Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 | 7:27 p.m.
Congratulations to Season 1 “American Idol” winner singer Kelly Clarkson, who tied the knot Sunday with longtime fiance and music manager Brandon Blackstock, but it means no honeymoon for the couple as she will appear next week at the Venetian to tape a Christmas TV special.
“We had to squeeze the wedding in before that,” laughed Kelly, who became engaged last December. They described their wedding at Blackberry Farms in Tennessee as an elopement. It is the 31-year-old Texas singer’s first marriage and his second.
Brandon is the stepson of country star Reba McEntire, and his two children Savannah and Seth live with them. Kelly sent out three photos of the wedding on her Twitter @Kelly_Clarkson taken by Archetype Studio.
There are reports that since Kelly and Brandon have their pilot’s licenses and flew their family in and out for the surprise wedding, they’ll fly themselves here to Las Vegas, too.
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In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.