A long time coming.....Our Vegas Wedding, 30th July 2018

I've really enjoyed reading the planning threads, I wasn't going to write my own as I don't really have very much to plan but yesterday I bought my shoes and I think they deserve to be shown off!

 

The Beginning.....

 

Mr.D and I met some years ago when we were in our early twenties, I used to go drinking with my cousins and he was a friend of theirs. We used to have a laugh together and I was always hoping for more but he was in the Navy and travelled a lot, I also think a girl in every port was very appropriate at that time! Fast forward nearly 20 years and we'd both married and divorced other people. I'd moved towns and was out for a walk with my son one day and who should I bump into but Mr.D! And that as they say was that, we saw each other regularly and he stuck by me through my never ending awful divorce. 

 

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  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821
    The Proposal......

     

    Four years on and we were living in Tenerife with my son, I'd mentioned getting married a few times but he'd been quite clear he didn't want to marry again. Sometimes it would upset me thinking about it but he'd made his feelings clear and I knew he didn't want to discuss it further. We'd made the decision to move back home for my son who was struggling at school but before we left we decided to climb from sea level to the very top of Mount Teide. This was supposed to be a trip for Mr.D and my son but Mr.D was very insistent that I went too. 

    It took 2 days to complete, on the second night we stayed at the refuge halfway up Mount Teide. It was freezing and very very basic. I'd got so cold and was pretty fed up as I knew we didn't have adequate clothing for the final bit of the journey. 

    We set off at 4.30am for the final assent, it was pitch black and we had torches to find our way, the sky was full of stars which was just so beautiful and it kept me going. 

    We didn't have any gloves so my son and I were wearing socks on our hands! We reached the top just before sunrise so had 10/15 minutes to wait, it was so so cold! 

    As the sun came up we decided to head back down and it was then that Mr.D gave my son a special explorers watch for making it to the top, by this time my son was so cold he just wanted to get down. Mr.D was still rummaging in his back pack and I was getting ratty with him😐

    Then he was suddenly on his knee asking my to marry him! I was so shocked, I think through my tears I said 'really?' And of course yes! My son was grinning like a loony as he was in on it.

    A few photos from the journey to the top and the sunrise.

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  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    The Ring.......

     

    Now, when Mr.D produced the ring I have to admit it was quite a shock but not necessarily for the right reasons! He put it on my finger and once I'd finished crying/laughing I said 'you don't seriously expect me to where that?!' 😂

    He assured me then that he'd had a real ring made and it was in the UK under safe keeping. 

    Here is the ring he proposed with😀

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    No idea why it's on its side! When he bought it he told the girl he was going to propose and asked if she thought it was a nice ring! He said she didn't know what to say😂

    Here is the upgraded ring❤

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  • MrsJ2017MrsJ2017 Posts: 3,017

    😂 that ring, I think Id be speechless, gorgeous location though, Id like to climb a mountain but Im not outdoorsy enough and would be a ratty cow the whole time.

  • RachaelpRachaelp Posts: 63

    That proposal is so sweet, love that he included your little boy! The proposal ring is quite something 😅 looking forward to hearing more and seeing the shoes you want to show off!

  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    Haha yes the ring is quite something! He picked it because he said it looks like our dog😂 I'm actually quite attached to it though, I took it away with us at Christmas to show his family and thought it was lost! Someone had picked it up thinking it had come out of a cracker😂

  • SpacepuffinSpacepuffin Posts: 664

    That proposal is lovely. I love the ring - it shows the humour that you have in your relationship which is really special. X

  • LittleOne89LittleOne89 Posts: 388

    Lovely proposal :) I shall look forward to your thread, my fellow Vegas bride! 

  • MrsLMTMrsLMT Posts: 3,830

    Fab proposal! Love that your son was in on it! Crikey, the ring is something else! Your h2b has a wicked sense of humour. X 

  • Rosegold017Rosegold017 Posts: 476

    Love the proposal story and how far back the two of you go. Wonderful that he gets on with your son so well! And the upgraded ring, wow!! Can't wait to read more :)

  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    The Venue

     

    The proposal was at the end of last year so we didn't think about the wedding itself until well into February. We knew it had to be during the school holidays due to my son and soon to be nephew. We considered a few options, a cruise, I've been on a couple of cruises and really enjoyed them and I thought it would be nice to married on the cruise. Mr.D wasn't so keen so we ruled that out. Then I suggested we get married closer to his family in Newcastle but again we ruled this out. 

    We had been talking about a road trip in America from Vegas to New York. A couple of years ago we'd done a similar trip on a Harley from LA to San Fran and onto Vegas. We'd enjoyed it so much and wanted to do another route but this time with my son so no Harley. 

    Mr.D suggested we marry in Vegas, I liked the idea but was worried he'd want to be married by Elvis! He's a huge Elvis fan but luckily he said there was no way he'd want that, phew! 

    He said if we were marrying in Vegas then it had to be at The Bellagio in front of the fountains. If you haven't been the fountains are amazing, I was totally blown away when I first saw them, it's hard to explain just how spectacular they are. 

    Anyway from there I was quickly emailing the Bellagio and with the help of Araceli our wedding planner we soon booked our wedding for July 30th 2018. 
  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    Ooh readers, hello😊

    Haha yes he does have a crazy sense of humour and we are always laughing. He has a great relationship with my son thankfully, we wouldn't have got to where we are now without that. 

  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    Ah Littleone, good to see you here. I think we're currently the only Vegas brides here! 

