Posts Tagged ‘Desert Weddings’
In my time writing about Vegas weddings, I’ve occasionally heard about families who are not that supportive of the couple’s decision to host an untraditional or destination wedding. But today’s couple, Jessica and Jason? Jessica’s mother was fully on board with a Vegas elopement. To her, the proof was in the pudding: she herself had eloped and was married for 48 years!
Jessica and Jason’s Red Rock Canyon elopement was a mix of fun and romantic. The gorgeous venue at Calico Basin was down-to-earth, and in fact is a spot the couple has enjoyed hiking in the past. And driving out there in a sportscar kept it fun and exciting and a little bit Vegas-y.
The couple paid tribute to Jessica’s parents’ marriage by replicating a photo taken at their 1966 elopement just ahead of going out to protest President Johnson’s arrival in their town. Their wedding photo is of the two of them holding a “Make Love Not War” sign and their special flower has always been a yellow rose, a flower incorporated into Jessica and Jason’s floral details.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon
RECEPTION VENUE . House of Blues Las Vegas
OFFICIANT . The Mobile Minister / FLORAL . Gaia Flowers / CAKE . Freed’s Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Nicole Miller, jewelry – Rent the Runway / HAIR . Robert Cromeans Salon / TRANSPORTATION . Corvette Stingray, Enterprise Exotics
If you are on the fence about marrying in the desert near Las Vegas at any of the spectacular natural venues available (ie., Red Rock Canyon, Grand Canyon and so on) today’s wedding will push you over the edge, solidly into the “We have to do that NOW” camp.
A few months back, Cactus and Lace Weddings approached me to help promote a contest they were running for a couple get married at a styled wedding at the Valley of Fire. Dozens of you entered, but ultimately Canadians Dawn and Scott won the package. The pair flew down with their daughter and other loved ones for their intimate November elopement and cake and champagne reception surrounded by a gorgeous desert setting.
From the palette drawn from Mother Nature to the succulent-adorned floral designs and the vintage wood furniture paired with touches of lace, your heart will be racing and you will be feeling the lovvvve in this little family. Longing for your own stylish wedding set in the heart of an amazing natural area? Read more about desert weddings here or check out the packages Cactus and Lace Weddings now offer. A stylish desert elopement … with none of the stress.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
Scott and I met five years ago. He is in sales and I am a firefighter in Toronto. We have a small daughter together. We both have a love for Las Vegas and try to go at least once or twice a year. During our first trip there together, we rented a car and drove out to the Grand Canyon, but in the back of my mind I thought to myself “How cool would it be to get married/elope out here in the desert?”
When I saw the contest listed on Little Vegas Wedding, I just had to enter it but I never thought a girl from Canada would win. I was so surprised and shocked when I heard from the girls at Cactus & Lace that I had actually won!
THE CEREMONY + RECEPTION
I can’t say enough about how amazing the entire experience was. I had a Skype conversation and many emails back and forth with Cactus & Lace but never in my wildest dreams would have ever imagined the experience would be as perfect as it was. When we pulled up to the ceremony site my eyes welled up. Everything was absolutely perfect.
The girls at Cactus & Lace listened to everything I said and as a result totally nailed my vision and my taste. The ceremony was just as we both wanted it to be: personal, non-denominational and quick :)
The photos are breathtaking and I have three new friends who helped to create one of THE most memorable days of my life.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Cactus and Lace Weddings
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Valley of Fire
OFFICIANT . Pastor Jason Ham / WEDDING STYLING . Cactus and Lace Weddings / FLORAL . The Front Porch Flowers & Gifts / CAKE . Gimme Some Sugar / HAIR + MAKEUP . Brandy Norris Hair / TRANSPORTATION . Presidential Limousine / RENTALS . Cactus and Lace Weddings
UPDATE: The contest is now closed. Dawn and Scott, a pair from Canada have won the package. Congratulations!
I can’t hold it in anymore! I’m have a super exciting announcement for you today: Little Vegas Wedding is sharing a huge Valley of Fire wedding package giveaway from Cactus and Lace Weddings. It’s the biggest contest I’ve promoted on the site to date, and I’m so happy to be working with the team at Cactus and Lace, their work is stunning.
If you have been dreaming of a desert wedding, keep reading, you could win your wedding!
Cactus and Lace specializes in intimate, stylish weddings in places where such a wedding is not normally possible, like the spectacular Valley of Fire. They provide a personalized wedding ceremony package for you as a couple, setting you up with floral design, wedding photography, an officiant, a post ceremony celebratory cake all in a stylish setting. They strive to provide a stress-free, all-inclusive modern wedding experience.
