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Styled Desert Elopement // Las Vegas, NV

Heeeey everybody - these two are FINALLY ENGAGED FOR REAL! They were dating when we connected with them in Las Vegas for a styled shoot. To hear more, read my excerpt below which has been published on Catalyst Wed Co. Jordan & Ashley I am SO happy for you!

How Did This Elopement Styled Shoot Come Together?

In February 2019, I was attending the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) Conference in Las Vegas. A fellow photographer (and now friend) Jennie Crate offered to team up with me to create a LGBTQ+ styled shoot while we were there. We worked together to source a florist, hair stylist, and make-up artist.

es are inspired to select the traditions that feel authentic to them and leave the rest behind. The more elopements real couples see, the more comfortable they will feel doing what's right for them. Ashley — through social media. They would be in Las Vegas for a rugby tournament and agreed to model for us. The whole team assembled in my hotel room at the MGM Grand at 6 a.m. to begin hair and make-up. The wake-up call was early, but everyone was already cheerful and so kind. I knew immediately that we had assembled the right team. All eight of us quickly felt at ease chatting away in the hotel while I served up mimosas to our models. Christine of Shades of Beauty created a natural look that was meant to mimic the golden tones of the desert without making Jordan and Ashley feel overdone. I'm happy to report that they look just like themselves — albeit with slightly longer lashes. Our hair artist Meg treated them both like gold, assembling a modern braided look for Jordan and weaving a floral hair piece into Ashley's light brown hair. We arrived at the Dry Lake Beds just before 9 a.m. to bright sun and high winds. Jordan and Ashley were full of bubbly laughter and gave us the best genuine, affectionate cuddles to photograph — as well as some high-energy windy runs across the lake bed!


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