Ashley & Blayne were married at the Las Vegas LDS Temple, and celebrated afterwards with friends and family in a fabulous backyard wedding with a carnival theme. And they went big with the circus theme: a kissing booth and other fair-style attractions and games, pony rides, an actual big top, a carnival-inspired menu and more. They really captured the feel of a real carnival, I think: fun for all ages, and a casual, memorable vibe for a backyard affair. The photos were taken by a new contributor to Little Vegas Wedding: Chauntelle Graf – welcome, Chauntelle!
More on the details of this DIY wedding from the bride, Ashley, follows…
The Ceremony – Las Vegas LDS Temple
Blayne and I got married in the Las Vegas LDS temple. We had a beautiful ceremony where we were sealed to each other forever.
Reception – Private Residence
I have been to many receptions and they are all the same thing: food, dancing, and catching up with people you havenâ€™t seen in a while. So when it was finally my turn to have one of my own, I wanted to make it memorable. I decided to do a carnival themed wedding. I know what youâ€™re thinkingâ€¦. TACKY!! But with the help of my incredibly talented mother and sister, we pulled it off, an elegant carnival! My dad created a â€œbig topâ€ structure and we covered it with lights to give it a romantic feel. We had it all, from cotton candy to pony rides.
There were definitely some stressful things! Ha ha! We had corn dogs that werenâ€™t cooked all the way through, so during the reception my mom and sister had to go heat them up in a microwave. Half of the lights on our big top structure went out for about 10 minutes, but I will never forget how much fun I had! One of my favorite parts of the reception was riding off on a tandem bike with my new hubby as our guests threw colorful rice at us. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Ashley and Blayne’s #1 Tip for Other Couples Planning Vegas Weddings
Obviously if youâ€™re getting hitched in lovely Las Vegas, you know it is going to be H.O.T. Plan accordingly! My wedding was September 28th and I swear my makeup was melting off my face. So if you are planning your wedding from April to October, expect to be doing a lot of makeup touch ups and reapplying deodorant!
Vendor and Venue Details:Â
Photographer: Chauntelle Graf Photography / Ceremony Venue: Las Vegas LDS Temple / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Nordstrom / Â Floral: Flowers by MichelleÂ / Cake: Debbie Nelson / Ponies: Pony Party Time