While it is a little further away from Las Vegas than comparative desert locations, the Valley of Fire is well worth the extra journey time, as you’ll see with today’s wedding.
Tim and Svea’s wedding theme came from the bride’s love of flowers — something that reminds her of her father, a gardener. And the wedding was full of other personal famiily mementos as well, despite being a destination wedding in a remote location. The way the desert is turned into a royal blue, rustic scene is truly magical, don’t you agree? All the little pieces and details come together in a totally unforgettable way.
The amazing team behind this desert transformation is none other than Cactus and Lace Weddings. If you are loving today’s Vegas wedding, they are offering a Valentine’s Day special for weddings hosted on Feb. 14, 2017. You can save up to $3,000 on their Valley of Fire elopement special for an all-inclusive wedding ceremony. It includes photography, floral arrangements, transportation and more to make getting married in this gorgeous desert scenery stylish and simple.B
More from Rachel of Cactus and Lace on Tim and Svea’s gorgeously styled desert affair:
Svea is quite talented and taught herself to sew via the Internet, creating a beautiful, navy blue cape. Tim merges art and the virtual world at a job he thoroughly enjoys. It was fitting that these two met at graduate school and thus began the beginning of this new family. We loved learning about and displaying the treasures which were made by Svea’s great-grandmother and great-grandfather, including an amazing hand-carved table her great-grandfather created and a small detailed wooden box, carved with skill and craftsmanship. His name and date are inscribed on each piece and it was fabulous to include these intricate, lovingly created items in the ceremony’s style.
Pink and cream were the sophisticated palette for this intimate wedding. Hidden away in the hotel within a hotel at Four Seasons Las Vegas, Nicole and Alex exchanged vows in the courtyard backed by the unforgettable fountains (complete with cocktail hour), followed by a classic ballroom reception. The feminine touches created an airy, romantic look for this simply stunning wedding. I am gaga over the florals. Feast your eyes!
More from the wedding designer and co-ordinator, Emily:
On a perfect spring day, Nicole walked around her suite at the Four Seasons Las Vegas to the sounds of laughter from her bridesmaids while sipping on a bottle of Dom Perignon. After spending a year planning this beautiful day, her wedding day was finally here.
The couple opted to do a first look. Nicole took Alex’s breath away as he turned around to see his beautiful bride for the first time.
The scattered clouds over the evening ceremony made for stunning light at the right moments. A string duo played Pachelbel’s Canon in D as the bride took her first step down the aisle with both her parents by her side. Surrounded by their family and friends, Nicole and Alex vowed to love each other unconditionally for the rest of their lives and sealed it with a kiss.
PRESS brought great energy as guests sipped on cocktails and enjoyed hors d’oeurves while waiting for the reception to begin. The breathtaking ballroom awaited and Nicole and Alex got the party started with their first dance. The night was filled with lots of great food, a few Persian traditions, and even a slider station at the end of the night.
I have to admit something: I am obsessed with The Smith Center. The art-deco architecture, the great location and the mix of indoor and outdoor spaces add up to one killer wedding spot. It’s no surprise that Ryan and Danette chose the famous performing arts venue for their romantic wedding.
Dressed up in roses and draping with black and white decor, the venue allowed this couple to shine on their wedding day…and for their wedding party to get a little dancey later on. Every detail was taken care by Scheme Events of and allowed Ryan and Danette to just enjoy their amazing day.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE SMITH CENTER?
It is a beautiful location which gave us a few options when deciding if we wanted an indoor or an outdoor wedding. It gave us an urban city feel while offering the capability to customize the venue to tie into our theme.
THE CEREMONY — Courtyard at The Smith Center
The ceremony was held in the courtyard of The Smith Center, which is a naturally stunning location and the perfect size for our wedding. With the addition of white flowers, white draping, and everyone we loved surrounding us it was everything we could have imagined and more.
THE RECEPTION — Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center
The theatre was perfect stage for all to showcase their jokes and dance moves. The night started off with a roast before the toast that had everyone laughing at the jabs from Ryan’s close friends. It led into the jokes and our hidden secrets from Ryan’s brother and best man and the maid of honor. Once the dinner was done and the dancing started there was everything from the Montana country dance, to Bruno Mars, to the Sigma Chi sweetheart serenade (that’s a thing…) everyone had a blast. Even Ryan’s 90-year-old grandparents made an appearance on the dance floor.
The best moment of the day was our first look. We had a quick moment to see each other and have a few moments to ourselves in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the day. It was refreshing to get our focus on each other right before the ceremony when there are so many other things going on around you.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM RYAN AND DANETTE
Hire a wedding co-ordinator or planner. It made our lives so much easier. We used Scheme Events and our co-ordinator Francesca had an answer for everything. We used all of her vendor recommendations and she was only a phone call away anytime we needed something. We only had one mishap with our venue but Francesca was there to keep Bridezilla from making an appearance…kind of. When Bridezilla came out she just giggled and refocused me.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We had a budget of $35,000 and a guest list of 100.
If you want to go Hollywood glam in Las Vegas, The Barrymore is a perfect venue to choose. It’s got this retro feel, full of golden details and decadent decor (like that wallpaper! Unf.)
I like to recommend it for smaller wedding parties because it’s got a patio and a built-in theme already. Here’s a gorgeous peek at the space in a styled shoot that evokes romance and glamour from two Austrian wedding photographers who did a little work while visiting the city recently.
The courtyard at Historic 5th Street School in downtown Las Vegas is fantastic. It’s light, it’s airy and as you’ll see with today’s wedding, it’s incredibly flexible, working for a combined ceremony and reception venue.
Amping up the vintage feel of the setting, Candace and Bobby used antique touches for their theme, incorporating old books, glassware and lace details. The pops of red in Candace’s bouquet work so well against the pastel backgrounds. Not only that…but the venue’s history worked well for these two teachers. Such a fantastic choice for an outdoor wedding!