Rooftop and Poolside at Jess & Juan's Romantic Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental
Two years ago, Juan spotted Jessica when she joined Johnson & Johnson, the company that he worked for. When their paths failed to cross, Juan stepped in and offered to teach a course he knew Jess would be taking. The course lead to a conversation, which lead to dinner, and wander lust has taken them across the globe; from New Jersey to Cabo San Lucas, and from New York to Macchu Picchu. With their careers taking them far from Gotham City to the land down under, Australia, the two decided to plan a wedding in Las Vegas! With guests coming in from all throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico and Sweden, this international celebration will blend friends and family from across the globe.
They tasked me with planning a timeless wedding that showcases their love of food, travel, coffee, their culture, and each other. No ordinary wedding would do, as the world was watching!
My beautiful bride, Jessica, is an old-school beauty with a love of all things glamorous and girlie. Her style was impeccable, and her love of details was evident when you took in each element; the shoes, the jewels, the dress which started out with a demure neckline, only to transform into something open and sexier.
Meanwhile, Juan enjoyed a relaxing morning with his bride's twin brother and Mann of Honor before slipping into his custom cut Zegna tuxedo.
The team at Mandarin Oriental partnered with Naakiti Floral and worked side by side with my amazing coordinators on transforming the pool deck into from a chic, metropolitan rooftop to a lush, romantic garden setting for this eternal wedding. Guests were seated in golden Chiavari chairs along each side of an aisle set with mirrored and frosted pillars, topped with Sahara roses, Faith roses, and ivory hydrangea. At the top of the aisle on a raised platform sat a canopy draped with white chiffon, and topped with florals of the same variety along with spray roses and coffee bean.
After the ceremony, which was be lead by Jess’ stepfather, Jess and Juan were whisked away to do formal portraits, and then back up to the suite where Jess transformed her look from sweet and demure to saucy and sexy.
Guests were taken around the bend to another deck where a surprise mariachi band will be playing in honor of Juan and Jess’ roots (he is from Mexico, she is from Puerto Rico). There, they were met with a His & Hers Cocktail Station, butler passed hors d'oeuvres, and a Groom's Cake made of complete cheese wheels and dressed with fresh fruits and flowers.
While guests enjoyed their cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, we transformed the pool deck, bringing in square and long banquet tables set up stadium style, ensuring that family and friends all had a view of the center of the pool. There, floating above the water, we installed a mirrored dance floor large enough only for our bride and groom. After being announced, Jess and Juan headed to that very floor, where they enjoyed their first dance as husband and wife as orchids and roses floated about in the water.
With our couple nestled at a sweetheart table beneath their personal gazebo, they had a full view of all of the tables draped in blush linens, topped with mocha napkins and set with hand blown glass chargers in tones of gunmetal and green. Their eyes moved throughout the space, taking in centerpieces both high and low, pillar candles, glittering votives, and floating orbs. The tall floral pieces showcased white hydrangea, cream spray roses, Sahara roses, Faith roses, and green coffee bean on a high, gold stand, with the second look featuring the same florals in smaller gold vases. The base of each was enhanced with votives and rose petals.
The culinary team from Mandarin Oriental is preparing a masterful five course meal, after which guests will move onto the “nightlife” portion of our evening. Set up beneath an awning will be a white monogrammed dance floor. The walls will be lit with candles, and our DJ will be accompanied by a world renowned percussionist, known only as Pepe.
As the lights go down, the poolside cabanas will light up, alternating between chandeliers and glass bubble installations washed in amber lighting.
The cake, inspired by the jewelry that Jess has had made, will stand alone in a separate cabana on a mirrored table, surrounded by candles and petals, floating in front of a glass bubble backdrop.
To accompany the wedding cake, we also have a cheese wheel cake, fresh fruit, and a S’Mores All Grown Up Bar. Because what better way to celebrate the “Grahams” than with the sweetest dessert ever invented!
I have to say, I love, love, love this couple! Since the wedding we have Skyped and Facetimed, shared stories on Facebook, and are even planning to rondevous in Las Vegas soon. Now if only I could get our to Australia to spend some time with them!
Until then and always...
VENUE & VENDORS:
Wedding Planner: Andrea Eppolito Events
City: Las Vegas, Nevada
The Venue: Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Floral & Decor: Naakiti Floral
Photography: Alt F Photography
Videography: Lighten Films
DJ: Mike Fox
Live Music: Classical Entertainment / Pepe Percussionist
Beauty: Make Up in the 702
Wedding Dress: Martina Liana
Jewelry: Tesarella House
Bridal Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Bridesmaids: Alfred Angelo
Groom’s Tux: Zegna