Mr. & Mrs. Merrill

Updated: Aug 7, 2019

I don't even know where to start with this GORGEOUS wedding! about we start with the beautiful bride and groom. The bride, Elena, is my husband's cousin. Her and her now husband live in Las Vegas, and although I have been there a few times, I never had the chance to actually meet Elena. When she asked me to shoot her wedding, I was excited to actually shoot the wedding, but I was more excited to finally meet her and those of my husband's family who I have never met before.

Speaking of my husband (I know this has nothing to do with him, but it all ties in, I promise)! My husband owns his own business and paints cars (to put it very simple)...he was doing work for a guy that welds. Stay with me, here...I promise I'll get to the point. My husband was talking with the customer who welds about, well, welding...and my husband brought up Elena's now husband, Justin.

You see, Justin is a welder in Las Vegas. A very talented welder. In fact, you may have heard of him. His business is The Fabricator, and he has a series on YouTube called The Fabrication Series.

Ok, back to my husband and his customer. After my husband brought up The Fabricator to this welding customer, the customer said "Oh, yea, I have heard of him for sure. You KNOW him? I watch him on YouTube!"

Ok, back to Justin. I didn't know until the day of the wedding, just HOW well known Justin was. He has just about 240,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, and over 50,000 followers on Instagram. I will link his YouTube channel below so you can see for yourself!

After meeting Justin and Elena, I couldn't have picked a better woman for him. She is so sweet, smiles a lot, and even welds with Justin! They got married in Riverside, California at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Why? Because they both fell in love with the property. Simple as that! I couldn't love that more! They had friends & family from all over join them as they celebrated their wedding. Most were from Las Vegas, Seattle, and even Iowa (wink wink).

I am honored to have been offered the chance to shoot at this gorgeous venue, and to capture the wedding of Justin and Elena.

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Photographer: Kelsey Opague Photography

Venue: Mission Inn Hotel and Spa

Bridal Gown: Brilliant Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal

Menswear: Men's Wearhouse

Rings: Zales & Jewelry Point

Cake: Cake Box on Main Street

Hair & Makeup: Linn & Lupita from Foxy Faces by Jen

Justin's YouTube Channel: The Fabrication Series

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