Lori White A
Lori did my HMU at my best friends wedding in Vegas in 2011 and we were both really impressed. This time I'd booked Lori to do the same but my Mum also wanted HMU done so Lori said she'd bring an assistant Kitty. The morning was a bit of a shambles as I was running around trying to look after my 18 month old daughter (the rest of the grandparents were being rubbish and not really helping) so I wasn't in the room with all of the ladies for a lot of it. Lori ended up doing everyone's makeup and Kitty everyone's hair. All of the makeup by Lori looked amazing and Kitty ended up doing my MIL's hair too even though she wasn't booked in. My mums, MIL, and bridesmaid's hair looked great, mine looked really good but it wasn't quite what I'd asked for in the back, I didn't know until it was all finished and by then we were running 15mins late to get downstairs. I think if my MIL hadn't had her hair done we would have been done early. I do wish Lori did my hair but never mind, it did look good and held up all day. I had really vivid red 'pin up' lipstick which unfortunately by the end of the reception was just lip liner but my lips were super dry and cracked from the plane so I think that's why the liner adhered so much. I should have had a back up lipstick but I don't usually wear it so it didn't occur to me!
MGM Grand for dress pressing A++++++++
I had my dress pressed through the MGM Grand's Bell Desk. It was a simply dress but silk so a lot of people didn't want to steam it and said it had to be pressed - even though the designer said steaming is fine so long they have a good steamer that doesn't spit water (it was custom made in England). Anyway I didn't want to pay $100+ for that as it was so simple. I dropped it off at the Bell Desk late Saturday afternoon and it was in the wardrobe of my hotel room by 7pm Sunday night. It looked great and it was all padded out on hangers properly and very well 'packaged'. I was super pleased and it cost me $45!
Nick Radford photography
We haven't got any photo's back yet, Nick shoots on film as well as digital so it might take a while. He lives in Southern California not too far from LA, he brought his brother Garrett as second shooter. They came up the day before and went to KISS minigolf with us. He likes to get involved with any of the wedding events happening, not just the big day. So he took pictures there too. Nick and Garrett took us out to Red Rock Canyon for our photo's, they'd been there the day before to scout out locations and they were great fun to hang out with. Nick doesn't have a time limit so he was prepared to stay until the last men and women were standing. After the reception we went with them to the LV sign to get some night shots, then they came with us down to Freemont Street with some of the guests where we finished the night with a bit of gambling and some more drinking! Nick is pricey, but photography was super important to us so it was a big part of our budget.
Qantas - just a quick one for anyone traveling from Australia, my dress was tea length so I managed to get it into a suit garment bag, Qantas staff placed it in the business/first class cupboard for me no problems