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
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!
Reception Venue: Westin Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Hair and Makeup: Rouge Hair and Makeup
Cookies: Diddy Riese