Erica Halbrook and Steve Ott took Engagement Portraits at the Altf Studio.  

Erica Halbrook and Steve Ott took Engagement Portraits at the Altf Studio.  

How much do I love helping someone propose?!?  There is something so special (and even sexy!) about a man who takes charge and really uses his proposal to make a statement.  Not only about himself, but about how well he knows his bride to be, and just how far he is willing to go to make her happy!

This story started on  lazy day at home following the Thanksgiving weekend.  My phone rang, and on the line I found a very charming and very excited Steve Ott.  Steve, a pro hockey player with a reputation for being fearless on the ice, took a turn for the romantic while planning just how to propose to his long time girlfriend, the beautiful Erica.

After talking about how they met and fell in love, the things they liked to do, and Erica's passions it didn't take long for Steve and I to settle on a plan.  Being big time foodies, the two often go out to elaborate dinners where they can enjoy food, wine and each other. That became the story line which would allow Erica to get all dolled up while not suspecting what was to come!  A quick call to celebrated Chef Tom Moloney of AquaKnox was all it took to secure their water encased wine tower with a table for two.  The stage was set!

When Steve arrived I was waiting at the door, pretending to be a hostess.  I sat them in the wine room, gave them an overview of the menu, and introduced them to the sommelier for wine selections.  After commenting on how amazing they looked together I mentioned that we had a staff photographer available to take photos if they wished.  A photography buff herself, Erica jumped at the chance to replace a lost Valentine's Day photo with a new one.

Newly engaged!  Steve Ott proposed to Erica Halbrook in the wine room at AquaKnox.

Newly engaged!  Steve Ott proposed to Erica Halbrook in the wine room at AquaKnox.

Unbeknownst to Erica, the photographer on hand was none other than John Michael Cooper of Alt F, and the photo she was about to take was not going to replace her Valentine's photo, but would instead capture their engagement!

As JMC took a few quick shots, Steve shook off his nerves and dropped to one knee.  Erica squealed as he asked for her hand in marriage!  And, of course, said YES!

John Michael Cooper was on hand to capture the shocking proposal.  

John Michael Cooper was on hand to capture the shocking proposal.  

The next day Erica was met in suite by the lovely and talented Lori J White who styled her hair and make-up for their formal engagement photos in the Alt F Studio.

Erica Halbrook & Steve Ott - Sexy, Dramatic Engagement Portraits.

Erica Halbrook & Steve Ott - Sexy, Dramatic Engagement Portraits.

The result was nothing short of spectacular!  Erica looks every inch the bride to be, and you can tell that Steve simply adores her!

Wondering how to propose in Las Vegas?  Take a cue from Steve and knock her socks off with a complete surprise.

Wondering how to propose in Las Vegas?  Take a cue from Steve and knock her socks off with a complete surprise.

Erica & Steve - Black and White Engagement Photos.

Erica & Steve - Black and White Engagement Photos.

Erica & Steve - Newly engaged.

Erica & Steve - Newly engaged.

Add a vintage Bentley into the mix and these engagement photos prove to be romantic, sexy and timeless all at once.  Just like the two of them!

JMC happened to have a vintage car in the studio, which was the perfect prop for their engagement photos.

JMC happened to have a vintage car in the studio, which was the perfect prop for their engagement photos.

Thank you Steve and Erica for allowing me to be a part of your love story!  I cannot wait for you to return to Las Vegas so we can meet for cocktails and reminisce back at the scene of your engagement!

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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.