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Las Vegas LDS Temple Wedding

Apr
26

When you think of Las Vegas weddings, glitz, glamour and mega hotels may come to mind. While weddings on the Las Vegas Strip are iconic to this city and a lot of fun to shoot from a photographer’s standpoint, there is more to Sin City than the famous chapels and celebrity weddings in billion-dollar hotels.

Las Vegas is also home to a rich and diverse religious community. Just north of the glitter and glam that are the hallmarks of downtown and the Strip, you’ll find the jewel of Las Vegas’ Mormon community — a Mormon Temple where many faithful couples tie the knot each year.

Las Vegas Mormon Temple Wedding

The Las Vegas LDS Temple is a towering building that sits on the slopes of the mountains bordering the east side of the city overlooking the valley. As a photographer, I love to shoot weddings at the Mormon Temple here in Las Vegas simply for the fact that they are different than what most people are used to. It’s a beautiful location with unique architecture, flourishing flowers and trees that adorn the temple grounds.

Las Vegas LDS Temple Wedding

Mormon ceremonies are very private and spiritual affairs with only a few close family members in attendance of the actual ceremony. They are focused on family, community, and commitment to a higher faith.

Las Vegas Mormon Temple Wedding

Photography within the temple is forbidden in order to protect the sanctity of the union. However, there is a lot of excitement as guests waits outside in anticipation of the bride and groom’s grand entrance. This is also a great opportunity to capture some fun candids and family photos. As the ceremony draws to a close, we will wait outside the temple doors along with other guests to capture the bride and groom as they exit the temple as newlyweds. From there, we typically spend a few moments alone with the bride and groom creating some beautiful, well-lit photos around the temple grounds. If you are planning a Las Vegas Temple wedding, keep in mind that timing is one important factor to making great photographs. You’ll want to make sure there is enough daylight after the ceremony for bridals and couple photos.

Although Mormon weddings are considered sacred and marriages are taken very seriously, the couples we have worked with and their families are nothing short of fun. It is always a pleasure to be a part of such an important event in someone’s life. We feel honored when couples choose us to be a part of their wedding day and even more so when they tell us how much they love their photos. We hope to continue serving couples in this community and creating more amazing memories for our future clients.

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Venice & Marc’s Church Wedding

Apr
03

If you follow our blog, you might remember our engagement shoot with Venice and Marc last year. We had a blast shooting their engagement session, so photographing their wedding felt perfectly natural. One of the greatest things about engagement sessions is the opportunity to work together and become acquainted before the wedding. Venice and Marc loved their engagement photos so much, they felt completely at ease and confident in our ability to capture their wedding.

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Our Lady of Las Vegas Church

Our Lady of Las Vegas Church

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It was an absolute joy working with them both again. After months of planning, their big day played out beautifully. We arrived at the bride’s room early to capture some getting ready shots. Besides a few nerves from all the excitement and anticipation, Venice was quite calm and relaxed.

Every bride’s reaction on her big day is different, and oftentimes brides are surprised by their own reactions. Some brides who aren’t usually emotional have claimed that they never cry, only to find themselves tearing up at the altar, much to their surprise. These are the moments we try to capture as unobtrusively as possible – the real and unexpected moments that occur at every event.

After a beautiful Catholic ceremony at Our Lady of Las Vegas Church, we took a limo downtown for some fun photos with the bridal party. The bridesmaids and groomsman seemed to be having far too much fun!

After about an hour of shooting, we all got back in the limo and headed to the reception for a fantastic party. Lots of great food and dancing – a perfect way to end the night. To Venice, Marc, and your families, thank you for sharing your day with us. We’re so glad you love the photos!

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