Britney and Jon decided Vegas was the perfect spot for a Halloween wedding — the anniversary of their first date! They didn’t go with an overt theme but spread the wedding fun throughout two days, including a drive-thru wedding in downtown Las Vegas and a bridal photo shoot at The Neon Museum.
This destination wedding was on the intimate side, but Britney and Jon were able to infuse many personal touches into the day, including a custom LEGO minifig cake topper, playing card stationery and super cool Millennium Falcon cufflinks. A touch of Halloween was included in the glam gold bat headband Britney wore. Keep reading for more about this unique Vegas wedding from their photographer!
More from McKenzi of Taylored Photo Memories, their photographer:
Britney and Jon wanted to embrace what a Vegas wedding had to offer and after getting to know them better during our two day photo shoot I would have to agree that it was the perfect choice for them. From the playing card themed invitations to the iconic pink convertible where they exchanged their vows and rings, this bride and groom focused on the details to pull off a fun and memorable event that revolved around them as a couple. I feel that too often a lot of couples can get overwhelmed with the amount of stress and work that goes into the grand production which is a traditional wedding.
If you are one of those couples who is fighting with your soon to be spouse over the budget or the guest list, my advice is to take a deep breath and always remember that your wedding day, traditional and elopements alike, is about the two of you. So take a page from Britney and Jon’s book and make your day about you, make it memorable and make it fun!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Drive-Thru at Little White Wedding Chapel
PRE-CEREMONY PHOTO VENUE . The Neon Museum
FLORAL . Silk by Gina Louisa Designs / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Max Maxi dress by Boulee Designs shoes – Sam Edelman, jewelry + accessories – Kate Spade and Kate Szabone Jewelery / RINGS . Brilliant Earth / GROOMSWEAR . The Artful Gentleman / TRANSPORTATION . Earth Limos & Buses / CAKETOPPER . Lego by Minifigs.me
Wedding submitted via Two Bright Lights
Some of us just know we want a Vegas wedding. Whether it’s the built-in party atmosphere, the incredible food and venues or the glitz, glamour and neon that draw us to the city, we have just always known.
Such is the case with Gregan, the bride in today’s post (who is actually a Vegas local!) She said she just always wanted a Vegasy wedding, and what she got was Vegas…and then some. Although this wedding was held at the epic location of Westin Lake Las Vegas, many touches of The Strip and old Sin City completed Phillip and Gregan’s wedding. Vegas-themed centerpieces, showgirls, an incredible Vegas in text cake and a bridal portrait session at The Neon Museum did not let people forget they were in Las Vegas.
And I agree with the bride, I also wish there was a surprise for every couple getting married. And if it’s Elvis to sing to the guests? All the better.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
I didn’t know sparkling, red-feathered showgirls or an Elvis wearing more makeup than I was would show up at my wedding reception. Or that I would start crying before I ever stepped onto the aisle. I didn’t know if the bridesmaids’ colorful dresses would work out. I didn’t know there would be Lego figures on the cake. But what I did know is that I’ve always wanted a Vegas wedding.
Or I had joked as much. Really, I never thought I’d get married. And then I met Phillip. After a couple years he popped the question on a sparkling beach in Greece one hot August vacation. When I was in college I would always say if I ever did get married I’d want to have a Vegas themed wedding. Not a drive-thru or a chapel, but something with glitter and lights. Phillip took my enthusiasm for this glitzy theme and let me run with it.
THE CEREMONY — Lotus Court at Westin Lake Las Vegas
Phillip and I wanted a ceremony with a beautiful backdrop and all of the people we love there. That was our dream wedding.
The Westin Lake Las Vegas was one of the first venues we choose to tour because Phillip and I had our first kiss there overlooking the sparkling man-made lake.
After touring dozens of other wedding venues — making lots of calls and rejecting several contracts — Phillip and I signed with the Westin. We loved the idea of getting married outside near a body of water at a place that meant so much to us.
The ceremony (besides being in August) was perfect. The set up was simple and gorgeous. Everything ran smoothly thanks to the venue co-ordinators and the seasoned vendors we hired. If only I could have stopped crying sooner.
THE RECEPTION — Baraka Ballroom at Westin Lake Las Vegas
I think the new trend for weddings should be that surprise moment. Something the bride and/or groom doesn’t know about. That moment for us was definitely when the King of Rock himself walked into the room, ushered by two glamorous showgirls. It was so Vegas!
DETAILS + DECOR
Phillip and I spent a whole year thinking, planning and saving for this wedding. So we both had plenty of time to think about the decorations and how much we could spend.
