Sharing a moment with Marci and Mike…Otherwise known as the new Dr. & Dr. Pugnale! Photo by Andrea Eppolito Events.

Sharing a moment with Marci and Mike…Otherwise known as the new Dr. & Dr. Pugnale! Photo by Andrea Eppolito Events.

Beshert.  One of my all time favorite words.  It's yiddish and essentially means something that is destined, preordained or divinely crafted.  It's most often used in terms of love, when one has finally "met their beshert," their life partner, the other half of the broken eggshell with whom they will find love and fulfillment.  And so this is the perfect word with which to begin our story about Marci and Mike, and also how I came into their lives! 

Not long ago I was lucky enough to work with a darling couple, Kaitrin & Jason, from Chicago.  At the end of the night, the groom's aunt told me that she would see me soon since I was "doing the Neidich wedding".  Um...no I wasn't!  But one beautiful wedding and few phone calls later, and there I was!  The mother of the bride, Beth, hired me as a wedding present to help ensure that her daughter, Marci, was able to have the wedding of her dreams AND pass her surgical boards all at the same time!  And so, just like the love story between Marci & Mike, our relationship was beshert!

The wedding was set to take place at one of the few locations that feels like my home-away-from-home - The beautiful Bellagio!  Having opened the property as a wedding planner in 1998, and then returned to assist with Hyde Bellagio many years later, I have a deep, personal connection to the space.  Being there just feels right, and with the addition of Ron Miller Photography, Cashman Video, the Saints & Sinners band, Naakiti Floral and ADD Hair & Make Up there was no doubt that this would be a wedding unlike any other.

Marci & Mike wed on the gorgeous Grand Patio of Bellagio. Floral and decor by Naakiti Floral. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Marci & Mike wed on the gorgeous Grand Patio of Bellagio. Floral and decor by Naakiti Floral. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

I always take a ton of photos and videos at my weddings.  I have to - It's an obsession!  And so while we wait for the finishing touched to be placed on Marci & Mike's photos from the talented Ron Miller, let me take you through the day and share with you a few "behind the scenes" images so that you can see the day through my eyes.

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A little bit of bling and a whole lot of sexy red soles!

A little bit of bling and a whole lot of sexy red soles!

Is there anything sexier than a red soled shoe?!? Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Is there anything sexier than a red soled shoe?!? Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Details, details, details. Shoes by Louboutin. Bag by Nordstrom. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Details, details, details. Shoes by Louboutin. Bag by Nordstrom. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

For some other pair of shoes this may be overkill, but seriously...How amazing and sexy were these shoes!?!?  I am all about gold and love that Marci went all kinds of glamorous with this tone!

When the groom is as classy and elegant as JFK Jr. only a white bow tie will do! Fancy! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

When the groom is as classy and elegant as JFK Jr. only a white bow tie will do! Fancy! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

I don't want to give too much away, but the groom was absolutely dashing in his custom fit Hugo Boss tuxedo and white bow tie!

Every now and then you get an amazing photo of the photographer! That’s Ron Miller taking bridal portraits. Photo by Brian Derck.

Every now and then you get an amazing photo of the photographer! That’s Ron Miller taking bridal portraits. Photo by Brian Derck.

Because you never see what goes on behind the scenes and what it takes to make an amazing photo!  Note to light on the bottom right, the flash, the angle - It's all art!

The bridesmaids all wore floor length black gowns they selected for themselves. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

The bridesmaids all wore floor length black gowns they selected for themselves. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

A little sneak peek of the bridal party.  Marci allowed her girls to wear the floor length black gown of their choice, making for an elegant and dramatic look.

Oh, that dress! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Oh, that dress! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

In an unscripted moment, Miss Marci strikes a pose at Hyde Bellagio as her bridesmaids photograph the Bellagio Fountain Show.

A drink and a ring. Who could ask for more?

A drink and a ring. Who could ask for more?

Just a little something to take the edge off...Bellagio offers some of Las Vegas' finest cocktails!

It’s all about the details! Sequenced votives from Naaktiti Floral kept the gold tone front and center.

It’s all about the details! Sequenced votives from Naaktiti Floral kept the gold tone front and center.

No detail was overlooked in the design and decor of the wedding.  Repeating the gold tones in multiple places throughout the day made a tremendous impact.  Guests certainly came away with a sense of who Marci and Mike are as a couple.

Just…wow! Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Location: The Grand Patio at Bellagio Las Vegas.

Just…wow! Photo by Andrea Eppolito. Location: The Grand Patio at Bellagio Las Vegas.

Something made her smile! I love that Marci turned to check in with her guests! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Something made her smile! I love that Marci turned to check in with her guests! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

You may kiss the bride! Dr. & Dr. Pugnale! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

You may kiss the bride! Dr. & Dr. Pugnale! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Just a few ceremony shots!  Rabbi Mel Hecht officiated the ceremony, which included both a ketubah and a unity candle.

The adorable flower girl cheering in delight at the first kiss! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

The adorable flower girl cheering in delight at the first kiss! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

I know that the unknown of a child at a wedding can be scary, but I love when children are included!  Aside from the fact that they are darling and adorable, it's those little moments of life that really make the day special!

Look closely at the escort cards. They are all personalized with cute little saying! And the striped table cloth is to die for! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Look closely at the escort cards. They are all personalized with cute little saying! And the striped table cloth is to die for! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

The escort card table stood out with a striped table cloth, cool, personalized cards, and lush flower arrangements by Naakiti Floral.  It was at once both elegant and whimsical!

Custom Stationary Suite – Each piece told a part of the story. The program was designed by the Groom! Photo by Andrea Eppolito

Custom Stationary Suite – Each piece told a part of the story. The program was designed by the Groom! Photo by Andrea Eppolito

Each guest was greeted with a personalized Thank You Card from the Bride & Groom. Photo by Brian Derck.  

Each guest was greeted with a personalized Thank You Card from the Bride & Groom. Photo by Brian Derck.

 

As much as I love technology, there is nothing like real paper!  Just something about the texture, the way it feels in your hand and even the smell!  Finding a bride as obsessed with paper as I am was a real treat!  Marci had a definitive direction for her stationary suite - making sure that each piece was stellar enough to stand on it's own, but that together they told a story and complimented each other.  That gorgeous program with all of the silhouettes?  Designed by the Groom himself!

Sandblasted manzanita branch trees were dripping in orchids and crystals. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

Sandblasted manzanita branch trees were dripping in orchids and crystals. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

More delicious details…Gold beaded charger plates, gold rimmed votives and silver frames. Crystals and orchids dripped from the centerpieces. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

More delicious details…Gold beaded charger plates, gold rimmed votives and silver frames. Crystals and orchids dripped from the centerpieces. Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

And one final sneak peek into the wedding of Marci & Mike...And one yummy detail that we could not overlook...CAKE!  Multiple cakes, actually!  A tower of individual cupcakes decorated in edible gold leaving, "P" for Pugnale, and sugared fondants lead up to a square topped cake that the bride and groom were able to cut.

Marci’s bouquet rested beside the cupcake tower – Just waiting to be devoured! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.  

Marci’s bouquet rested beside the cupcake tower – Just waiting to be devoured! Photo by Andrea Eppolito.

 

More details to come...

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.