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Archel Rolwing Events

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About

Archel Rolwing Events offers exceptional wedding planning and coordinating services to couples getting married in the Las Vegas area.  Our ultimate goal is to execute your complete vision for your special day!  We focus on building trusting relationships with our clients as well as making the wedding planning process as fun and stress-free as possible.  We work behind the scenes and pay attention to all details so you can fully enjoy one of the most important days in your new life together!

Archel has been working in the industry for 5 years,  and has helped marry hundreds of out-of-state and international clients.  In 2012 she was nominated by her brides and grooms as Wedding Planner of the Year, and comes highly recommended on prominent sites such as WeddingWire.

The Interview: Tips from a Wedding Planner

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with one of my favorite wedding planners in Las Vegas, Archel Rolwing Events.  Aside from being a ball of fun, she’s such a HUGE help whenever I’m lucky enough to have a couple that she is planning with.  She graciously allowed me to sit down with her and pick her brain on some top tips for brides and grooms planning to get married in Las Vegas!

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Why Should Someone Hire a Wedding Planner?

A lot of clients are from out of town, and [the value of having ]someone who knows the area and the local vendors and venues, especially if its a place I’ve worked at before is so helpful.

For local couples a wedding planner is someone outside of friends and family that they can talk to for an honest opinion. We can answer questions they may have about venue policies, or local vendors.  Planners know things that brides may not know.  Something that planners see every day, brides may not know because this is their first time being married!

Have your couples ever shared with you what one of their biggest regrets are from their wedding day?

A lot of people know the value of photography and will invest in it.  But one of the biggest regrets is not spending money on the videography.  When I was married, I wish I had a videographer and I wish I could change that.  The other regret I hear is not having a “Day-of Coordinator”.  People are relying on their mom, or their maid of honor to take on all the responsibilities of the wedding day and you probably don’t want your maid of honor setting up decorations when they should be with you in your hotel room getting their hair and make-up done, relaxing, and being a part of the getting ready photos.  You don’t want to employ your guests.  You need professionals to help you plan out and execute your day.  Something I say time and time again to brides is that they need to let go and trust their vendors because they have been through these experiences and can really help make the day smooth.

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Can you book the “Day-of Coordinating” and the “Wedding Planning” separately?

Yes!  And anyone who books the all-inclusive wedding planning would of course also get the day-of coordinating as well.  At the very least someone will be there with you to help you every step of the way on your wedding day.

What are some tips you’d like to give to brides?

People have no idea how strange our weather is!  They think it is 100 degrees year round, when actually it can get very cold here.  So even though it seems like something that may be very small, it can hugely affect your day!  Another tip is, and I really feel this way even with people who are hiring me, you should really be able to mesh with the vendors you hire.  If you’re not comfortable or your personalities are super different, it will adversely affect your day.  Especially someone who you’re working with so closely like your photographer, videographer, or your day-of coordinator.  Its really encouraged, even if you’re from out of town, to do a video chat or talk on the phone with a potential vendor.

Is there anything you wish brides knew while planning their wedding in Las Vegas?

A lot of people make the assumption that Vegas is cheesy, and it doesn’t need to be that way.  I still have couples who come in to town and want the fun Vegas vibe but at the same time, you don’t have to do an Elvis wedding.  You can still invite friends and family and have a very special, and meaningful celebration.

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The Story

Ready for some retro inspired wedding ideas?!  Look no further than Rachel and Travis’ retro/vintage themed wedding day!  Rachel and Travis came from L.A. looking for a laidback day with their friends that would be full of fun, relaxation, and celebration.  This is how they did it.

I met them at Bally’s, the hotel they were staying at, and prepping to get ready for their wedding.  It was awesome to watch as the two somehow managed not to see each other, although they were both getting ready in the same space.  Rachel took over the bathroom, while Travis did most of his primping near the window of the hotel room.

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There were so many details that I kept finding between the two of them, and it was awesome.  They both love retro style, and fit the parts well as two people who really can pull off the retro look.  Rachel is fashion model based out of L.A. who resembles Audrey Hepburn, and I kept thinking how striking the resemblance really is.  And while we’re talking about Rachel and how gorgeous she is, check out how awesome her hair and makeup look!  She did it all herself!  Travis is an actor, and the two compliment each other so well!  Check out his IMDB page to see his impressive resume!

