"A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache."
~ Catherine the Great
This is not the blog that I thought I would be writing, nor the blog that my bride wanted me to write. But I believe that the truth is always enough, and this beautiful wedding is just that....Beautiful.
From the moment Jennifer and I began planning her wedding, she had a vision of walking over the calm waters of the Mandarin Oriental pool, taking her vows in front of a towering hedge wall, and dancing the night away with her family and friends. When an unrelenting wind storm swept those dreams away, I promised Jennifer and Aaron three things: 1. They would walk across that bridge together.....2. That they would stand in front of that hedge wall while taking their vows...3. That they would have the most killer portraits that anyone had ever seen.
And with that, we re-imagined their wedding day, doing things that we never could have done otherwise!
The most important thing to me as their wedding planner was that nothing felt "less than" for them. Jennifer and Aaron have a once-in-a-lifetime kind of connection, and deserved nothing short of that in terms of their wedding day. Knowing that the two share a love of wine, I was able to relocated their first-look to a private wine tower suspended over TWIST Restaurant. I'm fairly certain that they are the only couple to ever have been photographed there! The welcome reception, originally scheduled to take place on the upper pool deck, was moved to the ultra-exclusive Tea Lounge 23 stories above The Strip. And the ceremony and reception were both brought inside to the gorgeously appointed Mandarin Ballroom, complete with bubble chandeliers and a wrap around balcony.
Despite this change in venue, we stayed true to the original vision of the day. Our monogrammed hedge wall was placed in the ballroom, with soft amber uplights and an aisle lined with roses. During the cocktail hour, Jennifer took her hair down, vamped up her make up, and stepped out ready for a party. My bride and groom entered the ballroom together, danced to standards by Frank Sinatra, and cut their cake before being toasted and feasting on a multi-course dinner. Later, as the music swelled and the dance floor filled up, the new Mr. and Mrs. Williamson took to the balcony, in awe of the fact that they were truly newly wed.
I gasped the first time that I saw these photos. Literally, I was breathless. The portraits are so magnificent. The wind brought us so much drama and life. And every guest is smiling in a way that I rarely see.
Because in the end, it didn't matter where Jennifer and Aaron stood to take their vows; they were in a world of their own, together. Their love, their strength, and their absolute commitment to one another in the face of anything and everything set the tone for an unforgettable wedding...
Not in spite of what happened, but because of it.
For some photo-magic and sorcery, check out AltF's Blog as written by John Michael Cooper.
To my partners, my teammates, and my friends...You are the true champions of the day. I am forever in awe of you all.
WEDDING PLANNING & EVENT DESIGN • Andrea Eppolito Events, PHOTOGRAPHY • AltF Photography, FLORAL AND DECOR DESIGN & PRODUCTION •Destinations by Design, CATERING • Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, STATIONERY DESIGN • Shop Annabells, BRIDE’S GOWNS •P'Nina Tornai by Kleinfeld, SHOES • Christian Louboutins, FILM • Something New Films, Beauty Amelia C & Co, Bridge • Stagehouse LV, Music • DJ Mike Fox, Officiant William McFarland