A little white wedding

April 15, 2016

Things have been kinda quiet around here lately but for a good reason!  We’ve been up to all kinds of mischief…like eloping in Las Vegas.

the traveling anthropologist wedding

Getting married in Vegas is something I’ve wanted to do forever. I’m not sure why but I’ve never liked the idea of having a big wedding (for a long time I didn’t want a wedding at all) so eloping has always really appealed to me.  Guy took a little convincing, but the timing worked out really well and we liked to break traditions so we thought why not?  Las Vegas wasn’t actually our first choice.  We initially wanted to get married in Oaxaca on our 12th anniversary back in November, but there was too much paperwork and translation to figure out so we postponed it until we learnt enough Spanish to be able to do it ourselves.  When we decided to return home at the end of this year we decided to visit New York on the way back and get married in a Manhattan courthouse with a couple of our friends who are photographers, but then Guy’s mum got sick and we ended up coming home a lot sooner than expected. We knew she would be happy to see us married before she died, and we still didn’t want a big wedding so Las Vegas seemed like the perfect place to do it!

It was such a chilled out day even though everything kinda went wrong. * Guy injured his knee about a week before so he was on crutches (but out of a wheelchair at least!). * The hairdresser I’d organised didn’t turn up so I tried to curl my own hair but ended up with kinda limp waves instead. * I went around every store Downtown trying to find fake flowers to make a flower crown but no one sold any and the florists were seriously expensive. * It rained. A city that gets less than 5 inches of rain in a year rained on the day that we got married! * We hired an amateur photographer from Craigslist who turned up 45 minutes late and then was really pretty crap (and he hasn’t replied to our emails since).

lucky little chapel las vegas

But despite everything it was perfect, it really was. We started the day off with a buffet where Guy ate a huge plate of ribs and I nibbled on about 20 different desserts.  I highly recommend dessert for breakfast it’s rad! Starting the day off on a sugar high can only mean good things right? I ended up buying some frangipanis from a little stall on Fremont St which I kinda liked cause they reminded me of Samoa which is a country we both love, and also Laos where we got engaged.

lucky little chapel wedding las vegas

We spent the afternoon playing music, sipping on craft beer and writing our vows as we got ready.  We got married in front of a minister/officiant who corrected our Spanish grammar when we read our vows (ha!) and it was all over and done in about 15 minutes which we loved.

the traveling anthropologist wedding

the traveling anthropologist wedding

And here are some from walking around Fremont St

the traveling anthropologist wedding

the traveling anthropologist wedding

the traveling anthropologist wedding



We spent the rest of the evening exploring Fremont Street, taking cheesey photos with the performers and doing a little gambling.

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the traveling anthropologist little white wedding


We had so much fun in Las Vegas – we’re already planning a ten year vow renewal! 🙂

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