neon museum wedding reviews

Perhaps you’ve noticed that I love to shoot weddings at the Neon Museum!? And you’ve decided that you simply must tie the knot amongst all of the classic Vegas history. I have several tips for you to make things run really smoothly and get great images that really capture the charm of the iconic space. Read on for some ideas to make your wedding at the Neon Museum everything you’ve been hoping for.

wedding at neon museum

 

1- Choose your date!

This one seems like a no brainer, but the Neon Museum actually books up quite quickly, especially during peak seasons when it’s not too hot (or too cold) to tie the knot outside! I’ve even had couples change their dates to accommodate the availability of the museum. Reach out directly to the museum at events@neonmuseum.org to verify that your date is available, and which galleries and times they have open. This information will be necessary to make most of the other decisions that follow. You can also click here to see more info about their wedding packages.

 

Neon Museum Wedding

 

2 – Decide which gallery you want to be photographed in

The Neon Museum has two different areas that can be booked for weddings and events. The North Gallery is the gallery that is most often booked for weddings where the ceremony is occurring on site at the museum. This gallery can be booked for half an hour or more, and is perfect for smaller events and elopements. There is no electricity in this gallery and it photographs best during the day (1 or 2 hours before sunset). The Main Collection is the larger of the two areas and contains the signs that have been restored and are working (lit). This Collection can only be booked for larger events that rent the space for longer periods of time. However, the Main Collection can also be booked separately for just a photo shoot if you would like to be photographed there, but choose to marry elsewhere. Lots of clients book this gallery for one hour before or after their chapel wedding, or they add an hour on here after a brief ceremony in the North Gallery. This Collection photographs beautifully almost any time of day, or night. Please contact me for specific examples of weddings from both galleries if you need help making your decision!

 

neon graveyard wedding

Neon Museum Wedding

 

3- Check with your photographer to see what the best time of day is for your gallery choice

Speaking of times of day! I can definitely help you decide which time slot works best for your session. I’ve spent considerable time in both areas and can make a recommendation for you once I know what type of images you are hoping for (light and airy, or dark and edgy). Each gallery has a different look and feel, and every client is looking for something unique. Let’s chat and decide what works best for your vision!

 

elvis neon museum wedding

 

4- If you are having your ceremony at the museum, decide if you want a classic ceremony, an Elvis theme or even a mobster theme

This one is fun. Lots of my clients opt for a more traditional elopement-style ceremony with brief words from the officiant, an exchange of vows and rings and then being pronounced. However, if you have a crazy Vegas wedding in mind, complete with Elvis and accompanying songs, we can help with that, too. The museum can point you towards the officiants they use and put you in contact with them to discuss your options.

 

Neon Museum Wedding

Neon Museum Wedding

 

5 – Book it!

You now know where you’ll get married, what time you’ll be tying the knot and who will be marrying you, so it’s time to make it official! Book the museum. Book the officiant (who can assist you with all of the details you need to obtain your license and make it legal), and book your photographer! Then get ready to create images that you will be proud to hang on your walls for years after the big day.

 

neon museum wedding photography
Neon Museum Wedding

Neon Museum Wedding

Neon Museum Wedding

neon boneyard wedding

And now it’s your turn! I would be thrilled to help you plan your date and photograph your event, big or small! Click below and let’s chat!

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Boudoir Outfit Inspiration

This is a tough one. What is a girl to wear when you aren’t supposed to wear much of anything at all? This is precisely why every boudoir shoot I book comes with a complimentary wardrobe consultation if you want or need it. Most of my boudoir clients get fairly nervous in the days and weeks leading up to their session. Obsessing over the details, worrying about what it will be like to be half (or totally) naked in front of a stranger (with a camera *gasp*). The build up can make this seem like it’s too far out of your comfort zone – maybe you just can’t shake those nerves. And that’s okay! Nerves are good! If you weren’t at least a tiny bit nervous, you would be in the 1% for sure. All great things start with some apprehension. Just accept that you’ll probably be a little bit on edge and let’s get after it and make some amazing images that you will want to look at forever (and ever!).

