Holy Moly Matrimony: Celebrating with Family”¦and Strangers

After the ceremony—after we were married—Mr. Mole and I made a quick stop back at the hotel suite with my mom and my sister to bustle my dress. My dress had a double underbustle, which was created by tying together a series of color-coded ribbons. It ended up being harder than it looked! The first attempt merely left the back of the dress looking lumpy and misshapen. We had to start all over again. Argh.

Suddenly, I had an idea. Mr. Mole and I went into the bedroom and closed the door. I completely took off the dress, and together we tied up the ribbons as it was spread out on the bed. This technique, while admittedly unconventional, was quick and easy. The bustle ended up looking great. I stepped back into the dress, and Mr. Mole helped me zip it up. Although this might not have been the ideal scenario, I am happy that we got to spend a few minutes alone between the ceremony and reception. It was time just for us, away from the photographer, away from our guests, away from the noise. I highly recommend scheduling a few minutes like this into your day.

While we were in the room, I also decided to change shoes. My peep-toe heels were killing me, even though I made sure to break them in before the wedding. However, what I didn’t anticipate was that our hands and feet would swell in Vegas. (We even had a little trouble getting our rings on during the ceremony!) The roomier Kate Spade flats felt so much better as soon as I stepped into them. My feet felt reinvigorated.

It’s a good thing, too: we still had a lot of celebrating to do! We first met back up with our family in the Tower Suite Bar. Everyone was hanging out and enjoying themselves—well, everyone except Baby Nephew, who was banned from the lounge area for being under 21. Instead, he was happily playing with his Sophie the Giraffe in the hotel lobby.


From there, we moved to a hallway near the wedding salons to take some family portraits. We had the whole area to ourselves, so we took our time to get a variety of configurations.












After the family portraits were done, we made our way to Bouchon Bistro. Bouchon is in the Venetian hotel, which is two hotels away from the Wynn on the Strip. Most of our family members decided to drive. However, Mr. Mole and I decided to walk there with our photographer in tow. It was a beautiful night.


People whooped and cheered and congratulated us as we walked by. The Midwestern tourists we met along the way were especially kind. Only one drunk man yelled something like “Don’t do it, man!” to which Mr. Mole cheerfully replied, “Too late!” The drunk man’s significant other not-too-playfully punched him in the arm after this exchange.

It was a surreal experience being on the Strip, with its flashing lights and bright colors, in a white wedding dress. Or, I guess I should say, a formerly white wedding dress: the lace and organza were getting pretty dirty as we walked along the Vegas sidewalk. The hem even picked up a couple of those “girls girls girls” cards as it swept the ground. It was all worth it, though, to get photographs like these:



The replica of the Rialto Bridge behind us indicates that we had made our way to the Venetian hotel. We wove our way through the casino, trying to follow the signs to Bouchon. Bouchon is located in the Venezia Tower.


We hopped in the elevator, and we took advantage of the quiet moment together. Soon, we would be reunited with all of our guests for cocktail hour!


All photography in Las Vegas by Brian Saculles, unless otherwise noted.

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Mrs. Mole

Los Angeles/Las Vegas
Wedding Date:
January 2012
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    hosannac 194 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:25 pm

    That last photo is amazing!

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    Miss Peacock Feather 40 posts, Newbee @ 12:33 pm

    you had a beautiful wedding! I love watching your recaps. It gets me excited for my day next Saturday!

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    luckyduckinlove 220 posts, Helper bee @ 12:39 pm

    So lovely and I love the few moments together – My FI said no one NO ONE was allowed to travel with us (other than the driver) for the 45 min car trip from the ceremony to the reception, and honestly I’m kind of thankful for it!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:54 pm

    This looks like such a fun walk for you two, and it certainly made for some beautiful pictures!

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    kayakgirl73 2593 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:08 pm

    Great Photos.

  6. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:10 pm

    What a memorable walk for you two! I think a dirty wedding dress is proof of a fun night :)

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 1:31 pm

    Y’all look so good! As does your bustle!

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:32 pm

    What a great backdrop for all the family portraits!

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:52 pm

    I LOVE that you and Mr. Mole had a quiet moment alone together fixing your bustle! It sounds so intimate and romantic. And I feel you – bustles are hard – yo!

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    therascalqueen 204 posts, Helper bee @ 1:56 pm

    Boo for Tim Allen photobombing the last one! : ) I agree though, that photo is amazing! You look beautiful and happy in all of them.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:01 pm

    One of the parts of my wedding day I’m most looking forward to is walking around the city. I always love seeing brides and grooms, so it’ll be fun for the shoe to be on the other foot. Glad you and Mr. Mole had fun!

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    mole 1242 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:04 pm

    @hosannac: Thank you!
    @Miss Peacock Feather: Congrats on your upcoming wedding! I hope that you have a wonderful day. :)
    @luckyduckinlove: That is such a great idea!
    @Mrs. Pony: @kayakgirl73:
    @Miss Dragon:
    @Mrs. Hyena: Thank you all!
    @Mrs. Honey: Haha. I must have had some night, given the state of my dress now. 😉
    @Mrs. Parasol: Seriously re: the bustles! My seamstress made it seem so easy, but man we goofed it up the first time through.
    @therascalqueen: Hahaha. One of our friends had a very similar comment! I didn’t even notice Tim Allen at first. I suppose it could be worse: Celine Dion? That chick who was dating Hugh Hefner? Etc. 😉
    @Miss Treasure: I can’t wait to see your pictures of roaming Chicago! It’s such a great city to walk around in.

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    parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:51 pm

    @Mrs. Mole: Oh my word, my bustle was a whole ordeal! It was so simple – just three little hooks, and it caused so much trouble! I almost just held up my dress by hand. 😉

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:02 pm

    Vegas is such a cool photo backdrop!

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 9:27 pm

    Great photos! Your photographer did a wonderful job!

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:54 pm

    I freaking LOVE your outdoor pics! Such a gorgeous backdrop! I think they’re my favourites of all of your pictures so far.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 7:41 am

    I LOVE the idea of walking along the strip – totally would have done the same thing! :)

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    coyote 1960 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:00 am

    Oh my gosh these photos are awesome! I LOOOVE that you guys walked down the strip!!

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    totheislnds 7804 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 1:13 pm

    omg i’m laughing so hard about the girls girls girls cards! you can’t escape them in vegas! You look beautiful mole!

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