Morgan + Michael’s las vegas destination elopement
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.”
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!
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
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!
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 motel/hotel signs, mid century colors, palms trees, trash. i love downtown Las Vegas.