Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I Can't Contain My Excitement...

This May 22nd, Ed and I will celebrate TEN years of marriage.  A lot has happened in ten years... more than the average couple, I can confidently say.
We spent our honeymoon in Hawaii and we said that we'd go back there in ten years.

Here we are... ten years later and guess what?!?!?!?!?!?!?
We're not going to Hawaii.  Someday - but not soon.

We are doing something amazing.  Hilarious.  We're checking something off the "bucket list."

We are ELOPING to VEGAS in June!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
We've been through sickness and health... a special needs child and the loss of two children.  A lot less has torn marriages apart.  Here we are, ten years later... and I get to marry this wonderful man all over again.  I'm so lucky.
We're going to take our best man...
And our maid of honor...
And my original wedding gown!!!!!!!!
And we're flying to Vegas to renew our vows in one of those iconic and adorable and cheesy and funny wedding chapels.  We may even choose to have Elvis officiate.
Ed and I went to Vegas many times before we had Gavin and loved staying at the Bellagio.  I always dreamed of one day taking Gavin to the Bellagio - he would have loved the fountain show they have there. So we are staying there for old time's sake - hopefully in a room overlooking the show.  I used to love falling asleep to the sound of that water show at night... and I know Brian and Hope will, too.  We just booked our flights and the hotel and I'm giddy.
I seriously can't contain my excitement.

Is it over the top crazy to fly to Vegas with a 5 year old and a 5 month old with your wedding gown to renew your vows?

OF COURSE!  But who cares.  The Leong family has a secret to share with you.  Life is short - and ten year anniversaries only happen once (unless you get married more than once and have two ten year marriages, of course - ha!) - and we love over the top crazy.  Did I mention that I can't contain my excitement?

Sure - it will be different.  There won't be any dancing or partying - I'll probably be changing a diaper in my gown and splashing in the pool with Brian and nursing Hope in front of the window overlooking all of Vegas - asleep by 9.  But that's the beautiful thing about our year ten.  We know all too well that none of that other stuff matters.  We have the best time when we're together and living the every day life with our kids.  They are all we need.
If any of you reading have had a personal experience with a Vegas wedding chapel and have a referral or tips to share, I'd love to hear it all!!

Oh and guess what.  Most of these wedding chapels have live internet STREAMING!!!!!!  (YES, I'M SCREAMING BECAUSE I CAN'T CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!)  That means that all of you will get to see Hope in her fabulous maid of honor dress!!!!  I haven't picked it out yet, but with that face - any old thing will look fabulous on her.

We're gettin' married!!!!!!!!!
(again)




25 comments:

  1. hahaha - love it!! happy (almost) 10 year anniversary!

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  2. This made me laugh OUT LOUD! For real! Haha, I love how excited you are and I'm maybe a little unreasonably excited to get to stream it ;) CONGRATULATIONS!!! :D

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  3. That is the sweetest thing! I absolutely love the idea! I live pretty close to Vegas but have never been to any wedding chapels. Have a great time and I hope it isn't too hot!

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  4. My hubby and I eloped to Vegas and married at The Little Chapel of the Flowers. It was small but gorgeous!

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  5. Congratulations. Got goosebumps and teary eyed reading your blog

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  6. I just sat down after putting my two girls to sleep, Rachel 5 years and Grace 1. The phone rang and it was my 24 year old son saying goodnight. As I sat down to read your blog before heading off to bed my 22 year old daughter calls to say "mom READ KATES BLOG, Im FLOATING" ...I just read it, I went from tired to over the top happy!!! I LOVE U GUYS ALL OF YOU!! Im SO EXCITED to sit with my oldest daughter and watch Hope in her dress and Brian all handsome.....and the couple whom I look up too and wish nothing but the best for, renewing their vows ...OH how romantic. and wonderful. because like us, my husband and I , we also love being with our kids thats what makes life great. Oh and hardly an after thought but we have our 11 year old in heaven watching over and playing with Gavin, they both will fly over and watch the festivities Im sure and they will be dancing on the stars. Thanks for sharing your babies, your life. We love it and look forward to it. !!

