The trip that sparked my inner travel bug
What is better than a desert elopement? The answer: Not too many things, but traveling with Emily and having crazy factors against us that lead to adventure stories, is a close second.
This trip was an amazing start to destination elopements, and now I know this is what I am meant to be doing in life. After randomly commenting on Emily’s post about traveling, this shoot was officially in the works. That is the funny thing about social media, it brings people together in ways that they might not pursue normally. Over beers the mood board began to develop, and ideas began. Looking back at this initial meeting, I never expected the shoot to be this inspiring.
Finding vendors can be a challenging task let alone finding vendors in another state. Where does one turn? Yep, Google. I literally typed “rental companies in Phoenix, Arizona.” That is when Foxtail rentals popped up, and immediately I fell in love with their style. Desert shoots like this happen to be the “in” thing right now, but I did not care. I knew that if I was traveling all that way I was going to work with them. Next step is sliding into anyone and everyone’s DMs, usually starting with “Hi there!” Literally every message I send ever starts with “Hi there!” I really need to get a new opening line, but luckily people were not weirded out by a random girl from Oregon asking to collaborate. That is another perk of Instagram, people are so willing to message and ask to work together.
I checked the weather every. single. day. hoping that it would change from the little rain clouds to sunny and warm like I envisioned Arizona to be. Did it change? Nope. If you follow my Instagram you know that it dumped rain the day of our shoot, until about an hour before we started setting up. Emily and I sat in the car watching the rain come down, and we definitely had a moment like, “What the f*ck are we going to do if it does not let up?!” I almost cried a couple times because we were so invested in this trip. BUT it did let up for about two hours, just enough time to have this perfect shoot. The whole shoot we had so many factors against us (like stopping to get pins and the whole shopping center being shut down because someone had run into the power box–yep. True story.) I said, “wow everything that is being thrown at us we have handled surprisingly well…” Then immediately knocked on the nearest surface to not jinx it. That is the funny thing though, everything was seriously working itself out, and gave us an amazing adventure story to tell.
Emily and I had different styling ideas that meshed so so well together. She had the vision of pizza and beer which was GENIUS! Haley and Ryan looked flawless eating their pizza picnic while we danced around them with our cameras. I knew I wanted a simple yet detailed tablescape, and she let me do my thing! Again, once it was set up I thought back to our initial meeting over beers, and the final result far exceeded my expectations. I had a moment where I thought, “Did we really just create that?!” Emily and I had a couple “Is this real?” moments during the shoot. That is the feeling that I live for, and why I know I am in the right profession.
Moral of this story: Life throws some weird curve balls, that in the end make for the stories you tell when someone asks why you chose event planning.
Photography: Emily Vandehey Photography
Rentals: Foxtail Rentals
Hair: Seventh Ave Beauty
Makeup: Laura Cortez Makeup
Florals: Flowers by Megan Rae
Dress: Lovely Bride Phoenix
Calligraphy: Kelly the Hobbyist
Couple: Haley & Ryan