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Las Vegas Desert Elopement & a Bride with Two Dresses!

After being in a relationship for five years (three and a half of which were long distance!) Haylea and Justin bought their first house together in November 2016. The day they closed the sale Justin proposed in the empty dining room of their new home. They wanted their wedding to be non-traditional, like their relationship, so they decided to elope and were inspired by old school Vegas vibes.

“Being in a long distance relationship for over half of our time together is definitely far from an original start between two lovers,” began Haylea, “so, of course, why would our wedding plans be any different? Hence we eloped! We drove across the country just to get married in the world famous Sin City where I needed two dresses because I couldn’t commit to just one! We then went to Disneyland and Palm Springs as our honeymoon right afterwards!”

Their ceremony had a picturesque backdrop of desert, mountains and Joshua trees. “It was intimate and lovely… Other than the fact that it was freezing! We exchanged traditional vows and had Holly (our awesome officiant) to read a letter my parents had written to, essentially, give me away. It was perfect, intimate, and just what we wanted.”

“I had to do a dress swap from my red dress to my white one”, she continued. “Thank goodness I had such cool people making our day happen because our officiant and photographer held up a makeshift room so I could change into my other dress! I’m sure some of the people that drove by still got a peepshow it was pretty windy that day but oh well!”

Their favourite part of the wedding day was randomly ending their night at Frankie’s Tiki Room with their videographers. “That’s what is so fun about an elopement; we got to meet and hang out with such awesome people. We brought in the New Year and our wedding with some awesome drinks and awesome people! We all enjoyed our huge donuts and fun tiki drinks! And talked for what seemed like forever!”

Their biggest expense was the videography, “We didn’t want to skimp and after Mike from Pure Light called me and was so personal, it sealed the deal for us. We knew they were perfect for the job! We knew that they would capture us just how we are so our family would feel like they didn’t miss out on a thing!”

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Sparkly Shotgun Wedding in Las Vegas

Sarah and Mark met when they were sat next to each other on a flight to Sydney (they joke it was love at first flight!) They wanted to get married in the most fun and carefree way they could think of, so decided to go to Las Vegas!

“We are lovers of all things non-traditional,” explained Sarah, “so the idea of getting married in a way that was going to the most fun and carefree way available was our inspiration; it was basically to have a cool story to tell our kids. Our wedding was fun, fast and all things Vegas!”

They had chosen to have a shotgun wedding at A Little White Chapel, but the start was not quite what they expected, “Shortly after arriving at the chapel it actually went into lock down with Elvis on security duties! The chapel had become overrun with a massive family wanting a wedding right then and there. No one was really in control of the situation and in hindsight it’s actually really funny but at the time we were pretty confused!”

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Intimate & Sparkly Desert Vow Renewal

Karina and Kellard met at a Halloween party in 2005 and were married in the summer of 2012. Five years later, on their wedding anniversary, they decided to renew their vows in Las Vegas.

The ceremony (unfortunately not photographed) took place in Sloan, NV, situated 18 miles southwest of Las Vegas. “This was our 5 year anniversary vow renewal”, said the bride. “Our inspiration was Vegas, the desert and doing something Intimate and sexy.”

“On our wedding day my husband promised me that he would love me until the end of his days, So I asked that he and I share new vows every five years. I love to be dramatic, fun and unique! He plays along because he loves seeing me happy and I can’t thank him enough.”

Karina designed her own dress and had it made by First Impression Sewing and Alterations. “My dress was one of the most unique things about our renewal. I designed it myself.”

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A Glastonbury Handfasting & A Las Vegas Elopement

Gaia and Calum didn’t just have one awesome wedding, they had two! The first was at their beloved Glastonbury in the gorgeous tipi field, and the second in Las Vegas at A Wedding Chapel: Two very Rock n Roll places!

Everything was a romantic whirlwind and the couple just went with the flow. The bride said, “We didn’t have a theme, we just wanted to have something special in our favourite place (Glastonbury), and an elopement adventure! We’d been engaged for a year and a half, together for six, and we just decided we didn’t want to wait any longer to be married. It was very last minute – we only started planning it in February and we got married in July!”

It must have felt like one long summer party as the ceremonies were only about ten days apart. Gaia planned the Glastonbury ceremony and Calum was on Las Vegas duty.

The bride said of the planning, “With Glastonbury, we were trying to do it as cheaply as possibly as we had spent most of our money on the Las Vegas wedding. The Glastonbury ceremony was quite last minute as we didn’t know if we would have re-sale tickets until the end of April! We had to wait until we knew for sure to make arrangements, so we really only had two months to organise it. We spent around £350 in total on this, not including the festival tickets. With Las Vegas, it cost £5000 including rings, flights, 5* hotel, hire car, ceremony, photographer, dress, suit, flowers, eight nights’ stay and a holiday!”

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Desert Photos, Hot Dogs & The Oldest Bar in Vegas

Sarah and Olie’s wedding can best be described as old school Las Vegas. They both love Downtown and the history of Vegas so wanted to capture that feeling on their day. They didn’t keep to any strict plans, guest lists or time frames…they wanted to just go with the flow!

“We had been to Vegas on two other occasions and knew that if we where ever to get married it would have to be there,” explained Sarah. “Our main goal was to have as much fun as possible and this was the most unplanned planned wedding!”

“We had a vague idea of what we wanted, picked dates, booked flights, rooms and everything else was fluid. Our wedding was open for anyone to attend and we made it up as we went along. This included changing Elvis’s songs once we arrived at the chapel (to something more upbeat so we could all have a dance) and changing our wedding reception venue last minute! We just went with the flow and everything was perfect.”

Before the wedding they met with their photographer, Ashley Marie Myers, for a pre-wedding photo shoot. “Las Vegas was experiencing a heat wave and the temperature was reaching 117 degrees!” she explained. “Ashley was amazing and came equipped with ice cold water and beer. We would jump out of the car, snap a few pictures on what felt like the surface of Mars, and quickly dive back into the air conditioned car again!”

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Tacos & Tattoos: A Quickie Yet Fabulous Las Vegas Elopement

Heather and Riley are met in Afghanistan in 2013 when they were both deployed to Kandahar from their respective countries (Riley from Australia and Heather from the US). At the time of their wedding Riley was still deployed in Iraq and flew out to Vegas for their ceremony! He then had to return to Iraq immediately after their honeymoon, just two weeks later. They wanted their wedding to be a bit of old Hollywood glam mixed with some of their favourite things including tacos, Harley Quinn, the Joker, Batman and tattoos!

“The inspiration for our wedding was everything that we love,” explained Heather. “We are foodies and my favourite food is tacos, hence our reception at the two story Taco Bell Cantina/Club on the strip! We had accessories with touches of characters we love such as Harley Quinn, the Joker and Batman. We got matching tattoos to commemorate our special day and I carried a paper flower bouquet which was custom created to tell our love story. Each flower was made of paper that has some significance; my favourite bible verse, lyrics from the song I walked down the aisle too, our country’s flags, Batman and Joker comic book, Wonder Woman comic book, Star Wars characters, a ‘junk food’ flower (that had tacos, pizza, burgers, and fries on it), and flowers made of maps of important locations to us. My bouquet is my most favourite accessory from the whole day!”

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