A Bold and Blush Elopement with Desert + Bohemian Flare

November 11, 2020

When you picture a Las Vegas elopement, the first thought that comes to mind is flashing lights, Elvis impersonators, and the iconic Little White Wedding Chapel where Britney Spears tied the knot. But times have changed and Las Vegas elopements are on the rise because of the city’s strikingly gorgeous desert backdrop. The privacy from the crowds of the Las Vegas Strip and the scenery’s clean and minimalist aesthetic has couples like Courtney and Raymond unable to resist the desert charm.

las vegas elopement

WHAT WORDS WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING?

Dreamy, magical, perfect. 

valley of fire wedding

THE PROPOSAL:

He had planned this little date night on a Saturday night where we went for a small walk in the city (we live just outside Pittsburgh, PA), then he took me to our favorite restaurant, the Melting Pot. Afterwards, we went to the roof of the garage we’d parked in to take in the view of the city and he proposed!

las vegas elopement

THE VISION:

We really didn’t have much of a vision. I was never one of those girls that planned their wedding since childhood. I’m also incredibly indecisive which makes decision making so much harder for me. I had found Elopement Las Vegas last summer, so we knew we wanted to use it. We loved the idea of getting married in the desert, getting “married in Vegas” without actually being in Vegas, not feeling like we needed 200 people to witness our love becoming official (not against that at all, just not our thing), and just getting married in a way that’s not traditional, being different. We’ve also said since we started dating, that we wanted to get married on our original dating anniversary, so what better way to spend our 5 year anniversary?!

valley of fire elopement

THE PLANNING PROCESS:

We actually started planning well before we were engaged! Since we had found this amazing company last summer, I knew it would be perfect for us, so once we officially decided we wanted to get married, I inquired. That was in January. He didn’t propose until June, granted Covid messed up his timeline for how he wanted things to go. Aside from some difficulties made due to the virus, everything ran very smoothly. Emily makes it super easy for us to plan, since she and her crew take care of basically everything for you. Amazing. All we had to do was get our outfits and our flights/hotel, then figure out how to get to the venue, and that was it!

las vegas elopement
las vegas elopement
las vegas elopement
las vegas elopement
desert elopement
desert elopement
las vegas elopement
las vegas elopement

YOUR OUTFITS AND ACCESSORIES:

Ray had gotten his tux at a local (to us) men’s formalwear store called Berk’s Menswear in North Huntingdon, PA. That’s where he’s always gone when in need of anything formal. He wanted something lighter colored that would match the colors in my dress and wouldn’t attract the sun in the desert heat, so he went with an Ivory tux. He bought dress shoes to go with it, but ultimately, decided as we were leaving the hotel, to wear his new Vans sneakers we had bought right before we left Pennsylvania. I found my dress at a boutique called One Enchanted Evening in Zelienople, which is an hour away from us. I knew I wanted either a blush or pale pink princess-y dress, something that was kind of bling-y to fit the Vegas idea but not too much, and the dress I ended up finding was light blush with ivory tulle and beaded detail work on the top with a slit in the leg, perfect! I’m all about the small things too, so I had also given ray a rose gold pocket watch I found on Etsy to match our rings, that has our wedding anniversary on it, and the cuff links he wore were his Great Grandfather’s that had been handed down to him. All of our accessories, other than the cuff links, I was able to find and purchase on Etsy, with the exception of our shoes, which mine I found at DSW on sale.

desert elopement
las vegas elopement
las vegas elopement
las vegas elopement

MEMORABLE MOMENTS:

Everything about our wedding day was memorable! It was such an incredible day, and it could not have gone any more perfect in my opinion. Although, Ray did almost lose his ring right after the ceremony! Lol

valley of fire wedding

 ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES:

 Life happens, don’t let it stress you out, just go with it. There’s no use in getting stressed or frustrated, especially over things that are out of your control. I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason. And also, remember to do things out of love! That’s why you are with your significant other, because of love. Even the smallest gestures mean the most when it comes to doing the little things.

valley of fire elopement
valley of fire elopement

Onyx and Arrow Photography and Lomax Wedding Films captured the energy of the day and the sweet moments.

Please email us for a custom quote! We can’t wait to make your Las Vegas elopement dreams come true!

Reply...

leave a comment

Sign up for freebies, tips and resources to help plan your elopement!


join the list

hey there!