Posts Tagged ‘Retro Weddings’

An “I Do” with Tattoos {Downtown Las Vegas}


Casey and Justin were married at Mon Bel Ami Chapel in downtown Vegas and then did a shoot with Jamie Y Photography – even though Casey, the bride, was coming down with strep throat! She powered through, and you can barely tell behind that huge smile.

I cannot get enough of the gritty, urban background of the photos and the rockabilly flare that Casey has going on in her look. The location strikes me as such a perfect spot for post wedding photos for this family!

With just 13 guests including their daughter, this intimate wedding was packed full of meaning – and color. Eye popping graffiti as a backdrop, brilliantly beautiful red hair and lips plus those stunning tattoos captured by Jamie make these photos sing. Casey’s dress shows off her chest piece so perfectly. What a beautiful wedding day shoot. Congratulations!

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Wedding Venue: Mon Bel Ami Chapel / Shot on Location in: Arts District / Photographer: Jamie Y Photography / Hair and Makeup: Stevee Danielle Hair & Makeup, Hair Color: LC DiVas




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The entire guest list for the wedding got in for a group shot – such a great memory of the wedding day!


Love this: posing just like mommy!


Quirky, Retro and a Little Bit Punk Rock {Chapel of the Flowers}


One thing I learned from today’s wedding? Las Vegas chapel weddings need not be cookie cutter! They can be completely original and feature fabulous photography.

Travis and Ashley looked absolutely stunning for their destination wedding at Chapel of the Flowers. The couple went for the whole meal deal, getting everything through the Chapel – their wedding ceremony, limousine transportation, photographer, floral and more.

I love the props the couple included in their photos, which started during the ceremony at the Chapel of the Flowers but extended along the length of the Strip, with stops downtown, at the Wynn Resort, and Welcome to Las Vegas Sign.

Their photographers, Every Detail (Chapel of the Flowers on-site photography partner) were there for the various photo sessions, including the one of them jumping on the bed and the bridal portraits of Ashley in Little Chapel’s famous red chair – doesn’t she look amazing? Her beauty on the day was completely done by … her! So stunning, and so fun. Love her choice of a black feather, red and white rose bouquet as well. Congratulations!






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Vendor and Venue Details:

Wedding Ceremony Venue: Chapel of the Flowers / Photographer: Every Detail Photography, Chapel of the Flowers On-site Photography Partner (Digital Brilliance and Lifestyle Session) / Transport: Limo via Chapel of the Flowers / Wedding Planner: Chapel of the Flowers / Makeup + Hair: By the Bride /  Floral: Chapel of the Flowers 

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1950s Glam Destination Wedding {Wee Kirk Chapel}

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Melissa and Chris from Australia got married in Las Vegas on their anniversary of being together a decade! They elected to have a smaller, funkier wedding with lots of personal touches in Las Vegas with their closest friends and family members joining them for a day of festivities and Olga from Dott Photography capturing all of the moments.

Chris loves Elvis, and Melissa is enamored with all things vintage and glam, so things came together naturally in terms of hair, makeup and fashion. Of course Elvis (Kent Ripley) officiated the vows, which took place at the original Las Vegas chapel: Wee Kirk O’ the Heather. After a portrait session at the Neon Museum Boneyard, the couple joined their wedding party for a a reception dinner at Sensi at the Bellagio.

Melissa is an illustrator and designer (check out her portfolio), so naturally her hand was in many details of the wedding, as you’ll see.

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The invitations are gorgeous, and feature watercolor portraits of her little family – Chris, her cats and herself. They mixed Melissa’s artwork and design sense with beautiful details like a library-style response card, dainty paperclips and heart pennant, a laser cut wooden diamond magnet, an information card for travel plans with a vintage pin-up girl on the front, as well as gorgeous script and typography.

Each one was handmade and came nestled in a recycled brown paper enveloped, closed with a red string tie. (Photos courtesy Melissa Avery,

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Melissa also handcrafted these tiny llamas for the wedding, as she happened to be working on a project creating ceramic animals at the time. It was a symbolic nod to an inside joke that is a acknowledges the way Melissa and Chris say I love you to one another. Each guest at the wedding got to take a pair home.

