Wedding Venue closes two months before your wedding… Now what?

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So I want to start by setting the scene with how perfect the engagement was.  Many of you may have seen this couple either on the Today show or in People Magazine.  For those of you who haven’t, this is the lovely Katrina and Doug. Katrina has an obsession for John Stamos and Doug thought by writing him a letter to him maybe he would get an autograph back to propose with.  Instead John Stamos actually sent a video back asking Katrina to marry Doug.  They had an amazing engagement and had their wedding planned in Las Vegas.  Both being super laid back people, it is understandable that it was easy to plan.  Then November came around (just two months until their wedding day) and they received terrible news.  The restaurant where their wedding was taking place actually was no longer going to remain open.  Completely devastated by the news, the freaked out for a minute then Katrina knew what she had to do which was find a wedding planner stat.  She reached out to me with the following message:

“Hi, are you up for a challenge? Are you ready a great story? Imagine having the proposal of your dreams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qom_RLGsZYE Planning a year ahead to get the venue you always envisioned: http://alizelv.com Just to find out 2 months before your wedding that the restaurant is closing and that you don’t have a venue. What you DO have is invites out, RSVPs in, a total of 92 people attending… most of which have already reserved rooms and flights. Yup… that’s what my fiancé and I are going through right now. What do you do? 1. you freak out. 2. you settle down and realize you still have a love to marry. 3. you contact Desirable Events by Desi to see if there’s anything they can do to match the wedding of your dreams you thought you were already having. Your reviews are great, so let me know if you’d like to chat. Sometimes a phone call can help. Thanks, Katrina & Doug”

I instantly knew who they were since I in fact did see the episode of the Today show they were featured on.  I felt for them completely and instantly connected with them.  I became their planner and immediately began searching for the perfect venue.  Although it seemed impossible, it actually was quite easy for us to find.  You see their original venue was a close fit but never the perfect fit for them.  The perfect venue was actually still in the same hotel, just in a different tower.  All their guests staying at the Palms could remain there and the wedding could begin at the same time.  The only thing they had to do was send out a venue update.  Since the restaurant was originally taking care of all the other items, we had to get floral and decor, photo booth, hair/make up artist, and make sure the band could still perform at the new venue The View.  The vibe in the space was totally meant for Katrina and Doug.  They were going for the old Vegas/Rat Pack style.  The wedding ceremony will go down in history as the best I have ever heard.  Mainly because a very talented writer and director Josh Cooley was one of Doug’s closest friends and performed their ceremony.  The entire day went perfect and these two had the wedding of their dreams.  The one that truly they lucked out on losing their venue.

Thank you Katrina and Doug for trusting in me to find the perfect venue for you and create your beautiful wedding! One other thing that I absolutely love about them is for the welcome reception for guests, Doug and I went to pick up $93.48 worth of Taco Bell.  A couple truly after my own heart that will remain friends forever.  When you two are ready I call dibs on planning your vow renewal at Taco Bell!

Please check out some of the photos below from their gorgeous day by their dear friend and amazing Hailey Magoon:

 

Thank you again to Katrina and Doug as well as our amazing creative partners:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Photographer: Hailey Magoon

Floral & Decor: Destinations by Design

Venue: The View at the Palms

Hair/Makeup: Esmeralda Aguis

Band: Laura Shaffer’s Midnight Refrain

 

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Springs Preserve Wedding- Las Vegas

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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

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!