Love through the years
Chapel of the Flowers is an amazing place. For nearly 60 years, we have had the luxury to be a part of people’s most special of days. Whether they plan in advance or just show up, we do our best to give them the most wonderful memory. I know we do this daily here, but lately we’ve had more and more folks show up at the chapel to reminisce on the day they were once married here. I have had the pleasure of getting to meet those folks when they have visited the chapel on their trip to town.
The first person I met was Tanya Coomer who I blogged about in an earlier post. The next person was Claudette Gratton from Ontario, Canada who married her husband, Leo, on Sept. 27, 1997, in the Victorian Chapel. Sadly, Leo passed away in 2008, but he is alive and loved in Claudette’s heart and she shared their story with me.
Claudette and Leo met through work as their companies did business together. Their relationship blossomed for two months over the phone and once they met, it was ‘electricity.’ Within a year, they were living together, but it wasn’t until Leo asked that they got married-which was more than 20 years later. Let’s not fast forward just yet though. Claudette said that they often visited Las Vegas and on a trip in 1977 they decided that one day they would like to have a Vegas wedding. So, they drove around and came across Chapel of the Flowers (back then it was Little Chapel of the Flowers). Claudette described that they both liked that it had the look of the chapel, without it being like a church.
So-20 years later, Leo popped the question and as we know now, Claudette said yes! They planned their trip to get married in Las Vegas, but then Leo got sick and they had to push back the wedding another year. Really, what’s one more year when you’ve already gone 20 and your love is still alive and well?
That’s when we come to Sept. 27, 1997. The wedding was an intimate one of just Claudette, Leo and Leo’s brother. Claudette donned a fuchsia pink rose bouquet and a fuchsia pink rose head piece! It was a beautiful wedding and Claudette said it felt even more religious than their previous marriages where those ceremonies actually took place in a church! She loved how they met with the minister in his quarters both before and after the ceremony (As a bystander at many of our weddings, this always seems like one of the most special aspects to me and what separates us from other chapels in town. It was nice to hear that we did this more than a decade ago and that it was something that stood out to Claudette).
Claudette and Leo loved Vegas and would visit for vacation every couple years, and each time they would make sure to stop and visit Chapel of the Flowers. This was her first time back to the chapel since Leo’s passing and she was on this trip with Leo’s best friend of 27 years. It was only fitting that they visited the chapel once again so she could show him this special place.
I love the stories of lasting love, whether at our chapel or elsewhere, and I think it’s wonderful that even though it wasn’t for 20 years since they first found Chapel of the Flowers, that we were still around when they were ready to get married and again when she comes to town to visit.
Thank you, Claudette, for taking the time to stop by and for sitting down to share your story with me of Leo’s and your love. Until the next time-