A Bohemian Desert Elopement at Valley of Fire State Park in Overton, Nevada

Shortly after Shannon Corr (30 and a real estate agent) and Michael Gibbs (28 and an electrician) got engaged, the Australia-based couple decided to elope to the Valley of Fire State Park in Overton, Nevada, an hour outside Las Vegas. “I still wanted to have a nice wedding, not a token Vegas elopement where we get married by Elvis,” Shannon says. “I am so glad we chose this location. Now all our friends want to travel there—and not just for the touristy Vegas.” When a desert rainstorm threatened to ruin their day, Shannon and Michael’s planners moved fast to push the date back by a day. For the theme and color scheme, Shannon aimed to mix bohemian style with romance. “I wanted something with a boho feel but still elegant,” says Shannon, who landed on a “desert jewel” look, with deep reds and golds and pops of blue. After saying their vows before a macrame wedding arch, Shannon and Michael cut into a chocolate cake; they enjoyed it, with her two bridesmaids, on a wooden table set with gold flatware just steps from the ceremony site. Shannon has straightforward advice for other brides: “Elope! It was the best thing we have ever done. And trust your wedding planner to carry out your vision.” —Carolyn Meers