If you’re not aiming for a day full of fun when you plan a Las Vegas elopement, you’re not doing it right! Jeff and Nikki put the emphasis firmly on having a good time, tossing convention aside and customising every part of their day to celebrate their quirky passions. With Elvis officiating at the Graceland Chapel ceremony, the couple crafted a wedding day that was fun, low maintenance and completely on-brand for them!
Jeff and Nikki managed to keep the whole thing secret from friends and family back home, which sounded fun at first, however Nikki explained, “At first, an elopement sounded ideal: to whisk ourselves away from our everyday lives and have a fun weekend getaway, returning to shock our family and friends with our surprise wedding. However, as the time got closer, I started feeling guilty for hiding such an exciting event from my close circle because I was so thrilled, it was hard to contain my excitement.” But a secret elopement gives a certain feeling of freedom, as she added, “We loved not having to worry about traditional expectations or coordinate for anyone other than ourselves and our two witnesses.”
Amy and Ashley had a $5,000 budget for their Nashville wedding which meant they wanted something low key, with minimal fuss or excessive spending. They chose Rhinestone Wedding Chapel for their Elvis-led ceremony and had a party afterwards at an Italian restaurant.
“We knew we didn’t want a traditional wedding, plus there’s the whole pandemic aspect to deal with”, Amy told us. “Our wedding needed to be small, intimate and most of all FUN!”
“My dad was an Elvis impersonator and I have always loved Elvis so we got the idea to have ‘Elvis’ marry us in a simple but kick ass ceremony that was totally unique to us. We didn’t want to spend a ton of money and chose to focus on having a core group of people accompany us to Nashville and thankfully my best friend is also a bomb photographer so we all met up on a Thursday and we pulled the trigger on a Friday at The Rhinestone Wedding Chapel.”
Mady and Frankie met while Mady was going for a job interview a little over 6 years ago. “I happened to notice a really cute guy making smoothies at the bar of the interview,” she told us. “Later that afternoon I got offered two two almost identical job roles – of course I took the one with the cute guy, and he’s now my husband!”
They initially had a bigger Las Vegas wedding planned pre COVID-19 with a budget of $20,000, but for their elopement they ended up spending around $5,000. This included everything from photographer, outfits, accommodation, right down to fuel for the car.
Due to the big fat C-word, Jen and Mike’s music festival-themed Lake Tahoe wedding had to be pushed back to 2021. But, like so many other couples in the same boat, they didn’t want to wait to be married so they decided to head to Vegas with a small group of friends and family for some classically Vegas nuptials.
The couple actually met while Mike was on a road trip and so, living 1,700 miles apart, they did the long distance thing for the first three years of their relationship. They would drive the sprawling desert drive that linked them to visit each other so it was rather fitting that they had a desert ceremony in the end.
Amy and Alex’s wedding is a little different to a lot of the Vegas elopements we feature, because they didn’t actually have their ceremony photographed. However, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree that their post-nuptial portraits by the iconic Ashley Marie Myers are epic enough to publish all on their lonesome!
Their look for the day was kind of sparkle meets cowboy, with Amy rocking a gorgeous midi length all-over silver sequin Ganni dress, and Alex in an authentic cowboy hat and boots and vintage bolo tie.
“We met in a now defunct club in Southend-on-Sea”, began the bride. “We knew of each other before through mutual friends but that’s the night we really hit it off. Our elopement theme was Quentin Tarantino meets David Lynch.”
Their inspiration to elope was just the fact that they wanted to do things entirely on their own terms. Vegas gave them that and then some and luckily all their families understood and were happy for them to do their own thing. Of their £8000 total budget, their flights were the most expensive part but everything else ended up being much more affordable than a wedding back home would have been, plus they got an amazing holiday out of it!
A lot of weddings follow the same format… Even non-traditional weddings can end up looking quite similar. But I think we can safely say that Pati and Francesco (aka Salsa and Disco Jesus – yes, really!) completely tore up the rule book for their Vegas elopement! Apart from the ceremony, where they were married by Elvis (arguably one of the biggest Vegas traditions there is!), everything else was one-of-a-kind and completely and utterly them.
Starting with their outfits. The bride’s dress came from Discount Universe and she wore it with United Nude shoes. They both had custom panted jackets by Bobby Coyote. “Our outfits were definitely unique because they were custom made!” said Pati. “We brainstormed them ourselves based on our lifestyle and weird interests. We have this whole thing about aliens… He proposed on the Burning Man Playa in 2018 with a beautiful UFO-shaped ring (it even spins!) so we really wanted our jackets to be about us and our story. We brainstormed the designs in this moodboard that we put together and sent to super talented LA artist Bobby Coyote. She really worked her magic and painted them for us! In typical Disco Jesus fashion, Francesco wasn’t even wearing a shirt underneath!”