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Paula & Lashon

November 6, 2015
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Like many brides, when we first spoke with Paula about bridal hair and makeup, she shared with us that she wanted a natural and elegant look for her wedding day hair and makeup. Armed with that bit of information, her stylist Crystal, and makeup artist Kiera were able to get right to work creating her perfect look.
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Paula and Leshon held their ceremony in the chapel at Canyon Ridge Christian Church. The service was absolutely beautiful, full of personal touches and intimate details. The couple’s niece surprised them with a beautiful song while the bride walked down the aisle.  The couple’s nephew also sang a song while they braided the God Knot. The event was full of prayer, singing and plenty of happy happy tears.
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Following the ceremony the newlyweds and their bridal party headed over to Floyd Lamb Park for pictures. The incredibly talented photographers from Moxy Studio Photography and Cinema found a lovely, peaceful area overlooking one of the ponds that had beautiful, soft afternoon light. The bride’s bouquet, the boutonnieres and all the floral arrangements were put together by the always impressive Layers of Lovely.
After capturing some lovely moments at the park, the bridal party headed to the reception to get the party started!!! They arrived to the reception that was being held in a family member’s back yard where all their family and friends awaited them.  This was the happiest, friendliest and welcoming crowd we have met in a long time. From the moment we met Paula and the lovely ladies in her family and bridal party, to the heartfelt and personal touches in their wedding ceremony- the love and joy shared between Paula, Leshon, their family and friends was so visible and contagious to all who witnessed it.
Congratulations Paula and Leshon!!! Here’s to a life time of happiness and abundance.


VENDOR DETAILS:

Photography: Moxy Studio Photography and Cinema

Florals: Layers of Lovely

Makeup: Makeup In The 702

 

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Destination Vegas Tips from A Bride

October 9, 2015
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Well here we are, one year later from one of our favorite couples ever. Sarah started following us Facebook more than a year from her wedding date and saw all of our before and after posts and 5 star reviews. Of course this makes anyone even more excited for their own wedding day. Even her mom and friends started following us to- by the time the day came we all felt like we were long lost friends reuniting.
Fast forward to the current date and we celebrate Sarah & Stephen’s 1 year anniversary. We took a moment to catch up with the happy couple to see what they’ve been doing.

Hi Megan!
Thanks so much for your lovely message!
We had such an amazing day with 30 of our fellow Brits, partying up and down The Strip on an open top double decker bus with Elvis after our ceremony and reception and Cili Restaurant.
The first year has been amazing and magical!
We had a fantastic two weeks honeymoon in Mexico and are excited to come back to Vegas this weekend to celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary!
Thanks so much for being part of our day! Your girls really took care of us and your work was fantastic!
Sending lots of love, Sarah & Stephen O’Doherty xxx
Here are a few tips from Sarah for other destination brides.
“Do your research well to trust the people doing the planning for you, and don’t get stressed or fussed at the small details of the wedding. They won’t matter. Making memories away with your loved ones is way more important than making sure any chair covers match the bridesmaids”
“The only thing I wish I did different was have a different dress to change into late at night. 10 hours in a princess dress on the Las Vegas strip took its toll.  I defiantly needed a shorter party dress for the night. LOL”
“The one thing I wouldn’t change is the venue. Cili restaurant at Bali Hai was a total paradise. The staff, services and scenery were all unbeatable. And of course having Makeup in the 702 there for me and my family” xoxo
Happy Anniversary Sarah & Stephen, we hope to see you when you visit Las Vegas again!
To read Sarah’s review and 911 other 5 star reviews visit us on WeddingWire!




Makeup in the 702 // Identity Film from Lighten Films – 702.266.6226 on Vimeo.

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Open Invitation Irene + Cameron: Romantic Garden Party

September 25, 2015
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Today we have the privileged of sharing the love story of Irene and Cameron. Originally written and published by Las Vegas Event Planners Open Invitation.  So let’s begin by introducing you to Ashley & Darby by telling you a little bit more about Open Invitation.   Open Invitation is a full-service wedding planning boutique that specializes in something we call “occasioning” – a classic way of entertaining where every detail is scrupulously attended to as a way of creating a one-of-a-kind experience.

Darby is a veteran event planner, for 15 years, she was an advertising and marketing professional with some of the foremost resorts in Las Vegas, the hospitality capital of the world. In 2009 she launched Open Invitation, where she assists clients in the development and execution of everything from weddings to corporate gatherings to charity soirees and special occasions – all accomplished with her signature aplomb and Southern charm.