However, this is not your basic Vegas package wedding. Cactus and Lace combines the look of those amazing styled wedding inspiration shoots you see on your favorite wedding blogs with a real wedding. Props and decor are used by their professional stylists and wedding designers to make your wedding a little more fancy, and a little more personalized.
So you can have your wedding ceremony in a special setting, but also get that pretty, romantic look you might have been hoping for in your photos. That’s something the big chapels and companies won’t give you!
Want proof? Check out these amazing photos from other styled events Cactus and Lace has designed and photographed:
And — drum roll please — Cactus and Lace Weddings has very generously offered to give away a stylized wedding ceremony for one couple and up to five guests at the Valley of Fire.
You can read more about the fantastic desert scenery at Valley of Fire in this previous post, but the take away is that it’s Nevada’s oldest state park, just over an hour from Las Vegas. Amazing sandstone rock formations and gorgeous colors await, in an unforgettable natural setting. It’s a very popular location for adventurous couples looking for something away from the neon of Las Vegas for their elopements!
If you have been dreaming about a Valley of Fire desert wedding, now is your chance to have one planned for you, for free! What’s included in the Cactus and Lace prize wedding package valued at approximately $3,600?
- Luxury transportation from Las Vegas for the couple and up to five guests for the one hour trip to Valley of Fire
- A minister to provide your intimate outdoor wedding ceremony and exchange of vows
- Your choice of wedding site at Valley of Fire state park: Seven Sisters, Rainbow Vista, the Visitor’s Center or The Cabins
- Designer floral bouquet of fresh flowers courtesy Front Porch Flowers
- Decor and design for the wedding site chosen by you from three options with custom color and design elements
- Comprehensive photography coverage of the ceremony from two photographers
- A post-ceremony cake celebration, cake provided by Gimme Some Sugar
All you would need to provide is transportation to Las Vegas and accommodations if necessary, a valid marriage license, your wedding day outfits and hair and makeup if desired.
Following your two-hour event at Valley of Fire, you are whisked back to Las Vegas where you can continue celebrating with your new spouse and your bridal party!
Please send an email to kelly AT littlevegaswedding DOT com with answers to the following questions before August 21, 2014:
- Bride and groom’s full first and last names
- The city you live in
- Contact info: phone number and email address
- How you met one another
- Why you would like to get married at Valley of Fire and the date you would prefer
- Which location you would like for your Valley of Fire wedding: Seven Sisters, Rainbow Vista, Visitor’s Center or The Cabins
- What you like most about each other
Contest Rules + Regulations:
- THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED
- Contest closes: Midnight (EST) on August 21, 2014. Entrants must answer the supplied questions via email before then
- This contest is open to international entrants, however any travel fees to Las Vegas are the responsibility of the couple and their guests
- The winning wedding date must take place between October 1 2014 and February 28 2015. Date subject to availability
- Couple marrying must both be over the age of 21
- Wedding may only take place at the state-approved locations at Valley of Fire
- The couple marrying will need to provide the following things themselves: transportation to Las Vegas, a marriage license, their wedding day attire and hair and makeup if desired
- Winner will be chosen at random from the entries received and notified via email within a week of contest closing date
- Copyright of publicity will belong to Cactus and Lace. Wedding photos may be featured on wedding blogs and sites in the future
- Cactus and Lace reserves the right to substitute a similar prize of equivalent or greater value should the prize be unavailable. None of the prizes may be exchanged or transferred and there is no cash value
- Package includes: transportation to and from Las Vegas to Valley of Fire and five guests, state park wedding permits and entry fee, wedding day photography, flowers, minister, cake and event design. Total prize value: approximately $3,600
Although many couples opt for the neon and architecture of The Strip or even classic downtown Las Vegas for their wedding venue, the city is surrounded by the picturesque Mojave desert.
This landscape appeals to those looking for a more natural look and feel, and there are a variety of locations from a half hour to just over an hour’s drive outside the city. These desert wedding venues are a different side to Las Vegas, with majestic geological features, sand covered vistas and desert plant life like cacti and even Joshua trees.
Doing your wedding yourself at these venues requires a little bit of homework, in that you will need to purchase a wedding permit, and arrange for a wedding photographer and wedding officiant to meet you at the venue. The best time of day, for weather and photos, is sunset.
If that seems like a hassle, there are companies such as City Wedding Tours, Las Vegas Luv Bug Weddings and Cactus and Lace who provide packages to these locations that include photographer and minister, amongst other things.
