Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Little Church of the West

Last weekend I paid my first visit to The Little Church of the West Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. Built in 1942, this small building made of California redwood looks like it could have come from a movie set. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, I immediately took a shine to it.

The chapel was originally built as part of the Hotel Last Frontier complex on the Las Vegas Strip. It was moved a number of times over the years until 1996 when it came to rest at its current location near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino.

Lots of interesting/kitschy details can be found as you wander the grounds.

Celebrity weddings held within the walls of the Church include Betty Grable and Harry James, Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford, Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie, and Judy Garland's fourth attempt at matrimony (kissing Mark Herron in the photo below).

Elvis and Ann-Margret got hitched here in the movie "Viva Las Vegas."

The Church is still in biz, cranking out ceremonies for those who want to get hitched in Vegas.

And it's still beautiful inside.

My friend Robbie waiting at the altar for his beautiful bride to arrive.

Worth waiting for, don't you think?

Exchanging their vows:

They made it!

It was a beautiful ceremony, and while I probably will not be returning to The Little Church any time soon, I sure was glad that I got to see it!

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