Springs Preserve Wedding

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I typically don’t check email during events but one particular wedding I had downtime waiting for vendors to arrive so checking my email I was surprised and excited by a bride.  Her phone number was a 517 area code which meant either she went to Michigan State or lived in Lansing area but either way I knew I had to be part of her wedding day.  Kristin had not only lived in Lansing but also was an alumni of my alma mator.  To add the icing on the cake, after speaking to Kristin we realized not that we had friends in common but her fiance Regis was actually a college friend of mine.  I was so happy the two of them met and fell in love.  I remember thinking this is fate, I have to be part of their beautiful wedding day and to my luck they wanted me to be part of it.

The wedding took place in July which is typically not the ideal time for an outdoor wedding in Las Vegas but a dream of Kristin so we made it work.  The entire wedding took place at the rustic Springs Preserve.  The ceremony was held in the Garden Arbor.  It is the perfect romantic space for a group of around 50 guests.  Kristin and Regis weren’t the only two uniting in the ceremony but both Kristin’s daughter Kaelyn and Regis’s son mini Regis were gaining parents.  The four of them held a special sand unity to show the two families become one.  Following the ceremony guests were directed to the cocktail and reception space.  Here they enjoyed cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres as the bridal party took photos around the gorgeous site.  The dinner was an amazing display of Thyme Roasted Chicken, Roasted Pork Loin, Braised Asparagus & Carrots, Pommee Puree, and Fruit & Chocolate Mousse Cups by Divine Events.  After dinner and cake cutting, the guests were out on the dance floor dancing the night away.  I had an opportunity to chat with both Kristin and catch up finally with Regis throughout the evening.  It was truly a blessing to see how far both Regis and I grew up since our college days.  What a beautiful couple and gorgeous event this turned out to be.  I need to add in that Kristin is very creative and most of the decor was handmade by her.  The photos below by the amazing Elizabeth Le show the true love inspired by this couple:

 

 

Thank you Kristin & Regis for trusting me with your day!  Also, thank you to our amazing Creative Team:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi /  Photographer: Elizabeth Le /  Venue: Springs Preserve /  Caterer: Divine Events /  Bouquets & Boutonierres: Naakiti Floral /  Chandelier: Sit on This /  Decor:  Bride

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Las Vegas Private Estate Wedding

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Sarah contacted me while she was stationed overseas serving our country.  After just one email she sent I instantly felt connected to not only her but her soon to be family.  Sarah was lucky enough to not only gain a husband but she also gain two twin daughters in this unity.  The original photo she sent me of the family to get to know them just melted my heart.  Then when she was off tour, all four of them visited Las Vegas and the meeting was just what I expected.  The four of them were the perfect little family.  The girls were so sweet and well behaved.  They sat through a day of wedding planning but in the end they did finish it off with cake tasting so what little girl wouldn’t love that.

Now let’s talk about their wedding weekend.  The venue they chose was the 2810 Private Resort.  It was perfect for their guest list of 60.  The mansion is a three day rental which made it perfect to have their rehearsal and rehearsal dinner there the evening before.  For the rehearsal dinner, they had Cut & Taste (my favorite caterers in town) host a fancy BBQ.  The menu consisted of their Caesar Salad (spiced apples, brioche croutons, apple cider caesar dressing), Fingerling Potato Salad (crispy bacon & gorgonzola), Braised Brisket (caramelized onion, mashed potato and sweet BBQ), Smoked Chicken (three cheese mac n cheese, crispy shallots), Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme (macerated raspberries, toasted almonds).  I had to share this menu as it was just as delicious and amazing as their wedding day menu (that I will of course describe below).  After dinner, guests had the opportunity to have cocktails and swim in the pool. It is the perfect place for a laid back evening before the big day.

