November 7th, 2012:

A WEDDING AMONG VEGAS LIGHTS By Victoria Giraud

Last Friday, Nov. 2, family and friends gathered for evening nuptials on the 17th floor rooftop terrace of the Platinum Hotel in Las Vegas. Situated just off the Strip and away from the bustling mania of this gambling party town, it was the perfect location. No smoking or gambling allowed in this haven.

My brother Darby, who had gotten an online “preacher” certificate, performed the personal ceremony for the bride and groom. Jennifer and Hans (my son), who met at New York/New York Casino Hotel, had been together for 6 years already when they finally got engaged last year. Some people take longer to make up their minds!

The celebration was wonderfully full of family and friends. Scott, my son’s friend since kindergarten, was best man. I’ve posted the photo of Scott, my #2 son, and me. The bride and groom planned all the details and even created their own program, which listed a little something special about each of the 8 groomsmen and 7 bridesmaids, which included my daughter Heidi. They didn’t forget to pay tribute to relatives who had passed on but were there in spirit.

Scott (#2 Son) & Proud Mother…Me

As couples like my family divorce and remarry, families get larger and there are lots of stepfathers and stepmothers, step-grandfathers and step-grandmothers, stepsisters and stepbrothers. Aren’t we all related in one way or another? I saw relatives I hadn’t seen in years and met up with Bonnie, a college friend who I hadn’t seen since college graduation—too many years ago.

The Rehearsal Dinner the night before the wedding was a memorable occasion. My son’s father read an imaginary letter in German from his deceased mother, who would have been over 100. Oma, who had been born in Frankfurt, “gave” the couple a pair of cut crystal wine goblets she had owned.

I ate my first delicious wedding cupcake—a marvelous and practical way to serve cake—and had enough wine to be very mellow as I did some meandering among the nearly 100 guests. We are friendly people!

A humorous touch for the groomsmen and their formal tuxes—blue Van’s on their feet. After the ceremony the bridesmaids traded in their heels for    comfortable blue “Chuck’s” (Converse).

Jennifer & Hans, the Bride and Groom just wed!

 

 

 

 

 

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