Introducing Keshimar - Natural Stone Art for Newlyweds

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito introduces Keshimar Natural Stone art products. 

Just last week I received the coolest - literally, cool! - gift in the mail; the petal wine and champagne chiller from Keshimar.  Originating in Italy, Keshimar is a line that uses natural marble and precious stones to hand craft unique pieces that you can use and love in your home.  As beautiful as they are useful, each item stands alone as a piece of unique art when not in use; they are the types of pieces you won't hide in a cabinet.

Introducing Keshimar - Natural Stone Art for Newlyweds

An Outdoor Wedding at Crimson in the Red Rock Hotel | Fletcher and Greg

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares the wedding of same-sex couple Fletcher and Greg. This wedding featuring two grooms was held at Red Rock Casino, with decor by DBD Vegas, photos by Altf, and video by Something New.  

Featured Gay Wedding.

An Outdoor Wedding at Crimson in the Red Rock Hotel  |  Fletcher and Greg

A Wedding in the Nobu Villas | Cynthia & Patrick

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito presents Cynthia Stern and Ptrick Lynch.  

Wedding in the Nobu Villa  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito   |  Photography by Adam Frazier  |  Videography by Pure Light Creative  |  Floral and Decor by Destinations by Design  |  Lighting by LED Unplugged  |  Music by DJ Mike Fox

A Wedding in the Nobu Villas  |  Cynthia & Patrick

Lisa and Scott Anderson | Engagement Photos by AltF Photography

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  | Images by AltF Photography.  © 2016

 

Please allow me to introduce Lisa Anderson and Scott Anderson; a couple so in sync they shared a last name even before meeting!

To hear Scott talk about the day he met Lisa makes you believe in fairytales:

"I literally experienced love at first site," says Scott.  "It was that life changing moment that I spent my life thinking I missed by just a second.  I even thought that maybe it just wasn't meant for me, and then all of a sudden, there she was..."

Lisa and Scott Anderson | Engagement Photos by AltF Photography

Vintage Vegas Wedding at The Westgate | Brian and Chris

The Vintage Vegas Wedding of Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini.

"Hi there. My partner and I planning a wedding in Las Vegas for jan 23 2016. We already have chosen our venue - the Verona suite at Westgate but need help with everything else. We are very low key but want an elegant, tacky, shabby chic experience for about 100-150 ppl. Need to find someone asap. Thanks. Chris"

I called them immediately, and the first thing out of Chris' mouth was , "Oh, hey, I was just going to send you another email....I forgot to mention, we want strippers, too."

Vintage Vegas Wedding at The Westgate | Brian and Chris

10 Tips and Tricks to Help Manage Your Guest List

10 Tips for Managing Your Guest List from Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.

One of the most stressful parts of wedding planning is writing the guest list.  You would think it would easy; simply invite the people who matter most to you.  Unfortunately, however, guest management is never that simple.  Family trees, friendships old and new, coworkers, colleagues, space, and finances will all impact your final list of invitees.  Determining whom to include in your wedding festivities is hard and cam impact your relationships for years to come.

10 Tips and Tricks to Help Manage Your Guest List

Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Blog Has Been Redesigned

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito presents a Real Wedding Feature on the Grace Ormonde Wedding Blog.  Images by AltF Photography.  All Rights Reserved.

This is the kind of "Flashback Friday" that I can get behind!

Recently the style mavens and editors at Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Magazine have redesigned their blog to appear more editorial; to show more like a magazine.  Just this morning, I was notified that my own personal wedding was taken from the Archives and redesigned as well.  The story and photos were updated, and the piece has never looked better!

Grace Ormonde Wedding Style Blog Has Been Redesigned

Is Instagram the new Blog? Is Pinterest dead? A Look at the Top 5 Social Media Networks for Engaged Couples

Recently, I participated in teaching a webinar on how to grow your Instagram account while also branding it for your business.  They say that you learn more when you teach, and in talking to other wedding professionals I learned that, overwhelmingly, they feel that Instagram is the most powerful and important social media tool and communication vehicle they have.  

But why? Does it even matter? And if we are all spending on time on Instagram, is anyone out there still on Pinterest? Are people tweeting?  What about Facebook, and blogs?  Is anyone even reading this at all?

Is Instagram the new Blog?  Is Pinterest dead? A Look at the Top 5 Social Media Networks for Engaged Couples

The 25 Most Influential Wedding Planners on Social Media

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is named one of the industry's 25 most influential wedding planner's on social media by EPU.

