I was back in Vegas this memorial day weekend to shoot a incredible wedding with Kelly and Ken, two New Yorkers that moved to Vegas and met in Vegas. They were totally awesome, as were their friends and family and I had a amazing time working with them and documenting their love.
I met up with Ken and Kelly first for their rehearsal dinner on the grand patio at the Bellagio, where they had also put me up to stay. It was a great party with tons of food and music and drinks for everyone. Their was not a soul around who did not have fun.
The next day I woke up and headed over to the Mandarin Oriental to one of the corner suits where Kelly was getting ready with her bridesmaids and mother. Her makeup was done and she was having her hair done by Ira Sage from the Roberts Cromeans salon, who rocked her out with a great hairdo.
Kelly's Vera Wang dress was a pink champaign in color and just incredible, I had to find the best place in the room to photograph it, and I found the right spot on the doorways to her bedroom.
From there I headed to the Tom Ford store where Ken was getting suited up. He looked sharp and was super excited for the coming hours.
After Kelly was all decked out in her gown and Ken suited up, we headed to the Ballroom at the Mandarin to do some family photos before venturing out around the hotel for some really kick ass portraits of Ken and Kelly. They were a great couple to shoot and there was no end to their love and expressions through the shoot.
There ceremony was back in the main ballroom with a wicked hupa and tons of lights and fabrics to transform this entry ballroom into a special place for marriage. Their wedding coordinator at the Hotel was Melina Beckett, and her and the staff at the Mandarin did a incredible job with the ceremony and reception, from flowers to the cake, it was all very sweet!
The reception was held on the roof of the hotel, with the cake floating, yes I said floating, on the pool. There was a sic DJ, DJ D-Miles, and many food stations for all the guest. This reception was meant to be very unique and hence there were no toast, speeches, formal dances or any traditional wedding procedure. What there was plenty of was fun, laughter, love and emotion. The night ended with some mac and cheese and sliders being served up for everyone, they were yummie!
Ken and Kelly planned a truly unique wedding and I am honored to have been able to document it for them.
Dress: Vera Wang Hotel: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Planner/Catering Director: Melina Beckett of Mandarin Oriental Suits: Tom Ford Makeup: Barbara Batterman Hair: Ira Sage or Robert Cromeans Salon Music: DJ D-Miles