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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Traditional Las Vegas Wedding

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Elegant Images

Kim and Adam envisioned themselves having a small wedding of around 20 people, so figured a destination wedding would be a perfect fit. What they didn’t expect was a whopping 120 guests who chose to attend their Las Vegas nuptials. While everyone was obviously on board, a lot of the couple’s guests weren’t sure what to expect. “People perceive a Las Vegas wedding as a drive-thru [chapel] with Elvis as the officiant,” says Kim. “Once we explained it would be a more traditional wedding our guests were intrigued and excited!”

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Since the couple wanted a more traditional wedding, why Vegas? “First of all, Adam and I love Las Vegas,” says the bride. “It is a fun and vibrant place, characteristics we want to represent our relationship. We chose a destination that could provide something for everyone, especially since all our guests would be traveling from all over the World. Furthermore, we wanted to make sure our guests could be busy throughout the times we did not have anything planned for them. Also, you can stay in Vegas on almost any budget – making it extremely easy for all our guests.”

The bride and her parents planned the wedding themselves and definitely put a lot of energy into staying in touch with their vendors via Skype, emails and visits. The couple wanted to make sure their guests got a lot out of their traditional Jewish ceremony so they created a book to be handed out to each guest. “It described exactly what was taking place during the ceremony for those who had never been to a Jewish wedding. Furthermore, it allowed them to understand the Hebrew and meaning behind some of the traditions that took place. [Everyone] said it really helped them follow along and that they loved it.”

While Kim and Adam didn’t get the small, intimate wedding they envisioned, they still would change a thing. “The weather was perfect and there really is nothing like being in Las Vegas,” says Kim. “It provided something for everyone which cannot be found near where they live.”

Kim has some final words of advice for other couples planning a destination wedding. “I was told before my wedding that if the bride has the best time, then the entire wedding will also have fun as they won’t be worried about [the bride] the whole time. This was most certainly true. I had the best day of my life and danced into the early hours with the biggest smile on my face. Take in every moment and don’t sweat the small stuff – a little bump in the day just makes for greater memories.”

Photographer: Elegant Images, Ceremony/Reception Site: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Gown Designer: Mori Lee, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Men’s Wearhouse, Florist: Destinations By Design, Catering: Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Bridesmaids’ Clothing Designer: Jordan, Makeup: ProMakeup by Natasha, Hair: Diva Studio, Officiant: Rabbi Felipe Goodman from Temple Beth Sholom, Band: Harbor Lights Music West

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