Photographing Vegas: 7 Tips from Las Vegas Photographers

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There is nothing more gratifying than coming back from a great trip with amazing memories and photos that help you re-live the good times. With so much to see and do on vacation, especially here in Las Vegas, you will want to capture all the memories. As a professional photographer, I get asked for advice on taking great pictures while on vacation. Below are my seven favorite tips for fail-proof photography!

Make sure your camera or phone is sufficiently charged.

There is nothing worse than running out of battery in the middle of your day (or night). Sounds simple right? Yet this is the number one reason people don’t end up getting that shot. With a bit of planning, this doesn’t have to happen to you, and the best part is that backup batteries and charges are portable and come in a range of options and price points.

Lighting matters.

You want to have enough light on your subject, but too much and you risk having your image look washed out. Take into consideration all available light sources and make sure your subjects are closed enough to be well lit. Remember to use flash sparingly as it can too often cause images to look unnatural and cause red-eye. My best advice is to take two images if you can, one with flash and one without. I guarantee you will usually like the one without better. Also, if the one without flash is too dark or “murky” try lightening it up in one of the many post-editing apps. They are easy to use and make a world of difference!

Night Light.

Speaking of lighting, nighttime city lights are one of the most iconic attractions in Las Vegas and unfortunately very difficult to capture without professional equipment. The good news is that you don’t have to give up on getting a great picture of the strip. Several aps exist that you can download on your phone to help out with that. Some good ones are Slow Shutter Cam or Average Cam Pro, both simulate long shutter speed by layering multiple shots. Try this guide to long shutter speed on the iPhone, and these app suggestions for Android users.

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Time of Day. 

One more thing about lighting. Time of day makes a huge difference. For example, I shoot in the natural beauty of the desert quite a bit. Sunrise and sunset are my absolute favorite times of day as photos come out with a soft, almost magical glow. Just be careful of shadows and make sure your landscape or subject has enough natural light.

Live in the moment.

While perfectly staged photos are many times necessary, I have found that some of my best shots come when least expected. Candid shots not only capture time and place but also emotions that you just don’t get from a setup photograph.

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Don’t try to be perfect.

Don’t try to be perfect. What can be perceived as a mistake, such as grainy texture or a “weird” angle can add character, dimension, and originality. Las Vegas is a quirky city, let your pictures reflect that!

Think outside the box.

Everyone knows that Las Vegas is famous for its nightlife, but did you know there are beautiful deserts, captivating museums and other places that would make for great photography? There is so much to see that it is highly recommended to go on a few travel sites and select a list of top places to visit and photograph!

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Personalized Neon Museum Wedding with a Unicorn Twist

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How did you two meet?

We met while working at Innovapost, a tech company in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Fun fact: Matt knew my mom before he knew me.

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Why did you choose this particular venue or location?

Our first date was a drunken hockey game, our proposal was at monster trucks… We always joked that we were just tacky enough for a Vegas wedding, so when it came time to planning there was no where else we wanted to go.

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That being said, I still wanted something memorable and very us. I had seen the Neon Museum in an editorial previously and thought it was beautiful. We’re a colourful couple and the venue provided a fun backdrop. Matt liked it too so it was an easy choice.

 

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What is your vision for your wedding day?

We wanted the day to reflect us. We aren’t formal so didn’t want anything too fancy, but it still had to be unforgettable.

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Have you had a favorite part of the planning process?

Having everything come together the day of was pretty spectacular. It’s hard when you’re doing everything remotely to imagine how the day will actually play out, but we were fortunate to work with some amazing professionals who assisted however possible. There were so many emails and phone calls to work out the details, and everything turned out… everything was perfect.

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Are you or anyone else making anything handmade or DIY at your wedding?

My bouquet, my sister’s bouquet, the corsages, and boutonnieres were all lovingly made by an amazing friend and bridesmaid, Lacey Powell.

