Sam and Lisa | Neon Museum

This session will go down in history as the session that almost didn’t happen. Almost. But that’s not exactly how I roll. The day that Lisa and Sam were married, they were supposed to meet one of my girls at the Neon Museum for a 30 minute quickie in the North Gallery, followed by a 30 minute downtown session. But the Ubers and cabs they hailed that afternoon had other ideas. We all know that even with the very best planning, things can happen that are beyond our control.

As their arrival time came and went, I called Lisa and she called me, and we texted frantically trying to get them from Planet Hollywood to the Museum on time. They left their hotel room an hour before session time to meet their first scheduled Uber, which never arrived. After two more tries with Uber they gave up and hailed a cab who then proceeded to drive them on the slowest possible route, straight up the Strip. After deciding that they would arrive well after the end time for their session, Lisa and Sam sadly turned back and headed to their hotel, with no session in sight.

She was in tears and I was heartbroken for her. However, we managed to work some crazy last minute magic and snag a midday session at the Museum the following day. Shout out to Courtney for helping us make it happen on such short notice!! After my morning wedding that day, I hustled on over to photograph them for all of 15 minutes in between appointments. But let me tell you, I could not possibly let them leave town without some beautiful images to commemorate their wedding trip!

Things happen. Life happens. And this was one of those times where so many things fell into place to allow me to make this happen for them, and it just thrills me to no end. I’m so glad I got the chance to meet you guys and make it work! Congrats again and we’ll see you back for an anniversary session someday soon! ❤️

Now it’s your turn! Hopefully you won’t have any travel mishaps, of course – but let’s create some beautiful images together! Click below to tell me all about your vision.

20 years – Vegas style

These two cuties traveled from Hong Kong to celebrate 20 years of marriage. They had a Queen-themed vow renewal at the Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel, complete with Freddie Mercury in a white tank top and four showgirls. Afterwards we traveled to the Neon Museum (which is basically my second home), and made our way through the main gallery – pretty much laughing the whole way. And that’s just one way to kick off the next 20 years.

So if your partner still slaps you playfully on the butt and then agrees to light up rings to celebrate 20 years, you’re probably doing something right. If you have a milestone coming up and you’d like to celebrate with a photo shoot – I’d be honored to help! Call me or click below! ❤️

downtown and the neon museum | like pb&j

Ah yes, downtown Las Vegas and the Neon Museum. Honestly, probably my favorite combo of locations! Like peanut butter and jelly – ha! I’ll actually be filming more videos on these spots soon – what do you guys want to know about? What are your most burning questions?! I’d love to answer them for you in a future post or video. I’m here for you guys, so please feel free to use me as a resource. Email me directly or contact me at the link below. I’m all ears!

And now it’s your turn! Are you ready to tie the knot? Run away to Vegas and get married by Elvis? Please call me and tell me all about your vision – I would love to be part of the big day!

photo shoots at the neon museum

Here are my top tips on having a photo shoot at the Neon Museum here in Las Vegas. This is my most requested location (by far) – and probably my favorite! Check it out and let me know your thoughts! Are you getting married here? Considering an engagement session here? I want to hear all the details! Click below to contact me directly!

The Gettos | 2 Hour Wedding | Downtown Elopement

I have a secret. Downtown Las Vegas has won my heart. Hands down. It is full of quirky murals and happy passersby. It’s easy to get to, super walkable and makes for some seriously classic images. Chris and Mary eloped from SoCal and officially tied the knot at A Little White Wedding Chapel – my favorite chapel for elopements, especially when you want to hit up the drive thru. The planning for their session was a whirlwind of trying to find the perfect car to rent, picking out the best backdrops for their post-ceremony session and squeezing in a last minute booking at the Neon Museum. I am always happy to walk my clients through the process and help them get everything booked in so the day goes off without a hitch!

Driving up to make it officially official!

A real, live bouquet toss. Don’t worry, the bouquet was not harmed in the making of this series.

He nailed this jump. On. The. First. Try.

Now it’s your turn! Let’s plan your big day – whether it’s downtown or not – and let’s make it perfect! I’d be honored to photograph your ceremony and then celebrate with even more fun images that you’ll treasure forever! Call me. ♥

The Coopers | Little White Chapel | 2 Hour Wedding

A favorite combination of mine for small elopements is the Little White Chapel combined with pretty much anything downtown. It’s a great way to have a fun and intimate ceremony, while still getting artistic shots for your wall. Enjoy! ♥

Now it’s your turn – whether you want to get married at a chapel or elsewhere – let’s create some amazing images!

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The Mordts | Chapel | Neon Museum | 2 Hour Wedding

Fly all the way to Vegas from Norway? Check.

Get married at the same chapel where your parents were married 27 years ago? Check.

Have Elvis help you tie the knot? Check.

Quickie photo shoot at the Neon Museum? Check.

Celebrate with burgers afterwards because In-N-Out is awesome? Check.

Yep – Elvis hams it up just for the camera. That’s good stuff.

I do love a good last name in letters. If you want this for yourself, just ask me!

Right after this, a full standing ovation happened in the restaurant. The girl on the right started it… Apparently, burgers and being married go nicely together!

Now it’s your turn! ♥ Call me and let’s make your elopement epic!

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are you getting married at the neon museum?

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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three of my favorite places to get photographed this winter in las vegas

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.

Keep it real.

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the burns’ | neon museum | 2 hours of coverage

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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