Boudoir Outfit Inspiration

So, why did I bring up nerves before your shoot? Because everyone seems to think that they should walk in the door, totally confident and ready to rock with 17 coordinated and accessorized outfits. The reality is that most times, your confidence in your photo shoot is typically boosted once we start shooting and I can show you the back of the camera and the magic we are creating together. I don’t want your nerves to get in the way of the shoot you really want to have. And that means you need to be confident in what you’re wearing. Absolutely, drop dead confident. Now…that being said – I can totally help you decide what will look and feel the best on the day of your session. And this is unique to every. single. woman. that has ever graced my lens with their presence.

Boudoir Outfits

Some clients love the basics – white tank top/booty shorts/no shoes. Some women go all out with French lingerie decked out in details like lace and buckles and the highest heels they can buy. Lots (and lots) of clients are discovering how beautiful they feel wearing nothing but…a white sheet!! Bonus – every hotel has them, so you don’t have to pack anything extra for this look! Maybe you have an old favorite that you pull out of your drawer for special occasions but you’re worried that it pinches your skin or doesn’t fit JUST right. Let me just tell you now. We all have at least a little bra fat. All of us. Me. You. The lady behind you in line at Starbucks. All of us. Rest assured that I am here to help you. I will pose and light you like a pro – because I am one! I am a master of hiding insecurities and highlighting strengths. Every client gets a chance to tell me what they love and what they don’t. And that answer is also different for everyone. What kind of person would I be if I just put you in Poses A-G and called it a day? A terrible one. Because every body likes different things. ALL women have loads of sexy/badass/gorgeous/flirty/happy qualities and I know just how to find them within you and take amazing pictures of them. Done.

I typically recommend 3 “looks” for my entry level Collections and up to 7 “looks” for the sessions with more shoot time and final images. Too many outfits can be overwhelming, but if you find yourself on the fence about a certain outfit, just bring it and we can decide together during hair and makeup if you want to include it or not. So let’s start with the purpose of your session. Is it just for you? Is it for a partner? Is it for a partner, but also secretly totally for you?!  This one actually happens a lot. If the shoot is just for you, your job is simple – go with what makes you happy, and let’s get to work and rock it. If your shoot is meant for a significant other as a gift, then let’s work backwards with a balance of what you want to wear for them, and what you know will make them say “WOW” or “Holy Shit!” or something similar when they see your photos for the first time. Because WOW and Holy Shit! are both completely acceptable responses to naked pics.

Boudoir Outfit Ideas

So don’t overthink it. Wear what you like and what you feel sexy or flirty in. Set up your consultation with me and let’s go over your options and powwow about what you love/hate/are scared about. Think outside the box. Let’s say your husband is really into golf… I had a recent client shoot with just a golf club. As in, no clothing or Frederick’s of Hollywood needed – just a golf club. Grab your partner’s favorite shirt, hat, sports equipment, etc and we will find a way to make it sexy on you. Bring in some color if you want to! A pop of color is always a nice touch, especially if we can coordinate it with your makeup or shoes!

One thing that you must not forget to bring is: confidence! Even if you aren’t feeling totally 100% sure about this whole thing before I walk through your door, know that I am confident. I am not afraid of anything you can throw at me. I will work with you until we achieve our goal of beautiful images. And finally, ask me for help. That’s what I’m here for. And if all else fails, grab a glass of wine and start googling ‘boudoir wardrobe ideas’ – Pinterest alone will keep you plenty inspired.

Boudoir Outfit Ideas - Lace

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Neon Museum - Las Vegas Wedding Venue

It gets cold here in Las Vegas during winter. No, probably not anywhere nearly as cold as where you came from, but we happen to consider anything under 65 degrees “cold.” It’s still the same sexy Vegas glitz and dry desert air, but for me as a photographer, the vibe is very different. How so, you ask? The light outside is the biggest change, with the days in December getting dark near 5pm local time, but that low winter solstice sun makes for some only-in-winter dramatic light. If you are looking to book an outdoor session with me this winter, some of my favorite spots to capture this romantic winter light would be the Neon Museum, Red Rock/Spring Mountain Ranch and the Arts District.

