Today we have a stunning destination wedding for you courtesy of Ryan Welch Photography. Gemma and Gavin were married on 15th October 2013 in Las Vegas! Yes… LAS VEGAS! and yes…they flew their local photographer out with them! (A big thumbs up to the B&G for investing in local Welsh talent instead of hiring a Vegas photographer).
We asked the Bride, Gemma some questions about her gorgeous wedding…
What was your budget?
How would you describe your wedding theme?
We did not choose a theme as we were travelling to Las Vegas. We knew that the location would be colourful and sparkly. Nevertheless the dress and flower girls were very traditional. The guests added much glamour with their fabulous outfits. The bouquet featured pastel colours, mainly pinks which coordinated with the flower girl dresses.
The reception was at The Four Seasons Las Vegas, Verrandah restaurant. The decor and attention to detail was amazing, therefore were did not need anything extra.
What was your favourite part of your wedding?
Bride Gemma: Getting ready in the morning was very exciting. We enjoyed lots of laughs and bubbles whilst prepping ourselves. The butterflies in my tummy lasted all day. The memories from the morning will last forever!
Groom Gavin: I stopped for a moment to take it all in during the reception. This was the best bit. Family and friends all around whilst we were enjoying spectacular food and drink.
Who did you pick as your bridesmaids &/or best man and why?
We did not have a best man. This was because Gavin had six of his closest friends and his two brothers attending. He wanted them all to take an equal part in the day. They were very flattered and the kind Huw gave a speech during the toasts.
We did not have official bridesmaids either. Our daughters, Evelyn age 3 and Gwenny age 1 were our flower girls. They were a handful but they looked beautiful and we had lots of help thankfully. My three friends, Kirsty, Nadine and Hayley played a huge part in the day. They helped so much in the morning I could not have got ready in time without them.
Why did you choose your venue?
We looked at venues in the UK but we were disappointed with the prices. We would have been upset spending so much money on one day. We decided to get married in Las Vegas and immediately booked our flights and hotel followed by a honeymoon in Hawaii. We then emailed family and friends giving them 9 months notice. We were very suprised and delighted to have 40 guests accompany us.
How did the proposal happen?
I was taken on a surprise trip to Paris. Very cliche however I didn’t guess because it was 21st Dec so it was Gavin’s idea to go Christmas shopping. We travelled on the Eurostar to Paris and left the children for 2 nights. This was difficult because our youngest was under 1, although we made the most of our trip. The first day we wanted to sightsee and the second day to do some christmas shopping. We arrived at the Eiffel Tower in the evening (by this time we were exhausted). It was ever so busy and cold at the Tower. Gavin kept asking to stop but I was tired and wanted to get back to the hotel. We arrived back to the hotel and Gavin was very nervous. He explained that he wanted to ask me something. I knew then what was coming so I was anxious to see the ring! I was an extremely happy lady.
Any DIY stories/tutorials you’d like to share?
I was very impressed with the bouquet. This was handmade by my mother in law. The flowers were handpicked to tie in with the flower girl dresses. This was very last minute but I was so very greatful. It saved me the stress of finding a florist in Las Vegas. Additionally the flowers were all personally picked by myself. I was extremely happy as in the photos you cannot tell the difference between this and a real bouquet. I was looking forward to bringing it home but unfortunately I misplaced it on my travels.
What was your first dance & why?
Our meal finished at 8pm and as we were in Las Vegas we didn’t book an evening party. Ourselves and the guests freshened up and headed through the Mandalay Bay Casino. A little gamble and then a lift ride to the 40th floor took us to Mix Bar. Mix Bar has some of the most magnificent views of the strip. They served fabulous cocktails and had a dance floor. We didn’t have an official first dance unfortunately.
In hindsight, was there anything you would have done differently?
The day and the holiday was fabulous. We wouldn’t change anything about the day.
The only downfall was rushing between the hotel and the chapel. We guessed the amount of time needed to get there and back. Brides shouldn’t have to rush! Take everything in and try to enjoy every element of the big day.
Do you have any advice for future couples?
It was great knowing and taking our photographer with us. This was definitely a cheaper option. The photographers in Las Vegas were extortionate and we were worried that we would never get all of our pictures before we left. We had heard horror stories about this.
We were able to discuss and plan what we wanted with Ryan, who was professional and reliable throughout. At the end of the holiday he was genuinely a true friend.
What’s the best piece of marriage advice you received?
Never go to bed on a argument.
What was your favourite thing about planning a wedding?
Dress shopping was definitely the most exciting part of the whole experience. I travelled to most bridal shops in the South Wales area trying different styles and designers. I fell in love with ‘Kelly’ by Stephanie Allin as soon as I saw my reflection in the mirror. The dress was equisite and the style was very flattering.
I purchased the dress from High Society in Cowbridge and my accessories from The Mews, Clifton.
Photographer: Ryan Welch Photography
Ceremony Venue: The Little White Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas
Reception Venue: The Four Seasons Las Vegas
Bride’s Dress: Stephanie Allin ‘Kelly’ from High Society, Cowbridge
Bride’s Shoes: Jenny Packham
Bride’s Headpiece: Brand unknown- purchased at The Mews Clifton
Bride’s Jewellery: Gifts& borrowed
Groom’s Outfit: Reiss
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: ilovegorgeous.co.uk
Flowers: Handmade by mother in law
Stationery: Hobbycraft & M&M world las vegas
Transport: Limos & yellow taxis
The Wedding Album
WOW, what a fabulous wedding! Thank you to Gemma & Gavin for sharing their big day with us and to Ryan Welch for creating such stunning images!
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