I am honored, humbled, and over to moon to have been named one of the 25 Most Influential Wedding Planners on Social Media by Event Planning University.

What I love about being on this list is that my social media program is 100% completely organic and authentic. 

The 25 Most Influential Wedding Planners on Social Media

A Great Gatsby Art Deco Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Images by AltF Photography.  - All Rights Reserved.

When my bride, Anna, wed her long time love, Angelo, she did so in high style inspired by old-Hollywood films such as The Great Gatsby.  If you think this gold, black, and white reception are amazing, then you have to see the all white ceremony!  Be sure to read more!

Credits:  Wedding Planning and Event Design by Andrea Eppolito Event.  Luxury Las Vegas Wedding held at The Mandarin Oriental.  Florals and Decor handled by Destinations by Design.  Photography by AltF Photography.  Wedding Film and Videography by Pure Light Creative with Music and Entertainment by Mike Fox & Company.  Hair and Make Up by Your Beauty Call.  Photo Booth and Video Screen by The Joy Squad.  Stationery by Laura Damiano Designs.  

A Great Gatsby Art Deco Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental

Red Bottoms, Red Couch! An Edgy Engagement Photos in the Desert - Sharon and Lane

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Engagement Photos by Gardenia Lane - All Rights Reserved

“Some things in life are too strange and strong to be a mere coincidence” 

Some would say that the meeting of Sharon and Lane was a mere coincidence - from both deciding to attend law school in North Dakota and meeting at a mutual friend’s party on the last day of their first semester. However, when you dig deeper into their story, you’ll see that the universe had destined these two to meet and fall in love. 

Red Bottoms, Red Couch!  An Edgy Engagement Photos in the Desert - Sharon and Lane

Two Grooms + Two Kids Equals One Gorgeous Engagement Session

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares the engagement photos of Greg Flamer and Fletcher Whitwell by AltF Photography.

Fate brought them together and, ultimately to me.  Nearly 10 years ago Greg called the restaurant I worked at wanting to plan a surprise party for Fletcher.  The two had not yet moved here, but had their eye on the city.  I fell in love with them instantly, and while my career took me elsewhere before the actual event, I popped in to meet the men who would eventually become my two grooms!

Two Grooms + Two Kids Equals One Gorgeous Engagement Session

Reverie Retreats Guest Speaker on Business, Balance, and Pricing

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito will be speaking at The Reverie Retreat in Scottsdale.  

Photos courtesy of Reverie Retreats.  All Rights Reserved.

This August, I will be speaking at the Reverie Retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona about business, balance, and pricing.  What an incredible honor!

Having worked in the wedding industry since my teenage years, my entire life has been about love and marriage, friendship and family, sharing and trying to figure out how to get it all in.  I still wake up every day excited, humbled, and beyond thankful that I get to do what I do.  Truly, I believe that I have the best job in the world.  

Reverie Retreats Guest Speaker on Business, Balance, and Pricing

When Pelican Hill Meets Ibiza - The Wedding Video of Janylle and Zach

Janylle Radden married Zach Alter at The Westin Lake Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito. Something New Films - All Rights Reserved.

When Janylle and Zach first started looking at wedding videographers in Las Vegas, they weren't event sure that they wanted a highlight reel, let alone a full wedding video.  But then they found the filmmakers at Something New, and the bride's response was, "Why would you show me this?  Now I have to have it!"

When Pelican Hill Meets Ibiza - The Wedding Video of Janylle and Zach

A Glamorous Gatsby Wedding at Mandarin Oriental - The Wedding Video

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares this Gatsby-inspired wedding film by Pure Light Creative.

When Anna and Angelo booked their October 31st wedding at The Mandarin Oriental, it never occurred to them that guests would assume it was going to be a Halloween-themed party.  But as the couple shared their date, it became clear that they needed to provide their family and friends with an "inspired" attire suggestion.  That's when they called me.

A Glamorous Gatsby Wedding at Mandarin Oriental - The Wedding Video

"It Will Always Be Us" - The Timeless Wedding of Janylle Radden and Zach Alter

Janylle Radden married Zach Alter at The Westin Lake Las Vegas.  Their wedding theme was Pelican Hill meets Ibiza.  

