We have waited for this wedding for so long and the wonderful day finally arrived! CoVid had raised its ugly head years prior, causing us to reschedule over and over from one year to the next. Vegas had finally begun to slowly open to visitors. And Erin and Mark were not to be deterred. This couple rode out the storm and on the day of their wedding, it dawned bright, sunny, warm and in the high 70’s, a perfect November in the Valley of Fire. Erin’s aunt had been elected to do their ceremony and it was so tender and lovely, with vows written and spoken by our couple with the happiest and most tender of smiles and a few tears to seal the deal.

Erin’s dress was lovely, with beautiful, elegant detailing, delicately moving in the breezes as she walked. Mark looked pretty great as well, and we noticed they had eyes only for each other all day. Erin and Mark had also asked for video for their day and we love it when we get our friend Autumn (Autty) Shipp to come visit us and work her special moving film magic.

One of our favorite requests was the arch Erin had asked for, a Moroccan-styled affair with flowing white gauze, gently billowing in the wind. Erin has a great sense of style and her job as a graphic designer came in handy. She had definite ideas on what she wanted for her special day, and she also made the menu cards, seating, and other printed signs with a special touch that made it even more personalized.

One of Erin’s favorites, decor-wise, was the place setting name cards which had each guests’ name written on nopales, a type of broadleaf cactus we sourced from a local Hispanic market. The leaves usually have spiky spines to catch your fingers, but we had these specially removed so no damage to anyone resulted! The greens and white tones of this wedding were highlighted often throughout the decor, complemented by black and white pops, and the cactus and eucalyptus complemented the white florals beautifully. Erin chose the fabric and sewed the black and white geometric patterned runners herself. Is there anything this girl can’t do?! With sage green gauze napkins and crisp white plates, this table setting was clean, crisp, yet warm and inviting all at the same time.

One of this family’s favorite little hidden jokes was the two porcelain dogs which have been showing up at family events for a while now. See if you can find them hidden at the wedding! They popped up everywhere! We even found them behind our delicious almond and Mexican vanilla semi-naked cake, made of course by Caked LV.

Santana and Griselda, owners of RBBQ, provided their signature smoked, tender beef brisket, moist chicken, and smoked salmon piled high among fluffy white buttery potatoes, and a luscious salad bar. It was a perfect way to end the day. Dinner in the desert is always a hit!

Erin and Mark, we loved hosting you in our fabulous Valley of Fire desert, and we love and just adore you both. It was our pleasure to arrange such a special day for you and hope your memories of this day are full of the love and joy we all felt as we witnessed your love for each other and among family and friends. Best wishes and all our love, from the ladies at Cactus and Lace Weddings!

All-inclusive Planning and Permit holder Cactus and Lace Weddings

Location: Valley of Fire Seven Sisters area

Catering: Santana’s Barbeque – RBBQ23 

Desserts: Caked Las Vegas

Florals: The Front Porch Florals 

Hair and Makeup: Ruby Finch Salon

Rentals: RSVP Party Rentals

Photography: Lory Fabbi and Amanda of Cactus and Lace Weddings  

Videography: Autumn Shipp

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