What’s better than a Vegas wedding? TWO Vegas weddings that’s what! Marcela and Padro were married in Vegas in 2015 (we featured the wedding here!) in the most bad ass, American Hustle inspired day. They returned to Sin City and decided to renew they vows in the same chapel. They also hired the same photographer, the amazing Kristen Marie Parker, to document their second jaunt down the aisle.
The pair, who live in Brazil, met when they were in school. “He is younger than me and I was friends with his brother”, explained Marcela. “We had had friends in common all of our lives, but never hung out together. I married young (at 22) to someone else and had kids but we split some years later. After I was divorced we saw each other at a bar and started messaging each other however I was dating someone else at the time so nothing happened.”
“Six months later he called me and we started seeing each other. I had a holiday booked in Morocco with my kids a few weeks after we got together. He booked a ticket and flew there to be with us. We started going out and have lived together practically since day one, almost seven years ago now.”
After getting engaged, Ben and Laura very briefly considered having a ‘normal’ wedding – but after thinking about how much planning and organising would be involved quickly vetoed that idea. “We agreed we definitely didn’t want a big wedding,” said Laura, “so when Ben cheekily suggested Vegas, I agreed immediately!”
While they didn’t have a particular budget in mind, in total for their trip they think they spent around £5,000. “Our flights and hotel were our biggest expense,” said Laura. “We figured as we weren’t splashing out on a big wedding, we should book an amazing hotel.” They saved big time by having no guests present, so there was no big catering tab to pick up, or reception venue to pay for. The both wore highstreet outfits – Laura in a jumpsuit from Coast, and Ben in Joules, and made them their own by adding accessories from Etsy and things they already owned. They relinquished extras like hair and makeup (“I dragged my hair into a low bun with my own fair hands!”) in favour of focusing on what really mattered to them – ending their day being married to each other and celebrating just got they liked it; low key and lazy.
Colour. Laughter. Desert Magic. These are just a few ways to describe today’s gorgeous vow renewal in Las Vegas! Brighton based photographer Lisa Devlin was travelling around LA and Vegas on a family holiday in October and Rebecca and Johnathan, also from the UK, decided it was an opportunity too good to miss and booked her to shoot their vow renewal at the same time! Talk about winning the jackpot!
They had their fun-filled ceremony at A Little White Wedding Chapel in their infamous Tunnel of Love. “Elvis was in full character the minute we arrived and made a fuss of us,” began Rebecca, “from helping with my shoes and asking what song we wanted him to sing, to going crazy when our photographer said she was called Lisa Marie!”