It should be noted that none of these locations is really that well-suited to a full reception (the exception being Eldorado Canyon, and I recommend you use a planner if you do so) but that cake and a little Champagne toast might be in order.
Weddings at Eldorado Canyon at Nelson
This former gold mining town is popular with couples who want to combine rustic vintage buildings and whimsical props (crashed plane or antique trucks, anyone?) with their wedding vows. Eldorado is a great spot for those seeking a rustic, retro wedding style. This “ghost town” has been featured in the movie “3000 Miles from Graceland” and offers indoor and outdoor venues for your wedding ceremony.
Details: Eldorado Canyon Mine Tours
Venues: Say your I Do’s surrounded by the antiques in the barn, or just outside amongst the cholla cacti and antique vehicles
Theme: Whimsical western with a vintage twist
Travel Time: 60 minutes south of Las Vegas
Fee: Starting at $100 for 10 people for up to two hours, $150 for up to 20 guests for up to two hours, $50 an hour after that
Inspiration: real weddings at Eldorado Canyon
Weddings at Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock is a gorgeous area just west of The Strip, boasting amazing views of — you guessed it: incredible red rock formations. The area is popular with adventure seekers and includes a scenic drive loops, 30+ miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, and a variety of outdoor activities including rock climbing, horseback riding and mountain biking. There are two fabulous outdoor spots to get married, including a scenic overlook and Calico Basin. Red Rock Canyon has been featured in the Little Vegas Wedding Venue Spotlight series.
Details: Red Rock National Conservation Area
Venues: Calico Basin offers a boardwalk surrounded by greenery and petroglyphs, while Scenic Overlook is a panoramic vista of the nearby sandstone mountain formations
Theme: Natural mountainous wonder with green details
Travel Time: 30 minutes west of Las Vegas
Fee: Wedding permit is $200, and must be arranged at least two weeks in advance
Inspiration: real weddings at Red Rock Canyon
Weddings at Valley of Fire State Park
A little more remote is the Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest state park with vivid red rocks, just north of Las Vegas. The dramatic whorled sandstone formations, natural arches and petrified wood as a wedding backdrop will wow you. The Valley of Fire has been seen in scenes of “Transformers” and “Planet of the Apes.”
Details: Valley of Fire State Park
Venues: There are only four approved venues for weddings at Valley of Fire: Seven Sisters, Rainbow Vista, Visitor’s Center or The Cabins. Some sites host as few 15 people, some up to 100 people
Theme: Mother Nature on fire
Travel Time: 75 minutes north of Las Vegas
Fee: Wedding permit is $100-175 depending on the size of wedding, and must be arranged at least three weeks in advance
Today’s post is very special – it’s part styled shoot and part incredibly sentimental wedding “do over” for a real couple. It’s also starting off a week of posts featuring Vegas wedding do overs.
Ally and Nick are a young military couple who were married just five months after their engagement. With little time to plan ahead of Nick’s imminent deployment, they jumped right into planning and pulled off their wedding.
However, after their wedding photographs came back, they felt extremely disappointed with the photos. That was when family friend and photographer Denise Burridge stepped in.
Nick means the world to our family and we almost lost him two years ago during a deployment where he was shot. So it was very important to me that they have images before he left.
She immediately came up with an idea for the couple to give them some lasting memories of their marriage as best as she could before Nick left on deployment. The idea? A day after wedding styled shoot; a sort of wedding photo do-over.
Working with vendors including Nostalgia Resources she helped create a wedding scene, tying in hints of military red, white and blue in the antique trunk, linens and vintage books under the cake stand. A carpet was rolled out and “George” the antique settee was added in addition to fresh flowers, a bell jar and various other props to create this little romantic desert scene.
Freed’s Bakery replicated Ally and Nick’s original wedding cake – which they cut into and sampled again as the sunset over the desert. The final result of this shoot is gorgeous, heartfelt and I don’t mind saying: very moving.
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Denise Burridge Photography / Wedding Venue: Sunrise Mountain / Event Concept and Design: Denise Burridge / Makeup: Makeup by Shandell / Cake: Freed’s Bakery / Rentals and Vintage Props: Nostalgia Resources
Afterwards the couple celebrated with a little sparkling wine and casual photographs. Nick is a pararescue jumper (known as a “PJ”) and one of the symbols for the Combat Search and Rescue community is green footprints. If you look carefully, you can see a pair of green feet on the bottle of bubbly.
And what did the couple think of the photos this time?
Ally, the bride: […] after a couple weeks seeing the final photos brought me to tears. The photos were absolutely beautiful, and were very personal because my husband had left on a five-month deployment. We were both beyond pleased and value the art of capturing these times more then ever before.