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Las Vegas Wedding Photographers | Behind the Scenes of 2017

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As 2017 comes to an end, it's time for one of my favorite posts of the year! A look at what happens behind the camera! It's always so much fun.  We seriously love what we do!!

Being with people on one of the best days of their lives can't be beat and Jason will make sure you are looking your best too.  He'll show you where to stand, straighten your bow tie, fix your boutonniere, heck, he'll even dust off your shoes! All with a smile, of course! 

But don't worry, Jessie's got your back too ;) That dress will be fluffed, your train will lay perfectly, that stray hair will get back in it's place, and your poses will be on point! 

And when it comes to capturing the people you love in one big photo, she's going to take charge and make sure everyone is looking good for the camera! She'll even stand in for bridesmaids to demonstrate if need be!  

Jason is not only a photographer extraordinaire.  He will fill in for various roles throughout the day.  He stands in for the groom to test the light, he'll be the lighting assistant during bridesmaid photos, and he will even sign as your witness for your marriage certificate.  And if Jessie sees him holding a clutch and still ready to to take the shot, well, she'll be sure to get a shot of him too in all his multitasking glory! 

Having someone to work alongside, especial the person you love is not only fun, but really helpful too.  Like, letting the other one know if a car is coming up behind them when standing in the middle of the road.  

Working as a team is the best, but inevitably, we'll sometimes get in each other's way and in each other's shots! 

Weddings are an absolute blast! I mean, look at Jessie's face at the reception!!

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No matter what, though, the best part of our job is always the people we get to serve! We absolutely love our couples and are so thankful we get to do what we love together.  We're already looking forward to an amazing 2018 full of love and adventures! 

A Guide for Planning Your Intimate Las Vegas Elopement

Couples choose to elope for lots of reasons! Some choose to elope because they want their wedding day to be just about them.  They want a stress-free day to focus on each other and maybe a handful of guests or just their immediate family members.  Some choose to elope because they're looking to save money and maybe splurge on the honeymoon instead! Some choose to have the adventure of a lifetime and eloping is part of the big trip! Whatever the reasons, eloping in Las Vegas is a great idea and it doesn't have to be cheezy or tacky! And it definitely doesn't have to be in a chapel either.  Las Vegas offers lots of options on how to personalize your elopement and have it be the best day ever! We absolutely love photographing elopements.  They're always so fun and relaxed, and are so full of emotion and intimacy.  After the ceremony, when it's just the 4 of us, there's no pressure of getting done in time for the reception.  It's just us capturing their love and documenting their first moments together as Mr. & Mrs.  

Location: Downtown Las Vegas | Bouquet:  Layers of Lovely  | Makeup:  Amelia C. & Co. 

Location: Downtown Las Vegas | Bouquet: Layers of Lovely | Makeup: Amelia C. & Co. 

Venue:  Neon Museum  | Florals:  Miss Daisy  | Hair & Makeup:  Amelia C. & Co. 

Venue: Neon Museum | Florals: Miss Daisy | Hair & Makeup: Amelia C. & Co. 

Location: Red Rock Canyon

Location: Red Rock Canyon

Here are a few tips that will help guide you in planning your own amazing & unique elopement in Las Vegas:

1. Location.  The first thing to consider is where to have your ceremony.  Sure there are tons of chapels out there and they're pretty low-hassle.  However, most of the chapels are windowless and the decor is not the most modern.  The ceremonies are also quick and generic, even Elvis has a script and his go-to songs ;) If you prefer a more modern + intimate approach to your ceremony, you have plenty of other choices, such as the dry lake bed, the gorgeous desert, a quirky spot in downtown Vegas, the Neon Museum, or even a traditional venue such as a country club can host a small, intimate ceremony.  Each of these locations offer a gorgeous backdrop for your ceremony and require little to no need for additional decor or enhancements.  

Location: Downtown Las Vegas | Officiant:  Peachy Keen Unions

Location: Downtown Las Vegas | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions

Venue:  Red Rock Country Club  | Hair + Makeup: Ruby Finch 

Venue: Red Rock Country Club | Hair + Makeup: Ruby Finch 

Venue:  Neon Museum  | Hair & Makeup:  Las Vegas Hair and Makeup

Venue: Neon Museum | Hair & Makeup: Las Vegas Hair and Makeup

Location: Dry Lake Bed | Officiant:  Peachy Keen Unions

Location: Dry Lake Bed | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions

2. Officiant.  Once you find a location that is perfect for you and your love, you'll need an equally perfect officiant; someone who will take a personal interest in you and your fiancé's love story and incorporate that into a meaningful ceremony.  We highly recommend Peachy Keen Unions!  They are modern marriage officiants who's mission is to "collaborate with couples, creating and performing personalized ceremonies", including elopements!  Another favorite is Pastor Doug Loman.  He is very personable and also works with his couples to help create a personal and meaningful ceremony.  

