What was your vision for your wedding day?
We had always dreamed of a fun, quirky, corny, wild adventure for our wedding day that combined the glitz and old-school glamour of Downtown La Vegas, the cliché Elvis Vegas ceremony, Bryon’s ‘wing it’ carefree attitude, and my passion for arts and culture. But most of all a day that was just for us and our love! We wanted to play by our own rules, dream big and have one hell of a crazy adventure we would never forget! Not to sound corny, but we couldn’t quite put our true vision into words, and we still can’t, but we got it. The day was perfect, every single moment, it was beyond our wildest dreams, and we truly believe we couldn’t have planned it to go as amazingly as it did. We feel so blessed.
How did you two meet?
Bryon and I met on Myspace. Bryon had seen me on the friend’s list of a mutual friend, added me as a friend, and we instantly hit it off. From the start, he charmed me with his bold, cheeky (and at times, inappropriate) sense of humor, and he has made me laugh every day since. Our first date was a double date with this mutual friend and his partner at a local bowling alley. Bryon actually re-created our first date with this couple at the bowling alley for when he proposed. It was perfect!
Why did you choose this particular venue or location?
We had always dreamed of running away to Vegas to be married by Elvis (we thought this was only possible in a chapel), and we knew we wanted to theme our elopement around the old-school glamour of Downtown Las Vegas, and with a background in arts – I had researched and fallen in love with the arts district of DTLV, however it wasn’t until I spoke with Mckenzi until our dreams for our day were truly realised and made a reality. She listened to our ideas, identified their core essence, and suggested to us that basically we take Elvis to the streets of Downtown Las Vegas, and get married in front of the murals we had researched and loved! And this was perfect, truly beyond our wildest dreams!
Have you had a favorite part of the planning process?
My favorite part of this planning process was mostly the way in which Bryon and I grew together, and the way we supported each other. I had times, at which I felt it would be easier to give up on our dreams and please our friends and family, but Bryon gave me strength and courage to stick to our visions of this crazy, whirlwind adventure, and I’m so glad we did! Ironically, another part of the planning process I loved was actually the fact that we tried not to plan too much. We wanted both the day and the planning process to be as care-free and fun as possible. We had a clear picture of the few big things we wanted to do/that was important to us – Married by Elvis in Downtown Las Vegas, Photos at the Neon Museum, Wedding ‘cake’ – Pancakes at IHOP and finishing the night testing our ‘Till death do us part vows’ on the Stratosphere, but the rest we winged, left to chance and let the night happen naturally. This was both a scary and freeing feeling. This is definitely a life lesson I learned from this wild adventure, that things can never go 100% to plans, so don’t waste time and stress worrying about the unknowns, give your plans and day some freedom to surprise you! We did, and it was the most amazing experience we could have ever imagined.
Are you or anyone else making anything handmade or DIY at your wedding?
In keeping with our quirky, uniquely ‘us’ Vegas themed elopement, I wanted a bouquet that was a crazy hybrid mix of both Vegas and me. In the spirit of ‘winging it’, this important detail ended being a last minute throw together which actually ended up being more perfect than if I had planned it weeks ahead. The day before our wedding, I was walking the Planet Hollywood Miracle mile shops, wracking my brain, searching for inspiration on ideas for a non-traditional bouquet, when I saw these fun, colorful, delicious looking giant dice lollipops. I was able to find the perfect number of red and white ones (which were the perfect colors for our wedding theme). The morning of our wedding I got up super early to arrange my, and my bridesmaid’s lollipop bouquets when my amazing Husband to be surprised me with my second great love – Coffee! This beautiful gift ended up being just the finishing touch my bouquet needed, as I used the Starbucks cup holder as a holder for my dice bouquet. I was so happy with how it came together, and it was better than I could have ever imagined or hoped for, it was the perfect mix of Vegas and personal symbolism.
Do you have any advice for other couples planning their day?
My advice – Support each other every step of the way, do it together! Hold strong to your visions for your day, and I know it might be tough, but it’s okay to say “NO!”. This was definitely something I struggled with at times, especially when it came to telling my family our dreams of running away to elope in Vegas. As hard as this was, this was such a validating and symbolic moment for Bryon and as we set out to start our Marriage – Bryon was strong enough for both of us, he gave me the love, support and courage I needed to hold strong to our dreams, to live out our day the way we truly wanted, uncompromised by other and their wants or expectations.