Setting the Stage for a surprise proposal at Sushi Roku.  Photo by Joe Hewitt. 

Setting the Stage for a surprise proposal at Sushi Roku.  Photo by Joe Hewitt. 

The town touted as The Wedding Capital of the World is currently enjoying newfound popularity as a great destination for the all important moment that comes long before the wedding: The Proposal. 

Grooms-to-Be not only have the advantage of a variety of locations in which to propose (top of the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, or in a private room) as well as the assistance of knowledgeable professionals who specializing in creating the perfect proposal.  Additionally, Las Vegas offers two other benefits: An environment comfortable to men, and the element of surprise. After all, tell your girlfriend that you are taking her to Paris for the weekend, and she’s going to bank on a proposal. Suggest that the two of you get away to Vegas for a few days, gambling, drinks, and dancing come to mind. A ring very well may be the last thing she is expecting.

Sushi Roku's Private Dining Room was ideal for the surprise proposal.  

Sushi Roku's Private Dining Room was ideal for the surprise proposal.  

That is, of course, unless you tip your hand.

Take Heather Wolff and Bill Maxwell. Bill first approached me about orchestrating a surprise proposal for Heather a few months back. After three years together, the time had come to ask for her hand, and Bill wanted to make the moment as romantic and personal as could be. Working together in secret calls in the early morning, late night, and on weekends, the perfect proposal was in place. It was set to be a complete surprise to the unknowing Heather, until Bill sent her to get her nails done.

“I’m not glamorous,” explains Heather, “and I never do things like this for myself, so when Bill insisted that I get my nails done for our Vegas vacation I started thinking that this may be it.”

Bill Maxwell spent weeks planning his surprise proposal to Heather.  

Bill Maxwell spent weeks planning his surprise proposal to Heather.  

The plan was foiled...Or was it? In an effort to through Heather off, Bill and I had to plan an entirely new dinner, with a new (although slightly disappointing) surprise. With the help of our friends at the David Burke Restaurant, Heather and Bill were greeted one night prior to their engagement with the best table of the house and champagne upon arrival. General Manager Marissa Scarpulla personally oversaw their entire dining experience, cautioning them to save room for dessert since they had “something special” coming. Dessert arrived on a plate with “LOVE” written out on it in chocolate, Bill gave a touching speech about how he wanted to make their weekend getaway special, and as a surprise just for her he reached into his pocket and pulled out...Tickets to see LOVE at The Mirage. Sensing her disappointment Bill explained that with the economy the way it is he simply could not afford an engagement ring, but let her know that he loved her, and he promised that they could begin looking soon.

The next evening the two arrived at Sushi Roku for dinner, and were waiting for their table in the bar. We talked about their weekend, their future plans, and when Bill stepped away to take a faux work call I mentioned that we had a wedding about to come in to our private room. Ever the Bride-to-Be, Heather jumped at the chance to get a sneak preview of the space.

The bride to be was shocked to find her boyfriend (soon to be fiancé) on one knee.  

The bride to be was shocked to find her boyfriend (soon to be fiancé) on one knee.  

Will you marry me?

Will you marry me?

Engagement Photo by Joe Hewitt. 

Engagement Photo by Joe Hewitt. 

The doors opened, revealing an aisle way of thousands of rose petals, sparkling votive candles, and Swarovski crystals. Waiting at the end was Bill, dropping to bended knee with ring in hand. A photographer and videographer captured the moment as Heather offered her right hand, instead of her left, in a flurry of excitement. Once Heather accepted his proposal Bill stepped aside the reveal a table set for two, dressed in rose petals, shimmering candles, and gothic candelabra. Set into menu cases boards were letters from both Bill and Heather’s parents, along with a poem dedication and a photo from early in their relationship.

Getting engaged in Las Vegas - Congratulations Heather & Bill.

Getting engaged in Las Vegas - Congratulations Heather & Bill.

“The single guys are telling me I set the bar pretty high, and they’re hating me for that right now, which I kind of like,” Bill says. “I wanted to make the moment as perfect as I could for her, and just seeing her face when she walked into the room made it all the hard work worth it.”

Champagne and sushi for two followed set next to sweeping views of The Strip courtesy of Sushi Roku, Las Vegas.

Always... 

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Getting Engaged in Las Vegas

Getting Engaged in Las Vegas

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.

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