Wednesday, June 15, 2016 | 10:28 p.m.
I kept the identities of my friends Rick Leventhal of Fox News and professional poker queen Beth Shak secret when I joined them for their surprise nuptials at Graceland Wedding Chapel here last week.
But now that the news is out in the Big Apple, I can give you the details of the post-midnight ceremony overseen by Elvis Presley impersonator Brendan Paul, who sang “Love You Tender.”
I was best man, and Las Vegas electronic violinist Lydia Ansel played the wedding march. Chapel owner Dee Dee Duffy performed the ceremony. The couple exchanged matching Cartier rings that Rick bought here in Las Vegas.
Beth purchased a white Versace dress at Crystals in CityCenter. The super-spontaneous couple had decided to wed three nights earlier when I took them to Beauty & Essex at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for dinner.
At dinner, Rick proposed with an immediate acceptance by Beth. Beth is known not for just being a fearless poker player, but also for owning a $1 million shoe collection of more than 1,200 designer footwear.
Hours before the wedding, Rick and Beth played poker at separate tables in the 2016 World Series of Poker at the Rio, but they were knocked out before reaching the final tables.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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