For couples lucky enough to stay at Cosmopolitan, you know it’s the right amount of sexy and chic with romantic and intimate, making it perfect for a romantic getaway, honeymoon or, in the case of today’s couple, a vow renewal.
Damon and Alemnesh celebrated 10 years together with an Elvis renewal followed by a cake cutting and Champagne celebration with their closest loved ones in a stunning wraparound terrace suite. There were little thank you bags with hangover recovery kits for guests and sweet treats, too, all in a classic red and black palette. They went for a fun theme with little reminders of The Hangover around the suite. Can you spot all of the references?
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Clivabeth Photography
CEREMONY VENUE .
RECEPTION VENUE . Wraparound Terrace Suite, Cosmopolitan
WEDDING DESIGN . Tracey Thomas / FLORAL . Elizabeth Dantus / CATERING . Cosmopolitan / DESSERTS . The Pink Cupcake LV / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Oleg Cassini, shoes – Betsey Johnson – / HAIR . Lacy, Salon Couture, styling by Perla at VaVoom Studio / MAKEUP . MAC Cosmetics / NAILS . Mikal at BeLoved Nails 365
Today’s wedding pairs the gorgeous Mandalay Bay chapel with a little touch of desert beauty. Together they make an amazing combination for Amanda and Daniel’s Vegas wedding. With a classic black and white and red color theme and rose accents this wedding was filled with little touches of old Hollywood glamour.
As you know Mandalay Bay is an MGM property, and they do not allow outside photography of their wedding ceremonies, so there are no ceremony photos in this post, but the photos of getting ready and the amazing bridal portraits were too gorgeous not to share. I’m totally in love with Amanda’s dress!
WHY LAS VEGAS?
We chose Las Vegas for something different and exciting. Daniel and I had never been there together. We are both people that live to go out, have fun and just enjoy life. What better way then to start a new chapter in Las Vegas than getting married?
THE CEREMONY — Mandalay Bay
We chose Mandalay Bay for the beauty of the place. They were also so open to concerns and answering our questions. It just felt like they really cared about making our day as special as possible.
THE RECEPTION — Buca di Beppo at Excalibur
Our celebration dinner was with the 40 family and friends that attended our special day. We had it at Buca di Beppo located in Excalibur.
Our desert photoshoot was absolutely amazing. We had an awesome photographer that had mentioned the idea to us and we thought it would be something totally different then just having regular ceremony pictures. It had rained the night before and the clouds were just not lifting enough to get the exact photos that we wanted in the morning. As we drove out the the desert around 4pm the fog had lifted just enough to capture amazing shots of the two of us.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Leandra Elaine Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Mandalay Bay Chapel
RECEPTION VENUE . Buca di Beppo, Excalibur
WEDDING PLANNER . Ashley Brilman / FLORAL . Mandalay Bay / CATERING . Buca di Beppo / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Jovani / HAIR + MAKEUP . Fairytale Hair and Makeup / GROOMSWEAR . Men’s Wearhouse /
Flappers, finger waves and feathers set the scene for Randy and Brianna’s Roaring 20s themed wedding. The ceremony was in the gorgeous gardens of JW Marriott, and everyone moved over to LDS Hall for the reception which went all out on the vintage theme. It was fab to see all the guests in their Gatsby-inspired best, and the details and decor are just amazing for this themed wedding in Las Vegas.
THE CEREMONY — JW Marriott Las Vegas Lodge at the Lawn
The ceremony was outside on the grass area at JW Marriott. We had white chairs and white carpet down the aisle. The carpet had burgundy rose petals. Although the ceremony was very simple, the surroundings and landscaping were beautiful.
THE RECEPTION — LDS Reception Hall
The reception is where the 1920’s theme came together. We had white chiffon drapes with white lights hanging from the ceiling. Rod iron columns were along the perimeter of the gym. We had feathers, roses, and candles as the centerpiece for each table. The DJ played 1920s music during dinner, which really set the mood. The reception was beautiful!
