Pool Party Wedding Reception

When I met Sara and TJ, I knew I had to immediately be part of their wedding.  They got married in June in Las Vegas and I never encourage an outside reception but theirs was brilliant.  I will add first, the family was coming in from the Ukraine and couldn’t wait to attend a traditional American wedding but this is not quite what they experienced.  The wedding ceremony was a beautiful traditional ceremony at the Sayer’s Club inside SLS.  Their guests were told though to wear resort casual and even their swimsuits.  Many were stunned when they invites arrived and no on showed up to the ceremony in their swimsuits. Everyone did however come to the cocktail hour and reception in their beach wear and ready to take a dive in the pool.  Their reception took place at the Lux Pool at SLS and it was a pool party reception.  They had the huge swan and flamingo rafts as decor for the pool so guests could enjoy a float on them.  This definitely wasn’t your traditional wedding reception but it was a huge hit.  This wedding was so much fun to plan and it truly was a great idea.  I encourage all of my summer couple’s if they must get married in Vegas in 100 + degree weather, why not do a fun nontraditional reception.

Here are a few of my favorite photos by the amazing David Burke:

A big thank you to our creative team for making this wedding so perfect:

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

Photographer: David Burke (http://davidburkephoto.com)

Floral: Naakiti Floral (http://naakitifloral.com)

Officiant: Nick Amon

DJ: DJ Uffe Moller

Uplighting: Elegant Entertainment (http://elegantlv.com)

GOBO: All Night Long Entertainment (http://www.goallnightlong.com)

Cake: Groom’s Aunt

Doughnut Cake: Pink box doughnuts (http://pinkboxdoughnuts.com) (*cake was created by Desirable Events by Desi)

 

*All photos provided by David Burke.  Please do not copy or alter any of the photos.

Wedding Traditions- Not the typical bouquet and garter toss 


After the gorgeous wedding we had this weekend, it had me thinking about wedding traditions. I don’t mean the typical garter and bouquet toss or the first dance. There are so many ways to start your own traditions and it truly brings meaning for your family and friends.  You see last night a cousin of the bride came up to me during the mother/son dance and asked if in the middle of the song we could call up all of the sons that were there with their moms to join them on the dance floor then the same for the fathers and daughters. It was so sweet and the groom also danced with his “new” mother. They share this at all their family weddings and it is the perfect touch especially when some songs are longer but the bride and groom want to keep the length of it. Another tradition I know of is very close to me as we did it at my sisters wedding. Her and her high school friends all sing to each bride at their wedding “Ain’t no mountain high enough”. It is sweet and entertaining (especially after a few drinks).  Traditions do not have to big something that is done either. It can also be something you wear such as jewelry, a purse, garter, etc. It’s just important if your close friends or family members you want to start a tradition with pass the item along to each person next in line. Also it will double as an engagement present with meaning. 

If you are getting married soon just think of how cool it would be for your wedding to begin a new tradition with your friends and family. Each time you do it at weddings it will get bigger and better and really add that special touch of love. Please contact me for any planning advice or assistant at desi@desirableevent.com. 
Bouquet made by the talented Mylo and Shino  http://www.myloandshino.com/

Sick of my Husband?!

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Being in love and married is a wonderful thing. Getting to work with each other and being around each other all day is just an added bonus that I wouldn’t have any other way. We get asked non stop, “How are you not sick of each other?, Don’t you ever get time alone?, etc”. Well if you love someone as much as RJ and I love each other every minute we are not together is hard for us. We each own our own business so primarily all of our work is done from home. I love it though. We get to make our own schedules, plan trips whenever we want, we stay focused in getting our work done but we have the luxury of it being on our time. I am not writing this to brag about how awesome our lives are because yes there are a few times where I would like to say “Don’t you have to be somewhere”. I am sick of getting asked how I can stand being around my husband all the time. Think about it… Why would I have married someone only to never see him or be around him. How could I marry someone that “should” annoy me all the time so I need to spend time apart?! I don’t get how people judge us nor do I care. I am confused as to how we can so quickly be frowned upon because we are always with each other. We love each other and we honestly work best off each other. Every event and wedding that I plan he is my assistant and I love it. I’m so lucky he gets to share all the wonderful experiences I do. I think it helps him too get a break from just plastic recycling to share moments with my clients that are important to them. Each event brings us closer and closer together. I am so lucky to have an amazing assistant, supporter, cheerleader, and husband. Next time you are too quick to judge someone think maybe you just are not happy and secure in your relationship. Maybe you need a quick spice up your relationship or maybe you two grew apart. My advice, don’t judge people and try to make their positives a negative. Thank you RJ for being the most amazing and genuine person I have ever met.

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Gina & Corey

Mandarin Oriental Wedding, Alt f photography

Gina and Corey found Desirable Events by Desi a little over a year prior to their selected wedding date. We met over Skype as they were from Virginia and instantly clicked. They are such a beautiful couple and their wedding just turned out gorgeous.  They wanted their wedding in Las Vegas because it is their home away from home as they travel here quite often and it is where Corey proposed to Gina.  It made for the perfect destination wedding for them.  When I first met Corey in person he had two requests: a Jager Bomb station and a Flair Bartender. Right then and there I knew this was going to be such a fun wedding to plan.  Although they did not have either one of Corey’s requests, we came up with a ton of fun ideas for the couple and their guests, which I will get into later in the post.

