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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
In an unscripted moment, Miss Marci strikes a pose at Hyde Bellagio as her bridesmaids photograph the Bellagio Fountain Show.
Just a little something to take the edge off...Bellagio offers some of Las Vegas' finest cocktails!
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 a few ceremony shots! Rabbi Mel Hecht officiated the ceremony, which included both a ketubah and a unity candle.
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!
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!
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!
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.
More details to come...