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The jean jacket was a last minute project when I found the iron-on patches at H&M the night before… A trek to Ross for the jacket and a hotel iron made for my one-of-a-kind souvenir.

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The unicorn masks have been traveling with us since our first Valentine’s day together and our day wouldn’t have been complete without them.

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Do you have any advice for other couples planning their day?

It goes by fast. It doesn’t feel like it, but the day comes and goes before you realize it. Be in the moment and take it all in. It’s going to be an amazing day.

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VENDORS

Venue: The Neon Museum, North Gallery

Officiant: Elegant Vegas Weddings, Pastor Pete

Hair Stylist + Makeup Artist: Perfect Hair and Makeup

Shoes: Bobs for Dogs (and cats) 😉

Las Vegas Videographers and Photographers

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Thought it would be fun to give you a more in-depth view into the life of our main Las Vegas videographer, Matt Kuehl (check out his landscapes here)! I can personally say, Matt is a great guy to be around. He’s a genuinely nice person, funny and easy going. He’s up for any adventure or challenge but always proves himself with stellar customer service, dependability, and creative drive! Read on for his interview 🙂 -McKenzi

 

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Where are you from?

I grew up in the small city of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, (yes every other letter is “O”).  Its a nice spot nestled between freshwater lakes, small forests, and dairy farmland.  It’s about 40 minutes West of Milwaukee, the world renown home of Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller Genuine Draft.

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Did you play sports in HS or college?

I didn’t play any sanctioned High School sports and was pretty terrible at most despite being very athletic. I spent my time training and progressing as a competitive gymnast during that time with a private gymnastics club in the area.  I also was heavily involved with the music scene at the school, and played in most all of musical groups sanctioned by the school, and was a member of several of my own bands throughout my time there.

How’d you get to Vegas?  Why?

I got to Vegas in a hand-me-down 1989 Buick Century station wagon. It was the chariot into the future as I pursued my goals to become an accomplished rock climber and professional photographer. I think something must have worked in my favor there, but I am still aspiring to much more.  I saved up a little money and just had to travel west.  Perhaps I was a little inspired my Kerouac, if only he was a climber.

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Favorite childhood memory

One of my favorite memories is picking up my Dad’s 35mm camera as a kid and walking around the yard looking through the lens at the grass and other miscellaneous yard items.  Eventually, I found a Rototiller, and upon exploring it I burnt my hand on the still-hot (but not running) engine and had to go the hospital. That’s how I remember it at least.  Learning how to ride a bicycle was pretty awesome too, I still love riding bikes. I was a pretty rambunctious kid though so it’d probably be best to ask my parents for the nitty gritty.

Favorite Thing about weddings

My favorite thing about being a Las Vegas videographer and weddings is seeing everyone come together to celebrate the new and old, all together at once.  I can really relate to the emotions, even with people I just met that day, because it is such a common bond and is very human. I can always see a common thread. I feel lucky to have an opportunity to document these interactions and spontaneous moments, and it feels like a gift to be able to show people this through my own perspective.  I also love the dancing, please more dancing!

What do you do for fun?

I spend a lot of my free time Rock Climbing, and I love going on big adventures and pushing myself to tap into mental and physical spaces that I have never been before.  Sometimes it’s scary but its always rewarding, even if not immediately evident. My driving passion for climbing as always been Big Wall climbing, and it still amazes me and boggles my mind.

I wish I could do it more often, but several times a year for the big missions is usually exhausting enough.  I also love roaming around the wilderness with no set destination or objective.  The camera is a great companion for discovery.

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Have you won any awards?

I won several awards through my days as a competitive gymnast, but don’t really remember what for or how often.  I was never as competitive as the others and to me, it was just a personal challenge that I enjoyed.  I did win a “Most Valuable Musician” in a Jazz ensemble once in a state competition, I played the Bass. I also won “Best in Show: Photography” in college for my Senior Thesis exhibition on Ice Climbing.  That was a very encouraging way to graduate.  For silly ones, I did win a “Best Mustache” contest once but I think that was a fluke.

