Behind the Scenes at Stephanie & Justin's Wedding at The Westin Lake Las Vegas

Behind the Scenes at Stephanie & Justin's Wedding at The Westin Lake Las Vegas
Photo courtesy of JoySquad Photo Booth.

Photo courtesy of JoySquad Photo Booth.

When two passionate, fiery, and slightly obsessive compulsive Italians come together, there are bound to be fireworks!  And that is exactly what happened when the beautiful Stephanie walked into my life.  Her taste?  Flawless.  Her attention to detail?  Meticulous!  Her inspiration?  The world at large and everything in it!

Her desire to fight for the wedding of her dreams is unlike any I have ever seen before!  Together, we went toe to toe and head to head as we poured over every detail; discussing, reviewing, and designing the day over and over again until each element was exactly as it should be.

Every wedding day is filled with surprises - Those moments that don't go exactly as planned that take the air out of the room. Some of these are delightful and inspiring!  Some can knock you off of your feet.  And when the passion of the day meets the planning that came before it, these unexpected moments are the things that you remember for years to come.

J&J Photography was on hand to capture each detail, and their photos are sure to be exquisite!  But until then, I couldn't help but share a few of my own behind the scenes photos with you.

Always....


The calm before the storm!  The bride's wedding gown, veil, shoes and accessories were carefully laid out before the bridal party arrived.

The calm before the storm!  The bride's wedding gown, veil, shoes and accessories were carefully laid out before the bridal party arrived.

Beautiful gold wedding shoes with bows by Valentino.

Beautiful gold wedding shoes with bows by Valentino.

Bold shoe shot in Black and White.

Bold shoe shot in Black and White.

Personalized soles read "Mrs. Oliver"

Personalized soles read "Mrs. Oliver"

The bride wears a double halo engagement ring and wedding band by Tiffany & Co, while the groom wears Cartier.

The bride wears a double halo engagement ring and wedding band by Tiffany & Co, while the groom wears Cartier.

The maid of honor wore an ear cuff with pearl, diamond, and spiked accents.  It's the perfect combination of sweet and saucy.

The maid of honor wore an ear cuff with pearl, diamond, and spiked accents.  It's the perfect combination of sweet and saucy.

Rabbi Mel Hecht prepared the Chuppah for the interfaith ceremony on Lotus Court at The Westin Lake Las Vegas.  Flowers by Naakiti Floral.

Rabbi Mel Hecht prepared the Chuppah for the interfaith ceremony on Lotus Court at The Westin Lake Las Vegas.  Flowers by Naakiti Floral.

Bridesmaids wore pale pink dresses accented with ivory and pearl sashes.  Garden Roses were perfect for their bouquets.

Bridesmaids wore pale pink dresses accented with ivory and pearl sashes.  Garden Roses were perfect for their bouquets.

The Maid of Honor carried a small hand-tied bouquet of ivory garden roses, courtesy of Naakiti Floral.

The Maid of Honor carried a small hand-tied bouquet of ivory garden roses, courtesy of Naakiti Floral.

The bride carried a bouquet of ivory and blush roses, hydrangea, and peonies.  

The bride carried a bouquet of ivory and blush roses, hydrangea, and peonies.  

I managed to grab a photo of the photo and video teams hard at work from up above balcony.

I managed to grab a photo of the photo and video teams hard at work from up above balcony.

The rabbi spoke from his heart, and instructed Stephanie and Justin on what was to come in their marriage and life. 

The rabbi spoke from his heart, and instructed Stephanie and Justin on what was to come in their marriage and life. 

The breaking of the glass by the groom.  

The breaking of the glass by the groom.  

Mazel Tov!  The groom broke the glass as the guests cheered!

Mazel Tov!  The groom broke the glass as the guests cheered!

I love this photo of the bride and groom's first kiss.   It's a little grainy, a little moody, and a whole lotta sexy!  

I love this photo of the bride and groom's first kiss.   It's a little grainy, a little moody, and a whole lotta sexy!  

During the ceremony our teams from The Westin Lake Las Vegas and Naakiti Floral were hard at work setting up tables, steaming linens, hanging lights, and draping the gazebo.

During the ceremony our teams from The Westin Lake Las Vegas and Naakiti Floral were hard at work setting up tables, steaming linens, hanging lights, and draping the gazebo.

Each table  featured a mirrored table runner, a stunning neutral palette of florals, and candles set in mercury glass and crystal votives.

Each table  featured a mirrored table runner, a stunning neutral palette of florals, and candles set in mercury glass and crystal votives.

J&J Photography was on hand to capture the newlywed's first married moments together.

J&J Photography was on hand to capture the newlywed's first married moments together.

Posing for their formal portraits in the garden for J&J Photography.  I cannot wait to see these!

Posing for their formal portraits in the garden for J&J Photography.  I cannot wait to see these!

Justin & Stephanie Oliver.  Wedding at The Westin Lake Las Vegas.

Justin & Stephanie Oliver.  Wedding at The Westin Lake Las Vegas.

Justin & Stephanie Oliver.  Wedding at The Westin Lake Las Vegas.

Justin & Stephanie Oliver.  Wedding at The Westin Lake Las Vegas.

The bride's bouquet was just gorgeous!  And her new Cartier Love Bangle was just glimmering on her wrist!

The bride's bouquet was just gorgeous!  And her new Cartier Love Bangle was just glimmering on her wrist!

So elegant.  So timeless.  So beautiful.  The bride's Revini Gown and the groom's Zegna Tuxwedo are classics.

So elegant.  So timeless.  So beautiful.  The bride's Revini Gown and the groom's Zegna Tuxwedo are classics.

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Oliver.  Wedding at The Westin Lake Las Vegas.

Introducing Mr. & Mrs. Oliver.  Wedding at The Westin Lake Las Vegas.

The Westin Lake Las Vegas is a goregous setting for garden weddings.  Those big white lights were just stunning and so romantic.

The Westin Lake Las Vegas is a goregous setting for garden weddings.  Those big white lights were just stunning and so romantic.

The groom blessed the bread and sliced it for his family and friends.

The groom blessed the bread and sliced it for his family and friends.

The first dance took place on a white dance floor topped with the couple's monogram in a steel grey.

The first dance took place on a white dance floor topped with the couple's monogram in a steel grey.

Guests joined the new Mr. & Mrs. Oliver on the floor and kept the party going to the sounds of The Lucky Devils Band.

Guests joined the new Mr. & Mrs. Oliver on the floor and kept the party going to the sounds of The Lucky Devils Band.

The cutting of the cake, made by Peridot Sweets.

The cutting of the cake, made by Peridot Sweets.

Oh, what a night!  A panoramic view of the reception filled with big white lights and a packed dance floor!

Oh, what a night!  A panoramic view of the reception filled with big white lights and a packed dance floor!

Congratulations Stephanie and Justin - We wish you a lifetime of laughter, happiness, and above all else....Love.

Congratulations Stephanie and Justin - We wish you a lifetime of laughter, happiness, and above all else....Love.

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.