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Italian Couple Renews Wedding Vows in Our Elvis Pink Cadillac Ceremony

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The BEST way to renew your wedding vows after a lucky seven years of marriage!

This summer, Italian travel bloggers Francesca and Roberto visited Las Vegas and took the opportunity to renew their wedding vows with Elvis at Viva Las Vegas Weddings! They told about their experiences at our wedding chapel and in Las Vegas on social media, and we’ve included their video coverage and a translation of their blog, below! The charming couple brought along their young son, then celebrated in a typically American way–at McDonald’s!–right after the ceremony! Have a look:

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And, from Francesca and Roberto’s blog:

We are (re) married in Las Vegas today, with Elvis singing “Love me tender” and the church entrance on a Pink Cadillac. A ceremony attended by our baby, who was the most excited of everyone, and who saw us swap our promises and rings again (and then go celebrating in McDonald’s next door!). A dream born when, almost ten years ago, we swore eternal love on the top of the Empire State Building but also a circle to close. And we love the “Giotto” circles … 😉

“Welcome to the fabulous Las Vegas”. It welcomes you so, with these words written on a sign, the largest city in Nevada. And just this sign is probably one of the most photographed things in the city, an icon of a trip to Las Vegas, reproduced everywhere, on shirts, magnets and other thousands of souvenirs that of course can be purchased at The World’s Largest Gift Shop. Las Vegas, the “fabulous city”, but also a place where, in appearance, everything is possible. A “Land of Promises” that invites every year millions of visitors who choose to spend their stay there. And it does not matter if the Las Vegas holiday is in the style of unbridled luxury, sobriety or strolling on the Strip to observe what’s going on around it. There is a place for everyone in Las Vegas, a city where no one is excluded or feeling different: Strenuous players, young people in search of sballo, celibacy or bachelor party, couples in the process of crowning their dream of love or family noisy. Everyone finds a reason to go to Las Vegas and a dream to chase, for a few hours or for a few days.

We too came to town in the wake of a dream, lulled during our first trip to the United States. Las Vegas was the last stop with the home exchange before we started our Coast to Coast in the US in the camper and it was a vacation in the trip, a carefree stage to relax a bit, sure that in the morning we would have been waiting for us Usually blue sky, a swimming pool where we dive and the same hot sun over our heads. The city, incredible to say, has been relaxing for us, because visiting Las Vegas means having everything at your fingertips, at least once you get to the Strip without having to watch the clock to get around the things you see. The city never sleeps and there is time to do all that is to visit the Madame Tussauds Museum, go to the High Roller or sit at Bacchanal for a pantagruelike brunch. Because almost everything in Las Vegas is open “H 24” waiting for tourists to find the right time to go there without hesitation and stress.

Perhaps that’s why a trip to Las Vegas makes you understand what it’s like to take your time. Because if there is a city where we have been until now that embodies this popular way of telling America is just this, where everyone can feel king, at least for a day, with the world at hand (obviously in its version “in scale “) and provided you have a credit card in the wallet! 😉 “A huge Disneyland for adults,” as we defined the city on our arrival, to explain to our fifties how ever, just off the desert, there were castles like those of fairy tales. By the time we did, however, we did not go far. And now we can say, without fear of being denied, that one of the reasons why people organize a vacation in Las Vegas is just to get back kids and spend some days convinced that everything is possible, just as they did during their childhood.

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Italian social media writers Francesca and Roberto post their experience with us on Instagram!

Best wishes to Francesca and Roberto for much more happiness in the coming years. Come see us again one day, and thank you for sharing this special adventure with us!

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Rene and Mayleen’s AWESOME VEGAS WEDDING!

Elvis Wedding Chapel
Mayleen and Rene clearly love to travel, and we’re thrilled they chose a Vegas Elvis wedding as part of their adventure of a lifetime!

We love ALL our fabulous couples at Viva Las Vegas Weddings! In fact, we go home every night with fun and sentimental stories to tell our families about the many Elvis, Themed and Traditional weddings we were able to be a part of that day. But this week, Rene and Mayleen of San Francisco blew us away–with their happy energy and thoughtfulness–in an Elvis Pink Cadillac ceremony we will long remember!

