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Wed during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon & Half Marathon

December 5, 2011

On your mark, get set, GET MARRIED!

Las Vegas’ annual Rock n’ Roll marathon brought thousands together – rocking out to bands, cheering on racers and witnessing nuptials!  The first-ever night time backdrop included booze, live music, Elvis impersonators and the gleaming neon lights of the fabulous Las Vegas Strip.  This made for a perfect backdrop for the more than 100 couples that exchanged their vows during the celebratory event.

Complete with veils tucked into ponytails, and bowties on top of t-shirts, couples exchanged vows in a run-through wedding ceremony.  The nuptials took place in front of The Mirage where the volcano fired off as each pair sealed their vows with a kiss.  After the three minute ceremony, short pause to snap pictures, and catch confetti, the love birds returned to the track to finish the 13-mile stretch.

If this isn’t a wedding event true to Las Vegas form, I’m not sure what is!

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11/11/11 & Veteran’s Day Weddings!

November 11, 2011

11/11/11 & Veteran’s Day Weddings!

Clark County has received more than 3,500 marriage license applications for 11/11/11!  That’s what happens when you combine one of the luckiest numbers in blackjack with the wedding capital of the world!

All of these bets on love have given the Las Vegas wedding industry something to cheer about.  Over 100 chapels up and down The Strip have promoted 11/11/11 packages in their attempt to get a cut of this excitement.

Chapels have called in more workers, hired additional chauffeurs and rented extra limousines to accommodate couples.  Everyone seems to be gearing up for the unsurpassed and sought-after wedding day.

As if this wasn’t enough, America’s service men are flocking to Las Vegas.  In celebration of Veteran’s Day, hundreds of service men will be marrying or renewing their vows as part of the 11/11/11 celebrations.  Some chapels throughout the Las Vegas Strip are infact allowing these ceremonies to take place within their venue as a complimentary gift.

Whether you are taking place in any of these festivities, or planning on staying as far away as possibly, Las Vegas Bride would like to wish you a great holiday weekend and a special thanks to our service men and women. 

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November 7, 2011

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Real Wedding Wednesday: Syndal and Chad

October 5, 2011

Syndal and Chad:  Black, White and Bling

By Jennifer Florendo

Photos by: J and J Photography 

When Syndal Gorden met Chad Gaudin, the last thing on her mind was dating, yet alone marriage. Gorden was in Scottsdale, Ariz. celebrating her 21st birthday. And Gaudin, a professional baseball player, was in town for spring training. Gaudin struck up a conversation with the blonde beauty and she found him, “super sweet and different” than any guy she had ever met, but she wasn’t buying his southern charm, just yet. 

At the end of the night, Gaudin asked for her number and ignored the unwritten rule of waiting two-three days before calling. He dialed her up the next day, asking for her last name and left her tickets to his game. “I said ‘No, thank you,’ but he left us the tickets just in case,” recalls Gorden. 

And they’ve “been together happily ever after since.”

 Family is more important than anything to Gorden, which is why Gaudin chose to pop the question at her dad’s birthday party. “He got everyone’s attention, gave the sweetest speech that thanked everyone for always making him feel like part of the family, and then he got down on one knee. It was so him!” 

The wedding theme was classic, elegant and sexy, which personifies the alluring couple. This was a compromise to the mossy oak and camouflage that Gaudin would have wanted. She played up her love of all-things-glamorous and combined it with his love of all things natural. “I’m not a flower person and Chad is a nature person. We both liked the manzanita trees with crystals on them. It was the only thing Chad really wanted and loved the idea of it representing our tastes.” 

The bride left the first dance up to the groom, who not only picked a fitting tune, but also surprised the bride with dance lessons from A Perfect Wedding Dance in Las Vegas. He chose “Home to You” by John Michael Montgomery because “it just felt right and described my life,” says Gaudin. To let him know how special it was, she engraved his ring with “Home to You.” 

Gorden searched endlessly for the perfect bouquet. Not being a flower person, she fell in love with a bouquet of broaches and soon sent out a request to friends and family asking to borrow any special pins or broaches. The most special one was from the parents of her childhood friend who had passed away. “It was nice to have a piece or her there and be able to remember her on my special day. Her name is Hayley Horn, and she is very missed, along with a lot of other very special friends and family who couldn’t be there,” recalls Gorden.

Of the whole day, her two most memorable moments come from the two most important men in her life. “Waiting before the wedding with my dad and dancing with him was pretty special. It’s something I’ve never experienced; you can’t really put it into words. I’ve never seen him so happy and so proud of me. That was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” she recalled. “The best thing Chad said was, ‘I’ve always felt we got married a long time ago and this is just our wedding day,’ and how happy he was to be married and sharing it with all the people so dear to us.” 

Today, the newlyweds are enjoying life in the Washington, D.C. area where Gaudin is playing for the Washington Nationals. The couple is also excited to announce the anticipated arrival of their first child in the fall.

