From Inspiration to Reality: The Design, II
February 26, 2010

I am the girliest of girls and when it comes to weddings, I'm all about the pink, the pretty, the totally frilly. But every now and then, I see something from the other end of the spectrum that completely changes the way I see weddings and the many, MANY loves that I have. Inspired by Chiara's inspiration board, This From Inspiration to Reality design did just that. Built by Tracey of Your Las Vegas Wedding Concierge, Chelsea Nicole, Tifany of Gourmet Invitations, Shannon of Emplume, Naakiti Floral Design, and a collection of fabulous vendors (full list below) it's a gorgeous look at boy meets girl, at fashion meets substance. We have a big spread coming up throughout the day but if you want to cheat and see all of the pictures, go ahead and hit up the galleries right here.

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

from inspiration to reality

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The Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural institution located just fifteen minutes NW of the Las Vegas Strip. It was designed to commemorate Las Vegas' dynamic history and to provide a vision for a sustainable future. It is an ideal venue for “green, sustainable” weddings with many beautiful locations and trails that take you miles away in ambience and adventure from the bright lights of the strip. Wolfgang Puck Catering is the sole catering company where every food and beverage, dish, fork and element they consider is organic and sustainable and 100% delicious as you would expect.


Using the movie “The Aviator” as the underlying theme, I started with an airplane motif invitation. I found the amazing table number stand at Hobby Lobby and that piece became a huge part of the look for all of the paper pieces. As the oval shaped fames are so “vintage” in style, I decided to make everything oval. Oval menus, oval favor tags, an oval seating chart sign and oval RSVP card. I added some modern design elements to the invitation with the couple’s name, Mary and William, in an all-lowercase script contrasted by subtext in an all-capitalized classic-serif font in a justified layout. The invitation was covered in brown faux-fur and then layered with peacock colored cardstock and ribbon. I included a large fold out map to the suite to keep with the theme of travelingr. In the steamer trunk, the guest also finds an adorable gold vintage compass with matching peacock needle "to find their way". For the seating chart, I really wanted to do something different for this shoot and found a large collage frame. I love the idea of displaying the seating arrangements in a unique set of frames and this could be accomplished by buying all coordinating but different frames for your own wedding. Displaying them in this format also makes them easier to print and makes a great DIY project. --Tifany of Gourmet Invitations


The Inspiration Board has beautiful warm fur elements and worn smooth leather details with ‘just right’ sparkle and, of course, the bold sexy color in the peacock-eye feather and bridesmaid dress which we love. We arranged a simple composition of our gorgeous signature feather flowers with crystal rhinestone centers. Faux-leathery leaves are glam’ed up with shimmering bronze and copper-glitter trims the perimeter of the bouquet. We then finished in a satin ribbon handle, peacock sword feathers and crystal sprays, each in the fabulous bold teal color. Finally to fully honor the “Aviator” / Vegas Desert theme, the bouquet handle is embellished with a crisscross detail of leather lacing.” --Shannon & Carrie, Emplume Modern Couture Bouquets

Event Design

With the inspiration board, the botanical setting and much of the natural, muted colors and scenery at Springs Preserve, we had our design in mind. ‘Mary and William’s’ wedding would be intimate, elegant, a bit bold and sexy with a warm, romantic golden glow that would evoke vintage 40’s glamour but feel completely at home amongst this setting. We certainly wanted to incorporate many textures, natural woods and treats for the eye as possible for the reception. Our beautiful dark wood dining table, bench seating and credenza, provided by Randi Garrett of Naakiti Floral Design and Sit on this Chair, provided our ideal canvas to create an inviting dinner setting for our bride and groom and their guests.

Our table was set with elegant “Vintage Gold” china, accented with “Operetta Gold” rimmed stemware and “Antique Gold Swirl” flatware for a classic, vintage look. A soft golden, neatly folded napkin was placed to highlight Gourmet Invitation’s fabulous table number stand and elegant peacock blue, oval menus. Of course the table got a crowning touch of sexy Las Vegas pizzazz thanks to magnificent crystal peacocks perched atop a champagne glass. --Tracey of Your Las Vegas Weddings Concierge

Floral Decor

My inspiration for the floral and décor design was, of course, the peacock hue and feathers as well as the natural setting of our venue.I brought the outside in and used White Hydrangea, Root Beer Cymbidium Orchids, Magnolia Tips, Succulents, Manzanita tree and Sahara roses. Guests can dine in the soft glow of amber glass votives and varying height pillar candles in cream, burnt orange and moss tones. --Randi Garret of Naakiti Floral Design

Wedding Cakes

Our inspiration for the cake design was primarily drawn from the Peacock Feathers in the style board, not only in the colors, but the "feather-esque" detailing as well. The three coordinating designs we chose highlight different techniques, and show the versatility that is available with a single wedding theme and set of colors. We also chose to go with the haute trend of miniature tiered cakes rather than one large cake centerpiece. It allows the opportunity to showcase more than one style and design. --Kristen of Gimme Some Sugar Custom Cakes

So much more to come from the Fashion to the Photography!

Coordination by Tracey of Your Las Vegas Wedding Concierge / Invitations by Tifany of Gourmet Invitations / Bouquet by Shannon of Emplume Modern Couture Bouquets / Flowers and Design by Naakiti Floral Design / Photography by the FAB Chelsea Nicole / Film by Jayse, also of Chelsea Nicole / Venue: Springs Preserve / Chaivari Chairs + Table/Bench & Credenza by Sit on This Chair / Linen Rentals by Wildflower Linens / China Rentals by Unique Tabletop Rentals / Cake by Gimme Some Sugar Custom Cakes / Signature Drink by Dress the Drink / Fashion & Bridal by Couture Bride Salon / Shoes by Manolo Blahnik / Gown by VeraWang / Hair & Makeup by Allyson Stagg & Lauren Gardiner (makeup) Monet McRay (hair) - Las Vegas Style Sirens / Hair Accessories (peacock birdcage veil) by MUMO Custom Hair Accessories / Jewelry (necklace & deco bracelet): Carrie Hogan Stylist for Stella & Dot Jewelry / Decor accessories: ZGallerie / Models: Jesus Ochoa, Gabbi - RED Models Agency