Ashley and Chris love visting Las Vegas! Chris even proposed to Ashley at Paris Las Vegas at the top of the Eiffel Tower Las Vegas. So, it was only natural for them to choose Las Vegas for their destination wedding! They traveled from New York and brought with them about 30 of their closest friends and family.
I met up with Ashely and her bridesmaids at The Delano hotel, where they were getting ready. I loved how Ashley did a cute little reveal of her wedding dress to her bridesmaids who hadn’t seen the dress. Once everyone was ready to go, we headed to Cili at Bali Hai for the ceremony and reception. Chris’ dad surprised them with a super sweet slideshow of the newlywed and that brought on a few teary eyes and lots of smiles and laughs as everyone took a trip down memory lane.
Ashley absolutely loves the Las Vegas desert landscape, so after the reception we all headed out there to get some beautiful photos of them and their bridal party. It was really the perfect way to end their fun-filled wedding day.
Photography: The Emerics
Hotel: The Delano
Hair Stylist: Bridal Express
Venue: Cili at Bali Hai Golf Club
Officiant: Doug Loman
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Alyson and Mark came from Alabama to tie the knot. It was just the two of them and Alyson wanted a very non-traditional spot for their ceremony. I think she got it! An empty lot with a rad mural in the background served as the perfect spot for them. Their ceremony was super sweet, each saying personal vows to the to the other. Yeah, they almost made me cry (almost). After the ceremony, we took advantage of all the cool graffiti and art murals around the area and just walked around with the newlyweds! Getting to hang out with these two love birds around the streets + alleys of downtown Las Vegas was so much fun.
Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions
Bouquet: Miss Daisy Florals
Coming to Las Vegas for a small & intimate wedding does not mean you have to have a quick and simple ceremony. Of course, if short and sweet is what you want that’s perfect, but if you want to have a more personalized ceremony you can have that too. And, that is exactly what Laura and Robert did. They came all the way from Scotland with their immediate family to to be married in Laura’s favorite city . They chose to have their wedding on their private balcony of their MGM Grand terrace suite. This allowed them to have a beautiful and personal ceremony officiated by Angie of Peachy Keen Unions. Their ceremony was completely customized to their love story and included a reading by Robert’s sister and a wing warming, where their wedding bands are passed along to each guest to “warm up” before the ring exchange. It was perfection.
After the ceremony, Laura and Robert arranged to have a limo bus pick us up and give their family a private driving tour of the Vegas strip and downtown, since it was most of them’s first trip to Vegas. We took photos along the way, which was exactly what Laura wanted, photos of the two of them in a few landmark locations.
L+R: We wish you a lifetime of happiness, love, and adventure!
Photography: The Emerics
Hair and Makeup: Amelia C. and Co.
Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions
On Sunday, August 28, 2016 Jason and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. 20 years of marriage. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around it. It feels like just yesterday we were buying our first home in Kissimmee, FL and going out to listen to local bands in downtown Orlando bars. It feels like just yesterday we were talking about starting a family and what being parents would be like. But, we didn’t just buy our first home, I can’t remember the last time I went to a bar to listen to live music, and our first born is heading to middle school on Monday. It’s all going by way too fast! Do you ever feel that way? Like, someone hit the fast forward button on life and you’re struggling to hit pause?
So, today, I am hitting pause. I am slowing it down and watching all the years together play out in my head in slow motion. I am soaking it all in and reminiscing on all the amazing adventures we’ve had, all the laughs, the cries, the once-in-a-lifetime moments we’ve shared together. I am going through old photos and remembering the love, the friends, the struggles, the decisions we’ve had to make, the good, the bad, the drama, the calm. It’s a lot to take in, twenty years is a long time. So much has happened over the last 20 years: we’ve lived in 2 states, owned at least a dozen cars, traveled to 18 different states, visited 10 countries, had 2 children. From hosting themed parties in our backyard to running half marathons, we’ve done it all together. Starting our photography business, moving cross country, becoming parents, these were all just crazy dreams we had, but we made them come true together.
I’d be lying if I told you these 20 years have all been amazing and without sacrifice. Plus, you wouldn’t believe me. Because the truth is, living with someone for 20 years is tough, no matter how much you love each other. There will be arguments, disagreements, there will be tears, and a few slammed doors. Yes, of course there will be all these things. But the good outweighs the bad every time. Waking up next to someone who loves you unconditionally, sharing your dreams and chasing them together. Cuddling on the couch, traveling to new places, raising happy kids. This life, this crazy, busy, and full life we live is ours and ours alone. Walking down this path, sharing all these moments, the ordinary, the extraordinary, these are the things that make up our life, growing up and building this life together year after year.
I can’t imagine my life without you in it, Mr. Emeric. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love you more and more each year. Happy Anniversary to my baby daddy, my main squeeze, my partner in crime, my other half. XO