It’s not often a wedding literally stops me in my tracks but as soon as Emma and Ian’s Las Vegas wedding landed in my inbox I was OBSESSED. Their email read, “Dear Kat, we got married at The Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas on September 21st. The bride is Emma, a funeral director, the groom is Ian, a musician and artist. We had planned a holiday visiting friends in Vegas and thought it was the perfect opportunity for a quiet, intimate ceremony… Oh and the groom is a crossdresser and insisted on having a dress too.”
My mind is blown! How incredible do they both look? How perfect is that location? More importantly how is it fair that Ian rocks those shoes better than most women I know!? I shared a sneak peek on Instagram and you guys clearly agreed with me (because of course you did, you’re all rad AF). I needed to know more about their love story and their wedding immediately.
“We met at the Larmer Tree Festival, a lovely festival on the Dorset/Wiltshire borders, England”, Emma explained, “Ian is one half of The Antipoet, a punk poetry/comedy act that are a regular fixture at the festival. I am part of the arts team for the festival and so was managing the Spoken Word Stage. The first couple of years that we met, Ian was not single and so we shared nothing more than a polite working relationship – in truth, I thought him very attractive and he failed to notice me! Then, in 2016, we were both single and we found that we had a fair bit in common and once Ian realised I was both a funeral director and trapeze artist, he became much more interested!”
As they were already going to Vegas to visit friends, they opted for a ceremony at the famous Neon Boneyard while they were out there. It suited them perfectly as they wanted something fuss-free where they could totally be themselves – and where better for that than Vegas!? “There was no theme for the wedding”, she continued. “Neither of us actually wanted a traditional ‘wedding’, we just wanted to be married and asked people to just be as comfortable as they wanted to be.”
Gemma and Brian chose the intimate setting of Minute Man National Park in Concord, MA for their September elopement. They invited just 12 guests to witness the ceremony and have a meal with them afterwards. The easy-going bride rented her dress and did her own hair and make up on the day.
“Our wedding was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream“, said the bride. “We wanted a budget-friendly elopement that would be a day we’d never forget.”
Their ceremony was planned in less than a month and they only spent $1000. “The week before we asked the park if we could elope there and they said no but Brian shmoozed with them and they eventually came around!” she laughed. “We showed up with the archway for the florist to decorate and the park ranger told us no props at the last second. There was a brief moment of anxiety, but again Brian talked his way through getting them to allow us to keep it there!”
Marc and Sam met when he was the local pizza delivery guy and she was ‘the girl with a pizza addiction’ – no wonder it was basically love at first sight – who doesn’t love the guy who brings them pizza?!
Their wedding was inspired by an episode in The Office – the one where Jim and Pam run off from their big ceremony to exchange vows in a simple, small ceremony on the Maid of the Mist, because they just couldn’t wait for their planned reception date in 2020. So that’s exactly what they did!
As the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls is a public attraction that can’t be reserved for a private party, they bought their tickets like everyone else that day and stood in line with their guests, photographer and their officiant and hoped for the best regarding which position they’d manage to bag. “We hurried to the back of the boat (and I only had to shoulder check one person out of the way!) where our friends and family made a semicircle around us. For being in such an open, public place, we felt so secluded and intimate being surrounded by our loved ones. It’s pretty funny though that the majority of ‘guests’ in attendance were completely by chance!” laughed Sam.