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Calico Basin was just the right mix of adventure and intimacy for Michelle and Grant. These Canadians blended rustic with romance and a dash of relaxation for their Red Rock Canyon vows. I love the matching bouquets the flower girls and Michelle had.
After the wedding, the couple and their 30 guests literally got the party rolling by loading into the Land Yacht, a huge party bus perfect for this sort of occasion. The couple did some kitschy cool photos at the Neon Museum Boneyard and then headed out for more fun, including a family-style dinner at El Segundo Sol and late night drinks at The Peppermill’s retro Fireside lounge.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories
CEREMONY VENUE . Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon
RECEPTION VENUE . El Segundo Sol
OFFICIANT . Wanda’s Wedding / FLORAL . Gaia Flowers, Plants and Gifts / CAKE . Cake Azure / HAIR + MAKEUP . Amelia C & Co, / BRIDAL FASHION . BCBG / TRANSPORTATION . VIP Party Limos / BRIDAL SHOOT VENUE . The Neon Museum Boneyard
Britney and Jon decided Vegas was the perfect spot for a Halloween wedding — the anniversary of their first date! They didn’t go with an overt theme but spread the wedding fun throughout two days, including a drive-thru wedding in downtown Las Vegas and a bridal photo shoot at The Neon Museum.
This destination wedding was on the intimate side, but Britney and Jon were able to infuse many personal touches into the day, including a custom LEGO minifig cake topper, playing card stationery and super cool Millennium Falcon cufflinks. A touch of Halloween was included in the glam gold bat headband Britney wore. Keep reading for more about this unique Vegas wedding from their photographer!
More from McKenzi of Taylored Photo Memories, their photographer:
Britney and Jon wanted to embrace what a Vegas wedding had to offer and after getting to know them better during our two day photo shoot I would have to agree that it was the perfect choice for them. From the playing card themed invitations to the iconic pink convertible where they exchanged their vows and rings, this bride and groom focused on the details to pull off a fun and memorable event that revolved around them as a couple. I feel that too often a lot of couples can get overwhelmed with the amount of stress and work that goes into the grand production which is a traditional wedding.
If you are one of those couples who is fighting with your soon to be spouse over the budget or the guest list, my advice is to take a deep breath and always remember that your wedding day, traditional and elopements alike, is about the two of you. So take a page from Britney and Jon’s book and make your day about you, make it memorable and make it fun!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Drive-Thru at Little White Wedding Chapel
PRE-CEREMONY PHOTO VENUE . The Neon Museum
FLORAL . Silk by Gina Louisa Designs / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Max Maxi dress by Boulee Designs shoes – Sam Edelman, jewelry + accessories – Kate Spade and Kate Szabone Jewelery / RINGS . Brilliant Earth / GROOMSWEAR . The Artful Gentleman / TRANSPORTATION . Earth Limos & Buses / CAKETOPPER . Lego by Minifigs.me
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Arrive to or depart your wedding in a memorable fashion using one of these unique Las Vegas wedding transportation options. Traditional, vintage, quirky and more, with some options chauffeured, some self-driven, some for larger groups and some for just you two.
Use these transportation methods to ride out to Red Rock Canyon, tour the lights on The Strip, cruise downtown or make a stop at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. From tricked out party buses with champagne and stripper poles to luxury once-in-a-lifetime rides, travel in style with these 17 different options.
Oversized Monster Limos + Party Buses
Party Bus from Presidential Limo
Seats 30, $175 an hour
Party bus, indeed! This ultra limo coach bus includes a media service with music and videos, a stripper pole and a stocked bar with 2 bottles of complimentary sparkling cider, bottled water, ice and glassware.
Stretch F650 Truck from EarthLimos
Seats 30, $145 an hour
This stretch truck features a smoke machine, fiber-optic lighting, and comfy seating for up to 30 of your closet friends.
Monster H2 Stretch Hummer from Presidential Limo
Seats 14, $125 an hour
This unique stretch Hummer H2 includes features like multiple TVs, fiber-optic laser lighting and a stocked bar with complimentary sparkling cider, bottled water, ice and glassware.
Harley Davidson Ford Truck Limo from NTS Limo
Seats 21, Contact NTS for Rates
This special edition Harley Davidson themed Ford truck limo is a party on wheels with a color changing floor and ceiling, bars, five TVs, laser lighting and more.
Big Blue Limo Truck from NTS Limo
Seats 45, Contact NTS for Rates
Big Blue is apparently the world’s largest street legal limo and was custom made. 6′ of headspace in the interior, 11 TVs, laser and LED lighting, stairs (!), three VIP areas and more.
