Yes, it’s almost Valentines day and that means Las Vegas will be flooded with more eager couples than normal wanting to come here to tie the knot on that wondrous day.
FYI: Valentines Day is the busiest wedding day in Las Vegas with New Year’s Eve being the second busiest. So plan early.
And with this being Las Vegas, someone is always wanting to out do someone else in the “best” Vegas wedding category. However, I do believe my wedding tale will top almost all others. If you can top this “Only in Las Vegas” wedding, I really want to hear about it!
Have I got a wedding Tale For You…
Actually, I will let the father of the bride tell the story. Since he sent me the photos and gave me permission to tell the story… So take it away, Mr. Tom Donoghue
IT WAS A STORYBOOK WEDDING AT THE EXCALIBUR RESORT…..
FIRST WEDDING EVER HELD AT THE “TOURNAMENT OF KINGS”
ONCE UPON A TIME…..
My son John and his “Lady In Waiting” Kysa called from New York to inform me that they were planning to elope to Las Vegas in a month. They asked if I could plan some kind of wedding ceremony that was “Vegas” and that they’d be fine with whatever I came up with….
Whatever can I come up with? The Nikon wheels in my head started turning!
Soon, with the aid of milady Betty, my better-half….A StoryBook Wedding was in the works….
And before I regale you with this wondrous tale, your humble servant must also beseech and bestow a special “Round Table Thanks” to Felix Rappaport, Jean George, Jill Breslaw and Ivan Caulier of the LUXOR and Excalibur, for their invaluable assistance…but now back to the story!
THE BETROTHED, Kysa and John, and their Lords and Ladies ( A wedding party of 25 ) held nary a clue to the magical Vegas evening in store for all of them…expecting only a dinner show, then off to a chapel somewhere, to get married….
That show, of course, was The Tournament Of Kings at the Excalibur! But as that amazing show came to a close, some in the group may have begun to suspect that Tom-foolery was afoot! Why aren’t we leaving for the chapel ??
Instead, I cajoled them all out onto the now deserted Tournament of Kings arena, for some fun photo ops… But as soon as I had talked John and Kysa into standing ATOP the “Round Table” for a great photo….
THE TRUMPETS BLARED, the lights went crazy, the gate to the castle flew open and out paraded four horsemen,
plus Merlin, The King, the Jester and….the minister..disguised as the Archbishop of Canterbury…
Everyone thought we were in trouble…Was the show starting again? NO !
THE MAGIC HAD STARTED and everyone was in StoryBook Land…as all soon realized…
THE JOHN & KYSA TOURNAMENT OF KINGS WEDDING CEREMONY HAD BEGUN !!!!!
And A Tip Of The Hat to Derek Franceschini (Executive Pastry Chef At The Luxor) For A Great Wedding Cake That Topped-Off A Truly LAS VEGAS KINDA NIGHT……And The Most Memorable Of Weddings Ever!
And A Big Thank-You To Minister Jimmy Mac………..
HUZZAH ! HUZZAH ! HUZZAH !
Thank you, Tom Donoghue, for the story and the photos!!
- Podcast #203 Getting Married In Vegas w/Joni Moss-Graham
- Get tickets to Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino