Vegas, Fine Dining, and a Wedding!

A few weeks ago, my guy and I escaped to Vegas for a little vacation… and a wedding!  After almost ten years together, we decided to finally tie the knot.  And, being blessed to have the friends and family that we do, we were able to celebrate the weekend with our nearest and dearest.

Seriously, everyone who made the trip went above and beyond… considering we didn’t give anyone more than four weeks to plan.  We’re inconsiderate that way. 🙂

Adorable wine labels one of the bridesmaids made for us...
Adorable wine labels one of the bridesmaids made for us…

But in all seriousness, it was a perfect weekend.  My family, his family.  My best friends, his best friends.  Bachelor and bachelorette parties.  And the Craps tables…

We kicked everything off Friday night … while the boys ran off to go play, my girls hosted a fun little lingerie shower for me.  With a few hilariously funny games here and there.

You see, this picture is still funny because I'm still not quite sure what it is I'm holding up.
You see, this picture is still funny because I’m still not quite sure what it is I’m holding up.

Saturday morning, my two girls whisked me away to the hotel salon for pedicures and then treated me to some relaxation time in the spa.  The three of us don’t get to spend all that much time together, making the morning of my wedding absolutely perfect.

Something blue...
Something blue…

Then Saturday night, we all gathered outside at the Bellagio fountains for the ceremony.  All five minutes of it.  Remember my mentioning that everyone who attended went above and beyond?  Yeah; they did.  It was 114 degrees at the time of the wedding.  Luckily, our little alcove was already in the shade by the time the minister started.

Getting ready to say “I do.”

Following the “I dos” and a few tears here and there, the real party began.  At the Craps table.  We had barely cut into the cake before everyone was ready to go back downstairs and start gambling.  And that is why we decided to get married in Vegas!

Red and Black.. it was a Red Raider Wedding after all!
Red and Black.. it was a Red Raider Wedding after all!

Once everyone left, we headed over to Paris for our first date night as husband and wife.  Being the HUGE Hell’s Kitchen fans that we are, we’ve been dying to dine at one of Chef Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants.  And since we were in Vegas, we finally had that opportunity.

Gordon Ramsay Steak
Gordon Ramsay Steak

Our experience at Gordon Ramsay Steak was phenomenal from start to finish.  The wait staff is extremely professional and friendly.  The food is flat out amazing.  And thanks to Chef, I now have a favorite new oyster… kusshi.

Just look at that precious little bottle of Tabasco!
Just look at that precious little bottle of Tabasco served with the east and west coast oysters!

Now, for anyone who watches Hell’s Kitchen with us, you know that Beef Wellington is one of the dishes the chefs on his TV show constantly mess up.  Therefore, my guy and I knew exactly what we wanted to have for dinner.  Let me just say that I do not eat my meat medium-rare, but since this is the only temperature the Beef Wellington is served at, I had no choice.  Was it good?  Yeah.  I have never had a steak melt in my mouth the way this did.  One might say it was a tiny piece of Heaven.

Beef WellingYUM!
Beef WellingYUM!

Oh, and if we weren’t already full from our appetizers and main dishes, the coffee and desserts leave you wishing someone were there to carry you out.  Sadly, we inhaled the Sticky Toffee Pudding and the brown butter ice cream it was served with before taking a picture.  We did, however, snap a picture of this coffee sexiness.

Gordon Ramsay Steak Coffee Sexiness
At Gordon Ramsay Steak, they like to know if you prefer chocolate dipped Amaretto, Baileys, or Chambord with your coffee… Coffee Sexiness.

I know this is not the usual Friday blog post everyone is accustomed to here at The Ooo Factor, but I thought I’d share the news and a few pictures.

One of the "silly" poses the photographer put us in that actually turned out kinda cute...
One of the “silly” poses the photographer put us in that actually turned out kinda cute…
Waiting for the limo after the ceremony... at the Bellagio bar where most married couples go after they get hitched.
Waiting for the limo after the ceremony… at the bar, where most married couples go after they get hitched.  Right?

Oh, and if anyone is considering a wedding in Vegas, check out the On the Spot package offered by The Wedding Place.

Did you plan a traditional wedding?  Or did you run off and plan a destination wedding?  And more importantly, would you choose to do it all over again or change it up a bit?  I’d love to hear from you!

And be sure to check out the Summer Crush Book Event happening now!  Football Sweetheart and 50+ other tiles are all on sale for 99 cents each!!

