Matthew and Shannon | 2 Hour Wedding | Downtown | Neon Museum

Eloping for your Las Vegas wedding can be both a relief, and somehow stressful at the same time! Weddings, whether large or small, intimate or elaborate, tend to cause stress for even the coolest brideCHILLA! Vegas weddings can be easier and quicker than a traditional wedding back home, but there are still factors to consider. You’ll need:

– A marriage license – and you can even pre-register for your Las Vegas marriage license ahead of time.

– An officiant – I adore Angie from Peachy Keen Unions, and her ceremonies are so genuine – I cry all the time!!

– A witness – if you have guests, typically you can ask one of them to sign for you as witness to your union – and if not, I absolutely volunteer to be your witness!

– Each other – this is obvious, but I’m listing it anyway – ha!

– That’s it! Really! You don’t need flowers, or a cake, or even a fancy dress. You literally only need the items listed above.

Here’s Angie from Peachy Keen Unions giving my couple the scoop on their ceremony and how everything is going to go down, and running them through any last minute details before we get started. I love these moments of butterflies and excitement – they’re the last moments before you make it legal!

Writing your own vows can be so special. A lot of clients get super nervous about this part, but the truth is, just speak from the heart! Your partner knows you better than anyone, and they will cherish what you took the time to create and say to them. Only you know all those inside jokes, and those will be some of your favorite moments! Of course, if you just want to “repeat after me” (but not actually ME), you can totally do that, too!

Poof! Just like that, husband and wife! Those post kiss giggles are the best!

Kitty!!

Kitty (again)!

Now it’s your turn!! Click below to tell me about your ideas, your vision! I would be honored to help you create the afternoon of your dreams! ❤️

Tim and Rheanne | 2 Hours | El Dorado | Neon Museum

The cover photo literally says it all! Tim and Rheanne traveled all the way from Canada to tie the knot here in Vegas, opting to head out to remote El Dorado and then have their ceremony officiated at the Neon Museum. Two of their dearest friends were in attendance, making this elopement the perfect size for them. The entire afternoon was filled with laughter and Rheanne’s beautiful smile! I had a really hard time choosing images for this post, so please enjoy about 4 million photos to follow… Oh, and let’s not forget to mention – her crop top wedding dress. #goals

El Dorado is about 45 minutes from the Strip, and well worth the drive if it fits into your timeline. I highly recommend either renting a car or hiring a car service. This is not somewhere you want to catch an Uber to (mostly because they probably won’t come back and pick you up – haha). It’s also super hot in the summertime, but if you promise to hydrate, I promise to let you cool off between shots. ♥

I’m not quite sure what she’s laughing at, but it’s probably Tim…

After a few more butt grabs, they headed to the Neon Museum for their ceremony. We ALLLLLLL know that this is my favorite spot, maybe in the whole wide world.

We did it!!

Now it’s your turn! I would be honored to help you design your perfect afternoon. I can help with location ideas, officiant recommendations, floral vendors – you name it. Eloping can be more complicated than you might think – so click below and tell me how I can un-complicate it for you guys! ♥

Sam and Lisa | Neon Museum

This session will go down in history as the session that almost didn’t happen. Almost. But that’s not exactly how I roll. The day that Lisa and Sam were married, they were supposed to meet one of my girls at the Neon Museum for a 30 minute quickie in the North Gallery, followed by a 30 minute downtown session. But the Ubers and cabs they hailed that afternoon had other ideas. We all know that even with the very best planning, things can happen that are beyond our control.

As their arrival time came and went, I called Lisa and she called me, and we texted frantically trying to get them from Planet Hollywood to the Museum on time. They left their hotel room an hour before session time to meet their first scheduled Uber, which never arrived. After two more tries with Uber they gave up and hailed a cab who then proceeded to drive them on the slowest possible route, straight up the Strip. After deciding that they would arrive well after the end time for their session, Lisa and Sam sadly turned back and headed to their hotel, with no session in sight.

She was in tears and I was heartbroken for her. However, we managed to work some crazy last minute magic and snag a midday session at the Museum the following day. Shout out to Courtney for helping us make it happen on such short notice!! After my morning wedding that day, I hustled on over to photograph them for all of 15 minutes in between appointments. But let me tell you, I could not possibly let them leave town without some beautiful images to commemorate their wedding trip!

Things happen. Life happens. And this was one of those times where so many things fell into place to allow me to make this happen for them, and it just thrills me to no end. I’m so glad I got the chance to meet you guys and make it work! Congrats again and we’ll see you back for an anniversary session someday soon! ❤️

Now it’s your turn! Hopefully you won’t have any travel mishaps, of course – but let’s create some beautiful images together! Click below to tell me all about your vision.

