December 2009


So when my friend Margaret got married in September, we had to have a night on the strip before her big day!

Ready to hit the town!

All the out-of-towners showing off VEGAS visitors guides.

We drove down to the strip with a scavenger list of things to accomplish:

First, Marge found a guy whose name started with an ‘N’ (she married a Nathan).

She also had to find bridal gown or tuxedo – yay for Build-a-Bear!

Next came a coffee cup autographed by the barista!

Picture with a group of guys holding a sign with her wedding date.

Not on the list, but we found another bachelorette party!

Also not on the list, but it’s always fun to pose with street performers ­čÖé

Another to-do: a picture with a couple who has been on the marriage road for quite awhile. This couple had so much wonderful wisdom to share.

Since “Tony & Tina’s Wedding” was playing in Vegas, it was easy to take a picture of Margaret with the word “wedding”.

She was supposed to find a woman with a first name starting with “M” (like Margaret!), but the woman with an “M” middle name was the closest we got.

After a quick obligatory stop by the Bellagio, we continued on our way…

Being serenaded by random men. I can’t remember what they sang, but they were pretty good!

After searching high and low for months, I found a flower to wear in my hair for the wedding – Margaret’s sister Krystle got one too.

At the end of the night we found a guy to hold a sign saying “Margaret & Nathan”

These ladies really wanted to help us out, but we had already completed our scavenger hunt!

It was a successful scavenger hunt – the only thing we spent money on was the ice cream from Serendipity (as a New Yorker, I was impressed!). We had so much fun along the way:

Playing favorite childhood games before heading home.

Posing for one last picture…

And at the last moment we found amazing sunglasses! I love the Elvis one’s I’m wearing – they had awesome sideburns ­čÖé

I’ve been so excited to post about this wedding ever since I wrote about it here.

While this wedding took place in Las Vegas, it was not the typical Vegas wedding. The ceremony happened at Lakeside Weddings. It was an incredibly beautiful location; even though it was early September, a light breeze kept the temperature palatable.

Margaret was my college roommate and one of my closest friends, so it was an honor to serve her and Nathan (a super fantastic guy!) as a bridesmaid. The ceremony was small, but incredibly intimate and meaningful.

Margaret’s mom Lynda sang “A Mother’s Prayer” while the bride and groomed prayed together.

The bridesmaids wore a simple black, cotton dress from Davids Bridal (the most comfortable dress I’ve ever worn!) along with black flats from Payless and jewelry of our choice. The men wore black slacks, white shirts, and black ties.

Flowers for the guys and gals were combinations of roses, baby’s breath, and stephanotis. As you can tell, Margaret and Nathan planned their wedding with a black, white, and red color pallate.

The reception was an informal cake, chocolate dipped strawberries, and champagne. Everyone mingled and chatted before heading to Timbers, a fantastic bar nearby.

At the bar, we played pool, ate yummy food, and caught up with old friends. Pictured above, Margaret and myself are so happy to be reunited with other friends from college.

I am so pleased for my friend Margaret and my new friend Nathan!! They had a beautiful wedding and are so great together!

Margaret’s jewelry was a gift from her dad when she was younger (she saved the pearls for her wedding) and her grandmother (who passed away a few weeks before the wedding) made her veil. I love the specialness of every single moment of the day!