It sounds like a plot out of a familiar romantic comedy. British Financial Advisor, Nick Bond, spills a drink on Alex Quinn, a blonde, Minnesotan TV personality. They dance, they drink, they get goaded by their friends. Seventeen hours later, Ms. Alex Quinn becomes Mrs. Nick Bond.
Alex Quinn (aka: Alex Gabrielson), is host of AV Fuzz, a UTVS program out of St. Cloud, Minnesota. Alex, a usually unimpulsive and level-headed individual, found her decision to wed inspired by equal parts romance and alcohol, though the decision is very much serious, as the happy couple is currently separated by the wide spread of the Atlantic Ocean.
Nick, a divorcee with two children and on the tail-end of a six-week recovery from the break-up with his last girlfriend. And unlike American men, Alex says of Nick that he is “a real gentleman [...] very respectful, and honest, which I liked [...] he looked into my eyes, instead of looking at my legs, and I felt a real connection.”
Pictures of the night’s unfolding events detail a happy couple, emboldened by drink, friends, and youthful – and perhaps hopeful – ideals. In an age where marriage is often treated with overt doubt and a jaded sense of cynicism, Nick and Alex’s audacious behavior may seem naive or juvenile to some, but Alex’s approximation of the evening sums up the couple’s self-assessment quite well: “Until I met Nick I was a cynic, I never believed in love at first sight, but I do now because it’s happened to me.”
Whether or not you are dubious about rapid-fire decisions that alter the course of your life, this story likewise attests to the strange, American mystery that is Las VegasAnd though they say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, you may still wake up the next morning and ask, what now? For Nick and Alex, Vegas was only the beginning.