Ben and Samantha // Secret Elopement // 2017

The Backstory // A Las Vegas Elopement

Have you ever wanted to secretly run away and get married? Chances are the answer to that question just might be yes, especially if you’re reading this post. And are you guys in for a real treat today. Whatever you do – don’t miss the video of this Las Vegas elopement below…

Just over two years ago, Samantha and Ben contacted me and wanted to know if I’d be willing to shoot a wedding, but not share any of the images…just yet. They were eloping, but their friends and family didn’t know. Now, this request is NOT uncommon – at all! Lots of clients have asked me to wait to share images for one reason or another, and it’s never a problem.

They mentioned that they would have their own videographer with them – a friend of theirs – Tony Delgadillo. And I thought that was super cool! How fun to have photo and video of your elopement – something special to share later with friends and family that weren’t able to attend. However – what came out of this story was something unlike I’d ever seen. The raddest Vegas elopement to date?! These two sent me the video below earlier this month and I literally laugh-cried so hard I woke my baby up. #WORTHIT – hit play!! ❤️

Video by Tony Delgadillo and Creative Bliss Events

I’ve watched their film like 12 times. Do you want to hop on a private plane and come to Vegas and get married and also do allthethings? Well, I’d love to be there if you do – and I bet Tony would come and make an awesome Las Vegas elopement film for you, too – if you ask realllllyyyy nicely! Read below for Ben and Sam’s story, as told by them!

How did you guys meet?

We both moved to LA in 2012 and ended up working for the same production company. When we first met, Ben pushed his accent super hard to impress Samantha… her response: “What are you?!” We were best friends long before we started dating. After a year in the US, Ben’s visa was expiring on Christmas Eve. We drove across the country to Samantha’s hometown in Massachusetts, before Ben skipped the country to Canada! We didn’t know how long until we’d be reunited. Ben headed home to New Zealand – after 9 long months apart he came back to LA so we could be together for good!

How long were you engaged?

Ben proposed in Joshua Tree, at the start of a Thanksgiving road trip in 2017. BUT… we had already been married for months! Despite this, Samantha was surprised… (note: these two are clearly quite funny)

Why did you wait to tell friends and family about your formal paperwork date?

With Ben’s visa needing to be renewed every 2 years, we finally talked about eloping so we could lock him down. Samantha suggested we go big in Vegas, so we started planning the ultimate Vegas wedding – Elvis, Cadillac, machine guns, etc. We wanted to turn our “legal” wedding into an amazing fun adventure. At the same time, we always wanted to celebrate with a “big” wedding with our friends and family, especially as our parents had never met in person – so we figured why not have the best of both? We didn’t want to steal the thunder of the LA wedding, and (because we’re evil) we thought it would be fun to surprise our guests. It seemed the most fair to keep the secret from everyone!

We wouldn’t change a thing – having our Vegas elopement was a perfect intimate celebration as a couple, and took a lot of the pressure off planning our LA wedding. When we got married with our friends and family, it was the first time we’d really had all of the most important people in our lives in one place. Luckily, everyone took the surprise really well – definitely made for a memorable reception!

That dip… ❤️
And those double high fives… 😍
Cheers! 🍻

What do you guys like to do on the weekends?

We love to travel together and capture our adventures on camera – we’re both a couple of video geeks, and shoot and edit our travel vids together (posted at @benzoandchaos). Samantha often works weekends as a camera operator for live video game broadcast, so when we do have weekends off together we fill them with mimosa brunches, Netflix binging, beach days, too much coffee, and video games.

Ben filming the signing of the marriage certificate 📹 #professionals

What emotions or vibes were you hoping to portray in your Las Vegas elopement session?

Surprise, ha! For our Vegas video we wanted to capture all the madness of a crazy and jam-packed 2 days. When we planned our LA video, our main priority was getting great reaction shots of our friends and family when we finally hit them with the big reveal.

Why did you choose the desert for your Las Vegas elopement?

We knew that the ultimate elopement destination would be Vegas, and only a quick plane ride away. We thought that holding the ceremony in the desert would be a really cool and unique setting, and also bring an intimacy through its remoteness. Stark contrast to the rest of Vegas! The photos came out incredible with a pink caddie and a red-suited Elvis in the barren landscape. We also loved the downtown Vegas street art for some cool city settings.

How did you choose your venue in LA?

When we were searching for a venue in LA, Samantha found Millwick and immediately started crying… it was the perfect oasis in the middle of downtown LA, and suited our casual style and guest count perfectly. It has a great industrial quality combined with walls of greenery, and plenty of quirky decor for some amazing photo settings.

