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 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.
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.
The priest lead a beautiful and touching ceremony, blessing the couple's union and recognizing their marriage in the eyes of God.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
In the end, Kay and Ross found themselves sitting at their sweetheart table, overlooking the evening they had dreamed of for so long.
How I love the way this couple love one another, and I was so honored to have them choose me.
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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
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