Alamo, Nevada is just a short 90 minute drive from Las Vegas, but has the look and feel of going back in time. This quaint town was well worth the trip for Las Vegas locals Dani and Andrew, who had their heart set on a country-style wedding.
This pair amped up the natural ranch style of their al fresco venue by infusing their wedding decor with lace, wood and burlap. Add a mason jar here, a pair of Frye boots there, and it all adds up to one amazingly personalized wedding day.
WHY NOT LAS VEGAS?
I’ve driven past A Cowboy’s Dream many times while on trips up to Ely, NV. Long before I was dating Andrew, I would pass the venue and think that the location, with the mountains as a backdrop, would be a gorgeous place to get married. After Andrew and I got engaged that was the only venue we looked at and knew it was perfect for us.
In fact, I really enjoyed every aspect of planning my wedding because our venue allowed us to have the freedom to really do whatever we wanted. From the invitations to the table place cards, Andrew and I really personalized our wedding to be truly “us”.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
I wanted a very “DIY” wedding with a good mix of backyard fun and elegance. My official theme was Old West, meaning we wanted a western wedding in a time-era sense but not in the whole cowboy hats and horses kind of way.
Almost everything was handmade at the wedding. We printed our own invitations, placecards and day-of timelines for the guests. Each guest received a handmade wedding welcome bag when they checked into their hotel room which included Nevada-shaped cookies, a local beer, trail mix and personalized water bottles. I took care of all of the table decorations, making lace-wrapped mason jars for candle holders and decorating each table with an old-timey oil lamp. Also, with the help from a few friends, Andrew and I made different giant lawn games for the guests to enjoy.
WEDDING TIPS FROM DANI + ANDREW
No matter how small your wedding (ours was only 45 people), it will still go by so fast and you will feel like you didn’t get to talk to half the people you wanted to. Although things will go wrong (yes, they will), enjoy every minute of the day. It really was the best day of my life even though there were plenty of things that didn’t go as I had envisioned, including the weather.