This session will go down in history as the session that almost didn’t happen. Almost. But that’s not exactly how I roll. The day that Lisa and Sam were married, they were supposed to meet one of my girls at the Neon Museum for a 30 minute quickie in the North Gallery, followed by a 30 minute downtown session. But the Ubers and cabs they hailed that afternoon had other ideas. We all know that even with the very best planning, things can happen that are beyond our control.

As their arrival time came and went, I called Lisa and she called me, and we texted frantically trying to get them from Planet Hollywood to the Museum on time. They left their hotel room an hour before session time to meet their first scheduled Uber, which never arrived. After two more tries with Uber they gave up and hailed a cab who then proceeded to drive them on the slowest possible route, straight up the Strip. After deciding that they would arrive well after the end time for their session, Lisa and Sam sadly turned back and headed to their hotel, with no session in sight.

She was in tears and I was heartbroken for her. However, we managed to work some crazy last minute magic and snag a midday session at the Museum the following day. Shout out to Courtney for helping us make it happen on such short notice!! After my morning wedding that day, I hustled on over to photograph them for all of 15 minutes in between appointments. But let me tell you, I could not possibly let them leave town without some beautiful images to commemorate their wedding trip!

Things happen. Life happens. And this was one of those times where so many things fell into place to allow me to make this happen for them, and it just thrills me to no end. I’m so glad I got the chance to meet you guys and make it work! Congrats again and we’ll see you back for an anniversary session someday soon! ❤️

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These two lovebirds have a beautiful story. But all you need to know is he way he looks at her. Honestly. The whole day. Just like that. Connie is a lucky woman and I’m quite sure she knows it! They tied the knot earlier in the day and met up with me at the Smith Center, which has this amazing sculpture by local artist Tim Bavington. I haven’t shot there as much lately because everyone wants the downtown murals (including me, if I’m honest haha). But we made their timeline work and I swear we hit all the highlights of classic Vegas, new and old. Keep your eyes peeled for his custom painted kicks… Vegas, baby!!

See those shoes? Custom painted as a gift from his bride.

She made this bouquet herself and brought it on the plane. I thought the blooms were real for half the session! This is why I’m the photographer and not the florist…

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These two cuties traveled from Hong Kong to celebrate 20 years of marriage. They had a Queen-themed vow renewal at the Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel, complete with Freddie Mercury in a white tank top and four showgirls. Afterwards we traveled to the Neon Museum (which is basically my second home), and made our way through the main gallery – pretty much laughing the whole way. And that’s just one way to kick off the next 20 years.

So if your partner still slaps you playfully on the butt and then agrees to light up rings to celebrate 20 years, you’re probably doing something right. If you have a milestone coming up and you’d like to celebrate with a photo shoot – I’d be honored to help! Call me or click below! ❤️

Ah yes, downtown Las Vegas and the Neon Museum. Honestly, probably my favorite combo of locations! Like peanut butter and jelly – ha! I’ll actually be filming more videos on these spots soon – what do you guys want to know about? What are your most burning questions?! I’d love to answer them for you in a future post or video. I’m here for you guys, so please feel free to use me as a resource. Email me directly or contact me at the link below. I’m all ears!

And now it’s your turn! Are you ready to tie the knot? Run away to Vegas and get married by Elvis? Please call me and tell me all about your vision – I would love to be part of the big day!

Here are my top tips on having a photo shoot at the Neon Museum here in Las Vegas. This is my most requested location (by far) – and probably my favorite! Check it out and let me know your thoughts! Are you getting married here? Considering an engagement session here? I want to hear all the details! Click below to contact me directly!

I have officially wrapped up the year with my last session out on the lakebed. This year I had some really amazing clients. I have laughed (and cried!) my way through nearly 150 sessions this year. I have spent a ton of time in some of my favorite places. I have made friends, and I have learned so much from each and every one of you (thank you!). These two are no exception, as they packed up their stuff in one car and moved from New York to Vegas because it sounded like fun. Hell, that might be how half of us ended up here, to be honest. Cheers to their bravado and cheers to their wedding next year.

