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Las Vegas Elopement with Elvis, a Classic Car Photo Session & a 1980s Vintage Wedding Dress

Aaron and Pheobe’s goal for their Las Vegas elopement was to have all the Vegas cliches, and they weren’t at all sorry about it! They wanted to be married by Elvis and to drive out to the desert in a classic car for photos. They flew out from Australia for their wedding and did it entirely on their own terms.

“We were never going to have a traditional wedding”, Phoebe told us. “We already have two children together so getting married was never high on our priority list. We both hate being the centre of attention and so the thought of having a big wedding was terrifying to us and not our idea of fun so that’s why we chose to elope. Although it was sad to not have our immediate family and friends celebrate with us, we chose what would make us the happiest and most comfortable on our special day.”

The bride wore her mum’s wedding dress and headpiece from 1980, making it her own with gold boots and a leather jacket from ASOS which she had ‘only fools rush in’ embroidered on the back. “I think one thing that stands out the most about our wedding is the fact I wore my mum’s wedding dress”, she continued. “The dress was custom made and worn by mum her on her wedding day 38 years prior. It was definitely very special and made my mum very proud even though she wasn’t there to witness. After our photo session was over we were dropped back at the hotel and we had a quick outfit change and went and had burgers for dinner and then decided to get a’ Vegas’ tattoo each so we would always remember our special day.”

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A Romantic Desert Ceremony, An X-Rated Vegas Reception & A Geometric Irish Party!

There’s an old saying that some people enjoy getting married so much they go on to do it more than once, which was exactly true for Caroline and Michael – except this time, all three times were to each other! Buckle up dear reader, because this one is a whopper!

The couple spent €16,000 (total!) to have three celebrations, which is less than half of the usual wedding budget of a traditional Irish wedding – major props for the creativity and DIY efforts! A big fan of Rock n Roll Bride, Caroline wanted to find a way to express all the sides of their personalities and the best way she could come up with was to have three separate events.

As lovers of nature, they originally wanted to get married at the Grand Canyon, but the logistics were too much of a pain. A search on Instagram uncovered Rainbow Vista in the Valley of Fire, just outside of Vegas, and it was perfect. It gave them the opportunity to be in nature and have a connection to the earth. 

For the desert ceremony Caroline wore a BHLDN dress with crystal-encrusted Crown and Glory veil and El Jardin de Valentyna floral headpieces. “We’re so glad we decided to elope for our main ceremony,” Caroline said. “It felt amazing to walk into our little set up together and hear…nothing! The area was so peaceful and quiet, with just our celebrant and photographers. We did a handfasting with ribbons that we picked for their significance, then read our vows to each other. It was amazing to sit down afterwards and have our delicious cake together while looking out at such an incredible landscape, having that time just to process everything by ourselves.”

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Contemporary & Colourful Saguaro Palm Springs Wedding

Ali’s main goal for her June wedding to Mike was for it to feel modern and contemporary with a colourful edge. They chose the iconic Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs which obviously ticked all the colourful boxes! They didn’t need to add much in the need of extra decor at all, using the rainbow backdrop of the hotel in all their photos.

“We both knew we wanted a desert wedding, but didn’t want to ‘rough it’ out in the middle of no where”, Ali said. “Palm Springs has always been a special getaway for us since early in our relationship, and it has the look and feel of the desert vibe we wanted. Mike and I are also big fans of the tiki world. We knew we wanted to incorporate some of that into the wedding, but without having it be a ‘tiki themed’ wedding. As soon as I saw The Saguaro Palm Springs, I knew that’s where we’d be getting married one day!”

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Relaxed Retro Desert Wedding Inspired by The Big Lebowski

Brittany and Nick had one major inspiration for their October 2019 wedding – The Big Lebowski! Their venue played a major part of setting the scene for this – with it’s mid-century modern aesthetic, the boutique AirBnB High Desert Paradise in the Yucca Valley provided the perfect backdrop for their relaxed retro theme! 

They hired the house for the whole weekend and had all their best friends crash there with them. As well as the wedding on the Saturday, they hosted a pool party brunch on the Sunday to reminisce and unwind. “All our friends travelled so far, from Boston, to be with us,” said Brittany. “It was amazing to be able to put them up and spend so much time with them!”

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Wild at Heart: An Elopement on Safari in the Masai Mara

I can’t breathe. This may just be one of my favourite weddings we’ve EVER FEATURED. Yes, in all my 13 years of writing about weddings I’m not sure a wedding has stolen my heart quite like this one.

Aaliyah and Gabriel had exactly the wedding they wanted – on safari in the Masai Mara over the course of a four day trip. Aaliyah is from Burundi, Gabriel is Tunisian and they both grew up in France but met, fell in love and now live in London together. They wanted to have a wedding that focused on them and the incredible world around them, no fuss, guests or details. So, they decided to elope.

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Disney Inspired Las Vegas Elopement Planned in a Week!

Betty and Luke booked a holiday to California and Vegas, got engaged at Disneyland and then decided to elope in Vegas a week later!! As it was an elopement, they kept things pretty simple, while adding a few little Disney touches to make it feel personal. Luke’s parents were on the trip with them so they surprised them by telling them they were getting married the morning of!

“Our inspiration was probably Rock n Roll Bride!” Betty began. “I’d seen previous elopements and loved the dazzle of Vegas and the way these weddings seemed to celebrate the couple instead of hyped up tradition. We were inspired by these couples that tailor the day in their own creative way reflecting who they are.”

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