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  7. Happy for you! Enjoy your wedding!!!

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  8. I love your blog and have been a long time reader, but never had anything to comment on, until now. I think it's such a fun idea to renew your vows in Vegas! I am commenting because my sister in law got married in Vegas 2 years ago. She and her husband got married by Elvis at the Graceland Wedding Chapel. It. Was. Fabulous. Elvis sang several times during the ceremony and then we all got up and danced together at the end. They did however hustle us in and out of the chapel pretty quickly, but it was New Years Eve and I think they had a few wedding going on. It's the same chapel where Jon Bon Jovi got married. It's also right next to the Pawn Stars pawn store so in an effort to be a little tackier we went there after the wedding :) Good luck and have a blast!

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  9. At least your dress fits! I tried mine on recently and it wouldn't zip up. Not even a little. I'm blaming the kids not my insane love for Reese's peanut butter cups, lol. Have the best time.

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  10. I stayed at The Bellagio last May for my 35th birthday. Here's a tip I read online: slip a $20 in between your credit card & id...We were upgraded to a "premiere" fountain room on one of the top floors. Gorgeous. Congrats & have a wonderful time!

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  11. We stayed at The Bellagio last May for my 35th bday. A tip I read online: slip a $20 in between your cc & id....the sweet guy who checked us in upgraded us to a Premiere Fountain suite, on one of their top floors. It was breathtaking. Congrats & have a wonderful time. :)

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  12. SO excited for you! Our son & daughter-in-law renewed their vows in Vegas at an Elvis Chapel (she is a huge Elvis fan) 2 years ago, and it was internet streamed...so we had the opportunity to watch it! They had so much fun & I know you will, too ��������

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  13. Im getting married at Mon Bel Ami on Saturday. So far its been a wonderful experience with pictures flowers and video alll included. They have been great to me so far. GOOD LUCK :) ( I have to be up in 3 hrs to catch my plane )

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  14. Happy early anniversary! My ten year anniversary is on the 24th!

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  15. My sister got married on Halloween in Vegas. The kicker was that the ceremony was on the pirate ship at Treasure Island, and we all dressed as pirates!! My dad had a fake parrot on his shoulder, the groom looked like Jack Sparrow and I was a Wench!! The "Ring Bearer" was an employee that came swinging down from the crow's nest on a rope!! You can do just about anything you want!! Have a blast, be goofy and just let go! :)

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  16. Awww brilliant. Never been to Vegas but come on.if your there getting married all over again you just have to have Elvis lol. Well done and congratulations. I'll be watching.

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  17. Wonderful!! I can't wait to see it all :D x

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  18. sounds fantastic! you will all have a blast!

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  19. This is awesome! Congrats! I share the same 10-year anniversary with you (and I live in Bucks County, PA). So cool! I love how you guys are celebrating, that will be amazing!

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  20. My husband and I will celebrate 4 years of marriage this May 22nd :) Good day to get married! I also want to do some kind of vow renewal for either our 5 or 10 year anniversary.

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    1. I will also celebrate my 4 year wedding anniversary on this date!

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  21. How fun, exciting, amazing, and how YOU TWO!! I'm so happy and excited for you both! Have a blast Leong family! Congratulations and blessings!

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  22. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! That is such awesome news Kate. I am so happy for you and Ed. It will be a great trip. Gavin will definitely be there with you all in spirit. Have a wonderful safe trip. God bless you and your family.

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  23. So excited for you!! You're going to have such a great time. My husband and I got married 12 years ago at the Chapel at Treasure Island. It was so wonderful!

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  24. My husband and I got married in Vegas 9 years ago at the Howard Johnson's chapel! Our 3 yr old daughter at the time was our maid of honor! My dad lives there, so I got to visit him and get married all in one trip! Congrats to you and your lovely family!

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