LICENSE PLATE COLLECTION OF MATT EMBRO


VEGAS WEDDING TRIP - AUGUST 2008

WE HAD NEVER PLANNED ON HAVING A BIG, TRADITIONAL WEDDING.. SO WE THOUGHT WE'D DO SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT FOR OUR BIG DAY ON AUGUST 18, 2008. WE HAD LOOKED INTO THE USUAL TRAVEL WEDDINGS.. LIKE MEXICO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ETC.. BUT MY WIFE STUMBLED UPON A WEBSITE THAT OFFERED WEDDING PACKAGES IN LAS VEGAS, NV WHILE SHE WAS SEARCHING AROUND.. AND FOR PRETTY AFFORDABLE PRICES.

AND NO, ELVIS WAS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY WAY, LOL.

THERE WERE 20 PEOPLE TOTAL TRAVELING FOR THE WEDDING, BUT I HANDLED THE TRAVEL PLANS FOR 11 OF US IN ONE GROUP, BECAUSE THE REST HAD TO MAKE SEPERATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRAVEL DUE TO PRIOR COMMITMENTS. AS LONG AS EVERYONE MADE IT FOR THE BIG DAY IT WAS ALL GOOD WITH ME :)

OUR GROUP FLEW OUT OF BUFFALO ON CONTINENTAL, THROUGH CLEVELAND AND INTO VEGAS ON SATURDAY THE 16TH.


THE FLIGHT DOWN WAS A BIT OF A BOOZEFEST, AND THE HICCUP CAME ON ARRIVAL IN VEGAS WHEN WE FOUND OUT THAT ONLY ONE OF OUR GROUPS BAGS MADE IT ONTO OUR FLIGHT. WE WERE ASSURED THAT THEY WOULD BE ON THE VERY NEXT FLIGHT LATER THAT DAY, BUT THAT WASN'T THE CASE. I ACTUALLY HAD TO GO BACK TO THE AIRPORT FIVE SEPERATE TIMES UNTIL THE BAGS FINALLY ARRIVED THE NEXT DAY, A FEW FLIGHTS LATER. QUITE THE INCONVENIENCE, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY EVERYTHING MADE IT, SO AT LEAST WE COULD FORGET ABOUT IT AND CONCENTRATE ON THE WEDDING.

IN BETWEEN THE RETURN TRIPS TO THE AIRPORT ON THE SUNDAY WE HOPPED IN THE RENTAL VAN AND HEADED DOWN TO CHECK OUT THE HOOVER DAM, WHICH IS JUST A SHORT DRIVE AWAY FROM VEGAS. I HAD TO BORROW CLOTHES FROM MY BEST MAN (WHO TRAVELED IN A DIFFERENT GROUP), SO DON'T MIND THE SHIRT ;)




THEN.. MONDAY. THE BIG DAY.



EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT. WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY?

THE NEXT DAY IT WAS TIME FOR THE VACATION PORTION OF THE TRIP TO BEGIN. MY STEPDAD AND I HAD RESERVED RENTAL HARLEYS FOR THE NEXT FOUR DAYS, AND WE WERE MORE THAN READY TO EXPLORE THE SOUTHWEST, WITH MY MOM AND NEW WIFE TAGGING ALONG ON THE BACK. WE PICKED THE BIKES UP AROUND 9 AM AND SPENT THE FIRST DAY TOURING AROUND VEGAS, TRYING TO GET USED TO THE DOUBLE WHAMMY OF HOT HARLEYS AND THE DESERT SUN. THE NEXT DAY WE WERE GOOD TO GO, SO WE GOT AN EARLY START AND HEADED NORTH ON I-15 OUT OF NEVADA.. THROUGH ARIZONA AND INTO UTAH.


IT WAS STILL PRETTY HOT FOR US, BEING FROM THE GREAT WHITE NORTH AND ALL.. SO WE STOPPED AT THE FIRST TOWN IN UTAH (ST. GEORGE) FOR LUNCH AND A COUPLE COLD ONES. AFTERWARDS, WE HAD THOUGHT ABOUT RIDING A COUPLE HOURS INTO UTAH TO CHECK OUT THE SCENERY, BUT WE ENDED UP DECIDING TO JUST HEAD BACK TO VEGAS AND CHILL AROUND THE POOL FOR THE REST OF THE DAY. WE KNEW THE NEXT TWO DAYS WERE GONNA BE PRETTY INTENSE WITH RIDING, SO WE DIDN'T WANT TO OVER-DO IT. THE REASON THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS WERE GOING TO BE SO INTENSE WAS BECAUSE WE WERE HEADED FOR, WAIT FOR IT.. HOLLYWOOD!

