I can’t believe I never blogged this wedding! Today is their one year anniversary and it seemed like the time.
This day was so emotional and so romantic. You will see lots of cell phones which isn’t usually something I am into- but they were Facetiming with their families back home who couldn't be there. Including their little girl who was born with a heart defect and has gone through so many surgeries and hospital stays. I can only imagine how hard it was for them to leave her and I felt really important to document that part of their wedding day fully. If you’d like to learn more about this and donate to you can do so here!
So here we go!
ceremony by: Flora Pop
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
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
This elopement was one of the most intimate I had all year, maybe ever. It was romantic and so gentle and full of love. The bride had battled some very serious health issues the years prior and they were both just so happy to be there committing their lives to one another.
We started downtown and finished up in the desert with FloraPop with pink champagne! xo