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A Rockabilly Las Vegas Wedding: John & Marnie

Australian John & Marnie spent six weeks travelling around the US for their honeymoon after their wedding in Las Vegas. They were in town for the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival and they loved the idea of getting married there. The ceremony was held at Little Church of the West, a quaint little ‘mini church’ looking chapel, right at the south end of the strip and the after party was at Level 107 Cocktail lounge in the Stratosphere hotel – right at the north end!

“After a year of travelling Australia following the rockabilly dance and culture scene, John proposed to me with a beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring”, Marnie told me. “It was my Grandma’s favourite stone and we decided to marry 70 years and 1 day after my Grandma and Grandpa did! Where possible, we incorporated elements that honoured our families (both alive and departed) into our wedding.”

“I used my creativity to create bespoke elements infusing our vintage rockabilly style into our wedding. DIY was a great way of infusing our style into our event, which, when you’re like us and love all things non mainstream, can be very difficult to source.” The bride even handmade her own dress and headpiece.

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Get Married at the KISS ‘Hotter than Hell’ Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas!

I’m pretty sure I’ve found the most iconically Rock n Roll wedding idea ever. Just over the road from the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas is the KISS ‘Hotter than Hell’ wedding chapel! Many of my readers head to Vegas to wed and so I know a whole bunch of you are going to get seriously excited about this. You’re welcome by the way!

If you’ve dreamed of a Rock n Roll wedding where your invitations are concert tickets and your bouquet is made of guitar picks; where you get married on the stage complete with lights, music and a smoke machine (!) and where your officiant is made up like The Starchild, The Demon or The Spaceman…well just contain yourselves for a second because you are going to LOVE this.

They say, “Our stage, fashioned after KISS’ album cover for LOVE GUN, with theatrical quality lights, sound and fog machines that will set the tone for your concert wedding. Ladies, if you want to wow your Man on this special day take a look at our rentable wedding gowns. Whether you are looking for something simple or you really want to Rock it out, our packages can be designed for all levels of creativity, in fact you will be assigned your own Wedding Tour manager so…request away!”

“Whether it be a Wedding, a Vow Renewal, or Commitment Ceremony we have a minister for every need and personality.”

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An Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Wedding in Vegas: Tiffany & Ryan

After originally planning a massive wedding for nearly 300 guests, the stress all got too much for Tiffany & Ryan and they were forced to cancel the wedding. When it came to planning it for the second time, they decided to scale it all down and focus on what really mattered – them.

“Three years ago I was planning a wedding inspired by what every magazine and television show told me it should be,” Tiffany told me. “Like most couples, our guest list had exploded, tilting at nearly 300 people. The stress of pleasing everyone was becoming too much, we were way over budget and the fun was non-existent. My fiancé and I loved each other very much, but we both hated what getting married was doing to us. A few months prior to the wedding we suffered two personal tragedies back to back so we threw our hands up and called it quits. Less than three months prior to the big day we sent out cancellation notices to our guests.  We lost nearly $25,000 in the process, and most of our sanity.”

However luckily this story has a happy ending. In May last year, the couple decided to plan a simple and quirky wedding in Las Vegas. The day had a vintage and Alice in Wonderland theme and went off without a hitch.

“After investing so much, not just monetarily, but emotionally, I had a newfound hatred for all things matrimonial,” Tiffany continued. In the two years that followed, we were invited to more than two dozen weddings, and we attended five – only because I couldn’t find the words to disappoint a few. While others in the pews blotted tears, I made personal wagers with myself and reveled in my cynicism. I complained to my few remaining single friends as I endured each of my ‘ugly-dress obligations,’ which is how I lovingly referred to the honor of being asked to stand up as a bridesmaid for my closest friends.”

“However flash forward to 1-1-11 and imagine my surprise when Ryan proposed again, just after midnight on New Year’s. The word ‘yes’ came out without hesitation, but my excitement was quickly overshadowed by feelings of worry and fear. I was terrified that I’d get sucked back in, that another wedding would destroy us. This time it has to be about us.”

