"We should find a way to do something together. Let's connect when I come back from Paris," said Rebecca of Rebecca Marie Photography.
When she returned, she did so with an engagement ring all her own, and the surprise proposal story she shared helped pull together the idea and theme of this beautifully styled shoot. What I loved most about this experience was the massive amount of collaboration that took place. Each and every element of this design was influenced by the others, creating a beautiful story, visually.
Having not participated in a styled shoot for years, I loved the idea of working with Rebecca and a few more of my favorite creatives from around the country. With Paris fresh in our hearts and mind, we began to design a French blue hued wedding reception. My dear friends at Rivea, a French restaurant at the top of The Delano Hotel, offered us their private dining room, appropriately inspired by the French coastline. The team at By Dzign meditated on the two Panetone Colors of the Year, Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz. We took that base to the next level, adding deeper tones and richer hues for winter...A combination that was both classic and dreamy, leading us down a rabbit hole of gorgeousness for our florals.
If the room was inspired by the coast line, we wanted the ceremony to feel more rustic and provincial. We kept the space elegant and clean, with only two large and wild floral sculptures at the front. Long table had square, gold vases edged with an abstract design. Each held an arrangement of hydrangeas along with peach, coral, and blush roses. These blooms were accented with seeded eucalyptus and red hanging amaranthus, ideal for bringing in a touch of autumn. Chunky candle holders with live pillar candles and long candlesticks with live flame dripping everywhere (literally all over the linen) were interspersed for a beautiful glow and added romance. Round tables had a gold compote vase filled with ivory hydrangea along side the blush, peach, and coral roses. Spray roses were added for texture and dimension, and the pieces were accented with seeded eucalyptus, red hypericum berries and red hanging amaranthus. Gold candle sticks with live candles and a few gold mercury votives gave us a glow.
While By Dzign was influenced by color, our stationery partner Gourmet Invitations was inspired by the architecture of Rivea. This deeply unique space gave way to laser cut gatefold invitations. The navy colors of the space and sweeping views of Las Vegas were echoed in the open and intricate pattern that was laser cut into a metallic navy card stock. Our bride’s gorgeous Olvi lace dress, gifted to us by Couture Bride, played an equally important part of the design on the invitation, with the lace pattern peaking through the laser cutting. The invitations were build to be removed from the gatefold, revealing additional inserts along with a custom RSVP cards set with enough space for each guest to fill in their name and entree selection. Die cut navy menus completed the suite, having been printed with gold and placed on triple chargers which included a gold sunburst charger topped with white plates provided by Rivea, and finally by vintage blue glass plates from By Dzign. Owner Tifany shared that her favorite detail was the laser cut gold mirror place cards. Each guest’s name was laser cut and placed at the tip of the place setting; both a gorgeous addition to the table and a personalized keepsake.
For Rebecca, the shoot was all about a balance of dichotomy. Traditional meets sexy with our bride's Olvi gown, and it's pairing of delicate lace with a deep V neckline and illusion back. To shake things up, we transitioned the look not by changing the dress or the beauty of the bride, but by transitioning from a classic all white bouquet to one filled with rich red hues that became a sneak peek to what guests would see in the reception.
As a team, it was so important that each element of the wedding design served to highlight and enhance the others. The striking v-neck and illusion back lines of our bride's dress visually paired with the tall pillars of floral that set apart her ceremony site. These in turn paired with the dramatic windows of the Delano over looking the Las Vegas strip, creating the perfect backdrop for a destination wedding. Transitioning into the reception, the blue linens played off the natural blue decor of the room creating the a comforting, relaxing environment that felt "just right". The pops of color found in the centerpieces and bride's evening bouquet added just the right amount of contrast without distracting from the beauty of the bride!
This shoot is completely different from anything I have done before in terms of color palette and the team we worked with. I hope you enjoy the styling and that you delight in seeing something new and unexpected here. Be sure to check out a little note from me and full credits at the end of the page.
With Love, Always...:
For me, the real joy in working on this project came from working with people that I adore and admire. Working with new teams can be a bit nerve wracking, but in this case we all came together so beautifully. I learned more about how we each approach work, creativity, and stress. Tifany, for example, if not only uber-creative, but she has a slick sense of humor and she isn't afraid to roll up her sleeves and help with set ups. She has a real vision of the big picture, and loves to be included in the design process. And Rebecca....Rebecca is just fun! So joyful and full of life, so easy to work with. She puts people at ease and creates a safe and playful environment that allows them to be their most beautiful, authentic, and - ultimately - photogenic space. And when something went wrong, which is always does at a real wedding, we pulled together and quickly found our footing; swapping out a male model who didn't fit for a Rivea manager who was more than willing to stand in for us.
Many thanks to Rebecca Marie Photography for the beautiful photography, to Lucia and the creatives at By Dzign who jumped in to bring our blue hued wedding to life, and to Rivea at The Delano for providing such a beautiful backdrop. Amelia C & Co are responsible for making our already beautiful model into quite the stunner! Thank you to Tifany with Gourmet Invitations for her luxe pieces and styling assistance, and the videographers at Adam Trujillo for the behind the scenes highlight reel. Last but not least, thank you to Couture Bride who allowed us access to the many beautiful gowns in your salon. I am a lucky girl to know you all!
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.