A Las Vegas Wedding at Siena Golf Club - Behind the Scenes with Michelle & Michael

A Las Vegas Wedding at Siena Golf Club - Behind the Scenes with Michelle & Michael
Michelle & Michael share a private moment after their Las Vegas wedding at Siena Golf Club.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito. 

Michelle & Michael share a private moment after their Las Vegas wedding at Siena Golf Club.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito. 

Las Vegas is a major wedding destination, and most of my brides come to me from far off corners of the world.  So when Michelle called me last year, I was thrilled to hear from a local Las Vegas bride!  What I didn't expect were the 101 ways that she and I were connected, or the ways in which her fiancé, Michael, and I were about to become connected!  First, it turns out that Michelle works at STRIPSteak, a restaurant my husband  had opened nearly 8 years ago.  Her maid of honor, Tiffany, worked with him and married another F&B executive that we have known for years.  The circle of friends we shared grew as we talked, and it turns out that we had even been to the same wedding together years before as guests, but never met. Working together was a great fit, made even better a few months later when her fiancé, Mike, became a trainer at our gym.  Our circle was complete, and we set off together in wedding planning.

Michelle & Michael took their engagement photos last fall with Las Vegas Photographer Ella Gagiano, who was on hand to professionally capture their day.

Michelle & Michael took their engagement photos last fall with Las Vegas Photographer Ella Gagiano, who was on hand to professionally capture their day.

Michelle wanted a wedding that merged her love of food with Michael's Chinese heritage in a soft and romantic way.  We put together a team of amazing partners that came together and gave Michelle and Michael all they could have asked for.  

The wedding day started early with a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony at Michael's parent's home.  

Michelle and Michael bowed to family members during the tea ceremony, offering the drink in honor of their relatives, and accepting both gifts and advice from their loved ones.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Michelle and Michael bowed to family members during the tea ceremony, offering the drink in honor of their relatives, and accepting both gifts and advice from their loved ones.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

The bride was given beautiful gold bangle bracelets, along with earrings and a necklace, from her new in-laws during the Chinese Tea Ceremony.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

The bride was given beautiful gold bangle bracelets, along with earrings and a necklace, from her new in-laws during the Chinese Tea Ceremony.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

I was lucky to be invited to the Chinese Tea Wedding Ceremony, and stole a quick moment with the soon to be Mr. & Mrs. Tran.   Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

I was lucky to be invited to the Chinese Tea Wedding Ceremony, and stole a quick moment with the soon to be Mr. & Mrs. Tran.   Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Then, the girls headed to The Cosmopolitan where they enjoyed champagne and snacks during hair and makeup.  

Michelle shared a champagne toast with her sister and her bridesmaids while getting ready in her suite at The Cosmopolitan.   Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Michelle shared a champagne toast with her sister and her bridesmaids while getting ready in her suite at The Cosmopolitan.   Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

A limo transported everyone to Siena Golf Club for the ceremony and reception, where Michelle had arranged to surprise her groom and his family with traditional lion dancers!

A behind the scenes look at what it takes to get great professional photos and videos!  There were no fewer than 3  5 cameras going at all times! This photo by Andrea Eppolito.

A behind the scenes look at what it takes to get great professional photos and videos!  There were no fewer than 3  5 cameras going at all times! This photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Ella Gagiano and her team were on hand to provide photography, videography, and even a photo booth.  While we wait for the professional images to come through, let me share a few of my own pictures taken throughout the day.  Choosing was hard - they were all so stunning, and I took over 1,200 photos and videos throughout the day!  

Michelle recently stopped by to leave me a Thank You note and pick up a few things that she had left behind at her wedding.  She loved the photos, and couldn't believe that I was able to send her a video the morning after her wedding!  She said, "Mike and I woke up the next morning and got your video and thought, 'Doesn't she ever sleep?'"  The truth is, yes...I do!  But after a wedding I am so wired that I come home, curl up, and go through all of the photos and video clips while I unwind.  Within a day I drop them into a slideshow, video, or Dropbox and send them over to my couple so they have something to look at and post and send out to friends and family.  Or, just to keep as a preview of what's to come.  

Because the truth is, no one should have  to wait to relive the "Best Day Ever"! 

Always... 





Enjoy my behind the scenes photos of Michelle and Michael's Las Vegas wedding at

Siena Golf Club!

Michelle's Victor Harper wedding gown is truly one of the most stunning dresses I have seen.  So much detail and just beautiful to photograph.   Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Gown:  Victor Harper | Salon:  Couture Bride Las Vegas.

Michelle's Victor Harper wedding gown is truly one of the most stunning dresses I have seen.  So much detail and just beautiful to photograph.   Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Gown:  Victor Harper | Salon:  Couture Bride Las Vegas.