Ken and Connie | Downtown | 2 Hours

These two lovebirds have a beautiful story. But all you need to know is he way he looks at her. Honestly. The whole day. Just like that. Connie is a lucky woman and I’m quite sure she knows it! They tied the knot earlier in the day and met up with me at the Smith Center, which has this amazing sculpture by local artist Tim Bavington. I haven’t shot there as much lately because everyone wants the downtown murals (including me, if I’m honest haha). But we made their timeline work and I swear we hit all the highlights of classic Vegas, new and old. Keep your eyes peeled for his custom painted kicks… Vegas, baby!!

See those shoes? Custom painted as a gift from his bride.

She made this bouquet herself and brought it on the plane. I thought the blooms were real for half the session! This is why I’m the photographer and not the florist…

Now it’s your turn! I want to hear all about the places you want to go and all the moments you want to capture. Click below to go straight to my contact page! ♥

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20 years – Vegas style

These two cuties traveled from Hong Kong to celebrate 20 years of marriage. They had a Queen-themed vow renewal at the Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel, complete with Freddie Mercury in a white tank top and four showgirls. Afterwards we traveled to the Neon Museum (which is basically my second home), and made our way through the main gallery – pretty much laughing the whole way. And that’s just one way to kick off the next 20 years.

So if your partner still slaps you playfully on the butt and then agrees to light up rings to celebrate 20 years, you’re probably doing something right. If you have a milestone coming up and you’d like to celebrate with a photo shoot – I’d be honored to help! Call me or click below! ❤️

downtown and the neon museum | like pb&j

Ah yes, downtown Las Vegas and the Neon Museum. Honestly, probably my favorite combo of locations! Like peanut butter and jelly – ha! I’ll actually be filming more videos on these spots soon – what do you guys want to know about? What are your most burning questions?! I’d love to answer them for you in a future post or video. I’m here for you guys, so please feel free to use me as a resource. Email me directly or contact me at the link below. I’m all ears!

And now it’s your turn! Are you ready to tie the knot? Run away to Vegas and get married by Elvis? Please call me and tell me all about your vision – I would love to be part of the big day!

photo shoots at the neon museum

Here are my top tips on having a photo shoot at the Neon Museum here in Las Vegas. This is my most requested location (by far) – and probably my favorite! Check it out and let me know your thoughts! Are you getting married here? Considering an engagement session here? I want to hear all the details! Click below to contact me directly!

engagement season – 2017

Yay! It’s engagement season! And judging by all the emails hitting my inbox this month, you girls (and guys!) are seriously ready to start planning your elopements! The holidays are such a beautiful time to pop the question – and I love to hear the story about how they asked! So if you’ve been waiting for just the right time to run away and get married (with or without your entourage), I would be thrilled to help in the planning process. If your beloved asks you this winter to spend their life with you, I want to document the moment you say your vows here in Las Vegas. I can even tell you all the ways to make it classy (if that’s what you want) – or perfectly Vegas. Consider me your new bestie when it comes to planning a Vegas elopement. ♥

These images are from a surprise proposal, and after he asked, she had no idea what to do with her hands! It’s a real problem…

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to capture your proposal, or your elopement (my fave!). Wedding Collections start at just 2 hours of coverage and include all final, edited digital files. Click below to get more details!

and they lived happily…

I adore this mural (and pretty much every other mural in downtown Las Vegas, to be honest). Every year, the Life is Beautiful festival comes to town and commissions pieces on the walls downtown. And every year I wonder what will change… For example, the slightly famous XOXO wall is now gone, but we have gotten a TON of bright color in its place. This “Ever After” piece (pictured above) seems to be holding strong. Let’s hope it stays that way! If you want to explore downtown with me and see all the changes made in late September, call me and we’ll make it happen!

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How to elope – Vegas style

This question comes across my email more than anything else. Clients want to know what their options are for wedding in Sin City – and the truth is – the possibilities are absolutely endless. I’ve had clients that have married in elegant chapels, big country clubs, on a street corner downtown, in the middle of the desert – the list goes on and on. This post is just a quick smattering of the different looks your wedding can take on here in Las Vegas. My style adapts to your vision – there’s not really a single way that I shoot – we can go bright and bold, or pastel and airy. You can be classic and timeless, or you can say “I do” with Elvis as your officiant. It would be my pleasure to connect with you and discuss your vision. ♥

For my clients that are eloping and want to keep things simple (because isn’t that why everyone runs away to Vegas to get married?!) it can often feel overwhelming to choose between so many options. I can share full galleries with you and go over pros and cons for each spot. I can help you find the perfect officiant to celebrate your connection and the perfect florist to fit with your vision. And if you need an Elvis impersonator, I can recommend one of those, too! So, poke around the blog, find some locations that are calling your name, and then call me so we can brainstorm some ideas together!

El Dorado

 

Downtown Las Vegas

 

Sunset Gardens

 

Little White Chapel

 

Downtown Las Vegas

 

Downtown Las Vegas

 

Now it’s your turn! Click below to make it happen – your perfect Vegas wedding awaits! ♥