Viva Las Vegas – Sightseeing and a wedding

I had a great reason to travel to Las Vegas – my little sister got married juhuuuu. We spend 4 days in the sin city and I was impressed. We weren’t there to make party or gamble in the casinos, there are so many other things to do and to see.

We arrived in the late afternoon (after a 25 hours trip). To avoid the jet lag we took a walk in the city instead of relaxing a little bit in our hotel room. We strolled around the strip and watched the fountain in front of the Bellagio hotel. After that we had a drink in out hotel, before we crashed in bed a little bit after midnight and surprisingly we slept through till the next morning, not jet lag alarm :).

The next day we started with an amazing breakfast in our hotel which gave us enough energy for a little hotel tour which is of course a must when you are in Las Vegas. The buildings are incredible and although they look more or less all the same at the inside it’s an adventure to walk through.

The sightseeing tour was pretty exhausting so we were happy that we could enjoy a calm evening with the family and prepare the last things for the wedding.

And then it was here – THE BIG DAY!! I was so nervous and excited that I woke up at 6am and wasn’t able to sleep anymore. The husband wasn’t so happy about the early wake up but that also gave us some time for preparing some wedding stuff.

My sister joined us in the hotel to get ready and in the meanwhile my father and the husband went to the Hofbräuhaus (the famous Biergarden) to get a Leberkäsesemmel, which is an austrian dish and we made it our tradition that the bride gets one of those rolls filled with meet on her wedding day. Of course it´s not so easy to find that in US but the men made it 🙂

In the afternoon a limousine picked us up from the hotel to drive us the the chapel of flowers, the venue for the wedding. The ceremony was short but beautiful and I couldn’t hold my tears back the whole time.

You could see that the team of this chapel were all wedding professionals, the officiant, the photographer and everyone else were so professional.

After a little photo shooting with the couple and the family and friends we all went into a tourbus and drove to the Valley of Fire, where the celebration took place. I never thought that this could be a good place for a wedding but as soon as we went there I changed my mind. The landscape and the view was amazing. We had a nice picknick there and made some for photos of the couple in this amazing location.

After a short and casual dinner we all were dead and crashed in bed.

On the program for the last day includes the stratosphere tower, the Fremont Street and the famous Las Vegas sign.

And thats already the end of our Las Vegas adventure. I will never forget those amazing days!!!

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Wir hatten einen ziemlich tollen Grund Las Vegas zu besuchen, und zwar die Hochzeit meiner Schwester juhuuuuu. Wir haben 4 Tage in der Sin City verbracht. Wir waren nicht dort um Party zu machen oder im Casino zu spielen, denn es gibt so viele andere tolle Dinge zu machen und zu sehen.

Wir sind erst am späten Nachmittag (nach einer 25 Stunden Reise) angekommen und um den Jetlag zu vermeiden, haben wir uns gleich direkt auf den Weg zum Strip gemacht und uns den Springbrunnen vor dem Bellagio Hotel angeschaut. Danach gab es noch einen kleinen Schlummerdrink im Hotel, bevor wir todmüde ins Bett gefallen sind. Zu unserer Überraschung haben wir ganze Nacht durchgeschlafen – Jetlag überstanden ;).

Den nächsten Tag haben wir mit einem tollen Frühstück begonnen um genügen Kraft für unsere Hotel Tour zu tanken. Das ist natürlich in Muss wenn man in Las Vegas ist. Die Gebäude sind beeindruckend und auch wenn die Hotels innen alle mehr oder weniger gleich aussehen, ist es ein tolles Abenteuer. 

Unsere Sightseeing Tour war ziemlich anstrengen, deshalb waren wir froh, dass wir den Abend mit einem gemütlichen Abendessen mit der Familie ausklingen lassen und die letzten Vorbereitungen für die Hochzeit erledigen konnten.

Und dann war er da – DER GROSSE TAG!!!

Ich war so nervös und aufgeregt, dass ich um 6:00 Uhr aufgewacht bin und nicht mehr einschlafen konnte. Der Mann war nicht sehr erfreut, dass ich ihn auch gleich aufgeweckt habe, aber das hat uns ein bisschen Zeit verschafft noch ein paar Hochzeitserledigungen zu machen. 