Ashley’s personal mission is to make all things beautiful through design. Thoughtful, creative and accomplished, it is evident that event planning truly is Ashley’s calling and she considers herself extremely blessed to be able to do what she loves.  This Arizona Wildcat has spent years honing her craft as an event planner, executing countless occasions throughout Las Vegas.

It was such an amazing experience working with this team along with our friends Ella Gagiano– Photographer
Layers of Lovely– Floral Harry Nelson– Entertainment RSVP– Decor.

So without further adieu we are pleased to share the wedding of Irene & Cameron…

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Peridot Sweets- A Sweet Gem In Sin City

September 18, 2015
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Picture8Oh my do I have a sweet treat for you this week! This week I am so excited to introduce you to a vendor we love! Peridot Sweets! For those of you that may not know Peridot is a well-known and ancient gemstone. The Lime green precious gemstones increase prosperity and happiness and  bring an increase of love, joy, good health which makes Peridot Sweets the PERFECT choice for any celebration.

Come along with me today to the sunny shores of Peppermint Bay and learn a little bit more about this precious gem and Tiffany Sheree Jones from Peridot Sweets.

When we think of cakes for special occasions perhaps the most important cake you’ll ever choose is your wedding cake. Tiffany, what would you like planning couples to know about Peridot Sweets?

“We don’t use shortenings or trans fats in our items. Only real butter, real whipped cream….no margarine or shortenings or fake oil based whipped toppings. We can offer gluten-free cake for special orders, as well as vegetarian (no eggs), and sometimes, vegan (orders placed well in advance, and also knowing that vegan items do require margarine/shortening/whipped topping).

We also like to work closely with the couples and hope that they trust us to create a design for them based on their style. Pinterest is great for inspiration, but we find that the cakes come out more beautifully when we aren’t micromanaged on design.”

The artistry of cake design has become a phenomenon with tons of television exposure to your industry what do you think some of the common misconceptions are about your services?

“We get clients in all the time that want to choose their wedding cake or custom cake design straight out of a catalog. Sometimes, the first thing they ask is for a catalog of cakes with pricing. To me, this takes the “custom” out of the cake. I want to create a cake together, not choose it out of a magazine or out of our gallery of cakes we have done. Most of the cakes on our Instagram or website have only been made that one time for that one client (we have had a few repeats, but in general, we like the couples to have a more unique experience). Also, sometimes clients compare their friends’ pricing to theirs: “My friend ordered a cake from you and her 2-tier was only $xxx, why is mine $yyy?” There are different elements that increase pricing; for example, a chevron tier will cost more than a polka dot tier, or a hand painted tier with 10 colors will cost more than a hand painted tier with just one color.”

What are the benefits of choosing Peridot Sweets?

“Clients get a cake that is moist, flavorful, and not too sweet. The cakes taste as good as they look (a common complaint…we find that people are always saying either the cake looks good or tastes good, not both). We promise you will get both.”

Like many artists I’m sure you have some of your own favorite bakers and cake designers that have inspired and influenced your style and technique who are some of your influences and where do you find your inspiration for the next one of a kind design?

“Design-wise, I love Martha Stewart weddings and The Caketress. Flavor-wise, I love what I personally like to eat (chocolate with variations of nuts and peanuts). Also, my clients inspire me…I tell them that if we don’t have a flavor profile available, let us know and we can do a custom flavor.”

I can’t tell you how much I absolutely adore all of your work and we could probably chat for hours on end however, as we wrap up today is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

“It’s your wedding, make it just that: yours! Don’t be afraid to offer fun wedding cake flavors. People will rave about your cake when you dare to take a risk!”

Thank you so much for spending time with me today, please visit Peridot Sweets both online and visit the bakery! Drop in for a sweet day! They are located at 6475 S. Rainbow Blvd. #100 | Las Vegas, NV 89118 (major cross streets: Rainbow Blvd & Sunset) Store Hours: Closed Mondays, Open Tues-Sat 10am-5:30pm and Sun 11am-4pm. Online you can find them at www.peridotsweets.com on Instagram, Twitter, snapchat @peridotsweets and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/peridotsweets

 

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Gratuity etiquette 10 and your wedding or To tip or not to Tip

April 10, 2015
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Ok ok ok, this Friday let’s get down and dirty and talk about- money.  Yes, I know a very touchy subject for some, but I felt it necessary to dive into the subject of  “the gratuity” other wise know as “tipping” in Sin City.  Often an overlooked expense when planning your wedding so let’s delve in to this traditional practice.

