“It was so great having you there.”
“You’re so easy going.”
At Cactus Collective, these are our favorite words to hear before, during, and after working with couples to create epic desert elopements and intimate weddings.
Because the Collective ethos is simple: We keep it easy.
From the planning to the execution to the let’s-look-at-photos-and-relive-every-minute, taking the overwhelm out of your wedding day to produce an absolutely epic occasion and capture each important moment is what we care about most.
That’s what we care about. Here’s what we know:
- You don’t want an over-the-top, traditional wedding
- You don’t want to spend hours upon hours figuring out the best place to start in planning your day
- You care deeply about it being the perfect day for you and whoever you choose to share it with
Pop the bubbly — because we’re virtually cheers-ing you to all of the above.
Here’s what you should know about us:
- We’ve been in your shoes: Our founder, McKenzi, eloped with her husband in Red Rock Canyon and still claims it as the best decision she’s ever made
- We’re in love with where we live, from the mountains to the desert to the businesses we partner with
- We care deeply about creating your perfect day for you and whoever you choose to share it with
The Las Vegas desert is a magical place. We can’t wait to help you make it one you’ll remember forever as you celebrate one of the most important moments of your life.
Our preferred partners
We don’t partner with just anyone. Cactus Collective is what it is because of the fantastic business owners we team up with to make your wedding go off without a hitch.
Taylored Photo Memories
Capturing memories for adventurous souls.
Peachy Keen Unions
Collaborating with couples to create and perform personalized ceremonies.
Gaia Flowers, Plants, and Gifts
Sustainably grown flowers and desert accents arranged in pots and vases, made by local artists.
Design and decor made to wow, from one of the largest event rental inventories in Las Vegas.
McKenzi Taylor was born an entrepreneur. Growing up in a family of farmers in the midwest, she picked up photography at age 12, and shot her first wedding at the ripe age of 14.
A move out to California post-undergrad led to jobs in photojournalism, collegiate photography, and, in an interesting twist, a Master’s in Organizational Leadership.
McKenzi first truly flexed her own entrepreneurial muscles when she started Taylored Photo Memories, where she and her team provide professional photography and videography for traditional and destination weddings, engagement shoots, and both professional and family portrait sessions in and around Las Vegas and the southwest.
It wasn’t long into running TPM before her love of photography evolved into a love of connecting with other business owners in the area that could help the couples she was shooting plan and perfect their wedding day.
Before long, Cactus Collective was born with the goal of making intimate Vegas weddings and elopement accessible and affordable for couples who want to do it differently.
Through all of McKenzi’s experience, though, the biggest irony is this: She never thought she’d end up living in the Las Vegas desert. She fell in love with it when she and her now-husband began rock climbing, eventually moving to get closer to Red Rock Canyon, the site of their 2016 elopement.
Today, she looks to bring the adoration she has for the mountains, the desert, and the intimacy of it all to couples seeking the perfect place for a private elopement or intimate destination wedding.
And when she’s not doing just that? She’s likely hiking, climbing, running, and cycling through this place she’s now incredibly happy to call home.
“I have the pleasure over and over again of providing people with a break in their wedding planning process and great images they’ll cherish forever. It really doesn’t get any better.”
Nothing matters more to us than taking the stress out of your planning, staging the perfect environment, and capturing your day with photos you’ll look back at with smiles and (happy) tears for a lifetime.