It’s not every day that a blind date ends with happily ever after, but for Olivia Breann Duncan and Jeremy Saxton Power, it was even more than they could have ever hoped. “We both have said it was absolutely love at first sight,” smiles Olivia. “Once we locked eyes, the rest was truly history.” Two years after their first date, Jeremy proposed on a trip to Sedona, Arizona. “It was a fairy tale come true!” adds the bride.
With 14 months to plan their dream wedding in Las Vegas – the city where they met, fell in love, and reside – Olivia and Jeremy put together a fabulous planning team. “Our amazing wedding planner Ashley Thompson [of Ashley Creative Events] planned the entire wedding with us from start to finish,” shares Olivia. “We couldn’t have done it without her.”
When the effects of COVID-19 started to shut down parts of the United States just one week before their big day, Olivia and Jeremy were forced to cancel their planned wedding in March. However, they decided to make the most of what they had been dealt, along with the rest of the world. “We went from a wedding of 150 down to 12, but it all worked out perfectly in the end,” confirms the bride of their decision to host a micro-wedding with exceptional décor surrounded by their nearest and dearest.
Despite the smaller guest list, the ceremony space was absolutely breathtaking and just as grand as they had planned. Desiring a lush and romantic look, the bride was thrilled as she walked into the stunning space for the first time. “To see the room completely transformed into our fairy tale, with our families there and Jeremy and me at the center of it all, was truly a dream come true,” confirms the bride. “That moment will live in our minds and hearts forever.”
The bride and groom’s family found their seats atop upholstered oval-back chairs facing an incredible wall embellished with flowers and greenery. Ivory rose petals covered the entire aisleway, which was lined with fresh foliage and blooms, and the couple walked through an impressive arch of verdure dotted with ivory and blush blossoms to meet in front of the floral backdrop for the vow exchange. “Our biggest emphasis was on the floral design… the more flowers the better, and we definitely accomplished that goal!” affirms Olivia.
Following the picture-perfect vow exchange, the couple joined their loved ones for an intimate dinner reception decorated with blooms lining the center of the table. Friends and family enjoyed seafood to start, followed by appetizers and salads before the main course. “Since we were at an upscale steakhouse and had such a small party, everyone ordered from the standard menu,” explains the bride. After dinner, slices of the couple’s wedding cake featuring an all-white design with florals cascading down the front were served. To add a personalized element, the pair used the wedding cake topper of the bride’s parents. “They saved it for 34 years, and it was an honor to use it,” smiles Olivia.
Though their celebration was much different than the one they originally planned, the newlyweds encourage other pairs to enjoy the entire process, regardless of the circumstances. In fact, they felt their intimate guest list allowed them to experience even more special emotions throughout the day. “We got to truly relish in the moment because we didn’t feel pulled in a million directions,” notes the bride. “The night was filled with so much love that we felt it from start to finish.”