About | Kristen Kay - Kristen Kay Photography - Las Vegas Wedding Photographer

About : Kristen Kay


I'm a small town Iowa girl, currently living in the mountainous desert of Las Vegas, NV with my husband, Trevor our green cheek conure, Chappie, and our Malshipoo puppy, Porter.

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Education  :  I graduated in 2012 with honors from the University of Northern Iowa with a BA in Fine Art: Photography.


Since the age of 10, I knew I wanted to grow up to be a photographer. But my love for traveling and exploring the World, kind of just happened. My Junior year of college I packed up my car and moved to New Mexico to attend UNM for photography and then on to Utah for a semester to do a photography internship. After my internship, I lived in Port Elizabeth, South Africa for a semester studying abroad. After a short time living and working in America, I signed up to teach English to elementary students abroad. I lived and worked in South Korea for a year and a half.


I specialize in intimate weddings and elopements for couples who crave adventure and love to focus on the simple beauties of life and love. Want to find out more about my Las Vegas intimate elopement and wedding packages?


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What I love :

interior decorating.  White walls, neutral colors and all things mid-century modern. I have a love/obsession with furniture and interior decorating and design.

gardening.  I love unique indoor plants and love our little outdoor garden. 

travel .  I'm a frequent flyer, the one with her face and camera plastered to the window. I'm a lover of road trips and adventures to anywhere.

healthy, simple living.  I've been gluten-free for a few years and I'll never look back. It's changed my life. I love living a simple life surrounded by the people who matter most.


Who I love :

my husband, Trevor.  Who I may have met on an airplane in 2010 (read below for more of our story)!

my puppy, Porter.  He's my best friend. We go on walks, wrestle, cuddle and eat treats.  He is making me into a morning person, slowly, very very slowly. We are pretty much inseparable and he gets jealous when Trevor gives me attention or I give Trevor attention. He's clearly just a little spoiled.

My family.  Who support and encourage me. My dad wasn't too sure about me getting an art degree and my mom wasn't too sure about me traveling the world alone but they encouraged me anyway. And went to great lengths to help me live my dream. And I'm so thankful they did!


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Our love story : we met on an airplane.

It all began September 10, 2010. I was flying Delta from Salt Lake City to Chicago to see my cousins. He was flying Delta from Salt Lake City to Chicago and then on to England, where he was living. He spotted me at the airport and hoped by some miracle we would be on the same flight.

Well, the stars aligned that day and our seat assignments landed us in the same row, right next to each other. We talked the entire flight and at the end of the flight, he asked for my Facebook, in case I ever decided to travel to England and needed advice (or whatever excuse he used). 

We chatted on social media, FaceTimed for hours upon hours, took a 9-day first date road trip around the West. Oh yeah, he knew the way to this wanderer's heart.

I couldn't help but fall in love with this man and his sweetness. He's my rock and my best friend as all spouses should be.


We eloped :  in Las Vegas.

May 10, 2015 --  because 5 + 10 = 15. We drove down to the Little White Chapel's Tunnel of Love in Las Vegas. We sat in our car during the ceremony, which was performed out of the drive-thru window and then we drove away... married.

It was just us, it was perfectly simple complete with homemade twisty-tie rings (because my custom designed ring wasn't ready yet). We ate Thai food for lunch and went out to the desert to take photos at sunset.

It was so simple, so us and a day we will never forget.



Iowa wedding :vow ceremony and reception.

September 10, 2016, we had a very simple ceremony at my grandparents' farm in Iowa near where I grew up and a lovely reception at an old train depot!

We had smoked pork tacos for dinner atop eclectic plates from thrift stores, airplane cookies (because we met on an airplane) and square dancing for all ages all complete with a sparkler send off.

We wanted a way for our families to get together and meet and have a fun two-day celebration. Our vow ceremony was on Friday evening at sunset and our reception was the next evening. We wanted something unique and something that was 'us'. The non-traditional reception venue also fit our travel theme. We wanted a way to get everyone involved with dancing, so we had a caller who taught us square dancing. It was one of the best decisions we made. Everyone had a blast. And the sparkler send-off at the end (thanks to my dad) was pretty amazing too.

Your wedding day is YOUR day. If you want a two-day celebration because photos are important than have a two-day celebration! Do you want two different dresses, too? For the reception, think of unique, fun activities for your guests, they will thank you for it, I promise.


I love helping others plan their days and coming up with fun activities and something a little out of the ordinary and specific to you and your love. If you have ideas or want me to help brainstorm, please reach out!   hello@kristenkayphotography.com



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