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Romantic Destination Wedding at Legends Ranch

This destination wedding is bringing the indoors out. From the vintage church pews decorating an open air ceremony to the light-filled portraits by Chelsea Nicole Photography, it all makes for a day so incredibly romantic. And the many pretty details like a blanket of florals by Layers Of Lovely and the simple beauty of a naked cake by Peridot Sweets certainly add to that romance. Click here for more.




From Chelsea Nicole PhotographyThis wedding is a favorite of mine and I’m so excited to share it. It’s intimate and sweet, yet full of pretty details that made both the coordinator and my team all swoon when walked on the scene. There’s was lots of a special touches that you’ll see below, but one of my favorites was the bride’s cathedral length veil… It was her mothers and has been in the family for 30 years. Her sister also wore it at her wedding and it will eventually be passed down to their children).

From The Bride…Kyle and I met in January 2006 while acting as wingmen for our friends who just started dating. The chemistry was instant! By the January 2007, we were living together and had adopted the first of our two furry children.

Kyle proposed while we were traveling in Europe in 2011. He had been carrying the ring for 3 weeks and across 3 countries before he popped the question in Cinque Terre, Italy.

We wanted a fun and informal wedding where the focus was spending quality time with our family and friends. We loved the idea of incorporating a holiday into the celebrations; it was just a matter of whether the destination was 2 hours out of Sydney or 14. We decided on Las Vegas as Kyle’s brother lives there and it would be a great way to bring all his family together. Also because it is Vegas! What an awesome time all our family and friends would have in the lead up to the wedding.

Kyle and I are more non traditional and wanted an outdoor venue with a relaxed ceremony that would compliment our personalities. I was so happy when I came across Legends Ranch. It was perfect as it was only 15 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip but felt like we were miles away at a peaceful and intimate ranch. It was another side of Vegas that not many people knew existed.

For the details, we kept the DIY to a minimum to maintain my sanity. My mum, aunty and sister made our antipasto and cheese platters which look very appetizing and tasted just as good as they looked. My bridesmaids and I made the table numbers for Le Cirque and put together the blanket bonbonniere the night before the wedding. I wouldn’t recommend anyone leaving DIY that late but we were lucky enough to only have to make 4 table numbers and tie 25 blankets otherwise I might have been in trouble. The frames, wooden boards and blankets were all brought over from Australia. I wore my Mum’s cathedral length veil which was 30 years old. It is very special to our family as now it was been worn by my mum, my sister and myself. Hopefully it will be something that can be passed on to our children.

It was really important to Kyle and I to make our family and friends feel like they were really part of the day. Our celebrant Angie suggested we include a ring warming ceremony. Angie wrote such a beautiful, personalized ceremony and the ring warming was the icing on the cake. It was great to see all our family and friends each giving their well wishes. With many of our guests traveling to Vegas for the first time, we wanted to include an experience that would showcase the glitz of the Strip. We couldn’t go past the open top double decker bus which transported our guests from Legends Ranch to Le Cirque at the Bellagio. It was great to see everyone taking pictures, singing along to the songs and getting into the party mood.

Kyle and I wrote our own vows and I must say I was a bit apprehensive about Kyle as I had to keep prodding him to get stuck in and send them to Angie. When I heard them for the first time on our wedding day, I was left speechless. It was definitely my favorite moment. I think how I felt on the day can be summed up in one moment, when I arrived at Legends Ranch before the ceremony, just before Kyle or the guests had arrived. I realized then, when I saw everything perfect, exactly like I imagined it in my head, that after two years research and planning the day had finally arrived! It was just surreal.

After everything is over, all you have are your memories and your pictures. Kyle and I joke that we have the worst memories so choosing the right photographer was very important to us. Take the time to find someone whose style you love and who you click with, you will be spending the whole day with them! Chelsea from Chelsea Nicole Photography has the best energy and made us feel so comfortable; the day wouldn’t have been the same without her.

