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Desert Romance Inspiration Shoot

Keep scrolling to see what happens when J. Anne Photography and  Kristen Joy Photography meet up with some friends (like Layers of Lovely, Paper and Home, and Showboy Bakeshop)  in Las Vegas. Hint: it’s not what you’re expecting, and yes, its beyond gorgeous. The palate of light contrasting with darker neutrals proves it doesn’t have to be hot pink to pop. We’ll just say, we’re happy what happened didn’t stay in Vegas.


From J. Anne PhotographyWhen one of my good friends, Kristen from Kristen Joy Photography, approached me about doing a styled shoot with her during the Wedding and Portrait Photographer International convention we immediately knew what we wanted to do for the shoot. Kristen and I shoot very similarly and are drawn to the same sources of inspiration, yet we also both have our own style and help push one another beyond our comfort levels.

Immediately, we knew that we would be shooting in the desert. We know first-hand the beauty that surrounds Las Vegas as we are both wedding photographers from the area; however, we also knew what Las Vegas has to offer is rare for any other part of the country and/or world for that matter. So we wanted to be able to give photographers a chance to see the beauty outside of the glitz and glam of Las Vegas.

We were inspired by every element of the desert down to the native coyotes, barb wire fencing, and softly muted colors which were represented by a palette of neutrals mixed with an eclectic mix of jewelry, wire details, and fur blankets and throws.

Often times the desert is seen as a place for cactus, cowboy boots, and rigid heat; however, we wanted to bring some elements of glamour to our shoot in order to step outside of the rustic box the desert is known for. Some mirrored elements along with flowing florals, dramatic veils, and a bridal crown gave the shoot a touch of sophistication and some much needed romance to the often stark landscape.

Approximately 15 photographers from around the world were able to come out to the desert to join us on our shoot. They left the shoot raving about the beauty of the desert and so thankful to have been able to photograph such a beautiful group of people and details. Kristen and I were humbled by the experience of meeting and learning from so many talented photographers.

Photography: Kristen Joy Photography | Photography: J. Anne Photography | Floral Design: Layers of Lovely ~ An Inspired Floral Art Studio | Stationery: Paper and Home | Hair & Makeup: Mosaic Salon | Tuxedo: Tuxedo Junction | Venue: The Desert | Cake Design: Showboy Bakeshop | Furniture Rentals & Alter Setup: The Wooden Trunk

Modern, Colorful Las Vegas Wedding

What started as a simple elopement ended in a all-out celebration dressed in modern design. With 30 family and friends to bear witness, Scheme Events and Layers Of Lovely whipped up a day that redefines notions of Las Vegas “I dos” and J. Anne Photography was there to capture each second. Hungry for more? The gallery is wedding eye candy just waiting to be swooned!


From J. Anne PhotographySometimes, life gives you lemons, and you’re supposed to make lemonade. But what happens when life hands you a beautiful couple with a wedding that is only a month away, and a team full of amazing vendors? Swoon, that’s what.

I talked to Brittney very briefly one morning, but our conversation was stalled due to my morning of school drop off, and activities with my babies. I followed up with an email later in the day, but didn’t hear back from her right away. I had only spoken to her for a few minutes, but had already learned that she thought she had booked another photographer for her wedding, but had just found out that there was a miscommunication and so her photographer was no longer available. She was heartbroken and now also frantic. I could tell immediately that she was incredibly sweet, charming, and genuine. And I wanted to shoot her wedding. So I was a bit sad not to hear back from her right away. The next day my cell phone rang. It was a number that I wasn’t familiar with, but when the area code indicated Arkansas I picked up the call. It was Mike on the other end. Brittney’s fiancé. What happened next still makes my heart skip a beat. Mike and I chatted about details very briefly, but then he said… Can you just go ahead and send me the contract? I just can’t handle hearing Brittney cry for another minute. With that, a contract was sent, and he won a place in my heart… which made me see (even from over the phone) why Brittney was so in love with this man.

Brittney and Mike chose to get ready in separate hotels, and to only see each other when she walked up the aisle to become his wife. The day was planned perfectly by Scheme Events, and Layers of Lovely created spectacular florals to welcome the new Spring wedding season!

Springtime in Las Vegas is absolutely beautiful. Away from the strip there are so many beautiful deserts, gardens, and even though it is a desert… the city is in bloom. Brittney and Mike chose to be married in a beautiful garden at Springs Preserve surrounded by their closest friends and family who had surprisingly decided to join them on their destination wedding weekend!

From The Bride…What started out as an intended elopement turned into a weekend party and wedding in Las Vegas with our family and friends. Not only did our parents and my grandparents join us, but we were also joined by about 30 of our closest friends for a great destination wedding.

The morning of our wedding, Mike and his groomsmen got together early to get dressed in his brother’s room at the Mandarin Oriental. Jodi arrived in the room right on time, and took several detail pictures of Mike with his groomsmen. Soon after, they drove out to the Strip for some action shots. I wanted some traditional photographs, but I also wanted some fun shots from the strip. Thankfully, Jodi understood my vision, including my remake of the classic “Abbey Road” album cover.

Meanwhile, the girls were getting ready in my room at the Vdara. Lori did my hair and makeup, while her assistant did the bridesmaids’ hair. As Lori added the final touches to my makeup, Jodi and her assistant, Janelle, arrived to start taking detail pictures. The girls and I headed down to the strip with Jodi and Janelle for our own fun photo shoot.