My brother, sister and I helped created the Mr. & Mrs. sign that decorated the head table. It was really easy, with this DIY. We also made our runner using two LED light strips. So the aisle had a touch of Vegas.
I made my glittering brooch bouquet from lots of sniper bid wins on Ebay. I also asked my bridesmaids make their own bouquets.
We also decided to print our invitations, save the dates, seating cards and table markers on the backs of playing cards. For the program, a family member helped by writing the schedule of events and bridal party names on two vintage mirrors.
Also, our centerpiece, though very planned out, were all tossed together that morning. We piled casino chips, dice and playing cards around these inexpensive fiber optic lights we bought for each table. Many of our guests ended up pocketing some of the good luck charms at the end of the night. We also wrote our own vows!
The whole wedding had so many moments. The ceremony to me was unforgettable. I really couldn’t stop crying. The whole day was emotional. Also, I don’t think Phillip has ever looked so sharp. So our first look was definitely a standout moment for me. Our photographer Edina suggested a first look photo opportunity because Phillip and I did take photos in the Neon Boneyard back in the springtime when the weather was much cooler. So Phillip had already seen me in the dress.The first look photos were a great chance for us to see each other in a special way before taking family photos and the ceremony.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM GREGAN AND PHILLIP
Start saving now. Also, talk with your partner about the most important things about your wedding. There may come a time when sacrifices have to be made, decide early on what’s most important. And trust me, some aspects you feel are essential to your big day really are not. We didn’t have any flower centerpieces and no one minded. However, photos are something that were very important to me and Phillip, so we knew we had to get an exceptional photographer.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We had approximately 140 guests for around $25,000
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Images by EDI
CEREMONY VENUE . Lotus Court at Westin Lake Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Baraka Ballroom at Westin Lake Las Vegas
OFFICIANT . Rev. Linda Venniro / WEDDING CO-ORDINATORS . Mae Morimoto and Rod Arnett / CAKE . Gimme Some Sugar / HAIR . Sola Salon Studios at The District in Henderson / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ John D, Wedding DJs of Las Vegas
Little Vegas Wedding is kicking off 2015 with an incredible wedding contest, y’all! I won’t waste any time before jumping into the awesomeness of today’s wedding giveaway. You probably already know about the amazingly stylish and retro-mod Vegas weddings that Flora Pop provides judging by the number of emails I get about them. But now it’s your chance to win one!
Flora Pop combines the convenience of a Strip chapel wedding with all the modern style and customization that you wish the chapels had. Victoria Hogan, the floral designer and officiant behind Flora Pop shows up to your wedding with “The Teardrop” in tow.
This retro-fantastic trailer modelled after a 1950′s Kenskill creates a beautiful backdrop for your spontaneous, stylish Vegas wedding. It even comes complete with custom neon signage (reading “Sure”) for the perfect finishing touch and just the right amount of Vegas cheese.
Victoria and Flora Pop specialize in intimate, modern weddings in places where such a wedding would not normally be possible, like the retro backdrop of classic downtown Vegas motels or the quiet beauty of the desert.
They provide a personalized wedding ceremony package for you as a couple, setting you up with floral design, wedding photography, an officiant and even post-ceremony celebratory doughnuts, all in a stylish setting. Their pop-up weddings combine the fun of an impulsive elopement with contemporary design that will allow you to show your personality as a couple.
Flora Pop is also very excited that Nevada now allows same-sex marriage and is open to marrying all couples. If you are seeking a vintage-style elopement that is a little more customized, a Flora Pop wedding may be for you!
Flora Pop has very generously offered to give away a stylized wedding ceremony for one couple and up to two guests at a secret location in Las Vegas.
If you have been dreaming about deliciously modern Vegas elopement, now is your chance to have one planned for you, for free! What’s included in the Flora Pop prize wedding package valued at approximately $1,700?
- A wedding ceremony at a surprise location in Las Vegas chosen by Flora Pop and gaby j photography, with up to two guests
- A minister to provide your intimate outdoor wedding ceremony and exchange of vows
- Teardrop trailer as an altar and for photo opportunities
- A bouquet of fresh flowers for the bride and boutonniere for the groom designed by Flora Pop (or, as same-sex marriage is now legal in Nevada, two bouquets and two boutonnieres, as required!)
- One hour of photography coverage of the ceremony from gaby j photography
- Celebratory doughnuts from Pink Box Doughnuts
All you would need to provide is transportation to Las Vegas and accommodations if necessary, a valid marriage license, your wedding day outfits and hair and makeup if desired.
Please send an email to kelly AT littlevegaswedding DOT com with answers to the following questions before January 16, 2014:
- Bride and groom’s full first and last names
- The city you live in
- Contact info: phone number and email address
- How you met one another
- Why you want a Vegas wedding
- The date you would prefer
- Why a Flora Pop wedding is perfect for you!
