Desert Tea Party!  Who can resist those words as decorators and stylists. We were ecstatic! What a great concept suggested by our couple! We loved bringing their wedding to life.

We also could not wait to see Sarah and Adam in person the day of their Valley of Fire intimate elopement. It had been such fun working with them via the Internet to arrange their wedding, and create this lovely day for them. The day arrived clear and bright in the lovely Nevada desert.  Sarah and Adam were excited to see what we put together for them!

We had arranged a wonderful pre-wedding photoshoot at the always amazing Neon Museum, the site of many of Las Vegas Historic Neon Signs from years ago. The outdoor museum is amazing to see and shoot among the antiquities of old Vegas signs. The neon signs have been restored as much as possible and really give the old Vegas vibes. After a short session there, this delightful British couple arrived in style via a Cadillac Escalade SUV out to the quiet cool mesas of the Valley of Fire.

November is usually a bright and sunny but cool time of year for weddings, and this year, the weather was really in our favor. Just a hint of a breeze, and warm sun, although it was a slightly cool in the shade. Sarah was lovely in her stunning lace knee length gown, looking terrific with hair and makeup by our lovely Ruby Finch salon. She was perfectly dressed for an elegant and intimate elopement. Can we repeat how much we loved her dress! Oh my goodness – adorable!

Angie Kelly, of Peachy Keen Unions, met them all as they arrived at the Valley of Fire, Seven Sisters location and performed a lovely ceremony for us all to witness. We love Angie, who is a dedicated, classy, warm and very genuine officiant. She has a great love for her couples to be, and does a marvelous job incorporating ceremonial segments as well as the speaking points most important to them. After she pronounced Sarah and Adam man and wife, Stella, Sarah’s mum, gave a valiant effort as flower girl, showering them both with rose petals as they walked together.

We were excited that Sarah had requested a tea instead of champagne toasts, and we loved that idea! We really love unique ideas that make each wedding belong somehow only to that couple. We found some vintage plates and tea cups, put an amazing floral centerpiece by The Front Porch Flowers into a vintage ceramic tureen and had lovely semi naked cake from Peridot Sweets, hot jasmine green tea, and some delightfully artistic “biscuits” (otherwise known as cookies for those of us on this side of the big pond), spelling out the word “LOVE”. These cookies were exquisitely crafted, by our cookie expert, Mary Ann. Take a look at them! Each one was perfection! Amazing! Tea with biscuits was just the thing!

The fun thing about Sarah and Adam is their sense of humor. They both were in rare form with their witty one liners and dry British humor. Rachel and I were laughing constantly while we were photographing these two.  We just enjoyed them both so much. They made a wonderful couple and we were happy to learn that one of Sarah’s dreams is to live abroad, and as luck would have it, Adam’s job will soon take them to France, where Sarah has wanted to go! Vive’ la France!

Our best wishes to both of you as you begin your married life together,  we so enjoyed being with you on a lovely November day! Please, stay in touch, we would love to hear all about your journeys together!

With love, Rachel & Lory


Photography and Planning- Rachel Garcia and Lory Fabbi of Cactus and Lace Weddings

Officiant- Angie of Peachy Keen Unions

Hair and Makeup- Ruby Finch Salon

Cookies- Simply Sweet Treats by Maryann 

Cake- Peridot Sweets

Transportation- Presidential Limo

Florals- The Front Porch Flowers

Venue- The Valley of Fire, at Seven Sisters Area

Sarah and Adam- A Wedding and British Tea Party in Valley of Fire With Peachy Keen Unions

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