In 2016 when Arizona transplant Kyle Duthie took over operations at Little Chapel on the Corner, little did he know just how meaningful his new business venture would become. With the theme, “Love Happens Here,” the Little Chapel hosts no fewer than 150 weddings per year, giving Duthie a front-row seat to the happiest moment in people’s lives.
According to Duthie, who also serves as the Chapel’s licensed officiant, couples come from as far away as Australia or Brazil to marry at the Chapel, along with scores of locals who appreciate its intimate and charming environment.
The chapel is housed in the former Victorian-style home of the Vincent family whose nine children grew up there, and it’s as charming as the grounds on which it sits. Although only a block from Water Street, the Little Chapel feels like a world away, a literal oasis, complete with a gazebo, lush gardens, and plenty of outdoor space for parties of up to 120 people.
With the belief that couples shouldn’t start married life burdened with debt from an expensive wedding, Duthie runs his business in direct contrast to most Las Vegas-style wedding chapels, which offer quickie weddings to maximize profit. “A beautiful wedding doesn’t have to be an expensive one,” said Duthie. “Our setting is naturally beautiful, so it doesn’t take much embellishment to make it even more perfect.”
Duthie is also big on ensuring couples don’t feel rushed. “We don’t schedule back-to-back events to provide a true celebration with family and friends that has no time limit,” said Duthie. “Plus, we allow couples to bring in their own licensed vendors – allowing for full customization of the wedding experience if that’s their preference. And when couples choose a more turnkey option, we can easily source flowers and food and beverage from nearby Water Street vendors.”
As its name suggests, Little Chapel on the Corner is not just the perfect place for weddings and receptions; it’s also ideal for vow renewals, baby showers, family reunions, private parties, corporate events, and even funerals and memorial services.
While it’s impossible for Duthie to choose his favorite and most memorable wedding, he recalls an older couple from California who comes to the Chapel every year on their anniversary date to renew their vows. “They now feel like family,” he said.
“The Little Chapel on the Corner is a blank slate – a customizable pallet that allows couples to put their own imprint on their wedding experience,’ said Duthie. “But most of all, The Little Chapel on the Corner is for those who want to do a “Vegas wedding” – but one that is more beautiful, more personal, and above all, more memorable.”