Part ONE:: I’ve determined through very thorough and scientific research that attending a Vegas Wedding is a once in a lifetime event. I can now count myself among the lucky few who have been privy to the privilege.
CLD and DD invited FMG and me – along with many of our favorite college friends – to be with them as they wed in Fabulous Las Vegas.
We started the festivities with a Bachlorette dinner at Lupo by Wolfgang Puck.
Where we caught up with friends from far and wide.
KJC, the Maid of Honor, set the tables (and the mood) with precious bling for everyone.
After dinner we had a little Lingerie Shower for the Bride and shared more memories and fun.
Funny coincidence. These two fabulous girls have the same first name (with a slight spelling difference) and for a few years shared the same last name. Now that CLF is now CLD… well. This was the last night we could call one name and get two C’s to respond!
We went out to catch a cab and found out it would be less expensive to just use a limo service… Only in Vegas!!!
But no girl here ever turned down a little luxury!
We had a fun night out, enjoying the views and the view…
And then we remembered that we weren’t 18 anymore. This is what I call “get low… and get stuck”. Thanks, KKH for embracing our “oldness” with me.
Part TWO:: The views in Las Vegas are to die for — on one hand you have the mountains. And on the other, the Strip. Oh, that Las Vegas strip.
Whenever I think of Vegas I think of two things. Ocean’s 11 (et al.) and The MGM. It’s iconic, I tell ya!
And NYNY is like a chameleon. It changes by the second!
And this doesn’t even scratch the surface. I was overwhelmed by the Bellagio, totally smitten with The Tropicana, mesmerized by Ceasar’s and fell in love with Mandalay (especially THEhotel… swoon!). I could go to Vegas and stay in a different one every night and be just as happy as…. a showgirl in Vegas?
The outsides of the hotels are theatrical and over the top. But the insides – those are just opulent… more on those later.
The WEDDING DAY!
We spent the day at the pool, lounging, catching up and generally being completely lazy… it was everything you would hope a day at the pool to be…
When we were all toasty and ready for some a/c (115 degrees the whole time we were there.. .and no. dry heat is no different than any other heat. 115 is hot, people.) we headed in and got ourselves ready for the chapel.
Before heading to the chapel, KKH and our guys decided we needed to get a cocktail at Mix… the bar at the top of THEhotel. The view was amazing… I’m sad I didn’t take a picture of it!
(All of the indoor pictures are from the Bride’s Stepmom unless noted.)
Ready and waiting!
Man and Maid of Honor
Toasting the new couple!
Mr and Mrs D!
College doesn’t seem that long ago when I’m with these girls! I hope that feeling lasts forever!
No Elvis appearances, no disco ball, no shenanigans. But nonetheless – everything I could have hoped for in a Vegas wedding.
After the wedding we had an amazing tapas dinner at Firefly and then we fanangled our way into Tryst at Wynn. Stay tuned!!!
After the bride and groom were done I-Do-ing we scooted off to an amazing tapas restuarant off the strip called Firefly. Check FabBites for the run down on the food… I leave you these gems as evidence of the amazingness that ensued:
We sat in a cozy couch and coffee table set up and, because the menu boasted over 50 small plate miracles, over ordered. Our tiny table was positivley overflowing with goodness.
Then we skipped over to Tryst at Wynn. What a sight to behold! An amazing staircase leads you down into a georgeous night club complete with… a waterfall. Only in Vegas.
This is the Wynn’s amazing lobby.
And behind us, blocked by our beauty, is the two story waterfall. (Note the wierd alien-head-stamp on FMG’s arm… he was an “approved” male. Seriously.)
Last Vegas post is coming up!
This is the last one! Promise!
Two of my favorite things we did while in this city of anything anytime was visit the Lion Habitat at the MGM Grand and go to the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay.
The Lion Habitat was particularly incredible because the handlers were IN the enclosure CUDDLING with the giant adult lions like I cuddle with my cats. I tried to get shots – but it was hard! :o(
Here is from under the walk through — you can see the trainer’s hand and legs… He’s grooming the 5 million pound lion! O.M.G.
And I could never get their sweet faces… they were sleeping the entire time we were there.
Check out this preciousness… These babies were taking their “nap break” from posing for pictures with tourists. And that guy? Napping with them. How do I apply for that job?
You’d think they’d discourage chewing on the handlers. Just sayin’…
This fella was about as big as Brie – weighing in at 55 lbs. Whew.
There were so many interesting things to see at the Shark Reef.
Not just fish and other underwater life.
FMG was brave and “pet” the sting rays. I wasn’t so much scared of the sting rays as I was trying to avoid the noisy unattended children. (It IS still summer after all. I’m allowed to ignore them! :o) )
I love that they picked this guy to be the teacher in Finding Nemo. His face really is friendly!
These two were in a tiff. Literally. One would bite on the other and they’d make a pass and on the way back around they’d switch biter and bitee.
“Fish are friends. Not food.”
(Are you so proud, movie quoting friends!?)
These guys knew that food was nearby. So smart!
That about wraps up Vegas 2010. Thanks for hanging in there!