75 couples took a break from racing to get hitched on the Vegas Strip on Sunday night. (Photo: Bryan Steffy / WireImage)
Kelly Williams and her fiancé Jeff Womack didn’t want to have a wedding at all. But on Sunday night, Kelly found herself in a bridal veil and a white tutu, preparing to get hitched in Las Vegas.
Kelly Williams and her sister are ready for the big day. (Photo: Jo Piazza)
The ceremony was quick, just three minutes, but not altogether painless. The pair from South Carolina said their vows, smooched one another and went onto finish a half-marathon.
“This is so us. We didn’t want a big wedding ceremony but we love running races together, so this was unique and fun,” the 32-year-old Williams said as she headed toward the finish line.
Williams was among 75 couples who were married at the run-through wedding chapel during the Las Vegas Rock n’ Roll marathon and half-marathon on Sunday night. There were a total of 17 first-time marriages, two of them same-sex, and multiple vow renewals.
Benny and Adrienne Meelarp have been married for 15 years. They took the opportunity to run through the wedding chapel to renew their vows.
“I’d rather run with him than without him,” Adrienne Meelarp said. The couple was also celebrating her fortieth birthday.
“What else do you do on your birthday but run 13.1 miles?”
Couples had already worked up a healthy sweat by the time they hit the run-through wedding chapel outside the Monte Carlo at mile three of the race, where their relatives and friends were waiting for them.
Dao Vu, a local television host, officiated. The Blue Man Group put the cap on the event by launching streamers onto the crowd. The couples picked up their wedding certificates and took off again.
Nothing says “kiss the bride” like a Blue Man Group confetti party. (Photo: Greg Keraghosian)
Kolchi and Mayumi Kurahara flew in all the way from Japan to renew their vows during the race, after originally getting married in Vegas five years ago.
“We’ve run all over the world together,” Mayumi Kurahara said. “Las Vegas is so fun and festive. We are so happy to do this here.”
With reporting from Greg Keraghosian