Dodge Challenger Limo from Exotic Limousines
Seats 10, Contact Exotic Limousines for Rates
Stretch Hummers are so 2003. Try this Dodge Challenger Stretch Limo. Includes two TVs, a booming sound system, LED light show and more.
Double Decker Bus from Double Decker Bus of Las Vegas
Seats 72, From $200 an hour
This bus seats 44 guests on the upper deck and 28 below. You are allowed to bring your own liquor, but no glass containers are allowed. Gets hot in the summer, but a great choice the rest of the year to give your guests an open air tour of The Strip.
1928 Cadillac from Seiji Limo
Seats 4, $300 an hour
Take it back to the Roaring 20s with this classic Cadillac with perfectly vintage touches. Great for Great Gatsby themed weddings or just looking great as you pull up to the ceremony.
1972 Cadillac Eldorado from Fantasy Car Rental
Seats 4, $495 a day (no chauffeur)
Cruise around in this classic Caddy. A great way to see Las Vegas in style, not to mention use in photos. Other vintage rides for rent include an Olds 442 Convertible, 1970 Cadillac DeVille Eldorado and more.
Retro Airstream Trailer from Airstream2Go
Sleeps 4, From $1,740 for three days
I suppose you might want to have the right location to use this wedding day transportation — Neon Museum, Eldorado Canyon or Red Rock Canyon might make great choices. Makes a great photo opp prop, not to mention honeymoon suite.
Vintage Rickshaw from Elephants on Parade
Seats 2, $450 with driver
Human-powered is a pretty eco-friendly way to get to your wedding. Might make a great options for Springs Preserve or downtown Las Vegas wedding venues
Horse and Carriage from MBs Horse and Carriage
Seats 6, $600 an hour
The classic horse and carriage is all that some couples dream about, and this Las Vegas company makes it a reality. Arrive via this romantic mode of transportation, perfect for classic country club weddings. Horse-drawn carriages are not permitted on Las Vegas Boulevard or nearby streets.
Bentley Flying Spur from Fantasy Car Rentals
Seats 4, $795 a day (no chauffeur, partial day rates available)
Ride like the high rollers do around the Vegas streets in this classic Bentley sedan valued at more than $200,000.
Quirky + Crazy
Mexican Themed Bus from Tijuana Trolley Company
Seats 25, Contact TTC for Rates
Stuffed full of fiesta flavor this charming one-of-a-kind ride is more about the fun than the looks. If you aren’t willing to do something weird, you probably shouldn’t get married in Las Vegas, after all. (Luche libre driver included)
Gondola from Lake Las Vegas Gondolas
Seats 2, Contact Lake Las Vegas Gondola Adventures for Rates
Get married on one of these Lake Las Vegas gondolas, or arrive or exit your ceremony at one of the hotel venues along the shoreline in a totally romantic manner.
Slotzilla Zipline at Fremont Street Experience
Seats 2, From $20 a ride
Arrive in style (and at 40 miles per hour) to your wedding on the west end of Fremont via a 10 story zipline. Two different lines offer a sitting or “superman” position. Certainly memorable!
Oversized Bicycle from Cycle Pub Vegas
Seats 15, $240 for 6 people, each additional person is $40
Not only is this oversized bicycle wired for sound and decorate-able, it’s a cool and fun way to tour Fremont after your downtown wedding. No alcohol allowed on board, but you can stop at many bars on the tour to toast.
Photos courtesy their respective companies
If you haven’t realized it by now, one of the biggest reasons to have a destination Vegas wedding is the excuse to have a weekend (or week) long party! Allison and Robin did just that, traveling from Boston for their wedding with guests joining them from all over the US. Their wedding weekend included stops at the cabanas of Planet Hollywood’s pool, a welcome party in a PH Boulevard Suite and double decker bus ride up and down The Strip. Of course there was also the wedding itself, and then not only one but two afterparties!
I’ve included a few of Allison’s candid photos of the weekend sprinkled in between the pro photos by Neon Sun Photography to give you a little peek into what kind of craziness a Vegas weekend wedding holds.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
Robin and I love to travel, and our friends are always asking us “where are you going next?” We are also creatures of habit. Vegas is a place we return to on an almost an annual basis. In March 2013 we were on a trip with friends for March Madness (we are huge Syracuse University fans!) and Robin proposed at the end of that trip at the top of the “Eiffel Tower.”
