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Tattoo’s on Her Arm and Love in Her Heart- Tattooed Brides

January 20, 2017
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by Meg
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Sometimes when i should be working on the mountains of paper work that surround my desk, or I get on the internet to check an address of an appointment…….it happens!!! I get completely sucked into the never ending labyrinth that is the internet.

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Most recently, I’ve stumbled across some INCREDIBLY beautiful images of brides dawning equally as beautiful art on their bodies.

 

 

Take a look at some of the ones that really caught our eye.
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From the bold makeup to the cheery orange hair this couple has us swooning over their beautiful joyful celebration.

 

 

 

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Again with a beautiful bold red lip!!! I am such a sucker for a bride brave enough to wear a colorful dress!!! This stunners ink grabbed my attention but this stunning pink gown is princess perfect.

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This incredible moment right after their love is made official is almost enough to make you cry.

With this delicate up-do hairstyle with woven ivy, this bride is really pulling at our hearts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Far more breath taking than this sun set shot is the over flowing joy and love flowing from these two. You can see the adventurous and exciting spirit they share.

More pictures of beautifully inked brides and their fun and funky styles can be found here or one of our new favorite blogs- Rock N Roll Bride.

 

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A New Found Love of IKEA

October 28, 2016
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by Meg
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In the last 6 weeks I have planned and implemented a move to a new studio, a move to a new house and several fabulous get togethers. This busy fall schedule and the recent opening of the new IKEA in Las Vegas has us loving all things Scandinavian and sleek for the season. Here’s a collection of some of the bits we’ve come to love.

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Rotera Lanterns

Lanterns ($4 each) hung from a tree set such a romantic tone for a sophisticated garden party or backyard bon fire. Inside, they can be lined up along a dining table with spider webs and candles would be perfect for a spooky Halloween set up, and could be transformed with a bit of greenery for Christmas. 

 

 

 

 

 

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With this versatile feature, it can be hard to know if taking a seat in the back yard, setting your cocktail down for a moment or kicking your feet up is more appropriate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hang various sizes of these classic paper pompoms ($5 each) give the space dimension. If using outdoors in holiday decor or for a night wedding, wrap with white lights and garland.

 

 

 

 

 

IKEA PS Cabinet

This industrial piece works well in a house as a buffet or sideboard, but is also ideal in an office for files and supplies. The sleek lines and industrial appearance provide a really lovely contrast to some softer materials and elements, line luxurious cushions and house plants that are often found in the home.

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With elegance and ease, these candle holders ($16 for set of 3) will add height and drama to a table scape or mantle alike. Like many of the lighting options found in that blue and yellow nirvana that is IKEA, these candles have so many uses that they are just perfect for- from wedding decorations to setting a warm and romantic tone on a patio.

 

 

 

While we could joyously spend a whole day wandering from room to room in that lovely warehouse, and every time we go in there a new favorite is spotted, these are just a few at the top of our current list.

For more brilliant inspiration on how to incorporate IKEA into your wedding decor check out this lovely post at Tailored Fit Photography. And the always delightful Brit + Co. has some clever uses as well.

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A Real Wedding- Natalie and Mark!

September 30, 2016
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by Meg
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Natalie and Mark were married in a truly splendid event at the Mandarin Oriental, and their sweet four legged fur baby Miss Abby was prominently featured front and center with her happy parents.

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The ceremony and reception came together flawlessly with the guidance of the wedding coordinator genius that is Andrea Eppolito Events. No detail was left unattended, and from start to finish the guest, and most importantly the happy couple were completely at ease and in love!

 

 

 

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When ever a bride tells us that she is working with the team at Alt F Photographers, we do a bit of a happy dance here. We just KNOW that they are going to get some really exquisite images of their special day.

 

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Best wishes to Natalie and Mark!!

Wishing you the both a life time full of love, laughter and light!!

Wedding Planner: Andrea Eppolito
Gown Designer: Kenneth Winston
Hair and Makeup: Makeup in the 702
Venue: Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Floral and Decor: Naakiti Floral
Furniture Rentals: Sit on This, Inc.
Disc Jockey: Mike Fox
Video: Bryan Bratt

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7 Signs You’re at a Millennial Wedding

September 16, 2016
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by Meg
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(Article originally appeared here at Huffington Post by Stephanie Herbst)

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They don’t make weddings like they used to anymore. With a smartphone in everyone’s pocket and constant interaction with peers through social media, technology is changing almost every aspect of society. The Millennial generation (that’s people born between 1980 and 2000) are a generation that’s grown up with this technology, and embraces its presence in almost every aspect of their lives. More and more Millennials are on their way to the altar, and that means the weddings you’ll be attending now and for the next few years aren’t going to be your typical wedding soiree. How can you tell that you’re definitely at (or will be going to) a Millennial wedding? Here are seven surefire signs to look for:

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1. You heard about their engagement on Facebook, and saw their engagement photos in a Facebook album before receiving their Save the Date.

 

2. They didn’t build a wedding website using a site like TheKnot.com or mywedding.com — their custom wedding website was built by the best man (or some other close friend) who’s a professional software engineer that specializes in cutting-edge UI.

 

3. Their wedding invitation included one of the following:
– An infographic design of their love story
– A QR code
– A wedding hashtag

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4. Their wedding registry has items like a Nest Thermostat, a Lockitron, an iPad, or some other cutting-edge tech. O
r, they’ve eschewed traditional registry wares entirely and are just asking for contributions to their honeymoon with a digital honeymoon registry.

