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.
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.
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.
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.
As my team and I set the stage for the rest of the evening Laura & Adam documented their first look with Deidra Wilson.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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’.
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!”
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
Photography: Deidra Wilson Photography
Hair & Make Up: Your Beauty Call
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
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.