In addition to the usual excitement and energy of The Rental Show, two couples left Las Vegas as newlyweds and one renewed the vows they took 20 years ago during The Rental Show 1993, also in Las Vegas.
Twenty years ago, Lee Lightner and his star employee, Tammy Towery, got married on Feb. 4, 1993, when The Rental Show was held in Las Vegas. Lightner, president and second-generation owner of ABC Equipment Rental, Catonsville, Md., and Tammy met while on the job. When show time came around, they made it official at the Little Chapel of Flowers in Las Vegas and went out with vendors that night to celebrate. Twenty years later, the Lightners still work together every day and are searching for a college for their youngest son, who is 18.
This year at the show, the couple took a drive back in time and renewed their vows back at the Little Chapel of Flowers. Lightner even found the same limo driver to escort them. “I called the company and asked for Tom White and they said, ‘Tom — he’s our best guy!’ He must be 73 now. So, he was in the pew, watching again. It was great.”
Scott Anderson and Linda Nordby of A Tool Shed Rental in St. Michael, Minn., added a celebration of their own. The couple was married at The Wedding Chapel on Sunday at 3 p.m., just before attending the ARA of Minnesota event at Treasure Island.
“We’ve been dating for about 4½ years. Once I knew we were going to Vegas, I thought that would be the perfect time,” Anderson says. He spent two months choosing the perfect ring and proposed to Nordby at the Grand Canyon. “I proposed to her on the edge of the Grand Canyon and she was absolutely glowing after she said ‘yes,’” he says.
After the couple said “I do” in Las Vegas, it was impossible to keep the news under wraps. “We went to Treasure Island afterward and Andy (Way, of A to Z Rental Center, Eden Prairie, Minn., president of ARA of Minnesota), announced it to the 50 or so people there,” Anderson says. “After that, he told everyone at the Region Six Reception and the D.J. at the event at Harrah’s. By Wednesday, all kinds of people were coming up to congratulate us. We even had someone from a different country who was there for the show offer congratulations.”
The happy couple is now back at work in St. Michael and plan to have a party this summer to celebrate their new life together.
Jaime Eklund and Tiffany Pedersen of Lew Rents in Olympia, Wash., had been dating for eight years when they arrived in Las Vegas for The Rental Show 2013. After attending seminars and the ARA Young Professionals Network Reception on Feb. 10, the couple told friends and family they had something to do and they left in a cab.
“We’d talked about getting married and decided Vegas would be perfect. We hired a cab with leather seats and David, the driver, took us to the Clark County Courthouse, where we filed the official paperwork before heading to a drive-thru chapel for a short ceremony and a great kiss,” Eklund says. “If I was in party rental I would have been in trouble, but coming from a construction tool rental guy it was perfect.”
The next morning, Dean Eklund, president of Lew Rents and father of the groom, caught up with his son on the show floor. “Just as we met up, Dave Steele walked up and asked Jamie what was new. When Jamie said he got married, I really thought he was joking at first. Once we realized he was serious, Jamie, Tiffany, Pam and I got together for a nice lunch to congratulate them,” Eklund says. “Only in Vegas can you get a marriage license at 10:30 p.m. on a Sunday night and have the cabbie be your witness.”
The couple plans to have a reception this summer and a honeymoon in Hawaii.