Ryan always wanted to get married in Vegas and luckily for him, when he ran it by his fiancé Beth she was up for it too! They travelled from New Zealand with 20 of their closest friends and family – 8 of them even went with them on the honeymoon to Hawaii!
“Beth is a full time burlesque entertainer and lounge singer and my background is in theatre too, although I’m now mainly a web designer”, explained the groom. “I really wanted to get married in Las Vegas, so Beth chose the date to fall on her 25th birthday, I think so I couldn’t possibly forget either event ever.”
“We had about 20 people at the wedding in total, and 8 of them travelled with us the whole way, including coming to Hawaii for the honeymoon. The dress code was sequins because Beth is practically a magpie. Everyone wore a sequin dress or white, and the girls all put bright colour in their hair to complement her bright pink hair. Even my mother in law coloured her hair bright purple.”
Beth wore a stunning sequinned dress from Jovani. “My favourite part of the whole experience was my beautiful bride”, he continued. “I could have cared less about anything else that happened that day as soon as I realised she was mine forever. I think Beth would say the same about me. Our biggest expense was our photographer, of course, because having beautiful images was our number one priority. The dress(es) ended up costing more than we anticipated too because Beth had had a champagne gold sequin dress made in NZ, but the day before the wedding (literally) in Vegas she was shopping for wedding shoes, and I got a phone call from her in tears because she’d walked past a shop full of sequins and realised that there was a dress inside which she absolutely had to wear or the world would end. So I did what any smart man would do and told her to just buy it. So each of those dresses cost around $1500 NZD, but that’s a lot cheaper than the alternative…the wrath of your wife!”
Being a wedding photographer herself, there was one big thing at the top of Kerry‘s wedding must-have list – a great photographer of course! They picked Sally T for the job and they all flew out from the UK together. They ceremony was held at the Chapel of the Flowers and was officiated by – who else – Elvis! They didn’t have a formal reception but just partied out and around Freemont Street.
“Well you don’t get more Rock n Roll than Elvis!” laughed Kerry. “The whole day was just crazy from start to finish. Me and Rob met up and had a first look before the actual wedding in the middle of a casino. Then we went off around Vegas for some couple portraits with Sally. This was loads of fun and took the pressure off massively! By the time we were making our way to the chapel it felt like we were going as a team.”
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!
“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.”
Are you ready for something really different and pretty flipping spectacular today? Well, my dear, you are in the right place because Gregg and Lisa’s desert wedding is guaranteed to blow your socks off. They were married outdoors, on public land, and set up a little ‘camp’ where they they celebrated with their friends and family. The entire wedding cost them less than $5000.
“Our wedding was a desert party wedding with Burning Man and Asian influences”, Lisa explained, “We served sake at the bar and let off lanterns. Gregg also really wanted us to get married on a platform, I didn’t understand how tall he wanted it until he stood on our landing in our townhouse…about 8 feet off the ground! I knew it was going to be epic. He wanted to put our love on a pedestal! So we obtained permits with the BLM in the Dixie National Forest in Utah, a chainsaw, and drove 3 different times to cut (already down) cedar wood to build it. Gregg and our unofficial best man Edwin built the alter on site with no screws or nails, just parachute chord.”
Mike and Manda got engaged in Vegas, so it was only natural that they go back to actually get married too. They wanted a fun and laid back day with no stress at all. They kept things pretty simple and just had fun with it!
“Because we had been to Vegas previously we knew how crazy, carefree and fun it was”, Manda explained. “We wanted the same ideologies for our wedding so this was the perfect place for us to tie the knot. The whole day exceeded our expectations. We had time to reflect later on in the evening, whilst sitting back in our hotel room looking over the dancing neons on the strip drinking vodka. I think we suddenly realised we had just got married in Vegas – that was quite a defining moment. It was such a significant, romantic and awesome feeling in which everything just connected.”
The ceremony was at a drive thru chapel, The Special Memory Chapel, I mean what could be more quintessentially Las Vegas than that?! “We are both non-religious so a church was out of the question (in any country) and we both wanted something fun and non-stressful”, she continued. “I found the drive thru on the internet and the deal was sealed. We both loved the idea as it was a little quirky and different to the norm. It was quick, simple, fun and everything we wanted – we even got a novelty ‘Just Wed’ license plate!”
Chelsea & Mike wanted to marry in Las Vegas but without doing the typical cheesy Vegas wedding thing. So instead of being married by Elvis, they opted for a simple ceremony (not photographed) at Little Church of the West, followed by a photo session around downtown Vegas with photographer Gaby J. “Our wedding them was ‘a touch of Vegas’, explained the bride. “We didn’t want to go all out with an over the top Vegas style wedding equipped with an Elvis pastor. So we opted for something more subtle. I had my blue suede shoes and my bridesmaids wore gold sequin dresses.”
“The most important thing for me was the photos”, she continued. “So we picked our location based on how they would look in the pictures and Gaby J was the perfect fit. I wanted unique wedding photos and we’d originally picked the neon boneyard and the desert as locations but with Gaby’s help we found even more unique places to shoot like The Pink Motel and Fremont St.”