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Red Rock Country Club Wedding | Denise + Scott


So happy to share this sweet wedding today on the blog! Denise and Scott were married at Red Rock Country Club, one of our favorite venues in Las Vegas! Due to some rain showers and wind earlier in the day, they opted for an indoor ceremony, but we were lucky to be able to sneak outside for a few minutes to do bride and groom portraits before the rain came down again that day! Crazy, but yes, we do have a few rainy days in Las Vegas and this year the weather from winter to spring was especially wet and cold longer than usual. We’re back to normal now with temps in the upper 90s in June, though!

Denise and Scott chose to have a small wedding and reception with their close lifelong friends and family members. It was the perfect reunion and celebration of love for these two lovebirds!

Vendor Team Love:

Venue: Red Rock Country Club Weddings | Photography: The Emerics | Officiant: Doug Loman | Florals: Desert Rose Florist | Hair Stylist: Sam Leung @ Square Salon | Makeup Artist: Maile @ Square Salon | Cake: Las Vegas Custom Cakes | DJ: The Music Solution

Las Vegas Destination Wedding | Amanda + John


We absolutely loved being a part of Amanda and John's wedding day! Not only are they genuinely kind and big-hearted people, their family and friends are too! They chose to come from New Jersey to have a destination wedding in Las Vegas because they wanted their wedding to be remembered as a fun and joyous occasion shared with their best friends and family. 

One thing I loved about Amanda and John's wedding was that she paid attention to the details.  Just because you are having a destination wedding, doesn't mean you can't add your personal touches and make it special.  Amanda made sure their wedding day was exactly how they wanted it and added personal touches to her reception decor!  Destination weddings can still have all the elements of a traditional wedding, plus they give your friends and family a great getaway weekend! It's a win-win for everyone :) 

After the getting-ready, Amanda and John chose to do a first look before their ceremony.  Amanda also had a first look with her dad, which was super special and sweet too!  After some portraits around Caesars Palace, where they were staying, they had their ceremony - which unfortunately we were unable to photograph.  But, we met up with them afterwards for their reception at one of our favorite destination wedding venues, Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab.  The restaurant is conveniently located inside the Forum Shops at Caesars, so it was a perfect choice for them! 

Vendor Love:

Photography: The Emerics | Hair + Makeup: Makeup in the 702 | Florals: The Palette | Venue: Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab | Cake: Las Vegas Custom Cakes | DJ: All Night Long Entertainment | Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Creating the Perfect Timeline for Your Destination Wedding

Every wedding is unique and this is especially so with destination weddings! There may be a few additional factors to consider when tying the knot in Las Vegas, that you maybe wouldn't have to consider locally.  Things such as: booking hotel rooms, flights, transportation to your venue for your guests, hotel room blocks for guests, and more. But, don't let that stop you from having the wedding of your dreams in fabulous Las Vegas!  We've been photographing weddings in Vegas for almost 9 years, including countless destination weddings from intimate elopements to weddings with 100 + guests. Couples travel a few hours from Southern California, as far away as Melbourne, Australia, and all places in between.

It's such a treat for us to get to meet and create relationships with so many amazing couples! As we've gotten to know our couples in the months before the wedding day, one of the main things we want to communicate with them is the importance of a timeline.  Whether it's a quick 2 hour elopement or a traditional wedding with a reception, all wedding days can benefit from a timeline. They will keep the day running smoothly and having a timeline helps give everyone involved piece of mind.  

Today, I'll be sharing a timeline for a destination wedding day where the couples chooses a first look + ceremony + reception, averaging 7-8 hours of coverage.  This tends to work well for the majority of our couples, however, we always work closely with each individual bride and their wedding planner to ensure everything runs smoothly! 

Destination Wedding Day Timeline

2-3pm (1hr) Photographers Arrive to Hotel for Getting Ready images.  I usually arrive to the bridal suite as the hair and makeup artist is finishing up to grab some of those action shots.  Then, it's time to capture all the pretty details in the room such as your dress, shoes, jewelry, invitation, perfume, etc. This is a great time to relax and enjoy some champagne with your bridesmaids before it's time to get dressed and go see your groom! Meanwhile, Jason is off with the groom and his groomsmen, capturing their details. 

You may also need to account for travel time if you're getting ready in your hotel room and your ceremony and reception are in another location.  If your venue is 15 minutes away, factor in 30 minutes of travel time. It's always best to add at least 15 minutes to add "cushion" to the timeline. 

Hotel:  Bellagio  | Hair+Makeup:  Makeup in the 702

Hotel: Bellagio | Hair+Makeup: Makeup in the 702

Hotel:  Wynn  | Hair+Makeup:  Makeup in the 702  | Planner:  Archel Rolwing Wedding + Events

Hotel: Wynn | Hair+Makeup: Makeup in the 702 | Planner: Archel Rolwing Wedding + Events

3-5pm (2hrs) First Look + Bridal Party + Bride & Groom.  Jason and I will find the perfect spot where you will be able to share a private and special moment together.  This is one of our favorite moments, as the bride and groom really get to enjoy a nice quiet moment before the ceremony. Plus, a first look allows you to be together throughout your entire wedding day and it totally helps calm your nerves!  After the first look, we meet up with the bridal party for some group photos, before taking you away again for some portraits of just the two of you.  We always give you at least 30 minutes to break from photos and freshen up before the ceremony.  We use this time to capture all the pretty details of your ceremony and reception spaces.  

Venue:  KMA Event Center  | Florals:  Flora Couture

5-7pm (2hrs) Ceremony + Family Photos + Cocktail Hour.  We understand how significant this moment is and our style is to photograph your ceremony as it unfolds, in the most unobtrusive way possible.  Immediately following your I do's, we'll move right into the family photo groups. This works great, as everyone is together in one spot.  Having done a first look and most of the formal portraits before the ceremony, most couples get to enjoy mingling with their guests during cocktail hour after the family photos.  

7-10pm (3hrs+) Reception Coverage.  Let's get this party started! Now that all the nerves of the ceremony have passed, it's time to pour some more bubbly and toast to the happy couple! We'll be there to document your first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, toasts, and any other special traditions you may have during the reception.  Oh, and of course we can't forget the fun sparkler send off! 

Of course, this is a template and guide to help you plan your timeline. It works for most of our couples but your timeline may look similar or completely different from this and it's totally ok! As your wedding photographers, our goal is to capture your day as it happens and make beautiful memorable images for you.  Having a complete timeline done before the wedding day, ensures that we'll be able to better serve you and you will be able to enjoy your day knowing that your day will flow nicely.