Bright, beautiful, and a little bit boho! Today’s styled wedding shoot at the Springs Preserve has a little bit of everything. Three very talented photographers, Taylored Photo Memories, KMH Photography and Amanda Mae Images captured this eco-friendly, bohemian-inspired session. The artistic, slightly rustic theme featured vintage furniture, recycled glass vases, mixed flower arrangements and even a naked wedding cake. The details created a casual feel for this faux wedding amongst the desert gardens.
So take a peek at this session through the lenses of three different photographers and get inspired! This theme and the bright pops of color are perfect for the Springs Preserve, especially for in the spring when things are in bloom. If you want to see more, be sure to click on the photographer’s names in the vendor credits at the bottom to see the posts on their sites!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHERS . Taylored Photo Memories, a LVW photography directory member, KMH Photography and Amanda Mae Images
CEREMONY VENUE . Gardens Arboretum at Springs Preserve
RECEPTION VENUE . Frame House and Courtyard Rotunda at Springs Preserve
FLORAL . Gaia Flowers / CAKE . Cravin’ Cake Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Jennaleigh’s Bridal, jewelry + scarves – Zobazaar / HAIR + MAKEUP . Ruby Finch Salon / RENTALS . vintage trunk, rug, chairs + table from Nostalgia Resources / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Smudge Pot Creative
There’s just something about Las Vegas weddings that I think attract the coolest, most eclectic couples. Risk-takers, trendsetters and just generally awesome people, you know? I wasn’t able to get in touch with today’s couple for the interview as they are so incredibly busy, but I wanted to share their extraordinary wedding nonetheless. Extraordinary how? A dove grey wedding dress, amazing shoes, an incredibly stylish wedding party crew and a venue that fits so perfectly for this couple, it’s unreal.
Wendy and Jim had been married for 20 years when they decided it was time to REALLY get married. While they had never had a traditional wedding, they pulled together their friends and family to make their wedding day dream a reality at their vow renewal.
After getting ready at Vdara, they chose the gothy, appropriately art-themed boutique hotel The Artisan for their handfasting, vow renewal and wedding reception. A belly dancer entertained and a custom cake based on Tony Duquette’s designs enthralled. The elaborate cake (from Aracelli Zea Cake Studio) with vibrant colors and artistic shapes was a showstopper!
Why the DC Comics merchandise? Jim is a well-known comic book artist who has worked with DC in the past. Ever heard of Batwoman? Yeah. That well-known.
First looks: still the best.
Venue and Vendor Details:
Photography: The R2 Studio | Wedding Ceremony Venue: Artisan Chapel at The Artisan Hotel Boutique | Wedding Reception Venue: Mood Restaurant at The Artisan Hotel Boutique | Wedding Cake: Aracelli Zea Cake Studio | Groom’s Boots: Jeffery West
Sometimes I’m not sure how I get so lucky, getting to feature the most creative, amazing couples who bring in so many personal details and DIY elements into their weddings. Laren and Sam’s wedding on a bright, sunny day at Las Vegas’s Gilcrease Orchard, photographed by Dennis Dayrit, is no exception.
Be wowed again and again by the bright pops of apple red, the gorgeous setting and the emotional moments at this rustic orchard wedding! Almost every detail of their wedding was handmade by themselves or by loved ones. As Laren, the bride, wrote: “It’s like that saying, it takes a village to raise a child, well it took a village to plan this wedding. We had so much help from our friends and family. People came out to help set up, cook, clean, prep, and design. I have the best friends and family.” If you want to see more of Laren’s creativity, be sure to check out her blog, The Little Lion Girl!
Gilcrease Orchard was an amazing setting for the ceremony and a Godsend. We knew we wanted an outdoor wedding but we were having a lot of trouble finding a venue. I had thought that I could use a picnic site from a camping venue only to find out that it wouldn’t be possible only a month before the wedding. That was my mini-wedding meltdown. I think everyone has one. So we emailed a few places, the lodge at Mt. Charleston, Springs Preserve, The Farm, and Floyd Lamb Park to name a few. We knew right away that Gilcrease was it.
Mark, the director, gave us a tour and when he walked us down that aisle through the apple trees it was like magic. We somehow found this little piece of heaven a few miles from home. Everything happens for a reason I suppose.
My mother passed away almost six years ago and before she died we talked about if I ever got married and how we would style it. She was an artist, which is where I got my Photoshop skills from, and told me that if I ever got married it needed to be really unique. She advised that I have no flowers and just do something out of the ordinary but fun. So when I was planning my wedding I kept thinking back to that.
Instead of flowers, and my bridesmaids and I carried umbrellas. Tablescapes had handpainted and dyed bottles and vintage tins from my mother-in-law’s home, filled with an assortment of different plants and feathers. We covered the tables in butcher paper and put pencils everywhere so people would draw on them.
I made my own dress and it cost less than $150, with a red striped belt that was a ribbon from Jo-anns. I designed all the invitations on Photoshop, printed them out on card stock and hand addressed them myself. The music was also all done by me just using good old iTunes and different playlists.
