So many of you find Little Vegas Wedding because you are searching for the perfect setup for a wedding at a private estate or mansion. Well today is going to set the bar pretty high for backyard weddings. Geela and Kiel’s glamorous wedding took place in a tent, if you can believe it. DIY and professionally supplied decor made the magic happen. Amazing rustic tablescapes and elegant detailing elevated this wedding from lovely backyard affair to full-on luxurious Vegas wedding for them and 80 guests.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
We were so indecisive at first about where we would have our wedding. Kiel has such a small, tight-knit family while I had a huge amount of relatives scattered all over the place from New Jersey to Los Angeles. Kiel wanted a small destination wedding and at first I was totally on board. Who wouldn’t want to get married on the beach in Hawaii during sunset?! I liked the idea of having something more intimate, BUT being an only child, the thought that my parents would love to have a big wedding for me stuck in the back of my mind. So, we sat down and talked about other options.
I’ve ALWAYS wanted an outdoor wedding with a tent reception. So, we looked at venues where we were able to put up a tent and still keep it small and intimate. Our hopes were shut down because every place almost had a certain way of how we needed to do things. So one night we went out to dinner with Kiel’s parents and told them about everything going on. The first thing they said was, “Why not just do it in our backyard?” I was surprised because their home never crossed my mind. The more we talked about it, the more I knew it was the perfect setting.
THE DETAILS ON GEELA AND KIEL’S CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
I wanted to go with a romantic rustic theme. Being that the wedding was in the midst of summer and we were outdoors, I wanted to keep the colors cooler. We chose to do a blush pink rustic theme with an eggplant accent. We had an arch outside covered in flowers right under their huge oak tree where the ceremony took place. The reception was AMAZING! The flowers were perfect. They were so romantic. I only spoke with Dani, the florist, over the phone once about the flowers and she hit the nail right on the head! I told her what my vision and theme were and she made it into such a fairytale. I chose to go with the darker wood for the tables and chairs so that it would help the blush pinks pop and it was beautiful. From the table settings, to the glass dispensers, everything was just so simple and romantic.
Since the home was owned by Kiel’s parents it was SO much easier to plan the wedding and having his parents own a party rental company didn’t hurt either! They were such a HUGE help. It was as easy as telling them the idea I had in my head, and then walking into the tent to something that completely blew my mind. They were amazing in every single way possible.
FAVORITE WEDDING MEMORY
My favorite memory, as cliché as it sounds, was when Kiel first looked at me walking down the aisle. As soon as our eyes met, it was waterworks! There was actually one thing that happened that stood out to me because I thought it was so funny! I was waiting in the room for them to tell me it was ok to come out and walk down the aisle. Maybe five minutes before, Kiel’s mom comes in to tell me the DJ wasn’t there, but they had the situation under control. So, I took it as it was and since it was “under control” I didn’t let it stress me out. As I’m walking down the aisle, I see the DJ in his makeshift booth and I hear the music playing. It was only after everyone was seated and eating that they told me the DJ thought the wedding was the next day! He arrived 5 minutes before the ceremony started and had the catering crew helping him set up the sound system! Needless to say, everything was smooth sailing from there and everyone had a great night!
(Editor’s Note: If you want to see some behind the scenes set up, you need to head over to RSVP’s Facebook page. The VIP restrooms were incredible. It’s not often I steer you to look at toilets, but these are pretty amazing! —Kelly)
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Gin & Sake Productions, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Private home
RECEPTION VENUE . Private home
OFFICIANT . Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions / WEDDING PLANNER . bride and the moms / FLORAL . Dani Mulhern-Brodsky of D Zines / CATERING . Soirees / CAKE + CUPCAKES . Retro Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – YP3344 from David’s Bridal / HAIR + MAKEUP . by the bride / GROOMSWEAR . Express Men / DECOR . DIY and RSVP Party Rentals / FURNITURE RENTALS . RSVP Party Rentals / TENT . RSVP Party Rentals / TABLESCAPES, PLACESETTINGS + LINENS . RSVP Party Rentals / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Minted / ENTERTAINMENT . Kayle Stephens with Vegas Hot Traxx / LIGHTING . RSVP Party Rentals, Marquee Lighting – LED Unplugged / DELUXE PORTAPOTTIES . Full Circle Events
I don’t get a chance to talk about it much on this site, but I love to ski. I actually run Little Vegas Wedding from a little town in the Canadian Rockies, and I ski at least once a week when the season is in. So when I got this wedding from the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort, I had to run it!
Brittany and Richard both live in Las Vegas and met on Fremont Street. They were engaged at Mount Charleston Lodge on a beautiful snowy day, so it makes sense they chose to get married near there as well! I love the location for their rustic, nature inspired ceremony surrounded by trees and loved ones.
Favorite Memory of the Day
The location! The mountains in the background, getting married in a glen in the woods! Our DJ provided excellent music, and the food that the ski resort provided was delicious! The whole package really made the night! Location, music, food, ambiance. Oh, and riding the chair lift to the top to have pictures made!
