A friend of mine just got hitched in Las Vegas. This is a trend we are seeing more and more of...the destination wedding. I had a chance to ask her a few questions about her, her finance Jamie, and their Vegas Experience.
Erin, is a 31 year old, Director of Sales and Education for Belli Skin Care (skincare for the mom to be). She is a California Native, but moved to Seattle two years ago. Jamie, is a 36 year old, world-renowned “mixologist” although he prefers the word “bartender”. Jamie is currently consulting for a number of projects, and working on a plan for his own bar in Seattle. He is Canadian, born in Montreal, but calls Vancouver his home. He moved to Seattle two years ago, and the rest is history! Here are some of Erin’s highlights:
Denice: Why did you decide to do a Vegas Wedding?
Erin: We wanted to do something fun, but painless. I’ve never had the “bride gene”, and wanted as little hassle as possible.
E: Vegas has never been my favorite place, but you just have to go every once in a while. With it still raining here in Seattle, it was the perfect excuse to get to some 100+ degree weather! And there has always been something about the novelty of a Vegas-Chapel wedding! There’s a kitsch-factor there that I love.
D: What type of wedding ceremony did you have?
E: It was a short civil ceremony at the Graceland Chapel (where Jon Bon Jovi got married!). The pastor was French, and had such a comical accent, that I almost thought he was putting on a character. My husband speaks a bit of French, so he was able to use a little of it with him. We had 10 guests.
D: Was Elvis there?
E: I wish. The Graceland Chapel is the home of the “original” Elvis wedding. I almost regret not choosing the Elvis package. They have one package that gives you TWO Elvis’s (or Elvi?). You get the young, gold lamè Elvis, and then older white-jumpsuit Elvis. And they sing of course…
D: Was it nice not to have to plan a traditional wedding?
E: YES, just thinking about it gives me a headache.
D: What was your favorite part of the ceremony?
E: It was probably the ring-exchange. We recited the traditional vows, which I always thought were kind of hokey, but it was nice.
D: Did you elope?
E: Yes and No. We like to think that we eloped, but just had a few people tag along with us. We had it on a Wednesday night, so we knew we wouldn’t get too many people out to Vegas-but were surprised at the number of people who DID come.
D: All in all, was it fun and memorable?
E: DEFINITELY. It was perfect-I wouldn’t change a thing. I just wish I could have stayed pool-side at the Bellagio for a few more days…
Thanks so much for sharing Erin, that was fun!
Please be sure to check out Erin's blog: Belli Cosmetics and Jamie's blog SpiritsandCocktails.com.
Photo Credit: Erin and Jamie