Lori & Brian - Wedding Arizona Inn.

Lori & Brian - Wedding Arizona Inn.

Just last month I had the ultimate pleasure - the trifecta, if you will - of planning, executing and participating in the wedding of one of my oldest and closest friends. 

When Lori Lesselroth wed Brian Notheis at the Arizona Inn, I was in full wedding overload!  Being someone's wedding planner from afar requires that you put in a lot of phone time, unlimited emails and text messages, and weekend planning sessions that feel like military operations!  The pressure I feel to give a couple everything they want and more is compounded exponentially when you have a life long history and love for the people getting married.  Throw in bridesmaid dress and a few other responsibilities, and I was truly "all in" in a way that I had never  been before.

Many, many thanks to Tony Fisher for coming along to Arizona and serving not only as my escort, but as full ground support ensuring that the space was set to perfection, that we girls had every beauty item known to man on hand, and that the timeline was executed flawlessly.  But more than that, Tony took hours of video on three different cameras (Lori & Brian passed on a traditional video) and even fluffed Lori's dress as she went down the aisle - A task that I always treasure, but could not perform as a bridesmaid!

To Reber, catering manager extraordinaire at the Arizona Inn:   you and your team were a joy and an asset to us!  The food and service were outstanding, and I could not have been luckier to work with such a spectacular team!  A special thank you for the truffles!  What a treat to find upon check in!

The historic Arizona Inn opened in 1930 and served as a hot spot for celebrities and politicians of the time.

The historic Arizona Inn opened in 1930 and served as a hot spot for celebrities and politicians of the time.

Thank you Reber & Patrick for the yummy yummy truffles.
Thank you Reber & Patrick for the yummy yummy truffles.

To Raylene Streuber and her photography team:  Your photos put mine to shame!  It's only a shame you didn't have a better looking couple!  Seriously...Are there better looking people in the world? Talk about the genetically gifted@

To Tanya Kratz of In Full Bloom:  Each and ever flower was set to perfection!  Thank you to incorporating Lori's love of books so beautifully!

The rustic, fall bouquet showcased all of the colors Lori loved so much.

The rustic, fall bouquet showcased all of the colors Lori loved so much.

And the groom's autumn boutonniere was a perfect match while still being masculine.

And the groom's autumn boutonniere was a perfect match while still being masculine.

As always, I have to share some of my favorite behind the scenes photos that I managed to snap throughout the day.  And someday soon, when I can do justice to the video, a trailer will follow.  Until then, enjoy!

Always...

The bride getting ready in her suite at the Arizona Inn.

The bride getting ready in her suite at the Arizona Inn.

Lori's vintage inspired engagement ring is not surrounded by two matching wedding bands. Brian did good! Photo by Andrea Eppolito Events.
Lori's vintage inspired engagement ring is not surrounded by two matching wedding bands. Brian did good! Photo by Andrea Eppolito Events.
Gold wedding shoes by Badgley Mischka.

Gold wedding shoes by Badgley Mischka.

The First Look - Photo by Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.

The First Look - Photo by Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.

Wedding Planner or Bridesmaid?  Thankfully, I did not have to choose!

Wedding Planner or Bridesmaid?  Thankfully, I did not have to choose!

The centerpieces incorporated books (from their meeting and engagement photos) with vintage vases and jewel toned flowers.

The centerpieces incorporated books (from their meeting and engagement photos) with vintage vases and jewel toned flowers.

The bride wrote each and ever escort card by hand.  

The bride wrote each and ever escort card by hand.  

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is often published, with works featured by the likes of Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The NY 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. Named the Best Wedding Planner in Las Vegas (2013), 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.