My last wedding at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

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First I have to tell a little story why this was my last unknown wedding at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.  As one of my favorite venues in town, the Mandarin Oriental has never disappointed when it comes to weddings.  The wedding of Laura and Paul definitely was no exception, however, I didn’t realize that it would be my last wedding as the Mandarin Oriental.  I have another couple contracted with the Mandarin but last week we found out the venue will be the Waldorf Astoria.  Of course the name immediately strikes people as an upgrade which left my October bride in awe when I spoke to her.  She said I’m not that fancy but the sound of having my wedding at the Waldorf is an honor.  They still guarantee to follow the guidelines of our current contract in which I think they will only deliver better service than Mandarin already provides.  I’m excited to see the progress of the property and hoping they keep their best features.

Now to describe the gorgeous wedding of Laura (Lulu) and Paul Evans.  I met this fabulous couple along with Lulu’s parents about a year prior to their wedding day.  Lulu from day one was the most organized bride I have ever met.  I honestly wish she lived here so she could work with me.  It’s amazing how detailed oriented she was.  Both the ceremony and reception took place inside of Mandarin’s stunning ballrooms.  For the cocktail hour the guests entered the gorgeous foyer area so we could reset the room for the reception.  The couple had around 80 guests traveling from mostly the east coast to enjoy their wedding day.  All of their family and friends were the sweetest group.  When deciding on wedding dates we went back and forth as Laura wanted an early spring date but not during spring break times where a lot of kids would be.  We had the perfect Saturday come to mind which was St Patty’s Day.  The bride being irish and a love for the holiday it couldn’t have been a better fit.  I definitely didn’t know at the time this would be my last wedding as the Mandarin but I’m glad that it was because it was perfect.  Please enjoy the photos below from their amazing wedding day by Susie and Will!

 

Special thanks to our amazing creative team:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Photographer: Susie and Will

Videographer: Lighten Films

Floral and Decor: Naakiti Floral

Dress: Hayley Paige

DJ: DJ Livinh

Photo Booth: Smashbooth 

Officiant/Elvis: Roland August

Beauty: Sin City Beauty

Doughnuts: Pinkbox Doughnuts

Veil: Sara Gabriel

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Rings: Brillant Earth & Dunwoody Diamond

Suit: Men’s Warehouse

Stationary: Minted

 

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Havana Room Wedding Tropicana Hotel

I had the privilege of meeting Stacy & Charles while setting up for a wedding in this gorgeous space.  They happened to be doing a walk through of the venue and I had a moment to speak to them.  A week later Stacy contacted me and from then on we began planning this beautiful wedding.  Stacy is from California and Charles is a local so throughout the year I had the opportunity to meet with them for planning.  Every time I met with them they were so sweet and both had a twinkle in their eyes at each other.  Charles always had the perfect answer to his bride… “Whatever you want, dear”.

The day began with hair and makeup by Concierge Makeup.  The ceremony and reception took place in the Havana Room at the Tropicana Las Vegas.  The beautiful flowers were created by the ever so talented Naakiti floral who brought all of Stacy’s visions to life.  Stacy provided the vases so all of her local guests had an extra take away from the wedding.  The ceremony was officiated by Stacy’s Stepfather which put the perfect personal touch into the wedding.  During the ceremony since Stacy was not only gaining a husband but also a son, they did a sand ceremony to unite the three of them.  Catering and the exquisite wedding cake was provided by the Tropicana, including the exquisite groom’s cake of a camera (everything edible- see awesome photo below).  Charles is a videographer/videographer and with his surprise there wasn’t a cutting of that cake as he wanted to keep it forever.  The menu consisted of a three course plated dinner featuring: Lobster Bisque, chipotle caesar salad,  guests choice of herb grilled chicken breast or roasted organic salmon.  During cocktail hour the bride and groom’s favorite food chicken wings were served.  The Chef custom made the wings of their favorites: Buffalo Hot, Salt & Vinegar, Lemon Pepper, and Teriyaki.  Also during cocktail hour they had a violinist, Tony B performed.  The signature cocktail chosen by them is their favorite drink of Kentucky Mules. All of the photography in this blog and from their wedding day was shot by Indigo Foto.  They also had cinema created by K+A Creative.  The final personalized touch were their adorable wedding favors of maple syrup.  The story behind it being they are each other’s perfect match because one only likes the outside of a pancake and the other only eats the inside so together they have a whole pancake (with maple syrup of course). Stacy & Charles, I could not thank you enough for having us as part of your perfect wedding day.  I look forward to seeing your future together!