Also hire a day of coordinator. I would have been a wreck if it wasn’t for the help of our awesome wedding coordinators Juliet and Angelica from Green Orchid Events. While technically they were day of coordinators, they were helping me with suggestions on vendors and answering all my questions right from the first meeting. They set up all the details at Legends and even did the little thing like going out to buy bottled water for our drink station when they realized there wasn’t any available on site. I never even knew there was a problem. I know that if they weren’t there, my family and I would have been sweating the small details rather than enjoying the day.

Photography: Chelsea Nicole Photography | Coordination: Green Orchid Events | Floral Design: Layers Of Lovely | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal From Brides Of Sydney | Cake: Peridot Sweets | Invitations: Starry Night Paperie | Reception: Bellagio | Bridesmaid Dresses: Lela Rose | Hair And Makeup: Amelia C And Co. | Officiant: Reverend Angie Kelly Of Peachy Keen Unions | Ceremony & Cocktails: Legends Ranch | Vintage Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Vintage Rentals: Wooden Trunk

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Desert Elopement in Dry Lake Bed + WIUP

Another week has come to a end, lovelies. But before we head out we wanted to leave you with this breathtaking elopement. This couple traveled all the way from Canada to elope in Las Vegas, but skipped the strip and headed for dry lake bed outside of town, managing to catch the sun just as it was setting. This of course made for some stunning images by Kirsten Joy, and you can relish in the full gallery here.


From Kirsten Joy PhotographyLet me set the scene- A gorgeous night, March 19, 2014, on a desert dry lake bed with only your two closest friends and the one you are about to marry. This is the only way Tessa and Bruno saw themselves getting married. Tessa is a wedding photographer herself in Calgary, Canada and didn’t want to go through the guest lists and regular wedding to-do’s. And the two are always up for an adventure (going snowboard, surfing, hiking). So they decided they would elope in Las Vegas. They didn’t want the cheesy drive through though, they wanted the romantic soft colors and peaceful scene.

The bride and groom found their wedding rings on a Etsy site (Joan of Engaged Jewelry). Then Tessa hand made her dress and they were headed to Vegas only telling their two closest friends who came with them, the rest of the family would be completely surprised.

From the Bride…Bruno and I had been together over seven years when he proposed in May at the top of our local ski hill, and we had started planning and saving for a wedding for the summer of 2015. As a wedding photographer myself, I secretly liked the idea of eloping and avoiding the stress and planning for a big wedding, and a few weeks ago Bruno and I were talking about our plans and he was into the idea too – we could elope, make a trip out of it, and be married.

Once we’d decided to elope, Vegas was an easy choice; I’d never been and thought it would be awesome to get married on my first trip there. We asked our two best friends to come with us, and started planning. Though, we were getting married in Vegas, we didn’t want a cheesy-Elvis-drive-through-chapel wedding; we liked the idea of being out in the desert with no one else around and the beauty of the surrounding to take our breaths away.

Of course, great photos were a priority for me, and Kristen’s work was exactly the style I love. I wanted romantic, soft and peaceful moments captured. When I saw sessions she’d done in the desert at sunset I was sold.

Even when eloping there’s a lot to do, especially when planning from another country, (We’re from Calgary, AB) and Kristen was a huge help in helping figure out the location, timing, and recommending vendors.

Before we left home we found Bruno’s suit at a local boutique, had our rings made by a local jeweler, and I ended up MAKING MY OWN DRESS right before we left. Everything else we bought in Vegas the day before our wedding.

I Face-timed my mom & sister right before we left for the ceremony, to break the news to them (they were shocked and very happy) and then we drove out of Vegas to a dry lake bed for the ceremony. It was short & sweet & perfect: just us in the desert at sunset. We had time to soak in the moments and really enjoy our first hours together as a married couple.

After photos, champagne, cigars, wine, & more photos, our best friends/witnesses took us for an amazing dinner, and then we wandered around the strip playing “drink when a stranger says congrats”. The next day we shared our news with Bruno’s family, then hit the road to drive to Utah for our Honeymoon – snowboarding in Park City.

