Wayne Newton’s former home provided the perfect backdrop for wedding of her dreams
When the bride arrives at Casa de Shenandoah for her nuptials in a horse-drawn carriage wearing a couture gown and a tiara studded with 20 carats of diamonds with Wayne Newton serving as a groomsman, it’s obvious an only-in-Las Vegas event is unfolding.
This was the scene on a recent sun-dappled Saturday afternoon, when Patricia McCrone wed
Billy Brinton in true storybook fashion on the opulent 52-acre ranch owned by Newton and his wife, Kathleen McCrone-Newton (who also happens to be the sister of the bride).
Beneath a canopy covered with thousands of white hydrangeas alongside blushing pink and pale peach roses, McCrone exchanged vows with Billy Brinton, whom she met through a mutual acquaintance many years ago. Then, as now, she worked as a publicist for Mr. Las Vegas, and became smitten with Brinton, a dashing technology executive who co-founded and helmed a transportation data company in Seattle.
Having recently sold that enterprise, Zonar Systems, Brinton soon found himself spending more time exploring Las Vegas. While vacationing in Montana in December, just a few days before Christmas, Billy called out for help bringing in a “present for his son.” He waited, kneeling in knee-deep snow, and proposed as snow fell gently around them.
Wedding plans were soon underway, but there was never a question where it would be.
“I wanted the wedding I’ve always dreamed of,” Tricia said. “We had to have it at Shenandoah.” The sprawling Casa de Shenandoah, which sits behind white brick and stucco walls off Sunset Road, was Newton’s private estate from 1968 until 2013. He has since moved off the ranch, and in a partnership with a group of investors operates the Shenandoah museum and public tour.
On this day, the grounds were draped in white — from the white carpet covering the expansive grass to the reinforced tent where nearly 200 guests enjoyed a lavish reception with a four-course dinner and live music from David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra. Newton serenaded the newlyweds with a medley of The Hawaiian Wedding Song and Collin Ray’s “In My Life” for their first dance.
The guests, an eclectic mix of politicos, performers and personalities, danced and mingled until the early morning hours. Attendees included Republican Party consultant Karl Rove and his wife, Karen; Lisa Pliner, wife of shoe magnate Donald J. Pliner; pop star and actress Sabrina Bryan; Marla Paxson, widow of Home Shopping Network founder Lowell Paxson; Alexandra Ruffin, wife of Treasure Island owner Phil Ruffin; former “One Life to Live” actress, entrepreneur and professional hypnotist Catherine Hickland; Guggenheim Global Chief Investment Officer Scott Minerd; Jack Hanna and his wife, Suzi, and daughter Julie; ex-Tropicana Las Vegas and MGM Resorts International executive Alex Yemenidjian and his wife, Arda, and son, Armen; AKA luxury long-stay company co-owner Larry Korman and his wife, Korin; and Kelly Stone, sister of actress Sharon Stone and a national advocate of Lupus support causes.
Venue: Casa de Shenandoah
Planning, Production, Décor & Floral: Destinations by Design
Tent: Las Vegas Entertainment Productions
Lighting & A/V: PRG Las Vegas
Dress/Veil: Mira Zwillinger
Jewelry: XIV Karats Ltd. Beverly Hills
Hair: Desiree Bargiel
Makeup: Kim Katunis
Bride’s Shoes: Tamara Mellon
Tuxedo: Custom Made
Groom’s Shoes: Calvin Klein
Cuff links/studs/wedding ring: XIV Karats Ltd.