slipped into her silk charmeuse Nicole Miller
gown for the photos.
"It was knee-buckling. I was really shook
up," Norm said. "It was the most emotional
moment of the day. When I turned around there
she was -- the most beautiful woman ever."
Having already seen his fiancé dressed to
perfection, Norm remained collected as Cara
elegantly made her way down the aisle.
In addition to Goodman's "light and fun"
personality, the pressure of speaking was
taken off of the couple because each member
of the wedding party shared their chapter in
the couple's lives in the place of traditional
"I didn't want to speak and Norm was
fine with that," Cara said. "We've got these
fabulous attendants and we started to think
maybe they should be more than window
dressing," Norm added.
The newlyweds treasure every sentiment
spoken but Norm's brother Jeff delivered the
speech that they now describe as "masterful."
It was July 8 when Jeff "froze" in his
attempt to speak in front of a smaller crowd
for Norm's birthday celebration. Determined
to be speech-ready for the October nuptials,
"he hired a speech coach," Norm said, who has
worked with the same coach for over a year.
The moment of truth came for Jeff when
anxious, on-looking eyes greeted him at the
open podium. Jeff went on to share a time
when Norm reached out to him in a letter,
which carried the message of a much needed
"atta boy" in the midst of a trying time.
"That in itself was just a real special
moment and he could not have shared that
moment with me at a greater time in my life,"
Norm said. "He just really knocked it out of
Soon after the knot was tied, guests
adjourned to the Cabaret Jazz in The Smith
Center's Boman Pavilion for the reception
which provided an exemplary follow-up to
the art-deco themed ceremony.
Bestowing another "Vegas touch" upon
the guests was the evening's entertainment
-- Las Vegas' own acclaimed singers Clint
Holmes and Kelly Clinton-Holmes.
"Clint is such a shiny example of a
quintessential performer," Cara said. "To
have Vegas be able to claim him is pretty
special for us."
Seated at tables embellished with silver
linens and white floral centerpieces to match,
the guests were served a duo of sea bass and
tenderloin alongside a potato side dish, a beet
salad and hors d'oeuvres. As for dessert, the
newlyweds had their wedding cake baked
with their bounty of guests in mind. "We like
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