We have a treat in store for you today- a seriously creative bride that’s willing to share lots of her planning secrets (even her Pinterest boards, pretty generous we think!) And a very well-travelled couple too, so we love this one. Carol and John are Australian natives who moved to the Netherlands- Carol says John’s pick up line was “Have you got a passport?”- love it! They originally got married six years ago but had this “destination anniversary shoot” during the summer with help from lovely photographers The Emerics in Las Vegas.

Destination Anniversary Shoot
Destination Wedding Anniversary Nevada
Wedding Anniversary Destination

Carol tells us the romantic story of how they met: “In my early 20’s I was a professional ballroom dancer, and also taught dance classes regularly. But when that came to an end, I was encouraged to try Salsa and maybe do a bit of teaching too.  John was a Salsa instructor, and I knew there was something special about him the minute I danced with him – but that’s a whole other story! But yes, we got married – and I gave up dancing. We moved to Europe almost immediately after we married, and since then I’ve been studying for a university degree via correspondence…”

Destination Wedding Photography

“Our original wedding in Australia was English afternoon-tea themed, and so we knew we wanted to stick with it.  We had originally planned to head over to the UK – to really capture the “English” part, but I became very ill, and it had to be cancelled. The following year, we had an opportunity to go to Vegas, and with Vegas being the wedding capital of the world, we thought why not! And so the search for a photographer began. I came across The Emerics website and loved what I saw- I sent Jessie an email and she was on board right from the start. We toyed with the idea of renewing our vows with Elvis, but after a discussion with Jessie (from The Emerics) about costs and how most of them don’t allow outside photography, we changed our minds- the photos being the focus after all!  Jessie almost insisted we stick with the tea party theme – I think she knew she could make it work. I tended to get carried away, but Jessie kept saying “keep it simple”, and she was right!”

Destination Anniversary Shoot
Wedding Photography Abroad

A few emails later along with a shopping spree in Amsterdam for antique props, and the vision for the shoot was almost set: a tea-party styled session with a bit of desert flair. Carol then got some Pinterest boards together for the big day and has even been kind enough to share them with us! She had one for anniversary ideas and one for her hair and make up. It’s easy to see from these how great Pinterest boards are as a planning medium- the ideas came together so well on the day. Jessie Emeric suggested the old mining town of Nelson in Nevada as the setting for the shoot and provided the table and chairs used. Carol relied heavily on Jessie and only has the nicest things to say “She’s just simply delightful – her joy for life and her enthusiasm for what she does shows in her work!” She also put the couple in touch with the floral designers Layers of Lovely, and Amelia C & Co for hair and make-up, both of which Carol was delighted with. Catherine from Layers of Lovely even lent the couple her tea-set for their shoot! Carol was also bowled over by the patient and helpful staff at David’s Bridal in Las Vegas, who managed to accommodate her with a dress in four days- pretty amazing we think.

Destination Anniversary Shoot
Destination Wedding Las Vegas
Carol made her English flower garden inspired bouquet- complete with insects!- from hair clips, necklaces and brooches following this tutorial on Fancy Pants Weddings, whilst Catherine from Layers of Lovely finished if off by doing the stem wrap. John’s boutonniere was a hair clip from H&M (what a great idea!)

Destination Anniversary Shoot
Planning a Destination Wedding
Destination Anniversary Shoot
Destination Anniversary Shoot
Destination Anniversary Wedding Photos
Destination Anniversary Shoot

We just love the “English tea in the desert” theme, it’s so unusual and really works. Thanks SO much to Carol for sharing all her ideas and their romantic story with us, it’s such a pleasure to come across someone so open and generous with their ideas! Thanks also to The Emerics for sharing their brilliant photos via Two Bright Lights. We’ll be back tomorrow with our FAB 5… because it’ll be Friday, yay!

Photographers; The Emerics | Florist; Layers of Lovely | Hair and Make Up; Amelia C & Co. | Dress; David’s Bridal | Photos via Two Bright Lights

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