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Dax and Gee are Las Vegas locals who chose a Strip hotel to get married at. Gee says it was because it was “the only chapel that we’ve been in that didn’t feel cheesy and it felt very intimate.” The chocolate brown and light pink tones keep the chapel very modern and airy, it is one of my favorite Strip chapels, too.
These cyclists chose a tandem bike theme, adding in rustic details like burlap and handpainted signage. (Bikes also showed up at their cute engagement session at Spring Mountain Ranch!) Friends and family drew together to make almost everything at this event personalized by hand; from the decor and cake to the photography, a family member or close friend helped make it happen. Such beautiful work, and full of special meaning.
THE CEREMONY — Garden Chapel at Flamingo Las Vegas
The ceremony was very intimate. We only had our closest family and friends come for the reception since the maximum seating in the chapel was less than 60, but it was the best choice we made. The glass doors, marble floors and beautiful lighting made it ideal for photos.
THE RECEPTION — Maggiano’s Little Italy at Fashion Show Mall
To sum it up the reception was simple awesome! We had 110 guests and Maggiano’s gave us the best package out of anybody in town. The ambiance and family style dinner made it feel like a really big family gathering instead of a wedding reception. The view (of The Strip ) from the banquet hall is exquisite. It didn’t feel crowded or tight, the service was on-point, and all of our guests kept commenting on how much food there was and how they have never expected that kind of dinner for a wedding … and it was the least expensive package they had! And even when I had major brain lapse and had to make changes last minute (like right before we did our grand entrance) our banquet captain and coordinator at Maggiano’s made it happen with no fuss.
DETAILS + DECOR
Every decoration was DIY courtesy my sisters, moms, grandmothers and aunts! That included centerpieces, seating charts, baskets, pillows for the ring, candles and more. Both Dax and I are cyclists here in Vegas and that is why our theme was tandem bicycling!
What stood out the most at our wedding was the amount of love and support we got from our family and friends. In fact, most of our vendors were family and friends. My photographer was my brother-in-law who had to shoot alone as his wife and co-photographer was my matron-of-honor. Our videographer and DJ is a family friend, the photobooth came via a co-worker and our dessert table and cake were made by my sister-in-law and mother-in-law. Even our Pastor is a friend of ours; we were lucky!
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM DAX + GEE
Make it about you two and not what everybody else expects your wedding to be. We had a small budget but our budget went a long way because we did what we believed.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We were able to host 110 guests on a $10,000 budget.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Alfred & Emma Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Garden Chapel at Flamingo Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Maggiano’s Little Italy at Fashion Show Mall
CAKE . Lianamae’s Cake Nook / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David’s Bridal / BRIDESMAIDS . Nordstrom / GROOMSWEAR . Express / LIGHTING . Elev8 DJs / ENTERTAINMENT . Elev8 DJs / VIDEOGRAPHY . Twentyseven Studios / PHOTOBOOTH . Peek-a-Boothed
If you are on the fence about marrying in the desert near Las Vegas at any of the spectacular natural venues available (ie., Red Rock Canyon, Grand Canyon and so on) today’s wedding will push you over the edge, solidly into the “We have to do that NOW” camp.
A few months back, Cactus and Lace Weddings approached me to help promote a contest they were running for a couple get married at a styled wedding at the Valley of Fire. Dozens of you entered, but ultimately Canadians Dawn and Scott won the package. The pair flew down with their daughter and other loved ones for their intimate November elopement and cake and champagne reception surrounded by a gorgeous desert setting.
From the palette drawn from Mother Nature to the succulent-adorned floral designs and the vintage wood furniture paired with touches of lace, your heart will be racing and you will be feeling the lovvvve in this little family. Longing for your own stylish wedding set in the heart of an amazing natural area? Read more about desert weddings here or check out the packages Cactus and Lace Weddings now offer. A stylish desert elopement … with none of the stress.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
Scott and I met five years ago. He is in sales and I am a firefighter in Toronto. We have a small daughter together. We both have a love for Las Vegas and try to go at least once or twice a year. During our first trip there together, we rented a car and drove out to the Grand Canyon, but in the back of my mind I thought to myself “How cool would it be to get married/elope out here in the desert?”
When I saw the contest listed on Little Vegas Wedding, I just had to enter it but I never thought a girl from Canada would win. I was so surprised and shocked when I heard from the girls at Cactus & Lace that I had actually won!
THE CEREMONY + RECEPTION
I can’t say enough about how amazing the entire experience was. I had a Skype conversation and many emails back and forth with Cactus & Lace but never in my wildest dreams would have ever imagined the experience would be as perfect as it was. When we pulled up to the ceremony site my eyes welled up. Everything was absolutely perfect.
