I had been working hard at finishing up my final semester of my senior year of college and getting ready to take the big board exams. For some strange reason, my wonderful boyfriend, Tim, stuck by me and my crazy self through all of the stresses that came with school!! Two weeks before I had my spring break, Tim popped the question.....yes, THE question!! We were lying in bed (yes mom, sorry, we were lying in bed), and he said the sweetest thing to me, "I have been telling you every day since we started dating that I was going to marry you some day, but until we actually do it, it is all talk. So...want to get married in two weeks??!!" I of course said yes, and we stayed up all night talking over the details, in anticipation of calling our parents the next morning!! I did not want a big wedding with all of the stresses, so we decided that Vegas was the perfect place for us.
In the morning we first called my parents. I think my mom had been expecting it, because I had been hinting that Tim was "the one" for a while. My dad and mom were very excited, and were going to be on a long road trip that allowed them to come along!! After this we called Tim's parents (who I hadn't seen since Christmas). They were actually shopping in Little Rock, and I think we completely caught them off guard!! We were so thankful that they were able to make the plans to come as well. We didn't want to tell anyone else, because we didn't want people to feel obligated to make plans to go to Vegas in two weeks, and we wanted there to be a special moment with our parents. We didn't even tell our brothers or sisters!! So, then began our whirlwind trip to get married!!
So, after I took my dreaded board exams (and excitingly passed, I am now a Registered Respiratory Therapist!!!), Tim and I headed out to Vegas without telling any of our friends (except for D and J who lovingly took care of our dog, Macy, while we were gone!). We were so excited, we could hardly handle it!! After a layover in Dallas, we finally made it to Las Vegas were my parents picked us up from the airport.
We decided to stay at the Venetian hotel because, well, it was our wedding!! We had an amazing suite on the 32nd floor with an amazing view. And guess what, our bathroom even had a flat screen tv in it!! Whoa. Both mine and Tim's parents stayed in the Venetian as well, so we were all close by!
Here I am with my wonderful parents the night before our wedding. We had dinner at Zeffarino's which is an amazing Italian restaurant in the Venetian hotel.
We all had a great time at dinner!! And we definitely ate our money's worth of food. It was a great time for both sets of parents to get to know each other (by the way, this was the first time they had met...)
After dinner, we all took a trip to the Las Vegas courthouse to get our marriage licence! We wanted to get it the night before so that we didn't have any problems with it in the morning. We were getting married the next morning at 10 am at the Chapel of the Bells (which is where Kelly Ripa got married, in case you were wondering).
The wedding was absolutely perfect. Talk about a stress free day. I got ready in my room with my mothers help, and Tim got ready with his parents. Then we all met at the chapel at 10am. It was the cutest little chapel, and the ceremony was perfect. Honestly, we were in and out, married, and with pictures, in about 20 minutes. Now that is how you do a stress free wedding. All there was left to do was eat lunch and tell all of our friends!!
After leaving the chapel, we headed to the Palazzo (right next to the Venetian) for lunch at one of Emeril's restaurants called Table10. Because it was in March, the Palazzo was decorated with all flowers!! Perfect spot for some pictures.
Here we are talking to Big Jeff, one of Tim's best friends. I don't think he believed us when we told him we were in Vegas and had just gotten married!!
We sent out lots of text messages letting everyone know we had gotten married, and with this picture of our rings! Still, people had a hard time believing it!!
Here we are at lunch at Table10. After lunch we all headed our separate ways, to later meet up for some appetizers and to see "O", the most amazing Cirque du Solei show I've ever seen. It was the perfect wedding day. Unfortunately, we had to fly back home the next day.
Because we didn't really get a wedding cake, on our layover back in Dallas, we both of Cinnabon rolls, and shared a bite! We just had the best experience ever, and are so happy to be married. I did end up finishing school (my GPA was .1 away from graduating with honors....but who's counting...) and getting a full time job at Saline Memorial in Benton. We ended up having three wedding receptions so that all of our friends and family could be included in our celebration!! It was a perfect way to start our lives together. We have now been happily married for 5 months!
Next update coming.....our new house!!!