Meet the Wolters - Wedding at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photos by www.deidrawilson.com.

Meet the Wolters - Wedding at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photos by www.deidrawilson.com.

When we began the planning process in January, Laura and Adam both had a very strong vision for their day. The two shared a deep desire to create an experience the spoke not only to them as a couple, but also to the various generations of grandparents, parents and friends that were traveling to Las Vegas from across the country.

The most important elements to them were confirming a unique venue that could accommodate both their traditional Jewish Ceremony and the reception, that also came with great food, lots of space, and a unique decor and design. Laura was very clear about two things...1.) she did not want to use traditional florals, and 2.) she wanted to create and environment with lighting and entertainment for a "never seen that before" experience.

And, lastly, while they didn’t specifically ask me to include their dog, a puggle named Walter Wolter, I quickly learned how obsessed with him Laura and Adam are, and I wanted to make sure that his presence was felt.

Laura & Adam wanted to keep their dog, Walter Wolter, front and center.  His photo adorned the tables and bar ledges throughout Body English, so all of the wedding guests could enjoy his little face. Photos by www.deidrawilson.com.

Laura & Adam wanted to keep their dog, Walter Wolter, front and center.  His photo adorned the tables and bar ledges throughout Body English, so all of the wedding guests could enjoy his little face. Photos by www.deidrawilson.com.

We quickly booked and confirmed Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel, which features a Baccarat chandelier (valued at over $250,000!) suspended high above a central dance floor, two stories of seating via deep booths of Bordeaux colored leather, and a built in sound and lighting system rarely found in traditional venues. Add the supreme catering provided by the Hard Rock Hotel and their dedicated service staff the venue was a perfect fit and an easy choice.

Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel was everything Laura & Adam wanted ~ Gorgeous, a little gothic, romantic and sexy rolled into one!   Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel was everything Laura & Adam wanted ~ Gorgeous, a little gothic, romantic and sexy rolled into one!   Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Next, to capture the day we confirmed the services of Deidra Wilson Photography, who's bubbly personality and fresh vision matched bride Laura's carefree and fun-loving persona to a tee.

Laura and Adam woke together on the day of their wedding, forgoing the tradition of not spending their last night together. They shared breakfast, took a walk throughout the grounds and enjoyed some alone time that allowed them to reflect on their journey and they day ahead.

My sneaky iPhone photo of Las Vegas Wedding Photographer Deidra Wilson doing what she does best!

My sneaky iPhone photo of Las Vegas Wedding Photographer Deidra Wilson doing what she does best!

They said goodbye at lunch, and Laura retreated to her suite where she was joined by her mother, her sister and her grandmother. Hair and make-up services were provided by Your Beauty Call.

Your Beauty Call came in with cases full of makeup! They styled Laura with a glam, retro feel!

Your Beauty Call came in with cases full of makeup! They styled Laura with a glam, retro feel!

Janine from Your Beauty Call worked with Laura to give her stunning waves set off by a vintage inspired hair broach. Photos by me!

Janine from Your Beauty Call worked with Laura to give her stunning waves set off by a vintage inspired hair broach. Photos by me!

Time for the dress…I love Lazaro!

Time for the dress…I love Lazaro!

Badgley Mischka Shoes & Vintage Jewels

Badgley Mischka Shoes & Vintage Jewels

Speaking of jewels…Can we talk about the rings!?!? On her left hand Laura rocked her own vintage inspired engagement ring. And on her right she wore her grandmother’s original art deco piece! Talk about bling! Photos by me!

Speaking of jewels…Can we talk about the rings!?!?
On her left hand Laura rocked her own vintage inspired engagement ring.
And on her right she wore her grandmother’s original art deco piece!
Talk about bling! Photos by me!

As my team and I set the stage for the rest of the evening Laura & Adam documented their first look with Deidra Wilson.

Adam gets his first look at Laura.  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Adam gets his first look at Laura.  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Laura & Adam shared a private moment before their wedding.  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Laura & Adam shared a private moment before their wedding.  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

The Hard Rock Hotel provided a glamorous backdrop perfect for photos. 

The Hard Rock Hotel provided a glamorous backdrop perfect for photos. 

At 6:30 PM Laura, Adam and their immediately family met in a private room for the signing of the Kettubah, the traditional marriage license. Rabbi Mel Hecht presided over the emotional readings, as guests gathered outside.

The Kettubah. Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

The Kettubah. Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

After months of planning, Laura & Adam's vision was brought to life in ways that many guests had never seen before. Naakiti Floral was the obvious choice for decor and did not disappoint!

Upon entering guests were greeted with sparkling and still water, and met by a gorgeous table dressed in black and topped with a 5 armed crystal candelabra, crystal frames, and personalized yarmulkes. They were escorted two stories down where seating had been arranged along the dance floor.

Beneath the beautiful chandelier and set upon an elevated landing was a chuppah built from 8 Ft. hand painted Manzanita branch trees dripping with crystals and tied together with a custom cut drape of iridescent cloth. The room shimmered from every corner with hand wired crystal votives and accented with over 50 personal photos including the wedding photos of each sets of grandparents, their parents’ wedding photos, snapshots from their travels, and (of course) many a photo of their beloved Walter Wolter.

