Free-Spirited Desert Boho Elopement

January 14, 2021

It is no secret that we are in love with anything and everything with that free-spirited bohemian feel, so you can only imagine how excited we were when Katy told us what she envisioned. We just knew that the backdrop of the Red Rock Canyon would fit perfect with her style and that is what made it even more magical. So if you’ve been looking for a start to planning your boho elopement, Katy and Landon are about to inspire you!

These southern lovebirds not only brought their charm to Las Vegas, but also their impeccable sense of style. Not only did Katy look phenomenal in her gown, but she had the perfect addition to go with it. Katy wasn’t into the jeweled hair accessories so she opted in for a cowboy hat with added florals that matched her bouquet – seriously a boho bride’s dream!

We could go on about how gorgeous this elopement was, but we’ll let you take a peek at the magic.

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WHAT WORDS WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING?

Laid-back, stress free, exciting, natural, unrestrained, smooth, and unforgettable. 

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THE PROPOSAL

For Christmas of 2019 we took all the money our family’s gave us as well as what we would’ve spent on each other and bought a teardrop camper. It’s a small pull behind trailer big enough for us 2 and our 2 dachshunds. In late February we went spent the weekend at our favorite campground, Cheaha State Park. It is the highest point in Alabama and on our last day he invited both his sister and uncle to come hike with us. They’re both very outdoorsy and photographers so I wasn’t suspicious at all of an engagement. After my mom died when I was 16 I got her engagement ring and we had always had it locked away in our safe. A few years back we got it cleaned and sized but that was the last thing said about it. I was completely surprised when we were on one of the trails (pulpit rock) overlooking Georgia when he got down on one knee and proposed. It was so heartfelt since I think of both his sister and uncle as my own and I’m grateful he arranged not one but 2 photographers! 

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THE VISION

I’m so indecisive so “the vision” changed just about weekly. At first I wanted dusty blue colors but once we decided to set the date to Halloween then it changed to dark purple (both our favorite color) but when we decided on the Red Rock Canyon Overlook as the venue that’s when I switched to terracotta colors to match the area. I’m in love with cacti & succulents and even have a sunroom in our house dedicated to all my plant babies. I had seen on Elopement Las Vegas IG that brides were putting live plants in their bouquets. Are you kidding me?? That has my name written all over it, I was sold immediately. When it came to bridesmaid dresses it was difficult to find a terracotta colored dress in person. I ended up buying Infiniti dresses off Etsy and having the girls decide on their own how they would like them styled. They both have different styles but they turned out beautiful.

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THE PLANNING PROCESS

We got engaged about 2 weeks before COVID hit. So as we started to plan a lot of venues were shutting down. Some at the time weren’t taking new couples for the rest of 2020 some were going to open back up in the fall but obviously let the couples that had booked for the spring/summer have priority so either way the dice rolled we were going to have to wait til 2021. We live in the outskirts of Birmingham, AL and there are only a few wedding venues around. I was tired of seeing the same wedding just different colors. That’s when I found Elopement Las Vegas on Instagram and I knew immediately that’s what my heart was set on, especially after seeing the prices. We were able to get a full package with videographer, flights, Airbnb and have leftover for what it would’ve costed for the venue and flowers in Alabama. You can’t beat that. Emily and her team literally did all the work for me, all I had to do was decide on an idea and send photos and they made it happen better than I ever expected!

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YOUR OUTFITS AND ACCESSORIES


I went in thinking I wanted a sleek gown with no gems, no lace, no sleeves, and a high back. I found the dress fitting all my requirements and absolutely hated it, it wasn’t me at all. The dress I ended up getting was on a mannequin and at first I was very intimidated by it. It was the exact opposite of what I came for, full lace, low back, a land a cape. Once I tried it on it was over, I knew it was the one. The dress was very “boho” so from there I started looking at accessories other than a veil. Not long after that I was at one of our local thrift stores and saw a Beautiful, giant, dramatic white cowboy hat. I loved it but it was 60$ and that’s by far the most expensive item in the store. I was complaining to my fiancé Landon how that hat was more than the furniture and TVs. Later that week he came into my office with the hat 🤍 I knew the drama of the hat would go perfect with my wedding dress. @A_wong_events was able to put amazing flowers on the brim of the hat for the pictures after the ceremony and it was PERFECTION! I had seen on Elopement Las Vegas IG that brides were putting live plants in their bouquets. Are you kidding me?? That has my name written all over it, I was sold immediately. I’m in love with cacti & succulents and even have a sunroom in our house dedicated to all my plant babies. When it came to bridesmaid dresses it was difficult to find a terracotta colored dress in person. I ended up buying Infiniti dresses off Etsy and having the girls decide on their own how they would like them styled. They both have different styles but they turned out beautiful together. Ashlynn did such an amazing job with the photography I know the dress color is going to look great against the Joshua trees and mountains! 

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MEMORABLE MOMENTS

The day before we left to fly out to Vegas our best man, Cory’s girlfriend’s daughter got a positive test for COVID. Luckily none of us had seen neither her or her daughter 2 weeks prior to leaving but she had to stay behind to quarantine with her since shes too young to stay home by herself. I was really bummed she couldn’t come but we got good karma back when we went to the casinos the night before the wedding and won about $3500 in total! As we were arriving to Redrock Canyon Overlook there had been an accident with a few hikers injured in the mountains and where we were suppose to park there was a helicopter to rescue the injured hiker. Martha our wedding director kept us calm/entertained while they were handling the situation. We got to do the first look, take family photos before starting the ceremony and got to see the behind the scenes of setting up the elopement which was pretty cool! We got to see the helicopter get the people then take them to the hospital. Thankfully they only had a broken leg or foot I don’t remember what the officer said. While we were finishing up taking our couple photos we were walking back down to our cars we went past the next elopement couple and gto to say congrats, they were so sweet and the other bride said she loved my hat. 

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 ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES 

Get eloped, pick somewhere beautiful and get eloped already! Its so stress free, more intimate and way cheaper!

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Ashlyn Savannah Photo and Impreza Films captured the energy and the sweet moments of Katy and Landon’s elopement.

If you are interested in having your boho elopement in Las Vegas, contact us for more information!

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