Monday, Feb. 15, 2010 | 2:58 p.m.
There was no sign of his trademark leather motorcycle jacket when shock comic Andrew Dice Clay exchanged vows with makeup artist Valerie Vasquez last night. He wore a smart tuxedo with red bowtie, and she wore a stunning white floor-length gown with peek-out tiger stripes when they became Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Silverstein.
In fact, there were no four-letter-word tirades from the foul-mouthed comedian -- only loud, emphatic “I do’s” -- and a plea to the rabbi to hurry up the service so they could kiss as newlyweds. Our exclusive coverage was posted here at Vegas DeLuxe last night from the ceremony and party just off the Strip at Rainbow Gardens.
In keeping with his sassy and salty reputation, though, Dice did hire a luxurious bachelor bus complete with stripper pole to take family and friends from the Las Hilton, where he now headlines, to the nuptials and dance fest. The newlyweds don’t get even a one-day honeymoon because tonight he’s back appearing in the Shimmer Theater as part of his new 30-week-plus residency.
After Andrew and Valerie’s first dance to Etta James’ “At Last” that they’d personally chosen, the male guests hoisted the couple up high on separate chairs for the traditional dance of “Hava Nagila.” Valerie danced with her father to the Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole hit “Unforgettable.” In all, the newlyweds danced to 20 love songs through the years.
There was the traditional throwing of the bridal bouquet, the tossing of her garter and then a spirited contest featuring the two lucky catchers to ensure good luck, health and fortune for the newlyweds. Dice filmed much of the party on his ever-present video camera, and several of the guests made their toasts with an escalating -- but totally clean -- torrent of jokes.
Our TVT photos tell the story of their wedding. They met a year ago at a mutual friend’s Super Bowl house party and decided on the nearly first anniversary of Valentine’s Day to get married. “I’ve never felt this way before,” the 52-year-old twice-married comedian told me. “She is a gift from heaven. God knew we were meant for each other and planned exactly how and when we’d meet.”
It was a 6 p.m. ceremony with Dice’s L.A. rabbi playing their first love song and reading a Valentine’s Day poem Dice had written for Valerie. They were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. at 6:40 p.m., and the party continued toward midnight. The couple posed for photos with their matching gold wedding bands and also playfully fed each other when they cut the four-tier cake.
Everybody at Vegas DeLuxe wishes them well, and I’m certain that our loyal family of readers does, too!
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