The girls at Cactus & Lace listened to everything I said and as a result totally nailed my vision and my taste. The ceremony was just as we both wanted it to be: personal, non-denominational and quick :)
The photos are breathtaking and I have three new friends who helped to create one of THE most memorable days of my life.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Cactus and Lace Weddings
CEREMONY + RECEPTION VENUE . Valley of Fire
OFFICIANT . Pastor Jason Ham / WEDDING STYLING . Cactus and Lace Weddings / FLORAL . The Front Porch Flowers & Gifts / CAKE . Gimme Some Sugar / HAIR + MAKEUP . Brandy Norris Hair / TRANSPORTATION . Presidential Limousine / RENTALS . Cactus and Lace Weddings
I’m really feeling Mount Charleston as a Vegas wedding venue these days (just check out these other recent weddings there) and for good reason: it’s natural, relaxed and just so cosy. For couples who are seeking an outdoorsy wedding venue near Vegas, Mount Charleston is a perfect spot to pick, just 30 minutes away from the city.
Amy and Jeff are a couple who love to be in wilderness and woodsy, so for these locals, the Resort at Mount Charleston was the natural choice for their wedding. Joined by their loved ones, including their dog Lucky, the celebration was DIYers dream with a rustic feel to the decor and decorations. Balancing out the feminine touches are airplane details as table number markers and the guestbook propeller blade. Perfect, as the groom is a pilot!
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The outdoors are very important to this vibrant couple, so it was no surprise that they chose a Mt. Charleston Resort wedding. They exchanged their vows under the fresh mountain air surrounded by friends and family. Amy’s grandfather officiated the wedding, making this day even more memorable.
Jeff says he moved to Vegas and hit the jackpot, maybe not in dollars but definitely in love, when he met Amy. He knew he’d met the girl of his dreams as he sat across from her on that first date. This first grade teacher had a smile that made his heart melt. With each twirl of her hair he fell more and more in love. Amy knew she’d finally met someone she could take home. Here was a man that not only could fly himself anywhere he wanted, but was a hunting and fishing kind a guy. Someone that would fit in with her family. She was only too happy to show him around Las Vegas, since he was new to to the area.
The Mt. Charleston Resort chalet has a western feel to it, which fit these two being from Michigan and Wisconsin. There was a bit of DIY presence in the decorations. The bouquet was put together by Amy herself. The bride and groom were showered with flying paper airplanes as they left the marriage ceremony. Such a perfect mountain wedding!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Taylored Photo Memories member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Patio at the Resort on Mount Charleston
RECEPTION VENUE . A Cut Above at the Resort on Mount Charleston
OFFICIANT . Angie Kelly at Peachy Keen Unions / FLORAL . Costco / CAKE . The Cupcakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – White by Vera Wang VW351007 GROOMSWEAR . Express / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ from Allure Entertainment
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Mount Charleston is, in a word: magical. The mountainous setting and lodge-like atmosphere are a world away from the Strip of Las Vegas…but not a long drive away. Brenda and Johnny held their casual rustic wedding on the mountain, opting for the surroundings of nature and trees instead of lights and busy Strip bustle. Personalized DIY projects and vintage touches created by the bride rounded out this warm, woodsy wedding.
WHY MOUNT CHARLESTON?
Since we love the outdoors and knew we did not want to get married on the Strip, Mount Charleston was the perfect location because it was far away enough from the Strip but close enough for our family and friends to make the trip. We also both loved the fact that the ceremony took place with the mountains as our backdrop. I couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else.
THE CEREMONY — Patio at Mount Charleston Lodge
They set up and aisle and arranged the chairs. We had a view of the mountains and the cabins to the left. The ceremony was short and sweet, and had an intimate feeling.
THE RECEPTION — Restaurant at Mount Charleston Lodge
The venue included the ceremony space, the reception area, and a three-course dinner (which was delicious.) There were about six long tables set up for the guest and extra tables for the cake and gifts. The dance floor and DJ/karaoke were on the left side of the restaurant and the photobooth was set up on the right. I really enjoyed the reception because guests were able to hang out on the patio outside and dance inside. Overall it was a fun day which was exactly what we wanted.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
I pretty much made all the decorations and centerpieces myself! My sister and I made all the signs and seating charts out of old picture frames. I spray painted them with chalk board paint, and she hand wrote everything. I bought mason jars and my husband and I made the flower arrangements inside, they were placed on top of vintage books I found at different thrift stores. I made the table numbers from the pages of the books. Our sweetheart table had a monogramed wooden slice, which my husband and I painted and put together. Our personalized button favors were made by a friend and our invitations were hand made by Mariah who I found on Pinterest.
So many things went on that day that I will never forget, from the moment we both started crying when we saw each other for the first time, to the cutting of our beautiful cake.
