I’ve only been blogging for 7 months now and am having a blast. I wanted to share mine and Frank’s wedding with you. Today is our 3rd anniversary. We’ve shared a wonderful life together for the past 15 years, but only got married 3 years ago today. A couple of years before, we were joking around about getting married in Las Vegas. Turns out that Frank’s sister and her long term partner (25 years together) got engaged and decided to get married at Valley of Fire outside of Las Vegas. Their wedding was absolutely beautiful, the setting was breathtaking and we were happy to be there. This was her first marriage and we were glad to have waited and let her enjoy her day with all their (and our) family and friends. It was quite special. Frank’s sister is an awesome sister and we were ecstatic for both of them.
Their wedding was in April, 2016 and it was our first trip to the flashing lights and all the marvel that makes Sin City what it is. It was over before it began. I fell in love with Nevada! I like playing a little Texas Holdem, and I did, but I love the outdoor nature attractions that Nevada has to offer. There is so much to do in the great outdoors within 2 hours of the Las Vegas strip….it’s amazing.
We began planning our own wedding in September that same year for March of 2017. After some deliberation, we finally chose our date. Originally, it was going to be Saturday, April 1st and then we decided that the joke would be on us. No April Fool’s day wedding for us. Since I had the brilliant idea to send out invitations to all our friends, coworkers and family to stream it live…Friday, March 31st would be the day. I researched the venues and spent three weeks watching YouTube videos of several Las Vegas weddings and how they performed. I knew I wanted “Elvis” to marry us. I got input from Frank and we decided on A Elvis Chapel. We charted out all our days, coming up with a complete agenda that would pack in our special day and plenty of hiking and birding. We were very meticulous about the adventures we wanted to pack into this magical honeymoon. Over the course of the following week, we went to Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Floyd Lamb Park, Red Rock Canyon, and Death Valley National Park.
We arrived at Bally’s two days before our ceremony so we would have time to get the rental car, check into the hotel, buy our groceries for the duration of the trip, get our marriage license and be ready for Friday. Bally’s was undergoing a facelift and had been for some time. We had stayed there the year before for Frank’s sister’s wedding and there were parts of the hotel under renovation at that time. When we arrived at the hotel, they had given our room to someone else. After almost an hour of them trying to figure it out and our persistent gentle persuasion, they offered us a non-renovated room at the same price. It wasn’t just any non-renovated room, it was the honeymoon suite. Sure, it looked like it came straight out of the 1970’s but so what. We had a raised sunken jacuzzi tub set in marble tile that would have fit both of us fine. His and her vanities, his and her closets, a room for the toilet, shower and bidet. My vanity mirror had little round lights surrounding it, making me feel like a movie star as I beautified myself (hair and makeup) for my big day. I could only imagine the celebrities who had stayed in this room in its hay day.
Frank’s good friend Eva and her boyfriend, Robert arrived the following day from California as our witnesses. It had been many years since Frank and Eva had seen each other and it was quite the reunion. First time I had met them in person in all the years that Frank and I had been together.
We arrived at A Elvis Chapel and prepared to be married by the most entertaining Elvis Impersonator in Las Vegas. He walked me down the aisle to the Hawaiian Wedding Song. We said some vows, danced to “I Can’t Help Falling In Love”, did some fun vows pertaining to Elvis and closed with “All Shook Up”.
It was the most stress-free wedding we could have ever planned. It was streamed over the internet so everyone that we knew could see us get married. People I didn’t know watched it. Those who got an invitation shared it with people they knew and they all watched it on a computer at work. The live stream was on all the wall mounted monitors in our offices and warehouse where I worked. Those folks that I worked with at the time got to attend my wedding without leaving the comfort of their desks. It was a great alternative to hosting a large wedding. No pressure on us, no pressure on the guests and a splendid time for all. After the ceremony, the four of us piled back into the limo, arrived at Paris Las Vegas and proceeded to have quite the feast at Le Village Buffet. Great times with great friends!
Can’t wait to go back to Las Vegas. Maybe in two years, we will do it again and renew our vows with our favorite Elvis impersonator. To quote my all time favorite “thank you…thank you very much”!