Anna + Marc grew up in Las Vegas, but now spend their days in quite a different climate in Seattle, Washington. They decided to host their wedding back home and bring their friends and family together to watch them say “I do” at the Springs Preserve, an eco-friendly museum and garden venue just off of the Vegas Strip. After a sentimental first look and some portraits in the cactus alley, they said their vows at the botanical garden arboretum. During the ceremony, Anna + Marc rang a bell together – an Irish tradition which is supposed to bring the bride and groom good luck. After their first kiss, guests waved wedding wands with bells in the air “so that all may hear the pledge of love their hold so dear.” As they walked down the aisle, their friends and family showered them with rose petals.
Afterwards, guests enjoyed cocktails outside among the desert landscaping while I whisked them around the Preserve for some eco-inspired portraits. Anna was absolutely stunning in her modern-glam BHLDN gown and gorgeous blush and pink bouquet of peonies and wildflowers. Since the couple chose to have a small destination bridal party of one bridesmaid and one groomsman, Anna wanted to include all her girls in other ways. She bought them all personalized wayfarer sunglasses with their names on the side, and at the end of cocktail hour we gathered the whole group and did some spontaneous portraits. She also had a group of besties who wore blue hues to the wedding, and acted as her “something blue.” As a last surprise, she bought Marc had his own pair of shades saying “I <3 Anna” on the side, and we did a few cute shots of him expressing that exact sentiment.
Faithfully Yours Weddings & Events coordinated the day, and set up a beautiful reception room, with DIY floral centerpieces made by friends of the bride. After their grand entrance, the couple started with their parent dances, to show appreciation and love to their families. Dinner and toasts ensued, followed by the couple’s choreographed first dance. Near the end of the dance, one guest beside me started blowing bubbles leftover from the ceremony and I caught a few of them perfectly surrounding the couple. At the end of the night, Anna + Marc cut their cake, and guests danced the night away. It a beautiful and intimate destination wedding that truly felt genuine to the couple.
Venue: Springs Preserve | Wedding Planner: Faithfully Yours | Catering: DiVine Events | DJ: Harry O Productions | Cake: Showboy Bakeshop | Ceremony Floral + Bouquet: Naakiti Floral Design | Reception Floral: DIY | Bride’s Dress: BHLDN | Hair: Randi Butler | Makeup: Lauren Winn