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Wendy & Joel's wedding

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We spend just two days in Las Vegas, but they're packed full. We drive from LA to Vegas in the mustang, arriving on the main strip. It's a crazy place to see, it pops up from a desert of nothing and suddenly surrounds you with massive, unreal buildings. Fairy castles, mini New Yorks, Eiffel towers, it's all here. It's all the more impressive viewed at night with all the lights.

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Many of the hotels have visual shows to take in too, we watch a volcano erupt at The Mirage. It's a bit cheesy. At the Bellagio though they have a lake with a huge fountain display set to music. That's quite mgnificetnt to watch. The themes continue inside the hotels too. The Venetian has canals and gondalas, along their indoor streets, complete with blue sky ceiling.

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On Saturday 13th March, my old work mates Wendy and Joel get married in Las Vegas! I'm very lucky to have managed to fit it in, the second wedding of the trip! We start the day with some squealy reunions, then a buffet breakfast for the ladies at the Wynn, one of the swankier Vegas hotels. The buffet is unbelievable, more choice than you can get your head around. The cake selection is particularly overwhelming. Suitably stuffed, we laze by the huge Wynn pool for a bit before getting ready with the bride in Charlotte and Kylie's room, more friends from work.

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All ready and a little rushed we hop into a limo that takes us to The Little Church of the West Wedding Chapel. There, we are greeted by an Elvis, who'll be taking Wendy down the aisle. They get through a lot of weddings there so can't get us all into the chapel soon enough. The ceremony is short and sweet, with Elvis singing at opportune moments. Quite a lot of fun and more laid back than your usual wedding.

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Back in the daylight and there's another Elvis amongst us. Joel was driven to the wedding by an older Elvis in a pink Cadillac, so we have two of them! We all drive to the Welcome to Vegas sign for some classic Vegas wedding photos. Then onwards to the Bellagio where most of the wedding party (ie the ones not backpacking) have a slap up meal.

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Vegas isn't just about gambling, all the hotels have their own theatre and huge shows happen here. Barry Manilow and Cher are permanent performers at the moment, if that's your sort of thing. Wendy and Joel kindly bought all of us tickets to the Cirque de Soleil show LOVE. It's a show inspired and using the music of the Beatles and truly is spectacular. I would struggle to describe it, it is such a visual feast, with performers at every angle, fantastic costumes, amazing acrobatics, dancing and, of course, brilliant music.

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It's a wonderful way to end a wonderful day. Vegas can sometimes be seen as brash and tacky, but with experiencing it through a wedding with friends, to me it came across as a wonderland. Somewhere that has its place, perhaps not every day though!

Posted by EllenM 02:29 Archived in USA Tagged backpacking

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