Following their engagement on the weekend of July 4th, Laurel and Tyler returned to Las Vegas to exchange their vows a year later in this rustic style wedding right on the Strip! Photographed by Wai Reyes Photography, this event is a lot of fun and packed with handmade and DIY touches, even though it was a destination wedding! (Laurel and Tyler are from Arizona.)
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I’m excited to be sharing a new feature on the blog with you today! Veronica Torres-Miller of Nostalgia Resources will be guest posting each month with a new tutorial on how to incorporate vintage props and rentals into your wedding.
Nostalgia Resources has a huge variety of decor available for rental for your wedding, engagement shoot or bridal shower, including large items like furniture, trunks or antique windows and smaller items like birdcages, antique cameras, vases and dish ware. (Check out their entire inventory here!) The pieces are available to rent by the piece, so you can pick the perfect items individually to add character and style to your event.
Today’s tutorial is a great way to spice up an antique door and turn it into an escort card chart. This is a great project to for a local or destination wedding that needs a dash of vintage charm as the smaller parts can be assembled at home ahead of time and then just placed on the door when you arrive.
Without delay, let’s hand it over to Veronica as she walks us through this imaginative and distinctive DIY project for a seating chart!
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The first photo I saw of this wedding was a shot by Ali McGhie Photography of the bride with her rainbow colored petticoat, and I knew then that this wedding was special. Then I saw more details and heard the beautiful reason and more about the time and energy that went into planning this heartfelt wedding and soon I was wiping away tears, and I bet you will be too.
Antonio and Soraya have been together for eight years, and knew they would get married when the time was right – however, it turns out the right time was brought on by some unfortunate news when Soraya’s mother was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer. Wanting to have her mother there for this special day, the bride and groom banded together to make it happen in a short span of time. This incredibly touching, love-filled wedding came together in just under three months completely powered by the hearts and hands of friends and family.
Combining a love of rainbows, the art of origami and geeky fandom of the likes of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars and video games, this wedding bound family and friends together in a completely intimate and handcrafted affair.
Every member of the bridal party represented a color from the rainbow spectrum … and then some (they added pink)! Soraya’s incredible custom made bridal gown (courtesy some Pinterest scouting and two crafty friends) incorporated over 40 yards of rainbow colored tulle into the skirt.
But that’s not all. So many other elements of this wedding were crowdsourced and DIY’d – from the friend officiating the wedding, bartending to photography, decor and more! Even the taco bar meat was made by the bride and groom by slowcooking it in the early morning hours of their wedding day. (Yes, seriously!)
And the touches of origami? Soraya writes: “We knew we wanted to fold the 1,000 paper cranes for a good luck wish which after two months of enlisting my sisters’ and mom’s help, along with a few friends, we were able to fold 1,600 cranes. Our wish at the wedding was for my mom to defeat her cancer and live a long, happy, healthy life with us. Along the way, we also decided to make the bouquets and center pieces origami too because one, they would never die, and two, they were beautiful. So together we folded all those flowers as well.”
Long into the night the party continued poolside under twinkling lights strung up to illuminate the carefully hand folded origami cranes while the attendees dined on a taco and tamale bar with “geeky themed” cocktails. For sweet treats, a rainbow cupcake tower, cake from Freed’s and a candy bar that would have had Willy Wonka drooling.
The wedding reception even included a mashed up choreographed dance set to Justin Bieber and Disney tunes. Soraya explains: “The groomsmen, Antonio and I had actually coordinated a dance blending two of our favorite genres together, Disney songs and boy bands. We came up with a slow waltz to Beauty and the Beast’s Tale As Old As Time and transitioned into Justin Bieber’s Beauty and the Beat in which the groomsmen all jumped in and danced with us. We learned it from practicing Just Dance 4 many times over. It was a blast.”
I hope a cliche does not cheapen this marvelous wedding, but looks like Antonio and Soraya found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Keep on going for a few more details from the bride and lots more photos!
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Vendor and Venue Goodness:
Wedding & Reception Venue: Private Villa / Photographer: Ali McGhie Photography / Wedding Dress: Custom, Corset from Corset Story, Bolero from David’s Bridal / Jewelry & Tiara: Icing and JoAnn / Bride’s Shoes: Payless Shoesource / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Amazon, Sashes from David’s Bridal and DIY ribbon decorated flats from Payless Shoesource / Groom’s Suit: Kohl’s, Bowties and Suspenders from Amazon / Groomsmen Suits: Kohl’s, Bowties and Suspenders from Amazon / Hair + Makeup: Mel M from Roni Josef Salon & Spa/ Floral: Handmade DIY Origami Bouquets / Catering: Bride and Groom, Friends / Cupcakes: Albertsons / Cake: Freed’s Bakery / Celebrant: Sam, a friend / Entertainment: DJs Francisco and Mason/ Rentals & Linens: a family friend, Costco and Mariana’s
More from the bride, Soraya: “Overall, in two and a half months with a very limited budget I think the wedding was quite the success. Everyone looked fabulous, the decorations were beautiful, the food was good and everything went how we wanted it to. It was unique, geeky and memorable and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate Antonio’s and my love with our family and friends.”