A stand out moment was having our 1920’s style wedding come together! The bridal party looked amazing. The reception was beautiful. Our guests even dressed up, which was a lot of fun.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We had close to 200 guests at our wedding and the budget came in around $11,000.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . JOA Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . JW Marriott Las Vegas Lodge at the Lawn
RECEPTION VENUE . LDS Church Event Hall
OFFICIANT . Family Friend / FLORAL . I Do Flowers For You / CATERING . Family Friend / CAKE . It’s a Piece of Cake / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David’s Bridal / HAIR . Ashley Perkins / MAKEUP . Kim Katunis of Square Salon / GROOMSWEAR . Men’s Wearhouse / TRANSPORTATION . AWG Ambassador / FURNITURE, LINEN + PROP RENTALS . A Special Occasion / CHINA + GLASSWARE . Current Events / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . David’s Bridal / ENTERTAINMENT . Neon Desert DJ Services / VIDEOGRAPHY . JOA Photography
Today’s sassy couple is the first real wedding post of 2015, and it’s such a great one. For starters, it’s an in-suite wedding, held in a super-sized V Suite at the former THEHotel (which changed into Delano in September 2014).
Also Jessica, the bride, wore an incredible Victorian-style corseted gown with a victory roll hairstyle. Since both she and her husband are gamers, so there was a Portal and Mass Effect themed wedding cake and an amazing space-themed shirt for the groom, Michael. Their military wedding followed by cake and Champagne reception were casual and intimate, and brought all the best elements of family and love together.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
I was a Las Vegas local for nine years before I got married, and a lot of the dates that my groom and I went on happened while I was still living in Vegas. His grandparents live there as well, so it made it convenient for him to stop by and visit me (we had a long distance relationship). The location was convenient and definitely fit into our budget. Plus the city itself just has so much to offer in terms of venues, so why not get married in one of the wonderful resorts? We chose to get married at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay before it got replaced by the Delano. It was absolutely beautiful; the contemporary styling fit in with what we wanted in an in-suite wedding!
When Michael and I planned our wedding, we knew we wanted it to be something about us and let people know who we are. In fact, Offbeat Bride inspired me to go all out for my wedding and to know that it’s okay to go against the grain! Besides, Michael and I were not much for the Wedding Industrial Complex in the first place.
THE CEREMONY — V Suite at THEhotel (now Delano)
I didn’t want to be walked down the aisle by my dad as there really wasn’t an aisle in our venue (which was held inside our hotel suite), yet my mother-in-law highly recommended that I do so anyway and that a makeshift aisle was fine. I’m glad that I went with her suggestion, as the conversation that my dad and I had before my procession helped me to bond with him and cope for the rest of the evening.
My family is Filipino, although I did not have my wedding inside a huge Catholic cathedral. So I couldn’t include many of the things that were typical of a traditional, Filipino wedding. However, both of Michael’s family and mine are born-again Christians, so we opted to do a unity candle-lighting ceremony instead. It brought together both families and was a nice blending of the cultures.
THE RECEPTION — V Suite at THEhotel (now Delano)
Initially, we did want a big wedding but to due time constraints, we had to improvise a lot. We were originally going to plan for a courthouse marriage first then a big fat ceremony later (as many military couples do), but even that wasn’t doable with only 3 months of planning available. Due to the entire nature of the military as well as the downside of everyone not living in the same area, only immediate family and close local friends were invited. The wedding was small, yet we managed to pull through and create the wedding of our dreams with just 18 guests! Michael’s mother helped to create our dream day a much more intimate one by providing most of the decorations, as well as cake and champagne.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
I was able to make my own bouquet! I used left over origami paper and other craft things I’ve saved up for years in order to make it. Everyone at the ceremony loved the way it looked and were amazed that I was capable of making my own bouquet (as opposed to just buying some fresh flowers). It made me feel good to know that the hard work I put into it payed off–even my Maid of Honor wanted one for her future wedding!
We wanted a wedding that showed off our personalities and shared interests: we both liked video games, so we included some of that in our ceremony. The Portal and Mass Effect games are significant to us because my groom and I first met when Portal 2 just came out, and he was the one who introduced me to the Mass Effect games. I also liked all things vintage and romantic, and my groom didn’t mind as well — so long as I wore a corset. ;) This worked out well for the both of us since I was able to wear a Victorian Steampunk-inspired, burlesque dress that was modified to go with my wedding theme. The wedding dress was a nice, wine red color instead of the typical white since I wanted to put at least a little bit of practicality to it. That way, I can re-use my dress for other occasions (such as Renaissance Festival or military dining-outs) instead of wasting money by wearing it only once and trashing it.
