|The strip taken from the front of our hotel (Harrahs)|
So our trip to Vegas has come and gone and I am sitting here wishing that it hadn't. It sucks that you spend months (sometime longer) planning and waiting and fantasizing about a vacation and then in a blink of an eye it's over. Why can't it be the other way around? It's like making a turkey dinner... You spend ALL day in the kitchen, basting and peeling and washing and cooking, and after you put your masterpiece meal on the table, everyone dives in and within 15 minutes, all thats left of an entire days work is more work. UGH. (sorry for the run-on sentence!)
Anyways, Oh my goodness what a great time in Vegas! If you've never been to sin city, you need to go!
My big brother Jody and his beautiful fiance Casey finally tied the knot, and a Vegas wedding was the way to do it! 4 entire days of sheer weddingy bliss (and my first vacation since our honey moon 8 years ago)!
Day 1 - We left our house at 5:30am in order to pick up our travel comrads (Jody, Casey, Adam, Lubi) and get to the Bellingham airport for our 9:30am flight. Once at the airport we were greeted by 4 more travel buddies which meant the party was officially starting! All 10 of us boarded the plane full of excitment, anticipation, and of course, a litte booze. Okay okay, alot of booze. (for those of you that don't know, Dan has a small fear of flying so we had him pretty much blitzed before the plane even took off the ground)...
Our plane finally touched down in hot sunny Las Vegas at 11:35am (where we joined the rest of our 32 travel comrads) and we were in a cab and off to the hotel by noon. We all did a quick wardrobe change ( in otherwords, stripped off our hoodies and sweats and slipped on something a little less comfortable and a little more revealing ;) ) and then we're off to enjoy the days festivities (being 2 nights before the wedding it only made sense that the first night in vegas be the stag/stagette). So, the men all went one way and the ladies went another. The events that followed are unfortunately top secret and will only be revealed via torture method. I will however say, if you happen to see any pictures of me floating around facebook from this night, the ones of me dancing around and or on a stripper pole are photoshopped.
Day 2 - Waking up the morning after the stag/stagette was a bit of a challenge. In fact, most parties involved did not see the light of day till the mid afternoon ...I on the otherhand was wide awake at the crack of dawn. Even though my head didn't grace my pillow until nearly 4am, my internal alarm had me opening curtains and throwin' on a swimsuit by 9am. While everyone else slept the day away I went down to the pool and lounged in the 36 degree sun - much to my surprise, the groom (my brother) joined me for a while too. Anyways, after developing a rather severe headache from too much "fun", followed by not enough sleep, followed by
too much sun, I returned to my room to wake the sleeping dead.
|Dan and I sitting outside of Ceasars Palace|
|Adam & Lubi strollin' down the street|
|The Wedding Garden Chapel|
Day 3 - The moment everyone had been waiting for..... The Wedding! I wasn't sure what to expect from a Las Vegas wedding - the only reference I had to a Las Vegas wedding was from that movie with Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz... I can't remember the name of it. Anyways, turns out that Las Vegas actually knows how to do weddings!!
I spent most of the morning/afternoon with Casey in her room while she got prepared for her big day. She has a couple ladies come in and do her hair and makeup while I force fed her a bagel and some fruit. Her hands were shaking so bad and she kept saying " it's really weird, I feel so nervous but yet i'm not nervous" She was funny. And SOOOOO nervous! I would have been nervous too had I been commiting to spend the rest of my life with my brother. I guess it's a little different for her though seeing as Jody isn't her brother... whatever, maybe that's a moo point. ( Did I use that right? Ever see the episode on friends where Joey says 'moo point' .. i've always wanted to try that saying out... i'm not sure how I feel about it now though, kind of feels weird and too random. Wow, if anything is random, it's this rabbit trail I am going down right now... okay, back to the story). Finally around 2:15pm Casey was ready and looking stunning! Jody and his BFF took a limo to the chapel ( just the two of them in one huge limo) and a few of us took another Limo to the chapel with Casey ( and by a few I mean 8 of us... it was so squishy... who got the bum end of that deal? Selfish men.) Anyways... we arrived at the chapel in one piece and that's all that matters ;)
The ceremony was short but really beautiful. At one point though it got a little uncomfortable when Jody tried to put Casey's ring on her finger and it wouldnt fit because her fingers were too swollen from all the salt in the margaritas the day before... umm, AWKWARD haha. Anyways, I somehow managed to hold it together and not make a crying fool of myself ( Probably due to the fact that Jody and Casey cannot be serious for longer than 3 minutes at a time and had everyone rollin' in laughter for the whole service...)
|Jody & Casey walkin' after ceremony|
The after wedding dinner was held at the Gratto restaurant in the Golden Nugget Casino - the food was a'ight but the company was fantastic. There is nothing better than sitting down in a restaurant with a massive group of people who are happy and high on life ( or something else haha). Dan and I met alot of really cool people on this trip (friends and family of the bride and groom) and it was so much fun to be able to share this experience with all of them!
|me at midnight ..I haven't been up this late in years!|
|Jody, Casey, Me, Donna (Jodys sister), Donna (Caseys aunt) at Margaritaville|
If you ever go to Vegas and want a thrill... go for a ride on the SPEED at the Sahara. Oh My Lanta! I have never gotten off of a rollercoaster and been unable to feel my limbs before! This ride made me shake from head to toe! the rollercoaster goes from 0 to 70 (MPH) in like 2 seconds.. the entire ride only lasted for 28 seconds. It was absolutely insane. I didn't even realize what was happening until we were stopped again. Really, no matter how much I try to describe the ride, you won't understand. Just try it if you ever get the chance! So much fun!
After the rollercoaster, we all split up again and spent the last 2 hrs in Vegas on our own. Pretty much everyone just enjoyed a nice stroll down the strip with a margarita and took it the last few moments of sunshine... But not Dan and I. Nope! I decided that I wanted to use our last 2 hours to see miracle mile. So stupid. We literally had to jog to the shopping center because it was so far away and by the time we got there we only had about 15 minutes to look around before we had to turn and jog back. This mall is huge! 15 minutes doesnt even come close to scratching the surface. However, In those 15 minutes, I did manage to find a really great bag for my girlfriend Christina ( who took my baby for the 4 days we were gone, bless her poor exhausted heart! haha) so that kinda made the rushed trip all worth it. And then once we got back to the hotel, we picked up our luggage and jumped in a cab and headed off to the airport. The end.
Just kidding... You really think I would end my blog like that? Actually... I guess I kinda can end it there.. I've been writing this stupid blog for the better part of three days and I am kinda running out of steam! All in all, our trip was fantastic! If I ever get the chance to go to Las Vegas again, I will do it in a heart beat! So much to see, so much to do, and it really is just a fun city (maybe due to the margaritas?).
So.... when we goin' again?