The whole thing was perfect, and “us”, we’re so happy to be married and with the wedding we chose.

Photography: Kristen Joy Photography | Floral Design: Enchanted Florist | Rings: Joan Of Engaged Jewelry | Groom's Attire: Espy Calgary | Officiant: Angie Kelly Of Peachy Keen Unions | Hair Stylist/ Makeup Artist: Your Beauty Call | Las Vegas Dry Lake Bed: Jean Dry Lake Bed


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Desert Inspiration Shoot

I am speechless. Jaw to my desk speechless. Because this shoot from Lexia Frank Photography is far too pretty for words. With the stunning styling and photography by the lovely Lexia and a breathtaking film from Naz Films, this beauty just took the top spot as one of my all time favorite shoots. See why here.

From Lexia Frank PhotographyI’d been wanting to do a very minimalistic, earth-inspired shoot for a long time. When I found the 100 year-old hoop skirt at an antique store in florida, i knew it must be included. I created the belt out of leather and hundreds of feathers. the origami menus mix the guest’s name card, and upon opening, they see the menu listed for the evening. They were designed by Eva Black Designs, and she is a genius with folded paper designs! The wood elements were found on-site at the desert and the antlers were painted white for a simple, all-white table-scape. and, the ever talented Naz Films made an absolutely beautiful Super 8mm film to go along with our shoot in the desert. We worked with our wonderful models, Susan Mirembe and curt Kingston, and Katherine Risling did an incredible job with Susan’s makeup.

Photography: Lexia Frank Photography | Videography: Naz Films | Event Planning: Lexia Frank Photography | Menues: Eva Black Designs | Models: Curt Kingston

Modern Las Vegas Wedding

There’s one thing I know to be true every single time; when a bride and groom take the time to create amazing relationships with their vendors, the results are always beyond pretty. And that’s exactly what these sweet lovebirds did with Andrea Eppolito Events. It’s a day bursting with happiness and thanks to Meg Ruth Photography, we’re lucky enough to get a peek.


From Andrea Eppolito Events… When Katherine met Jared during her freshman year at West Washington University, their chemistry extended far beyond the their shared pre-med major! Their old world courtship was highlighted by a first date where Jared brought flowers to both Katherine AND her mom! Talk about a charmer!

Over the course of the next six years Katherine & Jared traveled the world, seeing everything from the States to Canada, Saipan, London, Paris and Rome! During one such trip to Las Vegas, Jared asked Katherine’s mother for permission to marry her. An engagement followed shortly thereafter, and the two decided to return to Las Vegas for their fall 2013 wedding.

Over the months of planning, I got to spend time with Katherine & Jared while we searched for the perfect venue, met with creative partners, and even squeezed in a just-for-fun lunch at one of my all time foodie favorite hot-spots, Milos! The thing which strikes me the most about these two is their absolute adoration and respect for one another. Katherine calls Jared “Dear” and he responds in kind. They look to each other in each and every decision, putting their heads together and never-failing to come to a place of perfect balance. I have no doubt that they will have a marriage just as beautiful as the wedding we planned.

Towards the end of our planning strategy seemed to strike as Katherine’s father had a medical emergency while visiting family in the Philippines. Days later, an earthquake struck, causing us to wonder if guests would indeed make it to The States in time for the wedding. On the day of the wedding, love and good fortune prevailed, and all of the guests were able to be in attendance.

Katherine married Jared at the stunning and lush Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. The weather was perfect as Katherine gathered with her bridesmaids to get ready for her first look with Jared, who was the image of cool while playing a private hand with his groomsmen in his suite. Jared asked that their first look be as private as possible – He didn’t want cameras and other people impacting the intimacy of their moment. Still, photographer Meg Ruth managed to steal a few shots from far away with her awesome lens!