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Loving the wedding day manicures!

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Best shoe shot ever! Thank you so much for sharing your wedding, Melissa and Chris. It was truly magic.

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Wedding Venue: Wee Kirk o’ the Heather Chapel / Reception Venue: Sensi, Bellagio / Photographer: Dott Photography / Wedding Dress: Whirling Turban / Hair + Makeup: Francesco Lombardo of Bobbie Pin Beauty / Celebrant: Kent Ripley as Elvis / Stationery: Melissa Avery

Poppin’ Red Accents in a Retro Inspired Elopement

Today’s wedding is a completely pin-upified, retro inspired elopement shot by Josh & Jen Photography back in October. Tara and Tim are a local couple that met through mutual friends and spent their first date together dancing at Revolver Saloon. A year after they met, they were married!

A sharp looking groom in a fedora, tie and suspenders and a flouncy little white number for the bride teamed up with blazing red lippy, a birdcage veil and rad tattoos…match made in heaven!

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This is my kind of couple. A flask for him, a beer for her!

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There are some shots of the bride, Tara, getting ready with the help of the team from Makeup in the 702, making her updo and look transform into one that is retro-inspired. Isn’t her skin amazing? pinup wedding vegas002

I love the totally beautiful shot of the rose and fiddlehead fern bouquet from Lush Floral with Tara behind it. That plus the combo Converse + heel shoe shot are awesome ideas for a bouquet photo – so often it’s the bride’s hands or the bouquet alone. Are you taking notes, readers??

Tara writes, about here tattoos: “I always am changing my look and I love my tattoos . My husband and I use our tattoos as a major form of bonding.”

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Pinup Style Retro Vegas Elopement

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Tip: always bring your lipstick to touch up during a photo shoot…

…and your new husband to do it for you! Too cute.

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Wedding Venue: Rio Las Vegas / Photographer: Josh & Jen Photography  / Beauty: Makeup in the 702, / Floral: Lush Floral / Dress: Simply Bridal

Vintage Vegas Vows + Polaroids! {Mandalay Bay}

One of my favorite mementos from my wedding are the box of Polaroids I took on the day. They are these gorgeous snapshots of the day, in faded, unexpected colors and tones, printed on actual photographic prints. Remember those?!

In any case, this isn’t about me. What I’m saying is that I have a real soft spot for Polaroids, and that is a big reason I am such a fan of photographer Gaby Jeter’s work. I hope the couples treasure the ‘roids she takes as much as they should. They are wonderful souvenirs, and a beautiful way to archive a special day. In the case of today’s wedding, it really adds to the over all vintage feel the couple was seeking.

This wedding started on the far south end of the Strip at the Valley of the Falls chapel at Mandalay Bay, then went really far north to the downtown arts district. I love the robin’s egg blues and faded pinks Gaby chose as backgrounds for the photos – they really finish off the retro styling the bride and groom wanted, something that is obvious in everything from the vintage dresses the bridesmaids wore to the glasses the bride wore. Fab, right?

Anyhow, without delay, check out the wedding below. Don’t you totally want to know what the bride heard to cause that reaction in this first photo!??

The detail shots are gorgeous – and aren’t the bridesmaid hairpieces beautiful?

Right out of a magazine. So so good.

By the way? The bridesmaid dresses…they’re from ModCloth!!

These last shots are the best. From reading forums, I know a lot of couples wonder if it’s worth the time and money to get photos done at the Neon Boneyard. I think these photos from around the arts district in downtown Vegas are proof enough that you can get vintage feeling photos without paying the shooting rate or having to head over to the Neon Museum. Don’t get me wrong, I love that place, but due to budget or time constraints, it’s not always possible. Gaby’s photos show there are alternatives for couples looking for that vintage vibe!

More shots of this awesomely retro wedding over at Gaby J’s blog.

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Wedding Venue: Valley of the Falls chapel at Mandalay Bay / Photographer: Gaby J Photography / Wedding Dress: Ting Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: Aldo, Converse / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: ModCloth / Groom’s Suit: / Groom’s Shoes: / Groomsmen Suits: / Makeup: / Hair: /  Floral: / Catering: Masterpiece Cuisine / Cupcakes: Beau Monde Bakery

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