Behind the Scenes at a Vintage Glam Wedding at the Flamingo Las Vegas

With the cleverly crafted hashtag #IDosofMarch Lindsey Greene married Lockhart Steel at the Flamingo Las Vegas.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito.

With the cleverly crafted hashtag #IDosofMarch Lindsey Greene married Lockhart Steel at the Flamingo Las Vegas.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito.

When I was called to meet Lindsey Greene, a marketing genius who has sat at the helm of some of the top tech and fashion companies in the country, and Lockhart Steele, founder of cult followed websites such as Eater.com, Curbed, etc. I had no idea what to expect.  We talked food and wine, travel, Dropbox, and more before getting down to the wedding details.  "We definitely want to buy out CommeCa for the rehearsal dinner" said Lock, and who could blame him.

But what about the wedding? "That's at the Flamingo."

Since 1946 The Flamingo has welcomed guests to Las Vegas, and served as an iconic part of the Las Vegas landscape.  For Lindsey & Lockhart  we transformed the pool deck into the perfect wedding location, complete with floating candle barges, sequence linens, and a live band.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Since 1946 The Flamingo has welcomed guests to Las Vegas, and served as an iconic part of the Las Vegas landscape.  For Lindsey & Lockhart  we transformed the pool deck into the perfect wedding location, complete with floating candle barges, sequence linens, and a live band.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Yup.  Didn't see that one coming.  One would expect such a modern couple to be looking for the newest, the latest, and the greatest.  But that's what makes their choice of the Flamingo so genius.

Opened in 1946, the Flamingo is an iconic landmark, a part of the Las Vegas landscape that has been visited and seen by millions over the years. The grounds are lush, the animals are close enough to touch (literally, you can have your picture taken with a parrot on your shoulder, and there is the feeling that you have stepped back in time to the days of Bugsy and his crew.  Lindsey visited the property on her first trip to Vegas with her father.  She fell in love with the lights, the pink, and the trees.  Her dad told her that someday he would bring her back so she could get married there.  And so, on this day, he did.

Preparing the walk down the aisle.  Lindsey's spectacular dress is from Temperley London.  The Bouquet of peonies and garden roses was created by the in-house floral team at The Flamingo.

Preparing the walk down the aisle.  Lindsey's spectacular dress is from Temperley London.  The Bouquet of peonies and garden roses was created by the in-house floral team at The Flamingo.

I love how Lindsey loves the Flamingo for all of it's Vegas glory.  And how Lock reveals in his inner foodie, serving over SEVEN courses at their rehearsal dinner.  Their families are everything you would want them to be - fun, emotional, endearing, and real.  Their friends, a mix of intellectuals, childhood buddies, work friends, girlfriends, and hipsters - but not in that sudo ironic way, in the way of "we just are who we are".  It made for quite the fun dance party!  And please, let's not even talk about the after party!  My feet are still sore!

We set up an old-school after party in one of the ballrooms.  Hanging chandeliers, bistro lights, white tufted lounge benches, and a slideshow created by the boom gave guests a place to chill out during the toast...which was almost more of a roast. Friends took turns DJ-ing and the dance party went on way past 2 AM!

We set up an old-school after party in one of the ballrooms.  Hanging chandeliers, bistro lights, white tufted lounge benches, and a slideshow created by the boom gave guests a place to chill out during the toast...which was almost more of a roast. Friends took turns DJ-ing and the dance party went on way past 2 AM!

Lindsey and Lockhart's day was documented by their close friend and spectacular New York photographer, Corry Arnold.  And while we wait for what I know will be some incredible photos, I wanted to share a few of my own.

With my very happily married couple, Lindsey & Lockhart.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito.

With my very happily married couple, Lindsey & Lockhart.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito.

L&L, I feel like I have found two lifetime friends!  No doubt we will play together the next time you are in Vegas, and I will forever think of Lindsey whenever Prime Rib, Shrimp Cocktail, and super sugary icing cross my path!

Thank you for picking me!  I had the best time ever!

Always...

Las Vegas Wedding Planner





THE REHEARSAL

Welcome letters were written from the couple's cat, the one and only Jack Chauncey.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Welcome letters were written from the couple's cat, the one and only Jack Chauncey.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

CommeCa Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan served as the perfect location for the Rehearsal Dinner.  We started with a seated tasting menu and wine pairing for 40 guests, and then opened the patio and welcomed over 100 friends and family to the space.  And in the distance...The Flamingo.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

CommeCa Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan served as the perfect location for the Rehearsal Dinner.  We started with a seated tasting menu and wine pairing for 40 guests, and then opened the patio and welcomed over 100 friends and family to the space.  And in the distance...The Flamingo.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

CommeCa's menu featured Jumbo Prawns and Caviar, Cheese and Charcuterie, and the most incredible Steak Tartar Crostini I have ever had in my life.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito. 

CommeCa's menu featured Jumbo Prawns and Caviar, Cheese and Charcuterie, and the most incredible Steak Tartar Crostini I have ever had in my life.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito. 


LINDSEY & LOCKHART'S WEDDING - MARCH 15, 2014

Lindsey relaxing in her suite after Your Beauty Call completed her hair and make up.

Lindsey relaxing in her suite after Your Beauty Call completed her hair and make up.

Lock with his brother, who also served as his Best Man, anxiously awaiting the start of the ceremony.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Lock with his brother, who also served as his Best Man, anxiously awaiting the start of the ceremony.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Lindsey Green and Lockhart Steele!  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Lindsey Green and Lockhart Steele!  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Tables were dressed with sequence linens and topped with crystal votive holders and centerpieces of hydrangeas, roses, and anemones.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Tables were dressed with sequence linens and topped with crystal votive holders and centerpieces of hydrangeas, roses, and anemones.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

And nestled between each grouping was a Swarovski flamingo broach.  More than a few guests were spotted leaving the reception with a bird pinned to their lapels!  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

And nestled between each grouping was a Swarovski flamingo broach.  More than a few guests were spotted leaving the reception with a bird pinned to their lapels!  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Guests signed a large vintage poster of the original Flamingo, produced literally overnight by the team at Elle Gagiano and High Class Photo. Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Guests signed a large vintage poster of the original Flamingo, produced literally overnight by the team at Elle Gagiano and High Class PhotoPhoto Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Guests mingled on the upper deck as the birds dropped water into the pool.  Orbs of flowers and floating candles made the deck feel like romantic. Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Guests mingled on the upper deck as the birds dropped water into the pool.  Orbs of flowers and floating candles made the deck feel like romantic. Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Lindsey & Lockhart shared their first dance to "Where is my mind?" by The Pixies.  I love this photo!  Perfectly Vegas with the Flamingo sign and the new High Roller in the background.  A great mix of vintage and modern.  The black and white makes it just moody enough to be cool!  Notice Corry Arnold shooting in the corner.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

Lindsey & Lockhart shared their first dance to "Where is my mind?" by The Pixies.  I love this photo!  Perfectly Vegas with the Flamingo sign and the new High Roller in the background.  A great mix of vintage and modern.  The black and white makes it just moody enough to be cool!  Notice Corry Arnold shooting in the corner.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Eppolito's Instagram.

The bride requested a cake that tasted - and I quote - like a "sugary grocery store" cake.  And she got it!  The very clean and dimple design was topped with a flamingo figurine, a gift from the bride's father. 

The bride requested a cake that tasted - and I quote - like a "sugary grocery store" cake.  And she got it!  The very clean and dimple design was topped with a flamingo figurine, a gift from the bride's father. 

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!

Based in Las Vegas, and working as a destination wedding planner world wide, you can learn more at www.AndreaEppolitoEvents.com.