Monday, 31 August 2015

Twenty-five years six months and five days

On the 24th February 1990 Victoria and I got married at Chesterfield Registry Office and we decided that after 25 years we should renew our vows with Elvis in Las Vegas.

We had a breakfast of coffee and pastries and I started the day with a gym session in the hotels Canyon Ranch Spa while Victoria started her preparation and as you can see, she does look lovely.

The ceremony was due to start at 1300, we would be picked up from the lobby at 1230, the Venetian is very opulently decorated and this is taken in the entrance hall.

Victoria had her 'Alice in Wonderland' bouquet from Etsy, they also did my matching buttonhole.

At about 1230 Mike picked us up in the Limo and we were on our way to Elvis Chapel.

While we sat in the waiting area a proper trampy wandered in and asked if there was a water fountain, obviously not, but I wonder if he does it regularly to see if he can earn a few dollars by being a witness? Maybe it is part of the package.

Anyhow, after a few minutes with the photographer, Elvis entered the building and we had a great, funny service during which we renewed our vows, had a dance and I promised to never, ever, step on her blue suede shoes.

We have ordered the photo package, but it is on CD, so I will have to post those at a later date.

After the service we had a few more photos then it was back into the limo and off to the Venetian.

We decided that we would have a lunch in the hotel, but first took a few pictures, believe it or not, this is in the Venetians shopping mall!

At the CaƱonita restaurant which overlooks the canal and gondolas we had lovely a wedding breakfast with cocktails. Then after a long time in the most inefficient bakery in the world picked up some cakes from Carlos (who is apparently a Cake Boss) and took them back to our room to enjoy with a bottle of champagne that our dear daughter Jasmin had bought for us and I had put on ice that morning.

The champagne and cupcake were lovely, the cannoli not so good. We then touched up our make up and made our way into the casino.

Victoria made a start on the roulette table with $30.00 on black and we were soon $30.00 up on the night, although I did lose $25.00 of that with my ill informed gambling, still $5.00 up and on to a winner. Victoria then played the slots and we were another $6.00 up. Hardly high rollers, but $11.00 profit on the evening (for a $15.00 outlay) works for us.

We then made our way onto the Strip, this is us outside the Venetian with the gondolas. There are all the posters for the shows behind us, I had to laugh at the one for 'The Motown Story' featuring four white guys!

We made our way along the strip going into Harrahs, Linq, Bellagio and Best Western and were not impressed by any of them. The Venetian may seem a bit gaudy but out of the five others we visited (including the Mirage the day before) it was streets ahead of any of the others.

The atrium of the Bellagio did have a rather good display of 'under the sea'

We walked back from the Bellagio along the strip and it was an unpleasant half hour journey, far too crowded and way too tacky although there was some very good street performance they made the crowding even worse.

We did stop at Fat Tuesday's for a huge beaker of frozen Bellini at just $11 and Victoria had a Marilyn Monroe moment as she walked over one of the vents.

Back at the Venetian we were rather peckish so shared a veggie burger and fries at Johnny Rockets before wrapping up the evening with a pint at the Sin City Brewery again.

Here is a shot from the original day all those years ago, we have not changed a bit - we finished off that evening with pints too.....

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