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.”
Is there anywhere more romantic than Paris in the winter? Alice and Simone, who met and were engaged within four months, always regretted not having a professional photographer for their wedding three years ago. So, when they decided to renew their vows on the streets of Montmartre, hiring someone amazing to capture the day was top on their list of priorities.
“We sorely regretted not hiring a professional photographer to capture our wedding”, said Alice “We then tried to incorporate pieces from our original wedding and also found some incredible vendors that truly represented our Rock n Roll style!”
“It was not your fairytale type of ceremony. We wanted to be ourselves on that day and wore what we felt comfortable in and what would reflect US — leather jacket, jeans, boots, fishnet stockings, green andblack heels, edgy looking large ring, etc. All the pieces that you wouldn’t expect to see at a classical ceremony, but felt right for us.”
“We knew we didn’t want our ceremony to feel official and, well, strict. So, we found the most amazing officiant who’s not only a woman, has tattoos and is rocking the most stylish pastor outfit we’ve seen (which is already quite cool, right?) but also very chilled person and is a lot of fun to be around — we knew we found the right one! We laughed a lot during the ceremony, as you can see.”
“One of the reasons we picked the Montmartre and Sacré Cœur in particular as our vow renewal ceremony location (apart from its famous beauty) is the fact that three years ago we got married just a few streets away, at the Mairie du 18ème arrondissement. Our ceremony was very small and intimate — just us, the officiant and the two photographers, but it felt like we were just two of us there. I walked up the side stairs of the Sacré Cœur where Simone was already waiting for me, it was a bit like walking down the aisle, but in our own way. Then Michelle started the ceremony and it was very emotional yet very relaxed, we laughed all the way through it.”
Staysi and David did the formal wedding thing the first time around, so when it came to their vow renewal, they decided to go FULL Vegas elopement style. As they’re both from Las Vegas, they wanted something fun and larger than life to celebrate ten years together – and they smashed it.
“We are both very into pin up/rockabilly culture, so we wanted our looks to be totally us, just a little more formal!” Staysi explains. “I have bright purple and blue hair and so designed and made a 50s inspired wedding dress for myself, with a matching mini me dress for my daughter, Wynter Lee. David is a great sport and knew he had to find something equally as fun so he went with pink pants and a pink flamingo shirt!”
They got married at the Fremont Wedding Chapel, officiated by Elvis – obviously, who else?! “Our favourite part was Elvis singing my daughter’s favourite song, Viva las Vegas. It was such a fun part of the ceremony, with everyone singing along and dancing. Our daughter being involved was the best thing about planning it – whenever she sees pictures or hears stories about our wedding she always gets so bummed she was the only person not there. she was so excited about being our maid of honour in her pink dress!”