Als meine Schwester zu uns ins Hotel gekommen um sich in eine Braut zu verwandeln, haben sich mein Vater und der Mann auf die Suche nach einer Leberkäsesemmel gemacht (es ist zu unserer kleinen Familientradition geworden, dass die Braut eine Leberkäsesemmel an ihrem Hochzeitstag bekommt). In den USA ist das natürlich nicht so einfache, aber im Hofbräuhaus sind sie dann doch fündig geworden.

Eine Limousine hat uns vom Hotel abgeholt und die Kapelle gefahren, in der die Zeremonie stattgefunden hat. Die Trauung war kurz aber wunderschön und ich konnte meine Tränen keine Sekunde zurückhalten.

Las Vegas ist die Stadt der Hochzeiten! Das konnte man wirklich spüren, angefangen von der Traurednerin, den Photographen und dem ganzen restlichen Team waren alle wahnsinnig professionell und es sind kine Fragen offen geblieben.

Nach einem kurzen Photoshooting mit dem Brautpaar und der Familie und Freunden, ging es mit einem Tourbus zum Valley of Fire. 

Anfangs war ich etwas geschockt, als meine Schwester erzählt hat, dass sie dort feiern möchten (Wüste 45° halllooooo???) aber es war ein absolut perfekter Ort für die Hochzeit! Die Landschaft und die Aussicht sind atemberaubend und natürlich haben wir die Location gleich nochmal für ein kleines Shooting genutzt.

Der Abschluss des Tages war ein kleines Abendessen mit den engsten Freunden und Familien und danach waren wir alle fix und fertig und sind tot ins Bett gefallen.

Dann war auch schon unser letzter Tag angebrochen. Am Programm standen der Stratosphere Tower, die Fremont Street und das berühmte Las Vegas Zeichen. 

Und das war auch schon das Ende unseres Las Vegas Abenteuers. Ich werde diese tollen Tage sicher niemals vergessen!

 

The famous Las Vegas sign (with an Elvis wedding in the background)

The fountain from the Bellagio Hotel

View from the Bellagio Hotel

The Gondolas in the Venetian Hotel

View from the Bellagio Hotel suite

Paris Hotel

New York, New York Hotel

The Bellagio Hotel

The Stratosphere Tower

Inside the Stratosphere Tower

View from the Stratosphere Tower

Lightshow in the Fremont Street

Fremont Street

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire

The wedding couple

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40 Comments

  1. August 21, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    I LOVE Vegas. I am only about 3 hours away and I go often. You guys flew such a long time to only stay for 4 days. You almost need an entire week. Congrats to your sister and your pictures are amazing.

  2. August 21, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    I have only been to Vegas once & it was over 10 years ago – I understand it can change so much even from year to year so I need to get back there! Congrats to your sister on her wedding!

  3. hal
    August 21, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    I was only in Vegas once & it was over 10 years ago!!! I understand it can change so much even from year to year so I need to get back! Congrats to your sister on her wedding!

  4. hal
    August 21, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    i’ve only been to vegas once & it was over 10 years ago – i know it can change so much even from year to year so i need to get back there! congrats to your sister on her wedding!

  5. August 21, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    I love your post! The only thing that would have made it better would have been to intersperse the photos with the text. I also love that you included a translation. Lovely photos! 😀

    • stefanie.schirillo@gmail.com
      August 21, 2017 / 7:22 pm

      thanks for the tip 🙂 i tried to insert the pictures in the text but I found it was a little bit confusing then with the two languages…. but I will try next time 🙂

  6. August 21, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I think Vegas has the most amazing buildings in the world. Like it’s from the future!

  7. August 21, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    I didn’t have an opportunity to visit Vegas, but I would definitely love to! The lights are just amazing!

  8. August 21, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    Aw that sounds lovely! Vegas isn’t somewhere that I’ve ever been but there’s so much more to it that casinos!

  9. August 21, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    Aw It looks so lovely!! I’ve never visited Vegas but it seems like a great place to go and about more than just casinos!

  10. August 21, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Fun read, I will definitely share with someone that would love this too.

  11. August 21, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    Pictures are so amazing. Love to explore one day if I get that chance.

  12. August 21, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    This pictures are truly incredible. This post makes me want to go to Los Vegas!

