Twelve years ago in a small Seattle sports bar, Halona Grimes met Robert "Rocky" Bernard. The years that followed took them from the northern Pacific coast to New York, New Jersey, and Texas. They built a family, having five - yes, FIVE! - children. He has a Super Bowl Ring, and a year ago, he gave her a diamond ring while visiting with her family in Seattle.
When I began planning with Halona & Rocky, she was pregnant with Baby #5. The couple decided on Las Vegas as a central meeting place for friends and family from around the world, and in honor of Halona's mother, who loved the city of Las Vegas. We had a wonderful time together, and I could hardly wait to share my behind the scenes photos with you.
With a beautiful and big bridal party, Halona was surrounded by her family and friends when she donned her Marisa Bridal Gown and Badgley Mischka shoes - which I die for! Rocky and his groomsmen were dressed to the nines in Michael Kors.
After spending the morning in hair & make up with her girls, Halona was ready to see her groom for the first time. On the way, our NFL Bride was caught up in a whole different sport - the NBA Summer League was in town and staying at the Four Seasons as well! To avoid the craziness, we brought Halona & her bridesmaids down in a private VIP elevator...
Having safely avoided the players and her guests, Halona and Rocky met at the base of the grand staircase for their first look. Afterwards, they were whisked away while guests filed in for their romantic indoor ceremony.
Halona wants a wedding that is timeless and elegant, with pale pinks and romantic touches. Rocky’s biggest concern is that his guests are well fed and taken care of. As a retired athlete, Rocky and his friends can certainly eat! They fell in love with the Four Seasons Las Vegas, and asked them to put together an amazing summer menu that would feed everyone fully without making them feel too hot or heavy!
Once the dinner finished, we will turn the night over to DJ Mike Fox and the ladies from The Joy Squad. Guests couldn't get enough of the photo booth and were lining the wall waiting for their chance to get some fun photos!
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Rocky Bernard! We wish you love and many happy years ahead!
Thank you to our friends Dennis and Aliison for helping to plan and execute the wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas, along with our friends at Naakiti Floral, Alt F Photography, Memory Lane, Joy Squad, DJ Mike Fox, and Make Up in the 702 for being on hand and making Halona and Rocky's day so wonderful. Bridal Gown: Marisa Bridal Gown | Veil: Weddings by Debbie, Texas | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Groomsmen: Michael Kors | Flower Girls & Baby: David’s Bridal
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.
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