This fashion forward couple was ahead of the trend, selecting Pantone’s 2014 color of the year as the inspiration for their fall 2013 wedding. The ceremony took place in front of the famed Fountain Terrace, featuring a sculpted dragon and iguanas. To echo the pyramid shape we set chairs on three sides, with the middle aisle featuring manzanita trees, crystals and pomander balls in shades of lavender and deep purples. And while Katherine’s mother walked her down the aisle, her father was on hand and stood up to tie his daughter away properly.

The Acacia Ballroom was lit with soft shades of pinks, and a geometric light box surrounded by crystals hung over the white dance floor. The head table was dripping with orchids and topped with candles, while guest tables featured alternating high and low centerpieces featuring roses and orchids in various shades of purples.

After a 4 course dinner and a four tiered cake dressed in hand made sugar flowers and fondant, DJ Mike Fox’s team provided music, Shutter Booth offered guests a chance to take photos with a multitude of props, and as a late night gesture guests were treated to fresh-made doughnuts.

Photography: Meg Ruth Photography | Floral Design: Naakiti Floral | Wedding Dress: La Sposa | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Four Seasons Las Vegas. | Ceremony Venue: Four Seasons Las Vegas | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Las Vegas | Shoes: Alfani | DJ: Mike Fox | Tux: Vera Wang | Venue: Four Seasons Las Vegas | Event Design & Planning: Andrea Eppolito Events | Hair & Make Up: Make Up In The 702 | Photo Booth: Shutterbooth Of Las Vegas | Rentals: Sit On This

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Traditional Las Vegas Wedding

When traditional meets pretty in Las Vegas, it’s a magical thing.  Especially when that pretty is created by a talented team of vendors that includes By Invitation OnlyChocolate & Spice and Layers Of Lovely.  Add in a bride and groom who are seriously (seriously) stunning and one glorious image after another from J. Anne Photography and happy, happy Monday, lovelies. See it all here.

And a beautiful film from Caterpillar Weddings?  Yes, please.

From J. Anne Photography… Francesca and David were married on a beautiful, sun-filled January day in Las Vegas, NV. They opted for a muted color palette of grays and blush pinks accented by olive tree branch bouquets, black and white stripes, and gold accents. Francesca, being an assistant for a local wedding design/consult team, didn’t leave any of the details undone. They tied the knot in a beautiful Catholic church before heading off to their reception at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Being that Las Vegas is a desert, and our January nights get pretty chilly, they decided to bring the outside in. Bistro lights hung above their intimate indoor setting creating the feel of a summer wedding under the stars. Their guests were served dinner family-style, and they all danced the night away.

From the Bride… I woke up calm on the morning of our wedding, definitely excited, but still calm. I sat up in bed, just one day shy of our 9th anniversary and I couldn’t believe the day was finally here. Our hairstylist (yes, she’s David’s, too), and dear friend, Amy, walked into our suite bright and early with her team. The groomsmen had delivered our breakfast soon after and the bridesmaids and I hopped out of bed to greet them. I had to squeeze in towards our best man to ask how David was doing. He answered, “Sleeping, it’s 5am.”  I couldn’t help but giggle and be thankful that he was here to share our big day.

When the boys left we started hair and makeup and we laughed and joked, for being 5am, we were all wide-awake and their excitement gave me butterflies. There were so many thankful moments throughout the day, this being one of them. I looked around the room and couldn’t believe these girls were all here for us, to help celebrate our love. We finished with hair and makeup sooner than we had planned and had time to play “dress up” with my cathedral length veil.

