View All Weddings in The Southwest
Desert Elopement in Dry Lake Bed + WIUP

Another week has come to a end, lovelies. But before we head out we wanted to leave you with this breathtaking elopement. This couple traveled all the way from Canada to elope in Las Vegas, but skipped the strip and headed for dry lake bed outside of town, managing to catch the sun just as it was setting. This of course made for some stunning images by Kirsten Joy, and you can relish in the full gallery here.


From Kirsten Joy PhotographyLet me set the scene- A gorgeous night, March 19, 2014, on a desert dry lake bed with only your two closest friends and the one you are about to marry. This is the only way Tessa and Bruno saw themselves getting married. Tessa is a wedding photographer herself in Calgary, Canada and didn’t want to go through the guest lists and regular wedding to-do’s. And the two are always up for an adventure (going snowboard, surfing, hiking). So they decided they would elope in Las Vegas. They didn’t want the cheesy drive through though, they wanted the romantic soft colors and peaceful scene.

The bride and groom found their wedding rings on a Etsy site (Joan of Engaged Jewelry). Then Tessa hand made her dress and they were headed to Vegas only telling their two closest friends who came with them, the rest of the family would be completely surprised.

From the Bride…Bruno and I had been together over seven years when he proposed in May at the top of our local ski hill, and we had started planning and saving for a wedding for the summer of 2015. As a wedding photographer myself, I secretly liked the idea of eloping and avoiding the stress and planning for a big wedding, and a few weeks ago Bruno and I were talking about our plans and he was into the idea too – we could elope, make a trip out of it, and be married.

Once we’d decided to elope, Vegas was an easy choice; I’d never been and thought it would be awesome to get married on my first trip there. We asked our two best friends to come with us, and started planning. Though, we were getting married in Vegas, we didn’t want a cheesy-Elvis-drive-through-chapel wedding; we liked the idea of being out in the desert with no one else around and the beauty of the surrounding to take our breaths away.

Of course, great photos were a priority for me, and Kristen’s work was exactly the style I love. I wanted romantic, soft and peaceful moments captured. When I saw sessions she’d done in the desert at sunset I was sold.

Even when eloping there’s a lot to do, especially when planning from another country, (We’re from Calgary, AB) and Kristen was a huge help in helping figure out the location, timing, and recommending vendors.

Before we left home we found Bruno’s suit at a local boutique, had our rings made by a local jeweler, and I ended up MAKING MY OWN DRESS right before we left. Everything else we bought in Vegas the day before our wedding.

I Face-timed my mom & sister right before we left for the ceremony, to break the news to them (they were shocked and very happy) and then we drove out of Vegas to a dry lake bed for the ceremony. It was short & sweet & perfect: just us in the desert at sunset. We had time to soak in the moments and really enjoy our first hours together as a married couple.

After photos, champagne, cigars, wine, & more photos, our best friends/witnesses took us for an amazing dinner, and then we wandered around the strip playing “drink when a stranger says congrats”. The next day we shared our news with Bruno’s family, then hit the road to drive to Utah for our Honeymoon – snowboarding in Park City.

The whole thing was perfect, and “us”, we’re so happy to be married and with the wedding we chose.

Photography: Kristen Joy Photography | Floral Design: Enchanted Florist | Rings: Joan Of Engaged Jewelry | Groom's Attire: Espy Calgary | Officiant: Angie Kelly Of Peachy Keen Unions | Hair Stylist/ Makeup Artist: Your Beauty Call | Las Vegas Dry Lake Bed: Jean Dry Lake Bed


Elizabeth Cole Earrings from Brideside
Enter the Invisalign Pin to Win Sweepstakes
Enter to win $250 in stationery from Postable

This week’s DISCOUNTS…
Fattie Pie
Free sample from Shine Wedding Invitations
Free  20-page 8×11 hard cover guest book from Shutterfly
Vino Backyard Designs

For our California brides… Discounts from Paperwhites Photography.

For our Mid Atlantic brides… Discounts from Femina Photo + Design.

For our New England brides… A special offer from Hyatt Regency Cambridge.


Congratulations to grand prize winner Mary Seiler, Weddington Way’s recent giveaway, along with Runners up Diana Godt and Denise Rea.
Big congrats to Myswetiepiepie and Eden Theodora! You will receive gift cards from Target.

You'll love these vendors in Nevada

Sugar Bowl Resort
View Portfolio
Paper and Home
View Portfolio
Andrea Eppolito Events
View Portfolio
La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
View Portfolio
MAP Events
View Portfolio
Johnstone Studios
View Portfolio
Park City Rental Properties

As a girl who grew up skiing in Park City, Utah, my heart holds a special place for the picturesque locale. I truly couldn’t imagine a more incredible spot to say “I do” than a luxe private home in this breathtaking mountain town! That being said, let me introduce you to Park City Rental Properties.

Whether you’re leaning toward a venue overlooking the sandy beaches or hoping to say your vows high atop the spectacular mountain range, you can choose a totally unique locale that comes with some seriously amazing benefits. Renting out a private home with Park City Rental Properties makes it easy and seriously stress-free to hold your ceremony and reception all in one place, and makes day of coordination simple! Managed by professional companies who can help with details from florals to finding the best photographer, it’s like having a wedding planner at your fingertips!

Boasting multiple bedrooms and tons of space, many of the luxury rental homes in Park City allow guests to stay close and enjoy the entire wedding weekend! Sounds pretty fabulous, am I right?! For more information and to book your dream Park City venue, head over here!

Photo Credits: Lindsey Shaun


Desert Inspiration Shoot

I am speechless. Jaw to my desk speechless. Because this shoot from Lexia Frank Photography is far too pretty for words. With the stunning styling and photography by the lovely Lexia and a breathtaking film from Naz Films, this beauty just took the top spot as one of my all time favorite shoots. See why here.

From Lexia Frank PhotographyI’d been wanting to do a very minimalistic, earth-inspired shoot for a long time. When I found the 100 year-old hoop skirt at an antique store in florida, i knew it must be included. I created the belt out of leather and hundreds of feathers. the origami menus mix the guest’s name card, and upon opening, they see the menu listed for the evening. They were designed by Eva Black Designs, and she is a genius with folded paper designs! The wood elements were found on-site at the desert and the antlers were painted white for a simple, all-white table-scape. and, the ever talented Naz Films made an absolutely beautiful Super 8mm film to go along with our shoot in the desert. We worked with our wonderful models, Susan Mirembe and curt Kingston, and Katherine Risling did an incredible job with Susan’s makeup.

Photography: Lexia Frank Photography | Videography: Naz Films | Event Planning: Lexia Frank Photography | Menues: Eva Black Designs | Models: Curt Kingston