The pair are traveling across eleven states as part of their Las Vegas wedding adventure. For their ceremony, we were honored and delighted they chose Elvis as minister at our very own Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel! (Rene told us he’s watched quite a few of our themed weddings live on Earthcam ahead of time!) Mayleen and Rene really pulled out all the stops by upgrading their wedding with showgirls and Elvis singing “Live in Concert” four iconic songs during their exchange of vows. For the big finish, this lovely couple and their guests danced along a conga line as Elvis performed a lively rendition of–what else?–“Viva Las Vegas!” The bride and groom archived their live-streamed wedding online, so for the next 90 days we can also share that with you! Check out all the fun by clicking the link below:

http://websites.vivalasvegasweddings.com/index.php/find-a-wedding/12412?view=website

Rene and Mayleen also shared their love story on their free wedding invitation website, included with all our Viva Las Vegas Weddings bookings. Read their story here!

Welcome to our wedding page 🙂

How We Met

Mayleen was on Alamak Chat sometime December 2002 when she met Ren. Alamak Chat was a free chat site visited by millions of people until its popularity waned. It’s a chat site for good girls looking for goofy & weird-looking men. Mayleen fell in love with Ren’s childish ways, sense of humor, and how he loves & takes care of his two adorable cats. Everytime Ren’s in the chatroom, he did nothing but flood the room with the dumbest & most immature posts (e.g. “Hey you, you stink!” There were other posts too rude to mention). Ren fell in love with Mayleen’s beautiful personality. She’s intelligent. She has a kind, caring & generous heart. Someone’s momma always said: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know who you’re gonna end up marrying & spending your life with.”

The Proposal

On January 30, 2017, Ren was eating sashimi when he playfully molded a thin strip of salmon into an engagement ring. Ren showed it to Mayleen & quipped: “We’ve known each other for 15 happy years. Time flies fast. Will you marry me, honey?” And she said Yes….HOORAY!!!!!!

A Las Vegas Wedding

We love Las Vegas. So many things to do and see. The fun & happiness never run out in Vegas. We want a fun & non-traditional wedding, so we decided to have the King of Rock & Roll to marry us. The King will be accompanied by two beautiful Showgirls, and driving his fabulous Pink Cadillac for a complete Las Vegas experience!

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Mayleen and Rene on another Las Vegas-based adventure!

Our heartfelt best wishes go out to Rene and Mayleen, and we hope we’ll see you again one day for an anniversary wedding vow renewal. You two absolutely made our day! 🙂

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Viva Las Vegas Weddings Staff Spotlight: Ask Alondra!

Vegas Wedding Planner
Alondra mans the front desk to check in brides and grooms and to soothe their wedding jitters on arrival!

One of the first faces to greet you when you arrive at Viva Las Vegas Weddings on your wedding day may be Alondra, one of our most cheerful staffers. Her winning smile and confident guidance will put you at ease right away, if you’re feeling those wedding day butterflies. (You may have even chatted with Alondra on our website at www.vivalasvegasweddings.com or spoken to her on the phone when you booked your wedding with us.) This week, we’re putting Alondra in our Staff Spotlight!

We put a few questions to Alondra, so you can get to know her better before arriving at our chapel:

1. How long have you lived in Las Vegas, and where are you from? I’ve lived in Las Vegas for 13 years. My family has Mexican roots, and we moved from Chicago, where I was born, when I was seven years old. So I mostly grew up right here in Vegas.

2. Where did you go to school and what other interesting things have you done before joining the Viva Las Vegas staff? I attended high school at Southeast Career Technical Academy where I also got my cosmetology license to do hair. After I graduated from high school, though, I joined the Army, and I’m now in the Army Nevada National Guard. I’d like to mention, for all the veterans who may be coming to Las Vegas to be married, be sure to ask for your military discount at Viva Las Vegas Weddings! It’s a small gesture of gratitude that we make here. We’ve even had our fair share of beautiful weddings in uniform at our chapel!

3. What other things do you like to do for fun in Las Vegas? I enjoy reading, working out, and going to eat at different restaurants. I enjoy going to church and the Galleria Mall. (Need a great recommendation for restaurants during your honeymoon stay in Las Vegas? Alondra and her Viva colleagues can help steer you in the right direction, since the city has become a veritable mecca for gourmet and unique casual dining! Plus, they know all the BEST shopping spots!)

Elvis Wedding Memorabilia
Under Alondra’s front desk counter, and throughout our lobby, Elvis memorabilia, fabulous wedding bling, and fun Viva Las Vegas wedding souvenirs bring smiles to you and your guests and calm those wedding day nerves!

