Who would’ve thought that you could meet the love of your life at someone else’s wedding! Well my sister in law Chelsie and Robert met at a mutual friends wedding 5 years ago. He knew she was the one, the moment he laid eyes on her! She knew he was the one, the moment the name Michael Jackson came out of his mouth! So of course they had to have a Michael Jackson themed wedding at the Viva Las Vegas Chapel! Yes, I said MICHAEL JACKSON!!! He He!
Michael Jackson brought them together and Michael Jackson was there to seal the deal… well his impersonator. They got married at a cute little Chapel with an amazing performance by their idol. He was a great impersonator too, he looked and sounded exactly like him!! The coolest part of the ceremony was when Michael Jackson asked Robert if he took Chelsie to be his wife, and he responded with a slick dance move while singing “You know it! You know it!” Totally awesome, and had the whole room laughing! Unfortunately the chapel had their own photographer so I didn’t get to capture any of the ceremony :( But I got to capture a few moments of the gorgeous bride and groom before their ceremony and during their reception. So without further ado heres Mr. & Mrs. Darden!!!!
A sweet moment between Chelsie and Robert’s daughter :)
How adorable are the bride and flower girls glittery shoes!
Love this Lace glove that Chels bedazzled to add a touch a MJ to her wardrobe
Chelsie made a stunning bride and her dress was gorgeous!!!
Below is the only photo that I got of my gorgeous niece Miss Ava Marie while she was still in a good mood :)
Robert was as handsome as ever as he excitedly awaited his leading lady!
They had a sweet “first look” (explained in detail here) in front of their close family and friends. He was so nervous!!
After the amazing ceremony, we headed to the Mandalay Bay where they had their Reception...
and it began with their first dances as husband and wife...
…followed by the hilarious toasts!!!
Robert had a few words for his new wife which left everyone in tears! Sooo Sweet!!!
The special father/daughter dance…
And the emotional mother/son dance… gets me every time! :(
Special thanks to the videographers Alexander Hoggard & Greg for providing the beautiful backlight :)
Retro Bakery created this beautiful cake...
Thank you Chels & Rob for allowing me to capture the special moments of your big day! And welcome Rob to the family!! :) I love you both!!! Cant wait to take your portraits! XOX!!!
Im adding a little something to all my wedding posts… A GUESTBOOK!!! So now all of your special guests can see the how great they looked at your wedding! ;) Feel free to say hi in the comment box, to let me know you were here!
I'M JANELLE MARINA
Wife, Mama Shark, + Photographer.
Most days, you'll find me in mismatched socks and a top knot, working behind my computer with a smile on my face, listening to Zac Brown Band and R&B
--or, dancing in the kitchen with my 3 littles and hunka husband, seeing who could come up with the coolest dance moves. I'm a wedding photographer, West Elm lover, aspiring advocate for our buddies with special needs, and a Certified Dreamer since 1986. We live in a cozy city in Southern California and are always up for a good adventure. I enjoy telling stories with my camera, grubbing on spicy food, and solving the latest Dateline case.