So many great people came together for the baby shower of Tammy Grabel and Seth Grabel at the Park Tower at Hughes Center. The event was exquisitely hosted by Patti Hart and Mary Krevosh, and perfectly catered and decorated by Geena Jeffries Mattox with Style Event Design. The food was delicious, the company energized and happy, and, of course, Tammy and Seth were incredibly gracious and grateful, acknowledging every gift personally. There will be lots more details of this beautiful event in the next issue of Las Vegas Woman Magazine, coming this summer. Enjoy!
I am delighted every time anyone hires me to document their event be it a wedding, an elopement, an engagement, a corporate party, a new restaurant menu or something else. But I am especially honored whenever military personnel ask me along, particularly when the groom’s sister is a professional wedding photographer back East. This bride and groom are both active military with multiple combat tours under their belts. If they got a little crazy in Vegas, isn’t that what Vegas is for? And has anybody earned crazy time more than a combat Apache helicopter pilot and combat nurse? These guys were uniformly fun, gracious and wicked high energy. Enjoy these skillfully lighted photos of a rocking Las Vegas Party Bus, a group photo at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, and a grand finale photo in front of the Bellagio Fountain.
With a big smile Erik asked me “am I the shortest groom you’ve ever photographed?” And I said “yea, probably, and you’re also one of the happiest and most grateful grooms I’ve met. With your beautiful wife and son you are a lucky man and you know it.” What a great couple with two wonderful families, as warm and genuine as it gets. What an honor. I can’t believe people pay me to do this!
These beautiful ladies – Cynthia, Katie and Amy – came all the way from Colorado to Vegas to celebrate a 40th birthday party. When I met them at the Bellagio fountain they looked amazing, and they were in very fine spirits. And they absolutely had to get a shot with Elvis, which turned into a shot with many Elvi. I’m sure that once they left the Bellagio Fountain on The Strip to continue their night they had legendary fun. Big thanks to my friend and fellow photographer Laura Glines of Black Cherry Photgoraphy for the referral.
How I love photographing the couples who get married at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson (just a 15 minute ride from the Las Vegas Strip): let me count the ways.
1. It’s human scale! No walking for thousands of yards inside of gigantic buildings, or thousands of feet between blocks. It’s intimate yet grand.
2. It’s really freaking gorgeous! GVR’s landscaping is among the more verdant and abundant in all of Las Vegas. The architecture is first rate, too.
3. It’s so visually varied. You can see and be photographed in a vineyard, within ornate hallways, inside plush suites, atop one of the grandest of grand staircases, enveloped in modern and sleek outdoor cabanas, on the sands of a beach (! for real), beside and against cascading waterfalling sheets of water, against deep blue tile caressing a cool blue pool, lounging upon a cool green lawn, draped over luxurious and elegant furnishings, and so much more. The place is a visual FEAST, a photographer’s playground.
4. It’s just so much more relaxed than the Strip, so easy-going, so much less hurried.
5. It’s big enough to accommodate the largest weddings and events, yet intimate enough to host a two-person elopement or a 40 person wedding ceremony and reception.
6. Their in-house chapel is understated, elegant, comfortable, lovely, and definitely not pushy like many of those in-house chapels on the Strip.
7. It is such a versatile and flexible place in which to get married. I have photographed ceremonies in so many locations on property, including: the in-house chapel on the second floor; inside presidential suites; up on the grand staircase; on the grand patio beneath the grand staircase; in the tall Italian cypress a little beyond the pool area; on the curving modern staircase just next to the pool; and in the exclusive “The Pond” private pool area.
Opportunity Village is my very favorite charity in Las Vegas, and perhaps anywhere. I love how they empower intellectually and physically disabled young people and adults with real jobs, paychecks and skills, people who – in another time and place – might waste away in front of a TV set. I love how they involve the community to give and to donate time and money to this mission. I love how efficiently OV squeezes as much from every voluntarily donated penny as they can.
Any time OV asks me to lend a hand with my photography my answer is always “yes” when I am available.
Please enjoy these photos from today’s wonderful IT Girl Spring Garden Party and Fashion Show – and look how beautiful and happy the fashion show OVIP models are! Notice, too, how individuals and companies throughout the community donated their time today. From catering and cook and wait staff, to decor and event planning, to styling, to different groups of young people from UNLV. OV is the gold standard of voluntary civil society.
Las Vegas Photographer STEVEN JOSEPH PHOTOGRAPHY. Las Vegas Headshots. Las Vegas Food Photography. Las Vegas Event Photography. Las Vegas Convention Photography. Las Vegas Photobooths. Las Vegas Wedding Photography. Las Vegas Elopement Photography.