A Modern Indian American Wedding
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito. Images by J.Anne Photography
Archana and Diego knew they wanted to get married in Las Vegas after getting engaged while dining on the Fountains of Bellagio. A proposal like that demanded that an equally elegant and oh so glamorous wedding would follow, and the two set their sites on the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.
Planning a destination wedding can be a daunting task, which is why the Mandarin Oriental recommended that Archana ring me. The moment we connected was magic. "You immediately got inside my head, and you were able to cut through all of my thoughts and pull out exactly what I wanted."
On the day of their wedding, the ballroom doors opened to reveal all that her heart desired. Tall, dramatic bundles of roses lined the aisle, which was crafted from sleek, black enamel. At the top of the space a circular stage was enveloped in crystals strung from the ceiling. Their vows were deeply personal, and spoke to their initial meeting, their courtship, and the life they planned to build together.
The crystal fall was Archana's most beloved design element, and we designed the space to allow her to enjoy it all night long. With the crystals serving as the room's anchor, we used it as the backdrop for the newlywed's sweetheart table. Just in front of them we placed a glamorous black dance floor enhanced with painted red roses, and we lit it from above. The perimeter of the room was full of the people they love most in the world. To keep the space interesting, we used tables of different shapes and sizes, and filled the room with both high and low centerpieces. Each table was slightly different from the next, but all dressed in gilded linens. On top, metallic glass chargers gave way to clusters of candlelight. The red roses, a long time favorite of the couple, brought in the dynamic pops of color my bride so loved. And in the back, for an extra touch of drama, we set a beautiful black wedding cake trimmed in a floral wrap.
Our bridal party burst into the room to the sounds of Pitbull before Archana and Deigo took to the floor and shared their first dance to the eternally classic love song "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by The Four Seasons. As a surprise to her guests, and in honor of her heritage, Archana changed into a bronze saree just moments before the newlyweds cut their cake. While some guests took advantage of the photo booth set up by Joy Squad, others flocked to the dance floor. DJ Mike Fox spun a mix of western Top 40 songs with contemporary Indian music, a recipe guaranteed to keep them moving until the very last drink was served! And yet the party didn't end there! Afterwards, many of their cousins and friends took to the strip for gaming and dancing, cocktails and celebrations.
Archana still surprises me with text messages and notes from time to time, and seeing her transform from a newly engaged woman to a beautiful bride and now wife has been an absolute joy! She knows she has a friend in Las Vegas, and I will forever cherish the days we spent together.