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Laren and Sam’s Homegrown Wedding at Gilcrease Orchard from Dennis Dayrit Photography

Gilcrease Orchard Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding

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!

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The Ceremony
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.

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DIY Details
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.

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The Reception
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!

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Memorable Moments
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.

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Vendor 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 CostcoTotal 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

Retro Day of the Dead Wedding at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel

Rockabilly Wedding Session at the Neon Boneyard | Glitter Lens Photography

You’re going to love today’s very timely Day of the Dead Vegas wedding – it’s anything but ordinary! It ticks so many fun, quirky boxes: rockabilly, Día de los Muertos, Elvis, pinup, DIY style, 1950s retro theme…and that’s just for starters. But, that’s what you get when two creative types get married!

Paige and Phil are birds of a feather from New York City – they’re both artists (you have to check out their illustrations and design work at The Art of Paigey and Ballsyart) who have super fun style. Looking through the photos I couldn’t help but feeling like I wanted to be there for the party!

Joined by 44 guests for their destination wedding, they were married by Elvis at the Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel, and then had a bridal shoot with Glitter Lens Photography at the Neon Boneyard before a restaurant reception at MGM Grand.

The wedding was full of totally personal style that reflected the special wedding date of November 2. There was even a soundtrack for the wedding – how cool is that? Paige and Phil asked their guests to dress in “retro spooky cocktail” style or “what you’d wear to Vincent Price’s funeral.”

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Chic Chef’s Table Wedding Reception at Jean Georges Steakhouse, Las Vegas

Vegas Restaurant Wedding Reception | Taylored Photo Memories

Following their traditional vows in the tiny Little Church of the West, Sophia and Tianliang had a couple’s shoot on The Strip with Taylored Photo Memories. Sophia changed out of her white gown and veil she wore for the ceremony, exchanging traditional wedding wear for a blazing red wrap dress for the photos, which took place in front of the romantic scenes of Caesars Palace, Bellagio and Paris Las Vegas. Although chapel packages often come with included photography, a couple’s shoot with another photographer is a great way to inject some individuality and get a set of more personal photographs.

Post-photos the couple celebrated with family and friends at the private chef’s table inside Aria’s Jean Georges Steakhouse. Elegantly decorated with black and orange walls, silverware chandeliers, the room also provides diners a peek into the kitchen through windows!

The wedding party celebrated with style at this very modern reception, dining on a tasting menu with imaginative signature Jean Georges dishes like Almas Ara caviar with Meyer lemon gelee, crème fraiche and dill and tender Australian wagyu beef filet mignon in a soy-garlic marinade. A feast fit for foodies!

Congratulations, Sophia and Tianliang!

Vendor and Venue Details:

Photographer: Taylored Photo Memories / Wedding Venue: Little Church of the West / Reception Venue: Chef’s Table at Jean Georges Steakhouse, Aria / Hair + Makeup: Glamsquad 702 / Bride’s Shoes: Louis Vuitton Rivoli Monogram Peep Toe Pumps

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Throwback Thursday: Red and Black Wedding Style

Red Shoes? Yes Please! {Photo: Josh & Jen Photography}

Welcome to Throwback Thursday, when we delve into the archives of Las Vegas photographers, wedding vendors and wedding planner blogs to reveal weddings you may have missed. The theme of today’s post? It’s actually colors – red and black!

This color scheme appears over and over again in posts on the blog, and with good reason. Red and black is classic combination offering a palette that is timeless yet modern, easy on the eyes and pretty simple to pull together. It’s flexible enough to be classic, quirky or even retro style. So dive into these past posts to get some ideas stirring on how to incorporating red and black into your Vegas wedding!

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Stylish Garden Ceremony with a Very Cosmopolitan Afterparty {The Grove}

Kristen Weaver Photo - The Grove - Las Vegas Wedding

It’s probably already clear from the color theme of my blog that I love black, white and red as a color combination, so it’s no surprise I love the color scheme Shakella and Jazz chose for their Vegas wedding! Photographed by Kristen Weaver Photography and held at The Grove at Silk Purse Ranch, this chic wedding is full of that awesome Vegas-y goodness we all love…plus an emotional groom and an adorable ring bearer!

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