Bride: Syndal Gorden

Groom: Chad Gaudin

Wedding Date: January 29, 2011

Bridal Party: About 35 total

Number of Guests: 300

This Couple Recommends:

Venue: Hard Rock Hotel

Photographer: J & J Photography

Floral: Jason Kenneth Designs

Dance Lessons: A Perfect Wedding Dance

DJ: All Night Long Entertainment

Cake: Las Vegas Custom Cakes

Hair: Hard Rock Hotel

Makeup: Sarah Cabrera Hernandez

Décor & Rentals: Jason Kenneth Designs, BBJ, Classic Party

Dress: Kleinfeld Manhattan

Transportation: Earth Limos

Tuxedos: Tuxedo Junction

Wedding Planner: Stephanie Smith

Real Wedding Wednesday: Joyce and Rick

September 21, 2011

Joyce & Rick:  An earthy and organic event

By Jennifer Florendo

Photography by: altf 

Joyce Chittick and Rick Faugno first met when they were paired up as boyfriend and girlfriend in the theatrical production, “The Boyfriend.” Later, the talented twosome replayed those roles in the Broadway hit, “Wonderful Town.” If they had taken that as a sign, they would have tied the knot right then, instead of waiting until after a trial run as Mr. and Mrs. in the Vegas hit, “Jersey Boys.” 

For Faugno, he seemed to always know that Chittick was the one, although it took him over seven years to make it official. “We joke that it was the seven-year itch,” says Faugno. Instead of breaking up, he got on his knee and proposed in Paris. 

Planning the nuptials took a bit of time; hectic schedules often keep them apart. In June 2010, the couple saw a window of time where they would both be in Vegas, at the same time, for at least a weekend. And from there, they set the date and put the wheels in motion. 

The couple agreed on an earthy, natural look and feel for their wedding and found the perfect venue at Springs Preserve. The rest fell into place organically. The invitation design featured fireflies, which inspired their mason jar table settings and the venue inspired a part of the ceremony focusing on preserving relationships.

As if the brief amount of time to plan wasn’t enough, the dancing duo added another major component to their wedding: a choreographed tango. The chosen song was “The Carnival Tango,” the first song they danced to in “The Boyfriend.” 

“It was worth it. That is what people talk about when they mention our wedding—the first dance. It was pretty cool, we had a lot of fun doing it,” said Chittick. 

After the touching ceremony, an unforgettable party ensued. From the groom singing to the bride to an improv “tap dance jam session” to the guests raving about Retro Bakery’s coconut cupcakes to the photo booth, all are providing years of fun memories. 

“Everyone had a blast and it’s just nice to have photos of people letting loose and being zany. And to see some of your older relatives be goofy in these photos, it’s really a fun thing to do,” said Chittick.

The petite bride wanted to be sure that she was comfortable all day and night. “I found Dolly Couture online. They specialize in 1950s-era, tea-length dresses, which is what I wanted from the beginning. I just couldn’t have been more thrilled with it. It was such a fun dress to spend the night in and party in and it was comfortable.” 

For a bride who never envisioned herself as one, she put together an unforgettable event, one that was truly her style. 

“I went with my gut and went with what I liked. I didn’t cater to anyone else’s wishes. Rick and I did it the way we wanted to do it. We made sure that the family was included. We wanted them to feel special, but didn’t let anybody dictate to us what we should have. If I wanted cupcakes, I was going to have cupcakes. From what people said, it came across,” says Chittick about the beginning of her new life.

Bride: Joyce Chittick

Groom: Rick Faugno

Wedding Date: September 2, 2010

Bridal Party: 1 Maid of Honor, 1 Man of Honor and 2 Groomsmen

Number of Guests: 120

This Couple Recommends:

Venue: Springs Preserve

Photographer:  altf

Photobooth: ShutterBooth

Décor & Flowers: Julie Reed Events

Videographer: Bryon Moffitt

Bakery: Retro Bakery

DJ: DJ Harry O

Dance Lessons: Sergei Shapoval, Sergei’s Dance Center

Dress: Dolly Couture

Hair & Makeup: Lori White

Musicians: Drums-Brian Czach; Bass- Jeff Davis; Keyboard- Billy Tregesser; Guitar- John Wedemeyer; Tenor Sax- Andrew Friedlander; Trombone- Jason Holcombe; Trumpet- Glen Colby

Singer: Ronnie Rose

Real Wedding Wednesday: Nydia and Avery

September 14, 2011

Nydia & Avery: Simple Elegance at Paradise Cove

By Jennifer Florendo

For Avery Potter, owner of Cocktails Catering in Orlando and Nydia Agosto, a professional dancer for Walt Disney World, their happily ever after came by taking a chance. They agreed to get set up on a blind date. And they are glad they did. The couple met at the movies while watching “The Simpsons” and they are now known as “The Potters.”

