big day, keep in mind of how it can be used once the wedding is over. For instance, the salt rocks can be gifted to your bridal party and family members who helped with the wedding. The salt rock lamp can be used inside the home or you can remove the cord and bulb for outside use on the patio or garden.

Besides the DIY rose quartz curtain used as the ceremony backdrop, other DIY elements showcased in the shoot were the rose quartz bridal hair piece, the groom’s rose quartz boutonniere and rose quartz place setting wrap for the sweetheart table. We hope this shoot ignites some fresh ideas for those who are looking to plan either a desert, southwestern, eco-friendly, DIY, or just a simply pink palette themed wedding.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories
VENUE . Cactus Joe’s Blue Diamond Nursery

OFFICIANT . Angie Kelly at Peachy Keen Unions / SHOOT DESIGNER + STYLIST . Design in Mind Events / FLORAL . / CAKE . The Mad Batter Cafe & Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Staysi Lee Bridal Boutique – jewelry – Silver Post / HAIR + MAKEUP . Smooth Brides / RENTALS . Nostalgia Resources / VINTAGE PROPS + DISHES . Alta Sue’s Dirty Dishes / LINENS .  Creative Coverings / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Smudge Pot Creative

Shoot submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

Modern Pinwheel Wedding Inspiration from Brilliant Imagery

Pinwheel Wedding Inspiration | Little Vegas Wedding

Pinwheels were the playful inspiration behind this teal, silver and purple styled shoot from Brilliant Imagery. What a perfect choice and color palette for the amazingly modern World Market Center Las Vegas! Who would have guessed the somewhat simple pinwheel (something I think we all relate with children) would make such a whimsical wedding theme? Not me! Perfect if you are planning an eco-friendly wedding, or are looking for alternatives to flowers.

Genius touches like pinwheel danish for a dessert bar (beside a pinwheel fondant wedding cake, naturally), the bouquet, boutonniere and those modern invitations all incorporate this beautiful shape. I can’t get enough of this theme!

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Brilliant Imagery member of the LVW photography directory
SHOOT VENUE . World Market Center Las Vegas

STYLIST . DiMaria Designs / CAKE . Red Bettie / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – UWDress, jewelry – DiMaria Designs / HAIR + MAKEUP . DiMaria Designs / STATIONERY . Casebolt Creative / PAPER GOODS + PINWHEELS . Magpie and Max 

Shoot submitted via Two Bright Lights

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.

Calico Basin | Little Vegas Wedding

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

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