Onto the wedding day, which took place on a hot summer day in July.  The weather was actually beautiful and although over 100 degrees, it wasn’t too hot for guests since we added some cooling options.  Their ceremony took place on the bridge over the pool while guests watched from the beach area.  This is the perfect spot for an intimate ceremony.  During the ceremony, the twins came up for a special unity where Sarah & Craig placed lockets around their necks as a sign of unity for their new stepmother.  Cocktail hour & reception took place just inside of the home in the living room that already has a built in bar.  During cocktail hour passed Hors D’oeuvres of Mini Chicken Tostadas, Short Rib Barbacoa Empenadas, and Cut and Taste’s version of Pigs in a Pillow (Mustard Seed Biscuit, Ball Park Mousse, Cheddar Tuile, Pickled Mustard Seed).  I can only say it is a true amazing explosion of flavors in your mouth that you would never guess by looking at it.  The dinner took place outside the house on the patio where the toasts were made and the area was dressed up by RSVP rentals and the gorgeous florals from Mylo Fleur.  My favorite wedding dinner menu from the fabulous Cut and Taste was deliciously made of Heirloom Tomato Salad, Rootbeer Braised Short Rib (our favorite) with potato puree & carrots, and their take on Rice “Krispy” (see photo below).  Following dinner, the guests went back indoors to dance the night away.  Sarah & Craig had a sparkler send off and actually drove away in a limo to a hotel for a romantic evening alone.  This was truly a fun, gorgeous, intimate wedding.  The venue is the perfect spot for anyone looking to marry away from the Las Vegas Strip.  Please see photos below of this incredible day by Adam Trujillo.

 

 

A very special thank you to our amazing creative team:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi / Photographer & Cinematography Team: Adam Trujillo  / Floral: Mylo Fleur  / Rentals: RSVP / Catering: Cut and Taste /Bar: Liquid Courage  /DJ- DJ Kyd Wicked  /Officiant: Pastor Pete  / Cake: Las Vegas Custom Cakes / Hair & Makeup: Sarah Redzikowski / Venue: 2810 Private Estate / Rings: Tacori

A very popular trend right now in Las Vegas seems to be Private Estates and Mansions.  Many couples believe that they will get more for their money at a private estate.  It is important to note that many houses require a minimum stay of 3 nights for events.  This is perfect for couples who have the budget as it offers an intimate setting for all of your guests.  Please contact us to plan the wedding of your desires!

Stoli’s 1st Birthday

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I can’t believe it has already been a year since our gorgeous baby girl was born.  She has taught me so much not only about parenting but also about myself in such a short time here.  I wanted to share a little bit of Stoli’s first birthday party and her photo shoot.

The theme we chose for her birthday was a Garden Theme.  There are so many different ideas for this theme that I drove myself crazy in the beginning wanting to do everything. We chose to have the party at our house since it is the end of May in Las Vegas, our pool was perfect to cool off in.  Below are the ideas we used for this perfect little party:

