jackie & chris - bright and happy downtown las vegas elopement

I'm gonna try not to get sappy here but this wedding will always hold a super special place in my heart. This wedding took place on October 2, the day after the tragedy that shook our city. That entire morning was so somber and dark. I remember checking in with them to make sure they were alright, I knew they were here with their little girl and I couldn't imagine how terrified they must have been. The night before their wedding nonetheless. I was a little worried that maybe they might want to delay and I wasn't really sure how I felt going into the session. It always feels difficult to celebrate, be happy - during such a dark time. 

Immediately upon arrival, I knew they had made the right choice to celebrate love, happiness, life. To have let the terror and sadness displace that would have been a great tragedy in itself. We briefly spoke of the events that happened the night before but decided that speaking on their life and love was a much better use of our energy. We celebrated and they brought so much light into our city! I'm forever thankful for these two for the reminder that love is truly everything. 

We started outside of the chapel with their close family and friends. I love a close knit group of people there to celebrate the ones they love!

Shortly after, we started to wander downtown and we ended our time together on my favorite rooftop and then with a fancy cocktail before I sent them on their way to go party.

Their love and energy was totally infectious and I'm pretty sure at one point, Chris told me "this is exactly what we do at home" as they were just being sweet as hell to each other. I knew he was being serious because they were expert level lovers. 

I adore these images and I hope you all do too!

andrea & kris - a san francisco elopement adventure

Okay, so let me start by saying that I love traveling. And then let me say how much I love San Francisco. And then let me say how freaking insane this day was.

Andrea & Kris have been together for about 10 years now and I've know them both for about that time. So when she asked if I would come up and shoot their elopement in SF, I just about died. 

They had no real plan for the day other than a ceremony at the City Hall (HOLY SHIT) and a lunch for their immediate family who flew/drove up for the day. We started at their hotel and they got ready together, side by side, cute as ever. Kris and I were both praying for rain and it misted on us steady, pretty much all day. That definitely helps crank up the magical factor. 

We ate and drank and decided to go check out the Sutro Baths, which were just so insanely beautiful. Especially with the mist in the air. I absolutely love what we captured, and I'm so excited to share it with the world!!! Shoutout to my #dreamclients <3

jamie & daniel's epic vegas elopement

From the pink glitter in her hair to the matching tattoos at the end of the night- this was by far one of the best days I have ever spent shooting. They hired me to document their entire day and we hopped from their hotel, to the wedding chapel, bounced around downtown, romped around in the mountains, they got matching tattoos & we finished the night off with In-N-Out Burger! Daniel even got fake arrested by a Metro cop who came to check and see if we were okay. Apparently, military grade smoke bombs set off some kind of trouble signal or something. Who knew!?

 

hotel: Cosmopolitan

makeup artist: LINZD

chapel: Graceland Chapel

tattoo parlor: Downtown Tattoo Las Vegas