Ray and Courtney travelled from Pennsylvania to marry in the desert just north of Las Vegas. The Valley of Fire is a state park, so special rules for weddings and permits exist, but they were able to plan a hassle-free day with help from Emily Reno at Elopement Las Vegas.

Courtney says, “We loved the idea of getting married in the desert, getting ‘married in Vegas’ without actually being in Vegas.” The date they chose was auspicious: their five-year anniversary of starting dating.

Despite eloping during Covid (and temporarily losing a ring before the ceremony), their vows and wedding were smooth. “Emily makes it super easy for us to plan, since she and her crew take care of basically everything for you. Amazing. All we had to do was get our outfits and our flights/hotel, then figure out how to get to the venue, and that was it!” says Courtney.

The color palette this couple chose for their outfits accents the desert light and landscape so perfectly. She wore light blush with ivory tulle and beaded detail work with a sexy leg slit, perfect for Vegas. He wore an ivory tuxedo to stay cool, paired with comfortable Vans. Courtney gifted Ray a rose gold pocket watch with their wedding anniversary engraved on it, and the cuff links he wore were heirloom, from his great grandfather.

Their advice for other Vegas couples?

“Life happens, don’t let it stress you out, just go with it. There’s no use in getting stressed or frustrated, especially over things that are out of your control. And also, remember to do things out of love! Even the smallest gestures mean the most when it comes to doing the little things.”


PHOTOGRAPHER . Onyx and Arrow

OFFICIANT . Peachy Keen Unions / EVENT DESIGN AND DECOR . Emily Reno Events / ELOPEMENT PLANNER . Elopement Las Vegas / FLORAL . Amy Wong Floral & Events / BRIDAL FASHION . One Enchanted Evening / GROOM’S FASHION . Berk’s Menswear / CINEMATOGRAPHY . Casey Lomax Films

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