4. What is your favorite part of your job at Viva? What is the hardest part of your job? My favorite part of my job is seeing how happy the couples look, and sharing that happy moment with them. The hardest part of my job is knowing I can’t mess up at all because it’s a really special moment for the couple. So there can be a lot of pressure.

5. What is the funniest, sweetest, or best thing you’ve seen happen at a wedding–something that you’ll always remember. I will always remember a bride that started to cry because she couldn’t believe this day was actually happening. She was so excited to be married to the love of her life. I imagined myself in her place and got almost as emotional as she was!

6. What is the worst or most embarrassing thing that you’ve seen happen at the chapel…or the funniest thing? I am one of the newest wedding planners here, and I’ve heard a LOT of incredible stories from my co-workers. But the one I witnessed in person was the time a beautiful bride almost fainted because everything was too much for her. She was THAT nervous! (It should be noted that the atmosphere at Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel is usually very relaxed and calming, and we all do our best to keep the tone soothing for those brides and grooms who may be a bit on edge. We definitely aim to make this the happiest memory of your lives!)

7. Do you have any good advice for couples when planning their wedding? My advice is to definitely take time when planning your wedding. Read the informational packet we send you when you’ve booked your wedding with us, and feel free to call us or chat with us online with as many questions as you have. That way, you’ll know exactly what to expect on your wedding day, and you’ve got a much better chance of just relaxing and enjoying every minute of your Viva Las Vegas wedding! Call me or my fellow Viva wedding staffers anytime at 702-384-0771. We’ll help arrange the Las Vegas wedding or wedding vow renewal of your dreams!

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Your Personal Las Vegas Wedding Website

Carmen and Les recently renewed wedding vows at Viva Las Vegas after 25 years together!
Carmen and Les renew wedding vows at Viva Las Vegas after 25 years of happiness!

Did you know that your Viva Las Vegas Wedding includes a free wedding website that doubles as an invitation? It’s your very own page where you can post photos and write a brief blog about how you met. Couples tell how they got engaged, and often include whatever sweet and romantic tidbits they want to share with family and friends. Your personal wedding web page is also the site where your wedding can be viewed live and streaming via the Internet, should you wish. You can even choose to archive the video. That way, it can be watched by anyone, weeks after the fact. Carmen and Les, above, wow-ed us with website photos before their recent silver anniversary renewal of vows in Las Vegas. ‘Still looking amazing, you two!

Christa and Michael married at Viva Las Vegas this October
Christa and Michael married at Viva Las Vegas in October

Cindy and Robbie, pictured below, got engaged on December 20, 2013, and thought to include a photo of the occasion on their personal wedding website. Lots of folks post close-up shots of the engagement ring, or of the actual proposal. We love that stuff! Feel free to get creative with your pics and stories. Friends and family will enjoy sharing all the events and stories that led up to your fun and romantic Las Vegas wedding day!

Cindy and Robbie, engaged on December 20, 2013, then married recently at Viva Las Vegas Weddings
Cindy and Robbie, engaged on December 20, 2013, then married at Viva in October!

Nia and Brian, pictured below, chose a Gothic-style ceremony for their vows, with Grim Reaper as minister. We laughed when they blogged about why they chose a Viva Las Vegas wedding:”Long story short. The Grim Reaper doesn’t live in Ohio.” Viva Las Vegas is just the place for brides and grooms who don’t necessarily want the typical, traditional wedding. But we do those kind, too. (Want more info on our many varied wedding packages? Our staff is always available to answer questions and help you decide….702-384-0771.)

Nia and Brian chose a Gothic October Wedding
Nia and Brian chose a Gothic October Wedding

Best wishes to these and all of our happily married couples who have honored us with pics and touching tales of their love. Keep ’em coming!

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Famous Couples Married in Las Vegas Part 2

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We’ve had a few “celebrity weddings” at Viva Las Vegas, including one to a cardboard groom—Edward!

These days, not only movie stars, but rock and sports stars, too, make Las Vegas their celebrity wedding destination. Here’s the gossip on a few more celebrity weddings in Las Vegas:

In 1987, Bruce Willis married Demi Moore in a private suite at the Golden Nugget, one of downtown’s glitziest hotels. Thirteen years and three daughters later, they called it quits. Moore remarried (Ashton Kutcher) in 2005 (not in Las Vegas)–and we all know how that turned out… And, BTW, Ashton Kutcher visited Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel with the late Brittany Murphy in 2003 to promote their movie, Just Married.

