This is probably going to be my longest post ever! I try to not to have a really long blog posts but I have so many great images to show you from this wedding and had trouble narrowing it down. Stephanie and Jason live got married at the amazingly beautiful Anthem Country Club. The views of the Strip from the reception are incredible, especially knowing that it’s half an hour away!
The story of how Stephanie and Jason met is one of the cutest stories I have ever heard. I think I may have already blogged it when I did their engagement session a few months ago, but I love it so much I am going to tell it again. In fact, Jason retold the story to everyone during the reception and I was tearing up because it was so touching and everyone could feel the love Jason has for Stephanie. They were both in Vegas for different reasons – Stephanie was in town for her friend’s bachelorette party and Jason was in town for a job interview. They didn’t meet until the end of their Vegas stay, when they both got stuck at the airport because their flight back to Ohio got canceled. Jason said as he was trying to rebook his flight, he noticed a beautiful girl in line talking on her pink Razr (Y’all still remember those? Those seem like ages ago now!). He said it was love at first sight and they spent the new several hours getting to know each other and the rest was history. Jason got the job he interviewed at, and then some months later, Stephanie decided to make the leap and move out to Vegas too. Isn’t that the cutest story you’ve ever heard?! It sounds like something straight out of a movie.
We started out getting ready at the Tropicana Hotel.
This hallway of shops at the Tropicana is so cool and modern and I took a quick picture of the girls as we were walking to meet Jason.
Stephanie and Jason’s first look. It was honestly the most heartwarming first look I’ve ever photographed! It was so full of emotion.
We stopped at the Las Vegas sign for a quick bridal party pic.
Stephanie and Jason invited me to their rehearsal dinner the night before, insisted that I don’t take any pictures (I couldn’t help myself but I did take just a few), so it was great to get to know their families beforehand. Stephanie’s dad is so funny and I love this picture because he was so calm and happy on their wedding day.
Stephanie and Jason had a Jewish wedding, so they had a ketubah signing before the ceremony, which is an intimate ritual before the wedding and only the closest friends and family attend.
One of my favorite parts of photographing the wedding day are these next two minutes: the father walking the bride down the aisle, the groom waiting patiently to see his bride, and the father giving away his daughter. This part gets me every time!
And they’re married!
So by the time we got to the portraits, the sun had gone down already! Thankfully I brought along an assistant for this wedding and she held my lights for me.
The reception at Anthem Country Club is so pretty! I loved their choices of having a black, white, and red theme because the red really brightened up the reception. And I looooved their cake toppers! It is a custom cake topper that looks like them in their Ohio State jerseys, feature their two cute dogs, and it even has their last name on the back, just like a real jersey!
This is where Jason gave a speech of how they first met and they opened a present from Delta, which was the plane they were supposed to fly on!
So my favorite part of Jewish weddings is definitely the hora! It is so fun having all your friends and family come out to the dance floor. Also, the reactions of people’s faces when they are hoisted up in the air like that is priceless.
I never know if my couples are going to smash each other with cake or not, but I am always ready to capture it if it does happen.
Great candid shots are also impossible to time, but they are also my favs. I adore this picture of Stephanie and Jason having a great time at their wedding.
Congrats again Stephanie and Jason! Mazel tov!
Getting ready: Tropicana Hotel
Ceremony and reception site: Anthem Country Club
Officiant: Rabbi Zukrow
DJ: Knight Sounds
Flowers: Flowers by Marisha
Cake: Tiers of Joy
Cake topper: Lynn’s Little Creations
Transportation: Earth Limos
Wedding dress: Private Label by G purchased at Bridal and Formal in Cincinnati
Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
About Emily Ku Photography: Emily is a modern and candid wedding photographer who travels between Las Vegas and Rochester, NY for weddings (and everywhere else in between!).