Please enjoy their wedding photos below and thank you Indigo Foto for capturing every moment:

Thank you so much to our amazing creative team for making this day so special:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi

Photographer: Indigo Foto

Videographer: K+A Creative

Floral: Naakiti Floral

Decor: Sit on This

Hair & Makeup: Concierge Makeup

Dj: DJ Pros

Venue: Havana Room at Tropicana

Cake: Tropicana

Violinist: Tony B

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Wedding

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Rochelle and Mark found me all the way from the UK.  I didn’t actually meet them until a few days before their wedding but I felt like I knew them forever.  I planned their wedding about a year ahead of time so we had lots of contact back and forth.  I heard mostly from Rochelle except it was so cute right before they came out to Vegas Mark was planning wedding day morning gifts for his bride to be.  We planned a foot/leg massage while she was getting her makeup done that really made her day.  He also wanted her favorite sparkling wine and bouquet of flowers delivered to her that morning.  It was so sweet.  Their wedding was unique because it essentially was a week long for them and all their guests.  They all came together and left together on the same flight so this celebration was truly an amazing group of friends and family.  Thank you Rochelle and Mark for choosing us to plan your wedding day! Here are a few of my favorite photos from their wedding day.

A special thanks to everyone that helped make this day so perfect:

Wedding Ceremony: Caesar’s Palace Bella Luna 

Wedding Reception: Rao’s at Caesar’s Palace

Photobooth: Elegant Entertainment

Photographer: Friend of Bride and Groom

Elvis: All Night Long Entertainment

2017 Wedding Trend- Floral Print

Can I get married all over again?  After attending the Wedding MBA, I saw new trends for 2017 and one stood out completely to me: Floral print.  I have always been in love with different floral designs and I would say about 30 percent of my wardrobe has some kind of floral in it.  Of course with any trend, it can be over done.  Here is a few different ideas to add just the right amount to your wedding day.

  • The Dress- Incorporate as little or as much print into your wedding gown or the bridesmaids dresses like the gown:

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  • The Stationary- Add floral print from the invitations (love it in the envelope liners) to the menus and place cards at the wedding:

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  • The Cake- adding flowers to the cake is gorgeous but take it to the next leven and test your bakers skills like this:

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  • The Place Settings- keep it classy with just adding a hint of it.  Choose from the napkin, or table runner, or my absolute favorite the charger seen in photo below:

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Just keep the patterns similar throughout and simple.  Do not have a floral print table cloth, with floral napkin, floral runner, and floral charger.  Stick to just a few items spread out throughout the reception.  This is a bold new wedding trend and I absolutely love it.  If you are willing to try this style or something bold, I would love to be part of your wedding day! Please contact me for more information on all your wedding planning desires!

*All photos are for inspiration as they are not our events.  Please click on the actual image to go to the original link.

Tropicana Hotel Havana Room Wedding

From the second I met Aaron and Joey I knew I had to be part of their wedding day.  Not only for the amazing ideas they had but also just because they showed so much love and passion for each other.  Of course I all our couples are in love but these two were different because that sparkle never left their eyes.  Meeting them made me realize how important it is to always show your significant other how in love you are with them.  They wed over memorial day weekend inside of the Havana Room at the Tropicana.  Their request to guests were black tie formal and only black attire.  The details that went into this wedding just made it come to life.  As a couple in the entertainment business, they had to deliver and did they ever.  Aaron even had a chance to perform a beautiful duet with his friend Autumn that he sang to his groom!

Aaron & Joey, thank you for choosing us to be part of your celebration and trusting us throughout the planning process.  You both are an inspiration to everyone who knows you.  The love you two share does not come often and I am so thankful I was able to witness such a true romance.  There was a team of amazing vendors that helped make this wedding possible at the bottom of this post.  Lisa and Jamison, thank you for capturing this wedding.  I enjoyed working with you both again and can’t wait until the next one!  Please enjoy some of my favorite images from this romantic event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A very special thank you to all of the talent that went into this gorgeous wedding:

Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi 

Photographer: Moxie Studio 

Floral: Naakiti Floral

Decor: Sit on this

Venue: Tropicana Havana Room

DJ: DJ Tony 

Invitations: 1st Impressions Invitations