From first touch to last dance, Bridget and Jason infused their wedding at Las Vegas’s Legends Ranch with rustic goodness. Sunflowers, wood and glowing candles created a romantic, casual atmosphere.
The Amberlight Collective were not originally going to shoot this wedding, but when Bridget and Jason’s original photographer had a family emergency, wedding planning Archel Rolwing recruited them. Using a planner was key for these two as they were travelling from California to get married, with just four months to plan. After touring the grounds of Legends Ranch, complete with trees, horse stables and all the rustic touches of a former working horse ranch, they were smitten.
My favorite and most special part about the entire day was probably when Jason and I got to pray together before the ceremony and before even seeing each other. That, to me, meant so much. I remember being so incredibly nervous about the whole thing but as soon as I heard Jason’s voice (which was also super weird without being able to see his face! Especially since I hadn’t seen or talked to him all day long) I calmed down almost completely.
DETAILS + DECOR
Some of the rustic touches of the wedding included multiple sized glass cylinders with candles burning inside at the altar, perched atop old tree stumps. Tablescapes featured twisted driftwood with mason jars and wine bottles full of flowers and wine corks sprinkled throughout. The cake was modelled after an aspen tree that we carved our initials into.
Instead of pouring unity sand or lighting a candle, we had a wood board with three ropes on it and a verse — A cord of three strands is not easily broken, from Ecclesiastes 4:12. The two ropes on the outside represented us, with the one in the middle representing God. We braided the three ropes together which meant that we were tying our marriage in with God right in the middle.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . The Amberlight Collective
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Legends Ranch
WEDDING PLANNER . Archel Rolwing Events / FLORAL . Flora Couture / CATERING . DiVine Events and Ben’s BBQ & Smokehouse / CAKE . Peridot Sweets / HAIR + MAKEUP . Glamsquad702 / LIGHTING . LED Unplugged
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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&M + Le 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
Some of us just know we want a Vegas wedding. Whether it’s the built-in party atmosphere, the incredible food and venues or the glitz, glamour and neon that draw us to the city, we have just always known.
Such is the case with Gregan, the bride in today’s post (who is actually a Vegas local!) She said she just always wanted a Vegasy wedding, and what she got was Vegas…and then some. Although this wedding was held at the epic location of Westin Lake Las Vegas, many touches of The Strip and old Sin City completed Phillip and Gregan’s wedding. Vegas-themed centerpieces, showgirls, an incredible Vegas in text cake and a bridal portrait session at The Neon Museum did not let people forget they were in Las Vegas.
And I agree with the bride, I also wish there was a surprise for every couple getting married. And if it’s Elvis to sing to the guests? All the better.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
I didn’t know sparkling, red-feathered showgirls or an Elvis wearing more makeup than I was would show up at my wedding reception. Or that I would start crying before I ever stepped onto the aisle. I didn’t know if the bridesmaids’ colorful dresses would work out. I didn’t know there would be Lego figures on the cake. But what I did know is that I’ve always wanted a Vegas wedding.
Or I had joked as much. Really, I never thought I’d get married. And then I met Phillip. After a couple years he popped the question on a sparkling beach in Greece one hot August vacation. When I was in college I would always say if I ever did get married I’d want to have a Vegas themed wedding. Not a drive-thru or a chapel, but something with glitter and lights. Phillip took my enthusiasm for this glitzy theme and let me run with it.
THE CEREMONY — Lotus Court at Westin Lake Las Vegas
Phillip and I wanted a ceremony with a beautiful backdrop and all of the people we love there. That was our dream wedding.
The Westin Lake Las Vegas was one of the first venues we choose to tour because Phillip and I had our first kiss there overlooking the sparkling man-made lake.
After touring dozens of other wedding venues — making lots of calls and rejecting several contracts — Phillip and I signed with the Westin. We loved the idea of getting married outside near a body of water at a place that meant so much to us.
The ceremony (besides being in August) was perfect. The set up was simple and gorgeous. Everything ran smoothly thanks to the venue co-ordinators and the seasoned vendors we hired. If only I could have stopped crying sooner.
THE RECEPTION — Baraka Ballroom at Westin Lake Las Vegas
I think the new trend for weddings should be that surprise moment. Something the bride and/or groom doesn’t know about. That moment for us was definitely when the King of Rock himself walked into the room, ushered by two glamorous showgirls. It was so Vegas!
DETAILS + DECOR
Phillip and I spent a whole year thinking, planning and saving for this wedding. So we both had plenty of time to think about the decorations and how much we could spend.
My brother, sister and I helped created the Mr. & Mrs. sign that decorated the head table. It was really easy, with this DIY. We also made our runner using two LED light strips. So the aisle had a touch of Vegas.
I made my glittering brooch bouquet from lots of sniper bid wins on Ebay. I also asked my bridesmaids make their own bouquets.
We also decided to print our invitations, save the dates, seating cards and table markers on the backs of playing cards. For the program, a family member helped by writing the schedule of events and bridal party names on two vintage mirrors.
Also, our centerpiece, though very planned out, were all tossed together that morning. We piled casino chips, dice and playing cards around these inexpensive fiber optic lights we bought for each table. Many of our guests ended up pocketing some of the good luck charms at the end of the night. We also wrote our own vows!
