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A Vegas Wedding in the Cosmopolitan Hotel Pop Up Chapel: Ashley & Jeremy

Ashley & Jeremy are wedding photographers so were in Las Vegas at the same time as I was for WPPI. After the Airplanes & Blazers party (which I was also at…!) Jeremy was sitting at a table with Patrick from StillMotion (while Ashley was off in the bathroom) and Jeremy was telling Patrick he would love to propose. Patrick encouraged him, telling him if he proposed and they got married while they were all still in Vegas, Patrick would shoot it!

When Ashley returned, Patrick proposed, right there and then by saying “Will you marry me…on Wednesday?!” So just 36 hours later, they were married in the Pop Up Wedding Chapel at the Cosmopolitan Hotel with all of their best wedding photographer friends from WPPI watching.

Ashley kindly told me all about their amazing wedding day and how, even with such a short time frame to plan it all, they were able to have the perfect wedding! “It was so amazing to see other photographers and industry professionals rally behind us to help plan our wedding. We had the little chapel packed full of other photographers and it meant so much to me to see their faces there that night. People that we knew very well and people that we barely knew before WPPI helped us with everything we needed to make sure it went off without a hitch. Jeremy and I are still in disbelief at the kindness and generosity that our amazing vendors showed to us to with our crazy timeline and last minute plans!”

“Only having about 36 hours to plan the wedding, I knew there were limited things I could feasibly take on myself. However, being in the wedding business I knew that I had to have a few things that although small, would make a big impact and really make me feel like we were having a ‘real’ wedding! The morning of the wedding, Jeremy and I took a cab to Whole Foods and purchased mini cupcakes, which I added pink sprinkles to (I’m OBSESSED with sprinkles). We also purchased a random assortment of flowers so I could create a bouquet. My intentions were to just create a bouquet for me, but after putting it together I had leftovers to make my bridesmaid’s bouquets too! I used one of my sheer scarves I had brought with me in a pale pink cheetah print to wrap the bouquet, which was a last minute touch I really liked! I also walked to the nearest convenience store and purchased gray poker chips, safety pins, and crazy glue to create the boy’s boutonnieres!”

“My business partner Jen, and two of my best friends Carly and Ashley were rooming with us, so they happily took up the role as amazing bridesmaids. They all put together their own outfits and somehow all pulled the same color scheme!! Jeremy’s business partner Nick was also on hand, and another photographer friend Ryan awesomely stepped up to be another groomsmen. All three boys had vests they had brought along to Vegas, so they also somehow managed to pull together a cohesive look!”

“As we were getting ready in our hotel room, we called to try to get several cabs to the hotel to take us to the chapel. After being told it would take an hour + to get that many cabs, we were then informed we did have the option of taking the Mammoth Limo, a F-650 limo that fits 30, complete with a full lights show and surround sound inside… although it seemed ridiculous at first, it ended up being the absolute perfect way to arrive to our Vegas wedding, with our photographers, friends, and cinematographers all piling in with us. It was so funny and really made the moment seem absolutely unreal.”

“Earlier in the week, we had had the pleasure of meeting Eric, who is part of the awesome band Norman. A few hours before the wedding, one of my bridesmaids had the idea that maybe Eric could come play at the chapel for us! After a flurry of texts, we found out he had to leave that day and wouldn’t be able to attend. However, as I walked into the chapel, I was informed there was a surprise for me. I turned around to see Eric with his guitar to help us down the aisle!! It was such a cool moment and something I will never forget. Jeremy and I are HUGE music lovers and to have that there for us was so much better than any iPod playlist.”

“We had less than two days to pull together a wedding, and we were in VEGAS!” concluded the bride. “There was definitely the easy route of finding the nearest Elvis and calling it a day, but we knew that if this wedding was going to truly reflect us, we had to make it us. Jeremy and I have never been a traditional couple. We haven’t had a normal relationship and have never followed the rules when it has come to our relationship, our careers, and our lives. We started our marriage off with a crazy adventure, and I know that we will always approach our love with the same sense of adventure and fun. So many times we are afraid to do those things we most want to do because of fear of judgement from others. For once, we let all that go by the wayside and did exactly what felt right, and what we knew was right, for us. With a borrowed ring from a friend, a Las Vegas mood ring from the corner store, hand-made bouquets and a room full of photographers, our engagement AND wedding absolutely fell together in 36 hours just perfectly.”

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An Orchard Elopement: Dustin & Rebecca

Dustin & Rebecca had a tiny wedding on 11.11.11 – four years to the day that they met. Incredibly they also planned their wedding in just two weeks.

“Our inspiration came from so many places!” the bride told me. “I think the fact that we had only 2 weeks to plan and a very small budget sort of worked to our favor. We were blessed with so much generosity from our friends, family, and strangers (who are now friends). I knew that I wanted to hand make as much as I could for the big day, make all the details count, and I knew I wanted to marry Dustin in a beautiful outdoor setting.”

“I can’t begin to explain how happy we are with how everything turned out. One of my favorite parts is that if we did not decide to say ‘screw it!’ to the big wedding we would have never met Amber and Jon of Live It Out Photography or the lovely owners of Ya Ya Apple Orchard! It was a perfect day really.”