  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    And here is a picture of our venue. I am worried about the heat, Vegas in July will be hot hot hot! For this reason we chose the latest time slot of the day which is 4pm And although it's outside the service is quite short. They do offer later times but it's quite expensive as it's classed as out of hours. Also I want to spend as much time in my dress as possible! 

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  • LittleOne89LittleOne89 Posts: 388

    Love the Bellagio fountains! It's going to be super hot in July but like you say, the ceremony will be short and you'll be back in the air conditioning in no time! 

  • LittleOne89LittleOne89 Posts: 388

    Also do you have The Knot app? It's really good for helping to find and shortlist suppliers and you can contact them directly through the app

  • Emma681Emma681 Posts: 218

    Oh, VegasLou, I am loving your thread so far... a vegas wedding, especially at the Bellagio will be amazing. I can't wait to as more about it! x

  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    Littleone yes I do have that app thank you. 

    Thankyou Emma, must try and write some more today.

  • Bunny87Bunny87 Posts: 180

    Congratulations on the engagement and well done for sticking through the cold for the proposal! Love the Bellagio fountains. It will definitely be a wedding day to remember 

  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    Who To Invite?!!

    This was quite hard and it's still an ongoing conversation although I have just ordered some invites but more on those later.
    Before we booked we spoke to Mr.Ds sister and husband and they said right away that they'd come. MrDs bil is a poker player and frequently goes to Vegas. So we booked our date to tie in with them and their son.
    They were the easy ones! I have a difficult relationship with my family so although I think I will invite them I doubt they'll come. However I did tell my best friend at the weekend and she and her husband said they'd love to come so I'm thrilled at that!
    MrD is also planning to invite some friends. We will be sending the invites out as soon as they arrive, hopefully by the end of the month. Although we have over a year we appreciate it's a big expense and want to give anyone that wants to come the opportunity to save.

  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    My son will be 12 when we marry and I'm not sure how we'll involve him. I think he'd rather be with Mr.D and the men rather than me so maybe he'll have the rings. It's probably something we'll speak to him about but we'll definefly involve him as he was so excited to be in on the proposal.

  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    Photography......

    The Bellagio have their own photographer, if you decide to use an outside one you incur more cost as theirs is included in our package.
    He will take pictures throughout the ceremony and afterwards for a total of one hour. We can pay for an extra 2 hours for photos in the grounds/ hotel which are beautiful but I'm not sure we want to spend all that time having photographs taken?!
    It's something I'm thinking about. My best friends husband is a very keen photographer so I may ask him to take over when the official one finishes. I'd also like some photos on the strip and by the Vegas sign which he could do for us.
    I also need to check with our planner to see if we can use the rest of the hour after the ceremony to have a few photos in the grounds.

  • Giraffe888Giraffe888 Posts: 678

    I'm so excited to follow this thread. I love Vegas and stated in the Bellagio when I went. Can't wait to read more 😃 X

  • MrsLMTMrsLMT Posts: 3,830

    Wow, those fountains are amazing! 

     

  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    Thank you Saweybride, we stayed at The Bellagio  for 1 night then moved to a motel in the rough bit of town, talk about one extreme to the other😂

    FutureMrsThomas, they really are something to see!

  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    Dress Shopping, Part 1.....

    So I know this is everyones favourite bit to read, especially when there's photos.
    As soon as I started thinking about dresses I thought I wanted a tea length dress, I thought it would suit the venue and the heat and I could wear fabulous shoes which would be seen. I searched the internet and found a fabulous dress by House of Mooshki, here she is

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  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    Dress Shopping, Part 1 continued....

    So for the next couple of months I kept staring at the beautiful picture of this dress but I couldn't find the price. I found a local ish stockist and emailed them to ask the price. They were quick at replying and told me this dress starts from £1700, way over my budget so I decided not to go and try it on.

    I was a bit disappointed and shocked at dress prices. A few weeks later I passed a bridal shop in a town not too far from me, it's been there for years and I'd always gazed in the window at the beautiful dresses. I popped in to ask if they had any tea length dresses and they had 4. One caught my eye and I made an appointment to try it on a couple of weeks later.

     

  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821


    So dress day arrives and off I go with my son who's 10.
    I try on the tea length dress and although it's ok it's not how I imagined it would look, it's not my dress. My son didn't like it at all!
    Here is the dress:

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    I then tried on few others, I will include photos just because I have them and I always like to see pictures of dresses😊
    There were 2 that I quite liked although now I can see that neither were right.
    I will add those 2 In this post at the end. The others were a definite no! They were chosen by the lady in the shop who was really lovely but I left this appointment to think about what I'd seen. She did offer me very good discounts on the 2 dresses I liked.

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    This next one I loved the back of but the front not so much, and I wasn't keen on the pleating at the front which probably you can't really see.  I also didn't want a train which is why it's tucked under in the second pic because she said it could be altered. 

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  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    Now here are the dresses that were a definite no!! I tried quite a few dresses in this shop and I was lucky to be able to take as many photos as I wanted, infact the lady in the shop took them.

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    I think it's clear for all to see just how uncomfortable I felt in this next dress! 

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  • Nikki-93Nikki-93 Posts: 171

    You will have some amazing photo's in front of the fountains, I loved watching them when we went over in October for our friends wedding. Look forward to reading all  your plans

  • VegasLouVegasLou Posts: 821

    Thanks Nikki, yes I hope we get some good pics, I think the fountains look amazing at night and Mr.D was keen to get married at sunset but it would make it quite a late ceremony.

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