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Wedded Bliss

So I mentioned briefly in my last post that Mark and I had a spur-of-the-moment Las Vegas wedding recently. I’ll admit that before we left for Utah, I did ask Mark about the possibility of getting hitched in Vegas. He said he’d love to but that it wasn’t gonna happen this time around. I asked how sure he was – after all, he’s been suggesting it for years. He said he was 100% sure that it would not be happening. I told him that if there was ANY possibility of it happening to let me know, as then I could bring some of the accouterments that I’ve been collecting ever since our FIRST wedding was cancelled. He swore I should leave them all at home and not think about it.

So I didn’t.

And then we got to Utah, and it was brought up again by his mom and our friends, and we started talking about planning something for next spring. But I knew that if we were forced to plan something, it just was never gonna happen. We are not planners. We don’t have the discipline to sit down and decide what we want and how we want it. So I started to push for a quickie trip to Sin City to just get it done. Mark’s mom was on board and wanted us to just do it already. My parents felt the same.

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Unfortunately Mark had booked the trip so that we’d have two weekends in SLC. He wanted one weekend for friends and one for family. If we went to Vegas, we’d miss one or the other, and he wasn’t prepared to do that. Also he wanted to do SOME planning. I tried to talk him into an overnight trip on Friday the 13th. I said we could drive to Vegas, get married immediately and then drive home the next morning.

We ended up having a bit of a fight because he made it clear it wasn’t worth his time to drive that far and for such a short time JUST to marry me. Thanks hon. 😉

I put it out of my mind, but that weekend we had dinner with a few friends and the subject came up again. Over margaritas and Mexican food, said friends made it clear that even on such short notice they would be more than willing to go to Vegas and watch us get hitched. Especially when I said that we were wanting (okay, *I* was wanting) the tackiest wedding possible. In no time at all, we decided to go for it. We had ONE WEEK to plan the wedding of our dreams (okay, my dreams).

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Everyone was under strict instructions to find their TACKIEST and most ludicrous outfits and to keep it cheap. Both Mark and I had been married before, so there seemed no point in making a big “to do” about it, but we DID want a celebration with our nearest and dearest.

It made me sad to think that my family wouldn’t be able to attend, but with a little research I found a wedding chapel that would broadcast the entire ceremony out over live web-cam. Not only that, but they’d record the whole thing on a separate camera and give us a DVD of the ceremony to share.

Score!

In just a few short days, we had made all the arrangements, bought all the clothes and supplies and managed to get nearly everyone we cared about down to Nevada.

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Of course, there was only one real hitch – and that was despite all of my insistence on a tacky wedding with tacky outfits, I simply couldn’t find a tacky dress to wear! I went to every thrift shop in Salt Lake City, trying hard to find an ugly prom dress or something formal but ugly. Unfortunately my rather large chest area was just not able to fit into anything I found.

In the end, Mark took me to Nordstrom Rack, and in about 10 seconds flat I found the dress. And it was beautiful. Lace and silk and just the perfect thing… IF this was a traditional wedding. Of course, it was a size 10, so I knew it would never fit, but I held onto it and halfheartedly picked out another couple of things to try on. Imagine my shock when it DID fit. Pretty much perfectly! And it was in clearance, as well. $38.50 down from $499.99! Seriously! I found out later that it had previously been altered. And while I’m not sure HOW it was altered, I assume it was let out a bit, which accounts for how I was able to fit in a size 10.

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Anyway, in the end, I had the dress and couldn’t imagine getting married in anything else. I kept it secret from everyone else as I didn’t want flack for not sticking to my own rules, but in the end no one cared. They all just wanted us to be happy.

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And so it was with happy hearts and much love and support that we were married on September 21st, 2013 at 7:30PM PST. Our ceremony was officiated by Elvis at An Elvis Chapel. And it was amazing.

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Our Elvis officiant was truly awesome and had so much showmanship.

While Daniel was in attendance, he spent the whole thing sleeping in his car seat. Dexter, on the other hand, simply ran amock, climbing on the piano, standing between us, and trying to be picked up. It was pretty cute, and I felt bad since it was late and he was past his bedtime.

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Exchanging rings, the point I started to get very weepy

We were given two sets of vows (actually three! We actually had to get “officially” married before the ceremony, so a minister gave us a quick vow exchange about five minutes beforehand) by Elvis. The first set made me cry, which I didn’t expect at all. I’m usually a bit of a robot, but when you are marrying the man of your dreams, it’s hard not to get emotional. The second set were special “Elvis vows,” and they were hilarious.

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“With the power vested in me by the suit that I wear, I now pronounce you husband and wife!”

Immediately after our vows ended, Elvis sang a special rendition of “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” while Mark and I (and eventually Dexter) danced in front of our guests. It was magic.

Our first kiss as husband and wife.

Our first kiss as husband and wife.

And when the whole thing was done, our friends and family were invited up to dance and sing and Elvis treated us to another song – Viva Las Vegas. Truly a fun and spectacular event.

The best wedding ever.

I couldn’t have asked for a more special event. It was quick and cheap and silly and fun, and it was everything I ever could have wanted. I look forward to the rest of my life with this man that I so genuinely love and admire.

You can see the video here:

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Stacy

Thursday 24th of October 2013

Congrats! What a great story. You look lovely and everyone looks so happy! Love that your son was right in the middle of it all, adorable!

Debbie

Monday 21st of October 2013

Congratulations to you both. So wonderful to have your boys there (mine were in my tummy on pur wedding day and it is lovely to think they were there). I'm so pleased you both got the wedding day you wanted. Gorgeous photo's, you look beautiful Katie. Lovely to have you back online. x

Mary

Tuesday 15th of October 2013

How far along were you when you got married? I didn't realize you two were expecting.

Katie Vyktoriah

Tuesday 15th of October 2013

I can't tell if you're a troll trying to be snarky or someone who has just made an assumption, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and say this kindly... Not pregnant, and not overly concerned with my weight, thanks. Just had my second child earlier this year, so I think a bit of a bulge is to be expected.

They say when you're super happy in your relationship, you often gain a bit of weight, so just take it as me being supremely joyous at my good luck in landing such a sexy, generous, smart and funny man and birthing two of the most adorable boys ever to have lived.

Mary

Tuesday 15th of October 2013

How far along were you when you got married? I didn't realize you two were expecting.

Katie Vyktoriah

Tuesday 15th of October 2013

I can't tell if you're a troll trying to be snarky or someone who has just made an assumption, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and say this kindly... Not pregnant, and not overly concerned with my weight, thanks. Just had my second child earlier this year, so I think a bit of a bulge is to be expected.

They say when you're super happy in your relationship, you often gain a bit of weight, so just take it as me being supremely joyous at my good luck in landing such a sexy, generous, smart and funny man and birthing two of the most adorable boys ever to have lived.

Mary

Tuesday 15th of October 2013

How far along were you when you got married? I didn't realize you two were expecting.

Katie Vyktoriah

Tuesday 15th of October 2013

I can't tell if you're a troll trying to be snarky or someone who has just made an assumption, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and say this kindly... Not pregnant, and not overly concerned with my weight, thanks. Just had my second child earlier this year, so I think a bit of a bulge is to be expected.

They say when you're super happy in your relationship, you often gain a bit of weight, so just take it as me being supremely joyous at my good luck in landing such a sexy, generous, smart and funny man and birthing two of the most adorable boys ever to have lived.

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