We wanted our wedding to be anything but ordinary, different from the typical ballroom event, and most importantly, one big party. We also wanted to keep it intimate. Our love of travel left us wanting a destination wedding, and we thought Vegas would be a perfect fit. Our main goal was to provide our guests with an amazing weekend, to say thank you for making the trip.
CEREMONY – The Chapel at Planet Hollywood
We picked Planet Hollywood primarily for it’s close proximity to the Paris (I wasn’t a fan of the Paris chapel) and the fact that rooms were affordable. The hotel also has a very fun vibe to it and an amazing center strip location. Of all of the indoor chapels (we had to go indoor, was afraid of wind and heat) it’s the prettiest. The Chihuly glass sculpture is beautiful. I also hoped that we might get Britney Spears to make a cameo at the wedding. I actually sent her an invitation! I was sad to find out that her show was dark the week of the wedding. Didn’t think she’d really come anyway :)
The ceremony was short and sweet, just how we wanted it to be. Robin and I wrote our own vows, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Robin’s vows were especially emotional, more so than mine! I wasn’t really expecting that and neither were our guests, hence the crying.
RECEPTION – Mon Ami Gabi
We rented Café Halle at Mon Ami Gabi for our dinner. Mon Ami Gabi is one of my favorite places to eat in Vegas, we eat there almost every time we visit (see, creatures of habit!). The view was spectacular. I felt like we were in a café on the Champs Elysee.
Our guests feasted on escargot, baked brie, salad, filet mignon, roasted chicken, salmon, and of course crème brulee and chocolate mousse. The service was impeccable. Towards the end of the meal we checked in on how we were doing with the room minimum. We still had about $500 to spend so I ran around the room telling everyone to drink up – the staff brought out bottles of champagne. It was quite funny.
After dinner, Robin and I did a strip photo tour and we met our guests at Harrah’s Piano Bar. We had a reserved section and two hours of open bar for our guests. My MOHs (there were three) had gotten there early to make sure everything was set up. They ended up moving the tables off to the sides so we had our own private dance floor in the middle of the place. The duelling pianos were a hit, playing lots of 80s and 90s hits (our favorite) and we danced the night away.
VEGAS WEDDING MEMORIES
Our original photographer cancelled six days before the wedding, so we had to find a replacement quickly! Also, the double decker bus had a bus break down and we had to make some last minute adjustments on the welcome party night. Finally, seven people, including Robin, came down with a stomach virus on the wedding day and afterwards. My husband was a champion. Despite being sick he made it through our Strip photo tour and most of the after party.
Robin and I made a thank you toast to our guests at dinner. Looking around the room and seeing the faces of my best friends and family, who all made the trip to Vegas to celebrate us, was incredible. I felt like the luckiest person on the planet.
OTHER WEDDING EVENTS
I think it’s also worth mentioning the night before the wedding events – the happy hour we hosted in the Boulevard Suite and the Double Decker Bus. The suite was AMAZING. Floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Bellagio Fountains. Plenty of comfy seating and room for 48 people to mingle, and there was a ping pong table! We also played the shoe game, my sister set it up. It was very cute.
The double decker bus was a ton of fun. We packed up coolers with beer, boxed wine and boxed scotch! (No glass was allowed on board). We had a playlist going with Vegas-themed music and we danced on board. It was a great way to see the Strip, open air, cruising through all of the neon lights.
VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM ROBIN + ALLISON
Vegas is an expensive city and things add up! At first I thought having a wedding in Vegas would be less expensive. It wasn’t. We had to prioritize what we really wanted. Sure a cake would have been fun, but was it necessary to spend another $500 when we had dessert provided by the restaurant? Nope.
ROBIN + ALLISON’S GUESTCOUNT
We had 48 guests join us, flying into Las Vegas from Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Nashville and Raleigh.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Neon Sun Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . The Chapel at Planet Hollywood
RECEPTION VENUE . Mon Ami Gabi
FLORAL . Planet Hollywood / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David’s Bridal, jewelry and accessories – Glam House, Etsy / HAIR + MAKEUP . Beauty by Brianna / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Sataya House / WELCOME PARTY . PH Boulevard Suite party and double decker bus / AFTERPARTY . Harrah’s Piano Bar
Ever thought of ending your honeymoon with a wedding? Today’s newlyweds did just that, marrying after an around-the-world trip together! Stuart and Debbie travelled through several countries in southeast Asia as well as China, Australia, Fiji and a large chunk of America in 2013 and 2014, making Las Vegas their final stop to get married before heading home, alongside 18 friends and family members who joined them.
