Four Seasons Las Vegas Fountain Terrace Wedding

When I think of Jinley and Mario’s wedding, I see glamourous outdoor elegance.  Having a Las Vegas wedding without actually feeling like you are in Vegas is something that the Four Seasons provides.  Jinley reminds me of myself as she knew exactly what she wanted and how she wanted it.  Every detail she wanted we made sure came to life on her wedding day.  Her husband Mario is quiet and just wanted her to get what she wants. (The perfect match)  From the invitation details to the cake and entertainment, every little detail was well thought out and executed.  Speaking of the custom wedding invitations, along with place cards and seating chart were all produced by 1st Impressions Invitations.  After first speaking to Jinley over the phone, we had everything planned within weeks so she could relax and enjoy their engagement.  She couldn’t have been an easier bride to work with and although she is from Hawaii, there was no stress at all.

The day began with hair and makeup by Sarah Redzikowski & team for 8 bridesmaids and the mothers.  The ceremony and reception took place at the Fountain Terrace at Four Season’s Las Vegas in April.  The weather was 80 degrees with minimal wind and the perfect spring day for an outdoor wedding.  The beautiful flowers were created by the ever so talented Naakiti floral who brought all of Jinley’s visions to life.  During the ceremony, the romantic music was provided by TAJ, a duo act from T Entertainment.  Rustic signs throughout the wedding were created by a very talented and close friend of mine Kelly from her Etsy Shop From Kelly with Love.  Catering and the exquisite wedding cake was provided by the Four Seasons.  The menu consisted of 4 tray passed Hors D’oeuvres: mini lobster club, beef tenderloin, Maryland crab cake, tempura shrimp served during cocktail hour.  The reception menu was a 4 course plated dinner that included: portabello mushroom and cheese ravioli, crab louie, roasted and carved prime rib, and their 3-tiered custom wedding cake served as a duo plate of strawberry shortcake & carrot cake.  (Check out the cake photo below… it was absolutely breathtaking).  They also had two ice carving luges from Ice Occasions; DJ, photo booth & Marquee Letters from Elegant Entertainment, and Bistro lighting from LED Unplugged.  All of the photography in this blog and from their wedding day was shot by one of my favorites Susie and Will.  They also had cinema created by Adam Trujillo.  The highlight of the wedding of course was having their dog Weezy as the Ring Bearer.  Jinley and Mario, I could not thank you enough for allowing you to trust in me to plan and be apart of your perfect wedding day.  I look forward to seeing what the future brings you both!

Please enjoy their wedding photos below and thank you Susie for capturing such beauty in every element:

 

Special Thanks to our Awesome Creative Team:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Venue: Fountain Terrace at Four Seasons

Photographer: Susie and Will

Videographer: Adam Trujillo

Floral: Naakiti Floral

Decor: Sit on This

Rustic Signs: From Kelly With Love

Dj, Marquee lights, & Photo Booth: Elegant Entertainment

Bistro Lighting: LED Unplugged

Ice Sculptures: Ice Occasions

Hair & Makeup: Sarah Redzikowski

Cake: Four Seasons

Wedding Favors: Macaroons by Bouchon Bakery

Stationary: 1st Impressions Invitations

Officiant: Elegant Vegas Weddings

Musicians: TAJ

 

 

 

 

 

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Historic 5th Street School Wedding Las Vegas

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

Havana Room Wedding at the Tropicana Hotel

 

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

How to choose your Bridesmaids

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Standing up in someone’s wedding to many people means spending lots of money on dresses, shoes, hair, makeup, etc. We really seemed to lose touch in why bridesmaids and Maid of Honors are part of the wedding. I always get brides who say they can’t choose between people to have by their side. Well it’s simple, if you haven’t talked to someone in years, you probably do not want to have them in your wedding, even if you were in preschool together. People change over the years especially after their mid twenties so someone who shared all your secrets and interests when you were younger, may not have the same views today. Here’s a list of ideas to think about when choosing your bridesmaids.

