What a Beautiful Ballroom Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Years after attending Northwestern University at different times, and under different majors, bride Natalie Edmondson and groom Mark Kadin found themselves each living in southern California, and met by happenstance.
“When we got together, it felt very natural,” Mark said, while telling the story of how they met and fell in love. “That’s true,” agreed Natalie. “It all happened and fell into place very fast.”
After two and a half years together, Natalie and Mark became engaged during a trip back to their shared alma mater. They quickly began planning their wedding in Las Vegas, which just so happened to coincide with the famed "fight of the century". Talk about excitement!
The Mandarin Oriental was the ideal escape from the madness of The Strip. While crowds gathered outside and took to the streets, the bride, groom, and their guests were wrapped up in love in the ballroom three stories above the Strip.
Natalie wanted to somehow merge her classic style and love of vintage touches with Mark's clean and modern sensibility. Clean lines on the chuppah and strong, stark fonts gave the evening a modern feel, while the mixed florals, candles, and Natalie's own style provided romance and an ethereal softness. Her dress and shoes just played me! I loved how the hem was high enough to show off her blue heels and the crystal broaches that sat above the peep toe! And her heirloom accessories were a sweet and delicate way to connect her to the emotions of the day.
With Mark's grandmother present via FaceTime, and Natalie's mother there is spirit, family was at the heart of every decision they made. And while Natalie and Mark were surrounded by family and friends when they celebrated their marriage and become husband and wife, the most important guest of all was their fur baby, Abby. This beautiful and well behaved little girls proudly walked down the aisle in her jeweled collar before crashing both couple's portraits and the last dance!
One of the things I loved most was when the bride and groom escaped their reception for a half hour to walk throughout City Center, taking a few moments for themselves, and allowing Altf Photography to grab some gorgeous portraits. So many times, couples get swept up in the momentum of the day, and they forget to just take a moment and breathe! This little walk was the perfect time for the bride and groom to be together, to hold hands, to whisper and talk. We hung back just far enough to give them their privacy while being close enough to capture great images!
My phone calls and emails with Natalie and Mark will be missed, but I have no doubt that we will see each again and again, here in Las Vegas, or in Los Angeles.
Until then, we have some gorgeous photos to share! Be certain that you don't miss the cake! It was a sugared masterpiece!