  1. Welcome Sign:  I found a super cute floral poster board from Hobby Lobby and added gold lettering also from there to welcome guests.  I made my husband hunt down a wood pallet for the sign to go on.#firstbirthday, #gardenparty, #stoliisone, #1, #1stbirthday, #1stbirthdaygardenparty, #girlsbirthdayparty, #1stbirthdayparty, #desirableeventsbydesi, #weddingplannerlasvegas, #eventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayeventplanner, #birthdayeventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayparty, #iamone, #firstbirthdayoutfit, #welcomesign
  2. Guest book: We used the ever so popular fuji film mini polaroids for our guests to take pictures of themselves and write Stoli a note for her 18th birthday.  I’m collecting so many things for her future that I believe will be a nice surprise to her. I made a floral backdrop out of tissue paper and twine for guests to stand in front of.  I also purchased adorable photo props through zulily and amazon.
  3. Outfits:  Stoli wore an adorable tutu dress by Grace and Lucille throughout her party.  For the cake smash, she wore a birthday girl diaper cover from Hobby Lobby.  To clean the cake off of Stoli, she jumped in the pool in her rose floral swimsuit with attached swim diaper from Zulily.
  4. Flowers:  These are obviously a must for a Garden party and although they are beautiful, they can be extremely expensive.  I went back and forth a lot about this finally deciding to go with mixed summer bouquets from Sam’s Club that come in a bulk of 10 bouquets (10-12 stems per bouquet).  We used the flowers all over the party.  I bought watering cans to create centerpieces that were used throughout the space.  We have a pergola that I wanted to hang flowers from.  We couldn’t use glass though to hang so for the weeks leading up, I had a bright idea about using the Ice drink bottles to hang.  I loved the way this turned out and wanted to keep it all summer (but the flowers won’t hold up in this Vegas heat).
  5. Flower Crown:  Along with the floral, we had to have an adorable fresh flower crown for Stoli which was provided by the amazing Naakiti Floral.  My go to florist in town for everything!
  6. Gift Table:  Going with the theme, I added one of the centerpieces to the table so it wasn’t empty as guests arrived.  I also found an adorable letter S from Hobby Lobby and a birthday chalk sign through zulily to adorn the table.  Throughout the party I had banners and decor by Kathy Davis.  For a card box, I just turned over a wood crate and added some loose flowers.#gifttable, #firstbirthday, #gardenparty, #stoliisone, #1, #1stbirthday, #1stbirthdaygardenparty, #girlsbirthdayparty, #1stbirthdayparty, #desirableeventsbydesi, #weddingplannerlasvegas, #eventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayeventplanner, #birthdayeventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayparty, #iamone, #firstbirthdayoutfit
  7. Banners:  As mentioned before the banners by Kathy Davis, I added a personalized touch by using wood bunting letters from Hobby Lobby spelling Stoli Vela.  I also made a high chair banner with a wood number 1.#firstbirthday, #gardenparty, #stoliisone, #1, #1stbirthday, #1stbirthdaygardenparty, #girlsbirthdayparty, #1stbirthdayparty, #desirableeventsbydesi, #weddingplannerlasvegas, #eventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayeventplanner, #birthdayeventplannerlasvegas, #firstbirthdayparty, #iamone, #firstbirthdayoutfit, #banners, #custombirthdaybanner, #firstbirthdaybanner, #customnamebanner
  8. The Menu:  I decided to hire a personal chef to cook for the birthday so we could relax and enjoy the event.  I chose Fed by Dawn and she did such an amazing job putting everything together.  The menu consisted of all kid friendly but adult happy items.
  9. Dessert Table: I decided to do a dessert table instead of a birthday cake for guests.  I ordered rice krispies, pretzels, and cake pops from Party Time Chocolates.  Three different macaroons flavors of champagne, raspberry, and coconut.  We had garden themed cupcakes made from Sam’s Club and also purchased cotton candy there.  The centerpiece and most important part was Stoli’s naked smash cake that was adorned with flowers and a wood “one” cake topper. Her amazing sitter Theresa made the smash cake for both our photo shoot and her party. The dessert table doubled as favors.
  10. Favors:  In addition to the desserts, there were favors for the kids and the adults. The kids were all around 1 year olds so they received a goody bag of a ball, a flower pot duck squirter, gold fish crackers, bubbles (for parents to use).  The girls also received mini watering cans with shovel and racks to stick to the theme.  The boys received boats.  The kids favors were from Oriental trading, Amazon, and Target. The adults went home with a flower pot to watch their own flowers grow which I also found at Target.IMG_1544
  11. Activities:  Since they are babies, I set up an area with all of Stoli’s toys for them to play in.  I realized at many 1 year old parties there isn’t an area for the kids to crawl around in so this was number 1 on my list.  We also bought a bounce house which Stoli absolutely loved playing in. As I previously mentioned, we had the pool open as well and the daddies enjoyed cooling off with the little ones.

Please check out more photos from the party below:

Stoli had her First Birthday photo shoot that took place at the Dry Lake Bed.  We had a gorgeous but windy day although our amazing photographer Susie captured Stoli perfectly.  Please check out her amazing work below and visit their website http://www.susieandwill.com to book your next photo shoot or event.

 

I just want to thank everyone for your help on throwing this gorgeous party for our baby especially the vendors:

Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Catering: Fed by Dawn

Floral Crown: Naakiti Floral

Tutu Dress: Grace and Lucille (on Etsy)

Photo shoot: Susie and Will

Party photos: My husband RJ & friend Erika

Cake: Theresa (our babysitter)

Desserts: Party Time Chocolates (on Etsy)

Set up and clean up crew: My amazing Mother in Law, best friend Erika & Josh, and everyone else who helped.

