By Wendy O. Dixon
Whitney White Hipsh and Scott Smith had talked about eloping for a while and looked into different venues in the Caribbean, locally on the beach, and in Las Vegas. “We also talked about whether we should include our family and friends or just keep it the two of us,” Whitney says. The couple finally decided they wanted to keep it a secret and that Las Vegas was the perfect spot for them to elope. “Since we were going to Vegas, we decided to have a true Vegas elopement,” Whitney explains, “complete with the famous Little White Wedding Chapel, the Tunnel of Love, a pink Cadillac, and Elvis—no stress and lots of fun!”
Whitney and Scott had no need for a wedding planner. “Tammy McDaniel of Tammy’s Journeys booked our Vegas trip,” Whitney adds, “but she didn’t even know why we were going there!”
After work, they flew to Vegas and had the chapel pick them up in a limo at the airport. After heading straight to the courthouse to get the marriage license, Whitney and Scott went directly to the Tunnel of Love chapel to get married. “Only our immediate family knew about our elopement before we left,” Whitney says, “which was a very hard secret to keep from everyone.” But they did want to announce their big news with friends, so they “checked in” to the wedding chapel on Facebook and sent text messages to let everyone know what they were doing. “After we were Mr. and Mrs., we checked into our hotel and then had the rest of our time to enjoy the sights of Las Vegas,” Whitney recalls fondly. “It was the perfect way for us to get married.”
Favorite Wedding Moment: “Having our wedding be just the two of us and telling everyone where we were and what we were doing after we had arrived in Las Vegas was the best moment of the wedding by far!” Whitney says.
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Vendors: Tammy’s Journeys The Tunnel of Love at The Little White Wedding Chapel, Las Vegas Photography by The Little White Wedding Chapel, edited by Jay Photography Elvis impersonator