While dating, the couple took a vacation to Sanibel Island on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Avery decided it was time to make it official and propose. It was on their first night of vacation and under a full moon.

As they soon began to plan their wedding, they chose the month of March for their ceremony, to avoid the weather being too hot and choosing Paradise Cove as their venue, which now has a familial sentimental value to the couple. “My cousin had been married there just two years before us. And now, one of my other cousins just got married there this past March! So it’s kind of tradition now,” says Nydia.

The couple wanted their theme to remain simple, yet elegant says the bride. They also did all of the planning and most of the details themselves, including the food, the bar and the décor. Paradise Cove offers much natural beauty, so little décor was needed. They used white linens and accented with lanterns to still maintain the natural beauty that is paradise cove.

They chose a funny, yet appropriate song for their first dance, “I Wanna Grow Old With You,” from the 1998 movie “The Wedding Singer.” Who doesn’t smile when hearing Robbie singing to Julia on the airplane, after being introduced by Billy Idol? They chose this song because of what the message truly is. “We picked it because we want to grow old together and take care of each other in the process, just as the song implies. Also it’s only 30 seconds long,” says Nydia.

The bride incorporated some family memories into her something borrowed and old. Shortly before the wedding, the bride’s grandmother had passed away. “She had given my aunt a necklace many years ago and so I wore it as my something borrowed and my something old. It was a surprise to my father which meant so much to all of us.”

The wedding went off beautifully, without a hitch. To sum the day up, the bride can’t choose just one memory. “I don’t have just one memory of the night that I can say was my favorite! The entire day was wonderful! The day was surreal … like a dream,” says the bride. 

Bride: Nydia Agosto

Groom: Avery Potter

Wedding Date: March 12, 2009

Number of Guests: 175

This Couple Recommends: 

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Paradise Cover at Buena Vista Water Sports

Caterer: Cocktails Catering

Décor/Rentals: Cocktails Catering

Dress: Alfred Angelo

Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo

Hair: Tanya Marie Navarro-Ortiz

Makeup: Kristyne Truzzolino

Officiate: Michael Caroline

Photographer & Videographer: Doug Rowland

Tuxedos: Sacino’s Tuxedos

Real Wedding Wednesday: Ella and Jason

September 7, 2011

Ella and Jason: An impossible combination …an amazing story of love 

By Jennifer Florendo 

Ella Gagaiano, a farm girl from Cape Town South Africa, fell in love at first sight with Jason, a performer from Las Vegas. They met in February 2010 when Jason was traveling for business. They were aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean, but Jason was too afraid to say anything to the beauty, at first. When he mustered the courage to approach Ella, he asked to catch a movie with him. They only had six days together before he had to leave the ship for a week. But he made sure that she wouldn’t forget him. “I asked a friend to slide envelopes that I had pre-written for every day that week, under her door. Every morning she would wake up and have a new letter from me, reminding her I am coming back and I was missing her,” said Jason.  

The proposal was not the romantic production that some would have expected from Jason, but it suited the couple who knew instantly that they were going to be together. “On our way to the DMV Jason suddenly pulled over and went down on his knees and asked me. And of course I said ‘yes’” says Gagiano. Jason admits that it wasn’t the most romantic of moments, but he takes in pride in knowing that he surprised his bride. 

Inspired by Lance Armstrong, who celebrates the New Year in a new country, the couple chose 1.1.11 for their wedding date. The date also signifies new beginnings and new chapters, and of course, the winter time at Mount Charleston was breathtaking. “We both love traveling, and thought that is a great way to celebrate our wedding day … to explore a different country together every New Year! That will be our goal and I hope that we can do it. Every year, our anniversary in a different country,” said Gagiano. 

They chose this date just two months earlier, not allowing for much time for planning, but regardless, they were set on this date. “It is a day we—and the whole world—will celebrate every year and it is what we wanted. Not much time for planning,” says Jason, “All we wanted was a small wedding just for us and we wanted it in the mountains with snow! We both love the mountains and the snow.”

The couple played up their careers, he being a performer and she being a wedding photographer, and made certain that their ways was about them. “This is our day —a creative and fun day. We want to wear and do what we want to wear and do! Our yellow boots is an example of that,” said Gagiano.

The couple had planned on hiking to their favorite clearing that overlooked the mountains. The couple and their guests met at The Resort on Mount Charleston to carpool to the location when they were met by stand-still traffic. “It was non-stop traffic and wasn’t moving at all. We literally pulled the cars over and simply got out and went hiking! It ended up being great! We found a beautiful place we hadn’t seen before and it worked out fine… Not to mention, I am all about the “story” and man o man we have one! 

The day turned out perfectly for the newlyweds who shared it with their most immediate family. The memories of becoming husband and wife with their loved ones trumps any memory of standing in the snow. “If you get married in the mountains, remember to wear more than two pairs of socks,” laughs Jason, “But seriously, the whole day was perfect. I married the woman of my dreams and we are starting our lives together.”