A Whirlwind of Wedding Industry Activity

Las Vegas Photography and Videography by Stephen Salazar Photography 

  With friends and fellow wedding creatives at The Knot Gala 2017 in New York City.

With friends and fellow wedding creatives at The Knot Gala 2017 in New York City.

I'm sitting in the airport in Toronto, Canada, reflecting on the whirlwind of traveling, consulting, speaking, and weddings that have happened over the last month or so....

It has been two weeks since I returned from New York, where I once again attended The Knot Gala.  As exciting as prom night, but with WAY better dresses, I plan my year around The Knot Gala and my annual pilgrimages to Engage.  These trips reconnect me with friends from all over the country.  They are invigorating, inspiring, and just good for my soul...

It has been three weeks since the horrific event in Las Vegas shook not only my beloved home base, but the entire industry as it took place just hours before the opening of the Wedding MBA Show, a week our entire community looks forward to.   Not only do we come together to learn, but to celebrate one another at the annual #TheKnotRocksWeddingMBA event .  This year, we all had heavy hearts, and found it hard to comprehend how we would move forward with our night while so many others were suffering.  But the show much go on, and our community come together, partnering with others in a #VegasStrong benefit which helped raise money for victims and survivors.  Of all the things we as an collective do, we are at our best when we make the world a better place.

It has been nineteen days since I visited Napa Valley and celebrated the opening of my partner property's new hotel, Vintage House.  It was only days later that savage fires caused evacuations and so many casualties...

And the the middle of it all I execute three weddings, published two new issues of The Wedding Editorialist, and I have spoken at three conferences and panels spanning 3 states and 2 countries.

In times like these, we often hear people say, "It really puts things in perspective..."  Which, of course, is to say that these things in our lives are trivial; that what we do does not matter.  I could not disagree more!  In times of stress, trouble, and strife, what we do matters most.  As an industry, we wedding creatives are the keepers of hopes and dreams, the curators of memories.  When hard times come - and they will come to all of us in many forms - we as humans need memories filled with love and happiness to sustain us.  There needs to be a place and a time we can revisit in our minds.  We need hope, something to look forward.  The ability to look ahead gives us something to live for.  We need a goal, a date in the future, a place we are inspired to get to.

At this stage in my life I know that there is often no rhyme or reason for the bad things that happen to us.  And even if there were; what does having the answer do?  Often times, nothing.

It is the memory of what was and the hope of what's the come that sustains us.  I am so proud and humbled to be a part of the creative community that helps create that hope, and I want to share just a few images from The Knot Couture, our first opportunity to host a little bridal fashion week on the west coast, along with images from The Wedding MBA and The Knot Gala in NYC. 

With love, always...

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THE KNOT COUTURE

 The Knot Couture by Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Cutest magazine display ever!  The Knot Couture by Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito partners with The Knot at Wedding MBA.  Photo by Stephen Salazar.  Decor by DBD Vegas.
 The Knot Couture by Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Gorgeous dusty florals.  The Knot Couture by Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Green & white centerpieces. The Knot Couture by Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Wedding Dresses for Bridal Fashion Week.  The Knot Couture by Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Wedding Dress with Illusion Neckline. The Knot Couture by Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Bridal belts and accessories. The Knot Couture by Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 SPRING 2017 BRIDAL FASHION WEEK. The Knot Couture by Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Bridal wedding shoes. The Knot Couture by Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 sexy wedding shoes. The Knot Couture by Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 The Knot Booth was fueled by coffee...Nespresso that is!  The Knot Couture by Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Pastel Cocktail Table flowers. 

WEDDING MBA 2017 LAS VEGAS

 Forever honored to be a creative partner for The Knot.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 The Knot Booth.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Forever honored to be a creative partner for The Knot.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Magazine Display.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 We just had to do the magazines on hangers again!  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Acrylic cut out.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito speaks at the Wedding MBA.  Photo by Stephen Salazar.
 Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito speaks at the Wedding MBA.  Photo by Stephen Salazar.
 Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito speaks at the Wedding MBA.  Photo by Stephen Salazar.
 Sharing The Wedding Editorialist with The Knot!   Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Because I cannot get enough of this wall design!  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Everyone loves the Wedding Editorialist Magazine.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Free standing wedding swing.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Proud to be on The Knot Live with Kaleigh of Meldeen, Anja of The Knot, photographer Brian Leahy, kand Alice from Daughter of Design.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Speaking on The Knot Live.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Feels like girl talk!   Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 The Knot Live Panel at Wedding MBA.   Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 Vegas Strong Wedding MBA Benefit at Aria.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.
 VIP.  Always.  My people.  My Industry.  My city.  #VegasStrong.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Booth and Event Design by Destinations by Design.  Photos by Stephen Salazar.

THE KNOT GALA 2017