Guests mingle in a stunning, elegant outdoor setting. Photo courtesy of Shelter-co.

Guests mingle in a stunning, elegant outdoor setting. Photo courtesy of Shelter-co.

Perhaps it's the idea that everything that can be done has been done, the collective return to the outdoors that our society has been experiencing, Sean Parker's woodland wonder, or the current interest in all things Matthew McConaughey since his tour du force performance in the Dallas Buyer's Club, but I find that more and more couples are pulling their weddings out of the ballroom, with a desire to thrust them deep into nature.  Couples don't want a magical night, they want a weekend.  These lovers are seeking to forgo the pomp and circumstance of the receiving line and seating chart in favor of the more organic, rustic chic, family style experience that would allow them to embrace their guests and share a wide range of experiences with them in a locale that it off the beaten path.  And yet, they don't want to give up the finer things in life, the creature comforts that they have worked so hard for and love.

Guests enjoy gorgeous food in a family-style setting. Photo courtesy of Shelter-co.com.

Guests enjoy gorgeous food in a family-style setting. Photo courtesy of Shelter-co.com.

Let me warn you - these soft, pretty weddings that seem to happen so naturally and without effort are actually more of a production than you know! To really do this well you need to work with a team of professionals.  Not only to remove the red tape (which, strangely enough, has tied up most of the great outdoors!) but to give you access to ideas and equipment, labor, chefs, food, and activities.

Shelter-co.com can help plan weddings, bachelor(ette) weekends, and family reunions. Photo Courtesy of Shelter-co.com.

Shelter-co.com can help plan weddings, bachelor(ette) weekends, and family reunions. Photo Courtesy of Shelter-co.com.

Interested in this type of wedding?  Allow me to introduce you to Shelter Co. - a company which was born out of the nostalgia of summer camp and a deep love of California's landscape, which ranges from beachy to mountainous terrain.  Armed with a selection of spacious, well appointed tents and a series of decor options, Shelter Co. partners with venues throughout California, Texas, and New York to offer "glamping" (Read: glamorous camping) experiences to grips large and small.

Imagine spending your days here – both before & after the wedding. Photo courtesy of Shelter-co.com.

Imagine spending your days here – both before & after the wedding. Photo courtesy of Shelter-co.com.

Shelter Co will design the perfect "community" built of luxury tents, appoint them with furnishings and decorate the area with customized accent pieces.  Everything from food, beverages, S'Mores, activities and down time can be arranged.

Then, for the wedding day, their staff will work to set up both your ceremony and reception, giving you the romantic woodland feel you desire without sacrificing the luxury you deserve.

A woodland wedding is both cozy and romantic. Photo courtesy of Shelter-co.com.

A woodland wedding is both cozy and romantic. Photo courtesy of Shelter-co.com.

This well dressed tent makes an excellent bridal suite. Photo courtesy of Shelter-co.com.

This well dressed tent makes an excellent bridal suite. Photo courtesy of Shelter-co.com.

I am so looking forward to working with my friends at Shelter-co!  For more information, visit them at www.shelter-co.com, or contact me directly to book your wedding!

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Starting pricing from Shlter-co.com as of January 2014.

Starting pricing from Shlter-co.com as of January 2014.

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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.