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Duda & Megan – Cancelling a Wedding and Eloping in Death Valley

Duda & Megan – Cancelling a Wedding and Eloping in Death Valley

Two brides lesbian small Covid wedding in Death Valley California USA desert

Our wedding day was October 15, 2021, in the middle of the desert in Death Valley. It was truly the most beautiful and perfect day of our lives. Dancing with Her heard our story of how Duda proposed to me two years ago in Cabo San Lucas, and since then, we have been planning our big wedding.

We ran into many issues — COVID, all of Duda’s family and friends in Brazil and the US border being closed, and simply all the unknowns of COVID itself —and after rescheduling it twice, it became clear that all we really wanted was just to be married.

So we did what felt right in our hearts— canceled our wedding and decided to elope.

Suddenly, wedding planning became exciting again. That’s when we discovered Death Valley. We fell in love immediately and knew we had to get married there. We reached out to Niki (our elopement coordinator) out West and began the planning all over again.

Before we knew it, October was here. We flew into Vegas and made our way through the desert to The Oasis at Death Valley, the resort we’d be staying at for the weekend. Having never been to Death Valley before, our wedding day was FULL of surprises. We had no idea what our ceremony location at Breakfast Canyon looked like until we drove up to get married.

We exchanged our own vows and rings with the most beautiful, emotional ceremony officiated by Berlynn. Afterward, we got to sip champagne and toast with our guests before heading off for our portraits at Zabriskie Point! The views at Zabriskie Point were breathtaking and one of my favorite spots we’ve ever visited. And our photographer Kirnos Photography captured the most stunning pictures.

After that, we headed back to the resort for dinner, drinks and dancing in their Garden. We saw the table set up, decor, and cake for the first time when we walked in, and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

These surprises made our day and night even more fun and exciting for both of us. Although some very important guests (like my older sister) couldn’t make it due to health reasons, we had eight of the most special family and friends by our side, and the day was truly filled with so much love and happiness.

But let me talk about one special guest: Duda’s dad. As I mentioned before, all of Duda’s family except for her mom lives in Brazil, and she hasn’t seen many of them in a few years. Her dad had promised both Duda and himself: that he’d be there to walk her down the aisle at our wedding. He got vaccinated in Brazil, and while the US border was closed for him to travel into, the Mexico border was not. So her dad booked a ticket to Mexico and quarantined at a resort for two weeks before our wedding. Just so that he could fly into the US from Mexico.

My heart was so full the day we met him at the airport. I knew our wedding day would be the most emotional and fantastic day, but Duda’s dad there made it even more special than we could’ve ever dreamt up.

We’re so happy, so in love, so thankful. Love really is the only thing that enables the most magical, unexpected things to happen.


Photography by Kirnos Photography

Cake Topper Blissful Props
Ceremony Location Breakfast Canyon, Death Valley National Park 
Coordinator | Designer Ember and Stone Events
Custom Cookies Shelleys Cookie Studio 
Dress Designers Eddy K, Show Me Your Mumu, Wtoo by Watters, Lulus
Florals Lucid Juliet
H&MU Set and Fury
Invites Splendid Moment Co 
Officiant Lady Love Bandit
Reception Venue & Cake The Oasis at Death Valley
Rings Olive Avenue Jewelry
Table Runner Snassy Crafter 

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