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Bonnie & Clyde Inspired Joshua Tree Elopement

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Mia and Jay wanted to do something completely different for their wedding, so they eloped in Joshua Tree, with just the them, a friend to officiate the ceremony and another to take the pictures. In fact, these photos look like something out of a fashion editorial shoot rather than a real wedding don’t you think!?

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After the ceremony, they buried a time capsule to commemorate the day. “We wanted to tell our story with our wedding, The Desert Noir Story (our surname is Noir)”, said Mia. “We knew we wanted to have a time capsule that contained trinkets of the past six years including our written vows and letters we’d written each other. We will come back in say, 20 years, to dig it up and we won’t know what the letters say until then! We wanted to come up with a creative story around it for the photos, so we shot it like we were burying something we’d stolen from a heist at a bank! Our overall inspiration was Bonnie & Clyde, dark moody colours, and film noir.”

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Impromptu Burning Man Vow Renewal

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Imagine renewing your vows at Burning Man, not planning to have a photographer, but then a professional wedding photographer walks past and offers to shoot your ceremony for free! That’s exactly what happened to Kirsty and Amir.

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“The whole thing was pulled together in just a few days before the ceremony so it was very low key and we just used what we had”, began Kirsty. “Nothing, apart from what we wore, was planned in advance. The idea to use the bikes to crate an aisle happened when we all arrived at the Grove.”

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Wedding Inspired by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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Sarah and Sebastian were inspired by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for their April wedding. They wanted to have the trip of a lifetime, Cadillac convertible and all. They invited a big group of friends and family to fly out to celebrate with them.

“Being from Vienna, getting married in Vegas was pretty unique and a huge novelty” the bride began. “We thought it was really special that all our friends and family were coming the long way from Austria, England, Mexico and all over the USA too. Getting married with all our family and friends there was the best thing we could experience.”

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The couple flew to Los Angeles and then drove themselves to Sin City. “Along with our photographer, we drove from from Los Angeles to Vegas in a 1970 Chevy Impala. We stopped along the way to shoot some of our wedding pictures in the desert. It was a big party on the highway because people kept seeing us driving in our wedding clothes. They started honking, waving and taking pictures. It was such a great experience and so much fun!”

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Disco Jelly Car Wedding at Burning Man

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Bunny and Sarah were married at Burning Man Festival. Their theme was based on their Disco Jelly Art Car that they made for their camp. “Getting married at Burning Man was very unusual!” said Bunny. “The environment and elements, such as heat, wind and dust (sometimes all at the same time!), made the wedding very different and challenging. During the ceremony a dust storm came, but we didn’t thinking about pausing for a second. It made our moments very raw and unforgettable.”

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The couple were married in front of a giant spinning heart, “For our ceremony location we chose an art piece in the shape of a spinning heart made by Eric Zann” explained Sarah. “The ceremony itself was very relaxed and our friends made it even better than we ever imagined. One of our friends was our officiant, another friend played the guitar, and another one recited his speech in German, even though no one understood German!”

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Run Away with Me: A Neon Graveyard Elopement

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The perfect mixture of adventure and fun, Las Vegas was Yasmin and Leigh’s number one choice for their October wedding. They always wanted to get married abroad, and after seeing Las Vegas weddings featured on this very blog, they decided it was the perfect place for them.

“We kept our wedding a secret from our friends and only told our families one week before we flew out!” said the bride. “We stayed for a week at the Venetian. On our wedding day, our photographer met us in our room and took some getting ready photos, then we walked through the hotel and casino in our wedding outfits – so many people smiled and congratulated us, Vegas is so warm and friendly! Our ceremony was at the Neon Graveyard, where all the old neon signs are retired.”

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Not being particularly comfortable in front of the camera, they wanted to find a photographer who would make them feel at ease. “We loved Sam Arroyo’s photos, particularly the ones she had taken in the desert and thought this would work perfectly in Vegas. She was our biggest expense as we flew her in from California, but she was worth every penny. After the ceremony we drove out to Red Rock Canyon for more photos. It was so peaceful and beautiful and I’ll always remember walking through the desert hand-in-hand with my husband. It was the perfect way to start our marriage.”

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Heartfelt & Bohemian Joshua Tree Wedding

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Elizabeth and Capac were married in Joshua Tree National Park. The got ready together at Tile House, a rainbow clad rental in the desert, followed by an intimate outdoor ceremony and a low key reception with their guests at The Inn of The Seventh Ray in Topanga.

“We met on Venice Beach just as the sun was setting”, said the bride. “I was reading a play and on my own, Capac was with his friend. We discussed the flower market in London and then met a couple of weeks later and stood under a cherry tree in DTLA catching the blossoms.”

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“Our wedding ceremony had a bohemian desert theme. We decided to have a Native American ceremony surrounded by the people we love. We wrote it ourselves, including several traditional Native American rituals such as the smudging of the wedding party and the placing of a wedding blanket over the bride and groom’s shoulders. We also wrote our own vows. The ceremony allowed us to not only strengthen our bond with each other but also to nature.”

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