Bringing the Outdoors In  |  Jennifer & Aaron

"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.

Always...

Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

Black and White photo of the couple's rings and the bride's wedding vows.  Photo by AltF Photography.
Invitations with P'Nina Tornai lace edging.  Photo by AltF Photography.
P'Nina Tornai Lace Wedding Gown.  Photo by AltF Photography.
Bridal Accessories by Kate Spade and Rent the Runway.
Lovely Loubies.  Rose printed Christian Louboutins.  http://www.earth13.com/weddings/aaron-and-jennifer/
getting ready portraits. Hair and Make Up by Amelia C & Co. Photo by AltF. 
Bridesmaids in matching silk robes.  http://www.earth13.com/weddings/aaron-and-jennifer/
Jennifer in P'Nina Tornai lace gown.  Getting ready with the mother of the bride.  Image by AltF.
Mother Daughter Moment.  Getting Ready. Image by AltF.
Groom looking out the window. Image by AltF.
Bridal Portrait of Jennifer Beasley in P'Nina Tornai. Image by AltF.
First look in a floating wine tower at TWIST at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. 
Fist look in a wine tower at TWIST Las Vegas.  Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Wedding at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.  Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Dramatic Bridal Party Portrait in front of the God Wall at Mandarin Oriental.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Bride and groom on bridge over the pool at the Mandarin Oriental.  Windy Wedding Photos.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Bridal Back of the Dress.  Low cut, backless P'Nina Tornai lace sheath dress.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Bridal Portrait in P'Nina Tornai Wedding Gown. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Bad Ass Sexy Wedding Photos.  Damn Gina!  John Michael Cooper shut in down with this amazing photo.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
bride in P'Nina Tornai Lace Wedding Gown.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Hedge wall inside a ballroom.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.  Floral by DBD Vegas.
Making it work - When weather forces you to relocate your wedding.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Fist Kiss at Mandarin Oriental. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Wedding Reception at Mandarin Oriental. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
First Dance at Mandarin Oriental.. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Black and White photo of First Dance
Cutting the cake. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
The bride feeds the groom.  Wedding cake cutting at Mandarin Oriental. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Printed Menu and Wedding Cake on Gold Linen. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Wedding Toasts.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
The groom watches as the bride dances with her father.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Scotch and cigars on the balcony of the Mandarin Oriental Ballroom. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Bride & groom triumphant on their windy wedding day at Mandarin Oriental. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Dance party at wedding. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Packed dance floor at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Wedding. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Bride and Groom take a dip at the wedding. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Last Dance to remix of Don't Stop Believin' at Mandarin Oriental. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Last Dance. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.

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. 


CREDITS:

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 AnnabellsBRIDE’S GOWNS •P'Nina Tornai by KleinfeldSHOES • Christian Louboutins FILM • Something New Films, Beauty Amelia C & Co, Bridge • Stagehouse LV, Music • DJ Mike Fox, Officiant William McFarland

For the couple who LOVE snapchat....Wedding photos with doggie filter. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Windy Wedding Photo with Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Image by AltF.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito with bride and groom at Mandarin Oriental.  Image by AltF.

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.