Las Vegas is unlike anywhere else, a truly unique setting for a wedding. This is our second event we have covered in Vegas this summer, and the airport is beginning to feel like home. I have photographed Vegas weddings before but not at the Bellagio and Paiute Golf Resort, and it is so inspiring to go somewhere new to document a wedding.
We started the day at the Salon in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Nicole was getting makeup finished up when we arrived. After the salon, we went up to Nicole’s room where she slipped into her gown and added a few finishing touches. We then met Drew in the lobby for their first encounter. The first encounter (when the groom sees the bride for the first time all dressed up) is always one of our favorite moments. We work hard to make this a personal and meaningful experience, as it is full of excitement and emotion. After a few quite minutes to take it all in, we proceeded to create some very unique images on the Ballagio grounds. We used everything from the blackjack tables in the Casino to a tile floor in the underground parking for huge tour buses. Needless to say we covered some ground.
Then it was off to the Paiute Golf Resort an oasis in the Mojave Desert, and a wonderful venue leaving the glitz of Vegas behind for a more elegant setting. The ceremony was held outside on a perfectly groomed sea of grass with rugged desert mountains in the background. There was even a Great Horned Owl that kept a close eye on the proceedings. A wonderful reception followed the ceremony.