 

Vegas Casino meets Hollywood Glam Wedding

Courtney & Josh’s wedding was the perfect mix of Hollywood Glam with a fun dose of Vegas Casino.  By this, I mean throughout the cocktail hour and entire reception, they had gaming tables open for their guests to feel the Vegas vibe throughout the night. Courtney and Josh were such an awesome couple in every way!  They are both super detailed oriented that I received full maps of the event space on how they wanted each item they rented to be displayed.  Every detail they wanted we made sure came to life on their wedding day.  I met with them in person for the first time a few weeks before their wedding and I instantly felt like they were my best friends.  They are both so sweet and compliment each other so perfect that it makes anyone feel so comfortable to be around.

Their big day began with hair and makeup by the amazing glam team from Rouge Skin Hair and Makeup.  The ladies in adorable rompers left the best impression on me as I entered the room to all their fun, laughter, and the BEST thing every… Chambong! For those of you champagne lovers also and do not know about these, google and purchase one asap! The guys were definitely a little more relaxed and played Heads Up on their phones.  The ceremony took place inside one of my favorite venues Sayers Club at SLS.  The room itself that I mentioned before is so simply gorgeous that we added minimal decor of candles along the aisle for a little more romantic vibe.  The ceremony was officiated by a friend of the couple and they had wrote their own vows which were so perfect for each other.  The cocktail hour and reception took place inside of Bazaar Casino.  Courtney and Josh are foodies and they love Jose Andres which is a huge part of the venue selection since Bazaar Meats catered.  During cocktail hour the guests served croquetas de pollo, Chef’s selection of cured eats with Pà Amb Tomàquet, and tray passed cotton candy foie gras.  They also had the opportunity to enjoy amazing specialty cocktails which included their famous Liquid Nitrogen cart.  The had the opportunity to actually play their choice of three 6 deck Blackjack tables or 1 craps table.  This was so much fun and instead of having their guests lose money, they chose to have fake money so even those that don’t gamble could join in.  The gaming tables were a huge hit throughout the evening.   The beautiful flowers were created by The Palette who brought all of Courtney’s visions to life.  The actual vases Courtney and Josh provided so that a local hospice could enjoy the flowers after the wedding.  Each table had their own Polaroid cameras so guests could capture fun moments throughout the night and drop in the photo box. Every place setting had the guest name in 3D printing. The reception family style menu consisted of super-giant pork-skin chicharron, cauliflower steak, brussel sprout petals, buttered potato puree, and the couples absolute favorite, Suckling Pig!  The suckling pig was first presented to the room before being served to the guests.  It was quite the experience for their wedding guests.  For dessert Bazaar Meats served little tarts to go with the four cakes and three dozen truffles the couple ordered through another favorite place Milk Bar.  The cake flavors were dulce de leche, birthday, salted pretzel, and chocolate malt which my mouth is watering just thinking of how tasty they were.  (Check out the dessert table below which are all milk bar’s product and the plated dessert was from Bazaar Meats). Gambling wasn’t their own source of entertainment as they also had a fabulous DJ Mike Fox spinning the night away.  All of the photography in this blog and from their wedding day was shot by the incredible photographers R2 Studio from Flagstaff, Arizona.  They also had cinema created by the Simply Cinema team who traveled from Arizona as well. Courtney and Josh, I could not thank you enough for having RJ and I as part of your out of the box wedding.  It was a true pleasure meeting you both and being part of this milestone in your lives.  I look forward to seeing what the future brings you both!

Please enjoy their wedding photos below and thank you Robyn and Renee for capturing such awesome details in every element:

Thank you to our all star creative team for this awesome day:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Photographer: R2 Studio

Videographer: Simply Cinema

Ceremony Venue: Sayers Club at SLS

Reception Venue: Bazaar Casino at SLS

Floral: The Palette

DJ: DJ Mike Fox

Hair and Makeup: Rouge Skin Hair and Makeup

 

Historic 5th Street School Wedding

This gorgeous couple, Marco and Shelby had the matching gorgeous weather for their March wedding.  The sun was shining bright and not a cloud was in the sky.  Our crazy Las Vegas winds were nowhere to be found and the temperature of 80 degrees made their 2pm nuptials just right.  The two wed in the courtyard of the Historic 5th Street School in Downtown Las Vegas.  The day was filled with so much love and laughs as friends and family traveled from all over to attend.  Check out the gorgeous photos below from their wedding day by the amazing Susie and Will.

