Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Wood!
I have no clue how I managed to keep it secret right up to the date, but we're married!!!
A month ago, we were sat watching You've Been Framed when a few wedding clips came on. One of them was in Vegas. Mr Wood turned to me and said 'how about we just run away and get married on our own'. The idea played in my mind over night, thinking about the money we would save, and the adventures we could have.
We sat and talked about it over the next few days, and then mentioned it to my parents.
3 weeks later, we'd booked the flights and contacted our friends in Arizona who very kindly offered us a room
to stay and signed up to join us on our adventure!
Why Vegas? Why not! Everyone's idea of Vegas is tacky - gambling, women, getting drunk...
but once we started looking into it, we realised as people who don't really enjoy that sort of thing, Vegas
had another side to offer us.
Although we planned a lot of things to do in the short time we had there, we didn't get a lot of it done, but the things we did manage to do will stay with us forever.
We arrived in Arizona on Monday, and on the Wednesday we were on the road. The drive to Vegas is around 5 hours, just long enough to see the amazing sights on the way, but not too long that you get uncomfortable.
Our hotel was the Excalibur. It's themed as an English castle, and it's HUGE!
We arrived late so didn't get to do much that night. We went for food in Johnny Rockets (their sweet potato fries are amazing!), and crashed for the night.
The next morning we picked up the marriage license and came back to get changed :) it was a crazy rush as the cleaners decided to do our room right when we had to leave, so it didn't go brilliantly to plan.
But I DID manage to get a few things done that I wanted to - a watch set to 12pm, the time we were getting picked up for the chapel, and a pair of fluffy socks with a note saying 'to make sure you don't get cold feet'!
It took the pressure off the morning, and Mr. W loved the thought :)
The limo collected us and we headed to the Little White Wedding Chapel,
where we got changed. W hired a tux and I brought my dress over from the UK.
For those of you asking about my dress, email me on firstname.lastname@example.org ;)
We were getting married in Vegas, the one place where the rules are made to be broken! Screw the heels, who really likes spending the day in pain anyway?! We opted for Converse Chucks! I absolutely loved the yellow lite's I found online, and customised them with grey ribbon, to match W's grey chucks trimmed with yellow, and yellow ribbon laces.
Contacting the wedding chapel from the UK was hard. You book online, pay, and are meant to
recieve confirmation. I never did, and had to get our friends over here to call up. We were meant to receive a receipt but didn't so when we arrived, we called up to confirm also.
It worried me, but as soon as we arrived, we saw how busy they are and realised why it was so
hard to get hold of them.
That being said, don't let it put you off! The service we recieved was AMAZING!
Kudos to the management who were on top of their game, our limo driver for waiting for us as we overran, our Minister who was really funny, teasing us that he was going to do the whole ceremony in a British accent, our photographer for going above and beyond to get the most beautiful AND the most memorable photos, and the tux fitter for making sure me and W complimented each other.
The ceremony was wonderful. We got to say our vows, with our two friends to witness it. Their beautiful children were there too, and made for some great memories -
1. Sienna sees the photographer about to take our photo and shouts 'Say Cheeeeese!'
2. Emilia has her first giggle at 2.5 months old right as the wedding music starts playing.
Enjoy the photos!