THE VISION FOR OUR VALLEY OF FIRE ELOPEMENT:
We always envisioned a small and intimate ceremony. This complemented our introverted natures without wanting to be in the spotlight. Also, we both love being outdoors. We immediately fell in love with the deep red hue of Valley of Fire. Finally, we wanted things to be simple and not overly complex with numerous moving parts. All of this came together brilliantly under the guidance of Elopement Las Vegas.
THE PLANNING PROCESS:
This was difficult given the COVID environment. However, we would continue to come back to the fundamental question, “What is authentic for us?” We had to be flexible as well. We would try one thing, but it would not be possible due to COVID. Ultimately, we would get an idea, and then come together to see if we could make it happen. It also helped that we honored a shorter engagement – 5 months – and knew it wanted to keep things simple. So, it kept our planning process straightforward.
YOUR OUTFITS AND ACCESSORIES
As soon as we found out we got the permit at Valley of Fire, I immediately knew I wanted the theme to be boho chic! My dress is from ASOS, and not your typical wedding dress, but I knew it would pop next to the red rock! I also went with white cowboy boots to avoid heels out in the desert. This made my life so much easier! Once we figured out the theme, we knew we wanted Alex to go a different route than the typical tux as well. We decided on a bow tie and suspenders with desert boots! Overall, we wanted to straddle the line between being formal but also laid back!
Our first look offered an intimate moment in time away from the wedding party before the ceremony. As I started walking down the aisle with watery eyes, that in turn made Alex’ eyes swell up from the beginning of the ceremony, too. Pastor Scott sharing, “I want you two to be at your own wedding” as he started his message. The sharing of our personal vows that made us both emotional by wearing our hearts on our sleeve. Our first dance in which we both got lost in the moment for a brief time.
ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES
GO THROUGH ELOPEMENT OF LAS VEGAS! Seriously, this provided so much peace on the day of the ceremony by knowing their masterful coordination. Please remember – it is YOUR day. So, plan a ceremony that is authentic for you as a couple, and do not concern yourself with the expectations of those around you. To be present and not to worry about the small details. You are there to be married to the person you will get to do life with, and everyone is there to celebrate you two – that is what matters most. To not take ourselves too seriously and have fun!
Officiant: Pastor Kevin Scott
Floral Designer: Amy Wong Floral & Events
Event Venue: Valley of Fire State Park
Event Planner: Epic Elopement
Event Planner: Elopement Las Vegas
Photographer: Feel and Focus Photography