Destination Weddings/Elopement

Urban Meets Desert Nevada Destination Elopement

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Did you see our Vegas Neon Museum elopement last month? Well, the talented photography team at Elope Tahoe Photo Co. shared yet another “Nevada Desert Meets Urban” intimate wedding with us that we just had to share!

While last month’s desert destination elopement was a bit on the flamboyantly retro side (thanks to the couples’ fashion biz & the Neon Museum’s funky space) this Nevada elopement is all whimsy & color.

Painted desert hills, a blue wedding skirt & even artsy urban walls enhance the sense of imagination creating such an eclectic & beautiful scene! Loving bride Lucy’s eco-friendly skirt? We have a number of gorgeous & colorful bridal separates with blue tulle skirts to match! Otherwise, you can shop through ASOS’ fun tulle skirts just like Lucy.

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Our Love Story

We met at the University of Michigan in 2016. I was on a study abroad semester programme from King’s College London (UK) and Nick was in his final year of Law School. We met through a mutual friend – we were both invited around her house for a small party. We got talking… and that was it!

We wanted to be together, as being in a long-distance relationship was tiring and stressful. Luckily we got to see each other every few weeks as I was at university, then training to be a teacher, and then a teacher – so I had good regular opportunities to visit. We decided together that getting married was something we both wanted and it would allow us to actually be together.

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The Dress & Attire

We know that we want a big ceremony at a later point with all of our family and friends, so we tried to not go crazy with money on clothes. I wanted to be as eco-conscious as possible and spend a little. I thought a boho look would suit me, the setting, and the relaxed nature of our day. So I looked at ASOS (for ideas and cheap prices!) and found a beautiful skirt that was made from recycled bottles!

My top wasn’t particularly eco-friendly, but the day was getting closer and I didn’t have anything to wear with my skirt! I saw it on BHLDN (here’s the top!) and loved it straight away. I also knew that I could wear it again – with jeans or a nice dress underneath, so it will be getting a lot of wear!

I bought my shoes in a Salvation Army shop in Ann Arbor in 2016, while I was on my study abroad programme. I hadn’t worn them at all! I tried them on with the skirt back in the UK and they fit perfectly!

Nick has to wear a lot of suits for work, so he picked his favourite blue one. His one new item of clothing was his tie. His mum picked it up in Italy on a trip she took the month before. As Vegas is so hot in August, we also wanted to make sure we were comfortable and a bit more relaxed, which we felt.

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The Ceremony

Saying our vows was much more emotional than I thought it would be. We both teared up. That was really special.

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Favorite Moments

I think first seeing Valley of Fire was an unforgettable moment. You drive about an hour away from Vegas and turn off the highway onto an unremarkable-looking road. But then, once you get into the mountains and rocks, you turn a corner and this strikingly breathtaking valley of red and orange is spread out before you. We also saw a mountain sheep as we stopped off for a toilet stop before we took the photos – that was really cool! He was huge and obliging posed for a photo.

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Advice to Other Couples

Think about what it is that you really want from your day and focus on that as your starting point. For us, we wanted to do something we would never do if our family and friends were going to be there, so we decided that a spectacular backdrop was our plan.

I would say that researching your wedding photographer is so important. As soon as I saw Danette’s photos on Instagram, I knew she was the one! Definitely don’t skimp on the photography – your photos are what you have to look back on in the future! Instagram is a massive help when it comes to photography.

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Favorite Moments

It was lovely to go back to our hotel after we were married. We ate some of the best vegetarian & vegan food with the rest of our fizz from the morning. And then we got ready to head into downtown Vegas for the evening. It just felt so amazing being married (I still love calling Nick my ‘husband’) and even more special to just have some drinks and laugh together before heading out to celebrate. I really appreciated that we got to actually see each other on our wedding day – it seems that too many couples are busy making time for everyone else but each other.

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