Oh where do I begin…I’d been so excited about this wedding, and now I look back with many fond memories of such a fun filled weekend. Going back, two year’s ago when I was in Las Vegas on a business shoot, one of the models for our magazine post was Antonia. She was a friend to a girl I’d met a few year’s prior from yet another Vegas wedding I’d shot. Antonia was great with the camera and easy to work with. I still remember it like it was yesterday. We were up on the top section of this old barn doing some photos of her and she was telling me about how she and her boyfriend Matty were looking at rings. Fast forward, and I’m back in Las Vegas, shooting the engagement session of Antonia and Matty, with my friend Heather. I was so excited when they asked us to shoot their wedding. Heather would be my side kick all the way for this gala. I knew there was some serious fun to be had.
Beyond the dazzel of the Las Vegas strip, as you start to make your way East into the desolate desert lies this oasis known as Lake Las Vegas. Some 3592 acres of land and a man made lake are the heart of this Italian themed resort. Full of rich colors and dramatic views, it’s a great get-away from the busy city.
Antonia was calm and relaxed as she got her make up done. She was taking it all in and not worrying herself with the details.
Sabrina Tannehill did an awesome job on Antonia’s make up. She rocked it!
Everyone was busy getting ready for the big day in different room’s all over the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort.
Meanwhile, in the groom’s men room, Heather got the guy’s looking their finest.
The guy’s all helped each other out. Their style was perfection for each of them.
Radiant bride to be.
All the girls of the bridal party came up to the bridal suite. They shared a lot of laughs and showed their spunky personalities. A fun bunch of ladies to work with.
Ahh, the anticipation of a groom.
Prior to the ceremony, we headed down to a room next to where the ceremony would be for Antonia to put on her custom made gown. It was gorgeous. Antonia got help from her mother as she stepped into her gown.
In my career, there are images that will forever stick out for me….this without question will be one of those. A few minute prior to the ceremony and Antonia and I had a moment to get a few photos. Stunning!
Just across the entry way, in a room across from his bride to be, Matty and his groomsmen waited patiently. Matty found this gift waiting for him from his bride. He of course had to give it a riff.
A tender moment before the ceremony with Antonia and her father.
The bride walked down the aisle with her father and her eldest son, Marcelino.
Prior to the ceremony, the wind’s had been picking up all day. In Vegas, that can make or break an outdoor event. The ceremony location was up in the air up until shortly before go time, as they didn’t know if it would be too gusty in the tunnel where the ceremony was being held. Thankfully everything went as planned, an although it was a bit windy, it was a wonderful sunset ceremony. Even Elvis came to the wedding. He was kind enough to sing for the bride and groom.
It was fun seeing the two of them light up when they were finally together again. You could see the joy in both of them.
Antonia’s father preformed the ceremony for them. A lot of laughter and some tear’s were shed. The joining of both Matty and Antonia’s children played a special part of the ceremony. They are now officially a family. They get on well with each other and the kid’s all have a lot of zest about them.
Truth be told, Heather and I were a little stressed worrying about the time frame for their portraits. By the time the sunset ceremony was done, we knew we weren’t going to have much daylight left, but it ended up being just perfect. The glow of the rays behind the mountians cast the pink hues, perfect for all the pink in the wedding.
Antonia and Matty and their children, Alix 12, Marcileno 10, Antonio 7 and Adina 6.
Don’t they look handsome.
And the ladies were not to be outdone. Their style was sophisticated and yet was so Matty and Antonia’s style. Their hair was crafted by the talented Kristina Gilbert.
These two sisters were so excited for the big day.
The groom and his guy’s went across the street to the golf course for some photos.
Both Matty and Antonia have been blessed with two children each, and they now can officially be family. There is no division, they are combined. They clearly all adore each other.
After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed cocktails at The Ravella. A beautiful landscape overlooking the lake. The guests enjoyed an open bar, with live music and some more songs from Elvis himself.
Inside the decor for the reception was a wonderful mixture of elegance and touches of Matty and Antonia.
They know how to throw a great party. The music had everyone on the floor. The guest’s had a great time an were going strong.
Much to my surprise, Antonia and Matty were reserved for their cake. The kid’s had a lot of fun dancing and showing off their talent’s.
Antonio knew how to clear the floor and do his thing.
Congratulations again to Matty and Antonia. Thanks for bringing me out, and allowing Heather and I to be part of your special day. We had a wonderful weekend celebrating with you all and made some great memories. Best wishes to you both. XX And a special thanks to my second shooter and best friend Heather…I love any opportunity we have to work side by side. So glad to share that with you. We wore ourselves out, but it was so fun in the process! As always, it’s great to get back to Vegas, you’ll always be home to me!