An Off the Strip Las Vegas Wedding

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Sarah and Clayton said I do outside of Las Vegas for their destination wedding celebration.  We asked Sarah to share the details of their big day and how they came to be.  Clayton and I stumbled upon the Springs Preserve by accident!   We thought we made an appointment to see a ranch on the outskirts of Las Vegas and I was cursing the GPS for taking us to this unknown location!  As soon as we drove in, we knew we had found a hidden gem!  We were looking for an outdoor venue to support our country theme, and the Springs Preserve was full of beautiful gardens and country style décor embedded throughout the property.  It was the first and last venue we looked at.”

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“My husband was born in North Carolina making him a Tarheel fan for life!  This made it a must to incorporate baby blue into as many details as we could! I also knew it would earn me some bonus point with my mother-in-law because she is a diehard fan as well!”

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“The “first look” moment that Chelsea Nicole Photography created for Clayton and I was unforgettable!  I was lead down a dirt path by Chelsea and her assistant, both holding parts of my wedding dress above their heads!  My childhood best friend had asked me if she could sneak down with us and spy on the first look.  So through the long walk, flying fabric, and my anxious belly, I could see her popping from tree to tree like a Mission Impossible agent! When it finally came to the moment Clayton could turn around, his reaction made it all worth it!  For a few seconds, he was frozen in his tracks and didn’t know what to do!  When he finally approached me, it was the first time in our 6 year relationship, I saw his eyes water.  The moment was so intimate, like the world was swirling around us, but all we could see was each other.”

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“The country inspiration came from not only our love of country music and my husband’s upbringing, but from the fond memory of our first date camping and two-stepping under the stars to our favorite Brad Paisley CD.”

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“I will also never forget being lifted in the chair for the traditional Jewish dance of the Horah.  Having fallen out of the chair at my bat-mitzvah, I was not keen on trying it again!  My husband recruited his 3 strongest friends, who actually put together a plan of attack to ensure I was comfortable!  When the moment came, our good friend Louie got his finger stuck in the chair after the lift and had to stay that way, screaming in pain, until it was time to put me down!  He said he knew if he let go and something happened to me, he would never survive!  His pain was all worth it to be able to throw my arms in the air with my new husband and celebrate our marriage!”

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“My advice for future destination couples is to know who you are working with!  Take the time to travel to your destination location and meet everyone you will be working with, so you feel more comfortable and trusting when the day comes.  If it is at all possible to have local vendors travel with you, you will have fewer surprises!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Chelsea Nicole Photography

Wedding Vendors: Planning, Design + Floral Designer: DM Events, Event Venue: Las Vegas Springs Preserve, Day of Event Planner: Love & Lilikoi Event Planning, Officiant:Rabbi Shai, Catering: Culinary Arts Institute, Hair and Makeup: Noel Kanaley, Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero, Cake: Layers Bakery


An Intimate Las Vegas Destination Wedding

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Keith and Lisa wed in an intimate ceremony in the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas!  They wanted a place about 20 friends and family could visit, vacation, and celebrate and they did just that!  “We decided on Las Vegas as it has always been a dream of mine to have a ‘fun’ wedding with either Elvis or Captain Kirk or Spock marrying us…. neither of us are treckies so we thought Elvis would be perfect! We also wanted a destination that was open to all family and friends to attend as everyone is scattered across the states. Planning the wedding from Florida was a bit intimidating as we had to have a lot of faith, people were who they said they were and were going to be in place when they said they would….. thanks to the wonderful internet it was easy to piece everything together. He picked the hotel/reception area, we picked the ceremony destination, I got to pick the food, he picked the theme (colors) and he my shoes!!! :) It really was a group effort of Team Downing and turned out better than we could ever have imagined!”

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A hotel suite at the famed Cosmopolitan Hotel was where they would celebrate on the strip.

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Lisa found her unique dress on Etsy, but the meaning behind it was what sold it!  “The fun fact of my dress and what sealed the deal, was that the designer lives in Israel – which is where the dress was made. My parents, met in Israel and I too was made there. We thought it was a fun sign – we ordered the dress with out trying it on and knowing that it would be the perfect fit…. and it was! (PS – I LOVE the dress!)”