1. Choose someone that puts you first- This by far the most important characteristic in a bridesmaid. You need someone that isn’t negative and doesn’t complain about how much they are spending. You want someone that is just as loving and caring to you as the day you met them. Someone who even if they hate the bridesmaid dress, colors of your wedding, or the location of you wedding will say how much they love and adore everything. Negativity is the most important thing to keep out of your sight. By choosing someone that is negative will only eventually cause problems for you but can also affect your relationship to your fiancé. I have seen too many brides stress out for months before their wedding until the day of by choosing Miss Negative Nancy to stand up.

2. Someone who supports your relationship- I see this all the time, Girls are always in competition with each other no matter how close they are. If you have a friend who always talks poorly of your fiancé or doesn’t see how you two will end up with each other then you must not have her in your wedding. In fact, you shouldn’t even have them at your wedding or in your life anymore. It is important to keep those who care not only about you but also your future spouse.

3. Carefree friend- Another very important quality in a bridesmaid is someone who doesn’t care what you are serving for food. Someone who loves house wine and house liquor. You don’t want someone telling you that you need to have what “they like” in order for them to be part of your wedding. Always remember, it is YOUR wedding and it’s between you and your fiancé on choosing the options for your day. You don’t need to listen to bickering snobs about what they think makes your wedding perfect.

4. Someone who will help- Lots of details go into wedding planning and of course this is why I have my job. I love wedding planning and if you need a planner you can definitely count on me. However, if you can’t afford a planner or think you do not need one, you definitely need bridesmaids to be by your side throughout everything. There’s many events that lead up to a wedding which the bride and groom should have minimal planning in. This is what they bridesmaids are for. Think of your closest and most creative friends and how they can help you with planning all of these events. There’s the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and rehearsal dinner. Some of these things of course your parents will help plan but you want bridesmaids to bring the new, modern “Pinterest” ideas to your events.

5. Choose someone who can afford it- We all know weddings are pricey but the same goes for someone standing up in a wedding. From dresses to shoes, to hair and makeup, to travel expenses, make sure you choose someone that can afford it. Your friends that you feel like you are leaving out will not be hurt if they can’t afford it. In some cases, it is better to not ask and make them feel embarrassed to decline because of costs.

Choosing maids can be difficult but honestly my main thing is this, think of those who you speak to daily whether they are next door or thousands of miles away. This idea is similar to hiring someone for a job. They need to be by your side and help with whatever you need. Everyone thinks they will hurt someone and from time to time it happens. Honestly most people who are chosen clearly are honored to take part in the wedding but there are others that do feel like they lucked out by saving money and only being a guest. It can be expensive to take part in a wedding so don’t feel like leaving someone out is a bad thing.
Here’s a little bit in choosing a Maid/Matron of Honor. The main reasons why you have a maid of honor is for support, keeping everyone together, and being there when you need her.

By choosing a Maid of Honor that you are close with now (not 20 years ago), they understand your style, vision, expectations, and YOU! it’s similar to what I said above, this person just has a little more responsibility. I’m pretty sure after all those years your vision of marrying someone from N’SYNC and having your wedding at your gorgeous mansion or on a secret island isn’t really how your wedding is playing out. You need someone that knows you well today and can be there for you when you need advice. She also needs to support you with a positive attitude so if they are a super opinionated friend, tell them you love them but they can be a bridesmaid or guest. You get enough unwelcome opinions from in laws and family that you don’t need your number one go to support system to give you more unnecessary advice. You want someone who when you choose a bridesmaid dress that may not be flattering or her style will tell you how much she loves it and tell your other bridesmaids they love it too. When you get a call from you in laws telling you they just invited another 20 people neither you or your fiancé has met but you are the ones paying for your “intimate” wedding, she’s there for you and would even go out of her way to let your family know it’s not about them that it is your wedding day. This is the support system you need. A perfect Maid of honor.

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For more wedding advice or to hire a wedding planner, please contact me at (248) 836-8605 or through email at desi@desirableevent.com. Happy Bridal Party choosing!

Maid of honor.

For more wedding advice or to hire a wedding planner, please contact me at (248) 836-8605 or through email at desi@desirableevent.com. Happy Bridal Party choosing!