August 22
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Deanna and Pete plus their friends and family were a blast!  These guys came from Los Angles to have a Las Vegas destination wedding.  Although Deanna and Pete did not have a traditional wedding and reception, traditions were still very important to them.  They chose to get married in Vegas because 41 years ago Deanna’s parents tied the knot here.  Not only did they come to the same city but they also had an intimate ceremony at the same chapel where her parents were married.  We didn’t get to photograph the ceremony, since chapels have their own photographers, but we did meet up with them for some getting ready images beforehand and to capture their first look at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

After the ceremony, they came back to the Westin for their reception.  Again, not following the traditional flow of things, these guys chose to bring in their favorite fresh cookies from world famous Diddy Riese so their guests could make ice cream sandwiches.  Traditional, no, but they kept their own tradition of having their favorite treat together with their favorite people.  And the toast? Well, they used the same, now vintage, champagne glasses Deanna’s parents used for their first toast.  And of course, since they aren’t your traditional couple, rather than hear their best man and maid of honor toast, they chose to toast to their friends and family.  They thanked them for their unconditional friendship, love, and support.  They raised their glasses to their guests who made the trip to share in their special day.  And then they partied!

Deanna and Pete, you two broke away from the traditional wedding day and made your day your own.  It was truly special and full of personal touches and new traditions.  We absolutely loved that about you guys!  Thanks for having us capture it for you!

XO

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Vendor Love 

Reception Venue: Westin Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

Hair and Makeup: Rouge Hair and Makeup

Cookies: Diddy Riese

DJ: The Music Solution 

August 05
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We are so excited to share with you on this family Friday, that we have a new home!  Things have been pretty crazy around here these past few months with everything that goes into purchasing a home, packing up our old place, and still keeping up with work and family life.

Last weekend was the big move and with the help of our family and some great friends, we managed to get it all done pretty quickly.  Jason had painted the kid’s rooms earlier in the week but we still have a lot of painting to do, basically the whole house.  Choosing paint colors was kinda stressful, but I am so happy to not have to stare at brown poopy colored walls anymore!  It’s also been super exciting shopping and buying new appliances.  Talk about being a grown up, huh! We’ve got plans to remodel the bathroom too! Watch out, we are taking this homeownership thing serious.  I’ve been on Pinterest way more than I care to admit and have made more trips in one week to the Home Depot than I would like. But, I’m really looking forward to decorating, remodeling, and making this house our home.

I’ll be sure to share a tour of the new place as soon as we unpack all these boxes!!! EEK! We’re using the hashtag #CasaEmeric on Instagram for all things home related and look forward to sharing peeks into the house transformation!  For now, here are a few iPhone pics of the move!

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Tower of boxes and big moving truck for the win!

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Everyone takes a selfie with their new washing machine, right?

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Our amazing realtor, Erin Ray, sent us the house warming edible arrangement! Finally got to open this delicious bottle of wine in our home!  It was worth the wait 😉

July 21
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Courtney and Devin are a modern Seattle based couple who decided to hop on a plane and come to Las Vegas for the weekend.  This, however, was not going to be your ordinary gambling, buffet eating Vegas trip.  Nope, these two had a purpose. They were not coming to Vegas to catch the latest show on the strip or dance the night away, they came to Vegas to tie the knot.  Courtney and Devin wanted a quite and personal moment to declare their love to each.  There was no fanfare or big party.  Their love was all they needed.  They chose a modern downtown Las Vegas elopement and it was just right for them.

Through various emails back and forth, Courtney and I set up a place to meet in downtown Las Vegas after their ceremony to get some epic images from their first day together as Mr. & Mrs.  They were so much fun to chat with and photograph along the streets of downtown Las Vegas.  Being just the two of them there was no toast or cake cutting, but that didn’t mean they couldn’t add their own personal spin to the cake-cutting-feeding-each-other-tradition!  We ended our session with Courtney and Devin sharing a pizza (their favorite food!) and feeding each other the first slice! It was perfection.

I gotta say, this is why we do what we do.  The best thing about being a wedding photographer in Las Vegas is meeting couples from all over the country and all over the world.  We get to photograph weddings big and small, from elaborate events with 200+ guests to elopements with just 2 people.  Everyone has a different vision for their wedding day and we are so lucky to get to be there to document their perfect day.

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July 18
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One of my favorite families to photograph every year decided to gift their good friends, Erin & Joe, a portrait session with us and I couldn’t have been more excited.  Erin contacted me a couple of months ago about scheduling her session over the summer.  We set up a time to chat a bit and go over options and ideas for finding the perfect location for them.  They opted for Spring Mountain Ranch because it was close to them, plus they really love the scenery there with Red Rock Canyon in the background.  I couldn’t agree more, a Spring Mountain Ranch portrait session is sure to have dramatic backdrops and beautiful lighting!

We had a great time together.  There was lots of laughing, chatting it up, and just letting Erin and Joe be themselves.  These are the portraits that matter most.  The ones where your real smile shines through, were the love for each other is simply evident, and there is nothing fake about it.  Erin and Joe kept it simple and were just themselves throughout the whole session. Sure, they were a little nervous having a big camera pointed at them, but by keeping it fun and playful, they managed to relax and go with the flow.  We got some great shots of them showing how happy and in love they are still being newlyweds!  They even brought out their 3 fur babies with them and got some “family” photos with them too.  How fun is that!

The truth is, you don’t need a special occasion to get professional photos done with your love.  Take the time to have them done at least every few years.  It’ll be a fun time and you’ll have some great memories of the two of you being together, happy, and in love – just as you are!

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