I met Lauren when we were both in real estate and working for a Fortune 500 builder. She is one of the most influential friends I've ever had, and certainly one of the most striking brides. It was such an insane honor to be her photographer, and to have the opportunity to travel to Las Vegas to join her and Will, along with their incredible friend group. Still pretty jet lagged, I started the trip by joining them at their private cabana at the Aria pool. That wasn't a bad way to recover from a flight.
At the time of our arrival, October 18, Las Vegas was still reeling from the recent mass shooting which took 59 lives. In addition to her other wardrobe details, the bride had a custom tag made for her bouquet, as a small way to honor the victims.
I don't always rent a special photoshoot location for my clients, but with the Neon Boneyard (or Neon Museum as it's officially known) nearby, I had to make an exception. As part of the couple's wedding gift, I reserved an hour of private photo time at this amazing vintage neon sign gallery. I had not quite factored in the full midday desert sun we'd encounter, but we chose the shady side of the gallery and got crackin'.
Lauren and Will's wedding booking was unique in that I was not hired to photograph the ceremony. Everything in Vegas is union, so they were required to use the Aria's photographer for their ceremony. I perched in the back as a guest and decided to snap some shots anyway, without using flash or moving from my seat. When the official ceremony pics came in, I was glad I had... I don't think the couple ordered a single one of their 'official' photos, preferring the candid emotion I was able to capture from the back of the chapel.
Next the gang headed to the swanky Carbone restaurant for the most inspired Italian meal I've ever had. The decor is so sexy, i need to go back for a full-on editorial!