If you have been reading Little Vegas Wedding for even a short time, you know I go nuts for a certainÂ things: namely weddings with rock ‘n’ roll flair and a palette of red and black, for example. That’s why I did a little dance in my officeÂ when Michelle, the bride, contacted me to have her wedding featured. (I always feel SO lucky when brides and grooms contact me to share their wedding days!) And that wasÂ BEFORE she told me about her awesome idea.
Being that Michelle and Adam’s first anniversary is in just a few days, Michelle thought it would be funÂ to get their celebrationÂ posted on a wedding blog, then print the post out and give it as a first anniversary present to Adam (the suggested gift is paper, you see!)
Readers, you are going to love the punk rock themeÂ that Michelle and Adam had going on. Red petticoats and retro ‘dos for the bridesmaids, a palette of black and white stripes with bold red accents and Michelle’s killer skull-detailed heels all add up to one glam,Â retro-style wedding. The touches of Halloween and goth-inspired goodness are also amazing. Happy anniversary, Michelle and Adam!
WHY DID YOU GO WITH CANYON GATE?
We were looking for a country club that had a great outdoor space for ceremony and a ballroom with a fewÂ vintage touches for around 150 guests. We fell in love with theÂ patio set up overlooking the picturesque golf course and quaint water feature for the ceremony atÂ Canyon Gate. Inside we saw theÂ cocktail room was located directly indoorsÂ from the ceremony site, and that the ballroom was separate for the â€œGrand Revealâ€ of the reception space when it was ready for guests to find their seats. Add to that a great chandelier with panoramic windows displaying the Spring Mountains and golf courseÂ in the ballroom and Canyon Gate seemed too good to be true! We actually looked at manyÂ different venues (at least 10 more) after that in Las Vegas butÂ nothing seemed to give us the same feeling that Canyon Gate did.Â
THE CEREMONY — Patio at Canyon Gate Country Club
Our ceremony was on theÂ patio before sunset on a beautiful October day. I’mÂ Catholic and Adam is Jewish, but we’re not very religious and wanted to showcase parts of ourÂ religions with ourÂ personalities intertwined into the ceremony. You could tell walking in itÂ definitelyÂ wasnâ€™t a traditional ceremony. The space was decorated with a black and white stripe aisle runner with candle-filled vases lining the aisle. At the end of the aisle was the traditional Jewish chuppah flanked by two black manzanita trees with crystals and clear orbs with red roses hanging from the branches.
As guests took their seats, they may have heard a classically arranged string quartet version of their favorite punk rock or classic rock song over the speakers by Vitamin String Quartet. As the ceremony started, the bridesmaids descended down the aisle to the Game of Thrones theme song, and when I walked down the aisle, the DJ switched the music to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri from the Twilight Soundtrack. I was so full of emotion as I walkedÂ down the aisle with myÂ dad! Adam:Â â€œThe anticipation of seeing my future wife walk down the aisle was overwhelming. I had heard whispers about the dress but it was hush, hush. When I finally saw her, she looked even more beautiful than I could ever imagine.â€
We had two non-traditional readings one fromÂ Game of Thrones and another from Nightmare Before Christmas. We wrote our own vows; Adam’s were funny, clever and rhymed and IÂ cried but made it through! Our recessional was walkingÂ hand-in-hand to Everlong by the Foo Fighters.
THE RECEPTION — Grand Ballroom at Canyon Gate Country Club
The room was decorated with black table linens with tables alternating black and white stripe table runners and damask table runners, and the tables were named for Bad Religion songs. There were three different centerpieces; a black manzanita tree with crystals and crystal orbs with red roses draped in the branches, a lantern with blinged-out skull and small white and black pumpkins, and a black and white pumpkin with a tea light skull candle holder. The sweetheart table had Victorian thrones with the damask letters spelling out â€œLOVEâ€ with my brooch bouquet as the centerpiece. The reception started off with each member of the bridal party walking in to a different theme song from a TV shows that described them. WeÂ walked out to a Bad Religion song waving terrible towels:Â a Pittsburgh Steelers tradition. Our first dance was to Rise Against’s Swing Life Away.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
We met at a Bad Religion concertÂ four years prior to the wedding. IÂ always wanted a wedding with a black and white color scheme with punches of red accents, so we tied in punk music with all of our other favorite things (movies, HBO shows like Game of Thrones and True Blood, pirates, Pittsburgh sports teams, and vampires) throughout the wedding to make it fun and full of our personality.Â The majority of the budget went to the venue and catering and we did as much DIY as we could, from invitations and stationery to jewelry, tablescape details. There was lotsÂ of time spent in Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, dollar stores and Ross!Â Even the cookie favors were baked by family and friends.
MICHELLE: I joked with my friends that my wedding will look like my home â€œgave birthâ€ to a child. I used a lot of dÃ©cor that I already had and if I didnâ€™t have it, I bought it because I knew I would use the dÃ©cor in my home. I wanted to make sure I had a lot of fun planning the wedding, make sure that our wedding screamed with our personality and have a kick-ass party. Mission accomplished.
ADAM: Seeing all our personal touches that went into the dÃ©cor was worth all the time and effort we put in. It wasnâ€™t your average cookie cutter wedding. People kept coming up and complimenting how cool the room and tables looked, and that it was definitely our style.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM ADAM AND MICHELLE
Don’t sweat the small stuff while planning and be realistic. Nothing is worth fighting over and hating each other while planning your wedding. Most couples fight about how much everything is costing. When we planned our wedding, we set the budget, but we were realistic that it might go over. Know that the budget is there, but it isnâ€™t the end of the world if you go over. Make the planning process as fun as possible for both of you.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
OFFICIANT . Elegant Vegas WeddingsÂ /Â FLORAL . Enchanted Florist / CAKE . Cravin’ Cake Bakery / BRIDALÂ FASHION . dress – Maggie SotteroÂ from Bowties Bridal Boutique, shoes – Iron Fist, jewelry + accessories – DIY /Â HAIR + MAKEUP . Stevee Danielle / BROOCH BOUQUET + BOUTONNIERES .Â Bouquet Couture / BRIDESMAIDS . /Â GROOMSWEAR . Tuxedo Junction, Ties – Rok GearÂ / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . DIY / PHOTOBOOTHÂ . Shutterbooth / VIDEOGRAPHY . Red ArtÂ StudiosÂ / CANDY + COOKIE TABLE . Cindy Ashley