Everyone has heard of those mythical villas and suites hidden throughout Las Vegas. The ones with 24 hour butlers, sweeping views, and every luxurious amenity imaginable. Most people will never have the chance to see one of these, much less get married in one! But Megan and Alan Bridges aren't most people! Set high above the city of Las Vegas in a private villa so exclusive, you can only access it with a security escort, Megan, Alan, and I spent over a year working with resort executives at Caesars Palace, lighting companies, decor teams, and florists...Not to mention some of the greatest chefs from around the world!
My groom, Alan, was meticulous; personally selecting every element that went into creating the environment. He wanted to find a way to give Megan that princess moment that she had always dreamed, in a way that felt elevated, sophisticated, and elegant.
Megan's biggest responsibility in wedding planning came in the form of a very special guest....During their first planning visit, Megan and Alan talked about having a baby just before the wedding in that whimsical, "what if" way that most couples do. As in, "Imagine if we got pregnant now...our baby could be at the wedding! Well....Imagine my surprise when weeks later, Megan was indeed pregnant with the couple's first child - A little baby girl who came to be called Beyonca Mariah Bridges. This little princess came just 3 months before the wedding, beginning their family and giving them even more to celebrate! And allowing Megan to get ready with her little best friend!
And even with all of that, Megan still managed to look absolutely gorgeous in her P'Nina Tornai gown. Megan knew that she would be a Kleinfeld bride, and as soon as she stepped into this dress she knew that she had found the one. The designer herself was on hand that day and styled my bride, making sure that each piece from her crystal headband to her long veil was on point and perfection.
A bride who chooses P'Nina Tornai is no shrinking violet! And everything needs to hold it's own against the dress. Which, in this case, meant we had a whole lot of bling - from Megan's engagement ring to the shoes she and her baby girl wore, this bride went for full on glamour!
And the groom? He's no slouch himself! This is a guy with a very distinct fashion sense and a desire to make a statement. His look was created by his own personal tailor in South Florida and shipped in just for the day.
Megan and Alan envisioned a progressive wedding that would begin with a personal, emotional ceremony, be followed by an intimate dinner party, and end with a high energy nightclub style dance party. To accomplish this, we needed to "flip" the outdoor terrace three times. As in, remove all of the existing furniture, bring in new chairs and build a ceremony. Then remove all of the furniture, and turn the same space into a wedding reception while guests enjoy cocktails....And then do it again! Remove all furniture and set up a nightclub while the couple cuts the cake! Sounds too crazy?!? Well, when you work with the best, there is nothing that can't be done!
After the bride's first look with her father, we snapped one quick couple's shot with Alan up front, unable to see his bride. He entered the ceremony to yore Mission Impossible theme song, clad in glasses along with the rest of the bridal party. The ring bearer walked down the aisle, securing the couple's bands in a safe. And when the curtains pulled back the guests gasped at the site of Megan on her father's arm.
While the guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, Megan and Alan stepped away for formal portraits. With the villas serving as a back drop, beautiful florals from Naakiti, and such a beautiful group, each photo was more stunning than the next!
The balcony was transformed with long banquet tables topped with blush ruffled linens. Silver and ivory chiavari chairs were set out for the guests, with white and black chairs set for the couple. Pink roses, purple hydrangea, and cafe au late dahlias were set among crystal candle light-scapes,giving the tables an ethereal, romantic feel.
After dinner we invited guests to come back inside where Megan and Alan cut their cake. And oh! What a cake it was! Four tiers of white shimmering fondant topped with a Swarovski "B" for Bridges. To give the cake some added height and drama, we created a base which allowed the cake to sit on top of a chandelier, rather than under it. And Tiffany Sheree-Jones of Peridot Sweets hand made a cake base with layer upon layer of dripping crystals. My own crystal cake cutters were Megan's something borrowed and completed the look.
After the guests ate we revealed the third change of the evening. With deep lighting, lounge furniture, and DJ Mike Fox on the 1's and 2', Megan and Alan took to the center of the space for their stage
As the dance floor filled with guests and the night went on, security came out to guard Alan's most prized possession....His new wife.
Putting together a wedding like this is no small fete! And I could not have done it without the tremendously talented, patient, and hospitable Patty Kripitz and her Total Rewards Team at Caesars Palace, the creative dream team from Naakiti that literally moved the room time and time again, and the immeasurably talented John Michael Cooper and Dalisa Cooper from Alt F Photography! To connect with the entire team, visit out Venue and Vendor notes below.
And scroll to the bottom of the jump and check out a few photos of me and the bride while getting ready!
Venue & Vendors
Las Vegas Wedding Venue: The Marc Anthony Villa at Caesars Palace
Videography: Lighten Films
DJ: Mike Fox
Floral: Naakiti Floral
Decor: Sit On This Chair
Hair & Make Up: Your Beauty Call
Dress: P'Nina Tornai
Shoes: Benjamin Adams
Grooms Tuxedo: Sacino
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.
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