Naakiti Floral created a custom chuppah with Manzanita Brach trees and an iridescent cloth cover. The hanging crystals matched the gorgeous chandeliers.

Naakiti Floral created a custom chuppah with Manzanita Brach trees and an iridescent cloth cover. The hanging crystals matched the gorgeous chandeliers.

 The view from the top of the staircase at Body English. Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

 The view from the top of the staircase at Body English. Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

No detail was overlooked.  In a unique venue, we still managed to include all of the traditional jewish wedding items such as the chuppah, kiddish cup, talks, etc. Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

No detail was overlooked.  In a unique venue, we still managed to include all of the traditional jewish wedding items such as the chuppah, kiddish cup, talks, etc. Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

As the music played guests noticed the bride’s silhouette and she emerged from behind crystal curtains and descended the stairs to meet her groom. The ceremony calumniated with the breaking of the glass and joyous cheers from the crowd below.

Guests watched from below as Laura & Adam exchanged vows.  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Guests watched from below as Laura & Adam exchanged vows.  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

There wasn’t a seat left ~ So many people came to this beautiful, sparkling wedding.  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

There wasn’t a seat left ~ So many people came to this beautiful, sparkling wedding.  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

The Flaum - Wolter Wedding was simply luxurious!  And this black & white photo by Deidra Wilson is simply stunning. 

The Flaum - Wolter Wedding was simply luxurious!  And this black & white photo by Deidra Wilson is simply stunning. 

That was some first kiss!  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

That was some first kiss!  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Guests were moved to the upper bar for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while the staff at the Hard Rock pulled all of the chairs from the dance floor. Suddenly, a very familiar voice suddenly grabbed the attention of the crowd. Guests gathered to find that a Frank Sinatra Impersonator had taken center stage, welcoming friends and family to dinner and serenading guests with the classics of “his” day.

Frank Sinatra serenaded the wedding guests ~ An ode to Adam’s love of the Rat Pack.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Frank Sinatra serenaded the wedding guests ~ An ode to Adam’s love of the Rat Pack.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel - Between the chandelier, manzanita trees, and lighting the space was magnificent.   Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel - Between the chandelier, manzanita trees, and lighting the space was magnificent.   Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Laura & Adam’s twirl around the dance floor.  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Laura & Adam’s twirl around the dance floor.  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

After a meal of risotto, carved prime beef, shrimp, salad and more the lights dimmed, our chandelier lit up in deep red and dance floor opened to tunes spun by DJ Twisted, fresh off of his residency at the Azure Pool. By starting with familiar songs of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and leading up to today’s Top 40 Twisted gave every person in the room a sound to connect with and a song to groove to.

Beyond the bride’ stunning gown (created by Lazaro) and the amazing amounts personal touches and shimmering crystals guests were taken by the five-tiered wedding cake created by Gimme Some Sugar. This confection was covered in white fondant, trimmed in Swarovski’s, and accented – surprisingly – with flowers! Sugar flowers, to be exact, which were hand tipped in metallic gold and platinum paint. No detail was overlooked, and even the inside of the cake kept with the motif by ensuring that guests were served white cake filled with Cookies and Cream Moose blending to sparkle along with the rest of the space.

The five tiered Swarovski crystal wedding cake by Gimme Some Sugar was the talk of the night!  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

The five tiered Swarovski crystal wedding cake by Gimme Some Sugar was the talk of the night!  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Laura’s dress and that cake were a perfect match! Photo by me!

Laura’s dress and that cake were a perfect match! Photo by me!

Making the first slice…

Making the first slice…

And it tasted as good as it looked!!! Photo by me!

And it tasted as good as it looked!!! Photo by me!

As our evening came to a close Laura retreated back to the private room and changed into her after party dress – a short, strapless mini crafted of ivory sequence. She emerged just in time to close the night out with a techo mix of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’.

Dance Party ~ Vegas Style!  The party didn’t stop until the wee hours of the morning!!!  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

Dance Party ~ Vegas Style!  The party didn’t stop until the wee hours of the morning!!!  Wedding at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Photo by www.deidrawilson.com.

And on a personal note from me, I cannot say enough about the experience I had working on this wedding. Aside from immediately falling in love with the bride (we were both raised on Long Island and bonded over 101 shared experiences!) I have built my business on the premise that I will never execute the same event twice. This wedding gave me such an incredible opportunity to step away from the traditional “wedding” standards and really create something completely different and out of the ordinary.

Laura and Adam could not have been happier, and I smiled throughout the night because at every turn someone was telling my team and I that they had “never seen anything like it!”

Always...

Laura & Adam's wedding features the work of our amazing partners & friends...

Ceremony Location: Body English at The Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas

Flowers: Naakiti Floral

Cake: Gimme Some Sugar Las Vegas

Photography: Deidra Wilson Photography

Hair & Make Up: Your Beauty Call

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Dress: Lazaro

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.