After taking pictures on the strip (and taking in a pina colada with my girls) we all drove off to the wedding venue at the Springs Preserve. Mike and I had photos taken separately with our respective families around the grounds. We decided not to have a “first look,” but instead to see each other for the first time at the ceremony.

Our ceremony was better than I could have dreamed. We had our wedding in the Garden Arboretum, which was the perfect setting, as spring native plants and flowers were just beginning to bloom. We asked the Lounge Orphans to play some of our favorite songs during the ceremony. As the wedding party walked out, the Lounge Orphans played Ingrid Michaelson’s You and I. I walked out to Canon in D with my dad. After giving my dad a handshake and a hug, Mike took my hand and led me up the steps to join the wedding party. The ceremony was wonderful, capped off by the Lounge Orphans playing our song, the Lumineers’ Hey Ho, as we walked out.

Jodi took our photos after the wedding while our guests enjoyed a cocktail hour. Our reception was held at the Springs Preserve as well. We chose to have more of an informal setting, and had various food stations instead of a sit down dinner. These stations even included a mac-n-cheese bar..our favorite food! My cake was exactly how I had imagined..and looked exactly like the picture I had supplied Brian, the baker. The Lounge Orphans also played at the reception and set the perfect mood for our guests. The evening started very relaxed, but ended with everyone singing and dancing.

After the reception, everyone was escorted away by a party bus that took us down the Strip and to the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign. We took several photos with all of our family and friends and then cruised the main drag while listening to old school Cher, Journey, and Madonna. The bus took us back to the Vdara and dropped us off to begin our lives together.

Photography: J. Anne Photography | Coordination: Scheme Events | Floral Design: Layers of Lovely ~ An Inspired Floral Art Studio | Cake: Retro Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Springs Preserve | Reception Venue: Springs Preserve | Lighting: LED Unplugged | Entertainment: Lounge Orphans Music | Officiant: Casual Elegance

Red Rock Inspiration Shoot in the Desert + DIY Watercolor Guest Book

Inspired by the red rocks of Las Vegas, Scheme EventsEnchanted Florist and Laura Ivanova Photography set out to craft a shoot that brings glamour to the high desert. With colors reminiscent of a gorgeous sunset (think pretty pastels and deep, shimmering copper) plus a peppering of modern decor and the prettiest watercolor DIY, this imagery is sure to inspire from the desert to the coast. 

From Scheme EventsLas Vegas is known for many things and weddings are usually at the top of the list. When thinking about weddings in Las Vegas a few cliches come to mind: drive thru’s, Elvis, poker chips, casino tables. But did you know Las Vegas also has beautiful venues in gorgeous settings and killer desert sunsets? For this photo shoot we wanted to highlight some of the best of Vegas and feature a variety of wedding trends. We took inspiration from the famous Red Rocks of Las Vegas and selected the Red Rock Country Club for their amazing views and desert setting. Sequins and watercolor may not be the first thing you’d think to pair together, but the pastel of the water color and the dark copper of the sequin linens and table runners created a glamorous effect in the desert. Glittered table numbers and a watercolor menu on each table accented a floral mix of ranunculus, dusty miller, air plants, rice flower, tulips and more! To sweeten things up, a favor of cotton candy wrapped with a copper glittered ribbon was placed on each setting. A desert table featured a watercolor cake, glass bottled drinks, pastel cotton candy, rock candy sticks and oversized macarons. Sweet on the eyes and the taste buds!


18 x 24 stretched canvas
Watercolor paints
Brushes – we used flat brushes between 1⁄4” and 3⁄4” wide
Glass of water
Permanent marker


Watercolors are a very forgiving medium, if you feel like the color looks too saturated just take your brush to mix in a little water and it will lighten up instantly. There are no such things as mistakes with this art form so don’t be afraid to pick up that brush, after all, it’s a special piece of your wedding and unique to the two of you!

step-1Create a wash using a mixture of pigments from the palette. This will be the header for your canvas – make sure it’s big enough to fit what you’d like to write on it, this can be your names or initials and your wedding date.

step-2Let the canvas dry for 24 hours before writing on it. Permanent markers come in so many different colors you can choose a few to match your color scheme, just make sure it’s dark enough to read against the watercolors.

step-3At your reception, prop your canvas up on an easel next to a table with the brushes, watercolor paints, permanent markers and a glass of water.

step-4Ask your guests to pick up a brush, add a stroke of color and sign next to it with a permanent marker. At the end of the night your friends and family will have created a masterpiece, the perfect wedding keepsake to hang on your wall!

Photography: Laura Ivanova Photography | Wedding Gown: Bella Bridesmaids - By Joanna August | Reception Venue: Red Rock Country Club | Bridesmaids Dresses: Style The Aisle | Hair And Makeup: Amelia C & Co | Cake & Macaroons: Gimme Some Sugar | Cotton Candy: B Sweet Candy Boutique | Cotton Candy Favors: Welcome Bag Shoppe | Floral: Enchanted Florist | Planning, Coordination, Design: Scheme Events | Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals | Sequin Table Linens: La Tavola | Sequin Table Runners: Koyal Wholesale