What to do when it’s going to pour buckets of rain on your outdoor wedding? We have lots of options, but the easiest way- you just reschedule to the following day, of course! That is exactly what we did! Eloping with only a few guests, makes changing the date last minute possible. Aren’t small weddings the best?!

Shannon and Michael, hailing all way from Australia, gave us a lot of creative freedom with decor and we went wild! We are so grateful to our wonderful clients, many like Shannon and Michael, who give us full trust to create and design for them.

So for this wedding location, we picked the Cabins at the Valley of Fire, near Las Vegas, Nevada. A small intimate little place right in the heart of deep red cliffs, and sandstone hand built brick cabins from 1930’s, and which were built to shelter the Conservation Corps troops during the depression era. They came to build the roads for the Valley of Fire, create camp areas, build trails, and forge out a tiny hint of civilization out in the great vastness of the Mojave desert, in this magnificent fiery place of jagged rocks and sharp geo-formations.

We used those deep fire colors as a theme, and had deep jewel tones of red, softened with pops of soft dusty blues, like the Nevada desert sky on a soft evening. Our textures ran from soft spun silk blue table runners, (so soft you just want to wrap your face in the softness of it all) to rough textured macrame, on the table as well as which made up a very cool backdrop for us by the cake table. For table decor, we built upon a lovely rustic wood Napa Table, provided by RSVP rentals in Las Vegas. we added fresh pomegranate seeds and berries to match the red macarons and bright deep red berries on branches in champagne glasses, gold rimmed plates, and gold hand lettered place names by Melissa at Epoch Designs. Our florals really brought out the deep, dark reds, with hypericum berries, Pheasant feathers, ranunculus, blush roses, amaranthus, parvafolia, black magic roses, safari sunset protea, deep red orchid,and brought in dusty blues via blue thistle and blue seeds of the eucalyptus in an epic flower explosion. We also used quail and guinea feathers to offset the deep reds and cool whites of the florals. We played up the winter theme a tiny bit by using the bold deep red berries on branches there too. All done so beautifully by our favorite florists at The Front Porch Flowers. And our cake, oh, our lovely cake. An amazing naked cake concoction of chocolate cake and whipped cream, with succulent fresh raspberries and blackberries, so sweet! Accents to the cake were tasty macarons, as well.  Skillfully and tastefully baked and decorated at Peridot Sweets by Tiffany Jones, the owner.

Everyone arrived via Presidential Limousines, looking all dolled up; with hair and makeup done by our favorite salon, with stylists team, Cora and Monet, at Ruby Finch salon. Shannon and Michael were married at the end of a beautiful bright, sunny, cool winter day. (Not a drop of rain!) They stood facing each other, at the head of a quiet, small red rocked canyon, surrounded by a circular ground formation of eucalyptus. They were accompanied by two best friends, Steph and Jackie, who traveled all the way from Australia to support their dear friends.

Shannon and Michael, very much in love, were great to work with, and are a very easy going, fun loving couple. All enjoyed each other’s company, and although the weather was a tad chilly in the shade, it was warm basking in their love and friendship; and all celebrated! Cheers!

Michael and Shannon’s Winter Desert Elopement | Las Vegas Wedding

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