Lisa and Keith from Florida held their petite personal wedding in Las Vegas, inviting about 20 friends and family to join them for their nuptials. Seeking a fun wedding, they went the Elvis route! Shanna of Davista Photography took these great photos, starting with the couple at their ceremony at A Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, then doing a downtown arts district photo shoot and ending at Cosmopolitan for their chic insuite afterparty.
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Photos by Taylored Photo Memories
Marcus and LeAnn, wed outdoors on the patio of a Skyline Terrace Suite at MGM Grand and photographed by Taylored Photo Memories, came from Oregon for their destination Las Vegas wedding!
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I’ve been going a little elopement crazy over here at LVW, as I’ve been getting so many elopement submissions. But can you blame me? Couples like Stacey and Cy today who eloped in Las Vegas at THEhotel are so likeable I want to post ALL THE ELOPEMENTS.
This Canadian couple decided to do it Vegas-style after being together a quarter century. Yes – you read correctly. They’ve been together for 25 years. I think you’ll agree they barely look that old themselves.
McKenzi of Taylored Photo Memories documented the memories of this special Vegas elopement and shared this chic little in-suite ceremony with me. You might recognize a face at the party too – that’s Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions presiding. Family members unable to make the trip joined in via FaceTime and the internet. Following the ceremony there were cupcakes and candles and Canadian Club. All the good C’s to make a great wedding go down!
The wedding ceremony was modern, fun and intimate. One of the things I like best about elopements is that you really focus on the couple and you get to see the emotion in every photo. Check these photos by Taylored Photo Memories out!
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Justine and Chase are from Canada and traveled to Las Vegas on their five year anniversary of being together to celebrate their union with marriage. Everything was done in-house at Mandalay Bay – the wedding ceremony was at in the hotel’s modern Platinum chapel, the dinner reception was at Wolfgang Puck’s Italian restaurant Lupo and then a cocktail and cake party was held back in a hospitality suite high up on the 60th floor of Mandalay Bay.
Justine said the following about her wedding when I asked her “Why Vegas?”
We wanted to do a destination wedding, and loved that Vegas allowed our guests flexibility in planning their trip (i.e., they didn’t have to commit months in advance to a week at an all-inclusive and could tailor the trip to fit their budget) and did not require me to walk awkwardly down the aisle in dirt on a beach somewhere uncomfortably hot. It also gave us a lot of options for venues to throw a fun, classy & memorable party. The ‘package’ concept offered at most Vegas chapels is wonderfully stress-free and perfect for couples like us who wanted to celebrate our wedding with our friends and family, but weren’t interested in dealing with all of the minute details involved in planning a wedding.
Many of the touches and details were personalized by the bride and groom or completely do-it-yourself: the photography, and the bride’s hair and makeup for example. I love the details at the afterparty, featuring Retro Bakery cupcakes, the deliciously famous TKOs from Bouchon Bakery and even a popcorn machine rental.
The hospitality suite at Mandalay Bay can hold up to 40 people, and includes a bar, seating area and dining tables, but is not designed to be slept or showered in – it’s a true party suite! They designed the post-dinner dessert reception to have a “house-party” vibe, and provided nametags for the guests to get to know each other while they snacked on the cupcakes and popcorn, signed the guestbook or sipped cocktails served by one of the groomsmen. Dancing and speeches went on and it looks like they got the classy vibe they were looking for.
Justine closes with her top tip for couples getting married in Las Vegas:
Be creative and don’t be too concerned about ‘tradition’; the whole point of going to Vegas for a wedding is to have a non-traditional and fun experience!
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Wedding Venue: Platinum Chapel at Mandalay Bay / Reception Venue: Lupo at Mandalay Bay / Afterparty Venue: Hospitality Suite at Mandalay Bay / Photographer: Family and Friends / Makeup + Hair: Justine, the bride / Cake: Cupcakes from Retro Bakery, Thomas Keller Oreos from Bouchon Bakery at Venetian / Rentals: Popcorn machine, dessert stands, linens, decor, glassware from RSVP Party Rentals / Dress Steaming: Debi at Fit for a Bride