Chelsie + Alex European Garden Inspired Wedding in Las Vegas
Bride and groom photographed at night between two two gates. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

Chelsie and Alex are an old fashion couple who met in a thoroughly modern manner; they were matched!

After having found one another, the two quickly fell in love; finding that they shared many beliefs and traditions despite their varying backgrounds. Chelsie, a Cuban Catholic from a strict and traditional family, is a lawyer for the energy company. Alex, the groom, is of Russia decent.  He is a hard-working entrepreneur who made his way through the city of Las Vegas by owning various companies and serving as an advisor to others. Together, they share a deep commitment to family, and wanted a wedding that would reflect the best parts of both cultures, while also celebrating the life that they were building together.

The wedding invitations were wrapped in laser cut gates, and secured with dark silver ribbons and jeweled broaches. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito planned this wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Engagement ring and groom's wedding band. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

Having hosted and attended more events in hotels than she could count, the bride asked for a venue that was off strip and spacious. Her desire to host a twilight ceremony outdoors was at the foreground of our venue selection. She didn't want anything that felt "produced" or that spoke to the city. Instead, she asked for something bucolic, with a wide open sky.  With a very clear vision, Cheslie sought to create a ceremony space that felt at once both modern and European, soft and pretty. The grounds of the Red Rock Country Club were perfect for this! Elevated above the city in the exclusive community of Summerlin, Red Rock Country Club offered privacy and luxury alongside wide open grounds of green grass set along side the mansions and clubhouse of the community. As soon as she saw it, Chelsie knew that this was the only venue that she would get married at.

A european garden inspired wedding was made modern and fresh with white furniture and a high gloss aisle.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito planned this wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

Having decided early on that the groom would handle the menu and music, Chelsie was free to focus on the two most important things to her; her dress and the decor. She tapped the team at Panache Bridal in Beverly Hills to customize her Allure Couture gown with the addition of Swarovski beading and soft lace sleeves. Her style was completed with a cathedral length lace trimmed veil and a pair of Jimmy Choo kitten heels for a glamorous look.

Allure Couture Wedding Gown customized with the addition of sleeves and hand placed Swarovski crystals. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.  
Tall brides looking for short heels love these Jimmy Choo bridal shoes. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

To ensure that her very large bridal party looked just as gorgeous as she did, the bride selected long beaded grey and pewter beaded dresses from Saks 5th Avenue for her bridesmaids who carried bundles of wild garden flowers. The six flower girls were the picture of garden fairy perfection in ivory, blush, and pink tulle gowns accented with feathers. 

Bridesmaids dressed in grey sequence gowns help the bride get dressed.  Bridesmaids wore beaded pewter dresses by Saks 5th Avenue and carried bundles of wild garden flowers. 
The bridal party included 6 flower girls dresses as garden fairies in tulle and feathered dresses. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
The bride was surrounded by her 10 bridesmaids in silver beaded dresses and her 6 flower girls dressed in tulle.  Bridesmaids wore beaded pewter dresses by Saks 5th Avenue and carried bundles of wild garden flowers. 

The groom wore a traditional tuxedo by Hugo Boss, and ensured that his groomsmen looked sharp and polished in their matching tuxedos. 

The groom added cufflinks to his Hugo Boss tuxedo. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
The groom wore a classic tuxedo by Hugo Boss. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
A large bridal party with 10 groomsmen in Hugo Boss tuxedos. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

The team at By Dzign was entrusted with bringing Chelsie's vision to life. While she loved the open spaces of Red Rock Country Club grounds, she ultimately decided that she wanted a bit of more intimacy. Large green hedges dotted with white open roses were brought in along with wrought iron gates that created intimacy and elegance. A high gloss white lead to an elevated white stage set with a blush table, white provincial chairs, and a hanging chandelier.  

Gate at a wedding ceremony with the couple's monogram in flowers. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Garden inspired wedding with wrought iron gates, green hedges, and a white hard aisle. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

Garden inspired wedding with wrought iron gates, green hedges, and a white hard aisle. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

Gate at a wedding ceremony with the couple's monogram in flowers.Garden inspired wedding with wrought iron gates, green hedges, and a white hard aisle. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Live string trio playing at an outdoor wedding. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

The groom entered through the gates with his best man, and the bridal party followed to the sounds of a live string trio.  After being walked down the aisle by both her mother and father, Chelsie and Alex were married in a traditional Catholic-inspired wedding ceremony, which included a lasso ceremony and the exchange of gold coins.