The most meaningful parts of my wedding were the ones I expected to have so much impact. I mean sure, everyone expects to have the bride and groom kiss to have the most impact — which is true for me. But there were so many other moments that had the same amount of impact, too. During my ‘getting ready’ session with my wedding photographer, my Maid of Honor wasn’t able to make it to my hotel suite on time to help me get dressed into my gown. I was a bit of a loss in what to do for my ‘getting ready’ shoot, as I did not want to further delay plans. Instead, I improvised by just having my groom help me out while our photographer took pictures of us in those moments. Just the whole session was quite intimate, and it helped me to be closer to my groom that day. The pictures that came from him helping me in my gown and undergarments were some of the best, too!
We didn’t have a rehearsal since we figured that it wasn’t needed for a small wedding, so everyone just winged it. However, that didn’t mean that we were free from slip- ups! Michael messed up some of the words when he recited the vows after our pastor, which initiated some chuckles and giggles from me and the guests. But it was all in good spirit; we all learned to laugh along and just roll with it. I also did not expect my groom to have a shirt with funny-looking sleeves underneath his Air Force mess dress! Everything thought that he was just wearing the standard white shirt, so him taking off his coat to reveal that was definitely a hilarious surprise.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM JESSICA AND MICHAEL
There was also a bit of tension with my own mother that comes along with wedding planning to the point of having me go into bridezilla mode. When it comes to planning a wedding where the families are from different cultural backgrounds, it can be a headache to plan. I almost wanted to just quit and elope instead, so that I didn’t have to worry about it all. Who knew that even small weddings were stressful to plan? Yet at the end of the day, it all worked out alright. All I just hoped was for my mother to understand that this is my wedding, and that it is okay for me to shape it into my own image.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Gin and Sake Productions, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . V Suite at THEHotel
DAY-AFTER SHOOT VENUE . The Smith Center
CAKE . Manan Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Glamtasik, shoes – Chinese Laundry, jewelry – Kohl’s, accessories – / HAIR + MAKEUP . Shag Me Salon / BRIDESMAID . Alfred Angelo / CUSTOM CAKE TOPPERS . WTFcharms
If you have been reading Little Vegas Wedding for even a short time, you know I go nuts for a certain things: namely weddings with rock ‘n’ roll flair and a palette of red and black, for example. That’s why I did a little dance in my office when Michelle, the bride, contacted me to have her wedding featured. (I always feel SO lucky when brides and grooms contact me to share their wedding days!) And that was BEFORE she told me about her awesome idea.
Being that Michelle and Adam’s first anniversary is in just a few days, Michelle thought it would be fun to get their celebration posted on a wedding blog, then print the post out and give it as a first anniversary present to Adam (the suggested gift is paper, you see!)
Readers, you are going to love the punk rock theme that Michelle and Adam had going on. Red petticoats and retro ‘dos for the bridesmaids, a palette of black and white stripes with bold red accents and Michelle’s killer skull-detailed heels all add up to one glam, retro-style wedding. The touches of Halloween and goth-inspired goodness are also amazing. Happy anniversary, Michelle and Adam!
WHY DID YOU GO WITH CANYON GATE?
We were looking for a country club that had a great outdoor space for ceremony and a ballroom with a few vintage touches for around 150 guests. We fell in love with the patio set up overlooking the picturesque golf course and quaint water feature for the ceremony at Canyon Gate. Inside we saw the cocktail room was located directly indoors from the ceremony site, and that the ballroom was separate for the “Grand Reveal” of the reception space when it was ready for guests to find their seats. Add to that a great chandelier with panoramic windows displaying the Spring Mountains and golf course in the ballroom and Canyon Gate seemed too good to be true! We actually looked at many different venues (at least 10 more) after that in Las Vegas but nothing seemed to give us the same feeling that Canyon Gate did.
