meike & rene - las vegas desert elopement

I learned why so many couples choose to elope in Vegas. It used to be because they were drunk and in love and $200 could get you bound for life. Luckily, that is changing. We have the opportunity to go literally anywhere we want. We don't need a chapel, or an audience, or even a witness (your photographer works!!).

In other parts of the world, especially in parts of Europe , you are confined to either marrying in a church (which sucks if you aren't religious) or in the government building (which sucks if you want your wedding day to be special, at all). The fact that we can tie the knot here anywhere under the big beautiful sky, definitely brings people from all over.

Meike and Rene are from (you guessed it)- Europe! More specifically, Germany. We chatted about their reasoning for eloping, which I always love to hear :)

We had so much fun together, I love a happy couple who has no issues being silly or having a good time with complete strangers! They were officiated by Holly of FloraPop and they celebrated with the FloraPop standard of donuts & champagne. Enjoy!

ceremony & florals: Flora Pop

dress: Lace Marry

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