The whole wedding had so many moments. The ceremony to me was unforgettable. I really couldn’t stop crying. The whole day was emotional. Also, I don’t think Phillip has ever looked so sharp. So our first look was definitely a standout moment for me. Our photographer Edina suggested a first look photo opportunity because Phillip and I did take photos in the Neon Boneyard back in the springtime when the weather was much cooler. So Phillip had already seen me in the dress.The first look photos were a great chance for us to see each other in a special way before taking family photos and the ceremony.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM GREGAN AND PHILLIP
Start saving now. Also, talk with your partner about the most important things about your wedding. There may come a time when sacrifices have to be made, decide early on what’s most important. And trust me, some aspects you feel are essential to your big day really are not. We didn’t have any flower centerpieces and no one minded. However, photos are something that were very important to me and Phillip, so we knew we had to get an exceptional photographer.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We had approximately 140 guests for around $25,000
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Images by EDI
CEREMONY VENUE . Lotus Court at Westin Lake Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Baraka Ballroom at Westin Lake Las Vegas
OFFICIANT . Rev. Linda Venniro / WEDDING CO-ORDINATORS . Mae Morimoto and Rod Arnett / CAKE . Gimme Some Sugar / HAIR . Sola Salon Studios at The District in Henderson / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ John D, Wedding DJs of Las Vegas
Mount Charleston is, in a word: magical. The mountainous setting and lodge-like atmosphere are a world away from the Strip of Las Vegas…but not a long drive away. Brenda and Johnny held their casual rustic wedding on the mountain, opting for the surroundings of nature and trees instead of lights and busy Strip bustle. Personalized DIY projects and vintage touches created by the bride rounded out this warm, woodsy wedding.
WHY MOUNT CHARLESTON?
Since we love the outdoors and knew we did not want to get married on the Strip, Mount Charleston was the perfect location because it was far away enough from the Strip but close enough for our family and friends to make the trip. We also both loved the fact that the ceremony took place with the mountains as our backdrop. I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else.
THE CEREMONY — Patio at Mount Charleston Lodge
They set up and aisle and arranged the chairs. We had a view of the mountains and the cabins to the left. The ceremony was short and sweet, and had an intimate feeling.
THE RECEPTION — Restaurant at Mount Charleston Lodge
The venue included the ceremony space, the reception area, and a three-course dinner (which was delicious.) There were about six long tables set up for the guest and extra tables for the cake and gifts. The dance floor and DJ/karaoke were on the left side of the restaurant and the photobooth was set up on the right. I really enjoyed the reception because guests were able to hang out on the patio outside and dance inside. Overall it was a fun day which was exactly what we wanted.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
I pretty much made all the decorations and centerpieces myself! My sister and I made all the signs and seating charts out of old picture frames. I spray painted them with chalk board paint, and she hand wrote everything. I bought mason jars and my husband and I made the flower arrangements inside, they were placed on top of vintage books I found at different thrift stores. I made the table numbers from the pages of the books. Our sweetheart table had a monogramed wooden slice, which my husband and I painted and put together. Our personalized button favors were made by a friend and our invitations were hand made by Mariah who I found on Pinterest.
So many things went on that day that I will never forget, from the moment we both started crying when we saw each other for the first time, to the cutting of our beautiful cake.
However, my favorite memory would have to be the day after the wedding. We woke up very early in the cabin and had a chance to reflect on everything that had just happened. We took our time looking at pictures, reading cards and had a chance to take it all in. It was beautiful waking up in the mountains like that.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM BRENDA + JOHNNY
Pick a good photographer! Take your time planning, enjoy all the little things, be in the moment of the day and enjoy your celebration.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
The guest count of the wedding was about 54 people, honestly I’m not 100% sure what our budget was, it couldn’t have been more than $8,000-$10,000 and that’s including every little thing.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Belinda Louann Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Patio, Mount Charleston Lodge
RECEPTION VENUE . Restaurant, Mount Charleston Lodge
OFFICIANT . Rev.Daniele Karstedt of Elegant Vegas Weddings / FLORAL . A Beautiful Bouquet Florist / CAKE . Showboy Bakeshop / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Arabella by Maggie Sottero, pins . Sboschetto / HAIR . Amy Lara at Square Colour Salon / MAKEUP . Angelene Tasabia / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Oh What Love / VIDEOGRAPHY . Giovanni Espino / PHOTOBOOTH . Premiere Photo Booth Las Vegas
Eldorado Canyon/Nelson Ghost Town is one of my favorite spots to see wedding photos at, be it an intimate elopement, or a fancy styled shoot like today’s post. It’s that mix of rustic desert landscape, stunning skies and cool buildings, I guess.
Full of soft feather accents, pretty pops of color and just the right amount of vintage accessories and decor, this styled shoot from Archel Rolwing Events photographed by Creatrix Photography is gorgeous. Scroll through and get inspired by the boho chic style! (Isn’t that nearly naked wedding cake divine?)
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Creatrix Photography
STYLED SHOOT VENUE . Eldorado Canyon
CONCEPT + STYLING . Archel Rolwing Events / FLORAL . Desert Rose Florist / CAKE . Cake It To Heaven / Desserts Table . Like Yumm! Confectionary / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Creative Bridal Wear / HAIR . Vegas Unveiled / MAKEUP . Glamour Gore Makeup / GROOMSWEAR . Creative Bridal Wear / VINTAGE FURNITURE RENTALS . Nostalgia Resources / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . 1st Impressions Invitations