From first touch to last dance, Bridget and Jason infused their wedding at Las Vegas’s Legends Ranch with rustic goodness. Sunflowers, wood and glowing candles created a romantic, casual atmosphere.
The Amberlight Collective were not originally going to shoot this wedding, but when Bridget and Jason’s original photographer had a family emergency, wedding planning Archel Rolwing recruited them. Using a planner was key for these two as they were travelling from California to get married, with just four months to plan. After touring the grounds of Legends Ranch, complete with trees, horse stables and all the rustic touches of a former working horse ranch, they were smitten.
My favorite and most special part about the entire day was probably when Jason and I got to pray together before the ceremony and before even seeing each other. That, to me, meant so much. I remember being so incredibly nervous about the whole thing but as soon as I heard Jason’s voice (which was also super weird without being able to see his face! Especially since I hadn’t seen or talked to him all day long) I calmed down almost completely.
DETAILS + DECOR
Some of the rustic touches of the wedding included multiple sized glass cylinders with candles burning inside at the altar, perched atop old tree stumps. Tablescapes featured twisted driftwood with mason jars and wine bottles full of flowers and wine corks sprinkled throughout. The cake was modelled after an aspen tree that we carved our initials into.
Instead of pouring unity sand or lighting a candle, we had a wood board with three ropes on it and a verse — A cord of three strands is not easily broken, from Ecclesiastes 4:12. The two ropes on the outside represented us, with the one in the middle representing God. We braided the three ropes together which meant that we were tying our marriage in with God right in the middle.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . The Amberlight Collective
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Legends Ranch
WEDDING PLANNER . Archel Rolwing Events / FLORAL . Flora Couture / CATERING . DiVine Events and Ben’s BBQ & Smokehouse / CAKE . Peridot Sweets / HAIR + MAKEUP . Glamsquad702 / LIGHTING . LED Unplugged
Cassie and Mike took advantage of being locals to totally customized their country club wedding. Choosing shades of royal purple and glittery accents, this pair created a romantic wedding day that fit their budget thanks to utilizing DIY skills and Etsy vendors. Their exit is spectacular and created a sparkling finish to what was a gorgeous, personalized celebration.
More from their photographer, Taylored Photo Memories:
Like many couples Cassie and Mike were looking to accomplish their big day on a budget without incurring any debt. Cassie and Mike wanted to include all of their friends and family while being mindful of costs since they were paying for the wedding themselves. After nailing down the Legacy Golf Club in Henderson as their perfect venue, Cassie set her sights on coming up with all of the details. Cassie’s love for glitter tied in perfectly with their winter wedding theme and she and Mike would spray paint their wedding accessories gold if they did not come in the colors that they wanted. With the help of DIY tricks like these and websites like Etsy that offer customization, Cassie claims she was able to have total control over all of the details and how they would factor into their big day.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . The Legacy Golf Club
OFFICIANT . Linda Venniro / WEDDING PLANNER . A Formal Affair / FLORAL . Enchanted Florist / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David’s Bridal, shoes – Macy’s, jewelry – Wrenn Jewelry / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Seating chart – Whimsical Stationery . Sparkler tags – Paracosm Paper . Favor tags – I Do Tags . Name cards – ModParty . Wedding programs – Keister Designs . Signage – Blursbyai . Bridesmaid cards – Southbound Hippie / ENTERTAINMENT . Wild One Entertainment / VIDEO . Digital Guerrilla / GUESTBOOK . The Wedding Tree
Wedding submitted via Two Bright Lights
Mary and Christian brought a touch of country in the desert for their El Dorado elopement. Mary looked amazing rocking those boots and flower crown for the ceremony and fit in so perfectly with the eclectic, whimsical charm of the venue. Simple, stunning, secret.
How amazing is that stained glass/giant tree altar by the way?