I don’t do a ton of boudoir shoots outside in winter (go figure right?!). But I do like to time my boudoir shoot start times to accommodate the winter light. The amount of light that makes its way through your hotel room window is half of what we would see in summer at some hotels. If you are considering booking a boudoir shoot this winter, I will go over all of this with you when we chat!

 

Neon Museum

The Neon Museum is amazing at scheduling shoots at just the right hour for whatever you are looking for. The guys and gals over there would be more than thrilled to help you book the right time (assuming they are available – call now before your date books up!). You have the option of booking a more daytime shoot with brighter sunlight, or booking a dusk session where they will happily turn the signs and lights on for you! A few signs are actually restored and working and some are lit with external lighting, but either way, the space makes for fantastic images.

Neon Museum - cool Las Vegas wedding venues

Neon Museum - cool Las Vegas wedding venues

 

Red Rock

Red Rock and Spring Mountain Ranch are basically neighbors and each has its own merits (and permitting process!). They both provide stunning mountain views and that cool, beautiful winter light. The trick here is starting your session much earlier than you think you might need to (think two or three hours before sunset or so!). This is because the sun dips behind the mountains much earlier than expected. Of course, I will help you decide exactly what time we should start and where and anything else you need help with!

Red Rock - cool Las Vegas wedding venues

Spring Mountain Ranch - cool Las Vegas wedding venues

 

Arts District/Downtown

The same rules apply here for the rest for the city – great shots can be had, just a few hours earlier in the day! The ever changing walls and sun flare are the perfect backdrop for lots of my clients and maybe you can envision yourself here, too!

Arts District - cool Las Vegas wedding venues

Downtown Las Vegas- cool Las Vegas wedding venues

I hope that this sheds some further light on your photography plans and that I get to see you in front of my camera this winter season. As always I am available via email within 24 hours of your inquiry (if not immediately) or just press some buttons on your phone and give me an old-fashioned telephone call at 702-635-5222. You can also text me at that number for the very fastest response.

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Vegas Boudoir Photos

Give me a room with windows on two sides and I’ll give you this. And even if you give me a dark room with no windows, I’ll still work my magic! I want emojis on my blog so I can insert a magician emoji here…

Vegas Boudoir Photos

Let’s make some magic!

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Las Vegas Intimate Wedding

There are several weddings we shoot a year that simply don’t look like the “typical” Vegas wedding. This one most certainly qualifies!! Check out those pine trees. And those café lights. swoon

Las Vegas Intimate Wedding

Las Vegas Intimate Wedding

Las Vegas Intimate Wedding

I mean, I think he might be stoked. Maybe. ♥

Las Vegas Intimate Wedding

Las Vegas Intimate Wedding

Las Vegas Intimate Wedding

Las Vegas Intimate Wedding

Las Vegas Intimate Wedding

So call me if you want to have your wedding here in Las Vegas, but you don’t want to have it on the Strip. We can totally make that happen – because we’re awesome.

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Las Vegas Boudoir Photos

This post makes me want to do all black and white, all the time, yo. Above, a little pre-game eyeliner…because…eyeliner. Below, final touches.

Las Vegas Boudoir Photos

Holy hell, woman.

Las Vegas Boudoir Photos

I can do a handstand, but mine doesn’t quite look like this… Maybe next time I’ll wear a sheer lace top while I do it. That can only help the cause, right?

Las Vegas Boudoir Photos

And, because I just can’t help it – a selfie!!

Las Vegas Boudoir Photos

Your turn! Call me and let’s do handstands together. Or not. We can also just lie in bed and look equally as hot. Promise. *kisses*

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Las Vegas Wedding at the Neon Museum

Ok, if you’ve read more than half a blog post on this site, by now it’s absolutely no secret. I adore the Neon Museum. I want to live there. I want to have its babies. Ok…not really – but you get the idea! Scroll down to see why!!

