I think I might have grimaced...But I was not surprised. she has some very good reasons.
Today, I thought I would share them with you.
The first reason:
April has always been a huge Elvis fan.
Yep , Elvis Presley has rocked April's world for as long as I can remember.
She still loves Elvis and she wanted to get married in Vegas... just like Elvis and Priscilla.
Even the hotel she chose...was built on the very ground where the Aladdin once stood....(the hotel where they were wed.)
Had she been able to...she and Russell would have even been married on that very date!
The second reason:
She has always loved vintage!
Her first apartment...was furnished with mid century modern furniture. It took us an entire year to collect the vintage 1950's furniture...refinish or paint it a glossy black. Her entire home was Black, white and shades of pink and red.
The third reason and really the most important:
April's dad died 3 years ago ...
On New Years Day.
They were very, very close and she didn't think she could handle a big full blown wedding production ...
Without her daddy.
The more I thought about it...
I knew she was right.
All we wanted was to help her transition into her new life as easily as possible.
If that meant Las Vegas...so be it.
Our one and only stumbling block...who would walk her down the isle....she had many offers...everyone wanting the honor...
But she couldn't let another "dad figure" do this. She wanted to honor his memory.
Of course, we all understood.
The very day her dad died...She kept talking about this...it was even strange to everyone...she wasn't even dating anyone at the time!
Then one of my proud mom moments occurred...
My youngest son Justin told her he would love to walk her down the isle when the time came.
I thought he might have just been trying to calm her down...but he remembered his vow.
If for any reason he was unable to...Las Vegas was the answer!
Only in Vegas can Elvis himself walk you down the isle!
We had a back up plan!
It was touch and go whether The Navy would allow Justin the time off ...but it was meant to be.
This morning, He shared this story with his commanding officer ...The commitment he made to his sister on the day her dad died... his desire to honor that vow ...to see it through and be with his sister on this day.
Justin made this commitment just 5 days prior to his leaving for basic training!
It was quite a emotional time for everyone!
This morning...I got the call to find a ticket...he will be doing just that!
This is how the Vintage Vegas Wedding came to be.
Elvis will be serenading our princess and she will have loved ones there at her side...Her daddy will be there too in our hearts...I just know it!
Tomorrow, I will show you how it will be pulled together!