There is something about seeing one of your best friends fall in love that just makes life a little brighter....Wouldn't you agree?
I met Rocco on the night of his 21st birthday on, of all things, a cruise we took together through the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. For ten years we have been friends, confidants, sometimes co-workers and always each other's supporters. Rocco was even with me on the night that I met my husband, he helped us move into our home and has shared in every major milestone (and more than a few holidays) since then. He is such an amazing man, and my hope for him was always that he would meet someone to share his life with, that would love and adore him and that he could love and adore right back.
Enter Marek. Sneakily set up by a mutual friend at a small gathering, Marek was, in Rocco's word, "everything" from the start. Tall, handsome, wickedly funny and uber-smart, his reserve and style matched Rocco's outrageous and infectious verve for life and all things fabulous!
When Rocco brought Marek with him to my first Baby Shower 5 years ago, out entire family fell in love with him just as Rocco did. Later, their engagement announcement at my son's birthday party was a long time in coming and the perfect present for us all.
Now, as Marek tackles the laws legislating same-sex marriage in the Nevada courts (did I mention that Marek is a lawyer? He was recently names Top 40 Under 40 LGBT Lawyers in America by the LGBT National Bar - How sexy is that?!?) we are also tasked with planning a wedding that will join not only the two of them, but their spectacular families as well as all of the friends that consider themselves to be honorary members of the "MaRocco" family. And with Rocco working in Special Events and Catering at the N9NE Group, we are pulling from the best of the best when it comes to locations, decor, entertainment, menu and bar!
These engagement photos taken by the supremely talented John Michael Cooper and Dalisa Cooper of Alt F (natch!) give us just a glimpse into the love, life and laughter that these two share. I cannot thank Alt F enough for taking and sharing these photos! And I have to send a little love to Randi of Naakiti Floral for lending the
I, personally, am better for having them both in my life, and my children are crazy about their Uncles! We are all looking forward to the day that Uncle Rocco can marry his "man-panion" legally, but until then, we are certainly planning one hell of a party!
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!
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