francesca & benno - a pop-up wedding in the Las Vegas mountains

I've gotten so used to elopements with no guests that I almost forgot how much fun a guest list can be! Most of the time, it's so much easier for the couple to steal away and enjoy the time for themselves. But- occasionally you have a couple that brings company that compliments them so beautifully that you couldn't imagine their day without them. Francesca and Benno also had a little girl who was so happy to be dressed up like a little fairy princess. She also got a chance to carry around the bouquet, and I'm pretty sure that made her whole life!

After their ceremony, the exited with a traditional rice throwing aisle (is that what you call that???) and then we shot portraits. We returned back to the group who was from all over the world! I listened to happy speeches in about 6 different languages and its a good thing emotion comes through the same because I didn't comprehend a single word that was said! Anyway, they cut their cake and toasted to love and forever and it was just freakin' magic.

ceremony: FloraPop

haylea & justin's retro winter elopement

Haylea & Justin, my little new years babes! What better way to kick off 2017 than documenting these two and their love. They road tripped to Vegas all the way from Texarkana, TX to tie the knot.

We planned a bit of an adventure for the day, and you'd never know it but it was absolutely freezing! Haylea was such a trooper and you can see Justin warming her up in a few of the shots during the ceremony. *swooooooon*

We started downtown Las Vegas, for some fun shots in her red sequin dress. We wrapped up the city shots at one of my favorite little corridors outside of PublicUs before heading to the desert for their ceremony.

It was such a magical day and I'm so thankful rad couples like these two pick me to document their time in Vegas!

ceremony & florals: Flora Pop

marlou & gaz - colorful downtown elopement portraits

These two are from Australia stylish as all hell! I swear I get the best couples!

They opted for portraits alone after a big traditional style ceremony with family and friends. We hopped around between the Neon Museum and downtown Las Vegas. We got pushed a bit past schedule and ended up shooting with the city lights, which I'm not even mad about! A little mood never hurt anyone. 

florals: City Blossoms

katie & eric's downtown elopement

When I envision my dream couple, I think Katie & Eric are probably as close as any couple could come! Their Vegas style is absolutely impeccable and their love is real and true and oh, so much fun. They opted for a little chapel ceremony and then portraits and champagne with me, Las Vegas elopement done right!

dress: Adrianna Papell

shoes: & Other Stories

gina & trevor - a rustic indian springs wedding

When I first saw this venue, I instantly fell in love. It's full of quirk and it's pretty rustic and it just had character. It's just outside of Las Vegas, in Indian Springs, NV and it's own little desert oasis. They've got an orchard and chickens and llamas and horses.. and the bride and groom ( and their people) brought all of their dogs. And now dogs at a wedding is my favorite thing ever. If you pay attention to almost all full body shots of Gina, you'll see Fred at her feet. 

On top of having their closest friends and family (two legged and four legged), they had a couple really personal touches to their non-traditional traditional wedding. They had two family members play an acoustic version of "Your Song" by Elton John while Gina walked down the isle. They also had Trevor's grandfather officiate for them. He's an old cowboy and just had the most incredible energy and style!!

Their reception was just as unique. There was absolutely no schedule, no plans for anything other than celebrating the two of them. They ended up sharing a first dance together- because they felt like it and I loved that. They are one of those insanely intimate couples that love just radiates off of. So everyone had a little heart burst watching them dance and be in love. They had a food truck there to feed everyone and just about every type of beer, wine & spirits along with lawn games. It was just a damn good time! 

venue: Indian Springs Ranch Nevada

dress: sweet caroline styles