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The Venue: Valley of Fire

What more can I say about Valley of Fire?  Its one of the most gorgeous national parks that we have.  And for sure, it is a dream for all Las Vegas wedding photographers to shoot there.  When I visit the park to shoot a wedding, its hard for me to stay focused because its just a relaxing place to be, I struggle to keep the energy up!  It certainly feels like you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the strip.

Allison and Mike wanted a unique, intimate, desert location for their ceremony that would look and feel like a whole other world compared to where they’re from in Canada.

This location NEVER disappoints!

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The Ceremony

I arrived at the predetermined spot within the park a bit early so I could scope everything out and pick the perfect angles for the ceremony.  Mike and Allison arrived in style in a gorgeous red Corvette.  I was immediately jealous.  ;)

Its always so special to be privy to a private ceremony.  I felt very privileged to be their witness and as they exchanged vows, the tears started flowing.  It was adorable!

Vegas is perfect for these types of ceremonies.  They allow you to get away, and make the day completely about you as a couple.  They allow you to focus on yourselves, in the moment, without any stress or distractions and just for a moment, you’re stuck in time celebrating the life you’re about to live with each other.

Thinking of Getting Married at Valley of Fire?

Here is some helpful info you’ll need when planning!  Most importantly, you need to remember that this is a national park that is run and maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.  In order to have your ceremony and photos taken by a professional photographer, you’ll need to have all of the proper paperwork and permits.  A permit to photograph there is around $50, and if you opt to have your ceremony there as well you can get a special ceremony permit that will also cover photography.  Make sure your photographer has adequate liability insurance as well, as the BLM may require it.

In the mean time while planning YOUR wedding, enjoy these photos from Allison and Mike’s special day!

 

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Like this wedding?  Check out these other couples and their amazing days as well!  Lisa and Mat | Leslie and Paul | Jeff and Indra

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Photography: The Amberlight Collective | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions

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I’m just going to throw it out there, shooting in the mountains of California is a dream for wedding photographers. In Las Vegas, we get to capture all the fun urban scenes of the Strip, and the cool desert locale, but in Lone Pine, CA where Indra & Jeff hail, beauty is taken to a whole new level.

Thats exactly what this couple wanted to embrace during their wedding day, the beauty of their surroundings. Jeff & Indra are some of the funniest, most down to earth people I’ve met. Their love of God and evident love for each other absolutely shines through in all they do.

Hear it from Jeff himself about how they met:

“A year and a half ago, I (Jeff) walked into the Commons at seminary. Indra was the only Point Loma student at seminary that I didn’t know, so I (ever so humbly) introduced myself. And in the words of a great man about a great, great woman, “She was looking…pretty good.”
But it wasn’t until I asked her to help me with a community art project that I saw her depth, passion and talent. Over the last 18 months she’s grown on me as I’ve fallen deeply in love with her abilities and her surprises all in this gorgeous woman.”

How adorable is that?! Read more about them over at their wedding website!

 

Bridal Tips: Rustic Outdoor Wedding

Take a few tips from Indra for your wedding day! If you’re planning an outdoor rustic or vintage wedding, try sporting some cute boots like Indra did for her wedding. Not only were they comfy, they helped her traverse the rugged landscape for photos!

Want to be unique? Indra forwent a traditional wedding bouquet for an amazing, dried out and preserved desert plant native to the area which absolutely complimented the photos and feel of her day!

Check out their amazing day:

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  • October 27, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    Indra - I still love looking at these photos so much! Danette did such a great job! Another tip I would give, don’t be afraid to make traditional things untraditional. I used several colorful rugs and sewed them together to make my very own unique runner. It gives color to the desert wedding while also incorporating something from my childhood.

    Thanks again for your great work!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2015 - 1:06 pm

    Valley of Fire Wedding Photos | Las Vegas, NV Photographer | Allison and Mike | The Amberlight Collective - […] Like this wedding?  Check out these other couples and their amazing days as well!  Lisa and Mat | Leslie and Paul | Jeff and Indra […]ReplyCancel

I just got back from a whirlwind trip to one of my favorite places in the whole world, Pittsburgh. Getting to shoot a wedding in Pittsburgh is a dream come true! And during autumn no less! Photography loves you Pennsylvania!

