Life is Sweet...Eat Dessert First!  A Romantic Venetian Inspired Wedding
Cherry Blossoms created a romantic entrance for this wedding at The Venetian.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth

There is nothing like a life long love story! When Karolina met Ross in their freshman year of high school, she knew there was something special about him. Over the years the two stayed together, with Ross traveling back to Poland with her to ask for her grandmother’s permission before asking for her hand. Hilarity ensued, and after a series of hero tests, Ross was finally given permission to ask for Kay’s hand by both her grandmother and her father. Ever the romantic, Ross presented Kay with a box containing every card and momento from their freshman year on. When she finished looking through it, he gave her another box which held the corsages from their Junior and Senior proms. Between them was the ring.

The bride wore a traditional Eve of Milady Strapless ballgown. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Betsey Johnson Wedding Shoes with a Blue Bottom and Strap. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth

The Griswold’s eloped to Las Vegas three years ago before Ross’ deployment, and are returning to have their marriage blessed and to move forward with a proper wedding surrounded by family and friends. Kay asked for an enchanted garden in an old world setting, noting that The Venetian is her favorite hotel on the strip.

Having secured the perfect venue, and put together a team of A-list partners, we set out to give Kay & Ross the wedding they so deeply deserved.While the ladies were treated to beauty treatments by Make Up in the 702, the men got ready amidst scotch and sodas. The groom and his groomsmen were taken to the church in advance, where they awaited the first look of the bride.

Hair and Make Up by Make Up in the 702. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
The groom opened a box with glasses and scotch. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
A rare bottle of scotch and engraved glasses were the perfect groom's gift. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
T strap vintage wedding shoes. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth

The Joan of Arc Catholic Church is the oldest in Las Vegas and the only one which will welcome couples from out of state. Having met in the garden for photos, the two were then joined in the eyes of God in front of family and friends.

Shhh!  The first look.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
The first look took place in a garden surrounded by the bridal party. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Bridesmaids carried small bouquets of red roses and peonies, while the bride carried a cascading bouquet of white and pink peonies.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth

The priest lead a beautiful and touching ceremony, blessing the couple's union and recognizing their marriage in the eyes of God.

Wedding in a Catholic Church in Las Vegas.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
The bride asked for a first kiss photo that showed her guests as they looked on.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth

After the ceremony, guests were taken to The Venetian while our couple sat for a series of portraits. The bride, dressed in the classically romantic Eve of Milady she had fallen in love with years in advance, was just beautiful and the groom was dapper in his tuxedo as they toured the resort, taking photos by the gondolas and out upon the balconies.

Bride and groom kissing in a rolls royce on their wedding day.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
The rolls royce is the best car to leave a wedding in!  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Court Jester in The Venetian.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
The balcony was perfect for a romantic wedding portrait. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
The Grand Canal Shoppes of The Venetian.  Wedding at The Venetian Hotel Las Vegas.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Wedding at The Venetian Las Veags.  Photos in the Grand Canal Shoppes.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth

The entry of the ballroom was set with four ten-foot high cherry blossom trees, which lead into the cocktail hour. Beyond that were long banquet tables dressed in ivory and rose red linens, brown chiavari chairs, and centerpieces build to look like trees. Manzanita Branches were set against the back wall and beneath a plexi lift, creating an ethereal display for the cake.

The most beautiful and romantic entry way was dressed with towering cherry blossom trees.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
The ballroom was set with long banquet tables surrounding a dance floor.  Big manzanita tress and rich european florals gave a renaissance feel. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Wedding cake set on a poleax base with Manzanita Branches to give an enchanted forest appearance. 
Centerpieces looked like trees with manzanita branches, votive candles, and roses.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Benches set around the dance floor. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Buttercream cake by Peridot Sweets.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth

As guest took their seats and picked up their menus they were treated to the biggest surprise of the night.  In honor of their love of sweets, the bride and groom opted to serve dessert first!  The meal started with tasting platters of chocolates, tarts, and cookies before moving into salad and a duet of beef and fish.  The ultimate ending was the buttercream wrapped wedding cake served alongside the groom's dark chocolate cake.

Life is sweet!  Eat dessert first.  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas with custom menu. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Guests were delighted to find that we served dessert first. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Rich jewel toned centerpieces. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Salads were dressed table side by servers.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth

Salads were dressed table side by servers.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth

An entree duet of beef and salmon was served to each guest. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth

As the sun set and the desert cooled down, the bride could not help but ask for us to take them out onto the strip for more portraits.  The Venetian is so rich with architecture, and so perfect for a romantic, renaissance bride, that we snuck out to take full advantage!

Gorgeous architecture for a renaissance bride.   Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Mr. and Mrs. Griswold - The newlyweds enjoyed a moment alone.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
The bride donned a venetian mask at her wedding.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
The bride and groom in front of The Venetian.   Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Wedding Photos in the gran hallway at the entrance of the venetian.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Dancing at the Venetian.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth

Dances, traditional Polish toasts, and dining went long into the night as Kay and Ross celebrated with their closest friends and family.   They cut into not only the bride's wedding cake, but a dark chocolate groom's cake crafted to showcase his military service.

The first dance in The Venetian Ballroom. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Cutting the cake.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
Buttercream Wedding Cake.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth
The groom's cake was military inspired.   Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth

In the end, Kay and Ross found themselves sitting at their sweetheart table, overlooking the evening they had dreamed of for so long.

The bride and groom kiss at their sweetheart table.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth

How I love the way this couple love one another, and I was so honored to have them choose me.  

Always....

Las Vegas Wedding Planner  



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VENUE AND VENDORS

Wedding Ceremony at Joan of Arc

Wedding Reception at The Venetian Las Vegas

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral and Sit On This

Photography by Meg Ruth

Videography by Bryan Bratt

Wedding Cake by Peridot Sweets

Music by DJ Mike Fox

Beauty by Make Up in the 702

Transportation by Abraham Limo

The bride and groom under cherry blossom trees.   Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito  |  Wedding at The Venetian Las Vegas  |  Florals and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Photos by Meg Ruth


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.