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A Woodsy, Terrarium Inspired Wedding in a Garden {Wynn}

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This intimate 40 guest wedding at the Wynn used inspiration from terrariums and greenery for the theme, which complimented the gold, peach and blushing pink colors elsewhere in the wedding. Photographed by the lovely team of Tiffani and Ellie at Sun & Sparrow, you will be blown away by the ways the natural theme was incorporated into the details.

Jason and Victoria traveled from Los Angeles for their destination wedding which was held in the peaceful and private Primrose Court at Wynn, and included a number of DIY projects pulled from wedding blogs and Pinterest to complete the theme. 

The bride, Victoria, writes: “I did all of the centerpieces, table numbers, and cake table decor. My favorite was how the terrarium apothecary jars turned out.  It was long and laborious but it came together just as I wanted.” She even spent time creating initial prototypes to make sure all of the projects turned out just perfectly. What attention to detail. To complete the floral looks, Pam at The Palette assisted, adding peach Sahara roses and green orchids to the manzanita branches. 

After the garden ceremony, and a short bridal portrait shoot, the wedding party headed over to Joe’s Stonecrab restaurant at the Forum Shops to dine, drink and dance. What a sweet end to a beautiful day.
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Such a cute first look sequence!

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Wedding Venue: Wynn Las Vegas, Primrose Court / Reception Venue: Joe’s Stonecrab at Caesars Palace / Photographer: Sun & Sparrow Photography / Hair + Makeup: Makeup in the 702 /  Floral: Pam at The Palette / Cake: Aracelli Cake Studio / Stationery: Wedding Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas

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Memorable DIY Carnival Style Wedding in a Park {Bicentennial Park}

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On Friday we got to take a peek at Pamela’s sweet bridal shower tea party. It’s no surprise that her circus themed wedding to Kenny held in a city park near Las Vegas was no less charming. Again, photographer Elizabeth Le was on hand to capture the casual ceremony and the totally DIY reception that followed.

Pamela and Kenny kept the wedding ceremony and carnival style reception family friendly and on budget. The location was a park in Boulder City near Las Vegas called Wilbur Square/Bicentennial Park. Pamela says “I loved having it outdoors without the cost of a golf course lawn, it was spring so the weather was ideal with lots of shade trees but enough open space to be flexible.”

When talk to Pamela about this wedding, it would actually be easier to say what WASN’T handmade by the bride and groom. Every single crafty detail other than the face painting, photobooth and wedding photography was done at home in the weekends ahead of the wedding. That includes the fabric photo backdrop (made by Kenny, the industrious groom) and the peach and teal decor: colored pinwheels, tissue pompoms, paper chains, pennants/bunting and ribbon wands (the bride and groom assembly-lined these.)

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Even the little circus-inspired props like carousel horses and the hula hoop and gumball machine centerpieces were repurposed for the wedding. These items were found via searching online on eBay and Craigslist or some serious thrifting, then spraypainted to match the colors. 

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How did Pamela keep this wedding on budget? Many things, like hair and makeup and made-to-order crepes, for example, were provided via friends, family or bride and groom power! The face painter and photobooth were booked via Groupon deals with additional packages tacked on. Wedding guests drank lemonade hand-squeezed by Kenny, the groom, and dined on handmade sweet crepes topped with fresh fruits, Nutella or pie filling. The food and beverage came from a whole lot of trips to Costco and Sam’s Club!

Here’s what Pamela had to say about the wedding’s feel:

As with the bridal shower, I wanted more of a party/get-together. I wanted something different & fun that would be interactive for guests and memorable. I had devised a plan to already be up (the aisle) as guests arrived. They just came up to hug me, congratulate us, etc. then the music started and people were asked to take a seat for the ceremony. I loved having it outdoors without the cost of a golf course lawn, it was spring so the weather was ideal with lots of shade trees but enough open space to be flexible. 
Boulder City is considered an oasis in the desert, and living in the south-end of Vegas it was only a short drive from our home. Their grass is luscious green and well maintained for all their annual events. Their parks department was super helpful and cooperative, they even offered to shut down the street from regular traffic (allowing through wedding guests only) and provide electricity/generators for the day. The process was so simple and the fee was very reasonable, so I felt they deserved my business. After finalizing the reservation date, my husband & I rode out there with a tape measure and pen & paper and mapped the whole thing out for set-up, down to the distance between each tree.

Then, for their closing trick, Kenny whisked Pamela away in her cute little leather jacket on his motorcycle!

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Vendor and Venue Goodness:

Wedding Ceremony & Reception Venue:  Wilbur Square/Bicentennial Park, Boulder City / Photographer: Elizabeth Le Photography / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Jewelry: / Bride’s Shoes: Michael Antonio / Bride’s Felt Bouquet: Etsy, Miss Jennifer Rae /  Makeup + Hair: A friend /  Catering: Costco, Sam’s Club / Rentals: Furniture – Rebel Party Rentals / Children’s Face Painter: Amazing Face Painting / Photobooth: Pink Shutter Photobooth / Craft Projects: Pennants, ribbon wands, pompoms, pinwheels, photo backdrop, hula hoop gumball centerpieces – handmade by the bride and groom

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Wedding Walk in the Woods Outside Las Vegas {Mount Charleston}

McKenzi Taylor of Taylored Photo Memories is an outdoor lover, and you can tell with the type of weddings she shoots, and how she shoots them. It doesn’t hurt that she gets some of the loveliest, most down to earth couples…that also happen to be totally adventurous. Today’s wedding is no exception, shot at Mount Charleston in the Springs Mountain range, about an hour’s drive from Vegas.