Contest Rules + Regulations:
- Contest closes: Midnight (ET) on January 16, 2014. Entrants must answer the supplied questions via email before then.
- This contest is open to international entrants, however any travel fees to Las Vegas are the responsibility of the couple and their guests.
- The winning wedding date must take place between January 19 2015 and June 30 2015. Date and prize subject to availability.
- Couple marrying must both be over the age of 21.
- Wedding location will be determined by Victoria Hogan of Flora Pop and Gaby of gaby j photography.
- The couple marrying will need to provide the following things themselves: transportation to Las Vegas, a marriage license, their wedding day attire and hair and makeup.
- Winner will be chosen at random from the entries received and notified via email within a week of contest closing date.
- Copyright of publicity will belong to gaby j photography and Flora Pop. Wedding photos may be featured on wedding blogs and sites in the future.
- Flora Pop reserves the right to substitute a similar prize of equivalent or greater value should the prize be unavailable. None of the prizes may be exchanged or transferred and there is no cash value.
- Photography includes all photos edited, retouched on a disc including copyrights. Sharing on social media is permitted but cannot be sold to a third party. Winning couple will receive photos 6 to 8 weeks post-ceremony.
- Package includes: transportation to and from Las Vegas to the wedding site for the couple and two guests, one hour of wedding photography, flowers, minister, doughnuts. Total prize value: approximately $1,700.
All photos by gaby j photography
Austrian Astrid and American Brad’s (from America) elopement highlighted all that is awesome about downtown Las Vegas weddings. Held in the Arts District, the bright backdrop of graffiti was the perfect scenery for this couple’s ceremony, officiated by none other than Elvis. Bring in some celebratory party poppers and this is one colorful and energetic little Vegas wedding!
I love the urban feel to these photos. Warehouses and skylines make the best wedding photos, in my opinion. Sometimes all you need is the love of your life, Elvis and cupcakes to get hitched…
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Mike L. Photography member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Downtown Las Vegas (Arts District)
Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! The feature today is perfect for couples who aren’t sure If Vegas cheese is their steez. This magical little trailer not only allows your intimate wedding or elopement to take place just about anywhere in Las Vegas, but brings a bit of mod Palm Springs desert style to your vows.
Flora Pop Shop Pop-Up Weddings
Address: anywhere in + around Las Vegas | Email for details: florapopshop AT gmail DOT com
Capacity: Up to 4 people | Outdoor Sites | Hosts: Ceremonies + Elopements
Find Flora Pop on Twitter @FloraPopShop
If you are trying to find a happy balance between the magical fun of a spontaneous Vegas elopement and avoiding a pre-packaged chapel wedding, Flora Pop‘s packages may be for you! Their pop-up weddings combine the fun of an impulsive elopement a with contemporary design that will allow you to show your individuality.
A package with Flora Pop gets you the most essential things for a Vegas wedding: your officiant Victoria Hogan and transportation for up to four people to and from your wedding site of choice in a vintage-style trailer built specially for weddings. “The Teardrop”, modeled after a 1950’s Kenskill trailer, took four months of loving construction to create it. It even comes complete with custom neon signage because this is Vegas, baby!
From the perfect peachy desert sky sunrise to a location overlooking The Strip as night falls and the lights come on, the Teardrop gives Flora Pop weddings a retro style perfect for Vegas vows.
This little trailer can turn almost any location into a mobile wedding chapel, from classic downtown motel backdrops to stunning desert vistas. Victoria and Flora Pop will work with you to figure out exactly the best location for your wedding and meet you there!
Pricing for basic ceremonies begins at $350. Optional add-ons to complete your ceremony include custom floral bouquets designed by Floral Pop Shop, wedding donuts from O Face Doughnuts, champagne toasts, rings & even photography. Gaby J Photography works with Flora Pop to capture your wedding day in her beautiful vintage style.
And just in case, there’s a full-size bed included in the cabin of the Teardrop. For adventurous couples, this would make for the perfect private honeymoon getaway.
But, on to the pretty! To show off the Teardrop and the floral designs of Flora Pop, here is the trailer in three different wedding sites, all photographed by Gaby J Photography, complete with Gaby’s signature instant photos to complete that vintage feel.
The pink haired lady in the photos? That’s Victoria, the owner of Flora Pop. The silver Airstream? Her name is Betty Jane and you can rent her through Silver Trailer.
Um, awesome right? Book your wedding with Flora Pop right here! And head here for Airstream Trailer wedding information.
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!
All photos by Gaby J Photography.