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A Las Vegas Strip Wedding at Treasure Island and The Ritz Venue

April 3, 2017 | By | No Comments

This is my long-winded post about A Las Vegas Strip Wedding at Treasure Island and The Ritz Venue with the very special Elizabeth and Christopher.

OMG so much to say about this amazing wedding! But it’s 5:30am and I really should be gettin’ to bed, but I have to take care to back up my bride’s images first ….

….so as I was sayin’… this wedding was kind of off the hook, in part because our beautiful brilliant bride married a *DJ* who knows lots of other DJs, and who got every VIP favor one could ever hope for at the incredibly accommodating Treasure Island, where our DJ Groom Christoper spins discs and spreads good cheer and happiness. Our beautiful brilliant PhD bride, no doubt, also attended to the million lovely details this couple shared with their many guests.

Put aside the dresses and the shoes and the florals – all so elegant and tasteful – and jump right to the perfect reception at The Ritz. There were maps and travel cases representing their globe trotting. The travel theme was carried throughout the reception hall, in details like the greenscreen OS Photo booths background, and the travel-themed table tents at each table.

The energy and thumping dancing partying pulse of this ceremony never let up right up to the last second. Did I mention that the groom is a DJ and he invited a bunch of his DJ friends who kept things pumping all reception long? The music was truly great and the dance floor was usually packed.

So many details! So well thought out! These guys invited a caricature sketch artist, there was an open bar, at the beginning of the reception there was a live musician, there was a delicious buffet, an ice sculpture, an area with comfortably elegant lounges and sofas, a bone-white tree that was more art than plant, and on it went.

And I’ve barely mentioned how much TIME they gave me to make great portraits with them! A photographer’s dream!! Elizabeth was a photographer for many years before she got smart and decided that having a regular income as a pharmacist might be neat. So, as much as almost any client I’ve ever had, these guys really appreciated the importance of photography and they gave me at least 90 minutes between the ceremony and reception, a luxury I am so grateful for.

They also had MAD ACCESS to one of the major casinos on The Strip. Of about 400 weddings I’ve shot I’ve never had access that comes close to the VIP treatment Christopher arranged for us. Rather than the usual experience of getting chased out of a Strip casino within moments of breaking out professional lighting gear, we were escorted by very large security guys wherever we went. And we went wherever we wanted to went. Actually we had wented everywhere a week before in our walk-through, so our wenting was well planned. And escorted by very large men with wound cords connected to their ears. Like I said, a photographer’s dream.

Thank you Elizabeth and Chris – for entrusting me with such an important event in your lives, and for the VIP access.

Reception: The Ritz of Las Vegas

Ceremony & Location Photos: Treasure Island Hotel & Casino
DJs: @SoundBiteProductionsLV / https://www.facebook.com/SoundBiteProductionsLV/
Catering: The Ritz
Table Decorations: DIY

Family Reunion in Sunny Las Vegas – the Jones Family at The Westin at Lake Las Vegas

April 3, 2017 | By | No Comments

Even though I really don’t advertise family reunion photography on my website at all (other than the occasional blog post) I get regular requests for it. I was so very happy to meet the casual and good looking Jones family out at Lake Las Vegas this morning for a quick studio-lit formal / casual family portrait session. I hope these photos fill up their walls and computer desktops for the rest of time, and gives them warm feelings every time they see ’em.