However, my favorite memory would have to be the day after the wedding. We woke up very early in the cabin and had a chance to reflect on everything that had just happened. We took our time looking at pictures, reading cards and had a chance to take it all in. It was beautiful waking up in the mountains like that.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM BRENDA + JOHNNY
Pick a good photographer! Take your time planning, enjoy all the little things, be in the moment of the day and enjoy your celebration.
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
The guest count of the wedding was about 54 people, honestly I’m not 100% sure what our budget was, it couldn’t have been more than $8,000-$10,000 and that’s including every little thing.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Belinda Louann Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Patio, Mount Charleston Lodge
RECEPTION VENUE . Restaurant, Mount Charleston Lodge
OFFICIANT . Rev.Daniele Karstedt of Elegant Vegas Weddings / FLORAL . A Beautiful Bouquet Florist / CAKE . Showboy Bakeshop / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Arabella by Maggie Sottero, pins . Sboschetto / HAIR . Amy Lara at Square Colour Salon / MAKEUP . Angelene Tasabia / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Oh What Love / VIDEOGRAPHY . Giovanni Espino / PHOTOBOOTH . Premiere Photo Booth Las Vegas
Holly and Chris are a couple who met through work and decided to get married in Las Vegas because they wanted “a place our guests would remember,” in addition to their wedding. Their wedding day looked like an absolute blast, from the sweet first looks Holly had with her dad and her husband-to-be, to the retro-Vegas shots at the Fun City “pink” Motel which coincidentally matched their wedding palette! Blush pink and gold created a modern, airy and fresh atmosphere at both their ballroom ceremony at Mandarin Oriental and the reception that followed at Joe’s Stone Crab. Simply gorgeous.
WHY LAS VEGAS?
I was born and raised in southern California and Chris was born and raised in central Illinois. We both met while serving in the Marine Corps together and just decided Vegas would be a great place for everyone to travel to instead of one of our hometowns. Vegas is so fun and completely different from any city we have been to. We wanted a place our guests would remember … including our wedding!
CHOOSING THE VENUES
I knew I didn’t want anything cheesy. I didn’t want a chapel ceremony or outdoor since it’s so hot in Vegas. I wanted something elegant and classy. I felt that Mandarin Oriental and Joe’s Stone Crab provided that. The process wasn’t easy though. I researched and researched to find the perfect location!
THE CEREMONY — Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
The ceremony was very romantic! It was a basic room but Mandarin is so beautiful that it didn’t need many decorations. I did have blush uplighting which made the room pop! It was so pretty and flirty. I personally chose all the music myself. Chris and I love music and I knew I wanted something different and unique.
THE RECEPTION — Gigi Room at Joe’s Stone Crab, Caesars Palace
My theme was vintage classic. Not shabby chic vintage, but more Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe. The Gigi room is so romantic and classy! I wanted all my guess to feel special. We only had 35 close friends and family there so we knew the Gigi room would be perfect for that. We also had blush uplighting which changed colors once dancing started. We also had beautiful centerpieces, a wonderful cake and a DJ.
WEDDING DAY CHALLENGES
I felt that everything went smoothly! I knew little things would go wrong but nothing extreme. I think all brides should know that a big event like a wedding won’t be perfect and it’s fine if it’s not. It’s about getting married in front of your best friends and loved ones. The only complaint that I really have is the heat but we knew there was nothing we could do about that, especially since it was the middle of July! We couldn’t take that many pictures outside so we went into a lot of hotel lobbies and in the shaded areas for pictures.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM HOLLY + CHRIS
Just to do your research. I felt that looking at blogs, websites, TV shows and anything about Vegas helped me with the wedding. I knew where to book hotels, limos, flowers, cake and everything else from the web. We did make a trip about a year before the wedding to look at possible venues which I think made a world if difference. Everything looks different in person!
GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We planned on a very small wedding of about 20, but it grew to about 45. In the end 35 guests were able to join us, which was the perfect amount! I didn’t really have a budget in mind I just knew I didn’t want to go overboard and worked with a 10k budget. However that jumped to 16k, which was fine with us. That covered everything from my dress, plane tickets, flowers, an amazing dinner service and everything in between. I knew it was money well spent because my guest couldn’t stop talking about the food!! The only splurge I had was the ceremony flowers that I ordered through Mandarin Oriental but they were so big and beautiful!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Unposed Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Gigi Room at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab
OFFICIANT . Rev. William McFarland III / DAY OF COORDINATION . Archel Rowling Events / FLORAL . The Palette / Ceremony Flowers: Mandarin Oriental / CAKE . Hott Cakez / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David Tutera, Frew’s Bridal / HAIR + MAKEUP . Stevee Danielle / BRIDESMAIDS . Frew’s Bridal / TRANSPORTATION . Las Vegas Limo / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Champagne Press / ENTERTAINMENT + LIGHTING . Bliss Entertainment