Planner & Partner Credits: Las Vegas Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Ceremony:  Andalusian Gardens at The Westin Lake Las Vegas  |  Reception:  Baraka Ballroom at The Westin Lake Las Vegas  |  Floral & Decor:  Flora Couture |  Photography:  Altf Photography  |  Videography: Something New Films  | Wedding Cake:  Peridot Sweets  |  Beauty by:  Make Up in the 702  |  Wedding Gown: P'Nina Tornai  |  Veil: Kleinfeld New York  |  Shoes:  Christian Louboutin  |  Tuxedo:  Men's Warehouse

"It Will Always Be Us" - The Timeless Wedding of Janylle Radden and Zach Alter

A Beautiful Backyard Wedding in Las Vegas for Anna Lyssa + DJ

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito presents this beautiful backyard wedding celebrating Anna Lyssa and DJ Johnson.  Images by Altf Photography.

It isn’t often that I am hired as a surprise gift to a bride, but that is exactly what happened when the mother of the bride, Sandy, called to bring me into the planning process of her daughter’s wedding.  The bride, Anna Lyssa, is a corporate event planner for an oil company in Texas, she explained, and for once she wanted the bride to be free to relax and enjoy the process while having someone cater to her.  This idea, well, I just loved it!  But I also know how hard it is for us Type-A personalities to relinquish control and let someone else handle the details…no matter how much we may say we want to!

 

A Beautiful Backyard Wedding in Las Vegas for Anna Lyssa + DJ

Custom Boxed Vintage Vegas Wedding Invitation for Two Amazing Grooms Brian + Chris

 Vintage Las Vegas Invitations by Paper & Home | Photos by Altf Photography | Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

As a wedding planner in Las Vegas, I hardly ever find myself working on Vegas Themed weddings!  But that all changed with one phone call from grooms Brian and Chris, who have their hearts set on a wedding at the historical Westgate Hotel.  

Oh, and there will be strippers.  Read more!

Custom Boxed Vintage Vegas Wedding Invitation for Two Amazing Grooms Brian + Chris
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A Wedding at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica

The Fairmont Miramar invited Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito to curate a design for their luxury Santa Monica resort.  The results are a must-see!

"Celebrating life, luxury, and above all else....Love."

This credo has been a guiding principle for my only my personal life, but my business, for as long as I can remember.  Finding like-minded clients and brands is always so exciting, and when given the opportunity to partner with one of my long time favorites, The Fairmont, I jumped at the chance.

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A Wedding at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica

Sammy + Ian Gorgeous Outdoor Engagement Photos on a Cloudy Day at Red Rock Canyons

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito introduces Sammy Robbins and Ian Atkinson.

Amazing engagement photos taken in at Mount Charleston on a gorgeous, cloudy day!  This is such a beautiful love story, and will make you believe in the power of match makers!

Sammy was living in Los Angeles. Ian was living in Pittsburgh. Ian's Aunt Wendy worked with Sammy. She had told Sammy about Ian for a while. "He's smart, handsome, funny, kind." Sammy was intrigued, but with 2,500 miles between them, the chance of them meeting, let alone dating, seemed like a stretch.

Sammy + Ian Gorgeous Outdoor Engagement Photos on a Cloudy Day at Red Rock Canyons

Chelsie + Alex European Garden Inspired Wedding in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares the wedding of Cheslie and Alex at Red Rock Country Club.Chelsie and Alex are an old fashion couple who met in a thoroughly modern manner; online!

Having found one another on the popular dating site Match.com, the two found that they shared many beliefs and traditions despite their varying backgrounds. 

Chelsie + Alex European Garden Inspired Wedding in Las Vegas

Kailin + Min Las Vegas Winter Wedding at Chateau

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito presents this winter wedding at Chateau Nightclub and Gardens.

When Kailin Zhen met Min Wang, they were both deeply focused on their studies.  Falling in love while tackling the demands of Medical School certainly wasn't easy, but with a soft, quiet affection and just so much respect for one another, the two built a life that feels somewhat like Grey's Anatomy! 

Kailin + Min Las Vegas Winter Wedding at Chateau

WIPA Gala Luncheon 2015

As wedding season winds down and the year comes to an end, I find myself looking back at 2015 and am oh so proud of the things that we have accomplished; the gorgeous weddings, the amazing new contacts that became friends, and all of the personal and professional growth that has taken place.  

This year brings an end to my time as the Founding President of WIPA Las Vegas.  WIPA, the Wedding Industry Professional Association, is the only non-profit organization which exists solely for the education and inspiration of luxury wedding professionals.  

WIPA Gala Luncheon 2015