Hikers Andrea and Greg had a small intimate wedding in the forest, then a casual dinner at Mt Charleston Lodge followed by a walk in the woods. Hiking boots have to be the most comfortable wedding shoes ever.

 

Wedding: Mt Charleston / Reception Venue: Mt Charleston Lodge / Photographer: McKenzi Taylor of Taylored Photo Memories / Celebrant: Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions



Having an Green and Eco-friendly Las Vegas Wedding

I know, I know…this blog post title seems like an oxymoron. What is eco-friendly about Las Vegas?

It’s a city built in a desert with huge water consumption rates, buffets and restaurants that ship in tonnes of food from around the world, lots of cars – but hear me out. It IS possible to have an ecologically sensitive wedding there. It’s maybe not the MOST sensible place to have a wedding if being green is one of your biggest priorities in a wedding, but there are some venues you can consider if it’s important to you.

What do these two buildings above share in common…? There are a few venues you might consider above others if you are ecologically sensitive in your everyday life and wish it to extend to your wedding:

ARIA at CityCenter  (above left) is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, hotels in the world to become LEED Gold certified. The property has also received 5 Green Keys from the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, the largest international program evaluating sustainable hotel operations. The complex it is in, CityCenter, features a number of ecologically minded points as well:

  • Energy and heat at CityCenter comes from a natural gas plant onsite, which reduces emissions. They also recycle heat to heat the water for the hotels.
  • Water is conserved and recycled. Reductions in water usage are 30 percent and 43 percent within the buildings and 60 percent for landscaping
  • Their limo fleet are natural gas powered
  • Much of the construction waste from the previous hotel (Boardwalk – home of the best hotdogs ever – R.I.P) to exist on the site was recycled and even reincorporated
  • Low-wattage lighting keeps public space lighting more efficient, and native local plants were used in the landscaping to keep water needs lower
  • Window glazing, building shades, and light-colored rooftops reflect the hot desert sun, and help keep cooling costs down in the buildings

You can read more about CityCenter and ARIA’s commitment to the environment here.

{Cited: http://www.archdaily.com/50724/city-center-las-vegas-6-leed-gold-certifications/}

Springs Preserve (above right) is a LEED Certified venue, and where I held my wedding, incidentally. They feature an ecologically minded cafe and catering service in addition to a venue that has a clear focus not only on sustainability, but educating visitors about desert living.

They host a series of videos about being a LEED complex, and the various ways they try to live sustainably. This not all just for show, either. I can personally attest to the staff’s commitment to being green. They were very clear about reusable water dispensers and compostable cups instead of bottled water. Their catering department and cafe focuses on locally grown, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. Meetings and other events, not just weddings, focus on environmentally responsible practices and sustainability.

Your guests also have access to the gardens and education centers of the Springs Preserve, perfect for entertaining in between events.

As far as venues, the Desert Living Center uses green construction and exist to educate visitors about green design. It’s also a great place for a reception, as the indoor spaces feature recycled carpeting, straw bale insulation, and cooling towers. There is solar power, wind power, recycled everything, xeriscaping and very little grass to sustain – making almost all of their venues ecologically minded.

Seriously – Springs Preserve is so amazing, even if you do not have your wedding there, I recommend you visit to learn more about desert living, the history of Las Vegas and think about your future.

There are also a few vendors you might consider if you want to keep it ecological and elegant:

The Las Vegas florist An Octopus’s Garden will source and use native and local plants and flowers. They also suggest you rent vases and containers, and focus on using entire living plants for tablescapes instead of cut flowers. The florists shy away from using preservatives to make the flowers last long, and to save them from being dumped into the environment afterwards. They use succulents and grasses native to Nevada, and use natural elements like wood, stone and sand to help decorate instead of plant material.

Las Vegas stationer and designer Visionary Pen run a letterpress that is human powered and use non tree based paper, made from cotton, bamboo and even elephant dung! They are conscious of ink materials, and use their extra paper and cut offs for other projects, or donate them to schools. How awesome are they?!

And to get to the reception? You can corral every one together at a central location and have an EarthLimo bus pick them up. EarthLimo is a Vegas company that uses biodiesel, liquefied petroleum gas  and hybrid technology in their buses, limos and shuttles.

You might also consider reducing your impact before and during your event as well: electronic invites or recycled paper and water soluble ink. Buying local to reduce transport. Thinking about how often you need your bedsheets and towels washed in your hotel. Consider spending a bit more money and renting glassware and plates for any showers, parties or events around your wedding. These are all factors you can consider even if you do not want to go with a certified “green” venue.

For real Las Vegas green couple wedding power, check out this wedding highlighted on Eco-Beautiful Weddings. It’s amazing!

Photo credit: Voyages Destination, Lovely Las Vegas.com, An Octopus’s Garden



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