 

 

 

 

5. They’ve set up an app for their wedding. Or at least, they’re using their personal hashtag on Instagram to keep track of all their guests’ photos.

6. They didn’t have to decide between getting a DJ or a band — they just used Spotify and put together a playlist. Or, they hired that one friend that likes to pretend that he’s a DJ in his spare time.

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7. There’s DIY everywhere, because the bride decided to make a few of her favorite projects from her “Wedding Inspiration” Pinterest board. Which, by the way, she’s been adding Pins to since college.

 

 

 

Have you been to a Millennial wedding with these following attributes? How did it compare to a wedding you’ve been to with less of an emphasis on social media or tech?

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Your Wedding Vendor Tipping Cheat Sheet

September 2, 2016
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When you’re already dipping deep into your (or your parents’) savings for wedding expenses, allotting room in your budget for gratuities on top of that can be hard to handle. And even though service charges may be spelled out in your contract, tipping—although not mandatory—is always appreciated for a job well done, not to mention a kind and thoughtful gesture.

Since some vendors will expect a gratuity, and other gratuities will need to be considered on a case-by-case scenario, there are a few things to consider.

 Traditionally, business owners of larger companies don’t get tipped—just their employees—but you can and should tip an owner when the service exceeds expectations. Small business owners should never be overlooked either, since their businesses are often run by just one person.

Tip vendors who offer exceptional service, write thank-you notes (they’re always appreciated), and assign the responsibility to a trusted deputy such as your wedding planner, a parent or wedding party member. Here’s helpful a breakdown of what’s customary for each vendor.

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Wedding planners won’t likely expect anything, but if yours did a great job, you can always offer a token of appreciation. (Note: Non-monetary thank-yous like professional photos of the wedding for the planner’s portfolio can go a long way too.) About 50 percent of couples do tip their planners—typically those with more opulent weddings.

Protocol:  Optional

The Standard:  10–20 percent, up to $500, or a nice gift

When to Tip: The bride should hand off the envelope at the end of the reception, or she should send a thank-you note with photos or a check after the honeymoon.

Wedding Hairstylist and Makeup Artist

This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 to 25 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis, like one of your bridesmaids has a meltdown over her curls and it requires a redo at the last minute.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–25 percent, depending upon the quality of service

When to Tip: Tip your beauty stylists at the end of your service.

Wedding Delivery and Setup Staff

Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site such as the wedding cake, flowers or sound system. If a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs or porta-potties), the workers deserve a tip too.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: $5–$10 per person

When to Tip: Drop off cash envelopes the day before the wedding to the catering manager so the person accepting deliveries can turn the tip.

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Wedding Ceremony Officiant

If your officiant is affiliated with a church or synagogue, you’re often expected to make a donation to that institution. If you’re a member, you’ll probably want to give a larger amount than if you’re not. However, if you’re getting married there and they’re charging you to use the space, feel free to give a smaller amount. Tipping the officiant, both nondenominational and denominational, is also appreciated.

Protocol: Expected (depending on officiant)

The Standard: Donate $100–$500 to the church or synagogue, and for the officiant, an optional tip of $50-$100

When to Tip: Most ceremony fees are required prior to the wedding. Otherwise, have the best man pass the cash envelope at the rehearsal dinner if the officiant is in attendance.

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worked with a mini orchestra to come up with the perfect score for your service (and they pulled it off flawlessly), consider showing some monetary thanks for their talent. However, you probably don’t have to tip the solo church organist who was required to play.

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $15–$20 per musician

When to Tip: Ceremony musicians should receive a tip at the end of the ceremony.

Wedding Photographer and Videographer

You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any money beyond their normal fees. But if the wedding photographer or videographer doesn’t own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to staff).

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: $50–$200 per vendor

When to Tip: Tip your photographer and videographer at the end of the reception.

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This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maître d’ and banquet manager. A service charge (typically 2 percent) is almost always built in to the food and drink fee, so check your contract. If the gratuity is not included, tip as follows.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–20 percent of the food and drink fee (based on labor, not the cost), or $200–$300 for the maître d’

When to Tip: If it’s covered in the contract, the final bill is typically due before the reception. Otherwise, have the father of the bride or best man hand the envelope to the maître d’ at the end of the reception, since you’ll need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

Wedding Reception Attendants

When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom and coatroom attendants, the rules of tipping are dictated by your contract. If the service fee is included, consider doling out extra only if the service was exceptional. If it’s not included, ask ahead of time how many attendants will be working your wedding and calculate on a per person basis.

Protocol: Optional, based on contract

The Standard: 10–20 percent of the liquor or food bill to be split among bartenders or waiters respectively, $1 per guest for coatroom, and $1 per car for parking attendants

When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, alternately, you could distribute them at the beginning of the evening to encourage all the workers to give you great service.

Wedding Reception Band or DJ

Whether you hire a 12-piece swing band or a single DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional, depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist. Don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them too.

Protocol: Optional, yet preferred

The Standard: $20–$25 per musician; $50–$150 for DJs

When to Tip: The best man should tip the musicians or DJ at the end of the reception.

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Again, check your contract, as gratuity is usually included. If it isn’t, plan to tip provided they show up on time and don’t get lost.

Protocol: Expected

The Standard: 15–20 percent of the total bill

When to Tip: Tip transportation pros at the end of the night or after the last ride. If you used a separate company for the guest buses, designate a bus captain to hand the driver a tip, otherwise this duty falls to the best man.

 

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