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Tarrant County, Texas
May 30, 2012
V5C 3C9, British Columbia
June 27, 2011
December 19, 2004
The simple white chapel, with its bright blue roof and traditional spire, beckoned us. The chapel was the first on the strip some 50 years ago and is renowned as the chapel for Elvis weddings. We looked round the walls as we waited in the small reception area and noted that several famous people had been hitched here. I particularly remember that Jon Bon Jovi, Jay Leno, and Robert Trump were names mentioned.
The chapel itself was a narrow light, bright room with a central aisle (I guess it could accommodate 60 odd people), fairly tasteful stained glass windows and well adorned with extravagant flower arrangements. The small group of us sat in hushed expectation, the double doors opened and my cousin and his wife appeared to the strains of "fool rush in". A small diminutive "Elvis" joined them, linked arms with my cousin’s wife and sang them down the aisle. He was dressed in a bright red, sequined skimpy jumpsuit with an ostentatious gold belt. He didn’t have a bad voice and we all solemnly watched them to the front of the chapel.
After their slow walk down the aisle our "Elvis" fumbled somewhat ham-fistedly as he changed the music and then began his personalized address to his audience. The Elvis drawl became more apparent as he reminded us that it was 21 years ago that the two of them promised to "love each other tenderly". Then the "wedding ceremony" began. The seriousness of the occasion began to tell on us all and Elvis proceeded to call the "Bride and Groom’s" attention to the re-statement of their vows. They were told that they must repeat after him the solemn words that they "would remember the rest of their life". His Elvis impression started in earnest, we tried to look serious and then my cousin responded with his near perfect mimic of our Elvis’ attempt to mimic Elvis. My cousin’s wife’s shoulders started to shudder, the "best man’s" lip started to quiver and the video camera shook. We’d all lost it, but my cousin soldiered on. This was, after all a fun experience and although it was a re-affirmation of their affection for each other we were relieved that they were "in it for the laugh".
Graceland chapel was an experience and we were left "crying in the chapel" (with laughter) We realised that neither had a "wooden heart" and my cousin only wanted to "be your teddy bear"; that he was "all shook up" and couldn’t "help falling in love." I’m not sure if a "proper" wedding would be as hilarious but this was a cracking affair that will be emblazoned on our memories forever. Thanks to the Graceland Chapel
From journal A family celebration In Las Vegas