Las Vegas Luv Bug Weddings was founded by Tim & Pam Rowland. They first met in high school in Southern California in the late ‘80s and after high school, began a dating relationship that led to a 23-year love story that they have built together, and grows stronger each passing year. Through all the different phases in their relationship and their marriage, love has been their lifeline.
In 1997, The Rowland family moved to Las Vegas with their three children to start a small church. Church work was hectic and exhausting, especially since Tim had to work 50+ hours a week at another job to support the family. On the suggestion of a friend, he looked into performing wedding ceremonies as a way to support the family without being gone all week. From the first wedding, he was hooked! Being able to witness such a powerful moment when two hearts come together for a life-long commitment was a moving experience, time and again.
After 13 years of living and working in Las Vegas, they had to deal with Tim’s unexpected heart attack and emergency bypass surgery. On February 13, he was driving to work and felt short of breath. By the time he reached work, his arm was aching and his forehead was tingling. Reaching the hospital, they found he was in a full-blown cardiac arrest. After waiting several hours for a surgery room and a cardiac surgeon, he spent the morning of Valentine’s Day in emergency triple-bypass surgery. The surgeons said it was miraculous that he was still alive and that his heart restarted as strong as it did.
In the months that followed, as Tim fought to regain his strength, they both knew that they wanted to live life differently, still working together, but not at the hectic pace they had before. So both went back to school. Pam pursued a degree in Photography, and Tim undertook a degree in Business Administration.
During this period of recovery and schooling, their marriage entered one of the most difficult years they had ever experienced. There were several moments when they looked at each other, with the question hanging in the air, “Is our love story over?” Most couples have a similar story of difficulty at some point, where everything that was once solid has been shaken, and they are unsure of where they are headed or what they were trying to build together.
Fortunately for this story, Tim & Pam both decided that their love was worth fighting for. Not just fighting for, but even sacrificing and dying for. They rebuilt their love, this time even stronger, having already walked through the “for better or worse, in sickness and in health” that life had to offer. They say they are more in love today than when they said their original wedding vows.
When they unexpectedly lost some of the business they had developed in a few of the local wedding chapels, they determined that it wasn’t going to set them back, and decided to move ahead with a dream they had considered years previously. They began to plan on offering an independent wedding and photography service, utilizing their combined experience and talents. But knowing they didn’t want to just be the wedding and photo people, they realized it really had to have a personality. Sitting and working through all the possibilities, Pam had a flash of inspiration, and said, “We could call it the Luv Bug.” As soon as she said it out loud, the whole thing came together for the both of them.
From that moment, the Luv Bug took on a life of it’s own. A cute 2000 VW Beetle was found and christened with a beautiful bubblegum pink wrapping, and sprinkled gerber daisies around her fenders. She is the face of Las Vegas Luv Bug Weddings.
Coincidentally, on Valentine’s Day, three years to the day of Tim’s heart surgery, the Las Vegas Luv Bug was born, and Las Vegas Luv Bug Weddings began offering their unique service to couples who wanted to marry in Las Vegas. Soon after, couples from all over the world began finding us and meeting us in Las Vegas to say their vows in the most unique places, and more and more are coming each day. Today Tim, Pam, and a few dedicated ministers and photographers work together to help make every couple’s love a celebration to remember.
Tim and Pam still both agree that they love the Luv Bug almost as much as they love each other. Almost.