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Las Vegas Vow Renewal Recap

by Jamie Sanford on November 19, 2011

There’s been a lag in posting the last few days, it has been crazy with catching up after our trip to Las Vegas!

However, we had a blast so I’ll share some of the photos here with a little bit of story attached.  While our whole trip was fun, I will focus only on 11-11-11, our anniversary and the date of our vow renewal!  (Warning – photo heavy!)


Starting the day with mimosas at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris.


Also, I had bananas foster crepes that were crazy.

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Not my husband, but my BFF David. He and I walked around, I contemplated a tattoo, then I watched him play poker. Then went back to my room to wait for my hair and makeup crew from Makeup in the 702.

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BAM! Those ladies are amazing. In just an hour they made me look super glamorous! I need them in my life all of the time.


David came back to take Will and I out to take some photos. All of my favorites are the ones where we are cracking up.


As always, I put sunglasses on my head and didn’t think about them again. Also, Will and I had to take our standard “at arm’s length” photo.


I love this one – chin be damned!


This one too.

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We got to the hotel attached to the chapel and there was, naturally, a cosplay convention happening there. Totally perfect and amazing.


This is pre-renewal at the gazebo. Aren’t my flowers pretty?

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This is our Elvis. He was fantastic.

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Elvis sang “All Shook Up” as the opening to the ceremony. My dad danced me down the aisle. It was really fun.


None of the pictures show my dress too well because I was cold and wore my black velvet blazer the whole time. Oh well. Here we are with our parents after the ceremony.


Here you can see our new rings! Neither of us are replacing our original wedding rings, we now just have extras.

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I ended up in a limo with 6 boys to go back to our hotel. I wish this was in focus, but you get the idea.


Tiny Edward made an appearance at dinner.

From last night during dinner...
This also happened at dinner.

So, you can probably see that it was nothing traditional, but very fun and frivolous. Everyone loved Elvis, and especially enjoyed that we picked “Suspicious Minds,” which is about thinking that your lover is cheating on you, in the middle of our ceremony. Mostly we just liked the song and didn’t want anything slow.

We’ve already been asked about another renewal in 5 years. …and I just found out that it falls on a Friday. This might be a repeating situation!

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Paris is Burning (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 10, 2011

62. Paris is Burning (Not available for streaming via Netflix or Amazon)

I can’t find a trailer for Paris is Burning, so here’s a taste of the film.

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Paris is Burning is a documentary that showcases the drag ball scene/culture in New York City in the late 1980s. Drag balls were not just limited to the traditional drag queens, but included all sorts of categories in which one could walk.  Much like a runway – one would come to the event to compete in a category and would walk the runway, competing with one another.

Intertwined with footage from the drag balls are interviews with active members of the ball scene, including leaders as well as up-and-coming “children” in the different houses.  Some of the most interesting stories are like that of Venus Xtravaganza, pictured above, who is transgendered, transitioning from male to female.  Many of the people in the ball scene had developed their own families within their houses after many of them were disowned by their family for being gay or transgendered.

Terms still popular today are defined throughout the movie – you will learn about realness, reading and shade.

If you’ve read this blog for more than a minute, you might figure out that I am a big fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and am a proud fag hag.  Many references will be cleared up for you if you watch Paris is Burning.  I got the DVD from Netflix and would recommend watching the movie again with the commentary track, because it’s a lot of fun.

Paris is Burning is available on DVD from Amazon for $26.99.

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Hand-Felted Items from Crafts2Cherish

by Jamie Sanford on June 1, 2011

I mentioned yesterday that I’m working on planning a vow renewal with my husband for our 5-year wedding anniversary. Since we’ve looked at a number of hotels in Las Vegas, including the Paris, I immediately started thinking about a Paris-inspired look.  Felt artisan Crafts2Cherish on Etsy has great items for this purpose.

This is a classic beret with a hand-felted red rose attached. Very perfect for embracing the stereotype. $51 from Etsy seller Crafts2Cherish.

This pink felted ring is such a more fun option than a traditional corsage. Available for $19 from Crafts2Cherish.

This would also work as a great corsage replacement, a beautiful red poppy. This is available for $32.

This item doesn’t fit as well into my Parisian theme, but it’s a beautiful chunky knit, and 50% of the sale will go to ongoing relief efforts in Japan.  This beautiful beret is available for $25 from Etsy seller Crafts2Cherish.

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