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Down to Earth Springs Preserve Elopement from Taylored Photo Memories

Intimate Springs Preserve Elopement | Little Vegas Wedding

I always feel so fortunate to be able to feature Vegas elopements on the site. These intimate little weddings are a peek into the most private side of a couple’s relationship, and the photos are always so emotional. Today’s feature elopement from Taylored Photo Memories is no exception. Dominique and Anthony chose to marry in the gardens of the Springs Preserve, and looked so happy and relaxed doing so. So simple, so beautiful.

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More from their photographer:
Dominique and Anthony are going down as one of my all time favorite couples. They chose a to do a small Springs Preserve wedding rather than a big fussy wedding in their hometown. One of the first comments Dominique made to me was how she did not like being the center of attention, and that they would need help posing. Pictures were very important to her.

Taking their pictures, as it turned out, was very easy. Dominique and Anthony basked in their happiness making the wedding photo shoot easy. They were relaxed and playful, complete naturals. Posing came easy, their love shined through as they held hands, looked into each other’s eyes. They forgot I was there and enjoyed each other and their special day, making my job easy. All I had to do was capture what was already there.

They wanted a beautiful outside setting for their elopement in Las Vegas. We chose the Springs Preserve. It offers many different natural settings that matched the beautiful simplicity of this couple. Dominique was a total DIY bride and got it right! She wore a beautiful custom-made, flowing tulle skirt with a simple feminine white blouse. Dominique’s little sister made the silk sash she wore around her waist and the bride used parts of that to make her own bouquet. A simple ornate headband was the only accessory in her hair. Anthony the groom, a tall handsome man, wore all white to match his bride. He was hip and masculine, with a smile full of love only for his new wife. His eyes lit up every time he looked at her.


VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Springs Preserve

OFFICIANT . Angie Kelly, Peachy Keen Unions / BRIDAL FASHION . top – LOFT, tulle skirt – Space 46 Boutique, accessories – Urban Outfitters

Bright, Beautiful Boho Wedding Inspiration at the Springs Preserve

Boho Springs Preserve Wedding | Little Vegas Wedding

Bright, beautiful, and a little bit boho! Today’s styled wedding shoot at the Springs Preserve has a little bit of everything. Three very talented photographers, Taylored Photo Memories, KMH Photography and Amanda Mae Images captured this eco-friendly, bohemian-inspired session. The artistic, slightly rustic theme featured vintage furniture, recycled glass vases, mixed flower arrangements and even a naked wedding cake. The details created a casual feel for this faux wedding amongst the desert gardens.

So take a peek at this session through the lenses of three different photographers and get inspired! This theme and the bright pops of color are perfect for the Springs Preserve, especially for in the spring when things are in bloom. If you want to see more, be sure to click on the photographer’s names in the vendor credits at the bottom to see the posts on their sites!

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VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :

PHOTOGRAPHERS . Taylored Photo Memories, a LVW photography directory member, KMH Photography and Amanda Mae Images
CEREMONY VENUE . Gardens Arboretum at Springs Preserve
RECEPTION VENUE . Frame House and Courtyard Rotunda at Springs Preserve

FLORAL . Gaia Flowers / CAKE . Cravin’ Cake Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Jennaleigh’s Bridal, jewelry + scarves – Zobazaar / HAIR + MAKEUP . Ruby Finch Salon / RENTALS . vintage trunk, rug, chairs + table from Nostalgia Resources / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Smudge Pot Creative


 

Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue Guide: Cactus Joe’s Blue Diamond Nursery and Chapel

Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! You’ll find today’s hidden gem at a garden center named Cactus Joe’s, en route to Red Rock Canyon in south Las Vegas.

Cactus Joe's Wedding Chapel | Little Vegas Wedding

Cactus Joe’s Blue Diamond Nursery + Wedding Chapel

http://www.cactusjoeslasvegas.com/
12740 Blue Diamond Road, Las Vegas | 702.875.1968
Capacity: Up to 14 in the chapel, more for receptions | Indoor + Outdoor Sites Available | Hosts: Ceremonies + Receptions
Find Cactus Joe’s on Facebook

Just the Deets
Cactus Joe’s is a garden center and nursery, but it’s a unique one. Set on 7.5 acres of desert gardens selling large cacti, rocks, pottery and garden furniture and art is a very rustic wedding chapel. The venue is overlooking the mountains further south of Las Vegas in Blue Diamond, and is a very whimsical and eclectic venue with a southwestern theme. And don’t forget all the animals (mostly rescue cats and dogs) running around the grounds.

The chapel is something out of the Old West, and is a very adorable (read: tiny) chapel made out of wood. The chapel holds just 14 guests, but the grounds could host a reception of many more people.

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What’s Special?

The woman who toured me around the grounds told a very charming story about “Lindsay Low-ham”, the resident pig at Cactus Joe’s, who made a guest appearance at a wedding in the chapel one time. She thought it was fortunate the German couple getting hitched there thought it was good luck. I thought it was completely charming and memorable!

