A Match Made in Heaven
Lucky Little Chapel brings a lifetime of memories to the bride and groom—and significant contributions to local charities
A sunset leaves the sky painted a burning red-orange fading into a hint of purple. The temperature is only 80 degrees, despite the look of fire above. A beautiful bride stands on Fremont Street opposite a 7-foot-tall metal heart covered in love locks, reminiscent of the Pont des Art pedestrian bridge in Paris. She wears a mermaid-style dress¬—satin covered in lace, sleeveless with a sweetheart neckline adorned with crystal beads. Her groom, in a designer black, two-button tuxedo and black cap-toe, lace-up shoes, looks cavalier. Ready to spend the rest of their lives together, the couple is pronounced husband and wife. Cheer erupts from friends, family, dozens of passers-by and a 40-foot-tall metal praying mantis.
This scene takes place in front of The Container Park when couples choose the Lucky Mantis package offered by Lucky Little Chapel, the first wedding chapel at the park. Owners and pastors Henry and Rachel Sneed opened this second location of Lucky Little Chapel in January. Rachel, ordained since 2004, was inspired by the unique and fun atmosphere of the park on her first visit last summer.
But a wedding at Lucky Little Chapel brings memories to more than just the bride and groom. It also helps provide lasting memories for a few local charities in Southern Nevada.
Since early 2015, Henry and Rachel have donated thousands of dollars to the Nevada Homeless Alliance, the Women’s Resource Medical Center, After-School All-Stars and Gordon McCaw and C.T. Sewell elementary schools. “I want our presence here not just to help build a good reputation for the city in the wedding industry, but also to make an impact in our city,” says Rachel. “That’s important to us.”
“Lucky Little was instrumental in the establishment of our exploration labs and transition to a magnet school this current school year,” explains Jennifer Born, principal at McCaw elementary.
The contributions Lucky Little has provided our school go beyond the monetary. They are truly a vested partner to our school and community.
The Sneed’s even take time to volunteer in the classrooms and read to the students of Sewell elementary. Dr. Holli Ratliff, principal at Sewell, said, “They also donate monthly proceeds from their personal business to support student incentives and classroom resources. We are grateful to have such dedicated individuals involved in our school community and committed to supporting the success of our students.”
Henry’s commitment to the NHA, and the couple’s passion for the military, has aided in getting veteran homelessness to functional zero in Southern Nevada. Emily Paulsen, director of the NHA, added, “They dedicate their time to building lasting solutions to end homelessness.”
The time and monetary donations the Sneed’s have invested in the city are not known to many. They have done these things not looking for recognition, but humbly fueled by their passions.
Rachel admits, “I wasn’t the kind of bride who dreamt of a big wedding my whole life.” It was the frustration of struggling to find a traditional church with a center aisle during the planning of her own wedding that sparked her obsession with wanting to open a wedding chapel. “Churches are doing a more contemporary design now, so to have that quaint, little experience with a center aisle in a traditional church is hard to find,” she explained. And the dream of opening a chapel that provided the works—a fountain, gazebo, the traditional center aisle and, perhaps more importantly, a cheerful willingness to give back—was born.
For more information about Lucky Little Chapel visit luckylittlechapel.com.