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Giddy Up! Nevada Ranch Wedding Inspiration {Styled Shoot}


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Well hello there, pardner. Why don’t you kick off those boots, grab some sweet tea and pull up a stump to join us for today’s styled wedding shoot by Taylored Photo Memories?

This stylized wedding shoot is a lotta country & western, a little bit desert inspired but totally full of love … and horses! The photos and idea may be just a concept, but the couple featured, Anna and Steve, really are ranchers and they really are married! It’s so wonderful to see so much authenticity in a styled shoot – from the wedding couple on real horses in the photos as well as an actual officiant (Angie Kelly) and a real meal (by All About Catering Las Vegas)!

The model couple’s love story is classic romance – they were introduced through Anna’s mother, who met Steve while at a training program at his ranch in New Mexico. Anna fell for her cowboy and Steve lasso’d himself a cowgirl –  they’ve been inseparable ever since. In fact, their real life horseback wedding inspired many ideas in this shoot!

McKenzi writes about her idea for the stylized wedding concept: “This Southwest themed styled shoot was something I had been wanting to do for a long time, but finding well trained horses and models that could ride them was always my biggest challenge. I finally had a styled shoot dream come true went I met the real-life cowboy and cowgirl couple — Anna & Steve Housley. They were such a joy to work with!”

Every vendor working on this creative concept (see full list, below) photographed at the old Eldorado Canyon mining town brought their own ideas to this magazine worthy spread. There are so many details to love, from the touches of rough burlap softened by Anna’s lace gown, the beautiful worked in cowboy boots, spiky succulents and desert flowers in the bouquets and arrangements, western typefaces, turquoise and coral colors, that totally delicious looking BBQ feast, a blanket ceremony and of course the horses!

What a great inspiration for an outdoor wedding! If you’re looking for more western-style weddings near Vegas, check these LVW posts out: Rustic Legends Ranch Wedding, Vegas Style or Gettin’ Hitched at McKee Ranch

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 Vendor and Venue Goodness

Styled Shoot & Wedding Venue: Eldorado Canyon / Photographer & Concept Designer: McKenzi Taylor of Taylored Photo Memories / Event Coordinator & Officiant: Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions / Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo Bridal / Bride’s & Groom’s Boots: Ariat / Groom’s Suit & Headwear: Stetson / Hairstylist: Hue Hair Studio / Makeup: Marzette Hanoian of The WoW Factor! /  Floral: Peter Frigeri of Gaia Flowers / Catering: All About Catering Las Vegas / Cake: Showboy Bake Shop / Stationery: Snoack Studios / Horses: Housley Performance Horses / Saddles: Ansur Saddlery, Circle Y Saddles / Tanning: BodyGlo

Styled Shoot Gallery

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Rustic Ranch Wedding, Vegas Style! {Legends Ranch}

Legends Ranch –  it’s a real working horse ranch just a few blocks off the Las Vegas Strip. Keep that in mind as you view the photos below – this looks straight out of Montana or Wyoming, or even my home province Alberta. The trees, props and styling as well as the photography from Chelsea Nicole really take it to another place and time. The wedding really showcased the theme of the wedding, which was a vintage country ranch feel.

Also, on a personal note: I love LOVE the dog shots. There’s always room for doggie and bride shots on this blog, photographers.


If it looks like the wedding details are from a store…it’s because they are! Many of the items come from the vintage rental business the bride owns. (Who just happen to be a Las Vegas vendor! Check them out here at The Wooden Trunk)

I love the long table concept, too. And the bench aisle. And the natural wheat and daisy filled bouquets. So many things!

There are even more shots of this amazing wedding over at Chelsea Nicole’s blog.

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Wedding and Reception Venue: Legends Ranch / Photographer: Chelsea Nicole Photography / Event Decor and Rentals: The Wooden Trunk / Bride’s Dress: Wtoo Brides / Hair: The Exclusive Salon / Floral: Layers of Lovely

Gettin’ Hitched Vegas Style {McKee Ranch}

This wedding shot by The Emerics is really darling, and I save a special spot in my heart for the couple because they are actually from my home province in Canada – Alberta! We’re known for a few things up here like oil, ranches, cattle and rodeos. So I loved that they did a special portrait session at the McKee Ranch in Vegas to acknowledge their “country” roots.

Plus, isn’t their son the most adorable? Love this.


For more photos of this western-infused wedding, mosey on over to the Emerics’ blog.

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Wedding Venue: Venus Garden at Caesar’s Palace / Photoshoot Venue: McKee Ranch / Photographers: The Emerics / Hair & Makeup: Color Salon at Caesar’s Palace / Transportation: Presidential Limousine


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