Rooftop and Poolside at Jess & Juan's Romantic Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental

Rooftop and Poolside at Jess & Juan's Romantic Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental

Jessica Valentin and Juan Graham at their wedding at The Mandarin Oriental.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

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.  

With a bride as beautiful as Jessica, you can do nearly anything to her!  Still, on the day of a wedding it takes a village to calm nerves and make certain that every hair is in place.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Beauty by Make Up in the 702 |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

Every detail was designed to give Jessica the perfect bridal experience; from her lace corset to the silk robe, her crystal trimmed veil and - of course - that stunner of a ring; Jessica indulged in her girlie side.  

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

The bride's Martina Liana crystal encrusted dress featured an illusion neckline which she wore down the aisle in respect of her Catholic upbringing, and removed later to reveal a sexier look for the reception.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

These Swarovski Manolo Blanhik mules were purchased months before being made available to the general public, making my bride the first to walk down the aisle in them.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

The bride commissioned a custom necklace from the Tesorella House of Australia.  This hand made stunner was made from fresh water pearls and crystals.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

Meanwhile, Juan enjoyed a relaxing morning with his bride's twin brother and Mann of Honor before slipping into his custom cut Zegna tuxedo.

Tuxedo by Zegna.  Available at Crystals Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

The bride's twin brother helped the groom into his tuxedo.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

What a dashing, handsome man!  And I have to say, a true gentleman!

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

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.

The white canopy and drape was off set by bursts of color and pastel florals.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

With the cabanas in the background, guests entered to find gold chiavari chairs lining the side of the pool deck.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

Here comes the bride...

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

The little girls were perfect during the ceremony.  

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

Jess & Juan lok back as a friend gives a personal reading. Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

Jess & Juan lok back as a friend gives a personal reading.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

You may kiss the bride... Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

You may kiss the bride...

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

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.  

Jessica Valentin & Juan Graham.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

The Bride.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

The Groom. Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

The Groom.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

The bride let her hair down....literally...for the reception; replacing her veil with a jeweled clip and her illusion neckline with her necklace.

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.  

Local Mariachi Band from St. Thomas Church.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

Cocktail tables were accented with blush linens and ivory flowers in golden boxes.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

His & Hers Cocktail Station. The bride went for bold pink and vodka, and the groom offered a spicy tequila cocktail. Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

His & Hers Cocktail Station. The bride went for bold pink and vodka, and the groom offered a spicy tequila cocktail.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

The Groom's Cake was constructed of cheese wheels stacked on each other, and dressed with fresh fruits and flowers.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

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.

The mirrored dance floor floated above the water, giving the bride and groom a beautiful platform for their first dance.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

By placing Jess and Juan in the center of the pool, they were able to enjoy their first dance feeling as if they were the only two people in the world.

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

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.   

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

Las Vegas Wedding at  Mandarin Oriental  |  Photo by Altf Photography  |  Floral and Decor by Naakiti Floral  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito

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...

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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

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!

Based in Las Vegas, and working as a destination wedding planner world wide, you can learn more at www.AndreaEppolitoEvents.com.