The day started with the whole wedding party getting ready together at the couple’s house. “We sat and enjoyed coffee, eggs, and toast for a couple of hours while we got to know two of our new favorite people (our photographers!)” she continued. “Then we sort of lackadaisically got dressed and ready to head to the apple orchard. All the people, fussing, and stressing that might be associated with the morning of someones wedding was completely non existent.”

Their ceremony was held at  Ya Ya Apple Orchard. “The lovely and sweet owners of the orchard greeted us with a horse drawn carriage that took us to the spot where we had the ceremony. It was short, sweet, and sincere and our dogs were running at our feet the entire time. We had a small ‘reception’ picnic with apple cider and fresh apple cider donuts made right there on the farm. I would say apples were a big part of the theme, being married on an apple orchard was like a dream come true that I never knew I had. Afterwards we walked around the farm and said hello to all the adorable animals. We could not have asked for a better November day.”

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A Gothic Inspired Beach Wedding in Sweden: Alan & Chrissie

Alan & Chrissie were married in September on the Swedish island of Gotland. The couple were the first from Hong Kong to be married there and their nuptials even made the from page of a Swedish newspaper! They flew British photographer Ian Johnson to shoot it for them.

“I proposed that we should go travelling in Europe and maybe get married while we were there,”Alan explained, “There was no kneeling down and all that fluff but she said yes!”

Neither of the pair had ever been to Sweden, and they discovered the location after Chrissie saw a wedding there featured on a wedding blog.

“I’d never forget the wedding for the rest of my life,” Alan continued. “The reason why we wanted to do it was because we believe marriage is about just the two of us. We wanted to make it as special as possible.”

Chrissie wore a short gown made by Jeff Dark Art and a headpiece handmade by her groom.

“We love gothic rock music,” they concluded, “that’s why we choose the church ruins as our ceremony venue and slightly gothic style outfits. Gotland is a lovely place. We will come back for our anniversaries in a few years.”

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Joli & Gary’s Amazing Backyard Wedding

Joli & Gary eloped in San Francisco. They had planned to have a big wedding party afterwards with their friends and family at a biker bar in Palm Springs, but then Joli got pregnant and everything changed. So 7 months pregant, the couple had a kick ass celebration in the backyard of their Los Angeles home. They described their  party as a celebration of  “Love, Freedom, Wild, Raw, Family, FUN, Village, Community!” and that’s exactly what it was.

The couple’s friends and family all pitched in to organise the fabulous event, “My Mom and I made the centerpieces from thrift store found bowls and succulent plants from Cactus Ranch,” Joli told me. We had a photo booth made by Gary’s Brother, at the party and so people were asked to leave the bride and groom photos of them. Gary and his Dad (and sometimes my Dad and Gary’s Brothers and best friends) did all the lighting, built a mounted video screen, re-seeded all the lawns, planted flowers and herbs in every available receptacle including Gary’s old Doc Martens, laid walking stones, and built a dance floor on our deck for the event complete with moving disco ball!”

Their friend and photographer Jonas Seaman had similarly amazing things to say about this awesome wedding when he initially emailed me. “Their backyard wedding party was pure balls out celebration. Joli was decked out in a beautiful white cotton hippy dress with a furry sleeveless coat, a peacock feather in her hair, feather earrings, and what I believe was a cross-section of a tree branch dangling from her necklace. Although part of the time she had moccasin boots on, she also spent a good amount of time barefoot with henna designed feet. Barefoot and pregnant.”

“They had a tented dance floor and full bar. They put up hand painted signs pointing to the backyard. They had flowers in a pair of combat boots. They had flowers coming out of old wine bottles and cactus plants for table settings. Even their daughter Charlie’s Barbie Dolls were out partying in a little Jacuzzi. The atmosphere was so fun, so unconventional, and so full of real unfiltered love.”

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Bex & Jinx’s Retro Style Las Vegas Elopement

Bex & Jinx were married in The Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas. They didn’t have a reception in Vegas though as only themselves and Bex’s bridesmaid’s were in attendance. However they had a big party with all their friends and family when they got back home to Australia.

Bex wore a reproduction 1950’s style dress made by Joy Taylor and leopard print shoes to match the belt and bolero by Diana Ferrari. Her bridesmaid’s also rocked the leopard print in custom made ‘wiggle dresses’ also by Joy Taylor and red glitter wedges from Steve Madden.

Jinx looked dapper in his retro inspired brown pinstripe suit from Reuben Scarf, vintage braces, Converse trainers and fedora hat from souvenir shop on the Vegas strip.

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Nicole & Aaron’s ‘Just Married’ Session

Nicole & Aaron eloped at the Santa Ana Courthouse and straight after had photographer Kristin Rogers on standby to shoot a ‘Just Married’ session with them and their adorable dog! I am seriously smitten with the cuteness of this whole session. The guitar shots just slay me!

Nicole wore a dress from Anthropologie and a custom made necklace from etsy seller Make Pie Not War. She also carried a fabric bouquet that matched Aaron’s buttonhole, both of which she’d made herself.

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