Every year, hundreds of thousands of music lovers flock to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Electric Daisy Carnival–three days of total immersion in flashy performance art, carnival rides, the best of electronic music, and, for many, love. In recent years, EDC has incorporated a functional chapel among its offerings, allowing couples to legally tie the knot under the electric sky. If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to get married at one of the world’s largest parties, well, we crashed Chris and Skye’s wedding (one of EDC Las Vegas’ first same-sex weddings, at that!) to give you all the neon deets.
Chris, a chef, and Skye, a lawyer, first met seven years ago, and EDC (then based in Los Angeles), was one of the first things they did together as a couple. Though their relationship grew and cemented over the years, getting married always seemed just out of reach, until 2015, when the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. “I remember exactly where I was when the ruling came down,” says Skye. “I left work. I just walked out. I thought, ‘This is something I need to be a part of.’”
Skye soon proposed to Chris, and earlier this year, when he realized they were going to EDC, decided to broach the subject of a wedding at the actual festival. “We were planning something more traditional,” said Skye, “but one day, I came home from work, walked right up to [Chris] and said, ‘Listen, I have this crazy idea… what would you think about getting married at EDC?’” Chris’ response? “I’m so glad you brought that up!” They signed up that minute.
While the normal EDC matrimony experience includes a ceremony within one of two temporary, beautifully modern structures on the festival grounds, Chris and Skye were treated to something a little extra: Smirnoff gave the couple their own film crew, live streamed the entire event, and provided a private reception at the Smirnoff House, an adorable white picket fence house (complete with chimney!) built on the EDC grounds that had been hosting intimate sets all weekend long by acts like Martin Solveig and Ookay. The newlyweds got the royal treatment and brought their relationship full circle, cementing their bond at the event that started it all for them. If you want a wedding with a kick, here’s all the deets on how to get married at EDC yourself.
Love always wins.