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3. Details.  Once you know where you'll be married and who's going to officiate your ceremony, the rest is up to you! There's the obvious things to consider such as your dress, shoes, hair & makeup, oh and his suit too.  Then there's also the logistical things to consider, such as transportation and picking up your marriage license. But then there are the little details you add to make your elopement beautiful and most importantly, personal and all your own! From special touches incorporated within your own wardrobe to bringing special trinkets or mementos.  Writing your own vows is super special and because you're eloping, you won't have to be nervous about saying them in front of a lot of people.  A pretty bouquet goes a long way! Think of it as a gorgeous accessory.  And, since you aren't spending tons on decorating a reception venue, you won't feel guilty about splurging a little on some florals! Lastly, don't forget the bubbly! Whether you're toasting with a few friends or family who came along or it's just the two of you,  after saying, "I DO!" is the perfect time for popping open a bottle of champagne to celebrate your love! 

Left Bouquet: Bride brought over from England Right:  Layers of Lovely

Left Bouquet: Bride brought over from England Right: Layers of Lovely

Location: Valley of Fire State Park | Officiant:  Peachy Keen Unions  | Cake:  Freeds Bakery

Location: Valley of Fire State Park | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions | Cake: Freeds Bakery

Left:  Red Rock Country Club  | Right: Caesars Palace 

Left: Red Rock Country Club | Right: Caesars Palace 

I hope these few tips and ideas will help guide you while planning your Las Vegas elopement! May it be modern, intimate, and most importantly totally special to you and your love! Can't wait to hear all about your plans! XO 

3 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Las Vegas Destination Wedding

Las Vegas is considered the "Wedding Capital of the World" and it's definitely a top tourist destination for people all over the world! You can host any kind of wedding here, from a quirky elopement with just the two of you, a small and intimate pretty garden wedding, to a grand ballroom gala wedding.  Add the endless entertainment options for traveling guests and it's no wonder so many couples choose Las Vegas as the place for their destination wedding.

Most of our destination wedding couples choose Las Vegas because they want something a little different for their wedding day, but at the same time they want to be able to keep up with some traditions and offer their guests a great time.  They tend to have anywhere from 10 to 100 guests all traveling from various parts of the country or even from across the globe! 

Venue:  Neon Museum

And while planning any kind of wedding can be stressful, a destination wedding can also be overwhelming when it comes to the planning details.  Questions such as transportation logistics and accommodations come up, along with how to choose reputable and knowledgeable vendors when you often times can't meet with them in person.  

We've been photographing Las Vegas destination weddings, big and small, since 2009 and our goal has not changed.  We want our couples to have an amazingly fun day and leave all the stress and worries behind.  After all, most couples who have a destination wedding do so because they want to have fun too! Our destination wedding couples want to not only marry the love of their life here, they also want to have the time of their life here!

Because so many of the weddings we photograph each year are destination weddings here in Vegas, we thought we would share a few tips that will help you have the best Las Vegas destination wedding without going crazy!

 
3 Tips to Help You Plan a Stress-Free Las Vegas Destination Wedding
1. Hire a wedding planner.  As a bride-to-be, you have lots of fun things to be focusing on, oh let's say like your honeymoon ;) Having a wedding planner who will handle some of the not-so-fun details of wedding planning and will guide you to making good decisions ensures your day runs smoothly and allows you to have the stress-free dream wedding you deserve! 
2. Ask for recommended vendors. Most wedding venue, planner, or other vendors, will have vendors they recommend.  In our case, we give our couples a list of preferred vendors and these are always vendors we know personally, who's work we love, and we've worked with extensively. Having vendors who trust and respect each other means we'll work together smoothly and efficiently.  Plus we'll have your best interest at heart.
Bridal bouquet by:  Layers of Lovely

Bridal bouquet by: Layers of Lovely

Hair & Makeup Artist:  Amelia C. and Co. 

Hair & Makeup Artist: Amelia C. and Co. 

Venue:  Red Rock Country Club  | Centerpieces:  Enchanted Florist
3. Have a timeline.  We are super picky about ensuring our couples have a timeline.  As wedding photographers, our entire day is driven by the timeline.  We'll work together with you and your wedding planners on the best timeline for your day.  We've photographed so many different weddings that we are pretty good about knowing how much time you'll need for each aspect of your day.  We send all our couples 2 questionnaires that include everything from the family group combinations to your final wedding count and everything else in between! With a timeline in place, you won't have to worry about where to be when or what photos still need to be taken, because we'll have it all taken care of.

We hope these 3 simple tips were helpful to you.  As your wedding photographers, we'll be with you every step of the way and come your wedding day, we'll be ready to capture your day beautifully and most importantly, without stress! Be sure to contact us to see if we're available for your date and then let's start planning together!