Real Wedding: Stephanie & Eric

Las Vegas Elopement

Real weddings are so inspiring! To get you in the mood to plan, we asked real brides to spill the details on everything from getting engaged and finding their wedding dresses to the special touches and surprising moments that made their celebrations completely one-of-a-kind. Wise men say only fools fall in love, and we couldn’t agree more. Sweethearts Stephanie & Eric tied the knot in an epic vintage-inspired Las Vegas elopement. Read for more details about their burning love!

Briefly tell us how you and your fiancé met! How did you know that he was the one?

Eric and I met eight years ago. He’s from Canada and I grew up in Massachusetts. The summer before I went to college, Eric lived with a family in my hometown to play hockey. We met at a bonfire and the rest was history! We were long-distance for a long time. It wasn’t always easy, but we knew we wanted to be together.

Tell us your proposal story!

Eric planned an amazing day for me that started with him dropping me off at The Beverly Hills Hotel for a massage early in the morning. Afterward, he then surprisingly picked me up in a vintage Cadillac (that’s when I knew something was up that day). From there, we checked out of our hotel at The London in West Hollywood and drove over for a lunch at the Chateau Marmont. After that, we took the most scenic drive out to Malibu where he booked us a fabulous room at the Malibu Beach Inn overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Finally, we drove over to Point Dume where he popped the question with the most beautiful sunset in the back, all photographed!

bride and groom kissing - las vegas elopement

How did you both decide on your wedding day look?

I was really inspired by looking at elopements on Pinterest. I browsed online and tried on a few dresses but hadn’t found anything that really resonated – until my mom got a Facebook ad for my wedding dress from David’s Bridal. She showed me the photo and said “I think this is your dress.” I made an appointment the next day. I knew from the moment I put it on that it was my dress. When I found the shoes (also at David’s), that really sealed the deal!

Do you have any shopping advice for future brides?

My advice is to try everything! I initially thought I wanted a short dress for my elopement, and it was discouraging when I couldn’t find anything I really truly loved. The minute I put my dress on, I felt like a bride and knew I had found the one.

bride walking - las vegas elopement

What was your favorite detail about your look?

I loved the way my dress showed off my blue shoes! The dress felt fun and light for an elopement, but it still felt very much like a wedding dress, which was important to me.

bride's blue shoes with bows - las vegas elopement

How did you feel when you knew that you #foundtheone

When I found the dress, I could feel all the wedding details fall into place. I could picture myself saying “I do.” We planned our elopement in secret and over just a couple of months, so everything had to come together pretty quickly. It was so much fun saying “yes” to the dress, making a wish, and ringing the bell at my appointment.

couple walking down the street at night - las vegas elopement

Tell us about your wedding day

We did a true elopement, meaning it was just the two of us – no guests! We started the day by picking up a 1970 Buick convertible. From there, we drove to get our marriage license and pick up our wedding cake. We chose to get ready at the Jackie Gaughan suite in the El Cortez. The room is vintage Vegas at its finest: Pink carpets and walls, a pink marble tub, a full bar in the living room! The glam team from Set and Fury made me feel so comfortable and excited, it felt like getting ready with my girlfriends!

It was so surreal going to A Little White Wedding Chapel, meeting Elvis and standing in line with the other couples. The King of Rock and Roll fastened Eric’s boutonniere, handled our paperwork, grabbed a microphone, and met us outside in the drive-through!

We held our ceremony in a pink Cadillac. Elvis sang and took us through some special Elvis vows, and then we danced while he performed “Burning Love.” From there, we drove down Freemont Street to see the lights.

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