Dionne & Kieth… a Wedding 35 years in the making!

Sweetheart Las Vegas Wedding

These two are special to me! I met Dionne just about a month after I moved to Las Vegas. We serve at The Crossing in the cafe together & over the past 2 years we have become more like family than friends.

Now Dionne has known Keith since they were little. Keith always looked after her, made sure she was safe & as they grew up he made sure she was happy too. They dated off & on for years, got engaged before too! They drifted apart & each ended up having a child with someone else, but they always felt a piece was missing when they were apart!

A few moths ago Keith showed up on Dionne’s doorstep¬†with all his things. He had talked about moving back to Las Vegas for a while but wasn’t planning to be back until spring. Dionne was floored! She was so excited he was finally home! I had heard all about Keith & was so excited to finally meet him! He totally lived up to all the hype. ūüėČ

So within a few weeks, it seems they were engaged & the wedding was set to happen just a couple months later. It wasn’t a surprise tho, they’ve loved each other¬†for 35 years! I had the honor of being their engagement & wedding photographer. It was so wonderful to get to be a part of their amazingly special wedding day & love story!

Congrats to you both. I love you Mr & Mrs McCray!

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Desert vibes for a Vegas engagement. (Styled Shoot)

I’m a bit late posting about this, but a couple months ago I got to be a part of a gorgeous styled shoot out in the middle of the desert. It was so beautiful & our models¬†were so cute, and were an actual couple too!
This was during WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International convention) in February. I had been dying to get in on a photo walk or styled shoot & at the last minute came across another photographer that had put one together & still had a few spots left. I was pumped!
We headed out to El Dorado dry lake bed, just outside of Boulder City, & the conditions were perfect. It can get really windy here in Las Vegas, recently we had 95 mph wind gusts where I live, so we were lucky to have a light breeze.
There were only 3 photographers in total so we all really got to get all the shots we wanted to get. Our model Justine & her boyfriend were so easy to work with. She’s a pro & he was such a good sport. I always love working with models because they really know their angles & need little direction.Sidenote, posing is not my fave!

Cultivate Goodsmade a stunning bouquet for us using a silk fromHoney Silks. Justine’s nude dress was from Forever 21 & the crop top & pink skirt were fromAdinas Bridal.His tux, shoes & ties were fromFriar TuxLas Vegas. The jewelry came fromAnna Hubbard Jewelry. The shoot was coordinated byJenae Marie Photography.

Engaged? How to nail your "Save The Date".

Congrats! You’re engaged. Now what? Time to get your friends & family in the loop.
First step: Send Save-The-Date cards to your guests. It’s the pre-invite card that announces your wedding date & venue, as well as lets guests know that they’ll¬†be invited to the celebration.
Here’s a simple guide¬†to help you nail¬†save-the-date etiquette, plus¬†check out some of my¬†favorite Save-The-Date designs to inspire you.
Do we have to send out Save-The-Date cards?If you’re having a destination wedding, then sending a Save-The-Date is an expected courtesy, since many of your guests will have to make travel & hotel arrangements. Even if you’re getting married in your home town, Save-The_Dates¬†are a fun way to give your guests a heads up about the wedding. Plus, chances are it’ll¬†increase your guests¬†chances of attending.
When do we send them out?In general, it’s a good idea to mail them 4 to 6 months before your¬†wedding, or even earlier (8 months ahead of time) if you’re planning a destination wedding that requires more extensive travel planning.
Who gets¬†one?Only send your Save-The-Date to those¬†you’re planning on inviting to the wedding. Even if you’ve already gotten verbal confirmation from certain guests, you’ll still need to send them a Save-The-Date (that includes bridesmaids, siblings, parents, etc.). However, once they’re¬†in the mail, there’s no turning back, so lock down that guest list first before mailing them out so you don’t over invite. They¬†should only go to those you definitely want in attendance.
What information should we include?Give your guests any details that will help them plan for your big day: the wedding date, location, your wedding website URL (where they can find additional information), etc.
Can we send them via email?These days, it’s perfectly appropriate to send your Save-The-Date announcement via email. Just be aware there may be a few bumps along the road: Your e-card may get filtered into your guests’ spam folder, or maybe the email address you have is one they no longer check. Some of your guests may not even have email (grandparents), so you will need to spread the word some other way. So in other words, delivery is not always 100 percent guaranteed. Also, there’s the tangibility factor: Mailing a paper Save-The-Date, guests will probably¬†pin it up somewhere in their home or office, to¬†serve as a reminder of the wedding to come. Another thing to consider is the formality of your wedding. One function of the Save-The-Date is to give your guests a sneak peek of the wedding to come. The more formal the wedding, the more likely a printed card will set the tone you want your wedding to have.
My favorite ways to Save-The-Date:
Save-the-Date Photo Card- I’m partial to this one! ūüėČ

Use your favorite shot from your Engagement photos. This is a great way to personalize your Save-The-Date & give your guests a feel for what to expect at your wedding (will it be casual, rustic, elegant, etc.). Print it on a full-bleed photo-card design to really show it off. (custom save-the-date cards available starting at $169 for 100)
Save-the-Date Card

Keep things simple by mailing an elegant & straightforward card including all pertinent wedding information: your names, wedding date, location & an indication that the official invitation will be coming in the mail. (Save-The-Date download,TheBrumbyNestEtsy store)
Printable Save-the-Date Calendar Card

Save money on Save-The-Date cards by downloading these FREE calendar-style printables. Print ’em out on card stock, fill in your names, the month, & circle your wedding date. (Calendar save-the-date,¬†Free¬†download,Bells & Whistles)
Destination Wedding Save-the-Dates

Get your guests excited about your destination wedding with these leather luggage-tag save-the-dates – they are so chic and will definitely compel everyone to pack their bags & book a flight. (Luggage-tag save-the-date,LoveTravelsFavorsEtsy store)
DIY Save-the-Dates

Like a good DIY project? Get a custom rubber stamp with all of your wedding details and stamp the Save-The-Date information onto manila shipping tags for a vintage-inspired look. (Save-the-date design,HelloWorldStampsEtsy store)
So, how will you Save-The-Date?