Do you have a passion project you are working on?

I think it many ways I can’t escape my passion project, its mostly just never giving up what you’re passionate about.  For me, a part of this focus now is just showing my viewers a new way of seeing, and thinking about their surrounds. I like to use nature (or the natural occurring) and photography as a medium for this.  I love working with nature because it can’t  (or shouldn’t) be controlled.  It encourages you to discover whatever it is you are looking for in a world that already exists if only you can see it for what it is, or perhaps, what it isn’t.  I guess I like to work in a realm of Abstract Realism if that’s even a thing. As an example, I have been on a search for naturally occurring portraits in nature.  It has been very challenging but represents seeing things “for what they aren’t”, quite well.  This could be a chuck of rock, or it could be a portrait of an ancient human with a story to tell. I want to help people see the latter in their surroundings.

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I also like to shoot double, triple, or even more exposures at once in camera (no photoshop) in a way of portraying the possible emotions while coexisting with the naturally occurring.  I suppose at times this is also along the same lines as Abstract Realism. 

Here is a self-portrait that I think represent this well. I am always hoping to find a depth in seeing beyond what is immediately observed. It’s kind of a shame this is a photo of me, but it did help me abandon control of how the camera viewed it’s user. Las Vegas Photographers, Taylored Photo Memories, Matt Kuehl

 

 

Las Vegas Photographers & A Rock Climber Red Rock Canyon Wedding

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With the help of our collective of vendors from Cactus Collective we were able to photograph and unite these two rock climbers for eternity.

Made for each other couple, Alexis and Kyle, chose beautiful Calico Basin at Red Rock Canyon to exchange their “I do’s.” Both being rock climbers, no other backdrop would be able to capture their shared love of the stunning mountains and surrounding landscape and incredible love and passion for each other as this Vegas gem. A local hotspot known to those who truly appreciate the greater outdoors and all that its beauty has to offer, this location is popular among hikers, climbers, and adventure seekers.

Calico Basin was ideal for not only its rustic elements and charm but for its innate beauty that complimented Alexis and Kyle’s joy and elation on their special day. Choosing to keep their celebration intimate and a reflection of them, this natural and unassuming setting served their wishes perfectly. Elegant and serene, the photos taken capture this adorable couple in their moments of bliss and the beginning of their happily ever after as only Las Vegas Photographers could.

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Camping Couple Portrait Session

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Jake and Matt were a special couple to photograph because they are currently in a long-distance relationship, with one living in Denver and one in Aspen. They often meet in Vail, Colorado, to camp and hike together, so it seemed fitting that we create a dreamy Colorado shoot for their  photos. In looking through these photos, I hope that you’ll find adventure, authenticity, and sincere love and happiness captured in Jake and Matt’s favorite setting.

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I flew in to Colorado from Las Vegas with the vision to photograph Jake and Matt in the landscape that they’re comfortable in. It was such a natural moment for them to relax in so I could capture their playful demeanor as we explored the outdoors together.

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These authentic moments helped paint a sincere story and the setting helped do them justice in showcasing their love for one another.

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New Years Eve Red Rock Canyon Elopement

New Years Eve Red Rock Canyon Elopement

Anita and Brian did not have a typical New Years Eve wedding. They eloped in the beautiful Calico Basin within the Red Rock Canyon. The celebrations of the day were echoed in the intricate gold beading on her floor length dress.

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Location: Calico Basin
Florals: Gaia Flowers, Plants and Gifts
Officiant: Weddings By Bonnie

How did you two meet?

We met through mutual friends 5 years ago in our hometown of Dublin, Ireland. After being together for a year we decided to pack our bags and head off on an adventure. We move to the other side of the world, to Auckland, New Zealand where we have been living for over 4 years.

