I’m totally sold with any mention of the words “desert,” and “elopement!” Then Stephanie mentioned bringing fun props like pink plastic lawn flamingos, mexican blankets, a large yellow ampersand, and a handmade flower crown, you wouldn’t believe how thrilled I was emailing her everyday! My lovely couple are all the way from Germany. They went to Atlanta to pick up their best friends, and flew out to Las Vegas to have a boho vintage inspired desert elopement. My absolute favorite moment during their wedding is when Steph’s bridesmaid surprised her after the ceremony with singing the song, All I Want is You by Barry Louis Polisar, along with her ukelele. I was literally crying along with Stephanie, & Angie Kelly (their officiant). It was just so sweet – I get all teary just thinking about it.
unique outdoor las vegas ceremony location: Dry Lake Beds in Nevada | bride’s dress: handmade | bride’s shoes: Nelly | officiant: Angie Kelly Peachy Keen Unions | flower crown and flower bouquet: handmade from Whole Foods | scanned + developed by: Little Film Lab
It starts with a classic love story – Thuy, a vietnamese american met her parisian husband, Johnathan, abroad the romantic city of Paris. According to Thuy, it was definitely love at first sight.
Traveling back and forth from country to country, they chose to have a destination wedding where else but Vegas! They wanted to bring the two families together, one from Vietnam & the other from Paris, to a fun and thrilling city where the party never stops. The details of their wedding ranged from desert inspired, to parisian romance, to earthy vietnamese touches.
I’ve never been to Phoenix before so I did a lot a research on where to stay at, where to eat at, where to go etc. The majority of the information I obtained was through pinterest & the show called Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. I chose The Clarendon Hotel because of their typeface & the vibrant colors… haha! It’s so very mid century – palm springs chic, I LOVED it! I also loved the convenience of it being in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Definitely staying there again! Ok now onto the food… I swear, everywhere we went it was AMAZING! The Duce had really yummy pecan french toast, mac and cheese muffins, & my fav fav was the pie with ice cream that came in a cute little jar! Wine country french toast at Perk Eatery in Scottsdale, AZ was so good, I wanted more! Breakfast at Matt’s Big Breakfast was delish… only thing I didn’t like was that they charge you for extra syrup, WTF?! Anyway, we ate dinner & breakfast at Gallo Blanco… BEST PLACE EVER! We kept trying to convince them to open up a restaurant here in Vegas. I’m still salivating over their flapjacks OMG!
So one thing about Phoenix I had to be cautious of was taking pictures. One lady yelled at me, another lady wanted me to fork over money. It was so weird. Being used to living in touristy Las Vegas, I assumed it was ok to take photos anywhere I went. HA, wrong!
This beautiful couple from London had their elopement ceremony at a joshua tree and desert wild flower meadow in Red Rock. Following their ceremony, we went to the dry lake beds & had so much fun taking photos in the crazy windy weather.