When I was about 16, I learned that anyone can hop on a plane to Vegas and get married on the spot for about $59 (even cooler, you could get married in a drive thru!). My “dream” wedding since then had always been Vegas, though Chris had other ideas of a larger wedding. We made the only logical decision: we would do both.
A few days before the wedding, I made my way to Philadelphia airport to pick up Cameo and her now fiance…who flew in from New Zealand. I still have’t been able to find the words to describe how amazing it is to have someone care about you enough to hop on a 16 hour flight just to be in a wedding. I am so beyond grateful that she was here to help with the finishing touches before we headed down to our Delaware wedding.
I had planned on taking my own detail shots the morning of the wedding (you know how much I love those!), but I had no idea of the emotional impact it would make on me. Quite a few of my detail choices were chosen in memory of the most amazing person who has ever been in my life: my nan. After shooting for about 5 minutes, I sat on a chair and cried, the reality of her not being there to share in my day finally hitting me. It was rough.
My aunt generously lent me my nan’s (her mom) weddings rings for me to wear around my neck. My pop gave the anklet to my nan when they were dating (they were married 50 years!) and she wore it every day. It means the world to have it passed down to me. Chris also inheritanted his grandpa’s ring, which was so important to incorporate into photos.
My dress was kept a huge secret for quite some time. Although Chris mentioned he wanted me to go with traditional white (which he doesn’t even remember saying), I knew in my heart that I had to find a blue dress. Blue was what would keep my close to my nan that day.
I kept my decision a secret from Chris right up until the moment I walked down the aisle. Sometimes brides get backlash when opting for a colored dress, but I wasn’t worried. Those who knew and truly cared for me understood and respected my reasoning, without me even needing to explain.
Although I’m typically a lover of black and white photos, it was so important that our wedding photos be in color-only, for emotional reasons.
Dress: Audra’s Bridal
Cameo gifted this to us before the wedding and I knew I just had to bring this along for photos!
Chris had always wanted to wear a top hat or fedora, so I just had to surprise him.
Yes, I took photos at our own wedding 😛
I chose my pop’s favorite song to dance to with him. This was not only emotional for myself, but for the rest of my family as well. The song choice, mixed with the color of my dress, brought memories for everyone.
The slot machine (top right) was our card box. Our place cards were tiny suitcases. Inside were “room keys”, inviting guests to enjoy their stay at their “hotel.” Cam picked up a couple of the slot machines (bottom right) in New Zealand, knowing they would be the perfect addition.
A post with our Vegas wedding photos and west coast honeymoon will be up soon!