romantic desert arboretum wedding at springs preserve | las vegas wedding photographer

Kim + Jason

One of my favorite couples & wedding. Oh, so many pretty details!

las vegas wedding photographer: Gaby J Photography | assistant: Kristoff Lutchman | ceremony & reception location: Springs Preserve | florals: Layers of Lovely | wedding coordinator: The Wooden Trunk | cake: Peridot Sweets | makeup & hair: Kelly Moore of Smooth Brides | catering: Divine Events | live music: Curtis David | desert inspired wedding invitations: Wide Eyes Design | wedding dress: Allure Bridal

A little snippet from the bride…
Our Favorite Memory of the Day:
We didn’t have our first dance as we were both really shy to dance in front of everyone. As soon as the ceremony ended, our photographer led us to a quiet spot in the garden to take first photos of us as husband and wife. All the rush and excitement we felt seeing our family and friends seemed to quiet down as we spend a few minutes alone together reminding ourselves how lucky we are today. The beauty of nature around us, birds chirping and soft wind blowing. That moment was so special and peaceful.
Our Advise to couples planning today:
Be resourceful and creative. Jason and I have done a lot DIY from the table center piece to the wedding favors. Our weekend consists of daily trips to Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Pinterest is also a great tool for inspiration and ideas. Enjoy your special day as we’ve been told once, the day will go by fast so have fun and don’t stress.
Inspiration behind the day:
The beautiful mountains of Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas were our inspiration for our wedding. We love the Desert Mountains, wild burrows and different native plants. We found the Springs Preserve as a perfect location.  The botanical gardens and our own personal decors in our venue provided that perfect combination of rustic and elegance we loved.
DIY Projects:
1. Instead of purchasing a pre made seating plan from a stationary store, we purchased an old barn window from a local vintage store and used it to write the guest names and table numbers with a white window marker. This gave a lovely personal touch.
2. Jason and I love hiking. While hiking, we collected pinecones at least a hundred of them. We used it for place card names at every table. We dusted each pine cones with gold glitter and MOD. It gave each guest table a woodsier elegant feel.
3. For our wedding favors, we bought small mason jars and filled it with cinnamon vanilla potpourri in each jar and wrap the top cover with a vintage mai print fabric and tied it with burlap. They smelled so nice in the wedding reception.

simple intimate desert destination wedding | las vegas wedding photography

gabi + michele

desert ceremony location: Red Spring in Red Rock, NV | officiant: Angie Kelly of Peachy Keen Unions | props: Michaels | DIY rustic wedding cake topper made by the bride | rustic naked wedding cake recipe made by the bride

From the bride:

“ON FEBRUARY 3RD 2015, MY HUSBAND MADE ME THE HAPPIEST GIRL ON THE PLANET WHEN WE TIED THE KNOT AND SAID I DO! I COULDN’T HAVE ASKED FOR A MORE MAGICAL DAY. WE BOTH WANTED A STRESS FREE AND SIMPLE OUTDOOR WEDDING. WE HAD AN OUTDOOR WEDDING WITH UNDER 30 GUESTS, SWEET AND SIMPLE. WE MET IN LAS VEGAS WHERE MY HUSBAND GREW UP, SO WE DECIDED TO GET MARRIED AT A SPECIAL PLACE THAT WE VISITED A LOT WHEN WE LIVED THERE…RED ROCK CANYON. WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE THE BEAUTY OF THIS PLACE. THE RED ROCKS ARE LIKE NOTHING YOU’VE SEEN BEFORE, TRULY MAGICAL. IN ROMANIA WHEN SOMEONE GETS MARRIED YOU TELL THEM ‘CASA DE PIATRA’, WHICH LITERALLY MEANS HOUSE OF ROCK. YOU SAY THIS TO WISH THEM A MARRIAGE BUILT ON A SOLID FOUNDATION. I MEAN CAN THIS BE A MORE FITTING PLACE TO GET MARRIED!? WE WERE SURROUNDED BY ENORMOUS RED ROCKS! I SAY WE STARTED OUR MARRIAGE ON A FOUNDATION BUILT OF THE STURDIEST ROCK OUT THERE!
 I SURPRISED MY HUSBAND WITH A MINI RUSTIC NAKED WEDDING CAKE AND TOPPER THAT WAS JUST FOR THE TWO OF US TO ENJOY, BUT I DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE OUR GUESTS OUT. I FIGURED WHAT BETTER WAY THAN WITH MINI MASON JAR CAKES! I USED THE SAME BUTTER CAKE RECIPE BUT I MADE CUPCAKES INSTEAD AND MADE HALF THE FROSTING WITH PINK VANILLA BUTTERCREAM AND HALF WITH CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM, SO THAT GUESTS WOULD HAVE A CHOICE. NOT ONLY COULD THEY ENJOY DELICIOUS CAKE, THEY HAD A LITTLE MASON JAR TO TAKE HOME! WE HAD A VINTAGE AND RUSTIC THEME SO I ADORNED THE MINI MASON JARS WITH TWINE, A HANDMADE MONOGRAMMED TAG, AND A MINI WOODEN SPOON. I HAVE TO SAY IT WAS ONE OF MOST REWARDING DIY PROJECTS I’VE EVER WORKED ON. OUR GUESTS FELL IN LOVE! “

vegas pop up styled desert wedding | dry lake beds destination wedding

Lisa + Jason

wedding stylist, florist, & officiant: Flora Pop | desert ceremony location: Dry Lake Beds | hair: Amy Mowat | donuts: O Face Doughnuts

indie desert vegas wedding | las vegas destination wedding photographer

Julianna + Philip

location: Southern Nevada desert |spritual secular ceremony performed by: Wanda’s Weddings | chair rentals: RSVP party rentals

vintage vegas downtown elopement photography

Breanne + Michael

ceremony location: El Cid | officiant: Flora Pop | florist: Flora Pop | photo locations: downtown Las Vegas Fremont Street

FEATURED ON GREEN WEDDING SHOES!!!

tonopah and southern nevada desert on film

Day tripped with the bf to an old mining town, Tonopah, NV, to explore the haunted Clown Motel next to a cemetery.

indie elvis elopement | the little vegas chapel | neon museum

Karey + Ben

With a little bit of lady luck and a lot of unlimited love, with only two weeks notice and some help from Elvis, Karey’s & Ben’s (both from the UK) immediate families joined this unbeatable pair for their unforgettable Las Vegas elopement.

ceremony location: my favorite wedding chapel in Las Vegas, The Little Vegas Chapel | other photo locations: Neon Museum, downtown Las Vegas, & vintage motels | Dress: Theia | Shoes: Steve Madden | Garter: Lillian Rose | Hair: cut and color 2 days prior in London by Debbie Woods at Salon Saco  | Tiara: bought in a vintage store in Budapest, Hungary | Groom’s tie (martinis & cigars): Vineyard Vines | Groom’s shoes: FRYE | Groom’s suit: Indochino
More photos featured on Rock n Roll Bride! & on Karey’s blog.

fun vintage desert elopement photography | downtown vegas elopement photographer

Fran + Matt

Officiant & Florist: Flora Pop | donuts: O Face Doughnuts | downtown las vegas photo location: North Gallery at Neon Museum

stumptown coffee in portland on film

Stumptown Coffee Roasters from my trip to Portland, Oregon.

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