Nao + Alan; the perfect couple who met on match.com!
I recently got to team up with Flora Pop’s new Pop Up Wedding Chapel & Silver Trailer (airstream rentals in Las Vegas and California) for an editorial shoot out in Nevada’s desert & around DTLV. The florist turned officiant has a great concept for small intimate weddings/elopements around the Las Vegas valley and southern California. She brings her cute vintage teardrop trailer meets mobile vegas wedding chapel to any location to add as a fun alter prop and marries you right there on the spot!
pop up wedding chapel: Flora Pop | airstream rentals: Silver Trailer | florist: Flora Pop | short white dress: Anthropologie | hair: Candace Campbell | location: Little Vegas Chapel + dry lake beds | film scanned + developed by: Little Film Lab
A little bit more behind Flora Pop’s Pop Up Wedding Chapel…
What is a pop-up wedding?
Oh how much I loved photographing this confetti themed vintage and mid-century elopement. We started off shooting around downtown Las Vegas at a couple of the still standing retro motels, Tod Motor Motel, and Diamond Inn motel with the pink elephant and then traveled to the infamous Las Vegas sign. We later then had a very intimate desert ceremony held on the deck at Calico Basin in Red Rock state park where even the burros came out to celebrate with us.
location: Downtown Las Vegas | ceremony location: Calico Basin in Red Rock | officiant: Peachy Keen Unions | mid century daisy vintage wedding dress: Karla Spectic | wedding shoes: Marc Jacobs | white pom daisies bouquet: Katelyn Degraw from Something Old Weddings | hair: Dollheads | grooms attire: Freemans Sporting Club and APC | black velvet bow tie: Thomas Pink | wooden sunglasses: Shwood Shop
from the bride:
“So our little story goes like this…
We’re both from Australia, have been together for 8 years and just recently returned to Melbourne after 15 months of overseas travel. We were never really interested in getting married, but now that I think about it, it was just that we never wanted a wedding. When we began planning our way back home to Melbourne, it felt very right to get married as a beautiful way to end the year long travel adventure we shared.
The idea to wed in Vegas honestly started out as something we’d kind of joke about. However after we discovered Gaby Jeter (our wonderful photographer) and realised that Vegas has some pretty charming aspects to it, we couldn’t imagine being married anywhere else.
Organising a wedding/ elopement/ private ceremony, whatever you want to call it, in Vegas wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, and actually a bit of a nightmare at times. After reading countless online reviews about the infamous Vegas chapels, that we only imagined would be really cute and kitsch (so wrong), we saw a recurring theme of people being scammed, and we kinda didn’t want to be scammed on our wedding day, you know?
Being able to choose our own officiant and ceremony location helped to keep the level of Vegas tacky-ness pretty low. Because neither of us had ever been to Vegas before, we relied on Google maps to help us find photo locations and then Gaby would confirm if the colourful mid-century buildings we liked were still standing.
All in all, I can’t recommend eloping enough (Vegas or not). It’s incredibly romantic, it’s fun, and you get to spend the whole day with your beloved prancing around in beautiful clothes with (maybe) the biggest secret you’ve ever kept. Then you get to call your family and friends back home and share the beautiful, happy news. Our parents and a couple of others did already know – couldn’t quite do that to them!
Now that we’re back home, we’re having a little party to celebrate our marriage – minus any wedding stress. Just an opportunity to wear my dress again(!) and celebrate with our nearest and dearest.”
napa valley venturin, wine tasting, endless cheese plates, trap music blasting from the rented convertible mustang, chill times with Meggan.
Part III from our trip to Arizona.
Being that it was my first time in Phoenix, it was too my first time seeing saguaro cacti growing wildly in the desert. I was in awe! It was also my first time visiting Sedona, AZ; what an amazing and beautiful place! On the ride between phoenix & sedona, there’s this cute little place called Rock Springs Cafe in Black Canyon City with literally the best pies in the world! I’m not even kidding! Normally I would order one dessert for my son & I to share, but I had to order three! The cafe is known for having delicious pies but they also have a wedding venue hidden in the back. We got there just when the sun was setting and oh my was the ceremony location breathtaking! One day, I hope to come back to actually photograph a wedding there while eating mountains of pie!