THE CEREMONY — Patio at Canyon Gate Country Club
Our ceremony was on the patio before sunset on a beautiful October day. I’m Catholic and Adam is Jewish, but we’re not very religious and wanted to showcase parts of our religions with our personalities intertwined into the ceremony. You could tell walking in it definitely wasn’t a traditional ceremony. The space was decorated with a black and white stripe aisle runner with candle-filled vases lining the aisle. At the end of the aisle was the traditional Jewish chuppah flanked by two black manzanita trees with crystals and clear orbs with red roses hanging from the branches.
As guests took their seats, they may have heard a classically arranged string quartet version of their favorite punk rock or classic rock song over the speakers by Vitamin String Quartet. As the ceremony started, the bridesmaids descended down the aisle to the Game of Thrones theme song, and when I walked down the aisle, the DJ switched the music to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri from the Twilight Soundtrack. I was so full of emotion as I walked down the aisle with my dad! Adam: “The anticipation of seeing my future wife walk down the aisle was overwhelming. I had heard whispers about the dress but it was hush, hush. When I finally saw her, she looked even more beautiful than I could ever imagine.”
We had two non-traditional readings one from Game of Thrones and another from Nightmare Before Christmas. We wrote our own vows; Adam’s were funny, clever and rhymed and I cried but made it through! Our recessional was walking hand-in-hand to Everlong by the Foo Fighters.
THE RECEPTION — Grand Ballroom at Canyon Gate Country Club
The room was decorated with black table linens with tables alternating black and white stripe table runners and damask table runners, and the tables were named for Bad Religion songs. There were three different centerpieces; a black manzanita tree with crystals and crystal orbs with red roses draped in the branches, a lantern with blinged-out skull and small white and black pumpkins, and a black and white pumpkin with a tea light skull candle holder. The sweetheart table had Victorian thrones with the damask letters spelling out “LOVE” with my brooch bouquet as the centerpiece. The reception started off with each member of the bridal party walking in to a different theme song from a TV shows that described them. We walked out to a Bad Religion song waving terrible towels: a Pittsburgh Steelers tradition. Our first dance was to Rise Against’s Swing Life Away.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
We met at a Bad Religion concert four years prior to the wedding. I always wanted a wedding with a black and white color scheme with punches of red accents, so we tied in punk music with all of our other favorite things (movies, HBO shows like Game of Thrones and True Blood, pirates, Pittsburgh sports teams, and vampires) throughout the wedding to make it fun and full of our personality. The majority of the budget went to the venue and catering and we did as much DIY as we could, from invitations and stationery to jewelry, tablescape details. There was lots of time spent in Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, dollar stores and Ross! Even the cookie favors were baked by family and friends.
MICHELLE: I joked with my friends that my wedding will look like my home “gave birth” to a child. I used a lot of décor that I already had and if I didn’t have it, I bought it because I knew I would use the décor in my home. I wanted to make sure I had a lot of fun planning the wedding, make sure that our wedding screamed with our personality and have a kick-ass party. Mission accomplished.
ADAM: Seeing all our personal touches that went into the décor was worth all the time and effort we put in. It wasn’t your average cookie cutter wedding. People kept coming up and complimenting how cool the room and tables looked, and that it was definitely our style.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM ADAM AND MICHELLE
Don’t sweat the small stuff while planning and be realistic. Nothing is worth fighting over and hating each other while planning your wedding. Most couples fight about how much everything is costing. When we planned our wedding, we set the budget, but we were realistic that it might go over. Know that the budget is there, but it isn’t the end of the world if you go over. Make the planning process as fun as possible for both of you.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Red Velvet Weddings
CEREMONY VENUE . Patio, Canyon Gate Country Club
RECEPTION VENUE . Grand Ballroom, Canyon Gate Country Club
OFFICIANT . Elegant Vegas Weddings / FLORAL . Enchanted Florist / CAKE . Cravin’ Cake Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Maggie Sottero from Bowties Bridal Boutique, shoes – Iron Fist, jewelry + accessories – DIY / HAIR + MAKEUP . Stevee Danielle / BROOCH BOUQUET + BOUTONNIERES . Bouquet Couture / BRIDESMAIDS . / GROOMSWEAR . Tuxedo Junction, Ties – Rok Gear / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . DIY / PHOTOBOOTH . Shutterbooth / VIDEOGRAPHY . Red Art Studios / CANDY + COOKIE TABLE . Cindy Ashley