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“Originally our plan was to elope and share with our family and friends post marriage, but we wanted to give all of our loved ones the option to be there. We gave everyone 2 months notice and we had 18 of our closest friends and family members there! Needless to say we were blown away with the support and attendance. We also had family in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, and as far away as England watching.”

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“Keith asked his two best friends to stand up with him….. Will was his ‘Best Man’ and Nik (whom you can see is in Blue – when it was suppose to be white) Was the ‘Worst Man’…. which was really quite fitting! I asked my Sister in-law and best friend Cassie to be my ‘Matron of Honor’ and my other best friend Hannah whom has been my partner in crime for years – to be my ‘Matron of Dishonor.”

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The theme of the wedding was Vegas!  They had lots of glitter to reflect the setting – like these glitter dipped glasses!

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For favors the famous Las Vegas sign flanked match boxes for guests to take.

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That same sign was then woven into the cake design to complete the look!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

 Destination Wedding Photographer: Davista Photography 

 Wedding Vendors: Chapel: A Wedding Chapel, Reception Location, Sushi + Cake: Cosmopolitan Hotel Suite, Wedding Dress: Blush


Las Vegas Destination Wedding + A Trip to the Sign Graveyard

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Today’s destination wedding in Las Vegas comes to us from Meg Ruth Photo who not only captured the main event but spent some time with this darling couple out in the desert of Nevada and the famous sign graveyard for some fun photos before the “I do.”

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Jennifer and Dennet’s big day included some pretty spectacular wardrobe looks, each fitting of their beautiful photo backdrops.

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These imagess served several purposes, one of which included decor at the reception (wait and you’ll see…).

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The reception took place at Vdara, high above the strip.  Jennifer told us about the selection process.  “We decided to have our wedding in Vegas for many different reasons but one main reason was because thats were it all began for us as a couple!  Vdara Slik road was selected because it wasn’t your typical wedding ballroom. It was a trendy, upbeat, and unique venue. The perfect place for our Vegas themed Reception.”

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Meg shared a few insights into the lovely pair.  “This couple wanted to embrace the Vegas theme while keeping things classic, romantic and beautiful. Vdara was the perfect location for this combination. I was so excited to be a part of their day together.

Unfortunately Dennet’s mother became sick shortly before the wedding and was unable to make the long trip. I made sure that we took photos with Dennet’s phone while we were taking couple photos so she could feel a part of the day. Family is so important to these two. It was evident in the speeches and how much they wanted everyone included.”

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Jennifer wore a stunning gown by Lazaro.

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Since the wedding was in Vegas after all, a playing card theme was woven throughout the paper goods at the reception.  A fun way to include the location!

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We asked the bride to share her advice with future couples.  “My advice for any bride is that planning a wedding can become A LOT overwhelming at times and its easy to lose sight of the things that matter most. So if she can just remember that, that day is just about her and her groom and not try to please everyone else that day she will be able to truly enjoy her day!”

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“We really did not have any challenges along the way. The Bellagio and Angelina at the Vdara made sure that everything went smoothly. Angelina at the Vdara was a dream!! I can not say enough nice stuff about her. I highly recommend her to any future bride wanting to get married at the Vdara.”

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What’s a Las Vegas wedding reception without a visit from someone special to round out the night?!?  “I wanted to keep the ceremony traditional however my husband wanted to have Elvis marry us. So this was one of our first challenges starting off as husband and wife. So what I decided to do was have a “Vegas themed” reception and have Elvis sing at it, and I kept the ceremony traditional. This way we both got what we wanted.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Meg Ruth Photo

Wedding Vendors: Reception Location: Vdara, Ceremony Location: Bellagio, Wedding Dress: Lazaro, Hair and Makeup: Your Beauty Call, Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Depot, Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin and Toms, Groom and groomsmen’s tuxes: Men’s Warehouse, Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals


Four Seasons Las Vegas Destination Wedding

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Sian and Chris hosted their destination wedding at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.  A more formal destination wedding than what one might think of when we hear Las Vegas – this wedding had all the fun of the desert city of lights with the tradition of a grand “I do.”  Coming from out of the US, their friends and family got the chance to experience the iconic city and celebrate at the same time.

