Janylle Radden married Zach Alter at The Westin Lake Las Vegas.
Wedding Planning & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito | Images by AltF Photography - All Rights Reserved.
The defining moment of this wedding came when our couple exchanged their own vows. The bride, Janylle, ended hers its “It will always be us”. The groom, Zach, laughed as he started his, strangely enough, with the exact same words: It will always be us.
Throughout the planning process and all that life placed in front of Janylle and Zach, they never lost sight of who they are as a couple, who they wanted to be, and why they were doing this. It’s a gorgeous wedding, but a better love story.
But first, there was planning to be done!
"I don't know how to explain this, but all I keep thinking is I want Pelican Hill meets Ibiza," the bride, Janylle Radden, told me the first time we spoke. "I don't even know what that means." Fortunately for Janylle, I got it. "You want to start off as Olivia Pope and end the night like Beyonce. You want elegance and class and timeless glamour that leads to a wild and sexy party."
Pelican Hill meets Ibiza. Done and Done.
Janylle and Zach met one afternoon in a dive bar in Arizona. The bride, having recently relocated, stopped in for a drink with a girlfriend. The groom, a fast talking jokester, walked by while making a wise cracking comment about her jacket. While it may not sound like the making of a love story, the couple's chemistry was undeniable and the truth is that as drinks turned to lunch, and lunch to dinner, both Janylle and Zach knew that what they stumbled upon that day was something bigger than both of them. And since that day, they have never been apart.
As the owner of Ball Before the Chain, a travel and events company that specialized in luxury getaways for couples celebrating bachelor and bachelorette parties, Janylle has experience in producing spectacular experiences, and wanted nothing short of extraordinary for her guests. The groom, an executive for the popular She Knows blog, shared the bride's fashion forward style, timeless sensibilities, desire for a progressive evening that would start off with a focus on emotion, and end with a raging party.
The bride's father, who served as couple's "wedding benefactor", had fallen in love with The Westin Lake Las Vegas during a golf trip, and was certain that it would serve as the ideal location for Janylle and Zach's wedding. Set upon 320 acres of a man made lake, and just 30 minutes away from the lights of the Las Vegas Strip, the resort offered sweeping views of the mountains and water, an exotic Moroccan backdrop, gold, dining, and shopping at the local village.
After a weekend filled with pre-wedding festivities such as golf tours, shopping, spa services, and dinner, the bride and groom woke up together on a perfect fall morning. As the team from Flora Couture unloaded truckfuls of roses, hydrangea, tulips, and ranunculus, the bride and her bridesmaids readied themselves in a suite on the lake. As her P'Nina Tornai gown and Christian Louboutin shoes hung in the distance, the beauty team of Make Up in the 702 tended to the ladies, providing hair and make up services.
Janylle debated whether or not she should carry a bouquet down the aisle; as her wedding planner, I told her that I thought she should have one to occupy her hands in case she got nervous. But in her heart of hearts, she knew that she didn't have a connection to a tied arrangement of flowers. "What could I hold onto that means more than my father's arm? Or the hand of my future husband?" she asked. And with that, I knew she was right.
So with the sun is the distance, on the water of Lake Las Vegas, Janylle was walked down the aisle on the arm of her father, walked down an aisle lined with modern mirrored pillar bases, topped with lush groupings of roses, hydrangea, ranunculus, and tulips. The bride carried one lone rose which she gifted to her mother. And as the ceremony was presided over by her brother, Janylle Radden married Zach Alter in a once in a lifetime ceremony that was overrun with flowers, candles, and so much love.
The defining moment of this wedding came when the bride read her vows to the groom. She ended with the words, "And remember when this is over, it will just be us." With that, the groom laughed. He opened is vows and said, "Funny enough....Janylle, it will always be us." How could two people be so in love, so in sync, that where one's vows end, the other's begin? I don't think I will ever forget that moment. It was magic.
After spending a moment alone, the newlyweds rejoined their wedding party and family for a series of stunning photos before heading to the cocktail hour, where they enjoyed mixed drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, readings from family, and even a special musical performance, which lead guests into the reception.
The Bakara Ballroom, once a private gaming space for discrete resort guests, is styled with old-world, Moroccan details. A mixed pattern carpet, sculpted and curved pillars, and dark wood trims are off set with star shaped accent pieces that hang above. To bring some light into the space, we brought in thick drapes in a soft golden color which we hung around the white dance floor in the center of the rooms. Surrounding this were mixed tables, both round and banquet style, dressed in crushed ivory linens. The flowers which previously lined the ceremony aisle were transformed into centerpieces both high and low. Votive candles in metallic casings, blush satin napkins, and glittering table numbers completed the look, which was both modern and romantic.
Our bride and groom sat alone at the top of the room, their sweetheart table being decorated with “Mr. & Mrs.” signs. And to their right, a circular tent with a swinging chandelier housed their wedding cake. A simple, clean 4 tiered confection of white with thick fondant accents sat at the center of the tent, allowing the couple’s golden hued monogram and wedding date to take center stage.
The bride and groom entered the room to the roar of a cheering crowd, as DJ Harry O played the classic hit “SHOUT!”. Friends and family gathered round our newlyweds, kicking off the reception with a great dance set, high energy, and so much fun.
Once the song came to an end, guests too their seats, leaving the bride and groom alone to share their first dance to "Love on Top” by Beyonce.
Through course after course, and with toast after toast, the mood was lightened and guests began to let down their hair. With DJ Harry O on music, guests filled the dance floor, waving personalized light sabers and donning glasses with the couple’s initials imprinted across the front.
Finally, the bride and groom took a moment to cut their wedding cake, making a toast and thanking their guests for joining them. As cake was passed around to guests, a line formed at Shutterbooth’s private photo station, and as the night came to a close guests left with customized S’mores kits, ideal for roasting by the lake or taking home to enjoy later.
At the very end of the evening, with the groom’s tie undone and the bride in her party shoes, I managed to steal them away for a quick photo. They headed out together with their family and friends, and the next morning woke to the most incredible surprise. A hotel guests, so taken with the set up of their wedding ceremony, actually took photos from their private balcony. With the help of the resort concierge, they tracked our bride and groom down and sent them a handful of very special wedding photos.
As the months have passed, Janylle and I have stayed in touch, even meeting up for a sushi dinner while she was back in Las Vegas on business. Every now and then I find myself sharing a text with her, and I smile, knowing that what started out as a job turned into a friendship. And I just can’t wait to see what the future brings for the new Mr. and Mrs. Alter.
Venue and Vendor Credits:
Thank you so very much to the amazingly talented teams that came together to produce this once in a lifetime wedding weekend.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner: Andrea Eppolito Events
Ceremony: Andalusian Gardens at The Westin Lake Las Vegas
Reception: Baraka Ballroom at The Westin Lake Las Vegas
Floral & Decor: Flora Couture
Photography: Altf Photography
Videography: Something New Films
Music: DJ Harry O
Wedding Cake: Peridot Sweets
Beauty by: Make Up in the 702
Wedding Gown: P'Nina Tornai
Veil: Kleinfeld New York
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Tuxedo: Men's Warehouse
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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