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Intimate Elopement at Red Rock Canyon by The Amberlight Collective

Calico Basin Wedding by The Amberlight Collective | Little Vegas Wedding

Can you tell I’m crazy for Calico Basin this week? First the venue spotlight on Monday and now Miriam and Thorsten’s destination wedding in the incredibly scenic spot. There is no beating Mother Nature for wedding decor!

Miriam and Thorsten flew from Germany with two close friends to marry in Las Vegas this past fall. Although they at first thought they might go for the glitz and glamour of The Strip, they eventually decided to go the natural route and married against the backdrop of the Red Rock mountains on the boardwalk at Red Springs. The mix of dramatic skies and the craggy rock as a backdrop is stunning! The Amberlight Collective highlight the beauty of the area and captured the very emotional and intimate elopement for the couple, making for a very memorable wedding.

More from Danette, their photographer:  “…the weather was my fav, of course, cloudy and gloomy which made for beautiful light. The rain held off just long enough for us to complete the ceremony and our entire photo session. It was just a lovely day.”

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Vendor and Venue Details: 

Photographer: Amberlight Collective / Wedding Venue: Red Spring at Calico Basin in Red Rock Canyon

 

Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue Guide: Red Rock Canyon + Calico Basin

Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Today it’s the incredible venues overlooking the sienna rocks of the iron rich Aztec Sandstone formation layered with limestone at Red Rock Canyon.

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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

(Dedication Overlook and Red Spring at Calico Basin)

http://www.blm.gov
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area | 702.515.5371
Capacity: Up to 50 | Outdoor Sites Only | Hosts: Ceremonies + Receptions
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Just the Deets

If you are seeking incredible vistas overlooking extraordinary desert landscapes for your wedding, you might consider either one of the locations available at Red Rock Canyon. With over a million visitors a year this is a huge draw for people visiting the Las Vegas area looking for something a little less neon and more natural.

Located approximately 30 minutes drive west of the Las Vegas Strip, both of these locations, Dedication Overlook and Red Spring, offer stunning views and facilities that are well-suited for weddings. I would be hard pressed to say they are perfect though, and the couple having their wedding there must have a sense of adventure (as should their attendees) and be a little low maintenance or flexible. That being said, the sites are quite good if you want an outdoor wedding but don’t want to hold it in the middle of nowhere as it strikes a balance between the two extremes.

Calico Basin/Red Spring (one mile from the intersection of State Route 159 and Calico Road) offers more of a intimate feeling and has a boardwalk to stand on. Dedication Overlook (approximately 1.7 miles south of Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive entrance off of State Route 159) is more exposed, overlooking the Red Rock mountain range with an amazing panoramic view. Both spots offer parking, a picnic area and basic washroom setup.

There are a few things to take into consideration, including that there is a permit and application form you must fill out for any special events at either of the sites. The special recreation permit must be submitted at least 14 days in advance of the wedding, and a $200 fee is required. At this time, it permits you to have a photographer on site.

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View from Dedication Overlook

What’s Special?

  • Incredible views in a very rustic, natural setting
  • The flexible hours range from sunrise to sunset, beginning at 6am and ending between 5pm and 8pm depending on the season
  • The ability to personalize your officiant, photographer and wedding day timelines
  • The sites are wheelchair accessible

Factor In

  • Because it is a state park, there are very strict rules on decorations. Rice, birdseed, butterflies, balloons, arches, chairs and other props are prohibited
  • The sites are NOT exclusive and because the areas are very popular, there will most likely be people walking and using the areas while your wedding happens
  • As of publishing, the Bureau of Land Management is allowing you to bring a professional photographer when you apply for your wedding permit. BLM runs the sites, and normally enforces strict rules about commercial photography on their land. These rules may change at any time – check with your photographer or the staff at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area office when you apply for your permit what the most recent regulations are
  • You may need to provide transportation for your guests to the sites
  • Wear appropriate footwear. Both sites require a bit of walking, and may be a challenge for any guests with mobility issues although both are wheelchair accessible. The boardwalk for Calico Basin is smooth, but there are uphill sections, and there is a paved walkway at Dedication Overlook

Real Weddings at Red Rock Canyon

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Picnic area at Red Spring, Calico Basin

Red Rock Canyon Wedding Venues | Little Vegas Wedding

Picnic area at Red Spring, Calico Basin

Red Rock Canyon Wedding Venues | Little Vegas Wedding

Steepest area of the boardwalk at Red Spring, Calico Basin

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Boardwalk at Red Spring, Calico Basin

Red Rock Canyon Wedding Venues | Little Vegas Wedding

Boardwalk at Red Spring, Calico Basin

Red Rock Canyon Wedding Venues | Little Vegas Wedding

Picnic area and parking at Dedication Overlook

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Paved path to Dedication Overlook

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View from Dedication Overlook

Red Rock Canyon Wedding Venues | Little Vegas Wedding

View from Dedication Overlook

Red Rock Canyon Wedding Venues | Little Vegas Wedding

Panoramic view from Dedication Overlook

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Searching for the perfect venue for your Las Vegas wedding? Be sure to check out the other posts in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue series, or peruse the Vegas Wedding Venue Directory!

An Adventurous Engagement Session at Red Rock Canyon from Taylored Photo Memories

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If you couldn’t tell, I have a soft spot for featuring engagement sessions where the couple brings a furry friend (or a few) along. As seen here and here, oh and also here!

So when Taylored Photo Memories shared this sweet engagement session at Red Rock Canyon, I was smitten. And why not? The lush natural surroundings, the cute couple and of course Zyra (the four legged friend seen above) make these engagement photos pop. You might even be hard pressed to believe they were taken not too far from Las Vegas.

Zyra is owned by Nia and Dereck, a couple who moved to Las Vegas from the midwest. They set off an an adventurous engagement session with Taylored Photo Memories, deep into a special spot in Red Rock Canyon. It’s a spot near a spring, so that’s why the photos are so, well, un-deserty! The trek in was about a mile, but the photos at this vibrantly green spot were definitely worth it, and I think you’ll agree.

Nia and Dereck will be getting married in the spring of 2014 in Las Vegas – best wishes and enjoy planning your wedding!

Engagement Session Shot at Red Rock Canyon by Taylored Photo Memories

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A Simple Desert Engagement with Natural Boho Style

Photos by Gaby J Photography

A Las Vegas Desert Elopement | Gaby J Photography

Out in the desert, outside the Sin City limits is a magical place. A place where the joshua trees run wild, sunsets are vivid and the shadows are long. A place where romance happens. That’s where today’s styled engagement shoot and inspiration comes from – a little place in the desert outside Las Vegas in Red Rock, where Gaby J Photography captured this beautiful session.

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A Splendid Family Engagement Session {Red Rock Canyon}

Photos by Josh & Jen Photography

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Jason and Marcia held their engagement session at Red Rock Canyon, and involved their kids, too! Josh & Jen Photography shared this sweet family photo engagement session with me and I had to publish it. Couldn’t resist the opportunity to share the first engagement shoot on LVW with kids in it (and what stylish kids they are!)

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