Photography by Ed Godden
Badass Las Vegas Elopement
This wedding is an actual dream, so much so that we almost feel like we are not worthy (we said almost…) After they’d booked a bucket-list holiday to Hawaii with a layover in Vegas, Jen and Bryan decided one night that whilst they were there, they may as well get married.
With the same laidback, badass approach, they planned the Las Vegas elopement of dreams: a chill morning getting ready together, walking through the Bellagio casino to their limo, and getting married in A Little White Wedding Chapel, in all of its vintage Americana glory. You can feel the heat bouncing off the sidewalk and the buzz and excitement of Vegas coming through the screen in these photos from Ed Godden – and yet at all times, Jen and Bryan look impossibly cool.
Jen and Bryan…
How did you meet, and how did you get engaged?
We were both involved in the BMX world – Bryan used to build skate parks and Jen used to photograph events for a well know energy drink company so we had crossed paths a few times, although Jen never remembered meeting Bryan. We finally met in a very old fashioned way… Facebook. We never officially got engaged – instead, we had booked an amazing ‘bucket list’ holiday to Hawaii which stopped off in Las Vegas on the way. We were laying in bed one night talking and Jen said, “I think we should just get married in Vegas”, and Bryan “OK, let’s do it”. The following day we told our parents and started booking the wedding!
How would you describe your wedding day and theme?
We had no theme to our day – we just wanted it to be very cool, super relaxed and fun! Accordingly, our ceremony was very short and sweet, which was just how we wanted it. We had so much fun and loved the fact we were just walking the streets on Las Vegas all dressed up with a photographer snapping away. We got lots of high fives and hugs from strangers! It was perfect as it was all about us, making memories and was such a cool way to start our married life together.
How was your day unique to you?
We wanted to get married without any fuss or an awkward family affair so we followed our heart and went for it. We had 3 surprise guests from Jen’s family and we rocked up to the chapel and met two British ladies who were taking pictures. They asked if they could come and watch so we invited them in and both were in tears for us.” (Side note: this is now on my bucketlist to do. HOW AMAZING.) “On our wedding morning we woke up together and had breakfast together; then Jen had her hair and makeup done while Bryan was ironing his shirt in the same room. We walked through The Bellagio casino together to our limo. Our photographer just snapped away all day and followed us around. We felt so special, happy and both laughed lots.
What were your favourite moments and details of the day?
Bryan would like to relive the ceremony so he could tuck his tie in properly and be less nervous when we kissed. Jen wants to just relive it all. She felt beautiful, special and loved every second. Watching the Bellagio fountains at the end of the day felt very Oceans Eleven too! Our favourite details are our photographs, which we will treasure these forever. They have allowed us to share our day with our family and friends. We also loved our matching Vans trainers!
How did you find your photographer, and why did you decide on him?
Jen had followed Ed’s work for many years and always knew if she got married she would want him to be the photographer. We spoke to him first and thankfully he was free and very happy to come to Las Vegas with us. We didn’t book a chapel for several weeks after booking Ed but Vegas being Vegas, we knew we wouldn’t struggle.
Tell us about your wedding outfits, and why you picked them.
Jen’s dress was from British designer Stephanie Allin. Jen’s a photographer herself and has worked on Stephanie’s photo shoots for about 12 years. They are good friends so Jen wouldn’t have gone anywhere else for her dress. Bryan’s outfit was from top designer, NEXT! He wanted something quirky and easy to wear, we loved his outfit as it was simple but looked fab!
Do you have any advice for couples currently planning their wedding?
Have fun, enjoy the process, and enjoy the day as it goes by so quickly! Also, do it however you want to do it. It’s about starting your life together and rather than stressing over the colour of chair covers or if someone will agree with your venue choice think about what’s important to you as a couple and reflects your personalities. We are so happy we did our wedding the way we did, we will remember it for the rest of our lives and loved every minute.
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Photographer: Ed Godden
Bride’s Dress: Stephanie Allin
Groom’s Suit: Next