Mega rock star Jon Bon Jovi married Dorothea Hurley, his high school sweetheart, in 1989 at the Graceland Wedding Chapel. They both wore jeans and leather jackets and had their cab driver as the only witness. The couple now has four children. Thank goodness some famous folks who marry in Vegas manage to make love last!

Basketball giants Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman were both married in Vegas, Jordan at the Little White Wedding Chapel, and Rodman at The Little Chapel of the Flowers, both right down the street from Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. Rodman’s marriage to Baywatch actress Carmen Electra in 1998 didn’t last more than a year. Sadly, Jordan didn’t fare much better with his vows.

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The unusual pairing of Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton took place at the Little Church of the West on May 5, 2000. Since the split, just three years later, Jolie has had her “Billy Bob” tattoo on her arm (mostly) removed. Those two also wore jeans to their wedding, and wore vials of each other’s blood to boot. Turns out, that kind of commitment wasn’t the ticket. We are happy Jolie has found happiness today with Brad Pitt. (Jolie has also visited Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel, as a guest. Her gorgeous photo graces our lobby!)

And who can forget the 55 hours that Britney Spears was married to childhood friend, Jason Alexander? They did the crazy-Vegas-movie thing, overdoing New Year’s in 2004 and getting hitched at A Little White Wedding Chapel. They filed for annulment the very next day. Like you do.

What’s the moral of all this Las Vegas wedding chaos? Your odds of a happy marriage, as a “regular” person in love, are likely WAY better than most celebrity couples. If you’re serious about marriage, but want to have a fun, unique and still romantic ceremony in Las Vegas, visit us at Viva Las Vegas Weddings. It’s where couples return again and again. to renew vows with the SAME person! 🙂

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How to Find Your Perfect Husband!

Mandee and Tom's Vegas Wedding
The story of how Mandee met hubby-to-be Tom will knock your socks off!

Just when we think we’ve heard it all at Viva Las Vegas Weddings, a love story appears on one of our Viva Las Vegas wedding websites that gives us goosebumps. A bit of background: Mandee and Tom were married in our Main Chapel this past weekend in a romantic traditional ceremony presided over by our own Reverend Robb. It was a rare rainy afternoon in Las Vegas, in keeping with the uniqueness of this special pair.

At the request of the couple, Elvis put in an appearance to serenade them in his dashing gold lamé jacket. Besides being a strikingly attractive bride and groom, Mandee and Tom also shared a love story we hadn’t quite heard before…

According to the bride, Mandee, “This real-life story is a fairy tale come true…(the kind that)… I had only watched on television or in movies.” How they met is not quite as special as who gets the credit for the two meeting. We have a feeling that Mandee will be forever grateful to her very insightful sister, Dana.

Mandee continues, “Dana is the sole reason I have met the love of my life. My sister’s an avid bowler. On a particular Sunday, Dana went to a local pub with a friend of hers after bowling. Tom was sitting there alone, so Dana went up to him and said, ‘I think you would be perfect for my sister!’ Ironically, I was at Dana’s house waiting on her to come back from bowling when I got a text and picture of her with Tom— a stranger to me at this point.”

What is most incredible is what Dana texted to Mandee: “I just met your new husband!”

Dana put Tom on the phone to speak to Mandee, which really put both of them on the spot. They spoke only briefly. (Awkward!) Nevertheless, they did text each other frequently over the next several days.

Mandee added, “We met that next Wednesday night. From the very first time our eyes met, sparks flew. We were inseparable from that second on.”

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Tom and his new bride Mandee

Why a Las Vegas Wedding? Mandee’s mother Sylvia has always loved Elvis. Besides, after Mandee made her first trip to Vegas just before meeting Tom, she knew she wanted to share the Las Vegas experience with him. So, what better place to wed than Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel? Sylvia and other family members back home were able to watch live on our chapel webcam. Perfect!

The bride wore a shimmery lavender floor-length gown== and she definitely stole the show from Elvis. We love it when that happens! Otherwise, the ceremony was sweet and intimate and the very essence of a romantic Las Vegas wedding.

Hey, Mandee and Tom, you look great on that bike! See you in five or ten years for your Harley Themed wedding vow renewal! (Just a thought…) Best wishes to this very happy, and very memorable, couple!

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