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Ben and Richard first met at a work conference, but didn’t enjoy their first date until years later, when Ben was working in pantomime, with Basil Brush.

“Who knew that Basil Brush could be the very beginnings of a relationship?” Ben laughs. After Richard’s romantic proposal after a hectic trip to Disneyland Paris, the happy couple wanted their wedding day in Las Vegas to be all about glitter and glamour. We caught up with the pair to get the details about what made their big day so special.

Wedding of Richard and Ben logoDid you have a theme for the wedding and why?

Glitter and Glamour was the theme – because we were in Las Vegas! So it had to be larger than life.

What were your wedding suits?

We wore totally different suits. Ben embraced the glitter theme with a sparkling silver blazer and a Disney pin badge. Richard embraced the glamour, with a blazer made by Lansky Bros who designed Elvis’ jumpsuits – the blazer was based on the same one Elvis wore when he married Priscilla in Vegas.

Where did you find the suits?

Lansky Bros is a clothier in Memphis, Tennessee – so Richard’s blazer was shipped over from the States, only to be taken back there for the big day. Ben’s sparkling blazer was actually a bargain find in Zara.

IMG_2418 (3)Did you have bridesmaids or attendants?

Four beautiful bridesmaids all wearing rose gold sequin dresses designed by Jenny Packham. The Duchess of Cambridge has worn the designer’s clothes to many official engagements and all three times when she left St. Mary’s Hospital after giving birth to her children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and the new Prince Louis.

What flowers did the bridesmaids have?

They all had red rose bouquets, which complemented the rose gold dresses and were all organised through our wedding planner from Planet Hollywood.

Tell us about your ceremony: what was special?

What was special for us was having 50 people fly over to join us in Vegas for the day. To be surrounded by so many people you love, all there to celebrate your love, was unbelievable. We also had a week full of fun, celebrating for seven days straight.

Where was the venue for your wedding reception?

Our Panorama Suite at Planet Hollywood. So after the ceremony, we took all our guests straight up to the suite. The view looked out over the Paris Hotel and its Eiffel Tower, and the famous Fountains of Bellagio. The suite was perfect for the party with plenty of fizz, food and places to sit.

CakeAt your reception did you choose particular decorations or table centres?

We filled the ceiling with gold balloons, arranged gold decorations and even filled the jacuzzi bath with more balloons… and yes, some of the guests did dive in for a photo shoot! In the bathrooms we provided golden boxes with the essentials like paracetamol, mouthwash and deodorant for guests to freshen up.

What menu did you serve to your guests?

We had a buffet in the suite for our guests and a fully stocked bar. Of course, we barely ate any of the food – each time one of us made a dash for it, we found ourselves chatting to somebody else. Thankfully, that didn’t stop us from getting to the bar.

What was your cake like?

We had a vanilla cake with white chocolate frosting and two Lego men for toppers. Sadly, we couldn’t bring any back with us, so Richard did giant slices to dish out to guests.

Richard and Ben Get Married - 020What did you choose as favours?

Each favour was a small bottle of Shakespeare Distillery Rhubarb Gin. The distillery is run by some of our close friends and each bottle was accompanied by a Polaroid photo of one of us with the guest.

What music and entertainment did you have, and what was your first dance?

We had a live saxophonist as the guests arrived in the suite to get the party started. Later in the evening we were joined by the host and star of MTV’s Bugging Out, magician Rob Anderson. We were thrilled our guests could be entertained by this superb illusionist. Later we all headed down to the casino for a spot of roulette and a few games on the slot machines.

Did you have any special touches or moments that you’d like to share with us?

Ben’s dad arrived the day before the wedding to surprise him and that was pretty special. Ben’s mum recently had an operation and was unable to attend the big day. Ben believed neither of his parents would be able to join us, but his dad flew out the day after his stag and gave him a real shock. It was incredible to see him walk Ben down the aisle.

IMG_2486 (3)If you could do it all again, what would you do differently?

Absolutely nothing. We’d do it all over again, exactly as it was, and then do it again!

Where did you spend your wedding night?

In our Panorama Suite, where the reception was – so when the last guest left we fell into bed.

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

The whole week was our everything – from our stags, to the wedding, to the honeymoon.

Would you like to share your big day budget with us?

We did it all for under 15k, and it was worth every penny.

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