Monthly Archives: February 2014

David and Pauline chose to have a wedding at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Cafe because they wanted something a bit different, and different it was! With some passersby as guests, and the occasional low flying aircraft wagging their wings in approval while on approach, it was just them, Reverend Angie of Peachy Keen Unions, the amazing staff at the Paradise HRC and myself. I can’t imagine a more intimate ceremony, and they were a blast to hang out with. Turns out they’re both huge KISS fans, and so we took advantage of the memorabilia. Don’t you just love Pauline’s vintage wedding dress? She purchased it many years ago, knowing that was the dress she wanted, and she was just a perfect angel in it.

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It started as an idea, and became a plan that required secrecy to a degree I haven’t seen since doing classified photos for Northrop Grumman back in 1998. The idea was to have an engagement party and invite all of their friends, then without warning of any kind, they’d show up dressed for a wedding and then get married right there. Nobody, not even their kids, knew. Just us and them and it was a whirlwind day. Kids can be unpredictable, but two of them were already best friends and their surprise was most joyous when they found out that morning that they’d be sisters too.  For a venue, they chose Lucille’s BBQ in The District and I knew that for a special ceremony like this, they needed none other than Pastor Ed Bruning of Casual Elegance Las Vegas. It was a first for Lucille’s, they’d never had a wedding there, and we love surprise weddings! Bonus sighting of past clients Amy and Brahm!

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Leslie and Nalei have to be two of the nicest people we have ever met. Being high school sweethearts, they’ve been together longer than a lot of people that I know have been married. We’ve known them for some time through a friend, and we were very honored when they asked us to photograph their engagement photos and their upcoming wedding here in Las Vegas. If we didn’t have a little one on the way, we’d follow them to Nalei’s home state of Hawaii for the second ceremony and some beach time. Their wedding here will be something to remember, with catering by none other than local Cajun joint Lola’s and some seriously fun stuff we can’t talk about yet.

Like Leslie and Nalei say, “two brides are better than one”.

 

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We were very honored to have so many wonderful friends come and celebrate the coming of our first born. Tara with Scheme Events, along with Keri from Canyon Gate Country Club and the lovely Amelia of Amelia C and Co. put together a wonderful affair that involved mustaches and bow ties. Of course, Alicia took it upon herself to sew 30 bow ties, and some very cool cards with instructions on how to tie them (no easy feat) was done up right by Brooke and Micheal Coxen of the always intrepid Paper and Home. Butter cream goodness was on hand by none other than the fabulous people at Retro Bakery and bright florals were from the excellent people at Flora Couture.

We wanted to thank everyone who helped, and who attended, from the bottom of our hearts.

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We had been Manognya’s Dive instructors about two years ago and immediately hit it off. On the long drive to the training dive site we had heavily involved discussions about Northern vs. Southern Indian food and more importantly, how to make it. South Asian cuisine has long been one of my favorites and I was about to get schooled in the regional differences between North and South India, how could I resist? A melting pot of diversity herself, Manognya hails from Southern India, calls Singapore home and lived between Las Vegas and Iowa and when Varun popped the big question on her, she relocated once again to sunny Las Vegas.

A happier couple you won’t find, and while we spent several days with Manognya being very animated about life underwater, none of her expressions or mannerisms compare to how she lights up when Varun is around. A man who just becomes buoyant when Mano is near, Varun is one of the coolest people you’ll ever meet. Any guy who likes his Lassi salted and his food hotter than the sun has my vote.

We’re very proud to be photographing their upcoming wedding next month, for now see for yourself about how these two just glow in each others presence.

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