Archive of ‘Western’ category

Vintage Western Wedding at a Bed and Breakfast | Taylored Photo Memories

Vintage Western Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding

Alamo, Nevada is just a short 90 minute drive from Las Vegas, but has the look and feel of going back in time. This quaint town was well worth the trip for Las Vegas locals Dani and Andrew, who had their heart set on a country-style wedding.

This pair amped up the natural ranch style of their al fresco venue by infusing their wedding decor with lace, wood and burlap. Add a mason jar here, a pair of Frye boots there, and it all adds up to one amazingly personalized wedding day.

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WHY NOT LAS VEGAS?

I’ve driven past A Cowboy’s Dream many times while on trips up to Ely, NV. Long before I was dating Andrew, I would pass the venue and think that the location, with the mountains as a backdrop, would be a gorgeous place to get married. After Andrew and I got engaged that was the only venue we looked at and knew it was perfect for us.

In fact, I really enjoyed every aspect of planning my wedding because our venue allowed us to have the freedom to really do whatever we wanted. From the invitations to the table place cards, Andrew and I really personalized our wedding to be truly “us”.

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DIY DETAILS + DECOR

I wanted a very “DIY” wedding with a good mix of backyard fun and elegance. My official theme was Old West, meaning we wanted a western wedding in a time-era sense but not in the whole cowboy hats and horses kind of way.

Almost everything was handmade at the wedding. We printed our own invitations, placecards and day-of timelines for the guests. Each guest received a handmade wedding welcome bag when they checked into their hotel room which included Nevada-shaped cookies, a local beer, trail mix and personalized water bottles. I took care of all of the table decorations, making lace-wrapped mason jars for candle holders and decorating each table with an old-timey oil lamp. Also, with the help from a few friends, Andrew and I made different giant lawn games for the guests to enjoy.

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WEDDING TIPS FROM DANI + ANDREW

No matter how small your wedding (ours was only 45 people), it will still go by so fast and you will feel like you didn’t get to talk to half the people you wanted to. Although things will go wrong (yes, they will), enjoy every minute of the day. It really was the best day of my life even though there were plenty of things that didn’t go as I had envisioned, including the weather.

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . A Cowboys Dream Bed & Breakfast

CATERING . Windmill Ridge / CAKE . Cream and Crumbs / BRIDAL BOOTS . The Frye Company / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . DIY

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

 

Eldorado Desert + Downtown Drive-Thru Weddings | JamieY Photography

El Dorado Ghost Town | Little Vegas Wedding

Christy and Nick had a double-header for their wedding day, choosing two iconic locations for their two sets of vows. I think that’s the beauty of Vegas —  you can have your (wedding) cake and eat it too. Desire an intimate desert wedding in a one-of-a-kind location with a customized ceremony? You got it. Also want a kitschy, over-the-top Elvis drive-thru ceremony? Yup, they’ve got that too.

And despite travelling thousands of miles, they still managed to incorporate personal details into their wedding day. Christy’s dress was reworked by her sister from some lace their mother has had for several decades. The bouquet brooch? A nod to the couple’s cat, Sumo. The ringbearer was a stuffed lamb named Wilbaaa who has been Nick’s travel buddy for some time and also served as Best Lamb. He also sported an outfit created by Christy’s sister.

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Instead of having mainly posed pictures, they opted to do fun pictures with themes and include their family in them. They brought some wild west themed clothes. They had a fake roulette game set up and had the dad playing for the girl. Nick won of course. Christy’s parents even put on some Property of Las Vegas jail shirts for some fun pictures of Nick capturing them as the sheriff.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . JamieY Photography
CEREMONY VENUE 1 . Eldorado Canyon
CEREMONY VENUE 2 . Tunnel of Love at A Little White Wedding Chapel

OFFICIANT . Angie Kelly with Peachy Keen Unions

Country-style El Dorado Elopement | Jenna Ebert Photography

El Dorado Ghost Town | Little Vegas Wedding

Mary and Christian brought a touch of country in the desert for their El Dorado elopement. Mary looked amazing rocking those boots and flower crown for the ceremony and fit in so perfectly with the eclectic, whimsical charm of the venue. Simple, stunning, secret.

How amazing is that stained glass/giant tree altar by the way?

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Jenna Ebert Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . El Dorado Canyon

OFFICIANT . Weddings for Eternity / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David’s Bridal, shoes – Boot Barn / FLOWER CROWN . LoveLikeStyle / HAIR + MAKEUP . Concierge Makeup / GROOMSWEAR . Louis Thomas

Mountain Lodge Wedding at Mount Charleston from Taylored Photo Memories

Rustic Mt Charleston Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding

I’m really feeling Mount Charleston as a Vegas wedding venue these days (just check out these other recent weddings there) and for good reason: it’s natural, relaxed and just so cosy. For couples who are seeking an outdoorsy wedding venue near Vegas, Mount Charleston is a perfect spot to pick, just 30 minutes away from the city.

Amy and Jeff are a couple who love to be in wilderness and woodsy, so for these locals, the Resort at Mount Charleston was the natural choice for their wedding. Joined by their loved ones, including their dog Lucky, the celebration was DIYers dream with a rustic feel to the decor and decorations. Balancing out the feminine touches are airplane details as table number markers and the guestbook propeller blade. Perfect, as the groom is a pilot!

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The outdoors are very important to this vibrant couple, so it was no surprise that they chose a Mt. Charleston Resort wedding. They exchanged their vows under the fresh mountain air surrounded by friends and family. Amy’s grandfather officiated the wedding, making this day even more memorable. 

Jeff says he moved to Vegas and hit the jackpot, maybe not in dollars but definitely in love, when he met Amy. He knew he’d met the girl of his dreams as he sat across from her on that first date. This first grade teacher had a smile that made his heart melt. With each twirl of her hair he fell more and more in love. Amy knew she’d finally met someone she could take home. Here was a man that not only could fly himself anywhere he wanted, but was a hunting and fishing kind a guy. Someone that would fit in with her family. She was only too happy to show him around Las Vegas, since he was new to to the area.

The Mt. Charleston Resort chalet has a western feel to it, which fit these two being from Michigan and Wisconsin. There was a bit of DIY presence in the decorations. The bouquet was put together by Amy herself. The bride and groom were showered with flying paper airplanes as they left the marriage ceremony. Such a perfect mountain wedding!


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Patio at the Resort on Mount Charleston
RECEPTION VENUE . A Cut Above at the Resort on Mount Charleston

OFFICIANT . Angie Kelly at Peachy Keen Unions / FLORAL . Costco / CAKE . The Cupcakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – White by Vera Wang VW351007 GROOMSWEAR . Express / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ from Allure Entertainment

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