With my husband at Gordon Ramsey Steakhouse in the Paris Hotel - The perfect birthday dinner.

With my husband at Gordon Ramsey Steakhouse in the Paris Hotel - The perfect birthday dinner.

Oh my God!  I blinked and suddenly...It's the end of January!  I am horrified by the lack of blog posts, but I promise that I had good reason! 

Aside from that nasty flu and cold that landed in my house and has yet to fully depart, this month has been a whirlwind of activity!  First, we celebrated the New Year and my birthday...Years ago the numbers on the cake were smaller, and the parties were bigger.  But I wouldn't change a moment!

Then, I started what I like to all my Tour d' Tasting!  For the record, I've gained 7 pounds with no signs of stopping!  It all began at N9NE Steakhouse.  Tonight is the big re-opening, but my when I met my fabulous grooms Rocco and Marek to discuss their wedding in Puerta Vallarta!  We kicked  it old school with S'Mores.  Yummy yummy goodness!

N9NE Steakhouse S'Mores - One of my favorite desserts.

N9NE Steakhouse S'Mores - One of my favorite desserts.

Then I was off to the Westin Lake Las Vegas, where Amy, Eric & I dined on a five course lunch presented by Ronnie Anderson and his team of culinary experts.  There were hors d'oeuvres, salad, soup, short ribs, pasta, cake, and more!  But that was only the beginning!

Hors d'Oeuvres from The Westin Lake Las Vegas.

Hors d'Oeuvres from The Westin Lake Las Vegas.

First, we started with L&L - my incredibly cool couple from New York determined to do it their way!  We've decided to hold back on the good stuff as not to set off a spoiler alert, but I can share this:

Comme Ca Las Vegas - Wedding Tasting Menu.

Comme Ca Las Vegas - Wedding Tasting Menu.

Comme Ca Las Vegas - Tasting Cocktail.

Comme Ca Las Vegas - Tasting Cocktail.

Hand Crafted Cocktails at Comme Ca Las Vegas and Beer Tastings with the Bride to Be, Lindsey.

Hand Crafted Cocktails at Comme Ca Las Vegas and Beer Tastings with the Bride to Be, Lindsey.

Sneak Peek at the Wedding Venue Flamingo Pool.  Lindsey could not be more excited about the #idosofmarch.

Sneak Peek at the Wedding Venue Flamingo Pool.  Lindsey could not be more excited about the #idosofmarch.

I know that you are supposed to just "taste" but when the food is this good, sometimes you just have to EAT!  And the one thing that the bride asked for last-minute was a super traditional, white frosted cake that was extra sugary and especially delicious.  As always, our pastry chef obliged!  It was almost too much, which is what made it just right!

By far the most sugary-sweet cake I have ever tasted. Inspired by a grocery store near you!

By far the most sugary-sweet cake I have ever tasted. Inspired by a grocery store near you!

On the heels of four days of back to back tastings I paused for a "How ya doing?" lunch with my local bride, Michelle.  Having a local foodie as a client definitely has it's perks!  And on this day, we found ourselves at Honey Salt sharing the most delicious bread pudding ever served!

Bread Pudding at Honey Salt Las Vegas

Bread Pudding at Honey Salt Las Vegas

I stopped eating for a night to do a wedding - more to come on that!  All I can say for now is WOW! The One80 Suite at the Red Rock Hotel is unlike anything I have ever seen!  Here's a little preview.  And, yes, that is the leg of Elvis in the top corner!

Bridget & Adam stole a moment alone while Elvis performed at their wedding in the One80 Suite at Red Rock Casino.

Bridget & Adam stole a moment alone while Elvis performed at their wedding in the One80 Suite at Red Rock Casino.

Back to the food - Michelle & Michael invited me to join them at their tasting with Shelly Sampson at Siena Golf Course.

More wedding tastings...Hors d'Oeuvres at Siena Golf Course.

More wedding tastings...Hors d'Oeuvres at Siena Golf Course.

Gorgonzola Crusted Filet and Whipped Potatoes at Siena Golf Course.

Gorgonzola Crusted Filet and Whipped Potatoes at Siena Golf Course.

And let us not forget the cake!  On two separate trips to Peridot Sweets I tasted cakes in every flavor, fillings in every combination, and berry abound!  We talked fondant and butter cream, naked cakes and upside down mysteries.  In the end, we have two wedding cakes and a very splashy groom's cake coming our way in the next few months!

Naked Cake Chocolate and Marscapone Filling from Peridot Sweets.  This flavor combination is everything.

Naked Cake Chocolate and Marscapone Filling from Peridot Sweets.  This flavor combination is everything.

Cake & Coffee at Peridot Sweets.

Cake & Coffee at Peridot Sweets.

And after all of this, I settled in for a few well deserved cocktails with my lovely (and very patient!) husband and our friends....

Herbal Cocktails at Gordon Ramsey Steakhouse.  

Herbal Cocktails at Gordon Ramsey Steakhouse.  

When BAM!  This arrives at the door!  It's Eleni's Decorate Your Own Cookie Care Package - showing that truly the goodness of Engage! never ends!

Elenis' Decorate Your Own Cookie Care Package.

Elenis' Decorate Your Own Cookie Care Package.

It is kid-fun approved and adorable!  Such a great way to invite someone to be a part of your wedding party, and an even better treat for the little ones coming to the big party!

Totally Boy approved!

Totally Boy approved!

If it feels like a whirl wind of wedding planning, cake tasting, over eating and insanity, that's because it was!  But I have to say that my couples all rock!  I get to work with the coolest couples in the world, get to eat the best food, in the most stunning venues...I am feeling very grateful right now!  This whole ride is a dream come true for me!  And so to those that spent the month with me...Thank you!  And to those who missed me - or just thought I was OOO - I'm back!

Stay tuned in the next few weeks as I FINALLY share the professional photos from last season's weddings, introduce a few new couples, and share my thoughts on everything from the tipping point (is there a point?!?) to what makes me different!

Always...

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.