Britney and Jon decided Vegas was the perfect spot for a Halloween wedding — the anniversary of their first date! They didn’t go with an overt theme but spread the wedding fun throughout two days, including a drive-thru wedding in downtown Las Vegas and a bridal photo shoot at The Neon Museum.
This destination wedding was on the intimate side, but Britney and Jon were able to infuse many personal touches into the day, including a custom LEGO minifig cake topper, playing card stationery and super cool Millennium Falcon cufflinks. A touch of Halloween was included in the glam gold bat headband Britney wore. Keep reading for more about this unique Vegas wedding from their photographer!
More from McKenzi of Taylored Photo Memories, their photographer:
Britney and Jon wanted to embrace what a Vegas wedding had to offer and after getting to know them better during our two day photo shoot I would have to agree that it was the perfect choice for them. From the playing card themed invitations to the iconic pink convertible where they exchanged their vows and rings, this bride and groom focused on the details to pull off a fun and memorable event that revolved around them as a couple. I feel that too often a lot of couples can get overwhelmed with the amount of stress and work that goes into the grand production which is a traditional wedding.
If you are one of those couples who is fighting with your soon to be spouse over the budget or the guest list, my advice is to take a deep breath and always remember that your wedding day, traditional and elopements alike, is about the two of you. So take a page from Britney and Jon’s book and make your day about you, make it memorable and make it fun!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Drive-Thru at Little White Wedding Chapel
PRE-CEREMONY PHOTO VENUE . The Neon Museum
FLORAL . Silk by Gina Louisa Designs / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Max Maxi dress by Boulee Designs shoes – Sam Edelman, jewelry + accessories – Kate Spade and Kate Szabone Jewelery / RINGS . Brilliant Earth / GROOMSWEAR . The Artful Gentleman / TRANSPORTATION . Earth Limos & Buses / CAKETOPPER . Lego by Minifigs.me
Wedding submitted via Two Bright Lights
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
Downtown Las Vegas is, without a doubt, one of my favorite places to hang out these days. Awesome bars, affordable restaurants and the mix of history and cool new stories being written make it irresistible. The same goes for Kerry and Manny, two Vegas locals who had their first date downtown, were engaged downtown and (spoiler alert:) got married there, too!
Favorite books, bands, music and even postcards reigned at Manny and Kerry’s wedding, which was held at the Historic 5th Street School. All of these details, plus beloved friends and family, helped make the wedding downtown fab-u-lous! Sometimes a couple finds the venue that fits them best, and I think Kerry and Manny succeeded here. They were able to involve music, art and the city they love in a venue they made their own.
Photographed by Doug of Mindy Bean Photography, you’re going to love this one. Get ready to be inspired, from the first look all the way through to the rockstar reception (that’s not hyperbole, an actual band played their wedding!) Kerry says she doesn’t think their wedding had any particular theme, but I would respectfully argue that it does, and that theme is how awesome Kerry and Manny are. Read on for more details from the bride…
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Amanda and Dan are a couple of crazy Canucks who were married in the very fun Pop Up Chapel at Cosmopolitan, and Mike L Photography was there to take all the amazing images to follow.
Amanda said that she originally started to plan for a wedding in the newly renovated Skyline Chapel at Quad, but after feeling like there were so many add ons and extra costs – they jumped ship to the seasonal Pop Up Chapel. With no extra fees for an outside photographer or florist, plus the option to play their own music, it worked out perfectly!
The comicbook-esque paper origami bouquets and boutonnieres with added superhero action figures were handmade by the bride (instructions for the projects can be found here and here) How awesome and funky are they!?
After the ceremony, and before the reception, the wedding party limo’d over to the Welcome to Las Vegas sign and took some atmospheric bridal party shots. What an awesome looking bridal party. Best Woman in a suit? Yes, please! When all the hard posing work was done, it was time for drinks, food and celebration at Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar, where the guests drank sangria and mojitos from the open bar while sampling paella, stuffed dates, camarones ajillo and many other Spanish treats.
Amanda said she booked Mike & Courtney to do their photos after following their work for three years, and honestly – these photos do not disappoint. And you should really go read the story about how they started dating on Mike L’s blog. It’s pretty hilarious.
