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Cross-Dressing Las Vegas Wedding with the Bride & Groom in the Same Dress!

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.”

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Downtown Las Vegas Fuss-Free Wedding

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Sara and Logan didn’t elope in Vegas, because they wanted their closest friends and family to be there, but they did want a fuss and stress-free wedding that didn’t take a long time to organise.

“We were originally planning to do a more typical wedding at home in Los Angeles with 100 or so people”, explained Sara, “but after a couple months of entertaining the thought of what we thought we ‘should’ do (and all of the overwhelming details and costs that came with it), we took a step back and revisited what we actually valued in a wedding. The Neon Museum in Las Vegas was the first and only venue we had both lit up with interest about, and when we started to seriously look into it, everything fell into place.”

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“The ceremony was so much fun! We met Pastor Pete, our officiant, about a half hour before the wedding. One of the requirements of getting married at the Neon Museum is you have to use their preferred officiant group (Elegant Vegas Weddings), so we didn’t get to choose who married us, but he was awesome. This definitely wasn’t his first rodeo, and he used the stories and details we sent him in a questionnaire beforehand to create a really heartfelt and beautiful ceremony for us.”

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Run Away with Me: A Neon Graveyard Elopement

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The perfect mixture of adventure and fun, Las Vegas was Yasmin and Leigh’s number one choice for their October wedding. They always wanted to get married abroad, and after seeing Las Vegas weddings featured on this very blog, they decided it was the perfect place for them.

“We kept our wedding a secret from our friends and only told our families one week before we flew out!” said the bride. “We stayed for a week at the Venetian. On our wedding day, our photographer met us in our room and took some getting ready photos, then we walked through the hotel and casino in our wedding outfits – so many people smiled and congratulated us, Vegas is so warm and friendly! Our ceremony was at the Neon Graveyard, where all the old neon signs are retired.”

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Not being particularly comfortable in front of the camera, they wanted to find a photographer who would make them feel at ease. “We loved Sam Arroyo’s photos, particularly the ones she had taken in the desert and thought this would work perfectly in Vegas. She was our biggest expense as we flew her in from California, but she was worth every penny. After the ceremony we drove out to Red Rock Canyon for more photos. It was so peaceful and beautiful and I’ll always remember walking through the desert hand-in-hand with my husband. It was the perfect way to start our marriage.”

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Colourful Las Vegas Wedding During a Family Holiday

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Nay and Oli planned to marry in Vegas on a family holiday in October. “We decided to tie our wedding into a family trip to Vegas for my father’s 60th birthday,” the bride explained. “The priority for us was no fuss, we’d already hijacked the family holiday, we wanted it quick and simple.  We decided to do it this way as I thought it’d be a crime to go to Vegas and not get married, so I proposed to Oli using a ring which a jeweller friend had made, and stuck it in a fortune cookie which I’d made and decorated with our three year old son!”

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“As weddings go, you don’t really have to have a big budget in Vegas, it’s all so cheap!” she continued. “We spent $60 on a marriage license and $170 on the ceremony which including the added extra of 18 (cheesy) photos. We originally weren’t going to get another photographer, but in the end we changed our minds and I’m so glad we did! Our families paid for her as our wedding gift.”

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Married at the Neon Graveyard in Vegas

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Teresa and Nathan were married in Vegas, but their wedding was anything but the “traditional” shotgun wedding. Their ceremony was held at the iconic Neon Graveyard museum!

“With both of us losing all four of our parents, and the rest of our family split in two different parts of the US, we decided that we were going to keep the mood light and do exactly what we want for our wedding – go to Las Vegas!”, the bride began. “People often ask if we were married by Elvis. I think a lot of people have the misconception that Vegas weddings mean drive-through ceremonies and kitsch. While there is a fair share of that, we chose Las Vegas because of the unique venue choices and our ability to tailor our wedding to suit our personalities. We made the day a reflection of us. I am actually a graphic designer in the signage industry, so what better ceremony venue that The Neon Sign Museum!?”

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The wedding had a purple and teal colour scheme. After the ceremony, the wedding party went to the Fireside Lounge at Peppermill Restaurant for a meal. “When I spoke to our suppliers, particularly the lady who made our cake, my inspiration was ‘Marie Antoinette on Acid'”, she continued. “We enjoyed the entire wedding day from start to finish, but if I had to pick a favourite moment it would be the meal after the ceremony and spending time with my family and friends. Since we only had six guests at our wedding, it was nice being able to talk, laugh and drink with everyone.”

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