Kata & Zoli’s Cozy and Carefree Neon Boneyard Elopement
Woot! We made it to Friday and today I’m delighted to introduce you to adorable and high-spirited couple from Europe, Kata and Zoli. The lovebirds had an intimate wedding at the Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas and had a great time taking quirky and crazy-awesome photos with the iconic neon signs & downtown Vegas as backdrop. The boneyard museum as a wedding venue has been featured on here many times and, such as the case with this shoot, it’s nearly always through the talents of Poptastic Bride faves Jason & JoAnne Marino of Imagine Photography (check out their previous features + BTL interview).
Jason had this to say about the couple and the shoot:
These guys were all about fun, and wanted disjointed, awkward photos that weren’t the norm. We had a blast just shooting things in totally random ways and making it completely bizarre and fun. They were such great people to work with. We shot at Neon Museum, dirty Downtown Las Vegas, and the Cosmopolitan Hotel parking garage.
About the couple. (Please note that the beautiful Kata kindly took the time to translate their answers into English from their native Hungarian):
Both of us graduated from the law school of Budapest (Hungary) and we got to know each other early: in the freshmen camp of the University. So we are a couple for more than 12 years. Skiing and snowboarding in the hills of Austria are our hobbies for the winter times. Contrary to this, in summer we spend most of our weekends in Hungary at the Lake Balaton (the largest lake in Central Europe) or in a tiny seaside resort in Croatia. My hobby and profession is art management and Zoli’s favorite leisure activity DJ-ing. That’s why we are attending a wide range of open-air cultural and music festivals during the summer.
About the wedding + their choice of venue:
We chose The Neon Museum as our wedding venue because we were searching new things in our whole life, which were different and extraordinary. We didn’t want to have a classical Vegas flash wedding because we had a really long journey in time and distance to make it happen. We like decadent things, to generate tension and wonder.
We always wished to have a wedding, which wasn’t ordinary, conventional; which was only just ours and to we wished for a cool occasion, which had a message forever like the neon signs there, which remained evergreen and eternal like our relationship.
It was somehow bizarre but peaceful when we were getting married in our designer / pimp-like clothes under the shadow of the neon signs, 6000 miles away from our home, family and friends. In the center of the showbiz, riding the roller coaster as an adult, far away from the duties.
Their love story:
Kata: When did I realize that he was the one? We were “tested” in the camp with silly tasks by our mentors (upper grade students). One of these tasks was that they poured several sorts of alcoholic drinks in a beer bottle and a volunteer of each group had to drink it with a sipper while he was standing on his hands and having a bitter drop under his tongue. There was a boy in our team who applied for the job, but he was vomiting upside down before finishing the task.
Thereafter, Zoli was the only applicant of the other group and when I first saw him he was already upside down and wearing a Hawaiian shirt with a vintage Adidas cardigan and two helpful blonde-haired girls tried to hold him fix. He drank it immediately! I suddenly realized that I had to play with the other team. We got to know each other on the same day and since then we have been in the same team.
Zoli: To tell the truth, I didn’t intend to go to that camp, but finally I arrived with one day delay. At the first group session there was a girl with decadent short hair and wearing smooth red trousers. On the one hand, I was not that kind of brave guy and since numberless gents were vulturing around her permanently, especially from the upper semester, I didn’t feel I had a chance. On the other hand, the freshman camp provided a wide range of allowed narcotics against stress. So next time when I could get close to her unobtrusively (our teams were marching together while trying to pass the tasks), I tried to pique her interest without saying any word directly to her. I even made the stupid beer drinking, however, I’m a wine fan. In the same night I tried to avoid her in a specific task – we would have had to kiss each other –, but at the end of the exercise we came off the hill together. Since then we climb our mountains together.
Zoli asked THE question 4 years ago. One of our common hobbies is to travel and since we are urban people we can get inspired mostly by big cities. We believe in communities. We spend our weekends and holidays with our friends. My work is about networking and our whole life is a network. But the real relaxation is to spend some time together, only the two of us, talking with each other and just disconnect the outside world.
Once a year we try to escape and leave our workaholic life at home. My birthday present from Zoli 4 years ago to travel to Transylvania. However we are not that type of hikers, we climbed the ‘Hargita’ hill successfully although there was at least one metre snow at the end of April. Zoli knelt down on the snowy spring hilltop and asked me: “May I be your husband?” The whole of the huge pink neon rings formed an “?”. In Hungarian the character of “?” is the symbol of “the One”.
More about the couple:
Kata: I come from a jurist family and graduated the law University in Hungary and studied in Austria and Germany as well. After 3 years working as a real-estate lawyer, Panni, my sister, and I opened our co-working office in Budapest in a former printing house. Thereby, we became the pioneers of the co-working model in Hungary. Now, we have 4 offices in Budapest and one in Vienna (Austria) which are called LOFFICE. Our mission is to support young entrepreneurs and artists while emphasizing values like sustainability and renewable energy.
Zoli comes from a jurist family as well. When he was a child a successful soccer career was presaged to him and he really played in the first league as a goalkeeper. However, after getting to know the mentality of the “East European professionals” he opted for the jurisprudence and started to be an attorney-at-law. Soccer stayed his hobby forever. Currently he is an EU lawyer and attorney-of-law in Hungary, a member of a well-known law firm of Budapest and Vienna called Oppenheim.
About the photo shoot:
It was very important to us to have a shooting without any conventional settings, to have photos with contrast where the French lace dress and the finesse of our designer shoes are balanced with the true side of Vegas. We are devoted, faithful people. The day of our wedding ceremony was named on the 15th of June. After all details were fixed up, it turned out that Jason and JoAnne from Imagine Photography were busy on that day. So we restarted it and organized our big day one day earlier! It was worth it!
We would like to say thank you to all members of our family and to all of our friends to accept (or not) our decision, and to my uncle Alex and his wife Eileen to be our witnesses and for helping us to find our way among the scores of the neon signs. Zoli especially would like to thank the Korean casino croupé not to let him lose too much.
Huge thanks as always to Jason and JoAnne for the awesome photos, and congratulations Kata and Zoli! Thank you for sharing your special day with us. 🙂
Photographers: Jason and JoAnne Marino of Imagine Photography
Locations: Neon Museum, Downtown Las Vegas, and the Cosmopolitan Hotel parking garage