Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas wedding ceremony and Linq Wheelhouse Wedding reception {Sadie & Andrew}

Traveling all the way from Kansas, Sadie & Andrew choose the Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas to exchange wedding vows and tie the knot! 

As Sadie was getting ready, her sister and mom was assisting her in the process.

Wedding ceremony at the Gazebo Chapel

The setting for Sadie & Andrew’s wedding was the peaceful, romantic Gazebo Chapel at Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas! The ivy covered gazebo, surrounded by palm trees created a private place for their special day.

Picturesque waterfalls, peaceful pond, palm trees and lush greenery provided the perfect backdrop for their photos.  

Kris Labuda, Chapel manager was helping them with the planning, making sure that their wedding is going flowless on their special day.

As many of the big hotel, Flamingo Hotel has their own in-house photographers, but they allow outside vendors for a reasonable fee.

Linq at the Wheelhouse cocktail hour and Reception

Until we took the couple around the Flamingo grounds to capture photos, in the meantime the guests were enjoying cocktails and appetizers.

They hosted their guests at the Wheelhouse at the Linq for cocktail hour and reception.

What a unique venue! As you look out the windows you can see  High Roller observation wheel, with its 550 feet high right by you, which is the tallest wheel on the planet. 

Jodie and her crew from Sight and Sound events provided a fabulous experience for the guests as their DJ and MC for the evening and also for me as a photographer to create opportunities to capture great images during the reception.

Congratulations Sadie & Andrew!

Wish you all the best in your journey together!

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Cili at Bali Hai Las Vegas Wedding {Valerie & Dylan}

Valerie & Dylan traveled all the way from Illinois to get married at the beautiful Cili at Bali Hai Las Vegas Golf Course, surrounded by close friends and family.

Thank you Angel Kroenecke for taking us out on the golf cart to beautiful locations at the golf course and Eric M Lindsey to capture images during the ceremony and helping with lighting to create images during Valerie & Dylan’s wedding.

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Traditional Romanian Orthodox Church Wedding in Las Vegas {Anamaria & Ion}- Part 2. Photo session at Lake Las Vegas and the party

The bride, the Godmother and the ladies that were at the party got together in a traditional dance (hora).

Before we let, what wasn’t the end of the celebration yet, the bride, groom and their two soon to be friends sit down in a chair and the Godmother took the bride’s veil off and replaced it with a head scarf. The gesture symbolizes the transfer from a girl to a married woman who will take care of the household and future children

Than the godmother put the scarf on her unmarried friend and the dance began again in a circle.
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The party begun..

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The first dance

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The life band who entertained the guests through the party

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Traditional Romanian Orthodox Church Wedding in Las Vegas {Anamaria & Ion}- Part 1. Getting ready & ceremony

Anamaria & Ion envisioned a traditional Romanian wedding. The nuptials took place at the first Romanian church in Las Vegas, Nevada, “Saint George and Saint Dimitri the New” Romanian Orthodox Church.

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We started out with getting ready images with Anamaria and the girls. The godparents arrived at the bride’s house when her hair and make up was getting done, the godmother helped her to get dressed (together with the bridesmaids) and she put the veil on the bride’s head.
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In the meantime Zoltan was taking images of the guys getting ready.
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Than Ion, the groom with the guys, a violin player and a ceremony master came over to the house where Anamaria was getting ready to ask for her hand in marriage and take her to the church to get married in front of God. But before that, the groomsman gave the bouquets to the bridesmaids and the couple pinned the boutonnieres on the guys.
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Afterwards, right before leaving for the church, the godmother hold and broke a traditional bridal cake (sweet bread) over the Anamaria’s head, and through the 4 pieces to four different directions to the guest to eat.
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Romanian Orthodox Church Traditional Wedding Ceremony

After that from the house everybody headed to the traditional religious ceremony what was held at the Romanian Orthodox Church.

The traditional wedding service in the Romanian Orthodox faith is an ancient and gorgeous ceremony that’s continued unchanged for centuries. It’s also a ceremony full of symbolism.
This Ceremony consists of several key parts. The godparents played very important role in Anamaria & Ion wedding. They had several traditional roles during the wedding ceremony and also at the party.
During the religious ceremony in the church the priest was reading prayers from the Bible in chanting voices. 
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The godmother and godfather stand by the couple, holding tall lit candles, decorated with flowers the second part of their ceremony. The burning flames of the candles symbolize the couple’s spiritual willingness to receive God’s blessings.
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The Crowning is the centerpiece of the Eastern Orthodox marriage ceremony.  The priest and godparents placed the crowns on the couple’s heads while they face the altar.
The groom and the bride are crowned as the king and queen of their own little kingdom, their newly created family
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Than the couple received ladyfingers to eat it symbolically and then took three sips of wine from a shared cup. The cup represents life and symbolizes the couple’s mutual sharing of joy and sorrow. As they drink wine from the common cup, they were reminded that from that moment they will share everything equally.
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In the final part of the wedding ceremony, the priest took the godfather by hand (with the candle), followed by the groom, the bride, the godmother with the other candle and walked around the middle church table three times, where the bible rested.
In this act, the couple takes their first steps as a married couple, with the Church (through the priest) leading them.
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Las Vegas Orthodox wedding ceremony at Saint George and Saint Dimitri the New Romanian Orthodox Church
Thank you Eric Lindsey for taking pictures from the back of the church, giving a second angle for Anamaria & Ion’s images.

Las Vegas Strip wedding {Ava and Joerdon}

Ava and Joerdon tied the knot during their destination wedding in downtown Las Vegas on The Terrace Gazebo of  Vegas weddings Chapel.
After their ceremony they took a limo ride to the Venetian Resort.  Than we headed to take some images with their wedding party around Mirage and Venetian Resort on the Strip before headed to their reception  at the Venetian Resort at the Canaletto restaurant Murano room!
Thank you for Regina Galiyeva from Vegas Weddings Planner with all the help organizing Ava and Joerdon’s Las Vegas wedding!
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