The bride took a moment with her dress.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Gown: Victor Harper | Salon: Couture Bride Las Vegas.  

The bride took a moment with her dress.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Gown: Victor Harper | Salon: Couture Bride Las Vegas.  

This moment was just perfect!  That hair!  That dress!  That smile!  Every bride should feel like this.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner: Andrea Eppolito Events | Dress by Victor Harper

This moment was just perfect!  That hair!  That dress!  That smile!  Every bride should feel like this.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner: Andrea Eppolito Events | Dress by Victor Harper

The Bubbles and Bourbon Bar. Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito |  Barrels & Table: Sit On This | Sculptures: Ice Occassions of Las Vegas.  

The Bubbles and Bourbon Bar. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito |  Barrels & Table: Sit On This | Sculptures: Ice Occassions of Las Vegas.  

First Look with the Bride's Father. Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course

First Look with the Bride's Father. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course

The ceremony was set up on the Siena Golf Club lawn. Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito |  Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course | Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral & Sit On This

The ceremony was set up on the Siena Golf Club lawn. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito |  Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course | Floral & Decor: Naakiti FloralSit On This

A moment before she walked down the aisle. Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Wedding Dress: Victor Harper | Peach Rose Bouquet by Naakiti Floral.

A moment before she walked down the aisle. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Wedding Dress: Victor Harper | Peach Rose Bouquet by Naakiti Floral.

A bit blurry, but beautiful!  We were all set for rain and tracked the weather all day!  Moments before the ceremony, the sun came out and it was perfect! Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

A bit blurry, but beautiful!  We were all set for rain and tracked the weather all day!  Moments before the ceremony, the sun came out and it was perfect! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

Sneaking in a photo with the bride & groom! Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course

Sneaking in a photo with the bride & groom!

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course

The courtyard featured a fireplace and bistro lighting, and was used for the cocktail reception. Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

The courtyard featured a fireplace and bistro lighting, and was used for the cocktail reception. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

Setting the stage for a contemporary bridal party picture.  The courtyard featured a fireplace and bistro lighting, and was used for the cocktail reception. Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue:  |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

Setting the stage for a contemporary bridal party picture.  The courtyard featured a fireplace and bistro lighting, and was used for the cocktail reception. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue:  |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

Las Vegas Wedding Photographer Ella Gagiano working her magic! Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

Las Vegas Wedding Photographer Ella Gagiano working her magic! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

The bistro was set with mocha linens, lush peach and white centerpieces, mercury glass voices, and chivalry chairs.  Glitter table numbers added glamour and drama. Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

The bistro was set with mocha linens, lush peach and white centerpieces, mercury glass voices, and chivalry chairs.  Glitter table numbers added glamour and drama. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

Tablescape of mocha linens, lush peach and white centerpieces, mercury glass voices, and glitter table numbers. Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

Tablescape of mocha linens, lush peach and white centerpieces, mercury glass voices, and glitter table numbers. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

The Sweetheart Table was dressed in pink sparkle linens and topped with the bridesmaids bouquets.  A sofa with monogramed pillows gave the Bride & Groom a cozy place to snuggle .Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

The Sweetheart Table was dressed in pink sparkle linens and topped with the bridesmaids bouquets.  A sofa with monogramed pillows gave the Bride & Groom a cozy place to snuggle .Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

The Wedding Cake sat under a chandelier on sequence New Yorker glitter linen, and had the slightest whisper of ombre to it.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

The Wedding Cake sat under a chandelier on sequence New Yorker glitter linen, and had the slightest whisper of ombre to it.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

The First Dance. Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  White Monogrammed Dance Floor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

The First Dance. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  White Monogrammed Dance Floor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

The Father Daughter Dance to "I Loved Her First". Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

The Father Daughter Dance to "I Loved Her First". Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

Photo Booth!  People loved the energy of the open booth.  And those super hero masks are ALWAYS a hit! Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course

Photo Booth!  People loved the energy of the open booth.  And those super hero masks are ALWAYS a hit! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course

Celebrating with the lions of the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

Celebrating with the lions of the Las Vegas Kung Fu Academy.  Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

Cutting the Cake.  Such a fun & happy couple.  Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Tran! Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

Cutting the Cake.  Such a fun & happy couple.  Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Tran! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito | Las Vegas Venue: Siena Golf Course |  Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is often published, with works featured by the likes of Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The NY Times, Junebug Weddings, and more. With an eye catching style that shares not only the story, but the soul, of a wedding, Andrea's clients praise her for being their wedding planner, event designer, advocate, and friend. Named the Best Wedding Planner in Las Vegas (2013), Wedding Professional of the Year (2011) and ranked as one of the top 50 wedding planners world-wide, Andrea works with celebrities, athletes, executives, and all people in love! Based in Las Vegas, and working as a destination wedding planner world wide, you can learn more at www.AndreaEppolitoEvents.com.