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Vegas Valentine vows: Chapels add renewal ceremonies and more as marriages decline

LAS VEGAS - The Elvis impersonator is ready, donning dark sunglasses and doing a quick pelvic thrust as a warmup to the proceedings in the chapel.

At the end of the altar, Stephan Maybroda and Michael Maybroda smile. The music is cued and "Can't Help Falling in Love" emerges from a small amp. The couple, dressed in polo shirts and each with a red rose on his chest, make their way to the small podium.

A photographer moves quietly around the small room. Elvis sings, loudly. This is the young thin version of the king, moving with confidence and swagger. His jet black pompadour defies the laws of inertia by staying solidly in place.

The couple got married 10

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