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Morgan + Michael’s las vegas destination elopement

elopement ceremony location: Dry Lake beds | officiant: Peachy Keen Unions | scanned & developed by: Little Film Lab

Flora Pop’s Pop Up Wedding Chapel Trailer in Las Vegas

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

These photos were also published in Las Vegas’s Rated Magazine and featured in Little Vegas Wedding!

A little bit more behind Flora Pop’s Pop Up Wedding Chapel…

What is a pop-up wedding?

Not interested in spending a fortune on a wedding or going about it in a traditional way? If you answered ‘yes’ to this question, then a pop-up wedding might be for you!
Getting married in Las Vegas is the quintessential elopement & we’re here to make sure that you experience a one-of-a-kind ceremony that is true to you & your style!
Saying ‘I do’ in front of a glowing sunset in, for example, Valley of Fire National Park has never been easier! With countless ceremony sites, you can literally get married anywhere we can pull “The Teardrop” up to or into.
 Is there room for guests?
 
The nature of these ceremonies is precise & to-the-point, it’s all about love anyway, right!? So keeping witnesses to a minimum is preferred. Legally you need one witness to get married in Las Vegas, other than your officiant, Victoria Hogan.
What’s included in a wedding? 
 
In one hours time you’ll get:
Married by a legal officiant, Victoria Hogan.
Transportation to & from site (for under 4 people.)
Amazing backdrops based on your choosing, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. We also have some recommendations for spots that we adore, if you’re having a hard time deciding.
Wedding planning help & lots of advice on making your day special!
Photographer recommendations, we love Gaby Jeter! She only shoots film & compliments our vintage aesthetic perfectly! http://gabyjphotography.com/
For more elaborate ceremonies we pull out all the bells & whistles with flowers (by me), cake, champagne, rings & photography! Did you know there’s a full-size bed included in the cabin of the Teardrop? For the adventurous couple, it can become your honeymoon destination as well! Please include interest when emailing for pricing.
Cost
 
Basic packages start at $350 but please email for pricing & availability.
Notice
 
The sooner we know your date, the better, but it’s Vegas Baby! We can do same day ceremonies with ease, granted we’re not already booked! Here’s a link to requirements in Clark County & paperwork that you’ll need prior to the ceremony. http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/depts/clerk/services/pages/marriagelicenses.aspx
Who’s behind it all?
 
Victoria Hogan has been working in creative fields for over a decade & (no pun intended) married all of her expertise to create pop-up elopements. Growing up on a farm, obtaining a Master of Fine Arts degree & being present in the floral design world utilizes everything needed to make a truly unique wedding ceremony.  After a lot of thought & creative deliberation creating pop-up elopements became a way to set herself apart in the saturated wedding world that is Las Vegas. Victoria built the Teardrop chapel by hand & spent many months perfecting it’s aesthetic. You won’t find another one like it!
Teardrop
Our mobile wedding chapel! The Teardrop is modeled after a 1950′s Kenskill trailer. Building it took about 4 months & we’re thrilled with the end product! Check out photos for details.

vintage downtown las vegas wedding | calico basin wedding photography

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.”

in n out burger elvis vegas wedding

Chrissy + Russell

photo locations: In n Out Burger & Circus Circus | reception venue: Hard Rock Cafe | wedding coordinator: Faithfully Yours Events | transportation: Double Decker Bus | scanned + developed by: Little Film Lab

little white wedding chapel vintage elopement photographer

Lizzie + Hugo

Lizzie contacted me literally a week before her wedding date & we managed to get everything together the day prior, haha! I had such a fun time running around old las vegas with them! Since I wasn’t able to take photos during their ceremony at A Little White Wedding Chapel, we went around the infamous chapel grounds taking photos. Followed by visiting sketchy neighborhoods, getting frozen custard at Luv It (my fav), & ending the evening taking photos with Elvis’s pink cadillac at the world famous, The Little Vegas Chapel (best wedding chapel in Las Vegas, seriously!). I dearly love elopements like this!

dry lake beds las vegas wedding photographer | stephanie + sebastian

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.

more photos from their Vegas wedding were featured in Rock n Roll Bride!

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

traveling around phoenix arizona

Part II from our trip to Phoenix, Arizona…

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!

vintage las vegas wedding photographer neon museum

kristen + matt

location: Neon Museum | makeup: Celina Rodriguez

vintage las vegas wedding photography | neon museum | rachel + paul part II

It’s definitely a lot of fun & different to have your elopement ceremony held in front of vintage Las Vegas signs. The Neon Museum is certainly one of my favorite outdoor wedding venues that’s “totally Vegas!” I cannot wait until they open up their second boneyard location!

vintage downtown las vegas

vintage motel/hotel signs, mid century colors, palms trees, trash. i love downtown Las Vegas.

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