- 3 years ago
We did it! The whole thing was a whirlwind. The day before, our dog got sick, and we were worried that we wouldn’t be able to leave him, but he was much better the next day and we left him in the care of a trusted friend that kept us updated on him so we didn’t worry. As a result of the giant vet bill, though, we had to cancel the pink Cadillac that we were planning to rent to take us to the ceremony site…which made something that happened later that much better!
We drove from Maryland to Las Vegas–left on a Wednesday and got there early Friday afternoon. I didn’t have hotel reservations since I didn’t know if we would get there Friday or Saturday, so we snagged a room on the Air Force base and stayed there for the evening. We explored downtown a little, but we were exhausted and not prepared for the 112 degree heat.
We met up with our minister/Elvis, Roland August, the next morning and talked for about fifteen minutes or so. We met him at one of the chapels he works with and he said since we hadn’t been able to rent the Cadillac, he wanted to take some pictures for us in front of the one they had out back, which was really sweet:
We also got our marriage license that morning, which was the fastest and most painless fifteen minutes I’ve ever spent in a government building! I was super impressed.
I picked my Maid/Matron of Honor from the airport and we split off from the guys, and checked into the Venetian. I went to get my nails done and she said she had a surprise for me when I got back. I came back to this!
We went out to Canaletto for dinner, a Italian restaurant at the Venetian:
And then came back to the room to change into more club-ish clothing for the rest of the bachelorette night. She surprised me with a sash, too!
We went out to the Hustler club (my Fiance was fully aware we were going and expected us to get up to some debauchery. I was a pro burlesque dancer in college so he knows what to expect. 😉 ). It was insane, in a good way. I’d been to female strip clubs before but not male–they’re a lot different and much looser on the rules. My Maid/Matron of Honor paid them to get me up on the stage, which I was a little nervous about but it was incredibly fun and the guys were super nice.
The next morning was the wedding day! The time change had me kind of messed up, so I woke up at 5:30 am (8:30 am my usual time) and had to force myself to go back to sleep for a couple hours. My older sister wasn’t able to make it to the wedding after originally planning on it, and when she texted me that morning she told me there would be a package waiting for me at the hotel. I opened it when my Maid/Matron of Honor and I went to breakfast at Bouchon (and got free mimosas) and it was this:
I almost cried. It was SO gorgeous and so perfectly fits my personality…it meant so much to me that she picked it out and I could wear it for the wedding since she wasn’t able to come. I never expected something like that, and I was so blown away.
The wedding was scheduled for 8 pm, so after some time at the pool (the pool at the Venetian is incredible) we came back to start getting ready. My Maid/Matron of Honor had also surprised me with a white satin robe with my new monogram on it, and I gave her her gift. (I put together a gift bag with two different candles, bath bombs from LUSH, a mug with her initial, and a new Batman comic book).
I got a picture of our dresses together:
The photographers/videographer and I had decided to do the first look in the suite, so we left some of the gold and white large balloons on the lower level of the suite and when my Fiance and his dad and best man got to the hotel I hid in the bathroom while my Maid/Matron of Honor went down to get them. They put him in front of the window on the lower level, and I walked down and tapped him on the shoulder. We were both super giddy and happy when we turned around to see each other, he looked SO handsome and I can’t wait to see pictures of how it turned out. We both were kind of awkward with all of the photo/video going on, we’re not used to it, but hopefully it came out ok.
We rented a limo to go to the sign (I am so glad we did, we had a car but I didn’t want the stress of trying to figure out where to go/find parking). There were a few tourists at the sign when we got there, but plenty of room for us to do the ceremony. As soon as Rev. August/aka Elvis started singing, the crowd kept getting bigger and bigger until at one point there was at least fifty people watching. It was totally surreal, but it fit the atmosphere we wanted–laid back and casual and fun and joyful. The ceremony was fun and sweet–he picked up on so many things about us that we didn’t even mention. I remember thinking as he was talking: how does he even know this? I asked him to include Love me Tender as one of the songs, as it is my grandmother’s favorite and she loves Elvis, and he did a shout-out for her before he did the song…I can’t wait for her to see the video.
Afterwards, Rev. August had another surprise for us–he had tracked down the ’56 pink Cadillac that we had tried to find for the ceremony and had it at one of the chapels for photos! I almost cried, it was such a sweet thing for him to think of and go out of his way to find…everything he did was so above and beyond what he had to do.
After, we went down to the older part of town on Fremont Street to take photos in front of some of the older casinos and the neon.
I can’t wait to see what the pro photos look like! When I have those and the recap video in 8 weeks or so I will be sure to come back and post them. I’ll have some photos from the reception my parents are doing for us as well.
The whole trip was incredibly wonderful. We tried to go out after the wedding but we were all too tired. We stayed in Vegas two more days and had a blast–the only disappointment was that the hotel we picked for our honeymoon part, the Mirage, was disappointing after staying at the Venetian before the wedding. The rooms weren’t up to par for the price and the customer service was pretty terrible, especially compared to the Venetian. The casino was great though, and the pool was amazing (I could have spent the whole vacation in their pool drinking pina coladas).
We also wound up stopping at Indian Hot Springs in Colorado on the way back home for a night and part of a day, which might have been the most relaxing part of the whole trip! We went to the cave baths and hot springs pool, and watched the episode of Game of Thrones that we missed, and explored the town a little bit. I found a vintage turquoise ring at a an antique shop, which made a great souvenir.
I have a mini Polaroid camera so I took some there for fun:
It was a great trip and I’m so happy to be a Mrs.!