“John, John, JOHN! I’m engaged and you HAVE to come to Iowa to photograph my wedding! And I want to meet your girlfriend, Cate!” Yes- you read that right. Girlfriend. When Lyndsay wrote to John about photographing her wedding we were still boyfriend-and-girlfriend. A couple of months later we happened to be photographing a beautiful wedding in Des Moines so we met up with Lyndsay and Aaron at Zombie Burger (I say this only because I want you to go there and get the Buffalo Bacon if you ever get the chance. As long as you’re not a vegetarian, you won’t regret this decision.)
Anyways, fast forward a week and we were engaged (!) and a few months after that and Lyndsay told us wedding plans had changed: they were moving the location to LAS VEGAS! The guest count was drastically going to be reduced, they wanted to get married at the Bellagio (which we weren’t allowed to photograph at because they had their own photographers), and they wanted a kick-butt portrait session with just the two of them. Oh, and they also wanted to changed the date so they asked what dates we were still available in October. We said any weekend but October 4th, because we were already booked. A few days later she text us back: WE PICKED A DATE! OCTOBER 5TH AT THE BELLAGGIO! Oh man, Lyndsay, you’re so lucky we love you.
So, after both of us photographed a wedding on October 4th (with a photo bus at each one!), we hopped on a 6am flight from Kansas City to make it for a 4pm ceremony in Las Vegas.
Believe it or not… WE MADE IT, and we made it with time to get some getting ready photos! (Disclaimer: While we weren’t really supposed to be taking photos during the ceremony we made sure to fully respect the photographers there and completely stay out of their way and their photos and we made sure Lyndsay and Aaron bought a photo package from them…. because they got some great photos around the city!).
The wedding was done and we went to Lyndsay’s favorite Italian restaurant from home: Maggiano’s Little Italy! They were even provided with a super awesome Las Vegas cake and we were all serenaded by a musician who sang the night away for us.
With an early wake up call, we began the day of the kick-butt Las Vegas, Nevada portrait session with Aaron and Lyndsay! No matter where we went we had to be at the Sign Graveyard (ok, the real name is the Neon Sign Museum) an hour before sunset. We left the strip to head to the mountains. The overcast day made it possible to literally stop anywhere we wanted on the side of the road for photos… so we did! We then went to a park, and, finally, the Sign Graveyard… which we got ALL to ourselves for an hour for photos!
We’ve worked with incredible couples over the years but we’ve never had a more tolerant groom than Aaron. Lyndsay was never pushy but guys don’t always like to spend an entire day taking photos… but Aaron never complained once.
Enjoy this ginger-filled post with a change from the Kansas City scenery :)