Las Vegas Wedding in the Arts District

disclaimer – ^^^ this wall no longer has this mural on it – please don’t be sad (even though I’m really sad) – I still have lots and lots of cool options – just ask me!

Las Vegas Wedding at the Neon Museum

This is why I love the museum. Characters not included (these handsome fellas were friends of my kick ass couple). Vegas welcomes all kinds for weddings!!

Las Vegas Wedding Detail Shots

The neutral palette against the color of the museum was pretty much a perfect combination in this light!!

Las Vegas Wedding at the Neon Museum

Las Vegas Wedding at the Neon Museum

seriously, don’t cry about this wall… I’ve shed enough tears for all of us…

Las Vegas Wedding in the Arts District

Las Vegas Wedding at the Neon Museum

The infamous foot shot!!! And now it’s your turn! Click below and let’s make some awesome for your wedding day, too!! Love and light!!!

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Las Vegas Boudoir Shoot

Holy bedroom hair!! Okay, my hair totes doesn’t look like this, even on a good day – and I can still take sexy pics with the best of them. So…it’s okay if you don’t have hair like this, either. Miss A is just naturally blessed!! PS The pic below is quite possible one of my top 5 hair and makeup BTS (behind the scenes) photos I’ve ever taken… So much glam in one image almost isn’t fair…

Las Vegas Boudoir Shoot

I posted the middle image below on Instagram last week, just to show you that a fancy pants wardrobe isn’t always necessary! These sessions are about you…not what you’re wearing, or which hotel room you booked, or what your lingerie budget is, or anything else you can dream up.

You. The session is about you. Reconnecting and discovering a side of yourself that you don’t get to hang out with every day. And for that, please feel free to wear a slouchy sweater. Or a cut off tank top. Or be naked. Whatever you feel like wearing will suit me JUST fine!

Las Vegas Boudoir Shoot

Now it’s your turn! Call me and let’s do it – no matter what you want to wear! Click below whenever you’re ready (and even if you think you aren’t – click anyway – don’t be scared!). ♥

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Las Vegas Wedding - Military Wedding

Rain is good luck on your wedding day! Even more so if you get married in Las Vegas. Because it rains here about 7 times a year. Bonus points if you wear your uniform and your wife is hilarious and you give us history lessons on the Uber ride.

Las Vegas Wedding - Military Wedding

The gold wall at Mandarin Oriental is actually amazing in black and white. Who would’ve known?

Las Vegas Wedding - Military Wedding

Illicit casino pics. Sorry, casino – this one was a happy accident.

Las Vegas Wedding - Military Wedding

This overhang tops my architectural spots in Vegas. All of those lines make my heart sing!

Las Vegas Wedding - Military Wedding

Blurry kisses for the wedding day win!

Las Vegas Wedding - Military Wedding

So, even if it doesn’t rain, and you don’t have a uniform – I hope you guys are ready to be hilarious (PS – I’m hilarious – so if you’re not, it’s okay – I’ll be happy to make an ass of myself at my own expense which takes all the pressure off of you!). Call me and let’s make it happen!

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Las Vegas Arts District Wedding Photos

Even if you don’t dance, you should dance on your wedding day. Even if it’s only for all of twelve seconds. Especially to show off your dress. And your shoes! Because…the shoes…

Las Vegas Neon Museum Wedding Photos

Las Vegas Neon Museum Wedding Photos

It just never gets old. Honestly. This location is classic Vegas and a fantastic place to tie the knot amongst all the history.

Las Vegas Arts District Wedding Photos

A little intentional blur never hurt anyone. And the light in the afternoon… le sigh!

Las Vegas Arts District Wedding Photos

Las Vegas Arts District Wedding Photos

Las Vegas Arts District Wedding Photos

Las Vegas Arts District Wedding Photos

The parting shots can be some of the best. I wish our afternoons would never end. However, I’m quite sure you guys all have raucous plans for afterwards! Tell me about them – I want to know!

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