Nevada Desert Wedding: Benefits of Having a Small Wedding

Couple kissing after their wedding

Carlos and Aliya’s Nevada desert wedding was absolutely gorgeous. They decided to have an intimate wedding experience with their closest family and friends present for their day. Intimate weddings are a great way to ensure that your guests feel special.

Small weddings guarantee family/friends a chance to spend time with the bride and groom. Wedding days are BUSY! So limiting the guest count can help make sure that you will actually get to interact with ALL of your guests. Having less guests, is also less stressful and creates a warm and cozy atmosphere.

Being surrounded by your closest friends and family on your wedding day allows you to know that only your deepest relationships are present to help you celebrate one of the most important days in your lives.

bride and groom nose to nose during golden hour

A Look at Carlos and Aliya’s Nevada Desert Wedding

Carlos and Aliya came from Texas to have their intimate wedding at the Lake Las Vegas Sporting Club. It was an absolutely gorgeous venue located in Henderson, NV that has stunning views of the mountains. It has a resort like feel to it and is equipped with several amenities for everyone to enjoy.

Carlos and Aliya wanted to have a super low key and extremely intimate wedding. When talking to her ahead of time, she wanted no structure or timeline really, she just wanted to wing it and not stress over any of the details. Their day was beautiful and their friends made it so fun.

We had planned to go out the next day to do a portrait session of just the two of them in the desert. BUT after the wedding, Carlos had injured himself and they had to postpone their portraits. So they made another trip back here to Nevada so they could throw on their wedding attire and get those ‘glowy’ desert portraits! We had a blast shooting and they were happy to visit family again. I was so happy that everything worked out and we were able to spend some time exploring the desert together.

bride and groom standing at the alter during their ceremony at a wedding venue in the Nevada desert
bride and groom walking down the aisle holding hands and smiling after their first kiss
bride and groom kissing at the end of the aisle after their wedding ceremony

Benefits of Having a Small Wedding

  • Fewer guests can mean less stress.
  • You have time for your guests.
  • With less guests you can spend money on quality items versus quantity of items.
  • You can save money.
  • Less pressure and less planning.
  • You can cut down on waste and be more eco-friendly.
bride and groom kissing while their friends cheer in excitement

Tips for Planning a Small Wedding

  1. Only invite your closest family and friends.
  2. Splurge on your must haves.
  3. Have a meaningful ceremony.
  4. Skip what doesn’t matter to you.
  5. Do without a bridal party.
bride and groom smiling and doing their grand entrance into the reception area

Carlos and Aliya’s Vendor Team

Venue- Lake Las Vegas Sporting Club
Makeup- Amelia C & Co.
Floral- Ling Moments
Cake- Nothing Bundt Cakes

wedding cake pictured on a table with other snacks surrounding it.

Client Love

“UGGGHHH OBSESSED!!!!! These photos turned out to be everything I wanted and MORE! Thank you so
much! I don’t even know how to express how thankful we are! These photos are amazing! I can’t wait to look back on them years from now and say we really went out to the middle of nowhere and shared this intimate moment together. You are truly an incredible photographer! Thank you so much for sharing this moment with us! Wouldn’t have asked for it any other way!”

-Aliya + Carlos

Golden hour sun flare with groom picking bride up in the air

Need Help Planning Your Intimate Nevada Desert Wedding?

I love helping couples plan intimate desert weddings and have some really great tips and tricks I can share with you. I have a lot of suggestions on great venues, portrait locations and vendors that I would love to tell you about too. If you are ready to get started planning your small desert wedding – let’s chat!