These are two dear friends who I had the privilege to photograph this weekend. Its always a huge honor when people I’ve known for years and years choose me as their first choice for a wedding photographer!

Without further delay, here is a preview of whats to come from this amazing wedding!

Share, Comment, & LOVE these photos!

If you love these photos, and want to see more of Jared & Mandy’s special weekend, comment and let me know!  (Give the couple some comment love as well!)

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  • October 23, 2014 - 9:32 pm

    Tracy Coleman Mazon - More more more!!!ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    Sarah Kregenow Issac - Love, as always.
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  • October 23, 2014 - 10:19 pm

    Debbie Kregenow - As always, you have done an amazing job! Can’t wait to see the rest.ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2014 - 10:37 pm

    Jana Plevel - Love these!!! They are absolutely stunning!!! ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2014 - 10:42 pm

    Mandy Basey Schmidt - You are killing me. Post more!!!ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2014 - 10:47 pm

    Jennifer Jensen Barry - Beautiful, Danette! Makes me wish you could be my wedding photographer all over again ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2014 - 11:40 pm

    Campbell Sj - So very nice!ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2014 - 12:01 am

    Donya Smith - Thanks for sharing these Danette! Hope you get done with the mountain of finishing work from three weddings quickly and easily :). Gorgeous colors…each one is an absolute work of art! Did you end up using the one with the extra leaves? ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2014 - 1:01 am

    Jacque Blocker - Love them, want to see them all! ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2014 - 1:28 am

    Nancy Valdez - Beautiful! You are so talented!!ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2014 - 1:53 am

    Diana Boston McKeon - Can’t wait to see them all! You’re A fantastic photographer!ReplyCancel

  • October 24, 2014 - 3:57 am

    Diana Bell - Stunning!ReplyCancel

las-vegas-engagement-pictures-nelsons-landing-1PINThere are few people in our lives that we can count as true friends.  As wedding photographers in Las Vegas, we get to connect with clients before the photo session, exchanging emails and making plans for the perfect session.  For Mat & Lisa, they have some incredible friends who love them very much.  It wasn’t either Mat or Lisa who initially contacted me for engagement photography, it was their friend Kat.  Kat and her husband came up with the incredibly generous idea to purchase their friends an engagement session while they vacationed in Las Vegas from Canada.  How cool is that?!

And when I met both Lisa & Mat, we hit it off immediately like we were old friends!  Even though it was a thousand degrees outside, we still had a blast!  As always, the ghost town near Nelson’s Landing did not disappoint, offering us amazing desert views, and a cool, one-of-a-kind vintage atmosphere.  You can’t beat it as a fun alternative to photos on the strip!

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I was so thankful to find out that out of all the Las Vegas wedding photographers that Leslie and Paul could have chosen, they picked me.  I knew from the moment Leslie emailed me, and consequently, emailed me again apologizing for her half filled out inquiry form (due to her cat stepping on her keyboard and prematurely sending the first inquiry form), we were going to be fast friends.

The more I learned about Leslie and Paul, their personalities, and how they met, the more I loved them.

The two really compliment each other, and all the laughter between them makes me really love reliving their wedding day looking back at their photos.

They have one of the best stories of how they met.  They met while playing World of Warcraft.  Whats even better is that both of their characters were female.  My kind of people!  WoW! ;)

Aside from being able to photograph a fabulous couple, the venue was amazing.  If you’re looking for wedding day venues off of the Vegas strip to take photos, the JW Marriott is a great place to start looking.  Their staff is courteous and attentive, and their grounds are gorgeous.

Archel Rowling Events made the whole day come together, with beautiful details provided by Floral Couture.

The evening ambiance was supplemented by All Events Productions.  The music, and lighting were PERFECT!  And I have to say, my favorite part of the entire evening, which I’ve never seen any other couple do, was during the first dance.  Their wonderful DJ creatively recorded the couple talking about how they met, and how much they loved each other, and sound bites were played over music as the couple did their first dance.  It was beautiful.

Leslie looked AMAZING with hair and makeup done by the talented ladies at Makeup in the 702.  And its always a pleasure getting to see and work with those girls!

To put the day into perspective, here is the sneak peak video from their incredible videography team at Memory Lane Video:

 

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Enjoy their photos and as always check out our website for the best wedding photography in Las Vegas!

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