“After we told the families and friends, one of my girlfriends was joking and told me that we should send out save-the-dates that say ‘We’re late, we’re late, for a very important date!’ She was right, and it happened – I got excited! I want to have a tea party wedding. I wanted it to be bright, breezy, silly & fun! I want the quirkiness of a mad hatter’s tea with more class and a little less cartoon.”

“Looking back on the wedding, it could not possibly have been any more us,” the bride concluded. “Things went right, and things went wrong. The 60 mile per hour wind gusts weren’t helpful. The maid of honor forgot the ring in her car and we all had a laugh while we waited for someone to run and get it. But we were surrounded by people that we loved, we laughed, danced and played croquet. The food was wonderful, and the drinks were better. We did a lot of the work ourselves and that made it even more worthwhile, more personal, more ours. We had fun and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.”

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A Vegas Wedding in the Cosmopolitan Hotel Pop Up Chapel: Ashley & Jeremy

Ashley & Jeremy are wedding photographers so were in Las Vegas at the same time as I was for WPPI. After the Airplanes & Blazers party (which I was also at…!) Jeremy was sitting at a table with Patrick from StillMotion (while Ashley was off in the bathroom) and Jeremy was telling Patrick he would love to propose. Patrick encouraged him, telling him if he proposed and they got married while they were all still in Vegas, Patrick would shoot it!

When Ashley returned, Patrick proposed, right there and then by saying “Will you marry me…on Wednesday?!” So just 36 hours later, they were married in the Pop Up Wedding Chapel at the Cosmopolitan Hotel with all of their best wedding photographer friends from WPPI watching.

Ashley kindly told me all about their amazing wedding day and how, even with such a short time frame to plan it all, they were able to have the perfect wedding! “It was so amazing to see other photographers and industry professionals rally behind us to help plan our wedding. We had the little chapel packed full of other photographers and it meant so much to me to see their faces there that night. People that we knew very well and people that we barely knew before WPPI helped us with everything we needed to make sure it went off without a hitch. Jeremy and I are still in disbelief at the kindness and generosity that our amazing vendors showed to us to with our crazy timeline and last minute plans!”

“Only having about 36 hours to plan the wedding, I knew there were limited things I could feasibly take on myself. However, being in the wedding business I knew that I had to have a few things that although small, would make a big impact and really make me feel like we were having a ‘real’ wedding! The morning of the wedding, Jeremy and I took a cab to Whole Foods and purchased mini cupcakes, which I added pink sprinkles to (I’m OBSESSED with sprinkles). We also purchased a random assortment of flowers so I could create a bouquet. My intentions were to just create a bouquet for me, but after putting it together I had leftovers to make my bridesmaid’s bouquets too! I used one of my sheer scarves I had brought with me in a pale pink cheetah print to wrap the bouquet, which was a last minute touch I really liked! I also walked to the nearest convenience store and purchased gray poker chips, safety pins, and crazy glue to create the boy’s boutonnieres!”

“My business partner Jen, and two of my best friends Carly and Ashley were rooming with us, so they happily took up the role as amazing bridesmaids. They all put together their own outfits and somehow all pulled the same color scheme!! Jeremy’s business partner Nick was also on hand, and another photographer friend Ryan awesomely stepped up to be another groomsmen. All three boys had vests they had brought along to Vegas, so they also somehow managed to pull together a cohesive look!”

“As we were getting ready in our hotel room, we called to try to get several cabs to the hotel to take us to the chapel. After being told it would take an hour + to get that many cabs, we were then informed we did have the option of taking the Mammoth Limo, a F-650 limo that fits 30, complete with a full lights show and surround sound inside… although it seemed ridiculous at first, it ended up being the absolute perfect way to arrive to our Vegas wedding, with our photographers, friends, and cinematographers all piling in with us. It was so funny and really made the moment seem absolutely unreal.”

“Earlier in the week, we had had the pleasure of meeting Eric, who is part of the awesome band Norman. A few hours before the wedding, one of my bridesmaids had the idea that maybe Eric could come play at the chapel for us! After a flurry of texts, we found out he had to leave that day and wouldn’t be able to attend. However, as I walked into the chapel, I was informed there was a surprise for me. I turned around to see Eric with his guitar to help us down the aisle!! It was such a cool moment and something I will never forget. Jeremy and I are HUGE music lovers and to have that there for us was so much better than any iPod playlist.”

