A Guide for Planning Your Intimate Las Vegas Elopement

Couples choose to elope for lots of reasons! Some choose to elope because they want their wedding day to be just about them.  They want a stress-free day to focus on each other and maybe a handful of guests or just their immediate family members.  Some choose to elope because they're looking to save money and maybe splurge on the honeymoon instead! Some choose to have the adventure of a lifetime and eloping is part of the big trip! Whatever the reasons, eloping in Las Vegas is a great idea and it doesn't have to be cheezy or tacky! And it definitely doesn't have to be in a chapel either.  Las Vegas offers lots of options on how to personalize your elopement and have it be the best day ever! We absolutely love photographing elopements.  They're always so fun and relaxed, and are so full of emotion and intimacy.  After the ceremony, when it's just the 4 of us, there's no pressure of getting done in time for the reception.  It's just us capturing their love and documenting their first moments together as Mr. & Mrs.  

Location: Downtown Las Vegas | Bouquet: Layers of Lovely | Makeup: Amelia C. & Co. 

Location: Downtown Las Vegas | Bouquet: Layers of Lovely | Makeup: Amelia C. & Co. 

Venue: Neon Museum | Florals: Miss Daisy | Hair & Makeup: Amelia C. & Co. 

Venue: Neon Museum | Florals: Miss Daisy | Hair & Makeup: Amelia C. & Co. 

Location: Red Rock Canyon

Location: Red Rock Canyon

Here are a few tips that will help guide you in planning your own amazing & unique elopement in Las Vegas:

1. Location.  The first thing to consider is where to have your ceremony.  Sure there are tons of chapels out there and they're pretty low-hassle.  However, most of the chapels are windowless and the decor is not the most modern.  The ceremonies are also quick and generic, even Elvis has a script and his go-to songs ;) If you prefer a more modern + intimate approach to your ceremony, you have plenty of other choices, such as the dry lake bed, the gorgeous desert, a quirky spot in downtown Vegas, the Neon Museum, or even a traditional venue such as a country club can host a small, intimate ceremony.  Each of these locations offer a gorgeous backdrop for your ceremony and require little to no need for additional decor or enhancements.  

Location: Downtown Las Vegas | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions

Location: Downtown Las Vegas | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions

Venue: Red Rock Country Club | Hair + Makeup: Ruby Finch 

Venue: Red Rock Country Club | Hair + Makeup: Ruby Finch 

Venue: Neon Museum | Hair & Makeup: Las Vegas Hair and Makeup

Venue: Neon Museum | Hair & Makeup: Las Vegas Hair and Makeup

Location: Dry Lake Bed | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions

Location: Dry Lake Bed | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions

2. Officiant.  Once you find a location that is perfect for you and your love, you'll need an equally perfect officiant; someone who will take a personal interest in you and your fiancé's love story and incorporate that into a meaningful ceremony.  We highly recommend Peachy Keen Unions!  They are modern marriage officiants who's mission is to "collaborate with couples, creating and performing personalized ceremonies", including elopements!  Another favorite is Pastor Doug Loman.  He is very personable and also works with his couples to help create a personal and meaningful ceremony.  

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3. Details.  Once you know where you'll be married and who's going to officiate your ceremony, the rest is up to you! There's the obvious things to consider such as your dress, shoes, hair & makeup, oh and his suit too.  Then there's also the logistical things to consider, such as transportation and picking up your marriage license. But then there are the little details you add to make your elopement beautiful and most importantly, personal and all your own! From special touches incorporated within your own wardrobe to bringing special trinkets or mementos.  Writing your own vows is super special and because you're eloping, you won't have to be nervous about saying them in front of a lot of people.  A pretty bouquet goes a long way! Think of it as a gorgeous accessory.  And, since you aren't spending tons on decorating a reception venue, you won't feel guilty about splurging a little on some florals! Lastly, don't forget the bubbly! Whether you're toasting with a few friends or family who came along or it's just the two of you,  after saying, "I DO!" is the perfect time for popping open a bottle of champagne to celebrate your love! 

