I think the thing that stands out most about this wedding is the bride's dress was her mother's! I already wrote about this in my Instagram post, but I just can't get over it. My mom's wedding dress had shoulder pads, YES SHOULDER PADS. I know that was the style which is why this is so miraculous to me haha! This one has bell sleeves and is perfect in every single way.
The groom's details were fantastic too, from his gold sparkly socks to his jacket and finished with that scorpion bolo tie. I'll never be half as cool as these two, but luckily I got to tag along on their wedding day and pretend we are now best friends forever.
I've always been a big fan of non-traditional weddings because the couple gets to do their wedding day however they want. For me, that is truly the most important part of any wedding day. Experience is absolutely everything. For some people this means inviting no one, having no pressure from anyone at all. And for others, it means having their very closest, best friends and family. This seems to be coupled with lots of happy tears, the kind you cannot hold back.
Meredith and Jake planned this entire wedding in secret. They talked their best friends and close family into coming to Las Vegas for Meredith's "30th birthday" which happened to be the day after the wedding. (What a way to spend your last day in your 20's!)
She planned the most perfect FloraPop teardrop wedding and organized Elvis to come out and serenade. There were lots of tears shed by everyone. And then lots of confusion when Elvis continued on with the ceremony after singing his "walk down the aisle" song. There is this fine line during ceremony where no one wants to ruin THE moment of all moments, but they also want it to be perfect. I noticed the bride kind of giggle at her girls once she realized Elvis wasn't just saying sweet stuff to start the day off right- they were full blown getting married! Which was the plan to begin with, so they just rolled with it and had a great time. We all had a good laugh about it after and went on to toast to their beautiful love, dance and celebrate!
ceremony & florals by FloraPop
This city & desert elopement was absolute magic. We met downtown and wandered the sights before heading to the desert so they could say their vows. And then we finished the night off with some celebratory drinks! Maria is an aerialist, that will make sense about halfway down :) and Max is a musician and these two are what dreams are made of!
Ceremony & florals by FloraPop
Celebratory drinks at Velveteen Rabbit
We did quite a bit of back and forth deciding what location to use for Erika and Garrett's engagement photos, before finally choosing the Claremont Colleges about 10 minutes from their home. These college campuses are hands down some of the most beautiful areas/architecture/plant life I've ever seen.
We did so much exploring, picking handfuls of ripe kumquats and documenting their love for one another. I seriously get the best clients and I cannot wait to photograph their wedding this fall!
When you're from Las Vegas, they're from Brooklyn and they are getting married in Long Beach- you meet up in Joshua Tree for engagement photos! A woman in vintage and a man in vans- they were the epitome of cool. We had so much fun exploring the giant boulders and documenting their obvious love! I cannot wait to shoot their wedding in August!
In one of our first correspondence emails, Deidre had shared that her soon to be husband was "very Italian and refuses to see me in my dress before the wedding". Which might sound pretty standard for typical weddings. But this was a first for me with an elopement!
The showed up in the same car, her driving and him blindfolded! He stayed blindfolded until she walked down the aisle, and Victoria (our officiant!) untied his scarf. The look on his face was EVERYTHING!
Now, should I talk about Elvis????? He played acoustic versions of old love songs and it was incredibly romantic. All through their vows to each other, tears were shed as he strummed along. Then it became official and they danced and celebrated and hot damn, it was glorious.
These are some of my favorite images! Cannot wait to share these with the world!
ceremony & florals by the lovely FloraPop
These two got married last year on New Years Day in the Las Vegas desert. It was one if my favorite 2017 weddings and the absolute best way to start the year. So when they asked if I'd meet them in Palm Springs for their first anniversary, of course I said yes!
You can see their wedding here!
Can you imagine if we could do this every year?!