Today marks our third wedding anniversary and I can’t believe we are already here. Our lives have been filled with so many memorable moments from adopting a puppy, moving across the country, establishing our life here in California, and of course the addition of Greyson to our family. What three years have brought us! I can only imagine what the next few years will bring.
Yesterday I shared a little post on how motherhood has changed our marriage, but what I’ve learned in these last three years (whether you have kids or not) is that marriage does exactly that…it changes. And I’m learning that that’s okay. Our relationship isn’t going to always look and feel like it did on our wedding day and I’m grateful to have been able to see how we’ve both grown together in this process. I love being married to my best friend and even moreso seeing him become a father and be a strong living example for Greyson.
Although I have definitely learned a thing or two along the way, I am by no means a marriage expert. So, I thought today to take a look back to June 28, 2014 on our wedding day and share a few snapshots!
My husband and I have always talked about marriage – even before he popped the question. We had always liked the idea of getting married in Las Vegas for a number of reasons, although our families didn’t quite understand at first. It has always been a fun destination that lends itself a multitude of things to do whether you want to lounge by the pool, go to the spa, see a show, or gamble a little bit. It also happens to be one of the best locations for food, drinks, and nightlife. After looking around to see what the best deal for us was we decided that our ceremony and reception dinner would be held at The Wynn.
The Wynn is a beautiful, and Forbes Travel Guide award-winning, resort hotel whose wedding parlors come complete with a variety of packages that offer different amenities and fun perks. Having a wedding coordinator provided made planning our big day so much easier because all I had to really do was communicate with her what I wanted and she did an amazing job making it all happen. Having a coordinator really made planning a destination wedding while working full-time so easy – I recommend it to anyone!
The best part about having this kind of wedding was that it was nothing but convenient for our guests. Many of our friends arrived when we did and continued to spend the next five days, yes five, with us as we celebrated our wedding weekend. Other family members arrived later, which allowed us to spend a lot of quality time with our friends. My husband and I also chose to have our separate Bachelor/ette parties while in Vegas that way we could relax recover the following day before our rehearsal dinner. That Saturday or big day was finally here and I couldn’t wait to meet my new husband.
A private moment right after our ceremony.
When it came to our ceremony Philip and I weren’t terribly traditional. It was important for me to have a Christian ceremony with a few readings and blessings from our reverend. We didn’t write our own vows, but I loved the selection that The Wynn provided us to choose from. We were able to edit them a bit and make them a little more personal, which was nice. I really enjoyed how The Wynn let us customize our ceremony and worked diligently to ensure it went smoothly and without any issues.
My beautiful bridesmaids and Philip’s best man!
We had our closest friends serve as our bridesmaids and groomsmen. We had a unique wedding party in that my husband’s ‘best man’ was his best friend who happens to be female and I chose our close friend, a guy, to be a brides-man (he was happy to oblige me). I loved having them all up there with us because each of them played a specific role in our story as a couple. It was only right for them all to be a part of it.
Our photos were taken in the lobby of The Wynn. The indoor garden is breathtaking!
Our reception was held at one of the The Wynn’s award-winning restaurants, Tableau, in which we reserved for our wedding reception. It was so convenient for us and our guests to go straight from the ceremony, take our photos, then head directly to dinner. Cocktail hour was well underway by the time my husband and I arrived – our guests enjoying a few of our signature cocktails, which were a French 75 and Dark and Stormy. Our guests loved them so much we paid the extra bill to have cocktail hour extended into dinner! #noregrets.
One aspect to having our wedding in Las Vegas at a resort hotel was that we opted to not include a few traditional aspects due to our budget and a few rules the hotel/restaurant has. For example, we didn’t have a DJ or a first dance as the restaurant wasn’t the venue to do that and it was too expensive to have the bakery at The Wynn make a wedding cake for us (the restaurant doesn’t allow outside food or beverages). Instead, we focused on giving our guests a one-of-a-kind wedding experience. In lieu of traditional dancing and an emcee, we decided to head to one of the popular nightclubs on the strip as our ‘after party reception’ with bottle service. Most of our older family guests were happy to part ways considering how late it was once dinner was over.
We pressured our Wynn photographer to snap a photo of our entire wedding party. So happy to have spent this special weekend with these people!
We loved that our wedding was different but yet embodied us as a couple. We love a good time and were so happy to see our closest family and friends enjoy themselves all weekend long. It remains as my favorite Vegas experience and I have yet to attend another wedding like ours. I know our families were a little skeptical at first about what our wedding would be like, but we still to this day receive many compliments about their experience and fun they had. I’m also so blessed to have met and gained many new friends because of the occasion that brought us all together this day three years ago.
We’ve experienced plenty highs and lows these last three years, but in that time have grown closer as a couple, as individuals, and now parents. I can’t wait for the many anniversaries we have yet to celebrate!