A Pop-Up Desert Wedding: Elizabeth + Jared


Elizabeth + Jared’s pop-up desert destination wedding was minimalistic, spontaneous, adventurous, and a little bit rebellious (doughnuts and funky Vans, anyone?). They celebrated in their own unique style, with foraged flora and fauna for the bride’s bouquet, a tiny guest list, and re-usable shopping totes as thank-you gifts.

Read more about their love story below and check out the stunning images from the Nevada desert by Lauren Scotti!

Tell us about your proposal.

Every year we cook up a new gift exchange theme for the holidays. In 2015 the theme was “anything that’s an experience.” Jared made a redeemable coupon book full of dates for us to go on. Unknown to me, he saved one redeemable card for New Years Day, titled “Good for one marriage.” I cashed that in on 5/20/16, (I even wrote my vows on it and handed it to him during the ceremony to make it totally official).

How did you know your partner was the one?

There’s no one major defining moment because we’re so highly compatible. Our relationship has naturally progressed in to an amazing life long partnership. It’s cheesy to say, “you just know,” but that’s really how it feels. We now own the same business and spend the majority of our days working side-by-side on client projects. 6 years have flown by in a blink of an eye and we’re ready for 60 more.

What do you love most about your partner? (his and her)

Elizabeth: Jared’s the perfect partner in crime. We’re always cooking up crazy ideas together and pulling them off. Everything from co-founding our business to hosting weekly board game nights. He has my back.

Jared: I like your ‘in your face’ interface. (Thanks Futurama).

What was your favourite part of the wedding day?

If I had to narrow it down I’d say Jared’s vows. He did an amazing job with them and totally blew me away. I’m glad I read mine first, he’d be a tough act to follow. Plus being able to share something so personal with our immediate family was really meaningful. That, or the 25mph winds. Lemme tell you. You can’t hire the wind, right?


What was your favourite detail?

Vendors may not count as a traditional wedding detail, but they were integral to the overall look and feel of our wedding. When you purposefully don’t have a ton of extras, it really shows if you don’t choose harmonious vendors. Not only did we find vendors that “got it,” but they made the whole experience exactly how we envisioned it. Plus they are all genuinely great people.

What is marriage to you?

Marriage can and should be anything you want it to be: extending your family, celebrating life, confirming your commitment, sharing love. For us it was a vow to do all those things and more. Being married also means you have a committed life partner that loves you so much that they’ve willingly signed up to tackle whatever life is going to throw at you, good and bad. With strong communication anything is possible, and that’s such a cool feeling.


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