Today’s homegrown wedding ceremony took place nestled within the beautiful pine trees at Mount Charleston, with a backyard reception to follow. Ashley and Dustin are Las Vegas locals who crafted almost all of this heartfelt, homegrown wedding by themselves.
You’ll be amazed at the thought and planning that went into this mountain wedding. From the rustic handmade benches and signage at the ceremony site to the romantic crisscross bistro lighting strings hovering over the reception space, JOA Photography captured all of the details!
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From time to time I like to peek in on the Vegas wedding tag on social media. There are all sorts of goodies in there: people wishing for Vegas weddings, people going to Vegas weddings, and sometimes people who are having awesome Vegas weddings.
Recently I was lucky enough to stumble across totally fun Instagram video that highlighted a vow renewal in just a short 15 seconds. This charming pocket film by Jason Magbanua documented Abet and Benz’s anniversary Vegas vow renewal celebrating 15 years. I was hooked and had to know more!
Abet and Benz came from the Philippines for a road trip tour of the United States with friends, and planned their Vegas vow renewal spontaneously along the way. The couple happen to run a very successful wedding website called Weddings at Work (W@W for short) helping Filipino couples find suppliers and vendors for their weddings.
When you talk about, write and share wedding information all day, it’s no surprise that you are drawn to the simplicity of Las Vegas, and it’s also no surprise you want something fun, easy and memorable. So the couple decided to have a drive thru wedding at A Special Memory Wedding Chapel.
Although the ceremony was quick and simple, the rest of the wedding was packed with meaning and details that you would expect from a couple who have been together 15+ years. Of course, they also happen to be details that are drawn from a couple who know the best wedding vendors in the Philippines – some of whom are travelling with you in your bridal party!
Benz wore a custom hand painted dress based on a tattoo she has. Abet, a Vespa lover, included scooter details in his accessories. Vegas appeared in a bouquet and corsages with a casino and gambling theme. When the time came, the couple drove up to the window in a red hot Ford Mustang and exchanged vows…again.
The 5 person wedding party then cruised down the highway in their convertible to Eldorado Canyon in Nelson to get some desert shots before indulging in dinner at Mon Ami Gabi back on The Strip. A totally fun and fabulous Vegas vow renewal!
Read more about this adventurous wedding vow renewal over on the W@W blog!
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Ryan Ortega / Wedding Venue: A Special Memory Wedding Chapel Drive Thru / Reception Venue: Mon Ami Gabi / Wedding Dress: Custom by Veluz / Hair + Makeup: Madge Lejano / Bride & Bridesmaid’s earrings: Mickey See of Cru / Bride’s veil: Clayton of CA Design Team / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Cecilio Abad / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: BKS Men / Vegas Bouquet + Boutonniere: Teddy Manuel / White Bouquet + Corsage: Gideon Hermosa / Transport: E-Z Rent-A-Car / Videography: Jason Magbanua, Bong Sare of Threelogy
Bridal showers are moments in life meant to be full of loved ones – but also dashes of whimsy, bright colors, and fun activites – all things today’s Red Rock Country Club bridal shower photographed Weddings by Scott and Dana has in spades. The shower, planned by When Pigs Fly Events, was carried out flawlessly and is full of pretty inspiration to draw from.
See more of this Red Rock Country Club bridal shower!
Now and then I’m granted a peek beyond the pretty into the very personal side of weddings, and I feel so privileged to do so. Today the opportunity pops up again, with Tara and Austin’s private destination elopement photographed by Taylored Photo Memories.
This very intimate ceremony consisted of a handfasting that took place in a Loft Suite overlooking at Monte Carlo’s boutique HOTEL32. Officiating this Pagan handfasting was Brenda Mastriano, also known as Lady Elzbet Whitefire.
…See more of this intimate handfasting!
The first photo I saw of this wedding was a shot by Ali McGhie Photography of the bride with her rainbow colored petticoat, and I knew then that this wedding was special. Then I saw more details and heard the beautiful reason and more about the time and energy that went into planning this heartfelt wedding and soon I was wiping away tears, and I bet you will be too.
Antonio and Soraya have been together for eight years, and knew they would get married when the time was right – however, it turns out the right time was brought on by some unfortunate news when Soraya’s mother was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer. Wanting to have her mother there for this special day, the bride and groom banded together to make it happen in a short span of time. This incredibly touching, love-filled wedding came together in just under three months completely powered by the hearts and hands of friends and family.
Combining a love of rainbows, the art of origami and geeky fandom of the likes of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars and video games, this wedding bound family and friends together in a completely intimate and handcrafted affair.
Every member of the bridal party represented a color from the rainbow spectrum … and then some (they added pink)! Soraya’s incredible custom made bridal gown (courtesy some Pinterest scouting and two crafty friends) incorporated over 40 yards of rainbow colored tulle into the skirt.
But that’s not all. So many other elements of this wedding were crowdsourced and DIY’d – from the friend officiating the wedding, bartending to photography, decor and more! Even the taco bar meat was made by the bride and groom by slowcooking it in the early morning hours of their wedding day. (Yes, seriously!)
And the touches of origami? Soraya writes: “We knew we wanted to fold the 1,000 paper cranes for a good luck wish which after two months of enlisting my sisters’ and mom’s help, along with a few friends, we were able to fold 1,600 cranes. Our wish at the wedding was for my mom to defeat her cancer and live a long, happy, healthy life with us. Along the way, we also decided to make the bouquets and center pieces origami too because one, they would never die, and two, they were beautiful. So together we folded all those flowers as well.”
Long into the night the party continued poolside under twinkling lights strung up to illuminate the carefully hand folded origami cranes while the attendees dined on a taco and tamale bar with “geeky themed” cocktails. For sweet treats, a rainbow cupcake tower, cake from Freed’s and a candy bar that would have had Willy Wonka drooling.
The wedding reception even included a mashed up choreographed dance set to Justin Bieber and Disney tunes. Soraya explains: “The groomsmen, Antonio and I had actually coordinated a dance blending two of our favorite genres together, Disney songs and boy bands. We came up with a slow waltz to Beauty and the Beast’s Tale As Old As Time and transitioned into Justin Bieber’s Beauty and the Beat in which the groomsmen all jumped in and danced with us. We learned it from practicing Just Dance 4 many times over. It was a blast.”
I hope a cliche does not cheapen this marvelous wedding, but looks like Antonio and Soraya found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Keep on going for a few more details from the bride and lots more photos!
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Vendor and Venue Goodness:
Wedding & Reception Venue: Private Villa / Photographer: Ali McGhie Photography / Wedding Dress: Custom, Corset from Corset Story, Bolero from David’s Bridal / Jewelry & Tiara: Icing and JoAnn / Bride’s Shoes: Payless Shoesource / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Amazon, Sashes from David’s Bridal and DIY ribbon decorated flats from Payless Shoesource / Groom’s Suit: Kohl’s, Bowties and Suspenders from Amazon / Groomsmen Suits: Kohl’s, Bowties and Suspenders from Amazon / Hair + Makeup: Mel M from Roni Josef Salon & Spa/ Floral: Handmade DIY Origami Bouquets / Catering: Bride and Groom, Friends / Cupcakes: Albertsons / Cake: Freed’s Bakery / Celebrant: Sam, a friend / Entertainment: DJs Francisco and Mason/ Rentals & Linens: a family friend, Costco and Mariana’s
More from the bride, Soraya: “Overall, in two and a half months with a very limited budget I think the wedding was quite the success. Everyone looked fabulous, the decorations were beautiful, the food was good and everything went how we wanted it to. It was unique, geeky and memorable and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate Antonio’s and my love with our family and friends.”