PS – Don’t judge me for the crying part – I love my job – and watching two people create something beautiful together is often an emotional experience for me, too!

the winter wind is your friend – see what nice things it does to your dress, ladies? ♥

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Yay! It’s engagement season! And judging by all the emails hitting my inbox this month, you girls (and guys!) are seriously ready to start planning your elopements! The holidays are such a beautiful time to pop the question – and I love to hear the story about how they asked! So if you’ve been waiting for just the right time to run away and get married (with or without your entourage), I would be thrilled to help in the planning process. If your beloved asks you this winter to spend their life with you, I want to document the moment you say your vows here in Las Vegas. I can even tell you all the ways to make it classy (if that’s what you want) – or perfectly Vegas. Consider me your new bestie when it comes to planning a Vegas elopement. ♥

These images are from a surprise proposal, and after he asked, she had no idea what to do with her hands! It’s a real problem…

Now it’s your turn. I’d love to capture your proposal, or your elopement (my fave!). Wedding Collections start at just 2 hours of coverage and include all final, edited digital files. Click below to get more details!

Happy engagement season (and Happy Thanksgiving)! Should you find yourself here, newly engaged and considering an elopement this winter, congratulations! Vegas doesn’t really have a “wedding season” – and I’m often asked if it’s going to be cold or rainy or cloudy or (insert weather phenomenon here)… And the answer is….*drumroll please*….I have no idea. I’m sorry. But I can tell you that it’s totally possible to get married (even outdoors!) in Vegas in the wintertime.

Our winters are typically mild compared to where most of my clients are from. If you’re coming from the east coast, or Canada or the UK, you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised at the lovely weather we have in February. For my Australian friends, coming from summer to winter might be a little bit rough, but I promise you’ll survive. The biggest thing to contend with in the wintertime is the wind. But to be honest, it’s almost always windy here, so I warn my clients of that ahead of time, regardless of the time of year. Note the photos below. If you just roll with it and embrace the desert, the desert will embrace you right back.

windy lakebed wedding with the ever fabulous Peachy Keen Unions

 

wrap yourself up in a pretty stole to keep your shoulders warm

 

don’t take the wind too seriously

 

wear your hair down (or maybe half down) and love the movement the breeze creates

 

Now – call me so we can plan on where we’ll freeze our butts off in the wind for your big day. At least we’ll freeze and be windblown together! ♥

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I’m often asked exactly how it’s possible that I can photograph so many weddings in a year (usually somewhere between 100 and 125). Yikes! But the truth is, almost all of my weddings are intimate elopements and most of those clients only need and opt for two hours of wedding coverage. It’s something that not a lot of photographers are willing to offer, especially on “prime days” (Saturdays in June, anyone?!). But I believe that beautiful wedding photography in Las Vegas should be accessible to anyone and you shouldn’t have to have a 6 or 8 hour minimum for wedding day coverage. If you’re tying the knot and want beautiful images for your walls to treasure forever, I’m your girl!

I specialize in outdoor or chapel weddings (either with or without guests) followed by a photo session for just the two of you. Lucy and Aiden actually opted for a pre-wedding session at the Springs Preserve followed by their ceremony at the Neon Museum. This gave them a chance to get the pre-ceremony jitters out before the big moment. We can structure your session however you want – traditional, funky, you name it. Helping my clients work out a timeline is absolutely one of the things I love to do. I can help you navigate the locations and time needed at each spot so that you can maximize your time (and photos!) at each place.

Can we talk about her showgirl shoes, please?

Here’s what Lucy had to say about their experience:

I really don’t know what to say – The photos are absolutely beautiful! You captured us and our day perfectly. We couldn’t be more happy. As soon as I opened the email and saw the first image of us together in Springs Preserve I started crying. Good tears I promise. We cannot thank you enough for being such a huge part of our day. We absolutely love the photos and are so happy that you were also our witness. You helped make the day absolutely perfect. I’ll be sure to write you some 5 star reviews on Facebook and The Knot so everyone else knows how wonderful you are, and next time we’re in Vegas I’ll definitely be calling you for a Boudoir shoot.

Lucy and Aiden X

If you’re ready to literally run away and get married, I would be honored to be your photographer and spend the afternoon with you, and even be your witness! Click below and let’s make it happen. ♥

I adore this mural (and pretty much every other mural in downtown Las Vegas, to be honest). Every year, the Life is Beautiful festival comes to town and commissions pieces on the walls downtown. And every year I wonder what will change… For example, the slightly famous XOXO wall is now gone, but we have gotten a TON of bright color in its place. This “Ever After” piece (pictured above) seems to be holding strong. Let’s hope it stays that way! If you want to explore downtown with me and see all the changes made in late September, call me and we’ll make it happen!

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