Mandarin Oriental pool ceremony

The wedding was held at the 5 star hotel, the Mandarin Oriental in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. Walking into the hotel alone, it takes your breath away by their decor but this couple added their personal touches and beautiful decor to make their event perfect. Naakiti Floral was hired to do all the beautiful centerpieces, bridal party flowers, parent flowers, and ceremony decor. With the strong winds outdoors for the ceremony, I had the news to either bring the wedding indoors to have the beautiful floral reveal the couple wanted or to just do without flowers and get married outside as planned. Corey and Gina both said rain, wind, or shine they wanted to have their ceremony outside. With the help of Naakiti, Mandarin, and my team, we made their request happen and they still had beautiful flowers down the aisle. Their ceremony was performed by Reverend Jimmy Mac. He made the ceremony so personal and memorable.  It was fabulous and Gina’s Vera Wang dress was gorgeous in the gusts of wind. Brio Strings was their string quartet that performed during the ceremony and cocktail hour. The lovely quartet works through T Entertainment.  It was a very romantic ceremony and with a hundred people still felt very intimate.

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The reception was in the ballrooms at the Mandarin with a beautiful view of the strip. With all of the gorgeous decor and personal touches, it was such a fun and memorable event. The unique table set up of a mix of long rectangular tables and circular tables half with blush linen and the other with sequin blush linen fit beautifully with their style.  They also had gorgeous centerpieces of mixed floral from white hydrenga, sahara roses, cream spray roses, white phals and white anemones.  Along the dance floor, Sit on this provided comfortable lounge furniture for the perfect look and so guests could rest their feet during dances.  Dj Miss Joy performed throughout the wedding with club inspired music that the bride and groom requested.  To add that extra special touch and tie the whole room together, Bliss Entertainment provided blush uplighting.

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Gina and Corey were so thoughtful of their guests and had favors for them throughout the night. They started with their place cards being mini bottles of Chandon Rose. After their 5 course dinner that was served as the guests danced the night away they brought out glow sticks to add the Las Vegas club scene. These were by far a big hit with even the oldest guests. At the end of the night, they wanted to make sure each guest had another final treat with gourmet donuts.

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Throughout the entire day, Heidi Ann and John Michael with Alt F photography took breathtaking photos of the couple.  They captured all the details throughout the event and left everyone involved with the most memorable photos.  All photos in the post were provided by them.

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This wedding was absolutely perfect and the couple was wonderful to work with. We made a lasting friendship out of this.

A special thanks to all who helped create this couples desires!
Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi
Photographer: Alt F
Floral: Naakiti Floral
Furniture: Sit on This
DJ: DJ Miss Joy
Strings: Brio Strings (T Entertainment)
Uplighting: Bliss Entertainment
Venue: Mandarin Oriental

Please visit http://www.desirableevent.com to book your wedding or event.  You too can have a gorgeous event with the best of the best vendors in the industry.

Hire a Wedding Planner

Hire Las Vegas wedding plannerHave a Budget and really need a Wedding Planner? Please read and see how wedding planners benefit you while not scaring you away because of the price.

Many brides want to have a DIY wedding but do not have the time to meet with all the vendors, pick out the decor, and definitely do not have time the day of their wedding to walk around and make sure everything is perfect. By hiring a wedding planner/designer, you will not be stressed out at all and have the opportunity to enjoy every part of the process of your wedding.

I am writing about this because lately, brides have been contacting wondering pricing and packages related to planning services. However, many brides budgets may not fit the price of hiring a full on planner. Do not fear though, many planners may work something out with you to give as much of their knowledge and assistance to fit in your budget. Do not hesitate to contact planners for questions concerning your wedding, just understand how much work goes into full service and how they can help you save money in other ways.

Breaking it down (all pricing varies based on location of wedding and the planner… this is an estimate):

Full Service Wedding Planning/Design- ($4,000-$10,000) services provided for this could include planning your entire event. Think about all the time you do not have because work, school, kids, etc. This would be why you are hiring a planner to do your wedding for you. Many hours and meetings go into full service design so do not be afraid of the price because although it may seem high, a planner who is designing your entire wedding will definitely have opportunities where you can make up the price elsewhere. As planners, we have many connections with vendors and venues where we can get discounts and deals at a better rate since we work with them on multiple events. Therefore, the $5,000 you may spend on a planner, you will make up savings on the venue, vendors, and entertainment.  Full service also almost always includes the day of coordination to make sure everything is done exactly how you envisioned it.

Partial Service Planning- ($2,500-$5,000) Maybe you have the venue picked out already or a few vendors but do not have time to meet with them and make sure they know when to be at your wedding or tell them exactly what you want. This is when you want Partial service so you have someone to review all your contracts and someone to tell the vendors when to arrive.  This will typically also include day of coordination as well.

Day of Coordination- ($800-$2,000) This service usually will include a rehearsal along with of the wedding day of activities. A coordinator is hired to be sure the wedding schedule is going smoothly and everything is on time to the best of their ability.

*Your wedding day may be one day, but it is the most important day in anyone’s life. You do not want any last minute worries or stresses because your flowers didn’t arrive, your maid of honor is missing, or your DJ came an hour late. By simply hiring a planner, you will not need to worry about anything. Just showing up with your dress on and walking down the aisle to the man of your dreams. (And that is not a worry at all) Enjoy your day and check with Wedding Planners in your area for their specific pricing. Trust me, do not be scared at the price, it will help you in so many other ways!