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Vendor and Venue Goodness:
Wedding Venue: Cosmopolitan Pop Up Wedding Chapel / Reception Venue: Firefly* Tapas Kitchen and Bar Las Vegas / Photographer: Mike L Photos/ Wedding Dress: Galina Signature Line from David’s Bridal / Jewelry: “Merry” necklace and “Puzzle” earrings by Swarovski / Bride’s Shoes: “Himber” Pumps by Spring / Hair + Makeup: Harmony Medina / “Floral:” Hand folded origami paper bouquets, a DIY project by the bride! Instructions here and here/ Cake: The Cupcakery at Cosmopolitan Pop Up Chapel / Cake Topper: “Vegas BABY!” Custom Wire Cake Topper from heatherboyd on Etsy / Stationery: Vintage Vegas line from Vintage Wedding Invitations via Zazzle
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Today’s wedding is LVW’s very first bride submitted wedding, and it is amazing. I’m SO happy Jeannie wrote me to tell me about her big day because it’s so full of amazing details, I know you’re going to love it too as you check out the photos of the event taken by Chiemi Photography.
Jeannie and Salar came from Canada to get married at the Platinum Hotel in September of this year – they said that a Las Vegas wedding was something they always had in mind, since they didn’t want a large traditional wedding nor did they want anything too religious. Salar suggested Vegas as a possible wedding location before they even got married, so it seemed the place to go!
I’m a big time zombie fan, so I loved the details included, especially since they were Vegas-ified! Jeannie writes:
Salar is very into zombies and I wanted to make sure there were also details of that as well – so he picked the cake topper and cake design. We picked up the topper on our scouting trip at the lobby store at the Palms and he painted the groom up to be zombified. Our guest book and poster was a custom portrait done by Rob Sacchetto of Zombie Portraits.
Amazing details – including a guestbook, skull necklace and cute cupcakes from Retro Bakery.
One of the coolest things at the wedding was the Shutterbooth they had set up, with a custom zombie logo. (More photobooth photos here!)
Jeannie and Salar decided on the Platinum Hotel and Spa (just off the Strip) via the forums on The Knot and did a scouting trip a year before the wedding. They wanted something that was unusual, but could hold a fair amount of people – so up to the rooftop it was! Isn’t the view fabulous from up there?
The bride’s dress was altered to tea-length by a seamstress and she added a colored crinoline by Swank Underpinnings in robin’s egg blue to make it pop. So awesome!
One of the best surprises had to have been the Star Wars droids and Darth Vader that showed up though. The groom had no idea they were coming! And the most incredible thing is that they don’t charge a fee, but instead ask you to make a donation to the Children’s Make A Wish Foundation.
That wasn’t all the entertainment at this rocking party though – Travis Allen made an appearance as Elvis and got a conga line going, a DJ from All Night Long rocked out the hits pleasing music fans with very diverse tastes (from heavy metal to classic Iranian songs) and there was even a double decker bus ride to take the guests to see downtown Vegas and Fremont. What a party!
Jeannie was full of great advice for Vegas brides planning a destination wedding in Las Vegas:
Take advantage of all Vegas has to offer for you and your guests. Plan to try and accommodate your guests needs (budget, schedules) so that you can have as many of the important people in your life there as possible. We paid more for a weekend wedding because we knew it would allow people to come using less Vacation time at work. We gave people lots of notice and shared information about flight sales. We chose a central Strip hotel so that people would get the full Vegas experience, and one that was less expensive so that all budgets could afford to stay in the same hotel. Many of our guests had never been to Vegas, and the wedding blew them away – surprised them that it wasn’t a tacky affair at all. Also – if there is any travel required to or from the ceremony / reception venue – definitely make arrangements for your guests – rent a bus to transport them, put yourself in their shoes to make it as comfortable and easy as possible
Love the group shot – I think this is integral to a small Vegas wedding for everyone to remember. Wow.
Thank you SO much Jeannie and Salar. Your wedding looked like a blast, there were some amazing details and you had some great words of advice. Please remember brides, the submissions are open to everyone. Read more about submitting your wedding here.
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Wedding & Reception Venue: Misora rooftop venue at Platinum Hotel / Afterparty Venue: Double Decker bus to Fremont / Photographer: Chiemi Photography / Cinematography & DJ: All Night Long / Elvis: Travis Allen / Wedding Dress: A tailored Paloma Blanca from Heirlooms Bridal Shoppe with colored crinoline by Swank Underpinnings /Makeup: Lori White / Cupcakes and Cake: Retro Bakery / Stationery: Zombie Portrait and Poster by Rob Sacchetto of zombieportraits / Photobooth: Shutterbooth