On Friday we got to take a peek at Pamela’s sweet bridal shower tea party. It’s no surprise that her circus themed wedding to Kenny held in a city park near Las Vegas was no less charming. Again, photographer Elizabeth Le was on hand to capture the casual ceremony and the totally DIY reception that followed.
Pamela and Kenny kept the wedding ceremony and carnival style reception family friendly and on budget. The location was a park in Boulder City near Las Vegas called Wilbur Square/Bicentennial Park. Pamela says “I loved having it outdoors without the cost of a golf course lawn, it was spring so the weather was ideal with lots of shade trees but enough open space to be flexible.”
When talk to Pamela about this wedding, it would actually be easier to say what WASN’T handmade by the bride and groom. Every single crafty detail other than the face painting, photobooth and wedding photography was done at home in the weekends ahead of the wedding. That includes the fabric photo backdrop (made by Kenny, the industrious groom) and the peach and teal decor: colored pinwheels, tissue pompoms, paper chains, pennants/bunting and ribbon wands (the bride and groom assembly-lined these.)
Even the little circus-inspired props like carousel horses and the hula hoop and gumball machine centerpieces were repurposed for the wedding. These items were found via searching online on eBay and Craigslist or some serious thrifting, then spraypainted to match the colors.
How did Pamela keep this wedding on budget? Many things, like hair and makeup and made-to-order crepes, for example, were provided via friends, family or bride and groom power! The face painter and photobooth were booked via Groupon deals with additional packages tacked on. Wedding guests drank lemonade hand-squeezed by Kenny, the groom, and dined on handmade sweet crepes topped with fresh fruits, Nutella or pie filling. The food and beverage came from a whole lot of trips to Costco and Sam’s Club!
Here’s what Pamela had to say about the wedding’s feel:
As with the bridal shower, I wanted more of a party/get-together. I wanted something different & fun that would be interactive for guests and memorable. I had devised a plan to already be up (the aisle) as guests arrived. They just came up to hug me, congratulate us, etc. then the music started and people were asked to take a seat for the ceremony. I loved having it outdoors without the cost of a golf course lawn, it was spring so the weather was ideal with lots of shade trees but enough open space to be flexible.
Boulder City is considered an oasis in the desert, and living in the south-end of Vegas it was only a short drive from our home. Their grass is luscious green and well maintained for all their annual events. Their parks department was super helpful and cooperative, they even offered to shut down the street from regular traffic (allowing through wedding guests only) and provide electricity/generators for the day. The process was so simple and the fee was very reasonable, so I felt they deserved my business. After finalizing the reservation date, my husband & I rode out there with a tape measure and pen & paper and mapped the whole thing out for set-up, down to the distance between each tree.
Then, for their closing trick, Kenny whisked Pamela away in her cute little leather jacket on his motorcycle!
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The flutter of a peacock feather, a trip to In-N-Out, beautiful post-LDS ceremony portraits and handcrafted, arty details are the highlights of this wedding – oh, and a totally adorable and jubilant couple. The photos from Rachel at Brilliant Imagery are just that – brilliant.
The couple, Spencer and Stephanie, are Vegas locals who were married at the Las Vegas LDS Temple one beautiful winter morning. Stephanie rocked a very sculpted modest gown accented with amethyst purple shoes and a coordinating bouquet. Rachel took the couple to the Smith Center for some more portraits following their private ceremony inside the temple. The rainbow sculpture/installation by Las Vegas artist Tim Bavington is a beautiful spot for bridal portraits, isn’t it?
Of course, you get hungry when you’re getting married (depending on your anxiety level!) so where else to go but get it on animal style at In-N-Out? The kind staff made sure the bride and groom got a complimentary meal during their pit stop and a caricature artist eating at the fast food restaurant even provided a little sketch documenting the day. The whole wedding was full of little momentos like that, though – instant photos, chalkboard drawings, little books that kept the kids busy at the reception, a photo booth – all documenting a day full of love and memories.
Instant photos! YESSSS
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Wedding Venue: Las Vegas Nevada LDS Temple / Reception Venue: LDS Chapel Hall /Photographer: Brilliant Imagery / Hair + Makeup: Ali Ortiz / Post Wedding Snack: In-N-Out Burger / Catering: Catering Bug / Event Design: Forever Yours Wedding Decor / Cake: Brittany Cozzens