635603221072648708216670680_tips-gratuitiesLet’s begin with a little history; in the 16th century guests at English mansions were expected to give a “vail” or a small amount of money at the end of their visit for the servants and the extra work they had to do while there were guests.  The word “tip’ is actually an acronym, T.I.P. actually comes from “To Insure Promptitude” which is odd in and of itself in that a gratuity is not given prior to receiving services but rather after.

The dictionary definition for the word “gratuity” is a gift of money over and above payment due for services or something given without claim or demand.

Tipping is also a cultural practice. In a city like Las Vegas there are several opportunities in our day in which it has become customary to tip.  In addition to the usual waiter or waitress we have become accustomed to tipping the valet parking attendant, the door man, the bell hop, the change girl, the showroom usher and the bartender to name a few.  In fact tipping is SO customary in our city that the IRS gets their share of it as well.  Employees that fall in to a job class defined as as tipped employee are often times paid a lower hourly rate because the IRS has made the assumption that the average amount of tips earned maintains the deficiency in the hourly rate.

In many countries tipping is not a part of their day to day practices. Tips and their amount are a matter of social custom, and the custom varies between countries and settings. In some locations tipping is discouraged and considered insulting; while in some other locations tipping is expected from customers.  In Japan for instance tipping is not a part of the culture. It is not expected and can cause confusion.  Japanese people see tipping as insulting.  Let me add one more twist to this whole tipping scenario for you, as if I haven’t given you enough to think about already.  In some regions a service charge is automatically added to your bill.

tipping-wedding-vendors-who-to-tip-how-much-amount-to-tip-wedding-vendors-tips-wedding-etiquetteSo how does this all fit in to your wedding plans?  Las Vegas remains the wedding capitol of the world and we are privileged to work with couples from virtually every country and  culture so what is a planning couple to do and what should a wedding service provider expect.

The concept of tipping is not itself difficult to understand but the who to tip and how much to tip those providing services for your wedding can be a little tricky to navigate.  This being somewhat of a hot topic we turned to “The Knot” for some recommendations.

Wedding Planner

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

Protocol: Optional

The Standard: 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 Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist

This is one area where a gratuity is definitely expected. Tip between 15 – 20 percent just as you would in a hair salon, and consider giving a little extra if there’s a crisis

Protocol: Expected

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

When to Tip: At the end of your service

Wedding Delivery and Set-up Staff

Slip a few dollars to anyone delivering important items to the site ( wedding cake , flowers, or sound system). And if a lot of gear needs to be brought in and set up (tents, chairs, or port-a-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.

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. If you’re using a nondenominational officiant, no tip is required because they will charge you for their time.

Protocol:

Expected (depending on officiant)

The Standard: Donate $500+ to the church or synagogue, or, for a nondenominational 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.

Wedding Ceremony Musicians

If you 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: At the end of the ceremony.

Wedding Photographer/Videographer

You’re not expected to give your shutterbugs any dough beyond their normal fees. Yet 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: At the end of the reception.

Wedding Reception Staff

This type of staff includes the on-site coordinator, maitre 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 maitre 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 maitre d’ at the end of the reception since you will need to know the final tab to calculate the percentage.

Wedding Reception Attendants

When it comes to bartenders, waitstaff, parking, bathroom, and coat-room 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: $20 – $25 per bartender or waiter; $1 per guest for coat room and parking attendants; $1 per car

When to Tip: Although tips are traditionally passed out at the end of the event, you could alternately 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 12-piece swing band or grooving to a DJ, tipping musicians is completely optional. (Depending on the quality of the job and how willing they were to follow your ideal playlist!) And don’t forget about any sound technicians they bring with them.

Protocol: Optional, yet preferred

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

When to Tip: At the end of the reception, by the best man.

Wedding Transportation

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: 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.

 

When in doubt the best rule of thumb is to follow the customs of the country you are in.  CNTraveler has a fantastic guide on gratuities in 50 countries if you would like to learn more about tipping in other cultures.    Lastly, for those receiving tips as a part of their compensation, above all just be gracious both in accepting and not receiving a gratuity.  For those giving if you aren’t sure just ask…. if it is customary they WILL let you know. When a client asks me about a gratuity I tell them “it’s never expected but always appreciated.”

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