Why did Brittany and Richard choose the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort?
Richard proposed to me on Mt Charleston, so what better place to get married then on the mountain? We chose the resort for a few reasons. First of all, Maria Norero was truly amazing to work with. She is a classy lady that truly took our desires to heart. She was a great listener and offered great feedback and ideas as well. She helped organize and execute an excellent day. Secondly, the price. We got an amazing deal on all that was offered to us on our special day.
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Joanne Maioli / Ceremony + Reception Venue: Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort / Floral: Lisa Lavelle / Entertainment: DJ El Gato
Anna and Jordan are from Up North. And yes, I mean Canada, but I do mean even FURTHER up north: the Yukon! Even for Canadians like me that’s “Up North.”
Escaping from the deepest, darkest parts of winter, they landed in Las Vegas for their intimate wedding at Eldorado Canyon. Their elopement was very rustic, surrounded by desert landscaping and the vintage charm of the ghost town there. Touches of soft gray and purple pulled it all together along with some lovely light captured by Gaby J Photography. Pretty far removed from the snowy tundra, eh?
I cannot believe Anna and Jordan pulled off this wedding without visiting the Las Vegas before. I do hope they are able to return and celebrate their anniversary with their daughter in the future!
Why Anna + Jordan Chose Las Vegas
We are actually from Whitehorse, Yukon, so it was an easy decision to elope somewhere warmer. When we flew home from our honeymoon, it was 93 degrees F and when we arrived home in Whitehorse it was -30 degrees F, yes minus 30! (all in the same day = a bit of a system shock.)
We also have a two-year-old daughter, so we wanted to elope somewhere that would allow for a quick and cost efficient ceremony, while allowing us to get back home to our daughter without having spent a lot of money but not missing out on our dream wedding day.
Why Eldorado Canyon?
I came across Eldorado Canyon while doing online research and we loved the variety of the location mixed with the shabby chic theme. I then continued the theme throughout the rest of our day. I used my step-mothers wedding dress that she married my dad just months before and incorporated a birdcage veil and burlap headpiece to bring a more vintage feel to my attire.
We wanted a simple ceremony to capture our commitment, and that was more than met with Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions. Angie created the most beautiful ceremony for us, we could not have asked for anyone better.
Upon arrival at Eldorado Canyon, we were asked where we wanted to perform the ceremony, of course not having been there we didn’t know what to expect, but Angie suggested the attic of the old barn on the property and there was no hesitation from us. Our photographer, Gaby, was our witness, so it was just the few of us in the attic of the barn and it felt as if time stood still while we committed ourselves to each other.
(Their reception was an intimate dinner for two in a restaurant overlooking the Bellagio fountains)
Just days before our wedding it occurred to me that I would not have anyone with me to help tie the back of my corset-style wedding dress. I emailed Gaby in tears, not knowing what to do. Gaby simply asked for me to send a photo of the back of the dress so she could learn how to tie it for me and would do so on my wedding day. I felt so so relieved as we already had cancelled and delayed flights and hotels days prior so this moment was my breaking point. She made me feel so much better knowing that I had that support.
Anna + Jordan’s #1 Tip for Other Couples Eloping to Vegas
One tip would be that I wish that had not been my first time in Las Vegas. I wanted to enjoy our time the few days leading up to our wedding, but we spent most of our time trying to find my husband’s attire and last minute things and not knowing Las Vegas we managed to waste too much time trying to find our way around. We will have to come back when there is nothing to be planned so we can enjoy the city and relax.
I also think it is important to create a bond with the people that will be involved in your wedding day, even if it is an elopement. I had a certain feeling when I talked to Gaby and I knew that we just clicked. Same as Angie right down to the ladies that did my hair and make-up. It is important to be on the same page and feel that they can accept the ideas that you have for your day and want to bring it to life with you.
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Gaby J Photography / Ceremony Venue: Nelson’s Landing at Eldorado Canyon / Wedding Dress: Heirloom / Hair + Makeup: Amelia C & Co. / Floral: Naakiti Floral Design / Celebrant: Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions
Photos by j. anne photography
It always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside when brides and grooms incorporate their friend’s talents into their wedding day, for example helping with invitations, providing floral design or wedding day beauty. Or, in the instance of today’s wedding of Amy and Bill, photography! It always adds an extra level of personalization. Turns out Amy, the bride, is quite good friends with Jodi of j. anne photography who documented her rustic meets modern wedding at JW Marriott Las Vegas.
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I’m confident you are going to swoon over Emily and Tyler’s wedding at Floyd Lamb Park today. Rustic details, Scrabble pieces and peacocks – it’s got something for everyone! It’s also featuring fabulous photography by a new contributor to the blog (or should I say contributors) – please welcome the husband and wife team of Weddings by Scott and Dana!
Emily, the lovely bride, brought her Nashville charm to this perfect park wedding and reception. Romantic elements, a little Southern hospitality and personal details made this wedding warm and welcoming and to be honest, completely transformed the venue.
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