A city elopement on 35mm film // Film Wedding Photographer

Photographing on film is like stepping back into nostalgia. Film wedding photography is making a comeback because of our desire for authenticity and our need to feel real feelings when we look back at our photos. As we continue to offer this medium to our couples, we’re witnessing this first-hand. What we hear over and over is that film photos don’t feel staged or manufactured. It feels like the total opposite: raw and imperfect.

We recently found ourselves in the bright lights capital of the world - Las Vegas - to document a styled elopement. We chose Sure Thing Chapel, a New Vegas kitsch chapel with incredible vintage elements, as our main location. From the photobooth to the organ to the record player, we stepped into the past for a bit. 

We started with a sweet getting ready together at a nearby Airbnb. Note to couples: If you’re eloping, we highly recommend getting ready together. We’ve done this several times (check out this sweet Acadia National Park Elopement) and can guarantee you won’t regret it. Then we headed to the chapel where a vintage car waiting for us. We really wanted to capture the feel of nostalgia, can you tell? 🙂 

Then it was time for the ceremony at the chapel and some time spent listening to records, a first dance, and taking photos on the vintage analog photobooth. This photobooth was a real treat for analog junkies like us - “the only analog photobooth in a wedding chapel.” And, if you have a sweet tooth, no celebration is complete without cake and champagne. We kept with the theme and went for a vintage-inspired cake by Winston Marie Cakes.

Ok, folks - there you have it. Our first post of the year couldn’t be anything less than an entire elopement photographed all on film. We’re so excited that nearly every couple this year has chosen to add film photography to their packages. We cannot wait for all the raw emotion and authentic moments we’ll be capturing this season. Check out the photos below and know that you too will fall in love with film wedding photography. 

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