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Destination Wedding at Cactus Joe’s Nursery

Cactus Joe's Wedding

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We asked this bride and groom some questions about how to plan a Las Vegas wedding. Check out what they say below. 

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What are the perks of having a destination wedding captured by Las Vegas wedding photographers?

I would say the stress is a lot less than a normal wedding, but then again I had some awesome help in Las Vegas,  so for me, it was easy. Mckenzi at Taylored Photo Memories and Archel at Archel Rolwing Events made things a lot easier for us. I didn’t have to worry about anything and they gave me great contacts for the things I did set up myself.

VENDORS:
Photographer: TPM / Cactus Collective
Minister: Peachy Keen Unions
Planner/Coordinator: Archel Rowling Events
Florals: Gaia Flowers, Plants and Gifts
Hair and Makeup: Smooth Brides
Cookies/Cake: Peridot Sweets
Venue: Cactus Joe’s Blue Diamond Nursery via Cactus Collective

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Metallic Styled Shoot at Las Vegas Dry Lake Bed

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Metallic Styled Shoot

1. Where did you get the idea? How did it come together?

The idea started with a few disco balls I found outside one of the event venues I just had delivered some vintage furniture to. The idea came organically (like most of my work). I started thinking of how the smooth surface of the disco balls would look against the rough texture of the desert, and it all developed from there.

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2. What did you want to convey?

I wanted to play with textures mostly. I wanted to work with contrasts -smooth vs rough, richness vs stark, darkness vs light.

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3. What do you love about the end result?

I love everything about the end result! We had some difficulties, like the strong wind at the beginning of the shoot, but that made us be even more creative. The shoot portrays everything I was envisioning.

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4. Advice for anyone planning a styled shoot?

Develop your idea first, choose the people you want to work with carefully (they usually come up with ways to enrich your vision), have fun! This is the time to let your imagination run free without constriction.

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5. any thing else you’d like to add?

I just want to thank the amazing team of women for making my idea come to life! They all rock!

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Concept, Design, and Styling:

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Photographers:

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Hair and Makeup:

Ruby Finch Salon

Model:

Katrina May Armenta

Assistant Stylist:

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The Neon Museum: The Best Photo Location In Las Vegas

Neon Museum Wedding Location

Wanted: An urban, hip, and trendy spot to host a wedding to remember
Found! The Neon Museum
 


 

Las Vegas is an urban city with an urban vibe if there ever was one.  For that quintessential urban couple, or for the one that appreciates the vibe and wants a piece of historic Vegas added to their ceremony and reception, The Neon Museum will provide just that.  Perfect for locals who may remember the neon lights of old or for out of towners who want to experience the heritage that the “boneyard” provide, the museum is ideal.  

Covering two acres and made up of over 150 historic signs, dating from recent to as far back as the 1930’s, you’ll get a close-up view of a collection of business, motel, and casino signs.  Here, not only will you have the lights of the vibrant, pulsing city, but the lighting of some of the vintage signs, indicative of classic Vegas, to light up your one of a kind day.  This venue creates a modern, funky feel that is comparable to no other setting in town.  

With different options available, you can build your own wedding package and make it especially yours.  Depending on the size of your party, the Neon Boneyard North Gallery or the larger Neon Boneyard Park are both incredible options.  Or make it grand in the outdoor event area on the Main Boulevard.

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For a smaller, more economical option, The Neon Boneyard will provide all of the excitement at a fraction of the space and cost, creating a perfect space for the more intimate affair.  Able to accommodate 50+ people, for up to 8 hours, this space will still provide all the space needed for family and friends.  And as a treat, a private tour of the Main Boulevard is available to you and your guests as an option.

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Neon Museum Wedding Guide

The Neon Boneyard North Gallery is an option that will give you access to historic signs, of which will provide perfect backdrops for photos that will capture memories made for years to come.  This gallery can accommodate parties of up to 200 people and for up to 4 hours.  However, keep in mind when planning for your event that there is no electricity in this part of the museum.  Also keep in mind that this area, as fantastic a venue as it is, does not have restrooms on site, nor any restored signs.

