Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Only if you ask "The Man"
Boy and I are now legally husband and wife! We had a fantastic trip. Our room was in the MGM Grand's West Wing, which I cannot recommend enough. The room was gorgeous; very modern and clean. The closet might have been my favorite part: A mirrored panel in the wall hiding a HUGE space, big enough for both of our suitcases. A hotel room feels much more like home to me when I don't have piles of luggage lying around. All of the lights were on dimmers, there was a flat screen TV embedded in the bathroom mirror, and the bed, SO COMFORTABLE! We actually considered stealing the pillows. Maybe best of all, the West Wing is tucked away in a quiet corner of the hotel and can be accessed via a hidden little lounge. Quiet! In Vegas! How novel and wonderful!
We gambled a little and shopped a bit more. On our first night we had dinner at Trevi in Caesar's Palace, one of our Vegas favorites. The following morning we got up early to catch breakfast at the Las Vegas Hilton, followed by playing of the Nerd Machines (ie: Star Trek and Star Wars). Then we took a cab downtown to the Marriage License Bureau (!). And that evening we got married at the Excalibur Wedding Chapel (!!!).
While neither of us consider this to have been our "real" wedding, it was as perfect as we could have hoped it would be. We had a chance to talk with our pastor before the ceremony, and he did a beautiful job of designing a really personal civil ceremony for us, entirely on the fly. And he neatly left out the ring exchange, which we're saving for our wedding in Wales. Boy and I, being music geeks of the highest order, had brought along several CDs of possible "down the aisle" music. The chapel, however, had a sound system with only 10 choices of built in music. So . . . we walked down the aisle (yep, together) to Rod Stewart, which was adequate, we think ;) After the ceremony, we went back to our room to enjoy the champagne and strawberries that Boy's family sent for us. Then, on to dinner! We chose Circo at The Bellagio. The food was amazing, and the setting was GORGEOUS! They reserved us a table right at the window, overlooking Bellagio's famous fountains.
And since I'm sure you're all dying to hear what I did on the perfume front, I changed my mind at the last minute (I'm sure regular readers could've predicted that one!). On Saturday afternoon Boy and I went to Sephora and found a far more "bridal" perfume for me . . . Bvlgari's Jasmine Noir. I still love the Bergamot Lemon, but its more for everyday (as in right now, since I'm wearing it :)). Jasmine Noir is headier, more formal and absolutely delicious!
As for the question I keep getting: Nope! Don't feel any different! While this ceremony is important for legal reasons, Boy and I honestly don't consider it to have been our real wedding. It was a chance for us to get away before all of the real craziness starts, and a nice little break considering all the work we've been doing on our condo. As for nerves, I had none. We were happy, a little giddy, and excited. I had worried that I might cry during the ceremony, but I was so elated that I didn't even come close. I almost giggled at one point, but I held it together pretty well . . . which was good practice for Wales, methinks!