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Location: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV, NV, US
Event Date: May 01, 2018
Name: ♀Liz Ashard & ♂Zach Jackson
Zach and Liz live in the Portland metro area in the PNW. They planned their wedding in Las Vegas so they could have a small intimate and stress free day. Liz and Zach love tattoos and going to shows. They have been dating for more than 10 years and finally decided to get married. Liz loves vintage and retro decor. She found Flora pop online and fell in love with the vintage tear drop pop up wedding trailer for her ceremony and reception at the El Dorado Dry Lake Beds in Nevada. Sadly we brought the PNW weather with us and in poured rain in the dessert make for very wet lake beds instead.
It didn’t rain on our parade though. We all made the best of it and toasted to how life is funny that way. Sometimes you can have all the perfect plans made and yet things happen. We don’t always have control of things in life or marriage. Sometimes we just have to go with the flow and enjoy the ride.
After the Ceremony, we retreated back to the MGM grand where they had the reception in a large suite with a beautiful view of the Las Vegas strip.
Makeup Artist: Heads Will Roll Salon
Cake Designer: Retro Bakery
Dress Store: The English Dept.
Event Venue: MGM Grand Terrace Suites
Officiant: FLORA POP
Floral Designer: Flora Pop
Photographer: Tara Thackeray Photography
Q1: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
A1: We wanted to have a very fun untraditional intimate wedding so we decided to head to Las Vegas inviting around 40 of our closest friends and family. I was looking for something other than the ordinary Vegas chapel wedding and to be outdoors. That’s how I came across Flora Pop, Victoria provides a tear drop trailer, bouquet, officiant, champagne and cake donuts with a beautiful desert sunset in the El Dorado Dry Lake beds as the backdrop.
Q2: Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
A2: I wanted to incorporate a piece of home, the Pacific Northwest and my love for everything vintage. So my theme and decor was a vintage woodsy feel with neutral and gold colors. With the ceremony being in the desert and an adorable tear drop trailer behind us there wasn’t much need for decor there. For the reception we put together our own center pieces of succulents and moss in gold antique terrariums glass jewelry boxes and candle holders. With the help of my sister and friends we decorated the whole suite/reception space ourselves. .
Q3: What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
A3: Victoria owner of Flora Pop is also the florist and designs the boquets and boutonnière. I wanted a bouquet that reminded me of the woods and mountains back home. So they consisted of ferns and greenery, I didn’t want much color especially pinks or purples. Keeping with the neutral colors I used succulents and moss for our flowers and center pieces.
Q4: Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
A4: With the ceremony being in the desert we reserved a big grey hound bus to pick us and the whole wedding party up to transport us. We provided a cooler full of beer and I made a “wedding transport” play list. We had the reception in our beautiful hotel suite which had an 800 sq ft terrace, two stories, and a huge glass chandelier. By having it in the suite we were able to have an intimate reception setup exactly how we wanted with an open bar and unlimited time to party the night away. I had a Polaroid photo guest book set up upstairs, guests ended up taking hilarious photos in strange places such as couples standing in the jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. It made for amazing memories and photos to look back on. A friend also proceeded to take polaroids through out the night capturing all the extra special moments.
Q5: Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
A5: To keep the vintage theme going I went with a short 50s style off white lace dress and a bird cage veil. I had the honor of wearing my uncles mothers mink shall which completed the whole look. I wore gold jewelry, a pair of earrings and necklace which were once my grandmothers. For Zach I had the idea of him wearing simple black slacks and white button up and suspenders. He decided he wants to do all of his shopping on his own and kept my idea in mind but ended up coming with his own wardrobe. I was a little nervous what the out come would be for he is not one for fashion with a wardrobe consisting of band t-shirts and dickies and he wanted to surprise me so I didn’t get to see until our first look. But he was so excited and proud of what he picked out as long as he was happy with it I was too. He ended with a vest which suprisied me but I was so proud of him and he looked so handsome.
Q6: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
A6: I was still in high school I was at the mall with a friend when we drove past a couple guys one with a huge Mohawk that immediately caught my eye. My friend decided to stop and talk to them and we ended up exchanging numbers hung out a few times and then lost touch for a while. Maybe a year or two had passed and he popped in my head again, I couldn’t stop thinking about him so I got in touch with him again. We got back together for a New Years party 13 years ago and the rest was history. We were together for 10 years before he lets say simply proposed. It wasn’t the most romantic or extravagant proposal but it didn’t matter to me, it didn’t change the emotions and excitement I felt in that moment. .
Q7: What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
A7: Part of the reason we chose May to get married was the weather is usually perfect in Vegas around this time of year.. Not too hot and hardly a chance of rain. Well as we all said there must have been too many pacific north westerners in one place because we brought the rain and a storm and only on the wedding day. All the locals were sure it would pass because the rain never sticks around but not that day. It was a bummer I didn’t get the pictures I was so excited for of the beautiful sunset and desert mountain background. But our guests still had a blast and all say it made for a good story as we drove a huge bus into a dry lake bed during a rain storm almost getting stuck. Everyone was a trooper and stood in the rain as we proceeded with our quick ceremony. It didn’t stop us from having the best day of our lives and it didn’t change anything we felt in that moment. It was a true testament to our relationship and strength, and that we would be ok through any storm that hits us.
Q8: Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
A8: Take your time planning and do it exactly how you want, don’t let others impact your decisions. On your wedding day don’t stress about the little things or anything out of your control and just purely be in and enjoy every little moment. Continue to love each other as if it was the first time you realized you were in love.