As I looked around their hotel room, I found antique jewelry, photos, and heirlooms that they were incorporating into their day.  Rachel was decked out in gorgeous antiques, while wearing a gorgeous strapless wedding dress while Travis had small elements incorporated into the suit he was wearing like Superman cufflinks and a secret message embroidered on the inside of his suit jacket that read, “Its a bird, a plane, its Travis Dixon” which is so original and awesome!

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The coolest part of the day was the fact that they brought their dog Penny Lane with them to be part of the ceremony.  I don’t think their wedding day would have been complete without their fur baby present!

When both were done getting primped and ready, we all paused for a tiny first look photo which took place in the hotel room, and kicked off the rest of the day right, getting to capture the moment they both got to see each other in their wedding best!

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We walked through the casino and out to the strip, and you could tell these two were rockstars because they didn’t miss a beat at all the photo taking, and celebratory shouts they were getting from all the attention they were attracting!

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The Venue: Mon Bel Ami

They’d chosen Mon Bel Ami as the chapel to get hitched in.  Located near downtown, this chapel is a perfect location if you want something near historic Fremont Street, and was of course perfect for the retro/vintage theme Rachel and Travis were going for!  As with many of the wedding chapels in Las Vegas, Mon Bel Ami has their own team of photographers so if you’re considering getting married at any chapel, check their policy regarding outside photography.  While Rachel and Travis were having their ceremony done, my assistant and I were scoping out cool photo locations nearby.  We found some awesome greenery and met everyone afterward a few blocks away from the chapel to finish off their day with a fun photo session!  The couple really wanted to make sure all of the guests were incorporated into photos, so we ended up doing a gigantic portrait session to make sure we had photos of everyone!  And check out how swagtastic these guests look!  They were decked out in retroware as well!

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Check out their day below, and as always check back often for more real weddings, tips, and ideas for your big day!

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Vendors

Photography: The Amberlight Collective | Venue: Mon Bel Ami

Like this retro/vintage wedding?  Check out these other weddings!  Lisa and Mat | Leslie and Paul

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The Couple

I knew Dan and Cat had style when they chose to get married at the JW Marriott in Las Vegas, NV.  Talk about a gorgeous location for an even more beautiful couple.  I’m not sure where to begin by describing the kindness and generosity of these two other than to say that they day I met them, I immediately felt like a close friend or a part of their family.  They’re both such gentle souls and I’m truly thankful that life lead them to one another!

The ceremony was elegant, traditional, and upbeat and these two were all smiles throughout the entire event.  Friends and family from all over the world came to join them.  They incorporated elements from Cat’s Filipino heritage by including a cord ceremony, veil ceremony, and coin ceremony which gave family a chance to be a part of the lovely event since neither Dan nor Cat had a wedding party standing with them.  Enjoy Cat and Dan’s photos, and if you want to have your wedding at this location, read below for more information and helpful tips!

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The Venue: JW Marriott

A little ways off the beaten path of the Strip is the JW Marriott located in beautiful Summerlin.  Their staff includes dedicated wedding day coordinators and event planners so you’ll have help every step of the way.  The grounds are large and spacious and offer plenty of variety for photos.  There is plenty of greenery, trees, and flowers as well as several areas with ponds and streams which make the property feel calm and relaxing.  Theres even a good bit of wild life, just beware of the geese!  The grounds also offer several different locations for both ceremony and reception and options include both indoor and outdoor which is awesome, especially considering Las Vegas’ weather.

Check out these photos of the grounds and event areas for ideas on your big day!