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A 30-minute photo shoot in The North Gallery can be added to either of the above-mentioned packages for an additional cost, with a bottle of wine and complimentary treat included.

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Finally, the outdoor event area is a great choice if planning to host a party of up to 400 or more.  This epic venue comes equipped with restroom access, power, and four restored signs.  Also in this area are countless other authentically, vintage signs that represent Vegas as it was and still is today.  Here, the charm and history of Vegas can be enjoyed and appreciated by all of your family and friends.  As an added bonus, for an additional cost, you have the option to allow your party, up to 400 people, a private tour of all that the Boneyard has to offer.  During this tour, your guests can enjoy the sights and ambiance while also enjoying food, drink, and each other.

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When:

With any outdoor location in Vegas, there are optimal times that make some venues more comfortable, and therefore more popular.  With this favored hot spot, those peak times are March-May and September-November.  Although the museum is open and available year-round, you’ll likely get the best weather during these months.  Therefore, because of demand, the cost associated with your customizable package may be a bit more that during other months.  If a summer or winter wedding is what you prefer, plan on possible temperatures in the 40’s or 50’s and low 100’s respectively.

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Provided conveniently for you, The Neon Museum will provide several options of exclusive caterers that you may choose from, including,

Beverage and light food service are available through Events with a Twist.  If planning an event at any of the spaces, not including The Neon Boneyard Park, food and beverage service is required and may only include that from one of the aforementioned catering companies.

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In addition:

An event at The Neon Museum will include everything that you could possibly need.  Some elements are included in the main cost of the event, while others must be added on, such as security and valet parking, and restroom rentals for the Neon Boneyard Park and North Gallery.

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And finally:

It is the goal of everyone involved to make this day and the days leading up to, a stress-free and exciting day.  All aspects that make up The Neon Museum’s wedding options will allow you to take a breath and enjoy.

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For any additional questions, please contact us and we will be glad to get you answers.  In addition, you for questions specific to wedding package options at The Neon Museum, you may contact either Ian Zeitzer or Lauren Argier at 702-387-6366.

Photography by www.TayloredPhotoMemories.com | 2015

Photography by www.TayloredPhotoMemories.com | 2015

Red Rock Canyon & Neon Museum Wedding

Red Rock Canyon Wedding

Michelle and Grant choose Red Rock Canyon as their wedding destination. Coming all the way from Canada, they wanted a desert wedding full of warmth, beautiful landscapes, and fun. Red Rock Canyon weddings are perfect for those couples looking to achieve beauty, privacy and adventure.

 

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How did you two meet?

My cousin and I decided to go to a Halloween house party and Grant’s band was playing a show there.  Before his band played, we met, chatted, and flirted.  Who would have thought that a banana (Grant) and Frida Kahlo (Me) would ever have a love affair?  Grant didn’t text me the next day, he called!  A novelty in this era of dating.  We are of course married now but up to this point, we have spoken to/seen each cheap escitalopram other everyday ever since that Halloween night.

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Why did you choose this particular venue or location?

 
At first, I was thinking kitschy chapel.  Isn’t that how weddings are done in Vegas?  Grant only agreed as long as Elvis would be our officiant.  I was sold until I googled “weddings in Las Vegas” and there it was, a gorgeous Red Rock Canyon wedding image.  Being from Toronto, Canada, I had never heard of the place and had no idea you could get married in the desert but was immediately enamored by it because I just happen to love deserts.  Deserts are beautiful.  Not only is the landscape phenomenal, but the life that exists in a sea of death and barren land is miraculous.  What a wonderful way to begin a new life, one of growth and love, even in the face of potential challenging terrain.  But also think, Kill Bill, Thelma and Louise and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  The desert is such a romantic place but, it’s also badass.

