When you think Las Vegas for a wedding the first thing that typically comes to mind is a quick, unplanned ceremony or elopement. Bailey and Dustin’s wedding in May 2012 was far from the normal Las Vegas nuptials. Theirs was a soft, elegant, rustic, romantic scene with beautiful mountain views on one side and Las Vegas strip views on the other. So take a seat at the blackjack table and let Cardin Creative Photography deal you a great wedding.
Tell us how you met…
My husband had just come home from a deployment and a couple mutual friends decided to set us up. They invited us both to a small birthday party so that we could meet. We hit it off instantly. He asked me in the sweetest Texas accent if he could take me out some time and I was smitten, I had never had anyone ask me out on a proper date before and I instantly knew this country boy was for me. I called my grandma on the way home and told her I met they man I was going to marry.
Now for the proposal… details!
My husband and I were driving home from a low key night out with friends. We were coming up on our 3 year anniversary so our future was on my mind. I was trying to pick his brain a little about the future. I could tell he was getting a little frustrated so I dropped the topic, Little did I know he was frustrated because he already had the ring waiting at home and he didnt know what to say. We got home, he went upstairs, got the ring, came down stairs, got on one knee and proposed. He says that his goal was to surprise me when I least expected it, and after listening to me talk about it he knew that I would definitely not be expecting anything. It was not your typical proposal but I was definitely shocked and happier than ever!
We want to know about all the wedding details, was it small and intimate or big and traditional?
Our wedding was at a beautiful golf course venue with mountain views on one side and views of the Las Vegas strip on the other. It started outside with the seating of our parents, then our wedding party took their turns walking down the aisle. We had a two ring bearers and then two flower girls walk down the ailse right before me. My awesome little brother walked me down the aisle and gave me away to my husband to be. We had a short but romantic ceremony under a gorgous floral covered arch and it ended with us going back down the aisle with flower petals thrown on us. Guests were wisked away to a cocktail hour while we took pictures. After the grand entrance in the indoor reception area we shared our first dance and then sat down for dinner. We had all the traditional wedding events like the cake cutting, speeches by the maid of honor and best man, bouquet and garter toss, and I got to surprise my husband with a Texas Tech grooms cake. I would describe my wedding as medium sized. We were able to spend time with nearly every guest at the reception, which was important to us. It was also important to us to have fun and for our guests to have fun. We had time to enjoy each other and dance and spend time with our guests.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your bridal party wore.
I got married in a white Mikaella gown and Badgley Mischka heals. My dress was a tight, rouched, fit and flare with a sweetheart neckline and buttons down the back. I accessorized it with a handmade rhinestone and pearl belt around the smallest part of my waist. It added the perfect amount of sparkle to the simple, elegant look I was going for. My husband and his groomsmen wore matching light brown, Tommy Hilfiger suits. My husband wore a peach tie to match my bouquet and his groomsmen wore champagne ties to match the bridesmaids, who wore short, champagne dresses with a sweetheart neckline that matched mine. They accented their simple dresses with a thick pearl and rhinestone twisted necklace and updos. All of my, and my bridesmaids accessories (bridesmaid necklaces, brides belt, earrings and hairpiece) were purchased from etsy.com. My favorite detail was a charm attached to my bouquet with a photograph of my late grandfather, It really helped me to feel like he was there with me.
Can you give us an overview of the event?
Our event was an elegant outdoor wedding ceremony with a formal indoor reception.
Was there a specific theme or style?
We never really had a specific theme but our florist desribed our look as rustic romantic. We tried to keep the wedding elegant with a few rustic diy touches. A few people called us the love birds when we were dating so we did sneak in a “love birds” trend in some of the details but I don’t know if anyone even noticed! I think it was more for us anyway.
What inspired the theme or style?
We didn’t have any specific inspiration for the wedding. I saved any wedding pictures that I liked to a file on my computer and then slowly narrowed down my favorite looks. I like to expain the look of our wedding as something that really evolved over time. I started out with a more modern vision with bright colors but after countless hours on pinterest and flipping through bridal magazine I slowly realized I was drawn to a light colored, elegant look, with a some small rustic touches. After discussing our vision with our florist she desribed it as “rustic romantic” and I think she was right! Tons of peonies, hydrangeas and roses gave our wedding a really beautiful feminie look without looking over the top or stuffy.
What were your playful twists that made the event unique?
We had a lot of small custom made details that made our wedding unique. Instead of a guest book we had a custom printed guest tree with two love birds to represent husband and wife. We had it beautifully framed and each guest signed a leaf. Each guest received a custom shot glass also with love birds to commemorate our wedding day, They were packaged in small white boxes with a custom tag and bow. Our cake toppers were handmade wooden love birds. One with a veil and one with a bow tie. On our gift table there was a large, ivory bird cage to hold all the cards. We had sort of an underlying “love birds” them going on! We had some custom signage around the wedding including a sign that one of the ring bearers held. One side said, “Here comes the bride” the other said, “And they lived happily ever after” We had Mr. and Mrs. signs for our seats, an ourdoor sign pointing guests in the direction of the ceremony and reception. And one inside that encouraged people to, “eat, drink and be married.” Also, our escort cards were pinned to framed chicken wire with clothes pins. Our flower girls baskets and the ring pillow were both custom pieces from etsy as well.
Did you DIY any of the details?
My husband built the arch that we were married under. He also built our cake stand and the frame we used to hang the escort cards. We ordered several peices from Etsy so it did have a little bit of a diy feel.
What was the most memorable moment?
My wedding day flew by but one thing I especially remember is sitting down with my new husband after our grand entrance and first dance. I remember trying to take pictures of everyone and everything in my mind. I looked over at my husband and thought to myself “remember this moment!”
Tell us about the food and desserts.
We had a buffet style dinner. There was prime rib and stuffed chicken served along with vegetables, mashed potatoes, bread and a summer salad, I wish I had time to eat more because it was delicious! We had three types of cake for people to choose from. We served red velvet cake with the traditional icing, a banana cake with peanut butter frosting as well as a yellow cake with a chocolate frosting. We also had an open bar from the beginning of cocktail hour until the end of of the reception. We wanted everyone to have a fun, care-free time!
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the guests?
Our wedding DJ did a great job of setting the mood that we wanted. We tried to get the night started by bringing out the wedding party to “Red Solo Cup,” by Toby Keith. We wanted a fun, party atmosphere for our guests and the DJ got everyone on the dance floor. We love country music and so do our guests so he integrated our favorite line dancing songs with more popular hits to mix it up.
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change anything about my wedding! The only thing that I would have done a little differently is given myself more time to get ready, take pictures and relax before the wedding. I was so afraid of my hair and makeup getting messed up that I had our schedule tightly packed. I feel like one minute I was having my makeup done and the next I was walking down the aisle. It would have been nice to have a little down time with my bridesmaids to soak up the moment.
What was the best wedding advice you received?
Stop, look around and remember the moment. I have a few vivid pictures of my wedding that I often look back on. My ceremony happened so fast, I feel like it was a dream, but at the reception I took a few occasions to literally stop everything, look around, look at my husband and remind myself to remember the moment.
Venue: Bear’s Best Las Vegas | Photographer: Cardin Creative Photography | Floral: Kathy Backman | DJ: Knight Sounds Entertainment | Cake: Cravin Cake Bakery | Videographer: Lighten Films | Cake Toppers: Primitive Season | Card Holder: Justanns | Guest Book: Peachwik