Amanda & Phillip's Engagement Photos on Coronado - Las Vegas Wedding Planner

This summer, Dr. Amanda Cohen will marry her love, one of the Navy's finest, Phillip Safarik, at a beachside wedding on Coronado Island.

This summer, Dr. Amanda Cohen will marry her love, one of the Navy's finest, Phillip Safarik, at a beachside wedding on Coronado Island.

The last thing Amanda thought when she headed into the coffee shop after a workout is that she would be meeting her future husband.  But as she waited in line, reading her book, she heard a snicker coming from behind.  Turning, she found a very tall standing behind her, reading her love story over her shoulder.  Tried as she might, she simply could not ignore him.  He wouldn't let her.  And when she went to sit, he followed.  His excuse?  He needed to know how the story ended.

Kissing behind the cap!  Amanda and Phillip shared a sweet moment during their engagement photo shoot.  

Kissing behind the cap!  Amanda and Phillip shared a sweet moment during their engagement photo shoot.  

18 months later, we know exactly how this love story ends...With a fabulous engagement for his Navy man and his doctor bride!

Amanda and Phillip celebrated their engagement with a beautiful photo shoot courtesy of Burlap and Blossom.  They started with Phillip in uniform, because...well...who doesn't love a man in uniform?!?!  I love that Amanda coordinated her outfit with the red, white, and blue!  Super cute!

Amanda and Phillip are so in love and looking forward to their summer wedding on Coronado.  Engagement Photos by Burlap and Blossom.

Amanda and Phillip are so in love and looking forward to their summer wedding on Coronado.  Engagement Photos by Burlap and Blossom.

Then, the two returned to their apartment to change, which is where Gabriella shot some of my favorite photos.  They are just so sweet and so relaxed - It's one reason that I love having engagement shoots done at home.  Put people at ease, and magic happens!

The way two people in love look at each other is magic!  Engagement photos taken at home, but Burlap and Blossom.  

The way two people in love look at each other is magic!  Engagement photos taken at home, but Burlap and Blossom.  

Engagement Photos taken at home always feel soft and intimate.  Photo by Burlap and Blossom. 

Engagement Photos taken at home always feel soft and intimate.  Photo by Burlap and Blossom. 

Soon after, Amanda and Phillip took to the town they love so much!  Avid outsiders, Amanda hopped on her pink tricycle, a gift from her groom to be, and the two enjoyed the gorgeous San Diego weather! 

These two are always laughing and so obviously in love!  Engagement Photos in San Diego / Coronado by Burlap and Blossom.

These two are always laughing and so obviously in love!  Engagement Photos in San Diego / Coronado by Burlap and Blossom.

The trike and the bike!  Notice the fish on her handlebar!  Engagement Photos in San Diego / Coronado by Burlap and Blossom.

The trike and the bike!  Notice the fish on her handlebar!  Engagement Photos in San Diego / Coronado by Burlap and Blossom.

Even their pet Gnome made an appearance!  He has traveled with them and is a very important part of the family.  No word yet on whether or not he is invited to the honeymoon!

Kiss the Gnome!  They love this little guy and take him everywhere. Practicing for a puppy, perhaps? Engagement Photos in San Diego / Coronado by Burlap and Blossom.

Kiss the Gnome!  They love this little guy and take him everywhere. Practicing for a puppy, perhaps? Engagement Photos in San Diego / Coronado by Burlap and Blossom.

The couple who swings together...Wait.  That's not right...

The couple that plays together, stays together! Engagement Photos in San Diego / Coronado park by Burlap and Blossom.

The couple that plays together, stays together! Engagement Photos in San Diego / Coronado park by Burlap and Blossom.

Swingers in love! Engagement Photos in San Diego / Coronado park by Burlap and Blossom.

Swingers in love! Engagement Photos in San Diego / Coronado park by Burlap and Blossom.

On a personal note, I first met Amanda when she was an undergrad at UNLV.  Over the years, I have watched her grow and move as she chased her dreams and became a doctor.  I've gotten to know her family, her friends, and I can truly say that I have never seen her as happy or as completely in the right place of life as I have since she met Phi lip.  He has completed her in every possible way, and I could not be more thrilled for the two of them.  

The hours of time we have spent planning this wedding, the text messages, the emails, the phone calls...I have no doubt that when they meet at the end of the aisle, their wedding will be a perfect reflection of who they are and what they mean to one another.

Happy Planning until that day comes...


Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is often published, with works featured by the likes of BRIDES, Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The NY Times, LA 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.

An internationally acclaimed speaker, Andrea appears and speaks at events for the Engage! Luxury Wedding Summit, NACE, The Knot, the Wedding MBA, and more.  Named the Best Wedding Planner in Las Vegas (2013, 2015, 2016), 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!

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