Vendor Love

VEGAS
Elvis: Little Vegas Chapel – @thelittlevegaschapel
Videographer: Tony Delgadillo – @tony_delgadillo
Dress: Dress the Population – @dressthepopulation
Locations:
The Neon Museum – @theneonmuseumlasvegas
Battlefield Vegas – @battlefieldvegas
Skyline Helicopter Tours – @skylineheli
Jetsuite X – @jetsuitex

LA
Photo: LOVE + WOLVES CO – loveandwolves.co
Flowers: Sybil Sophia – @sibylsophiafloraldesign
Caterer: Hungry Bear Catering – @hungrybearcatering
Coffee Cart: Cappuccino Man – @thecappuccinoman
Bartender: The Whaling Club – @thewhalingclub
Coordinator: The Joy Parade – @the_joy_parade
Dress: Anais Anette – @anaisanette
Suit: Ted Baker – @ted_baker
Invitations: Minted – @mintedweddings
Cake: Susie Cakes – @susiecakesbakery
Music: Subito Strings – @subitostrings, DJ Art – @itsdjart
Venue: Millwick
Videographer: Creative Bliss Events – @creativeblissevents
Officiant: Evan Dollard – @evandollard
Makeup: Kassandra Karr – @kkarrmakeup
Hair: Ginger Watson – @hairbygingerwatson

Now it’s your turn! I want to hear about your wildest Las Vegas elopement dreams – even if that is just the two of you standing out in the desert with just an officiant. Call me and spill the details! Click below to contact me directly and hold your date! 🥰

Contact Deidra Wilson

Jamie and Patsy | 2 hour wedding | Desert and Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Desert elopements have been gaining popularity over the last few years, and with damn good reason. There’s just something special about spending time in this place with the one you love, and the vibe here can be so magical. Just look at the pretty light Jamie and Patsy had on their wedding day. We only had about 15 minutes on the lakebed until it was time to head to their ceremony and we got about a million great shots out there! You don’t have to spend hours taking pictures to end up with the shots you want. My 2 Hour Collection is usually just enough time for an elopement! 😍

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - Desert Vibes

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

The Tunnel of Love is so classic for a Vegas wedding.

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Cheers! 🥂

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

Elvis, baby…

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

And one more to show off how they really feel about finally tying the knot! 👰🏼❤️🤵🏻

Las Vegas Elopement - A Little White Wedding Chapel

It’s your turn – let’s run away and get married! Pretty please with a cherry on top. 🍒 Click below and tell me about your desert dreams!!

Contact Deidra Wilson

vintage and then some…

Wedding Photographer in Las Vegas

Clients ask me ALL the time where to get married so that I can shoot them. You know…with my fancy pants camera and all 😉 And, just in case you might be planning a little white shindig of your own, here’s your pro tip for the weekend: make sure you can bring your own photographer, or book a quickie shoot for after the ceremony (or both!). This shot happens to be from one of the only venues in town that allows me to shoot you (at no additional charge – bonus points!). It’s a classic and very vintage, but I love that for intimate ceremonies. They’re great to work with and the final images are always very Vegas, but also quite beautiful. If you want to get shot here, by me, just ask me how! Happy Saturday. Keep it real ’til next week!

waiting

Las Vegas Chapel Wedding

I post often about the moments of anticipation that lead up to a wedding. I love those moments, and I love capturing them for my clients. For this one, Ben and Claire were sitting in the lobby of the Little White Chapel, waiting for their officiant to lead them outside to the gazebo for their ceremony. We were seated on opposite sides of the room and we were chatting easily as we waited. They were just so at ease and happy sitting there, I couldn’t help but snap a shot of them. Oftentimes a couple will try to pose as soon as the camera comes up to my face, but these two were content to just be. And that’s all I could ever ask for – for someone to feel so comfortable with me that they’re willing to drop their guard and just be. All this a mere 3 minutes after we meet face to face. Love you guys! And so happy you love your images!

the cool kids

 Las Vegas Wedding Photographer

While the bride and groom were wrapping up some details after saying their vows, this was a quick grab after the ceremony of a few of the cool kids waiting to party.

I shot this at the Little White Chapel near downtown Las Vegas, which is quickly becoming one of my faves if you’re going the chapel route. There aren’t too many chapels in Vegas that allow you to bring your own photographer, meaning you have to use their in-house photographer and hope you get some good shots of your ceremony. Scary stuff, kids. 😉

Happy Monday – and stay cool.