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Usher evokes Elvis’ spirit in downtown Las Vegas wedding

Updated February 13, 2024 - 2:07 pm

Usher and his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Goicoechea, followed through with wedding plans following Super Bowl 58.

In true Vegas spirit, an Elvis impressionist was involved.

According to the couple’s wedding certificate, the nuptials were performed Sunday at Vegas Weddings at 555 South 3rd Street in downtown Las Vegas.

Rev. Ronald Pokrywka performed the service, according to the document. Pokrywka is better known as Ron DeCar, one of the longest-running, best-known Elvis-themed officiants in Las Vegas.

DeCar, who was a singer in “Folies Bergere” at Tropicana for a dozen years, reportedly performed the ceremony as Elvis. He’s also the former owner of Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel and the connected Vegas Events Center.

“From Elvis to Usher, our Vegas residencies are something special and it was a highlight in my career to get to officiate and serenade the couple,” DeCar said in a text. “I’m excited for him and Jennifer and wish them all the best together and will wait for them to share any further details of their wedding.”

The couple’s certificate was stamped by Clark County Clerk Lynn Goya at about 2:15 p.m. Monday. The 45-year-old Usher is identified by his legal name, Usher Raymond IV. He also notes Las Vegas as his home.

Clark County Marriage License Bureau's certificate for Usher and Jennifer Goicoechea, filed the ...
Clark County Marriage License Bureau's certificate for Usher and Jennifer Goicoechea, filed the night of Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. (Clark County)

The quaint chapel is in line with the couple’s original wish to enjoy an intimate ceremony, after Usher’s boffo halftime performance at Allegiant Stadium. The 40-year-old Goicoechea is a top executive for Epic Records.

Vegas Weddings is operated by its CEO Cliff Evarts and company president Melody Willis-Williams, who also oversees Little White Wedding Chapel, Vegas Weddings and Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel. Evarts actually purchased Viva Las Vegas from DeCar in 2020.

In a statement Monday afternoon Willis-Williams congratulated he couple, saying, “We were beyond thrilled to host in this epic day for Usher and his new wife!” The chapel is also deferring to the couple for any other news breaks about the ceremony.

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