Lana Married Keith In Las Vegas in a Dublin Bridal House Dress
Keith and I met six years ago at a training day when we both worked for the same company. It was definitely ‘love at first sight’ and I instantly knew he was the one. I remember texting my best friend that evening to say I had met my future husband.
Keith proposed to me on my birthday, 11th December 2016. He brought me to the Powerscourt Hotel in Wicklow where he had a picnic set up by the stream in the forest complete with chairs, blankets and champagne. I sat down to eat and he placed a napkin on my lap with ‘Lana, will you marry me?’ printed on it. I looked up and he was on one knee with the most perfect engagement ring.
We wanted an intimate wedding that was full of fun so we decided to go to Las Vegas for a week with 30 of our nearest and dearest. We spent some quality time with our friends and family, we even had our Hen and Stag parties over there!
We did some research online and booked the whole thing one year in advance. We decided to go for a really fun Vegas experience with our ceremony, 103 floors up in the Stratosphere Hotel. We had our reception dinner in ‘Paris, Las Vegas’, in a private dining room with views of the Bellagio Fountain Show. From there we went to ‘New York New York’ and partied until the early hours in an Irish-themed bar with a live band.
I decided to break the rules and have a best man instead of a maid of honour, and my best friend, Gerard stood by my side on the big day. I also had Keith’s youngest sister, Laura, and other my best friend, Selina, as bridesmaids.
I went to Dublin Bridal House in Rathfarnham and Sharon, the consultant, was just amazing
I had an amazing experience dress shopping. I went to Dublin Bridal House in Rathfarnham and Sharon, the consultant, was just amazing. I brought my Mam and Keith’s Mam with me and they sat sipping Prosecco while I tried on dresses. Sharon couldn’t have been more helpful and I fell in love with the very first dress I tried on, made by Badgley Mischka. I had heard of so many brides finding it difficult to find ‘the dress’ but, for me, it was so easy! I would highly recommend a trip to Dublin Bridal House.
Keith’s suit was from Louis Copeland on Capel Street. A few months before our wedding, my Dad’s friend sadly passed away and his family had organised a charity auction to raise money for the hospital that cared for him. Louis Copeland had kindly donated a suit which we bid on and were lucky enough to win! We were delighted that our money has gone to such a good cause, a great start to our marriage. The family raised €30,000 for the hospital.
Keith’s best man was his best friend, Eddie, who flew from Scotland to be at the wedding.
We chose Las Vegas because we wanted to make our wedding all about having fun. We are so happy we decided to go abroad and we had guests fly from all over the world. We had friends fly in from Orlando, Canada, Australia and Scotland and to spend time with everyone was so special.
The wedding day was so relaxing and stress-free! I was so lucky to have one of my closest friends, Neill Ryan from Sugar Cubed on South William Street, with us to do our hair and I found Ellie, our make up artist, on Instagram. Breaking with tradition, Keith and I stayed together the night before the wedding, woke up and had breakfast with our family. It was so relaxed. Keith then went off for the day as our wedding was at 5pm.
We tied the knot at the top of the Stratosphere Hotel with stunning panoramic views of the strip from the 103rd floor. Our guests went on to the Skybar for drinks while Keith and I did a photo tour of Las Vegas. We found our photographer, Britt Pierson, online, and we had so much fun, we even met Elvis at the Las Vegas Sign! We joined our guests at The Bellagio Fountains for group photos and I even got to throw the bouquet in the middle of the fountain show.
We then went to ‘Paris Las Vegas’ where we hired a private dining room at the base of the Eiffel Tower, with floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the fountains. The food was beautiful and the room was perfect.
Although we wanted a ‘Vegas’ experience, it was important to us that the ceremony was intimate and classic. We looked at lots of chapels online but decided to go for ‘The Chapel In The Clouds’ in the Stratosphere Hotel. When we visited the chapel the day before the wedding, we were in awe of the views and knew it was definitely the best decision for us. Our celebrant, ‘Reverend Ed’, was lovely and he even took us aside after the ceremony and gave us some beautiful words privately about marriage.