From the Photographer:
Jessica and Michael were married at TPC Summerlin Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada. Many people don’t know what kind of beauty and elegance lies just beyond the Las Vegas Strip! Michael is in the Air Force, and the couple knew that later this year they would be stationed in Italy, and probably move together all over the world throughout their marriage, so they wanted to theme their wedding decor with a vintage travel style, including old maps, iconic travel quotes, vintage books, old trunks and suitcases and classic white florals. Jessica is an artist (she also painted the MOST amazing piece as a thank you gift for me), so she virtually made everything herself for their wedding day!
They were pronounced husband and wife at the top of a grassy hill with a dramatic desert sky as the backdrop. Michael wore his dress blues and Jessica wore a gown purchased from Brides Against Breast Cancer. After the ceremony and sunset photos on the golf course grounds, Mike changed into a classic tux and Jessica surprised him by changing into a short, fun dress that perfectly fit her personality. This wedding was truly an intimate affair with only about 60 guests, including the bride’s brother as the man of honor and the groom’s brother as the best man. Family surrounded the couple and danced the night away. Now, the newlyweds have just moved to Italy and exploring their next travel adventure.
From the Bride:
“I spent hours experimenting with different mediums and soon the idea of re-purposing became an underlying theme… taking something you would just as easily throw away and give it a new life. Here are a few projects I did:
- Glass flowers: Lush boutiques with clear crystal flowers tucked in fit in well without our elegant vintage travel theme. So after many failed attempts, the final try involved plastic bottles cut up and re-purposed.
- Plaster flowers: Along with the look of crystal flowers I loved the look of porcelain flowers. Plaster flowers were born! They are thrift store flowers dipped in white paint.
- Marquee letters: I used reclaimed wood, mosquito netting, and those glass flowers I made to create this really special piece in front of the sweetheart table.
- Name card holders: These were made from Jenga blocks with a slit cut in them, spray painted, and wrapped in some old maps.
- Stations: We wanted to have different stations at the wedding to give the guests something to do while we were getting our pictures taken. A wishing station that asked people to write some marriage advice for us to read later was made from an old pie tin display case. The “where in the world are you sitting” escort card holder is a 1920’s steamer trunk. The “lucky you” station was filled with pennies dating back to 1940.
- Ringbearer pillow: This was made from an old frame, a small pillow, and some of those plaster flowers I made.
- Cake topper: After looking at all the beautiful cake toppers I thought I’d take a shot at making a really personal one and mold one myself. It was made from modeling clay, painted, and coated in clear gloss.
With all these elements going on it was hard not to worry if they would all come together in the space the way we had envisioned. But when the wedding day arrived and everything was set out, I cried. It was exactly what we wanted and even exceeded our expectations. Not only was it beautiful but the memories made from creating each piece, trips to the thrift store, and hours spent together with family and friends made this more than just a wedding.”
Photographer: KMH Photography
Dress Store: Brides Against Breast Cancer //Officiant: Event Vegas Weddings//Floral Designer: Julie Reed Events//Makeup Artist: Kim Katunis//DJ: Knight Sounds DJs//Cake Designer: Las Vegas Custom Cakes//Event Venue: TPC Summerlin//Submitted via Two Bright Lights