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Vendors

Photography: The Amberlight Collective | Wedding Planner: Archel Rolwing Events | DJ: All Events Production | Officiant: Elegant Vegas Weddings | Florist: Enchanted Florist | Hair and Makeup: Makeup in the 702 | Wedding Cake: Freed’s Bakery

Check out these other weddings at this same venue:   Leslie and Paul

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The Venue: Valley of Fire

What more can I say about Valley of Fire?  Its one of the most gorgeous national parks that we have.  And for sure, it is a dream for all Las Vegas wedding photographers to shoot there.  When I visit the park to shoot a wedding, its hard for me to stay focused because its just a relaxing place to be, I struggle to keep the energy up!  It certainly feels like you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the strip.

Allison and Mike wanted a unique, intimate, desert location for their ceremony that would look and feel like a whole other world compared to where they’re from in Canada.

This location NEVER disappoints!

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The Ceremony

I arrived at the predetermined spot within the park a bit early so I could scope everything out and pick the perfect angles for the ceremony.  Mike and Allison arrived in style in a gorgeous red Corvette.  I was immediately jealous.  😉

Its always so special to be privy to a private ceremony.  I felt very privileged to be their witness and as they exchanged vows, the tears started flowing.  It was adorable!

Vegas is perfect for these types of ceremonies.  They allow you to get away, and make the day completely about you as a couple.  They allow you to focus on yourselves, in the moment, without any stress or distractions and just for a moment, you’re stuck in time celebrating the life you’re about to live with each other.

Thinking of Getting Married at Valley of Fire?

Here is some helpful info you’ll need when planning!  Most importantly, you need to remember that this is a national park that is run and maintained by the Bureau of Land Management.  In order to have your ceremony and photos taken by a professional photographer, you’ll need to have all of the proper paperwork and permits.  A permit to photograph there is around $50, and if you opt to have your ceremony there as well you can get a special ceremony permit that will also cover photography.  Make sure your photographer has adequate liability insurance as well, as the BLM may require it.

In the mean time while planning YOUR wedding, enjoy these photos from Allison and Mike’s special day!

 

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Like this wedding?  Check out these other couples and their amazing days as well!  Lisa and Mat | Leslie and Paul | Jeff and Indra

Vendors

Photography: The Amberlight Collective | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions

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I’m just going to throw it out there, shooting in the mountains of California is a dream for wedding photographers. In Las Vegas, we get to capture all the fun urban scenes of the Strip, and the cool desert locale, but in Lone Pine, CA where Indra & Jeff hail, beauty is taken to a whole new level.

Thats exactly what this couple wanted to embrace during their wedding day, the beauty of their surroundings. Jeff & Indra are some of the funniest, most down to earth people I’ve met. Their love of God and evident love for each other absolutely shines through in all they do.

Hear it from Jeff himself about how they met:

“A year and a half ago, I (Jeff) walked into the Commons at seminary. Indra was the only Point Loma student at seminary that I didn’t know, so I (ever so humbly) introduced myself. And in the words of a great man about a great, great woman, “She was looking…pretty good.”
But it wasn’t until I asked her to help me with a community art project that I saw her depth, passion and talent. Over the last 18 months she’s grown on me as I’ve fallen deeply in love with her abilities and her surprises all in this gorgeous woman.”

How adorable is that?! Read more about them over at their wedding website!

 

Bridal Tips: Rustic Outdoor Wedding

Take a few tips from Indra for your wedding day! If you’re planning an outdoor rustic or vintage wedding, try sporting some cute boots like Indra did for her wedding. Not only were they comfy, they helped her traverse the rugged landscape for photos!

Want to be unique? Indra forwent a traditional wedding bouquet for an amazing, dried out and preserved desert plant native to the area which absolutely complimented the photos and feel of her day!

Check out their amazing day:

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  • October 27, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    Indra - I still love looking at these photos so much! Danette did such a great job! Another tip I would give, don’t be afraid to make traditional things untraditional. I used several colorful rugs and sewed them together to make my very own unique runner. It gives color to the desert wedding while also incorporating something from my childhood.

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  • February 27, 2015 - 1:06 pm

    Valley of Fire Wedding Photos | Las Vegas, NV Photographer | Allison and Mike | The Amberlight Collective - […] Like this wedding?  Check out these other couples and their amazing days as well!  Lisa and Mat | Leslie and Paul | Jeff and Indra […]ReplyCancel

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