Stacey and Al (from the U.K.) had a completely beautiful sunrise ceremony in DTLV. They chose to be married in front of the fantastic rainbow sculpture by Tm Bavington that is on the edge of Symphony Park at The Smith Center. They chose their ceremony time around their desire to get some bridal photos taken at The Neon Museum, which also turned out beautifully. And the best part of a morning ceremony? The entire day infront of you! Stacey and Al grabbed breakfast at a diner post-ceremony, before heading out on a helicopter flight to the Grand Canyon and a steak dinner later in the evening.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
We had actually already booked a holiday to America starting in Las Vegas and later on we decided to get married while we were there. We had been together more than 11 years so thought why not! We wanted something simple with minimum hassle, so this seemed the perfect answer. Luckily when we told our parents a few weeks before we left, they were all supportive and happy for us to go it alone! The Smith Centre sculpture was suggested by Jamie and when we Googled it we thought it was perfect; colourful and unique. Some friends of ours have since bought us a print as a wedding present with the coordinates of our wedding location so that’s pretty special.
THE CEREMONY — Symphony Park at The Smith Center
It was very simple and romantic too in its own way with just the two of us plus (photographer) Jamie and Kym (the officiant). We spent the hour or so before having some sunrise photos in downtown Las Vegas, then our driver took us to the ceremony location where we met Kym. When we arrived a worker was cutting the hedges but thankfully he stopped in time for us to hear the vows! Kym read our (non-religious) vows and Al gave me my ring, we were both a little emotional! Then we had more photos by the sculpture and went on to the Neon Boneyard to complete our photo shoot.
THE RECEPTION + HONEYMOON
We went for breakfast in a diner then had a helicopter trip over the Grand Canyon, followed by a huge steak in the evening! The next day we left Las Vegas and spent two weeks on a road trip/honeymoon through Death Valley, Yosemite National Park, Santa Barbara, Big Sur and San Francisco – amazing!
The early morning was a challenge! Because we wanted to have some photos at the Neon Boneyard and it was only bookable in the morning, we decided to meet at sunrise to get some different shots in downtown before the ceremony and Boneyard. That meant hair and makeup arriving at 4am! But it was worth it. Special memories – all of it, we loved it!
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM STACEY AND AL
Can we say ‘book Jamie’! She made things so much easier in the planning and relaxed on the day (especially for two people who aren’t that keen on having photos taken!) Other than that, just do it however suits you, and enjoy every second as it’s over so quickly.
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