The first photo shoot I hosted at Forge

Forge Social House Photo Shoot

Marissa Ladera Photography coordinated a fun a beautiful photo shoot event at Forge Social House this past Sunday, December 19, 2021 in Boulder City. 

From models to wedding favors, and everything in between, Marissa captured the day beautifully through her lens for the upcoming show Bridal Spectacular at the Rio Hotel & Casino that took place in Las Vegas on January 21-22, 2022.

Each vendor arrived on time and prepared. Marissa Ladera gathered top notch professionals in the industry to bring her vision to life. 

Venue: Forge Social House @forgesocialhouse
Dress: Lovest Bridal Salon @lovestbridalboutique
HMUA team: Make Up in the 702 @makeupinthe702
Decor: Something Borrowed @somethingborrowedlvnv
Sweets: Cake Lyfe by Nattie J @cakelyfebynattiej
Florals: Luxe Florals by Kendrea @luxefloralsbykendrea
Officiant: Lacey Williams @knottedbylw

Coordinated and Photographed by:  Marissa Ladera Photography @ladera_photography

The only issue we ran into was we had a beautiful bride, AND NO GROOM! Of the 3 grooms that were coordinated for the shoot, none of them were able to make it. This day was our lucky day, because Boulder City’s finest came through at the midnight hour with a Prince Charming who fit the tux perfectly!

For a half of a second, we contemplated photographing two brides exchanging vows – and I even got to get all dolled up and fit snuggly into a beautiful wedding gown.

Laura Covington has written up a beautiful recap of the day. Please head to the Bridal Spectacular’s Blog to read more.



THANKFULLY > > > Enter Boulder City Police Department’s Officer Huff and his son, Corey, pictured below. I snagged a few #BTS shots of our great group throughout the day


BTS Forge Social House Photo Shoot 12.19.21

The day was a wonderful success, and Ladera Photography captured enough content for the upcoming Bridal Spectacular Show.

The day had many great lessons.

1. With any event, hope for the best, prepare for the worst – and be ready to jump into action when needed.

2. The Universe will take away things that you don’t need and give you what you do need – thank you again to Officer Huff & his son!

3. Follow a shot list and have a checklist – avoid missing details and sloppy shots (make sure knives are lined up straight and water glasses are positioned correctly.)

All great lessons to remember in the future, and a great experience for everyone involved. 

The day went fantastic, and it was such a pleasure working with so many talented professionals in a quick 6 hour day.

Vendor Contact information linked above for booking information.

If you are interested in hosting an event at Forge Social House, feel free to reach out to book your venue tour today!

Forge Social House

702 293 6743



Amy Vandermark - Boots & Wedding Dress on a Crate
Amy Vandermark – Boots & Wedding Gown

After preparing this blog entry, it is with a deep sadness that I share it was brought to my attention that Officer Huff’s wife passed away shortly after this photo shoot took place.

Our First Responders have a special place in all of our hearts, and it is with great sadness to hear of this loss in our community. 


Please see below information for the Briar Huff Memorial Train Ride Fundraiser.


My most thoughtful thoughts for the family and their loved ones.

Briar Huff Memorial Train Ride Flyer
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