My husband and I built the wedding arch and wrapped it with twigs from a tree that had fallen down in a storm in my in-laws backyard. We also built the keg stand/bar with the help of my father-in-law. All of the candles and soy melt favors came from my dad and stepmom’s candle company, Collective Scents.
All the food was of course homemade. My amazing aunt cooked tons of chili a few nights before and we reheated it in big pots on portable burners. My sweet mother-in-law baked cornbread and after our disaster with the desserts threw together some batches of cookies and chocolate dipped strawberries and even had one of her friends make some cakes in jars, which got rave reviews.
The drinking jars were all ordered online and covered with chalkboard heart stickers that I cut out myself and the plates were all old pie tins that we collected over a year and a half with the help of friends. My in-laws built the photo booth area with the vintage doors and supplied all the dress-up items for the photos from their antique booth at Charleston Antique Mall. When our guests showed up they took photos with an Instamax and that turned into our guestbook. The day was such a success and my friends and family still talk about how much fun it was. I’ve even had requests for a repeat night!
I have so many amazing memories that its hard to pick just one. My 3-year-old niece who was my flower girl calling me a princess. Our groomsman Joe pulling out a unicorn mask and taking shots through it. One of my best friends surprising us with a floating candle ceremony where we lit candles for each other and the people we love and placed them in the pool. Being surprised with our cake. The funny butt picture of all the guys.
Two nights before the wedding my best friend, her fiancé, and brother all came over to help make desserts. It was a nightmare. The only dessert that survived to the wedding was the candied apples. We even tried to put together a cake and it was so poorly done that it ended up falling over. I laughed to tears. Some things are just better saved for the professionals. In the end her mom and dad, who are very much like my own parents surprised us with an adorable two layer cake from Albertsons that looked like a much better version of the cake that fell over. We topped it with a paper cut-out cake topper that was an homage to the haunted mansion. I had to have Disney thrown in my wedding somewhere.
But I think my all time favorite memory was the way my husband had to stop and take a moment just to cry as he was saying his vows, it was the most touching and overwhelming thing I’ve ever been a part of. I hope that everyone gets a chance to feel that loved. This was definitely a wedding put together with love.
Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions was our officiant and she was such a pleasure to work with. She was quick to respond, showed up on time and helped pull everything together and she delivered such a beautiful ceremony. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant. And I can’t forget my photographer! The amazing Dennis Dayrit. His pictures were exactly what we were looking for, and his prices were insane. This guy can’t be beat.
Laren + Sam’s Budget and Guestlist
We were on a very strict budget. We were expecting around 200 people and had to stay under $10,000 for everything including the honeymoon, but I wasn’t willing to compromise on what I wanted for price so I made almost everything by hand.
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Dennis Dayrit Photography // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Gilcrease Orchard, Las Vegas // Wedding Dress: DIY by the Bride // Hair: Friend of the Bride // Makeup: By the Bride // Catering: Homemade, Alcohol from Costco, Total Wine & More // Cake: Albertsons // Celebrant: Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions // Stationery: Designed by the Bride // Chair and Table Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals // Vintage Furniture: Charleston Antique Mall // Portapotties: All American Waste Services // Candles: Collective Scents // Umbrellas: eBay // Suspenders: eBay
Ashley & Blayne were married at the Las Vegas LDS Temple, and celebrated afterwards with friends and family in a fabulous backyard wedding with a carnival theme. And they went big with the circus theme: a kissing booth and other fair-style attractions and games, pony rides, an actual big top, a carnival-inspired menu and more. They really captured the feel of a real carnival, I think: fun for all ages, and a casual, memorable vibe for a backyard affair. The photos were taken by a new contributor to Little Vegas Wedding: Chauntelle Graf – welcome, Chauntelle!
More on the details of this DIY wedding from the bride, Ashley, follows…
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Downtown Las Vegas is, without a doubt, one of my favorite places to hang out these days. Awesome bars, affordable restaurants and the mix of history and cool new stories being written make it irresistible. The same goes for Kerry and Manny, two Vegas locals who had their first date downtown, were engaged downtown and (spoiler alert:) got married there, too!
Favorite books, bands, music and even postcards reigned at Manny and Kerry’s wedding, which was held at the Historic 5th Street School. All of these details, plus beloved friends and family, helped make the wedding downtown fab-u-lous! Sometimes a couple finds the venue that fits them best, and I think Kerry and Manny succeeded here. They were able to involve music, art and the city they love in a venue they made their own.
Photographed by Doug of Mindy Bean Photography, you’re going to love this one. Get ready to be inspired, from the first look all the way through to the rockstar reception (that’s not hyperbole, an actual band played their wedding!) Kerry says she doesn’t think their wedding had any particular theme, but I would respectfully argue that it does, and that theme is how awesome Kerry and Manny are. Read on for more details from the bride…
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