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The bride’s look was traditional while the color palette they picked popped with cheer.

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The Four Seasons Las Vegas proved to be the perfect backdrop for not only the ceremony and reception but a breathtaking first look photo op.

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The couple picked this property because of its beauty – the fountain that set the scene for the ceremony and a with an intimate guest count, they needed a ballroom that fit just that.

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The red and white ceremony was selected since red roses are among the bride’s very favorite things (and her mom’s too).

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After the sweet ceremony, the Las Vegas wedding details came out for the reception – like this Vegas sign ice sculpture!

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When we asked the couple about their favorite moment of the day, they couldn’t choose – every moment was as magical as the last!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Elegant Images

Wedding Vendors: Venue + Caterer:  Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Event Planner:  Yours By Design, Floral Designer:  Naakiti Floral Design


Lake Las Vegas Destination Wedding

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Ashley and Danny wed in Lake Las Vegas, not a typical Las Vegas destination wedding, this one was set slightly outside of town where guests got the best of both worlds – close proximity to the strip but the feeling of being hours away on a lovely lake.

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We asked Ashley how they selected the locale.  “We chose Las Vegas as a wedding destination because we thought it would be the most attractive vacation destination for our friends and family from Australia and the Eastern US, and we would get the largest and most enthusiastic guests. We chose to get married in Lake Las Vegas because we were not about the cheesy Vegas wedding (with Elvis and everything). We still wanted to have a traditional elegant and classy wedding.”

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Ashley is a professional dancer so it was perfectly fitting that they chose to play up not only the destination details, but a bit of a theatrical theme too!  A bright palette of blues and yellows set the tone for what would be a major celebration!  “We went with our two favorites, yellow and blue. Which was a big challenge to keep the elegance without the high school pep rally feel.”

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The theme was woven in seamlessly, from the programs to the table names and even the music.  “I love the idea of old movie musicals, they are romantic and classy. We also knew we wanted a jazz band, so that was an easy fit.”

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For the ceremony and reception, the couple decided to leave the majority of Las Vegas on the strip.  “We did embrace “Las Vegas” before and after the wedding. We spent nearly a week before the wedding on the strip, but the wedding was meant to be the different side of Vegas. We had a BBQ the night before at a local park in Henderson where you could see the strip lights come up with the sunset soaked mountains in the backdrop. I think it’s a part of Vegas that is beautiful and something most people would have never seen. As for the wedding itself, it was even further from the typical Vegas backdrop.”

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The pair tied the knot outside at the Westin Lake Las Vegas.

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One bonus of a destination wedding?  Extended time of course!  “The few days leading up to the wedding were nothing less than amazing. To have friends and family from all over to help us celebrate and have fun, that was the most important and best part!!”

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 And for those that couldn’t be there to celebrate with them?  Modern technology made sure no one missed a moment!

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Wine corks were used as a special guest book for friends and family to sign.

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Since the bride is a professional dancer, the two danced a perfectly choreographed first dance.  And the groom certainly shined right along with her!

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The reception was also outdoors – one filled with pops of color, candles, and feathers!

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Both long and round tables peppered the outdoor deck beautifully thanks to the work of Scheme Weddings and Events,  Bob Gail Special Events, and By Dzign.

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Dice themed glassware reminded guests of their location without being too obtrusive to their overall theme.

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For dessert?  Sweets, treats, and a theater themed three tiered wedding cake by Gimme Some Sugar.

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Then it was off to Peru for a fabulous honeymoon!

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Destination Wedding Photographer:  j. anne photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Locations: Westin Lake Las Vegas, Event Planner:  Scheme Events, Event Designer:  Bob Gail Special Events, Floral Designer:  ByDzign, Cake Designer:  Gimme Some Sugar, Band:  Las Vegas Wedding Music, Makeup Artist:  Amelia C & Co, Officiant:  Wedding Vows Las Vegas