This location is very near to Red Rock Canyon and would make for some fantastic photo opportunities before or after the wedding. Of course there are also some fabulous photo spots in the nursery — 7.5 acres with over 2,000 plants including some amazingly huge cacti make sure of that.

Cactus Joe's Wedding Chapel | Little Vegas Wedding

Factor In

I’ve held off on publishing this venue because unfortunately it’s been hard to get answers to some questions about the property. The contacts I was given for people who officiate weddings at Cactus Joe’s did not seem to garner any response to my questions for ceremony pricing. Your best bet is to call Cactus Joe’s directly if you have your heart set on this venue.

Double check their hours of operation. In the summers, they sometimes close down mid-week.

You will also need to arrange for your own catering and rentals if you would like to host a reception here. A wedding planner is advised.

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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!

Photos: Little Vegas Wedding

Anna and Jordan’s Warm, Rustic Elopement at Eldorado Canyon from Gaby J Photography

Ghost Town Wedding | Gaby J Photography | Little Vegas WeddingAnna and Jordan are from Up North. And yes, I mean Canada, but I do mean even FURTHER up north: the Yukon! Even for Canadians like me that’s “Up North.”

Escaping from the deepest, darkest parts of winter, they landed in Las Vegas for their intimate wedding at Eldorado Canyon. Their elopement was very rustic, surrounded by desert landscaping and the vintage charm of the ghost town there. Touches of soft gray and purple pulled it all together along with some lovely light captured by Gaby J Photography. Pretty far removed from the snowy tundra, eh?

I cannot believe Anna and Jordan pulled off this wedding without visiting the Las Vegas before. I do hope they are able to return and celebrate their anniversary with their daughter in the future!

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Why Anna + Jordan Chose Las Vegas
We are actually from Whitehorse, Yukon, so it was an easy decision to elope somewhere warmer. When we flew home from our honeymoon, it was 93 degrees F and when we arrived home in Whitehorse it was -30 degrees F, yes minus 30! (all in the same day = a bit of a system shock.)

We also have a two-year-old daughter, so we wanted to elope somewhere that would allow for a quick and cost efficient ceremony, while allowing us to get back home to our daughter without having spent a lot of money but not missing out on our dream wedding day.

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Why Eldorado Canyon?
I came across Eldorado Canyon while doing online research and we loved the variety of the location mixed with the shabby chic theme. I then continued the theme throughout the rest of our day. I used my step-mothers wedding dress that she married my dad just months before and incorporated a birdcage veil and burlap headpiece to bring a more vintage feel to my attire.

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The Ceremony
We wanted a simple ceremony to capture our commitment, and that was more than met with Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions. Angie created the most beautiful ceremony for us, we could not have asked for anyone better.

Upon arrival at Eldorado Canyon, we were asked where we wanted to perform the ceremony, of course not having been there we didn’t know what to expect, but Angie suggested the attic of the old barn on the property and there was no hesitation from us. Our photographer, Gaby, was our witness, so it was just the few of us in the attic of the barn and it felt as if time stood still while we committed ourselves to each other.

(Their reception was an intimate dinner for two in a restaurant overlooking the Bellagio fountains)

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Memorable Moments
Just days before our wedding it occurred to me that I would not have anyone with me to help tie the back of my corset-style wedding dress. I emailed Gaby in tears, not knowing what to do. Gaby simply asked for me to send a photo of the back of the dress so she could learn how to tie it for me and would do so on my wedding day. I felt so so relieved as we already had cancelled and delayed flights and hotels days prior so this moment was my breaking point. She made me feel so much better knowing that I had that support.

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Anna + Jordan’s #1 Tip for Other Couples Eloping to Vegas 
One tip would be that I wish that had not been my first time in Las Vegas. I wanted to enjoy our time the few days leading up to our wedding, but we spent most of our time trying to find my husband’s attire and last minute things and not knowing Las Vegas we managed to waste too much time trying to find our way around. We will have to come back when there is nothing to be planned so we can enjoy the city and relax.

I also think it is important to create a bond with the people that will be involved in your wedding day, even if it is an elopement. I had a certain feeling when I talked to Gaby and I knew that we just clicked. Same as Angie right down to the ladies that did my hair and make-up. It is important to be on the same page and feel that they can accept the ideas that you have for your day and want to bring it to life with you.

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Vendor and Venue Details: 

Photographer: Gaby J Photography / Ceremony Venue: Nelson’s Landing at Eldorado Canyon / Wedding Dress: Heirloom / Hair + Makeup: Amelia C & Co. / Floral: Naakiti Floral Design / Celebrant: Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions

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.

Red Rock Canyon Wedding Venues | Little Vegas Wedding

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.

Red Rock Canyon Wedding Venues | Little Vegas Wedding

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

Red Rock Canyon Wedding Venues | Little Vegas Wedding

Picnic area at Red Spring, Calico Basin

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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

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Boardwalk at Red Spring, Calico Basin

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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

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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!

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