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.
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.
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.
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.
The groom wore a traditional tuxedo by Hugo Boss, and ensured that his groomsmen looked sharp and polished in their matching tuxedos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well, almost everyone danced! The poor little flower girls fell asleep on a couch!
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.
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!
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
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!
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