our vegas elopement story.


the weekend after jared and i got engaged, we were driving to church on sunday morning when he looked over at me and said, "let's just go to vegas." we had been joking about it while making a few wedding plans, but this time i knew he was serious. after church, we booked our flight and hotel for the following weekend.

the week leading up to our elopement was CRAZY. not only was i getting married, but i was also moving to wichita the same week. cuh-razy, y'all. on top of those two major life changes, my mama and i only had one evening free to find a wedding dress. yes - ONE DAY. by the grace of God, we found the dress at our last stop. and then we gorged ourselves on mexican food.

jared drove down to help me move on thursday. we picked up my dress and then headed back to wichita. we spent that evening relaxing and packing for vegas.


we had to catch our first flight out of wichita at 11:00 am. we made it to the airport and that's when i got suuuuper nervous. i have only flown once in my life, and it wasn't my favorite thing. we boarded the plane and took off. i had a death grip on jared's arm the entire flight. [all our flights for that matter!] we landed in dallas and had a three-hour layover, so we ate at TGIFriday's in the airport and browsed through a few shops. it was finally time for our flight to vegas, so we boarded and took off. that flight was the most fun for me. probably because of the excitement for vegas and marrying my best friend.

after landing in vegas, we had to take a taxi to our wedding venue so we could go over a few things before the ceremony. we then made our way back to the hotel and had a couple hours to get ready. the limo arrived to pick us up and that drive to the chapel was one of the memories i will never forget. jared was so dashing in his suit and all we could do was stare at each other.

with it being such a spur-of-the-moment decision, none of our family and friends could attend our wedding in person, but they did get to watch it via livestream! [vegas weddings is a great place!] it was time for the wedding, and i was giddy with excitement. jared said that moment he saw me walking down the aisle was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen.

during the ceremony, the presence of God was so strong that even our minister got a little emotional. those moments of standing there with jared are so precious to me. making a life-long commitment to him before God and our family & friends was one of the greatest moments of my life.

the next day was full of exploring all the awesomeness of vegas. i didn't want to leave! we had a 1 am flight out of vegas sunday morning followed by a 4-hour layover in minneapolis [that airport is incredible!] and then a flight to wichita. 24+ hours of no sleep after a such a crazy weekend was insane, but so, so worth it!

check out our wedding photos HERE.
see a few vegas snapshots HERE.


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