Groom enters ceremony with his best man through monogrammed gates.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Bride walked down the aisle by mom and dad. 
Large trees lined the aisle of the ceremony, complimenting the white stage and the garden inspired wedding. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
A lasso ceremony and gold coins in a traditional Cuban Catholic wedding ceremony. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito planned this wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Garden style wedding ceremony at Red Rock Country Club.  Flower walls and hedges and cherry blossom trees added privacy. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

My groom Alex is quite the foodie and wanted the menu to reflect not only his own personal preferences, but to incorporate traditional Russian elements such as soup, iced seafoods, and a raw bar with lots of shots. Through tasting after tasting, Chelsie and Alex worked closely with the team at Red Rock Country Club to ensure that every item, passed or plated, met their exact specifications. From the cut of meat to the style of sauce, and even the vessels that the soup was served in, no detail was overlooked in their quest for culinary perfection. Ice carvings, roasted vegetable platters, and a series of passed hors d'oeuvres were served to the guests, along with an open bar.

Welcome sign at luxury wedding in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

Welcome sign at luxury wedding in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

Ice carving raw bar in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Raw bar at Las Vegas wedding on an ice carving. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

Having not seen one another before the wedding, Chelsie and Alex enjoyed a few moments alone before joining their bridal party for portraits on the grounds.

Fun bridal party portraits. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Bridal portrait between two monogrammed gates. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Photo of groom between two gates taken at night.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Bride and Groom photographed between gates with floral monograms.  Initials made of cream roses.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

I love when we are able to give the bride and groom a private reveal of their wedding reception.  Chelsie and Alex marveled at seeing their ideas come to life.  They were captivated by the chandeliers, the towering cherry blossom installations, and the mix of linens that dressed the table. Soft pink lighting and a monogrammed gobo were provided by LED Unplugged. 

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Long tables were topped with golden candles and tall centerpieces with cherry blossoms.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
A flower wall sits behind the head table.  The white dance floor has a gobo light monogram. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Printed Table Numbers sit on gold stands.   Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
The sweetheart table had fancy white chairs and blush sequence linen. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Long tables featured alternating place settings. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Alternate round and long tables for an interesting seating. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Tall centerpieces made of roses and hydrangea were set on the round tables.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito poses with a bride and groom at their luxury wedding. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

After guests were seated, the couple took to the center of the room for their first choreographed dance to "Et Tu n'Existias Pais".  A series of toasts followed before guests enjoyed their multicourse dinner.

Choreographed first dance in Las Vegas.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

While the guests were busy with their meal, the bride slipped out and changed into a short and flirty gown by Pronovias.  Her Jimmy Choos were traded in for Manolo Blahniks, and her hair was tussled a bit for a sexier nighttime look. She reemerged to toss her bouquet to the single ladies hoping to be next.

Bride tosses bouquet. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Bride wears second reception dress for dancing. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito designed this luxury wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

As midnight approached, salsa dancers took to the floor ushering in a traditional "Hora Loca "where the guests go crazy with hats, sunglasses, beats and an assortment of other props. They danced into the early morning.  

The Hora Loca is a traditional Cuban dance meant to keep the party going and bring guests to the dance floor. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito planned this wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Wedding guests were entertained by sexy salsa dancers. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito planned this wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

Well, almost everyone danced!  The poor little flower girls fell asleep on a couch!

Flowergirls sleeping at a wedding.  Some kids just can't hang! Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito planned this wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Share your wedding hashtag on a sign or poster. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito planned this wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Personalized Wine Bottle Favors.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito planned this wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

The bride and groom cut the cake and shared a sweet treat with their guests, all of whom received personalized bottles of wine and hand crafted chocolates.  Then, as the finale, our couple exited through a sea of sparklers.

Metallic Silver Wedding Cake with Blush Roses. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito planned this wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
A Sparkler Exit for the bride and groom. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito planned this wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.
Writing with sparklers at a wedding. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito planned this wedding at Red Rock Country Club. By Dzign handled the decor shot by wedding photographer Ella Gagiano.

It's always a treat to work with local couples, and over the course of planning Chelsie and I enjoyed many a lunch and coffee date together. I feel so lucky to have had her as a bride, and look forward to keeping in touch with her and seeing the life that she and Alex build together.

Don't you just adore this ceremony set up?  Leave your comments below and I'll be sure to share them with the newlyweds!

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Many Thanks to Our Venue and Vendors:

Las Vegas Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito

Wedding Venue: Red Rock Country Club

Wedding Cake: Peridot Sweets

Officiant: Reverend Peter B

Decorator: By Dzign

Photography: Ella Gagiano Studios

Videography: Rex Windam

DJ Music: Patrick Labatte

Live Music: Elegant Strings

Spanish Guitar: RJ Fox

Hora Loca: Mariel Figueroa

Lighting: LED Unplugged

Hair & Make Up: La Bella Mafia

Wedding Dresses: Allure Couture & Pronovias

Wedding Salon: Panache of Beverly Hills

Shoes: Jimmy Choo & Manolo Blahnik

Bridesmaids: Saks

Stationery: Cartalia UK

Groom's Tuxedo: Hugo Boss

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.