Denise + Josh

When two super, duper expressive families unite in matrimony, don’t forget to bring the hankies. There were tears. Tears of joy, tears of love and lots of belly laughs. The hall roared with laughter. No one was blubbering more or laughing louder than the big guy himself, the groom. His love and happiness overflowed. And as he wept tears of joy, his bride stood by him solid as a rock.

Siblings being siblings, gave each other noogies and spooned for pictures. They told touching, embarrassing, sentimental stories about the Bride + Groom. The kids played in a special section just for them, equipped with blocks and wedding coloring books which they promptly dropped when it was time to hit the dance floor.  Apparently, you’re never too young to do the Dougie or the Nae Nae.

The best Mother-of-the-Groom speech, ever, was when the Groom’s mother thanked her new daughter for caring for her son after his accident, she said, ‘as a mother, you know you have to step back and let a new woman care for your son, but this is my son.  So I watched you love him. I watched you care for him. I know you’re the best woman for him and I can let him go.’ The torch was passed.

The cake topper, proudly created by the groom featured The Hulk and Alice in Wonderland. Two fantasy characters whose adventures are yet to begin.  The reception ended with the cutting of the cake and because all is fair in love and cake feeding, the evening was a smashing success.

Tricia + Preston

Aloha! Greetings from the bride + groom. Hawaii was well represented at Tricia + Preston’s wedding. From the national dish, Poi, to hula dancing and family and friends wearing print shirts and floral dresses. Most evident of the Hawaiian way of life was the laid back, relaxed attitude of the bride + groom. No stress. No worries. Just hang loose and let the festivities begin. Going with the flow is easy when you marry the soldier of your dreams. And when the groom promised to love, honor and protect his precious bride, the depth of his devotion resounded throughout the hall.

Their story is a classic tale of cultures colliding and love blooming. And because we love a happy bride as much as we love a man in uniform, Tricia + Preston’s wedding is one of our highlights of 2016. Mahalo.

Denise + AJ

There was dancing. Everyone danced. For three days they danced. And sang. And discreetly slipped envelopes to the groom’s mother and father. In between the dancing and singing, there was food. Good. Delicious food. There was also key moments like the mehndi party, the sangeet, the sehra and baraat and of course, the gurdwara.  There is no celebration if there is no gurdwara.

And because it was an Indian wedding. People came from near and far. They came from California. From England. From India. Family. Friends. And surprisingly, strangers. Indians who heard there was a wedding. They attended. And the groom’s family prepared for hundreds of people they didn’t know to dance at their son’s wedding.

An Indian wedding is so much more than a wedding. It’s a community event. A family reunion. A debutante ball in which the next generation dances with their counterpart. Many bonds are formed. And at the center of it all, is the bride + groom.

Eyinade + Wasihi

This was the bride + groom’s second wedding. Their first marriage. But their second wedding. Their “American” wedding. Their first wedding was celebrated in Nigeria with 2000 guests. But as you know, when it comes to wedded bliss there’s no such thing as too much of a good thing. Eyinade + Wasihi know this is true. That’s why they came here, to Vegas. It’s why her parents flew in from Nigeria. And why her sisters/bridesmaids traveled from the U.K.  Because as crazy as it sounds, celebrating love again and again isn’t an extravagance. It’s a necessity. And wedding cake is delicious. 122015_4132DSC_6155DSC_6299DSC_6311DSC_6319DSC_6347DSC_6358DSC_6404-6DSC_6450DSC_6475DSC_8336122015_3713DSC_6074-2122015_3708122015_3990122015_3896-2122015_4036-3DSC_6073-2

 

Heidi + Dean

Love can transform two good people into two great souls. Apart, they are capable, loving people with full, meaningful lives. Together, Heidi + Dean, are Sinatra and Vegas. They are champagne and bubble baths. They are old school charm that hearken back to a classier, jazzier time when women were from good stock, had sexy, throaty laughs. And, oh yeah, were breathtakingly beautiful. And the men were chivalrous and sporting. Heidi + Dean are everything we love in a couple. All cake. And a bit of frosting for glamour.bride+groom bride+groombride+groom bride+groombride+groom bride+groom bride+groombride+groombride + groom bride+groombride + groom

Sarah + James

Generations of matrimony surrounded the bride + groom. How fortunate Sarah + James were to have their full sets of parents and grandparents to support and guide them through this passage. Sarah’s grandmother made her exquisite veil. An heirloom from her own wedding dress refashioned into this stunner. Her step father officiated the wedding. And the ceremony took place at her family home. Home is where the heart is and that was evident in every decoration lovingly crafted by the matriarchy.bride+groom bride+groom bride+groom bride+groom bride+groom bride+groom

Melissa + Josh

The Bride + Groom were lord and lady of the manor. The setting was wonderfully eccentric and regal. And proved to be the perfect backdrop for their wedding. Photographing the bride and her ladies-in-waiting was reminiscent of Downton Abbey meets Vanity Fair. The muted colors. The gilded and gold accents. Perfectly reflected the regal bearing of the groom and his demure, gracious bride.

I wish all brides, heck, all women, could be as sure as confident as radiant as Melissa. She exuded the kind of calm that comes with knowing you’re marrying the right man. On her wedding day, she was giddy with anticipation and ready for her new life to begin. Josh has an old school soul with modern sensibilities. The kind of guy who values family and friendships in all its many forms. It was such an honor to be a part of their special day.