“We had less than two days to pull together a wedding, and we were in VEGAS!” concluded the bride. “There was definitely the easy route of finding the nearest Elvis and calling it a day, but we knew that if this wedding was going to truly reflect us, we had to make it us. Jeremy and I have never been a traditional couple. We haven’t had a normal relationship and have never followed the rules when it has come to our relationship, our careers, and our lives. We started our marriage off with a crazy adventure, and I know that we will always approach our love with the same sense of adventure and fun. So many times we are afraid to do those things we most want to do because of fear of judgement from others. For once, we let all that go by the wayside and did exactly what felt right, and what we knew was right, for us. With a borrowed ring from a friend, a Las Vegas mood ring from the corner store, hand-made bouquets and a room full of photographers, our engagement AND wedding absolutely fell together in 36 hours just perfectly.”

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The Desert & A Disco Tree: Danielle & Jose

Danielle & Jose are probably about the cutest couple I know. The first time I met them, at a party in LA last August, we spent the whole night huddled in the corner chatting about life, love, the universe and our mutual appreciation of British culture… and photo booths! So when Danielle emailed me just before I left for Vegas to tell me they were going to be there at the same time I just about squealed with delight to be able to see my friends again.

Then, when I told my travel buddy Lisa Devlin that I’d be meeting them during our trip she offered to do a couple shoot with them. It was the perfect excuse for us to drive out to the desert, decorate a Joshua tree with gold glitter curtains and enjoy the incredible light!

“When we heard that the wonderful Lisa Devlin wanted to photograph us, we were so excited to work with her,” Danielle told me afterwards. “The only photos Jose and I have taken together aside from our wedding photos were done with a self timer so it was especially exciting for us to work with someone like her. We felt honored to be captured by such an amazing photographer.”

“The whole day was quite an adventure, and even though there was a lot going on in the background (as a couple of drunken uninvited guests decided to crash our party!) Lisa made us feel very much at ease during the process. We are so thankful to Lisa and her fantastic assistant Amy, as well as to Kat for bringing us together!”

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Las Vegas Lovers: Sequins & Smoke Bombs

For the third and final setting of the Las Vegas Lovers shoot, GalaNubby & I wanted to get a little mean & moody…and that meant monochrome, silver and something a bit more dramatic! We moved from our beloved Ghost Town (Nubby & I have since decided we might take up residence there…just as long and someone can sort out some interwebz for us please…) and ambled towards a good-looking piece of desert.

With the light fading fast it was time to crack open our pièce de résistance… coloured smoke bombs!

There’s quite a story behind these beauties. Turns out Nevada state law is slightly cray cray about fireworks. In fact Lisa and Amy had to add an hour to their drive up from LA to visit a town called Pahrump - apparently one of the only towns in Southwest America where you can legally buy them! However I hope you’ll agree the trek was worth it.

After much coughing, spluttering and giggling we’d nailed the shots but we weren’t done just yet. As the day drew to a close, we simply had to get one final shot of us in front of that incredible view in the middle of the deserted highway. Looking at these photos I can’t believe I was actually there! It just looks like a dream.

I wore

Charlotte Balbier ‘Tutti Frutti’ gown custom made in black (I felt like an actual million dollars in this dress…it may well be my favourite dress ever ever ever!)
♥ Vivienne Westwood/Melissa Lady Dragon shoes in yellow & black
Butler & Wilson pink crystal skull ring

Gala wore

♥ Betsey Johnson tee-shirt
♥ Betsey Johnson feather dress
♥ Bedazzled glasses by Tequila Star
♥ Star headband by Janine Basil
♥ Chinese Laundry shoes

Nubby wore

♥ Silver dress from Camilla & Marc 
♥ Black sequin mouse ears from Disneyland
♥ Tights from H&M
♥ Boots from Ai for Matiko

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