Love is perfect, love is beautiful. It is the beginning of June, which means the 1st day of Pride Month. LGBTQ+ couples have always found innovative ways to exchange vows regardless of the obstacles, proving that nothing can stand in their way. Here is a glimpse of Carina and Christine who have exchanged vows and eloped, proving all you really need is each other.
It was everything we wanted and so much more. Intimate, relaxed, full of joy and laughter. Everyone involved made us fell very special and contributed to this day and feeling of love.
After half a year of planning and re-planning, all the big plans led to nothing. Nothing was good enough for my hopefully soon-to-be wife. At the end, it was a spontaneous spur of the moment, at home with our fur babies and just perfectly us.
Covid made marrying in and around Munich, where we live, so much more complicated. How many guests will be allowed? What rules will there be in place? Which venue still has a spot during the summer? We realized very early on that planning a big wedding at home would not be the fun experience we wanted it to be. Planning a wedding should fill you with joy. So we decided to just go full crazy and go marry in Las Vegas during a pandemic. What could possibly go wrong?!
Once the decision was made that we wanted to marry in Vegas we started looking for wedding planners. Elopement Las Vegas caught our eye very early on due to the look and feel of their Instagram channel and the website. Their style and the weddings they showcased reflected the style we wanted to go with. So we reached out to Emily to see if she still had open spots for March, since this was the only month we could take time off together. This was in late December. Time was tight, but we – and the team from ELV – made it happen. Planning a trip from Europe to the US during a pandemic was a new experience, but it all worked out.
Once we knew that we did not have much time to get dresses altered for us and because we both belief in supporting small and local businesses, we got our wedding dresses at a small second-hand bridal dresses shop in Munich. They had dresses from all sort of brands. We both wanted a more bohemian style; since we were going to get married in the wild west, we already had decided to wear cowboy boots. During the process of deciding on the dresses we also got the tip to add jeans jackets to the look; which we did. It was the best addition to the outfits, both because it looked good and the jackets helped against the March weather in Vegas. We both usually don‘t wear jewelry, so we kept it simple with matching ear rings, and necklace.
The whole day from beginning to end was one big memory. Standing out of course the ceremony itself; even though we only meet our minister on the spot she transported a lot of the love we feel for each other through her words. Hiking through red rock canyon in cowboy boots definitely also will be something we‘ll never forget. And lastly, the fact that a whole group of strangers made us feel so safe on our most intimate day was the biggest highlight for sure.
Don‘t be afraid to have opinions on everything, it is your big day, after all. Also, planning an elopement can go super-fast if you put your mind into it.
Officiant : Peachy Keen Unions
Photographer : Feel and Focus Photography
Coordinator & Permit: Desert Elopement Las Vegas
Floral: Amy Wong Events