This wedding is so meticulously styled I thought it was just that – a styled photo shoot. However, not only was this wedding beautifully done – it was almost all DIY!
Jen Ramos (the designer and blogger behind MadeByGirl – you really need to check out her work!) was behind the decisions made. Everything – from the menus to tablescapes, cakes to flowers – was conceived, executed and made by the bride, groom or someone they knew. This made an incredibly personal wedding day assembled by loved ones that was also budget friendly. By keeping the projects made by hand when possible and the guest list small (30 guests attended) the couple were able to focus on details that really mattered, and enjoying the wedding day!
Keeping with white and crisp apple green, the entire wedding has an exceedingly modern, clean look. The contrasting textures of the wheatgrass and manzanita and varied heights make for a gorgeous tablescape, don’t they?
Anyhow enough chatter – check out Mat and Jen’s winter Canyon Gate Country Club wedding, below, photographed by Yvonne Wong.
The wheatgrass was from Whole Foods, the roses from an online flower source, along with the manzanita branch centrepieces. All of it was put together by the groom, who used to work in a floral shop. Amazing!
The menus were customized from a template, and the little leaf place markers were again done by the groom and his friend.
A custom latte template? Yup, they got that covered.
My favorite was the dessert table – it was so stunning and full of little surprises and treats.
The LOVE plates (bought online) were filled with chocolate dipped strawberries!
The cake(s) were done by the groom’s mother were coconut and fondant, with the mini ones being vanilla-chocolate swirl.
What a gorgeous day full of personal touches and details! Thank and congratulations, Mat and Jen!
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Vendor & Venue Goodness:
Wedding + Reception Venue: Canyon Gate Country Club / Photographer: Yvonne Wong / Wedding Dress: Calvin Klein / Hair clip: Feather and Frills / Makeup: Corinna Cooke / Floral: DIY (Whole Foods, Cool River Farms) and manzanitas from Blooms and Branches / Cake: by the groom’s mother / Stationery: Bride / LOVE Plates: Wedding Star / Custom Chocolates: American Bridal / Menus: Martha Stewart / Ring Cushion: Anna Whitford
Today’s incredible Tiffany blue and ruby red wedding has me smiling. Not just because of the colors. Or the amazing cake. Or the details in the food and stationery (although all those things come into play!)
It’s mostly because of the familial love you can see in every single one of the photos from Malisa and Jerami’s wedding. As you look through the photos you can hear the clinking of glasses, the buzz of conversation, the “awwww” as the flower girl walks down the aisle and the applause at the first kiss…and the great dancing music that went on into the night.
The event took place at Canyon Gate Country Club (outdoors and in the ballroom) in the spring. Malisa decided on Canyon Gate after looking at several other venues on a scouting trip to Vegas. Also in the running? Emerald at Queensridge, Westin Las Vegas, and Angel Park Golf Club. I think one of the most amazing things is that it was mostly a destination wedding, and was planned and executed by the bride and her team of helpers. That’s right – this wedding was not done with the assistance of a planner.
Malisa, our enterprising bride writes:
I did not use a wedding planner. I’m a pretty extreme Type A so planning a wedding is right up my alley. I designed and printed all of my wedding stationery, including the escort cards.
Wow. Consider that as you feast your eyes on this gorgeous wedding below, with images from Joey Allen Photography.
The bride, Malisa wrote a little about her wedding:
I think we had several reasons for choosing Vegas. We love Vegas and so do our friends and family. Vegas is pretty easy to get to for many of our guests. Accommodations are usually reasonably priced. Many of our guests get comped at many of the Vegas hotel/casinos. We initially planned a large wedding just like my brother’s wedding the year before.
The thought of a large wedding gave me panic attacks. We looked at venues in Denver and San Diego and those that held 500+ guests all required too much compromising. We then decided to consider Vegas. We flew out to Vegas and visited 11 venues in three days. We selected the last venue we visited (Canyon Gate.) Our was not a typical Vegas wedding. Our venue and many of our vendors were booked a year in advance.