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Jenna Ebert Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . El Dorado Canyon
OFFICIANT . Weddings for Eternity / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David’s Bridal, shoes – Boot Barn / FLOWER CROWN . LoveLikeStyle / HAIR + MAKEUP . Concierge Makeup / GROOMSWEAR . Louis Thomas
Brent and Leigh are a pair of booklovers who chose one of Vegas’s most historic locations for their ceremony: The Neon Museum. Nestled amongst the amazing retro signs, these two elected to involve their friends in their ceremony, having them read passages from favorite books and taking photos with them afterwards.
Leigh laughed the entire way through their ceremony because she said she could hear an ice cream truck nearby which really animated the photos. She looks like she’s having the time of her life.
PS: I’m kind of obsessed with their retro-modern attire for the day. The entire crew looked amazing, didn’t they?
More from JamieY, the photographer:
Brent is from Chicago and Leigh is from New Jersey. They were originally a long-distance couple and as self proclaimed book nerds, their romance began on a website for book lovers called LibraryThing. They love vintage things and history, which is half the inspiration behind this wedding. The other half is that they appreciate art, funky architecture, and neat graphic design.
After the ceremony we took some portraits on the grounds of the museum and then headed off to the arts district for some more alternative urban backdrops for their photos. They really like the contrast of grungy non traditional backgrounds, with them in their beautiful wedding day attire. We had a great time before they headed off for a dinner reception with friends.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . JamieY Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . The Neon Museum
Lately I’ve been hearing some rumblings that perhaps Calico Basin and Red Rock Canyon aren’t as accessible to weddings as they once were, due to some recent changes to the permit system.
However, there is no denying the place is gorgeous. Incredible rock formations, beautiful colors and a special intimacy that can only come from getting married in the natural beauty of the desert. Kelsey and Adam chose to marry (after getting engaged) there before joining friends and family at a festive reception after. Sounds perfect for this down-to-earth couple who also chose to support artisans where ever they could in their wedding day.
THE CEREMONY — Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is our favorite spot in Las Vegas. We wanted an outdoor wedding and Red Rock is such a beautiful location it was the obvious choice. It was the location Adam proposed to me as well, so it holds a lot of memories for us. We also wanted the reception festivities to stay within the Summerlin area, so Red Rock made an easy venue to get between the different locations for the wedding festivities.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
(We were going for) simple, natural, and as DIY as possible. We wanted to keep it small and intimate with a personal touch. We wanted our actual wedding ceremony private to keep it as intimate as possible, but we opened up our reception to close friends and family. We kept it simple by holding the reception party at Adam’s parent’s house. We had an open bar so people could make their own drinks as they pleased, and the majority of the food was homemade. All decorations were either handmade or purchased through Etsy to support independent artists. We had a succulent/desert theme which we incorporated through our colors (greens and purples with highlights of gold and silver) and flowers (succulent centerpieces and succulent bouquet and boutonniere). We made our own wedding invitations, centerpieces and signs.
My favorite part of the planning process was just being able to enjoy the reward of all of our hard work at the great reception party we had. While we kept our wedding simple there was still a lot of planning involved. It was nice to be able to enjoy all of the work everyone had put in to make our day so special. Another part I enjoyed was being able to support independent artists. Etsy was a great resource and I feel like a lot of our wedding items were truly unique and original.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM
Make a lot of lists! The only thing that kept me organized was making lists. It felt satisfying being able to mark stuff off as we went along. At the end of everything there was only one or two things that I had forgotten, but they were minor and not really significant. If I had not used lists to keep myself organized a lot more would have been forgotten! Another good thing to remember is that everything will still be okay even if something is missed or goes wrong. There’s always something that’s going to go wrong but it’s such a big day and you are surrounded by such loving and supportive people that no one would really care if you forgot to put out a certain favor or sign, etc. No one knows the difference and they’re most likely having a good time anyway!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . City Wedding Tours
CEREMONY VENUE . Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon
RECEPTION VENUE . Private home
OFFICIANT . Norma with City Wedding Tours / WEDDING PLANNER . City Wedding Tours / FLORAL . Succulently Urban / CAKE . Nothing Bundt Cakes / BRIDAL FASHION . Adrianna Papell