Left Bouquet: Bride brought over from England Right: Layers of Lovely

Left Bouquet: Bride brought over from England Right: Layers of Lovely

Location: Valley of Fire State Park | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions | Cake: Freeds Bakery

Location: Valley of Fire State Park | Officiant: Peachy Keen Unions | Cake: Freeds Bakery

Left: Red Rock Country Club | Right: Caesars Palace 

Left: Red Rock Country Club | Right: Caesars Palace 

I hope these few tips and ideas will help guide you while planning your Las Vegas elopement! May it be modern, intimate, and most importantly totally special to you and your love! Can't wait to hear all about your plans! XO 

Family Friday: Pacific Northwest Vacation

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It's been such a fun summer so far!  Even though it's been the hottest summer on record here in Vegas, we've been able to escape the heat a bit.  Two weeks after Jason and I went away to San Diego for the weekend, we went on our summer family vacation to Seattle and Portland.  We spent a week out in the Pacific Northwest and absolutely fell in love with it!  

We only spent a weekend in Seattle, but it was jam-packed with sightseeing and I even got to run the Rock N Roll Seattle Half Marathon on Sunday.  It was actually the whole reason for going out there and we planned our vacation around it.  I do hope we get to go back and spend more time in Seattle soon.  

The rest of our time was spent in the Portland area.  We rented a great apartment from AirBnB in a great location close to so many of the best food spots in town.  We took a trip to check out the Colombia River Gorge area and got to see the famous Multmonah Falls and drive along the river and visit the countryside.  We were a little early in the season for berry or cherry picking but we got to feed and pet some alpacas so that totally made up for it! Plus, the craft beers and gourmet food truck at the Gorge White House really hit the spot after our long day.  We spent another fun day sightseeing in Portland and visiting a lot of the major attractions, such as the Japanese Garden, the International Rose Testing Garden, Voodoo Donuts, Powell's Bookstore, and eating from yet more food trucks.  We took another road trip on our 3rd day to visit the Oregon Coast.  Seriously would love to spend a full weekend out there!  The coast is so beautiful and we really enjoyed Cannon Beach.  Our last day was spent at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry! I didn't think we would spend the entire day there, but there was so much to see and do that it really did fill up our whole day.  Another big treat for us while in Portland was getting to see and hang out with one of our past bride & groom turned friends! We met up with them for ice cream at the yummy Salt and Straw, met up for dinner another time Deschutes Brewery and Public House, and they even joined us for part of our day at the museum! Yea, we kinda loved hanging out with them!! 

All and all we had a great time! We visited some amazing places, enjoyed cool weather, ate some delicious food, and made lifelong memories together.  What more could we ask for?!? 

 

 

 

Las Vegas Destination Elopement | Michelle + Bernard

Michelle and Barnard chose to exchange their vows in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge in front of the New York New York Hotel and Casino on the strip.  For them, Las Vegas was more of a strategic destination than anything else.  Being busy successful restaurant owners in Pittsburgh, these two were ready for some R&R and chose to honeymoon at one of the most beautiful locations on the planet, Fiji!!! A flight from the east coast to the far Pacific is quite the trek, so they decided it was best to get married on their way to the honeymoon and Vegas fit the bill of being on the west coast and a fun spot to tie the knot.  I just love how these two think! Like seriously, we could be travel soul mates! 

After their I Do's we walked around NY NY and then made our way to the Neon Museum to end their session! Have I told you how much I love the Neon Museum for wedding photos?!? It's such a unique spot for destination weddings and really has that vintage Vegas vibe that so many people love.  

We had so much fun chatting and walking around with Michelle and Bernard. We got to witness their love and document one of the best days of their lives, followed closely I'm sure to landing in Fiji ;) Yes, I may have wanted to sneak in their suitcase and tag along! 

M+B: We wish you nothing but success, love, and adventures in your marriage!  Congratulations!! 


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Photography: The Emerics Officiant: Flawless Ceremonies | Ceremony Venue: New York New York Hotel & Casino | Photo Session: Neon Museum | Hair + Makeup: Smooth Brides | Florals: A Garden Floral