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.”
This April wedding was a strong female-led affair with both brides being walked down the aisle by their mothers and the cake and flowers being made by Carleigh’s. She even surprised them by putting pictures of some of their favourite people on the bouquets – those that had either passed away and were unable to attend their special day. “Carleigh’s bouquet had a photo of her dad, and Sara’s bouquet had a photo of her grandmothers who raised her”, they explained.
As they had a micro wedding with only nine guests, they were able to keep things fuss-free and inexpensive. The ceremony was led by Sara’s best friend, who is an ordained minister. Our wedding theme was ‘Metallic Fairy Dreams;”, they continued. “Our main inspiration was Sara’s pink suit which came from ASOS.”
Sara hand-painted Carleigh’s ‘Just Married’ jacket and they used an AirBnB as the location. They were pleased they were able to have their dog with them too, “Unfortunately he broke his leg the day before our wedding (and got it amputated two days after).”
A big, fancy wedding was never on the cards for Monya and Erika – it just didn’t appeal to them. So, when they began planning for the February nuptials it was Las Vegas or bust! The chose the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel as the location for their private vows, and hired Jamie Y for a portrait session at the iconic Neon Museum afterwards.
Monya wore a custom black dress made by a friend which had a high-low front, a long train and patches all over the sleeves. Erika’s trouser and vest set were also made by the same friend. They both wore personalised leather jackets made by The Mermaid Effect and with their wedding date and ‘Rock n Roll Wifey’ on the back! Monya even wore a necklace with an engraving saying ‘Rock and Roll Bride, Las Vegas February 29, 2020’ and they both rocked a ‘Rock n Roll Bride’ Rock n Roll Bride x Veronica Dearly pin!
They were always going to elope and luckily, even though a lockdown was imminent, Jodi and Terry were still able to go ahead with their intimate March wedding. They’d booked into have their quicky ceremony at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago (which didn’t cost them a penny!) and a friend, who got ordained especially for the event, hosted the proceedings. They had no guests at the ceremony, which was always their plan. They really didn’t want a big wedding or any fuss. The idea was for it to just feel like a fancy day out.
“We wanted to keep things cheap and simple but finding a venue in Chicago in March isn’t easy”, Jodi explained. “The conservatory was perfect, because it’s free but also lush and beautiful year-round. My dream look would have probably been wearing a Maison Valentino haute couture gown, in the woods or on a cliff somewhere, but a 90s-meets-Old Hollywood-meets-pinup vibe combined many of my styles into one.”
“The day began with me going on my own to get my hair and makeup done, while Terry took time to get ready, pick up our flowers and have lunch. I then drove myself to the conservatory. On the way, I listened to the US president address the country, announcing a national emergency due to the pandemic. We stood in front of a little waterfall in the ‘fern room’ for the ceremony. It was very humid and my hair flattened and frizzed pretty quickly. Terry and I read the words that we wrote about one another and our officiant wrapped things up perfectly, speaking to how we’ve chosen to be with one another and go through all of life’s ups and downs with one another.”
With the original wedding planned for April 4th, 2020, as the day drew closer Cameron and Micayla knew they’d have to postpone due to social distancing/quarantine policies, so they thought, “Fuck it, let’s elope!”… so that’s exactly what they did!
The couple both have extreme health challenges, so the fact that they pulled this off in such a short amount of time, with everything else going on in the world, puts testament to the fact that there really is only one thing that matters when it comes to getting hitched: LOVE.
“We first met when we were thirteen,” Micayla reminisced. “I was the new kid among an already semi-tight knit group of friends, but Cameron and I hit it off right away. Throughout high school we were always friends, always in the same groups of people, always laughing and having fun. But when I was fifteen, I was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure and disappeared into a world that none of my friends could follow. A world of doctors appointments, medication, endless surgeries and being poked and prodded constantly. I came back with a kidney transplant and a new hunger for life!”
“Fast forward to 2017 – Cameron was engaged, meanwhile I was working. We hadn’t seen each other in a hot minute, and we just so happened to be grocery shopping at the same store, same time. We talked for a minute and turns out, Cameron and his fiancé had actually just broken up the day before. After that, we got coffee and started hanging out almost every day.”
Dinka and Renier, who are German but live in South Africa, realised that their marriage license was going to expire during lockdown. Not wanting to start the whole planing process again, they decided to bite the bullet and get married the very next day, before lockdown came into effect. Although it was different to what they had in mind for their wedding, they don’t regret the way they did it at all!
“It was magical”, Dinka told us. “We didn’t have time to organise a lot in 24 hours, but we managed the most important part – signing the papers. We got in touch with everyone the day before (photographer, marriage officiant, witness, hairstylist and makeup artist). All of these beautiful people confirmed to be there the next day to help us to make this happen! We’re so thankful for this as we worked a whole year through this process of paperwork from Germany and South Africa and I just didn’t want to imagine having to organise all of the papers and documents again!”