The most amazing thing to me is that their wedding was planned almost completely from the road and decorated with little items collected from their journey! Brilliant Imagery joined up with the pair just following their ceremony at Flamingo and before their restaurant reception, photographing the dinner and ensuing celebration around Las Vegas in their massive party bus! Read on for Stuart and Debbie’s wedding day details…
The Ceremony – West Lawn at Flamingo Hotel and Casino
We chose to have our ceremony at Flamingo on the West Lawn because it was a beautiful outdoors setting with a lovely white wooden gazebo and lots of garden flowers. It reminded me of home amongst a crazy setting! The staff at the Flamingo were fantastic and very efficient and made our whole experience easy. Hannah, my best friend since I was 4-years-old, was my bridesmaid & our 4-year-old nephew William was our pageboy and he held a sign saying “Uncle Stuey here comes your bride” when he walked before me. I walked down the aisle (a brick path!) to “At Last” by Etta James, a little joke on Stu because we have been together for 12 years!
The parasol Debbie is holding was one of the souvenirs collected on their global trek — it was purchased at the Great Wall of China!
The heart flower-patterned fan? You guessed it, another souvenir, this time from Thailand.
The Reception – Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas
After our ceremony none of our guests, other than our best man, knew a thing about our reception, which kept it more exciting for us! Our reception dinner was at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris, we had a lovely small private room looking out towards the Bellagio fountains. We chose to have a cheese board served as soon as we arrived along with a French cocktail. Cheese is my favourite food and I am always too full at the end of a meal to eat it, so I decided to have this served first! Followed was a three course menu with plenty of wine for the girls & beer for the boys!
Before dessert was served we had our speeches, with words from my Mum and a lovely poem on marriage, a moving speech from Stuart and an amazing speech from our best man Darryl. He even performed a song he wrote on an acoustic guitar as a surprise! He had hid the guitar behind a curtain to keep it a secret from us.
DIY and handmade touches:
Our theme was 1930’s vintage, with blush pink & golds as our colours. I made all our place setting cards with pink tassels and I did all our flowers for the two reception tables. My Mum made me a book with messages from home and photos from family & friends that couldn’t make the wedding. My Nan sent me her pearl scarf pin as my something borrowed, which I pinned it to the back of my dress where the buttons ended, covering the hidden zip. My brother, sister-in-law and two nephews, George & Alfred sent me an antique blue brooch as my something blue that I pinned on my bouquet. My something new was my dress and my something old was a vintage clutch bag I had for the evening.
Our wedding invitations were designed by myself and my friend Anna who is a fantastic artist. Her style suited our wedding of modern vintage but with a twist of the craziness of Las Vegas. We decided on a postcard style to represent our travels before our wedding and a luggage tag as our RSVP.
Favorite wedding day memories:
The first time I saw Stuart standing there smiling waiting for me to walk down the aisle, when my nephew William & sister-in-law Jenny gave me a handmade rosette stating “Mrs Allerton”, and the excitement of our guests when they saw the limo!
After dinner we headed to the north entrance of Paris and waiting for us was a 26-seater mammoth limo, stocked to the brim with all our favourite alcohol! We partied for three hours and made stops to the Bellagio, the Vegas sign and Fremont Street and Rachel took amazing photos along the way. We were dropped off just before midnight at Paris, with our last surprise being a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Debbie and Stuart’s top tip for other couples marrying in Vegas:
Research! At first I felt deflated because I couldn’t find anything to suit our budget or needs! But A LOT of research paid off and I am so thrilled to have found the vendors we did!
Debbie and Stuart’s Las Vegas Wedding Guestlist and Budget:
Our guests numbered 18 plus Stu and I, so 20 in total. We didn’t have an exact budget but we were very aware to keep costs low after spending lots on our travels!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Brilliant Imagery
CEREMONY VENUE . West Lawn at Flamingo Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas
FLORAL . Flamingo / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Clematis by MiaMia, shoes – Dune, earrings – Swarovski, headpiece – The Wedding Trousseau / HAIR + MAKEUP . Smooth Brides / BRIDESMAID . Coast / GROOMSWEAR . suit + shirt – Next and Laura Ashley, bow tie and suspenders: Chadds Menswear of Norwich, pageboy’s bow tie and suspenders – Etsy / TRANSPORTATION . Elite Transportation / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . just married sign – Rifle Paper Co., handdrawn invitation – Bullrush Art