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{Marnie & John} Vegas Destination Rockabilly Wedding

Last July, I received this lovely inquiry from a bride in Australia! Here’s how it read:

A big warm hello from Western Australia!

I have just spent a very enjoyable hour searching your fantastic website.  I absolutely LOVE your shots of Crissy & Don’s wedding to remember.

My gorgeous man and I have just booked our wedding in Las Vegas, to coincide with the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Festival we are attending next year.  We are so very excited to be able to wed in Vegas… its going to be a hoot.  My theme is retro rockabilly pin up glamour, and I’d LOVE to find a great photographer with an edge that can capture our love of Rockabilly (and of each other!) on our wedding day.

We have booked a package with Little Church of the West that includes a professional photo package with photos at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, but I’d really love to surprise my beautiful hubby to be with a couple of hours of photos along the strip to make our wedding really special.

Your photos are simply stunning.  I am definitely not your normal bride.  Not very ‘bridey’ if there is a term.  We’re after some pics that capture the essence of our Rockabilly lifestyle.  I can send you a couple of pics of us from a recent festival we attended so you can see us in our rockabilly best if you like 🙂

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Warm Aussie regards,


All of the emails from there on out were super awesome – correspondence with Marnie was always full of life and excitement for her super wedding here in Vegas. She planned a 7 week leave of absence from work to accomplish all of the cool site-seeing they wanted to do in the States while they were here as well.

Not only is Marnie a bombshell bride, but she’s an incredibly talented woman as well. Believe it or not, she actually made her own dress! She did all of the planning herself, and happily accepted advice about choosing the right hair and makeup artist. I knew Your Beauty Call would be the perfect match for Marnie’s look, and Marnie said she’d never looked more beautiful in her life than on her wedding day. LaVey and Janine did a spectacular job, if I do say so myself!

Marnie did end up paying an extra fee to bring in her own photographer and cinematographer for the wedding. Even in doing so, we were limited as to where we could stand during the ceremony and movement wasn’t allowed at all, as the venue still had to use their own in-house photographer and video. LOL. Nevertheless, we still were able to snag some great photos and video clips! I can’t wait to see how the video turns out!

Marnie and John’s day together was absolutely magical! They hired us for seven hours of coverage with absolutely no reception. We were there to get all of the intricate details for getting ready, the ceremony, and then just have a blast around town taking photos! Oh, what fun!

Had an absolutely fantastic day with these two love-birds, and I hope these photos don’t disappoint your expectations for a vintage Rockabilly wedding!



Marnie brought some inspiration along to share with her makeup and stylist team – she definitely wanted a pinup bride look. Very vintage and rockabilly!

Getting ready venue: Cosmopolitan

Ceremony site: Little Church of the West

Post Wedding Shots: Cosmopolitan, Mandarin Oriental

Hair & Makeup: Your Beauty Call

Photography: Vitamin C Photography

Cinema: Lighten Films

May 14, 2012 - 8:15 pm

Jessie Emeric - love this couple! Great images 🙂

May 14, 2012 - 11:48 pm

Marnie Dowsett - Oh… My… Goodness! There are no words.

Suzi, you’ve given us the greatest gift, you’ve captured the essence of our day (and our lives) in your photographs.

There are no words to describe the joy we experienced on our wedding day and each and every one of your photos exude the very same.

Not only are you the most beautiful photographer, you’re the most beautiful woman – the world needs more people like you Suzi Lighten! Throughout the whole “booking from the other side of the world” experience I’ve feel we must have been long lost buddies lol.

Thank you for shining your light on our lives.
We are forever grateful xxxx

May 14, 2012 - 11:51 pm

Caroline Cassie - Marnie is a very good friend of mine for many years and John has become a good new friend, you have done a wonderful job if capturing the love these two have for each other. And Marnz has been raving about you and your work and I can see why. Big wave from me down under 😉

May 15, 2012 - 2:08 am

Kylie Kilmurray - I’m lost for words…..
Beautiful couple….
Absolutely stunning photos!!!

May 15, 2012 - 2:28 am

LaVey - WOW! suzi these are beautiful! quite possibly my favorite yet! love them all!!! can’t wait to see the video too! love love love! i MUST get a cd of these pics please! they will be showcased on our site too 🙂

May 15, 2012 - 5:53 am

kira - Love love love love love!!!! Beautiful!!

May 15, 2012 - 8:41 pm

frances - wow !! i love this wedding !! the shots are amazing , the couple look such fun !! , the hair and make up is amazing !!!

are the hair and make up team in vegas ! i would love them for mine!!

May 23, 2012 - 11:51 am

Jack and Shazzie - Hi Suzi – Breathtaking photos!!! Both Jack & I felt very honoured to be part of Marnz & John’s special day. Your photography has made their special day even more memorable. We have never seen such amazing photo’s as these and look forward to seeing the whole package when the bride & groom receive them. We have watched the happy couple’s love grow over time and you have captured it’s very essence in all your shots!!!!!

May 24, 2012 - 5:20 am

Katie Hughes - Literally the most beautiful girl in the world – please kill me now! These photos are amazing. Shazzie you look nice too 😉

May 25, 2012 - 3:53 am

Alyshia - OMG!!!! what stunning pics i absolutely LOVE this theme how cool. the photos are very creative and if i was that bride i would be most impressed with what has been captured! A CREDIT TO THE PHOTOGRAPHER! XX

May 25, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Loree Shepard - Beautiful photography!!! Our friend Shazzie and Jack were in the wedding then came to Alabama for a visit. We haven’t met John and Marnie, know them through Jack and Shazzie, but from these pictures feel like we were there with them!!! I love the one on the luggage cart with the girls pushing! Just AWESOME. Hard to say what what one is a favorite, because they ALL are my favorite!!!!!!

May 25, 2012 - 3:07 pm

Koda - OMG!! These photos are beautiful! What an awesome Rockabilly themed wedding! ( Reminds me of how old I am! haha! ) Love it, love it, love it and Congratulations to the Happy Couple!

July 5, 2012 - 7:51 am

Lisa yarrow - Oh wow what amazing photos each and every one just takes your breath away . I have met marine and John only once but I can see with these awesome photos there true love comes shining through .shazzie is my best friend and I know jack too . Wishing them both every happiness today and always . Well done suzi you truly are a unique and talented photographer .

August 6, 2012 - 1:09 pm

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July 21, 2013 - 12:29 pm
July 15, 2014 - 9:25 am

Samantha Waters - what amazing wedding pics , you look stunning I’m also have a rockabilly wedding in march 2015, cant wait looking forward to it, hope i look as stunning as you do 🙂

November 19, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Suzi Lighten - Thank you so much! Best of luck to you guys!xx

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