The first I saw of Louise and Ben’s wedding was the fabulous wedding table plan — and it seems only fitting that I share it with you first. Funny how a gorgeous detail can take me on a journey… and so I found wedding photographer Simon Gough, and got in touch with today’s stunning bride Louise to share this vintage Las Vegas wedding on my blog!
Louise told me, “We wanted to take our guests back in time, to when Vegas hotels, shows and the stars they boasted were cool and exclusive. The Angel Hotel fitted the bill with its quirky and individual style, large function rooms and stage. I wanted to use props to provide an accent of Vegas and hoped it wouldn’t appear gaudy or tacky. I am a huge Elvis fan and both my husband and I enjoy jazz music. I wanted to incorporate the ‘Rat Pack’ era and ‘Elvis’ as to me they both epitomised Vegas in its most glamorous time.”
This is an inspiring and hugely entertaining wedding, and I really hope you love it. Thanks to the very lovely Wendy Bell (WBD Designer Wedding Stationery) for initially getting in touch, and to wedding photographer Simon Gough for kindly sharing the images with us. Both get glowing reviews from beautiful bride Louise, whose wedding report you can read about halfway down the blog feature. Enjoy! Claire xxx
Louise and Ben: A vintage Vegas wedding blog!
Wedding venue: The Angel Hotel Cardiff
Wedding photographer: Simon Gough (Simon Gough Photography).
How would you describe your wedding style?
Loud & showy with, I hope, some sophistication and pizzazz.
A little about the wedding ceremony:
We were renewing our wedding vows after 10 years of marriage. We eloped to Las Vegas the first time. We both wanted something simple and traditional in the ceremony. We chose vows that we felt incorporated our children and life together so far. It was really important to me that everyone felt included and valued as none of our guests had been part of the original day.
Which readings did you choose?
‘From Heart To Heart’, ‘On Marriage’ & ‘The Art Of Marriage’.
Invitations and reception stationery:
The next point of call seemed obvious… playing card invitations. This led me to Wendy Bell (WBD Designer Wedding Stationery). This lady read my mind or we were separated at birth!
Attention to detail is my thing and I pride myself on how utterly useless & wasted this is most of the time, but not with my wedding, and not with Wendy Bell. I built the rest of our wedding around the stunning designs Wendy Bell supplied us with invitations, RSVP’s, Table names, Name places & seating plan, all of which complimented, co-ordinated perfectly and still managed to be individual from each other. http://www.wendybelldesigns.com/
Weddings are like recipes, you really need the right ingredients or it doesn’t work and it will leave a nasty taste in your mouth!
Wedding music and entertainment:
We wanted to keep all that was to unfold with the evening’s entertainment as much of a secret as possible. We hired a harpist for before and after the ceremony. I’m not sure how many people got it but she actually played jazz and Elvis songs throughout her set.
Through a company called Prima Artists we hired Paul Roberts to perform Frank Sinatra songs [Paul Roberts spent 16 years as lead singer of classic punk band The Stranglers! Claire], four Vegas show girls and Ben Portsmouth and his band TCE (Taking care of Elvis) as our Elvis act. We started with a jazz band through dinner and after dinner Paul Roberts performed a set and then my husband gave his speech. After the speech Elvis (Ben Portsmouth) performed his set. We followed that with a fantastic disco by a DJ called DJ Shabz. I wouldn’t change a thing about any of the entertainment. It was captivating, if I do say so myself. Guests told me they didn’t want to leave the room just in case they missed something. I do have one regret actually, that being that we didn’t video the entertainment.
What did you wear?
Bride: I wore an ivory fishtail bespoke wedding dress, veil and tiara all from Pink Butterfly Brides. Beautiful silver (Dorothy) glittery Kurt Geiger shoes.
Groom: Black tie.
We had a dress code of black tie for men and evening or cocktail dress for ladies.
Memorable wedding day moments:
Walking down the aisle. It blew me away, seeing all the gorgeous smiley faces of our family and friends. Totally choked!
Secondly, the entertainment. After spending so much time, money and energy on this it was such a massive relief that it worked, everyone showed up and our guests seemed to really enjoy it. Thirdly my husband’s speech, I know he was really nervous about it and he did everyone so proud. He mentioned all the right people, made us all laugh and me cry. Perfect!!
Wedding day advice:
Loads and loads, but probably only that which useful to other loons like myself.
- Hire Geoffrey Harris, Class in a Coat (Master of ceremonies). The man walks on water. What he doesn’t know about anything to do with weddings, ceremonies and functions is not worth knowing. Geoff co-ordinated the whole day, me, Ben, all the guests, all the entertainers and with such charisma and calm it was ACE!
- Choose your suppliers wisely. I naively initially thought as weddings are romantic and fluffy and dreamy that all the suppliers involved would be too! Err no. As I said my thoughts are not for everyone, I seemed to come across quite a lot of cold, money grabbing and unreliable wedding folk. It’s a cruel wedding world out there and I recommend you always have a very clear idea of what you want.
- Learn to be firm and confident with your own opinions and wedding desires. Make lists, lots and lots of lists. I had a wedding folder and took a wedding notebook everywhere with me for the year leading up to our wedding. You will get tips and ideas from the most random places.
- I asked for advice from a lot of my friends who had already had a ‘white wedding’ type ‘do’ . What they would do again or change about their day? 100% of them said their dress!! That is a fashion thing, I suppose. I am sure they all loved them at the time.
- They also said not to drink too much as the day will fly by and if you get too tipsy you will miss bits. That was good advice and it’s a nightmare constantly looking for someone to help you go to the loo! So I am going to give that bit of drinking advice as double strength, though don’t dehydrate!
Recommended wedding suppliers:
- Wendy Bell Designs – We could not fault the service Wendy supplied us with and could not recommend her more highly.
- ‘Class in a Coat’ Geoffrey Harris Master of ceremonies (As already mentioned above).
- Simon Gough Photography — This gentleman took over 500 (not of just me I might add) fantastic pictures I don’t really remember seeing him. The man must be a chameleon! I am not comfortable with having my photograph taken and it was really good to not know when this was happening.
- Emma Hall Designs — Gorgeous table centres and venue dressing
- Prima Artists — Entertainer providers
- 1st Class Wedding Services (fantastic sparkly dance floors and curtains). They do other things too though.
- Dragons & Daffodils Cakes – Good value for money and supplied what we had asked for.