Epic Las Vegas Elopement: Ainsley & Sebastien

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When I featured Ainsley and Sebastien’s engagement shoot in September I dubbed it “the coolest engagement shoot to date”. I was pretty sure that their wedding would be suitably kick ass too but nothing (and I mean nothing!) could have prepared me for this. 

While I was hanging out with their wedding photographer Janneke Storm in Queensland, she started to tell me more about their upcoming elopement in Las Vegas. I made her promise then and there to send me the photos to blog afterwards. Luckily for me (and you!) she did.

Today my mind has been blown. What a way to start the year!

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“Sebastien started making coffee at a local organic cafe that I go to a lot and it was love at first sight,” began Ainsley. “Then when he opened his mouth and I realised he was Canadian my love grew even stronger. Here was a guy on the Sunshine Coast that didn’t know anything about me. We live in a small place, or at least it was back then, and it was so refreshing to date someone I didn’t go to school with! We used the L word by the third date, moved in together after three weeks and five years later we got hitched.”

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“Our #1 rule for our wedding was always to have an UN-WEDDING!” she continued. “We’ve both been there and done that and now was our time to say F.U to tradition! No family and no rules! For us this time round was an adventure with each other. We needed to go somewhere far enough away to discourage any guests, somewhere where the rules could be bent, but most importantly a place where the real king still reigns… there was always only one place on earth that could host our perfect day. VEGAS BABY!”

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“I don’t think any photos or words could ever justify how much fun we had on the day. But Janneke did an amazing job of capturing some of our favourite moments – smoke bombs, car rides, running to our chapel to get there on time, hanging out in the grimy streets of downtown Vegas, matching Vegas tattoos, our first dance by the bins in some back street alley, desert hangs, ELVIS..!”

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“My favourite memory from the day was jumping out of the back seat of the convertible while stuck in traffic on the way to the chapel to use the toilet in a Mexican restaurant I spotted across the road!” she laughed. “When I came out Sebastien was there looking for me, grabbed my hand and told me we had to run to our chapel to make it there in time. The traffic was almost at a complete stop and so on the way there people were cheering and applauding us. The road workers even directed us away from tar to protect my huge sequins train that was dragging along the street.”

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“By the time we made it to Graceland the perfect white train lining of my dress and our shoes had turned grey and black where the fresh tar had high-fived them on the way. When we arrived I turned around and realised our amazing photographer was chasing us, managing somehow to snap some in-focus photos. At that point I lost it and the chapel receptionist almost refused us after hearing my shrilling high pitched hysterical laughter fit and mistaking it for being too drunk!”

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“But the very best thing about our wedding was that we made it all up as we went along,” Ainsley concluded. “We had absolutely no idea what we would do that day, we just knew we had to be at our chapel by 2:45pm. This made for a completely stress and pressure free day.”

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If you want to stalk this awesome couple some more, be sure to check out their own blog. Too cool for words!

Supporting Cast


  1. This blows my mind. The whole time I was looking through this I was hearing the song ‘I did it my way’ in my head, which reminds me of Vegas. I love the fact they did what they want and weren’t held back by anything!! Her dress is just to die for, and the dino knickers aint bad either!!

  2. Let me just go clean away my brain off my desk!! This is freaking INCREDIBLE!! Wouldn’t look out of place in a magazine for cool people!! Janneke Storm you are talent! Thank you for being so persuasive too Kat ;-) xx

  3. Emily Clark

    Everytime I read your blog it makes me happy and inspired. Even if there isn’t a single thing in the actual wedding that i would want to do. It just makes me feel so excited that somebody did. This is a classic example, not what i would do at all, but I absolutely love it!

  4. Ali Strong

    By far the best wedding I’ve ever seen! L.O.V.E it!!! The coolest couple on the planet ;)

  5. Mike Debenham

    Brilliant! Sabastian and Ansley have a style of there own. And as my regular morning coffee maker on the Sunshine Coast Sabastians kindness and vib which you can see in these photos is something that me and my partner look fwd to every morning. Great work all involved!


    I only get to work with clients like this once in a great while.

    So happy to see these photos.

    I hope your clients are just as happy as I am to see these images.


  7. Hayley

    I have to know where the grooms jacket is from! I just scoured ASOS and nothing!!!
    Amazing wedding! x

  8. I have looked at this post 3 times and just wow! The couple, the location – OMG, sooo amazing. Happy New Year too x

  9. Hollywood

    Unf this is to DIE for. So fabulous… wish you guys a lifetime of awesome together.

  10. So there are Vegas weddings and then there are MOTHEREFFIN SIN CITY WEDDINGS. Love this, and Vegas nuptials are what I eat and breathe everyday. I don’t think it’s normal to want to kidnap a couple, but … I kinda want to do that with these two. <3

  11. Lindsay

    This makes me not even want to have a wedding because I’m not cool enough to pull what I really want off :/

  12. Renee

    I cannot wipe the grin off my face. This is the happiest thing i have seen all day! This is how weddings are meant to be! LOVE LOVE LOVE!


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