Tip: Don’t expect everything to be 100% perfect even if you’ve spent countless hours planning for every emergency. Planning a wedding is a lesson on compromise for the perfectionist. At one point, I sat down and pulled out a notepad and pen from my purse (and yes I stashed my purse under the head table) and started a list and at the top of the list I wrote: “Things that went wrong!!!” My dear sister and maid of honor said maybe we should start a list of “Things that went right.” The ironic thing was that I could only come up with three items on the list and it turns out, one of the items I listed had to be crossed off because it did not go wrong after all. I guess another tip is be nice to your vendors. They can make or break your day. If they go above and beyond your expectations, tip them well.
Great advice! All that’s left to share is the the vendor list, which makes my heart go pitter patter. Malisa’s a girl after my own heart with her attention to detail.
What a fabulous wedding – thank you for sharing!
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Wedding + Reception Venue: Canyon Gate Country Club / Photographer: Joey Allen Photography / Photobooth: Shutterbooth / Transport: Hummer from Earth Limos / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang “Ethel” and Melissa Sweet “Gigi” / Rehearsal dinner dress: Monique Lhuillier for Nordstrom / Veil and comb: Sara Gabriel Veils and Headpieces / Jewelry: JC Penney & The Limited / Bride’s Shoes: Hangisi “Something Blue” by Manolo Blahnik, Enzo Angiolini (don’t remember the style name), and Charles by Charles David / Hair and Makeup: Whitney Larios from Desert Glamour / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Alfred Sung / Menswear: Vera Wang Black for Men’s Wearhouse and Calvin Klein at Men’s Wearhouse/ Floral: Enchanted Florist / Catering: Canyon Gate Country Club / Cake: Las Vegas Custom Cakes / Stationery: By the bride / Celebrant: Doug Loman / Entertainment: DJ Patrick from Music Solution / Favors: Patisserie Manon / Accommodation: Vdara and Stratosphere
You can never go wrong with the bright graphic statement of black, white and red for a wedding, as Tamara and Justin show. Josh and Jen Photography were there to capture every moment of their October nuptials, which took place in the backyard of a private Las Vegas home.
This relaxed affair with tons of DIY details included a little pre-wedding disc golf by the groom and his groomsmen, some down-the-wedding-aisle dancing and huge mugs of ale for attendees. There was a little pre-wedding rain, but it did nothing to dampen this party!
These might be my favorite wedding party photos in some time. I wonder if they co-ordinated their hair to the shoes?
In a very special moment, Tamara’s mother walked her down the aisle and gave her away.
It rained like crazy just before the ceremony, but everyone held it together and there were no slips or falls! It made everything look so vibrant, too!
They had their own taco stand! So jealous – what an amazing idea. And those little delicious morsels, above? They’re miniature bundt cakes!
You know a party is going to go a while when the bride changes into a second dress…
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Wedding + Reception Venue: Private home / Photographer: Josh and Jen Photography / Makeup + Hair: By the bride / Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes
As someone who looks at a lot of weddings every day, the ones that reach out to me are the ones with smiling faces, real emotion and heartfelt details. (Okay, and I admit it…great shoes, too.) I think that is why I love this wedding that comes from MegRuth. It’s so crafty and original, you can’t help but smile when you look at the photos.
The bride and groom of today’s wedding are graphic designers, and you can see their original touches all across the wedding, from their personally designed letterpress invitations to the handmade-by-a-friend wedding gown. Also – there are pies at this wedding. PIES! I’m sold.
More of this handcrafted wedding can be seen over at Meg’s blog.
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Ceremony venue: Las Vegas LDS Temple / Wedding Photographer: Meg Ruth Photography / Florist: Jill Baugh / Wedding Dress: Hayley Barker / Wedding shoes: Steve Madden / Groom’s Suit: H&M / Groom’s shoes: Zara / Catering and pies: Glenda Nelson / Wedding invitations: designed by groom, printed by Mandate Press