One of my nieces who lives in the US called us in March 2013. She and her fiancé would like to register and get married at Las Vegas. Since their parents were all in China and not convenient to come to the US, she invited my family to join the ceremony and particularly asked me to be the witness for their wedding. To have a wedding witness is required by the local law before a marriage certificate becomes legal.
Las Vegas is located at west part of the US. It is famous for its gambling business. It also provides very good marriage service. This young couple decided to get married in a local church.
We all arrived Las Vegas one day before the marriage ceremony. We companied them to meet the county clerk to get the marriage certificate in that night. They had already registered and filled in the required information on line before that. It was a quick process. They got the certificate in about 30 minutes. However, it was not complete until a priest and a witness sign on the pager after the wedding ceremony.
A white limousine came and picked us up in the wedding day's morning. It sent us to a church which name was Chapel of The Flowers.
A priest took in charge of the wedding ceremony. They made the oath. We were the witness. The bride was very beautiful and the bridegroom was very handsome. For privacy reason, I would not share their pictures. The whole process was solemn and sacred. As part of the church service, they provided live on-line video so that this couple's parents could see the wedding remotely from China.
仪式过后，牧师和我在这对新人的结婚证上签了名。The priest and I signed our names on their marriage certificate after the wedding.
After that, we took photos around the church and later in front of some landmarks at Las Vegas.
At the end, the same limousine sent us back to hotel. In the evening, we went to a restaurant located on top of the Las Vegas TV tower for their wedding celebration. It turns around and we could see the whole city in 360 degrees. It was a perfect day!
PS: This young couple also held another wedding celebration with all their parents and friends joined in China. They are happily living together now with two lovely kids.