  13. August 22, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Great post! I love vegas, it’s so pretty there . Your right, there is soooo much to do!

  14. August 22, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    Great Post! We are going to Vegas in October. Haven’t been in 8 years!

  15. August 22, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    The experience of a wedding there looks so great.
    By the way, I like your pictures

  16. August 22, 2017 / 10:00 pm

    Your photos are AMAZING!!!! My husband has been to Vegas once before and he absolutely loved it. Your photos make me more interested in visiting the place in a few years time.

  17. robin rue
    August 23, 2017 / 10:34 am

    I got married in Vegas. By Elvis. On 10/10./10. It was the best wedding ever!

  18. August 23, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    I LOVE your photos! I really cannot wait to visit! We’re not that far (it won’t be a 25 hour trip for us!) but it’s definitely on the list for next year!

  19. August 23, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    This looks like so much fun. My Hubs and I definitely want to visit soon. I absolutely love the canal by the Venetian hotel, beautiful.

  20. Ann
    August 23, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    First of all congrats on your little sister’s marriage! What a lovely venture you had. Las Vegas is such a big and bold city and I can’t imagine having one single second of boredome whilst there.. Your photos say it all – I now want to visit too!

  21. ann
    August 23, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    First of all congrats on your little sister’s marriage! What a lovely venture you had. Las Vegas is such a big and bold city and I can’t imagine having one single second of boredome whilst there.. Your photos say it all – I now want to visit too! Thanks for sharing!

  22. August 23, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    never been to Vegas as i always thought it is a crazy party place for gamblers! but i guess there’s more to that! 🙂 www,crayonized.com

  23. August 23, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I love all your photos! How fun! I’ve always wanted to go to Vegas. It’s such an exciting area!

  24. August 24, 2017 / 12:17 am

    I’ve never been to vegas, but from what I hear it’s an awesome place to visit

  25. August 24, 2017 / 3:30 am

    I went to Vegas once with my hubby. The weather was horribly cold and I was terribly unimpressed. Maybe in warmer weather I would enjoy it.

  26. August 24, 2017 / 3:44 am

    Viva Las Vegas! There’s never a dull moment in that glamorous town. So many beautiful things to see and do besides gambling. Congratulations to the newlyweds. 🙂

  27. August 24, 2017 / 10:32 am

    A big congrats to your sister. I loved that final picture with all the rocks and nature in the background. And you just reminded me that it has been a loooong time since i’ve been to Vegas…guess it’s time to book a trip

  28. August 24, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    I have never been to Vegas before but I would like to tick it off my bucket list at some point! I love the sound of the Bellagio hotel it is so beautiful too x

  29. August 24, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    Congratulations to your sister! My husband went to Vegas before we met and we’ve always wanted to go back together. The plan is to renew our vows there at some point!

  30. August 24, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Wooo Vegas always boosts up my spirits… We were there for our baby moon vacation… Those pictures are lovely and wedding in canyon seems the best thing ever 😀

  31. August 24, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Wooo Vegas always boosts up my spirits… We were there for our baby moon vacation… Those pictures are lovely and wedding in canyon seems the best thing ever

  32. August 24, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    I haven’t been to Vegas in years! One place I would like to visit is the Valley of Fire!

    Birdie Shoots

  33. August 24, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    It looks like it was such a fun trip! I went to Vegas about 2 and a half years ago. It was really cool to just walk around on the strip and see a show. I also spent some time exploring the downtown and absolutely loved it.

  34. August 24, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    I seriously need to get out there. I feel like pictures just don’t do Vegas justice.

  35. August 24, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    Never been to Vegas before but the places you went to looks absolutely amazing! Congratulations on your sister’s wedding by the way.

  36. August 24, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Such a great post! I have Las Vegas on my bucket list to visit. I love all your pictures in the post, you covered all the same areas I plan to on my visit!

  37. Blair villanueva
    August 25, 2017 / 10:43 am

    Never been to Las Vegas, but I don’t find it as a sin city. For me it looks like a fun city! Great photographs that tells a lot of stories. And congrats to your sister!

  38. August 29, 2017 / 11:45 am

    I had been to sin city once for one of my friend’s bachelor party a few years back. It was a blast. Fortunately for me, I did well there and did not lose my shirt at the gambling tables.