THIS TIME, ALONG WITH THE FOUR OF US.. MY DAD, STEPMOM, SISTER, BROTHER AND HIS GIRLFRIEND ALL FOLLOWED BEHIND US IN THE RENTAL VAN FOR THE TWO DAY ROUND TRIP TO LA. NONE OF US HAD EVER BEEN THERE BEFORE, OR TO CALIFORNIA FOR THAT MATTER, SO WE WERE ALL PRETTY EXCITED. AGAIN AN EARLY START, THIS TIME THOUGH WE HAD A BIT OF A DELAY BECAUSE MY WIFE AND I WANTED TO GET A NEW BIKE.. THE SEAT ON THE STREET GLIDE THAT WE HAD FOR THE FIRST TWO DAYS WASN'T THAT COMFORTABLE AND WE KNEW WE WOULD NEED SOME COMFORT FOR A TWO DAY RIDE THROUGH THE DESERT, SO I TOOK IT BACK AND EXCHANGED IT FOR AN ELECTRA GLIDE BEFORE HEADING OUT.


MUCH BETTER :)

AFTER STOPPING AT THE CALIFORNIA SIGN FOR A PHOTO OP, WE HEADED STRAIGHT FOR THE PACIFIC COAST. NEXT DESTINATION.. THE SANTA MONICA PIER. (WE DID HAVE TO STOP ALONG THE WAY FOR GAS AND WATER A COUPLE TIMES THOUGH) LOL.


MY WIFE COULDN'T FIGURE OUT EXACTLY HOW THIS HAPPENED, LOL.


AFTER HAVING DINNER ON THE PIER, WE SEARCHED AROUND FOR A COUPLE HOURS FOR A HOTEL AND ENDED UP SETTLING ON A CHEAPIE IN CULVER CITY. (I KNOW.. IT WAS LA AND WE WERE ON A LIMITED BUDGET SO THERE WEREN'T MANY CHOICES). AFTER CONVINCING MY SISTER THAT SHE WASN'T GOING TO GET STABBED OR SHOT (LOL), THE FOUR OF US HOPPED ON THE BIKES, LEAVING ALL THE FOUR-WHEELERS AT THE HOTEL, AND HEADED OUT TO CHECK OUT THE NIGHT SCENE IN HOLLYWOOD.


PRETTY COOL :)

THE NEXT MORNING WE FELT LIKE MCDONALDS, BUT WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE IT WAS IN A PRETTY COOL PLACE. SO.. WE RODE UP THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY A FEW MILES TO THE ONE IN MALIBU (OF COURSE).


AFTER BREAKFAST IT WAS JUST ABOUT TIME TO START HEADING BACK TO VEGAS, BUT THE FOUR-WHEELERS WERE PRETTY UPSET THAT THEY DIDN'T GET TO SEE HOLLYWOOD.. SO WE HAD TO MAKE A PIT STOP, DRIVING UP SUNSET BLVD THROUGH BEVERLY HILLS ON THE WAY. WE DIDN'T GET TO SEE THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN IN THE DARK THE NIGHT BEFORE ANYWAY, SO IT WORKED OUT PRETTY GOOD :)


THE REST OF THE DAY WAS SPENT RIDING THROUGH THE DESERT BACK TO VEGAS, ARRIVING THERE IN THE EVENING.

WE WERE FLYING OUT THE NEXT NIGHT, SO AFTER RETURNING THE BIKES IN THE MORNING WE HAD ONE MORE DAY TO RELAX AROUND THE POOL AT THE MOTEL. ON THE WAY TO TAKE THE BIKES BACK, WE FIGURED WE'D STOP AT THE HARLEY DAVIDSON SHOP IN VEGAS TO GRAB A COUPLE SHIRTS. I'M GLAD WE DID, BECAUSE THE ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPERS US ARMY BIKE HAPPENED TO BE ON DISPLAY THERE THAT DAY (WITH A CURRENT US ARMY LICENSE PLATE ON IT, NO LESS).


FINALLY, SINCE THIS IS A PLATE RELATED WEBSITE I GUESS I NEED TO KEEP UP THE PLATE CONTENT, LOL.. HERE ARE THE PLATES FROM THE RENTAL VAN AND TWO OF THE THREE BIKES (ONE DIDN'T HAVE ONE, A WHOLE OTHER STORY).


AND THAT'S PRETTY MUCH IT! NOT ONLY WAS IT A DAY TO REMEMBER FOR US, BUT IT WAS A VACATION TO REMEMBER FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. JUST THE WAY WE WANTED OUR WEDDING :)


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