 

A very special thank you to our amazing creative team for all your hard work:

Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Photographer: Susie and Will

Floral: Layers of Lovely

Venue: Historic 5th Street School

DJ: Elegant Entertainment

Rentals: RSVP

Hair: Brandy Sam

Makeup: Makeup by Rose C

Cake: Cupcakery

Donuts: Dunkin Donuts

Jen & Pat

Wedding Planners Las Vegas

Jen and Pat met with me about a year before their wedding date on a trip to Las Vegas to check out wedding venues.  When I met with them it was basically an interview for me as they didn’t know if they needed a wedding planner or even what their exact plans were.  I remember the meeting so well because they were going to visit venues after our meeting and they had set up appointments around 12 different venues.  All of which were very different from one another.  During our meeting even though I wasn’t hired as their planner I gave them planning advice to narrow their choices as it is difficult getting too many options.  About a week later, I received an email from Jen thanking me for meeting with them and she claimed they did not take my advice as they should have.  Long story short, they booked me that day for their wedding.  Jen and Pat are probably two of the sweetest people I have ever met.  Both of them had smiles that elimuinated the room when they walked in and when they looked at each other you could see that sparkle in their eyes.  The wedding was just as beautiful as them.  Throughout the whole process being an indecisive bride, Jen trusted my opinion which could go either way.  It is always a risk for any bride or groom not knowing what their venue looks like until the food tasting or even the day of the wedding. I remember being so nervous as we went to their food tasting to show them the venue but it was exactly what they wanted.  They loved every detail about their wedding and so did I.  Jen actually chose her flowers and they turned out absolutely gorgeous.  Every little detail was amazing for their wedding.  We loved being part of this event as everyone there had such a good time and was such a great group of people supporting this loving couple.  I think the biggest compliment I have ever received was from Jen and she said: “Desi, I feel like a guest and I’m just having so much fun”.  This is our ultimate goal for every wedding.  Thank you Jen and Pat for having us as part of your wedding day.

Here are some of my favorite photos by the amazing Susie and Will.

 

Thank you to our amazing creative team that help put this beautiful event together:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi (www.desirableevent.com)

Photographer: Susie and Will (www.susieandwill.com)

Venue: World Market Center (www.lasvegasmarket.com)

Catering: Cut and Taste (www.cutandtastelv.com)

Florals: Mylo and Shino (www.myloandshino.com)

Dj, Uplighting, and Photobooth: Elegant Entertainment (www.elegantlv.com)

Officiant: Pastor Pete (www.elegantvegasweddings.com)

Desserts: Freed’s Bakery (www.freedsbakery.com)

Hair and Makeup: Paper Bag Beauty (www.paperbagbeauty.co)

 

Marissa & Nate

 

4d8a7277-las-vegas-wedding-at-havana-room-at-tropicana-marissa-and-nate-steven-joseph-photographyI have never met a bride more organized and ready to go then when I met Marissa eight months prior to their wedding.  She knew exactly what she wanted and how she wanted it. When she said she needed a wedding planner, it was the first time I thought are you sure you need one? (Kidding)  Joking aside, Marissa and Nate were such an adorable couple.  They each complimented each other so perfectly.  Coming from the midwest, the rivalries between in state schools are very serious but in the end, they put their differences aside for love.  You see, Marissa went to Oklahoma, and Nate went to Oklahoma State.  Being the amazing bride Marissa was though she called me for a top secret surprise that only me and the person coming would know.  She decided to surprise Nate with Pistal Pete (Oklahoma State’s mascot).  It was quite the journey coming here as he couldn’t fly because of the size of his head so he had to drive from Oklahoma State to Las Vegas.  This could not have been a better surprise.  Nate and his groomsmen looked like a child seeing Santa.  It was such a memorable moment. The wedding was absolutely gorgeous from start to finish as I knew it would be.  Thank you so much Marissa and Nate for choosing us to be part of your wedding day!

Here are a few of my favorite photos by Steven Joseph Photograhy:

 

 

Also, a huge thank you to all of their vendors who helped make their day:

Ceremony Venue: St. Anne’s Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Havana Room at the Tropicana

Photographer: Steven Joseph

Videographer: Kreigh Carter

Florist: Blossoms by Gayle

DJ: DJ Rumpleskilton

Dessert: Just a Bite Cheesecakes

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

*Photos courtesy of Steven Joseph