Jodi, our incredible photographer, walked in right on time, just like it said on our production schedule. I thought to myself, “Showtime!” The girls went into their rooms to slip on their dresses and my mom and maid of honor came into my suite to help me into my dress – my drop A-line, full tulle skirt dress, my dream dress. The room started to blur but I remembered to pause and look at everything. I noticed my mom tear up as she the slipped on my grandmother’s bracelet and I saw my sister flash a quick smile at me as she closed every button down my back. Before I knew it, it was time to meet my groom for our First Look. I had known this man for nine years but suddenly the butterflies got stronger and I just wanted to run to him, forget sneaking up and tapping his shoulder, I wanted to run and I wanted to squeeze him and jump for joy yelling, “We’re getting married today!” We were 16 when we met, so it only felt natural to jump up and down celebrating as young kids do. When I tapped his shoulder I prayed that he wouldn’t tear up, but he did. He was as handsome as ever and the moment our eyes met we knew just how extremely lucky we were to have each other and have everyone we love surrounding us. We soon joined our bridal party to take pictures and it was a riot, we weren’t just lucky to have each other, but also lucky to have friends we could call family.

The time came to get on the bus and head to the church. When we arrived I gave a quick kiss to our parents and grandparents so I could sneak off into a room and hide as guests arrived. Father Marc walked in and asked me, “Are you ready?”, and I replied, “Been ready, Father!” Each time that we met with him throughout the planning process he became more of a friend. He left my mom and I to have a moment before walking down the aisle and I had to pray, once again, for this person not to tear up. This time, she didn’t, and I was thankful. She lightened the mood by pulling out her phone saying she needed to post a picture on Facebook of my last single gal moment before giving me away to David, we laughed. I watched everyone head towards the altar ahead of me, then it was our turn. I looked up to see David’s face and watched him try not to cry. When she placed my hand into his, it already felt official. The ceremony was so beautiful with our bridal party taking a role in all the events that took place, it couldn’t have happened more perfectly. Even the sun shined its brightest on this January day. We were officially “Mr. & Mrs. Torrella”, time to party.

We headed to Springs Preserve for intimate pictures in the desert as a newlywed couple, in between we caught a glimpse of our guests enjoying themselves during cocktail hour on the patio. We heard screams of congratulations, happiness and love and were dying to be up there celebrating with them. Our planners lined us up for our grand entrance and as the music played an overwhelming feeling of thanks took over and I wanted to cry. I held back when my new husband squeezed my hand and everything felt right. We had made it to this day, together, hand in hand. We head out to the dance floor for our first dance to the song “Dancing in the Moonlight”. It was perfect under the string of bistro lights and the faces of the most special people in our lives looking on.

We sat down to have our dinner, the meal we had all joked about on the ride to the church that was so far from now. We were starving and we made sure we tasted everything! David and I are big on family so having round tables at our reception was out of the question. Instead we setup our long tables to seat 18 and served dinner family style. We wanted to bring the cherished Sunday dinners from our childhood to our wedding and the caterers were so great in making this happen. We watched dishes being passed across the table to one another and it felt just like home. One of the most special moments of our reception was seeing our guests dance to the songs they had requested on their RSVP’s. I asked the DJ to play the slower songs during dinner and one by one, the songs played and the couples that requested it took to the dance floor, like an open book they danced and we watched them celebrate their love. We strive to make our friends and family a part of our days and our wedding was no exception. David had even flown in our best friends to New York to witness his proposal. We knew our loved ones wanted to celebrate us but we wanted to make this a celebration for them as well, after all, we wouldn’t be where we are today without them, their love and support. Our day was so full of love, so casual, so beautiful and so fulfilling. From the advice given to me months leading up to our wedding, I got up from our sweetheart table and walked around the café to soak in the details of the party we had been planning for the past year – the cake table, the olive tree guestbook we plan to plant in the backyard of the home we had purchased just 4 months prior, the escort cards, the hot cocoa favors that my mom and aunts helped me assemble, the 21 foot table runners that my sister/maid of honor had worked tirelessly on to sew, the hand cut gold glitter table numbers, the Juniors Cheesecake we had flown in from Brooklyn where we celebrated our engagement… everything. It was gorgeous! We danced till we could dance no more and just like that, the night was over.

