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Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Designer Andrea Eppolito. All images by AltF Photography ©
Sammy always knew that she would marry at the Mandarin Oriental, and together we planned what would ultimately become an elegant (if just a touch over the top) woodland styled wedding. Think "A Midsummer Nights Dream" done in Cherry Blossoms!
After 9 month of planning which included over 20 in person meetings, 1400+ emails, and more phone and text hours than I could possibly track, my creative team began the load in and on site construction of the chuppah a full day before the wedding. As the centerpiece of the ceremony and a main anchor of the reception, the expectations for this structure was at an all time high. Measuring in at over 10 X 10 feet and constructed of custom cut woods wrapped in roses, orchids, hydrangea, and cherry blossoms, the chuppah was flanked with two large trees and set atop a white carpeted stage.
At the back of the room, two additional trees came together to create an arch from which a large gold and crystal chandelier hung. In the middle, an aisle of white carpet was surrounded by floating candles, groupings of peach and pink roses, amnesia roses, and ivory hydrangea. Chameleon chairs with soft blush cushions were set out for the guests, who found that they were surrounded by white draping, tall brocade mirrors, pillars topped with florals, and wall inserts with individual crystal sconces.
After the bride and groom shared their first look and participated in the traditional Jewish ceremonial rights, the bridal party entered to the sounds of a quartet. The bride, on the arms of her parents, stunned in a custom Vera Wang gown that featured hand placed lace and the softest metallic thread for shimmer. She circled the groom and, after a moment which allowed all of the guests to capture a photo, they took their vows in a personal ceremony lead by their family rabbi.
After the kissed guests were lead into the foyer for a cocktail hour while our bride and groom were able to take a few more formal portraits. Behind the scenes, drapes were coming down, round and long tables were being dressed in alternating linens and center piece designs, and a 5 foot tall cake was placed in the center of the room.
At one end, our chuppah remained, repurposed as the location of our couple’s sweetheart table. Across the ballroom at the other end was a white dance floor branded with an “A” in honor of the couple’s last name. The trees, formerly serving as anchors to our ceremony, were moved to the corners of the dance floor, wrapping the space in romance and bringing the outside in. Baroque gold furniture provided resting places for our guests, which a 7 piece band assembled on our white stage.
Set off the side where he at first did not garner much attention was celebrated artist Sam Day, who painted the reception as it took place. He worked silently and without interruption while guests stopped to check in on his progress, take photos, and marvel at how quickly he was able to capture such detail.
The ballroom was revealed to our couple who shared a private moment on the dance floor before we opened the room to our guests. The new Dr. and Mrs. Atkinson entered the the ballroom to thundersur applause and took to the floor for their first dance to “In Your Eyes” which was played live by The Lucky Devil’s band. Upon taking their seats, guests found double sided menus; one side featuring the night’s selection of food, the other side printed with a thank you note from the couple. A blessing of the challa lead to a round of speeches, followed by a four course meal.
Afterwards, the bride and groom made their way to the dance floor where they stayed for the rest of the evening, pausing only to cut the cake. And what a cake it was! a total of 9 tiers wrapped in blush fondant stood standing in the center of the room. Swarovski crystals and bright silk butterflies were affixed to it, an homage to the installation at Twist restaurant that the couple fell in love with when touring the property. A mini fondant frame with a hand painted gold “A” sat at the top of the cake, and a miniature cake was set to the side, making it easy for the bride and groom to make a slice and serve each other.
To accompany the cake we opened up a sweet and savory buffet which included a large selection of petit fours and cookies, a crepe station, chicken on mini waffles, sliders, and even a candy bar. But my favorite by far was the coffee and bombolone station. Piping hot coffee was served along side fresh bombolone (little doughnut holes) that had been stuffed with chocolate, vanilla, and hazelnut cream then rolled in sugar. To go cups were wrapped in personalized coffee cozies and offered with monogrammed stir stick. Cute! Cute! Cute!
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PHOTOGRAPHY • AltF Photography, PLANNING • Andrea Eppolito Events, FLORAL AND DECOR DESIGN •Destinations by Design, VENUE AND CATERING • Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, STATIONERY DESIGN • Paper and Home, BRIDE’S GOWN • Vera Wang, SHOES • Jimmy Choo, GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR • Vera Wang, ENGAGEMENT RING • Delage Jewelers, WEDDING BANDS • T-Birds Jewels, CAKE DESIGN • Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, DRAPING; DANCE FLOOR DESIGN AND PRODUCTION • Destination by Design, LIVE EVENT ARTIST • Sam Day, ENTERTAINMENT • Lucky Devils Band, CINEMATOGRAPHY • Something New