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
Sometimes the weather is absolutely perfect for weddings and others are... umm not. This particular day it was freezing, windy and raining. The clouds ended up giving us this beautiful backdrop among the giant red rocks, and I mean, kind of went with their color scheme! Eloping in the desert is kind of like that, you get what you get and you just have to make the best of it.
These two are film makers, have a dog named Walter White and love each other deeply. The kind of love that's got a good weight to it and radiates around them. The kind you can feel from the moment you meet them together. They had their best friend officiate for them, and he started with "Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today to get through this thing called life" and he went down in history as the coolest best friend of all time. They shared intimate vows and then we wandered and froze our faces off, but managed to freeze many beautiful moments in time as well. I'm so thankful for brave, easy going couples like these two! xo!
I fall a little bit in love with all of my couples. Not like in a creepy way, but it's just so easy for me to see how they love each other. As a wedding photographer, I get to see the side of people that maybe not everyone else gets to see. Since I do so much encouraging on them being in their own little world, I get this peek into how they love each other. Which makes it pretty easy to fall in love with their love. I love love, if you can't tell.
Felicity and Mark were no different. And on top of their love being so apparent for one another, they aced the elopement game. Their style was impeccable and the details of the day were so well thought out.
We ended up rooftop at my favorite spot for a sunset ceremony with Victoria of FloraPop. They popped champagne and danced in the smoke bombs and then we ventured around in the lights before we went our separate ways. This day was pure magic, enjoy!
coverage: 2 hours
This wedding started out at The Flamingo and ended in the desert with a much deserved preroll from one of the dispensaries! They tied the know at The Neon Museum with some close friends and family and then we cruised to the desert to catch the sunset. This wedding was one for the books!
PS- the bride painted the back of that jacket HERSELF! Heart eyes forevs
coverage: 6 hours
hair & make up: linzd
venue: Las Vegas Neon Museum
florals: city blossoms
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.