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Red Rock Canyon Wedding Las Vegas and Neon Museum Photo Shoot

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What is your vision for your wedding day?

 
In a nutshell, casual, easy and fun.  I felt that a ceremony in Red Rock Canyon already gave the casual vibe as opposed to a more traditional church and banquet hall wedding.  It did confuse my guests a little and I received a lot of questions about what they should wear, how formal/casual.  I wore a white BCBG cocktail dress and my husband wore a vest and tie which is as formal as I wanted it to be.  My 30 guests were flying into Vegas from various parts of Canada and so, I wanted to make sure that the wedding day would be easy for them which is why I rented (the largest?) party limo in Vegas – the Land Yacht.  Most of us stayed at the Golden Nugget which made it super easy for pick up and drop off.  
 
Finally, I wanted to make sure that everyone had a great time!.  The Land Yacht had music (usually with a DJ but ours was sick that day) and a bartender with an open bar.  What’s better than a portable bar to get the party started?  The reception was a family style dinner at El Segundo Sol to keep things really social since the guest list was quite varied and not everyone knew each other very well.  We ended the night with a few more drinks at the perfectly kitschy 70’s diner, the Peppermill.  The ambiance in the lounge was retro cool and, myself nor any of my guests had ever heard or been there so, it was pretty special for everyone.  The Peppermill also has a happy hour between 9PM and 11PM so, that just kept the party rolling after dinner.
 
I had always wanted to have a Mexican fiesta-style wedding but knew that particular dream could probably only truely be realized in Mexico.  I think I achieved the closest thing to that by getting married in Red Rock Canyon and then having a family style dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Vegas with a Mexican tres leches two-tiered cake.

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Red Rock Canyon Wedding Las Vegas and Neon Museum Photo Shoot
Have you had a favorite part of the planning process?

 
Yes, discovering all the things that I might love in Las Vegas for my wedding.  Finding Red Rock was probably the most exciting for me.  Once I had my heart set on Red Rock, I didn’t care about semantics, it was going to happen.  But, luckily, everything fell into place wonderfully.

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Do you have any advice for other couples planning their day?

 
1.  Do your research and do it extensively especially if you’re not exactly sure what you want.  There is so much and even more than you think available to you in Las Vegas so take the time to learn what’s there to ensure your wedding is truly unique and perfect for you.
 
2.  Check out reviews on various websites – I used Google, Yelp and The Knot.
 
3.  If a vendor is out of your price range, ask to see if things can be tweaked to make it work especially if you love their work.
 
4.  Don’t cheap out on your photographer!  I almost made that mistake and was going to book a ‘bargain’ photographer for $500-$600 but then realized that that was a really bad idea.  I had taken all this time to find the perfect officiant, location, hair and makeup company, dress, shoes, etc, and would be spending all this money so why on earth would I risk having bad photos?  Also, those photos would be the only tangible memories of my wedding day.  I am so happy that I finally found McKenzi.
 
5.  Planning can be overwhelming especially if you’re doing it far away from the wedding location.  Trust your gut feelings throughout the process because you will more than likely be right about them.  Send out inquiry emails to a handful of companies you like because their responses can be quite telling.  The majority of my decisions were made based on the responses I received from vendors.
 

6.  Have a budget but don’t get stressed out if you end up spending more than you wanted to.  But, of course, be reasonable about it.  Your wedding is a special day and in the grand scheme of your life, you won’t miss that money.  You’ll only be left with some amazing memories.

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Red Rock Canyon Wedding Las Vegas and Neon Museum Photo Shoot
Red Rock Canyon Wedding Las Vegas and Neon Museum Photo Shoot

VENDORS


Venue: Red Rock Canyon
Officiant: Weddings by Wanda
Makeup & Hair Stylist: Amelia C and Co.
Transportation: VIP Party Limos
Florist: Gaia Flowers, Plants and Gifts
Cake: Cake Azure