We got back on the bus with our family and bridal party to head back to the hotel room. As much as I loved my dress, I was so happy to slip out of it. We shared moments throughout the day with our bridal party who joined us in our suite to continue the party with a few pies from our favorite pizza place. When we all grew too tired to keep our eyes open, everyone head back into their own rooms. I took my new husband into our room and we shared our first good night’s sleep in a long time, as a married couple.

Photography: J. Anne Photography | Videography: Caterpillar Weddings | Coordination: Scheme Events | Cake: Chocolate & Spice | Invitations: Laura Vandy Of By Invitation Only | Church: St. Joseph Husband Of Mary | Reception: Las Vegas Springs Preserve | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Hair & Makeup: Square Salon | Lighting: LED Unplugged | Transportation: Bell Trans | Hotel: JW Marriott | Bride's Dress: Enzoani | Floral: Layers Of Lovely | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Bowties Bridal And Tuxedos | Linens: La Tavola | Linens & Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals

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Las Vegas Wedding from Kelsey Anderson Photography + Something New Video

If you are lucky enough to live in Las Vegas like I do, you know it’s the perfect place to throw a wedding. A place where the sun is eternally shining, the landscapes are forever beautiful and the fun is being had for every last member of your friends and family.  It’s a destination wedding paradise, if you ask me.  And when you add in one of my favorite locales (Green Valley Ranch), succulent-filled blooms by Flora Couture by Floral 2000 and a whole host of pretty images captured by Kelsey Anderson Photography, it makes for one amazing way to spend a Thursday.  See it all right here in the full gallery.

And don’t miss this amazing film from Something New Video for even more lovely…


From the Bride… My husband’s friends and family live in Ontario, Canada and mine are all in Alberta, Canada. We decided that instead of just having his friends and family travel for the wedding, it would only be fair to have everybody travel. And what could be more fair than having 40 of your closest friends and family to travel to Las Vegas for four days to celebrate with you!

The theme for the wedding was very organic and rustic with lots of succulents, greenery and burlap accented with grey and yellow. Even though it was a destination wedding, I wanted it to have as much of a personal and ‘DIY’ feel as possible, and purchased many of the decor items on Etsy and brought them with me. It was tricky finding a venue that would fit with this look, but thankfully our planner, Brit Bertino, was able to steer us towards the stunning Green Valley Ranch. It was absolutely perfect . The grounds are beautiful, the staff were incredible and the food and drinks were delicious!

We wanted to spend as much time as possible with our guests so in addition to the wedding, we planned a Meet & Greet at Stripburger on Friday night, which was a hit. Weddings are hectic and crazy, so the meet and greet gave that bit of extra time to spend with everyone.

As well, for the ‘afterparty’ after the wedding reception, we arranged for a double decker bus to pick up the whole group and take everybody for a Strip tour, ending at Fremont Street. We wanted everybody to remember our Vegas wedding forever and have the time of their lives. Everybody had a blast and we had so many people say it was the best wedding they had ever been to.

We were lucky to have Jimi and Sandi from Something New Video follow us around all day. And when I say all day, I mean ALL day… from getting ready first thing in the morning to the afterparty on the double decker bus. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Unless you have amazing videographers there to capture everything…

Not only was our wedding day perfect, but the entire time spent in Las Vegas with our friends and family was perfect. Destination weddings are a great way to spend that extra little time with the most important people in your lives, and we are so grateful we were able to get married that way!

Photography: Kelsey Anderson Photography | Cinematography: Something New Video | Event Design: Brit Bertino | Event Planning: Brit Bertino | Flowers: Flora Couture by Floral 2000 | Dress: Maggie Sottero (Geneva) | Invitations: PGH Papercraft | Wedding Venue: Green Valley Ranch | Bride's Necklace: Anthropologie | Bridesmaid Necklaces: All Things Tinsel | Burlap Banners: Funky Shique | Chair Garlands: The Path Less Traveled | Hair + Makeup: Amelia C | Ring Bearer Pillow + Sign: Bragging Bags | Ring Bearer's Suspenders + Bowties: Bebecha | Veil: Tessa Kim

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