Two weeks ago, Scott and I were in VEGAS, BABY for Maria’s wedding! We took a 5:30 am flight. From Philadelphia. We left our house at 3:00 am. I couldn’t talk about it leading up to it. My father-in-law is an eminently helpful individual and would bring it up to talk through the logistics and details. Scott would just nod, “Yes, that’s right, 5:30. Yep, from Philly. Yes, we figured out the parking.” I would just walk in the other direction. Not trying to be rude, but it was just my coping mechanism with that hour of the morning! Here I am on flight #2, post-make up-application.
We stayed at The Venetian and after checking in, headed straight to the pool party at TAO. This is so far from my realm of comfort.
But it was a great way to get the wedding guests together in a Vegas atmosphere before everything started.
We roomed with our new friends, Allie and Todd. Allie is a fellow bridesmaid (thats how we met) and fellow Hokie. She lives in the next town (coincidence!) and we decided we must be travel partners throughout all the Miami and Vegas travel for the wedding.
We introduced the husbands once before spending 3 nights in one room together. It went well, but we couldn’t predict just how smashingly they ended up getting along. Todd came into the room and casually said, “I brought American Flag bandanas.” The room went dead silent. And that was when I knew, everything was going to be just fine.After a 2:30 am wake up call and an afternoon in the sun with cocktails, all we could manage for dinner was burgers. They were amazing – definitely try I Heart Burgers if you can. They also had great orange crushes/margaritas. Cause it’s Vegas. This is a Seoul burger (with Kimchi and a fried egg).
The next day was nails and rehearsing for the girls and golf, gambling and celebrity-sighting for the boys. Isn’t the day before your wedding such a surreal time? It was fun to spend some quick quiet time with Maria.
Josh came in during our photo shoot and well, grooms need love, too.
The fabulous foursome snuck in a little time at the sports bar in the casino. Did I mention that the Kentucky Derby AND the Mayweather fight were both that weekend? In the biggest gambling city in the world?
They had classic Vegas-Sinatra, Big Band and the Grand Finale was Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem. We loved it and talked about it for the rest of the weekend. There may have been fountain-inspired dance moves at the wedding…
Now! The reason for the weekend! Would you just LOOK at that champagne and blush perfection?
Here is our beautiful bride! We had a nice, leisurely time getting ready. And in true Maria and Rebecca fashion, the two of us wound up hidden from the make up artists fixing our make up, while having a giggle fit. Don’t stand between us and eyeliner and bronzer, mmkay?
The day was just perfect, as was the venue.
I always try to soak up the messages at weddings, because it makes you treasure your own marriage.
Patrick is the closest thing to a brother I had growing up. It warms my heart that we are such good friends with each other’s spouses. Jenny and I talked throughout the whole dang dinner. And forget about small talk, this was heart-spilling stuff. And Patrick basically tackled Scott when ‘Enter Sandman’ was played at the end of the night. My heart could explode from the happiness.
Dear friends, old and new.
The cool thing about sharing a middle school & high school with Maria? Getting to reconnect with your best friend from 7th grade. And marveling that she married a kid you met in kindergarten. And remembering why you got along so well all those years ago. Hi Thanh and Randy!
Best wishes, y’all! LOVE you!