Green Orchid Events News!

Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Angelica McDonnell and I am the OWNER of Green Orchid Events! I started with Green Orchid Events 8 years ago when the company had just started and grew to be the Senior Event Manager. I am excited, nervous, and of course a tad bit scared!

Great question! I was terrified of being an owner and it is something I avoided for years. Change scares me, but I know growth is important. Juliet who owned Green Orchid Events, decided to step away from weddings completely and continue her current position at Fleming’s Steakhouse in Town Square as their Private Dining Director. Please go visit her and their Fleming’s Potatoes are a must! I can’t thank her enough for having faith in me from day one. She took me in when I had no experience and I learned SO much while working under her leadership. We had the best time doing weddings together and of course we had our “you are annoying me” moments like any true friendship. When she presented me with this opportunity, I knew I had to take it. I will admit there were a few tears as I am going to miss working with her terribly. I am still in love with weddings and they are a true passion of mine so taking on the company was an easy decision. Luckily, Juliet and I are still the greatest of friends who talk constantly and you will most likely catch us out together on a foodie adventure.
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I plan on keeping the name as it is established and I still believe in the brand and what Green Orchid Events stands for. I am looking forward to a fantastic 2016 wedding season with wonderful weddings coming up! I am beyond blessed to work with such an amazing wedding community. Your support and positive words have meant the world to me and we could not plan the weddings we do without you! If we have not met yet, that needs to change! Chatting about life over coffee is my fave.

Cheers to the future, love, and being a boss!

Fun Facts
•Has gone skydiving and wanted to go again the second she landed
•Firm believer in girls night
•Thinks sushi, wine, and dancing are the cures for a bad day
•Has a Down Syndrome brother who makes the world go round
•Her favorite holiday is Cinco De Mayo, the day her daughter was born
•Bucket list item: Eat her way through Italy
•In her 30’s and still adores Hello kitty
•Her idea of a shopping spree is from her bed on Amazon. Thank you, Amazon Prime!
•Favorite scent is Gardenia
•Sees John Legend in concert every time he is in town
•Agrees with The Beatles that “Love is all you need”
•Loves visiting mom and pop coffee shops
•If she had to be on a reality TV show, it would be Dancing with the Stars
•Being with family is her happy place


A romantic blush pink wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas

I always love hearing the stories of how couples get together and what it is that brought us to this day….their wedding day! Calais and David have had many ups and downs that brought them to where there are today and because of those life experiences, they are stronger than ever and make one amazing team! Their photos will give you a glimpse of the strong love they have for one another.

Bride getting hair and makeup done
I love this special moment of Calais hugging her mother and sister before the ceremony.
bride with mother and sister wedding day

Calais is perfection in her custom Pnina Tornai gown.
bridal portrait

bride holding her wedding bouquet

bride on her wedding day

cuff links and bow tie groom


The groom asked his father to be his best man. This was such a sweet moment.
father and son on the wedding day

David rocked this blue Armani suit like a model.
groom wearing blue armani suit

bride walking down the aisle with her father

Wedding ceremony at Four Seasons Las Vegas

first kiss wedding ceremony bride and groom

Bride and Groom wedding portrait

romantic photo of bride and groom at Four Seasons Las Vegas

candle light and lush centerpieces wedding reception

Lush floral draped down the tables with candlelight and mirrored pillars
reception floral for a wedding blush pink floral

The lace on the wedding cake was mimicked from the lace on Calais’ dress.
wedding cake with gold sequined linen

Guests enjoyed a six course meal for their dinner service
menu card and place card on a charger plate

They also enjoyed signature cocktails that were named after the bride and groom’s alma mater!

Signature cocktail for wedding reception

Calais and David knew their guests were not huge dancers so we brought in some fun entertainment! A sketch artist and Black Jack table for guests to enjoy!

sketch artist at a wedding reception

Black Jack Table

Thank you Calais and David for allowing us to plan your wedding and what it honor it was!
First dance as husband and wife

Meet the team!
Wedding Planner: Green Orchid Events
Photography: Stephen Salazar Photography
Floral Designer: Layers of Lovely
Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Las Vegas
Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions
Makeup Artist: Amelia C and Co.
Black Jack Table: AGR Las Vegas
Sketch Artist: Steve Spector
Linen and Chairs: RSVP Party Rentals
DJ: Harry O Productions
Live Musicians: Premiere Wedding Music

With Love,

Welcome Party at Neon Museum Las Vegas

We LOVE the idea of a welcome party! A welcome party is the perfect event and one heck of an icebreaker to have before your wedding day.  We all have friends and family from different facets of our lives so what a great idea to get them together before you say “I Do!”. A welcome event is also a great way to spend more time with your guests, especially if they have traveled out of the state/country to attend your big day!

Joanne and Ross chose to host their welcome party at the Neon Museum which houses iconic Las Vegas signs. They wanted an old school Vegas feel and what better location than Neon Museum! Their guests dined on delicious fresh tacos from Senor Blues food truck while listening to the talents of a local mariachi band.

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Before the night got started Joanne and Ross had a photo session with Janelle Addis Photography! Thank you for sharing these great photos!

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Rentals such as high boys, linen, bistro lights, and lounge furniture were brought in for a special touch to the party.
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Joanne came across these dinosaur planters that held succulents and knew they had to have them as a centerpiece for their tables! This dinosaur decided to hold a custom poker chip for the bride and groom!
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ShutterBooth was onsite to take photos with their open air booth.View More:

We will be sharing their fabulous wedding at Springs Preserve soon. Here is a sneak peek for you!

Photo: Jodi Anne Photography

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Danielle and AJ’s Wedding Day at JW Marriott

It was incredibly hard to have a bad day if Danielle (Dani), AJ, and their families were around. My face hurt from laughing on several occasions after being around them. Their wedding was the type that literally left every wedding professional on their team saying “Why can’t all couples be like Dani and AJ?”. I can go on and on about how incredible this couple is, but I will let the photos talk for now!

Dani and AJ met while out with friends. If you ask them if their first date was perfect, you will receive a firm “NO!”. But honestly, perfect is boring! We embrace flaws and challenges and that is what makes us who we are.

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How many Dads does it take to tie a bowtie? The answer is two and a YouTube video!
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Oh how we love the first look! It gives you plenty of time to capture all of your must have photos with your love!
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Dani and AJ are very close with their parents and presented their mothers with a rose during the ceremony.
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Dani wanted a cascading bouquet with a modern and tropical touch to it. Naakiti Floral did a wonderful job!
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You know the reception is going to be fun when it is a venue that was previously a nightclub!
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It is safe to say that Dani and AJ had the best day ever! We adore you two!
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Meet the Team!

Wedding Planner: Green Orchid Events
Floral Designer: Naakiti Floral
Venue: JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa
Photography: Adam Trujillo Photography
Hair and Makeup: Makeup in the 702
Wedding Cake: Freed’s Bakery
DJ and Lighitng: All Events Production
Sequined Linen: Nuage Designs
White Lounge Furniture: LED Unplugged
Wedding Officiant: Elegant Vegas Weddings

Britany and Kevin’s California Engagement Session

You might remember this couple from their amazing proposal at the Rise Festival with thousands of lanterns floating above. Well, we are officially in count down mode as Britany and Kevin’s wedding is a few short weeks away! They will be saying “I Do” at Legends Ranch with their closest family and friends.

For their engagement session, they had the chance to sneak away to California and create these stunning engagement portraits with talented photographer, Katie Boink Photography. Katie, thank you for sharing these beautiful images with us! We are so excited to see Britany and Kevin become husband and wife!

California Engagement Photo

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