22 Replies to “Vegas, Fine Dining, and a Wedding!”

  1. I’m so glad you blogged about this! Loved hearing about it and seeing the pictures.

    My husband and I got married 20 years ago in a banquet hotel room with my preacher dad as the officiate. There were all of 24 people in attendance, just family really. We were living in Albuquerque at the time, but got married in The Woodlands, Texas to make things easier for our family. That said, if I had it to do over again, I’ve often said I’d do what you did–plan a vacation with the family and close friends and get married there. Maybe a cruise? The cost of paying for our parents and siblings to come with us probably would have been close to what we paid anyway on the room, food, etc.

    No matter. The most important thing is that I walked out with the right guy. And it sounds like you and your hubby are the right ones for each other. CONGRATULATIONS!

  2. OMG, I love these pictures!!! And I’m so glad you ended up having the wedding that YOU wanted. 🙂

    We got married on a vacation planned around my sister’s wedding and it was all perfect. We had a few family receptions when we got home and everyone was happy.

    Congratulations, my friend — you were a beautiful bride!

  3. You looked beautiful! Congratulations again.

    We definitely did a more traditional wedding, and I would do it that way again. I’d change some of our vendors, but other than that, I was so happy with the way our day went. I’m glad you can say the same about yours 🙂

  4. Oh my God. Congratulations, Tiffany to you and your guy. You look absolutely beautiful. A Vegas wedding – that is like my dream.
    I’m single, but I’m hoping when I do find the right guy, he’ll want to hop on a plane and get married with a small group of friends and family somewhere cool like Vegas.
    Have a great weekend,
    Emma x

  5. Congratulations Tiffany! You and Hubby look amazing! And so happy! It sounds like everything turned out just the way you wanted it to. Ack 114 degrees! Yep, that’s Vegas in June. And now it’s hot all over the place. In answer to your question, I did receive the wedding I dreamed of. Although I would not get married in December again. What were we thinking? Obviously not. But otherwise, everything went well. I’m so happy for you girl. You deserved this beautiful memory! 🙂

  6. Thanks for sharing your special day with us. I am happy things went well, and it looks like you’ve got some wonderful memories.

    Twenty-one years ago, I had a traditional wedding in a church. My family doesn’t have much money, and I think the whole shebang cost us less than $1000 (including my dress and the cake). If I had it to do again (and the people I wanted at my wedding could afford it), I’d have a destination wedding. Much less muss and fuss. I went to some friends’ wedding in Cozumel a few years ago and was impressed with how nice it was and how little trouble they had setting it all up.


  7. We had only the essentials at our wedding 20 years ago. My son-in-law married us in their living room with my daughter and Sharon’s son as the only witnesses. Not as exciting as some, maybe, but it was what we wanted, and the most important people were there.

  8. Congratulations, and thanks so much for sharing your pics! I’m a Hell’s Kitchen fan, too, and would love to go to Gordon Ramsey Steak sometime. I’m so happy for you two!

    My sweetie and I found out how many people were coming for our law school graduation and decided to get married while everyone was here. Simple ceremony at a friend’s house. The back of the Wedding Certificate was the “guest book” for about 35 people. Not much stress, and no debt. We honeymooned in Puget Sound at our leisure after I took the bar exam. 19 years last month. 🙂

  9. Wow, Tiffany… So often the stories about Vegas weddings that get tossed around are so negative; it’s great to hear how much fun (despite the heat) that you guys had. And the pictures are inspirational… That plate of oysters looks fabulous (as does the Beef Wellington… though, as a fan of medium rare steak, I can say most good steaks will melt in your mouth when cooked that way).

    Congrats for the wedding and the many happy years to come.

  10. Congratulations, Tiffany! I like simple weddings, and yours looks like it was beautiful and I bet hanging out and gambling in Vegas with your friends and family was a blast! You’re a gorgeous bride, and your guy is quite a handsome dude!

  11. Congrats Tiffany! That sounds like an amazing weekend and I’m glad you had such a fun wedding 🙂 (and you’re not the only couple to hang out at the bar while waiting for the ride to dinner ;))

    1. Hi, Lonnie!

      I have to say the best attractions would have to be the hotel/casinos themselves. The attention to detail and architecture is amazing. As far as fine dining, I highly recommend Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris. I also enjoy Circo at the Bellagio. Enjoy your trip and I hope you have as much fun as we do when we visit Vegas!

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