We managed to get our dresses on two planes, luckily Delta were really good, putting them in the first class coat room for the long flight to JFK, then on the second flight they blocked off an entire overhead compartment for them to be laid out!
|Excited to go!|
The trip was wholly uneventful and fun, at customs in NYC we had a group of 7 people - as the only American I went in the citizens line, and had the scare of my life - I went through a kiosk that printed me a slip with a big X on it - I was being refused entry until further investigation!! Feeling very sorry that I'd been so smug going into the locals line, I queued to be inspected. The people two groups ahead of me were sent into the dreaded customs questioning section - thank goodness when I got to the front, I was told it was likely because of my common name, and sent through with a smile. After all that, I still managed to get to baggage first and collect all 7 suitcases before anyone else showed!
We were pretty thrilled with arriving in the evening, nothing like going into Vegas with the lights and action everywhere! We got into our beautiful Strip View room in The Mirage, and went to a much needed sleep.
The next morning we waited for our party to arrive by the beautiful pool. It was SO hot at 39 degrees C - but as its dry heat, it was somehow less unpleasant than when its 10 degrees cooler in the UK! We met our lovely friends in the foyer, and Sarah and I had our first meal in America - at Sarah's request, the two floor Panda Express/McDonalds (now, plus Chipotle randomly!). She was in heaven!
I went off to Comic Con Las Vegas with Julia and Wally for a few hours - I've always wanted to go to one (I'm more nerdy than Sarah!) - and it was really fun. Little kids in Superhero costumes, adults in Superhero costumes, and Julia and I scored matching hair bows (mine is Star Wars!)
Upon our return, the last of our full time Vegas party arrived in my little brother Jason and bridesmaid Kate, so we got dressed to go to dinner. It was at The Sugar Factory, which was chosen for one reason:
The King Kong Sundae.
Luckily, the rest of the meal was also delicious - these badass fishbowl candy cocktails, the fried mac n cheese and tater tots we had... all so good!
|No, those aren't both Laura's drinks!|
My brother's awesome spot, Calvin was in Vegas as part of the EDC festival - so this was an opportunity not to be missed. Now, Sarah and I do NOT like ravey music, so the warm up act for Calvin was pretty painful - we were close to the front but it was PACKED - the songs had no words - and Calvin was 45 mins late!! By that time most of the group had retreated to by the bar - Sarah, Jason and I decided to give up and meet the rest of the group, but as soon as we got there.... ' Ladies and gentlemen, Calvin Harris!!!!!' REally? REally???
The bit to get us where we'd previously been was blocked off, so we rushed to find ourselves another spot. And that spot was perfect - at the top of a staircase that led to the pit, so we could see over the entire Vegas megaclub - it was incredible! We knew so many of his songs, and had such a great view - it was honestly amazing and well worth enduring the ridiculous word-less music.
|Jesus drag Britney, you're way to pretty.|
We had a special treat for the third day, our friend Sarah (another Sarah!!) had flown in to spend the last day with us!! And another special thing, our lovely bridesmaids threw us a little bridal shower! Kate organised it and supplied us with delicious alcoholic cupcakes, Sarah's sister Fiona made an amazing quiz for everyone to take that had topics we loved like Diet Coke, Harry Potter, Rocky Horror. Prize for funniest answers goes to my brother, who thought the dance in Rocky Horror is not the Time Warp, but in fact the 'Stanky Leg'. She also gave us this beautiful book with pictures of her sister and her new sister (way to make us cry!). Then Julia handed out 10 disposable cameras for people to use throughout the holiday - such a great idea, and can't WAIT to see them developed!
We got some lovely gifts, our friends Mel and Doug gave us socks that said BRIDE on them which we LOVED, and Alison and Dave gave us gummy boobs and butterscotch chocolate...other bits haha. We felt so special during our shower and loved it!
|Our Vegas peeps!|
|The view from Ghost Bar was STUNNING!|
Next stop, Boise Idaho!!!