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We Want This Our Way

Timing is everything. If it’s meant to happen, it will, at the right time for the right reasons.

Christine and David are both strangers to each other that walked the same aisles and shared the same classes during law school, not knowing that they will be spending a lifetime of adventures and love for the rest of their lives nearly four years after they graduated.

Love paved its way when finally they met in 2016, where they worked for the same agency but in different departments. From small talks, dance parties, and hanging out, they are becoming inseparable. Day by day, they built a strong foundation of their relationship. Christine and David made sure to cherish and live their lives as a couple that they want to be. Both are grateful that they didn’t meet sooner; they have met each other in such perfect timing that they are both ready to be together and settle down.

After a bike ride with Christine’s friends, David surprised her by playing their favorite song, “I Want It That Way,” with his flute. Then he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. It is a modest but excellent way to remember their engagement.

Christine and David planned a big wedding to celebrate their love with their families and friends. Unfortunately, the pandemic made the arrangements difficult for the couple. They then tossed the idea of a big wedding and went with David’s plan of eloping in Vegas.

They thought of a chapel somewhere on the strip to be married, but then they found the Cactus Collective Wedding website. At that very moment, they knew that a romantic elopement in the desert is what they wanted.

The wedding was classic–from the incredible scenery, the violinist who played “I Want It That Way” as Christine walked towards David, their officiant, and to the smallest details that complimented the entire ceremony. The exchange of vows is their beloved part of their wedding. For them, it is significant to speak the truth from their hearts as they enter a new chapter of their lives.

Everything happened and fell perfectly to the right moment of their wedding… and without wanting to change anything at all, David and Christine, now happily married, can now sing “We Want This Our Way!”

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Florals: Gaia Flowers
Makeup: Makeup in the 702
Rings: Ariat International

McKenzi Taylor
McKenzi Taylor

McKenzi Taylor is America’s go-to elopement and micro wedding expert, often featured in small and major media outlets, such as the New York Times. With over 15 years of wedding photography experience, it was after planning her own Las Vegas elopement in 2016 that McKenzi felt her purpose shift into elopement coordination. She started Cactus Collective Weddings soon after in 2017. Since then, she’s become a WIPA board member, and has helped well over 1000 couples get hitched in style around Las Vegas, San Diego and Black Hills.