Vintage Vegas Wedding at The Westgate | Brian and Chris

The Vintage Vegas Wedding of Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito.  Images by AltF Photography.  All Rights Reserved.

The Vintage Vegas Wedding of Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini.  Wedding Planning and Design by Andrea Eppolito. Photo by Altf.com.

April 17, 2015:

"Hi there. My partner and I planning a wedding in Las Vegas for jan 23 2016. We already have chosen our venue - the Verona suite at Westgate but need help with everything else. We are very low key but want an elegant, tacky, shabby chic experience for about 100-150 ppl. Need to find someone asap. Thanks. Chris"

I called them immediately, and the first thing out of Chris' mouth was , "Oh, hey, I was just going to send you another email....I forgot to mention, we want strippers, too."

Hmmmm....Elegant.  Tacky.  Shabby Chic.  Strippers.  I cannot say that this was the client I planned on when I started my wedding consulting business, but I was immediately intrigued.  Our first phone call lasted nearly two hours, during which time I spoke to Chris, then Brian, then Brian and Chris on speaker, and back again.  They told me their love story; how they met at a water fountain in the gym, traveled the world, built and sold companies, and loved each other through it all.  Never having believed that they would have the right to marry, these two grooms wanted to celebrate their life and love in a place that felt like a second home to them; Las Vegas!

Vintage Vegas Wedding at The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home

Having seen the world, Brian and Chris simply love Las Vegas; especially old Las Vegas. When searching for a venue, they wanted something that embodied the glitz, glamour, andOriginally known as The International hotel, this venue really put Las Vegas on the map with performances by Peggy Lee and Barbara Streisand. Elvis Presley played 58 consecutive sold out shows, during which time he took residence in the very room we booked for the venue.  To Brian and Chris, The Verona Suite encapsulates old school Las Vegas, giving guests a chance to walk through time.

Vintage Las Vegas Themed Wedding.   Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Yellow Wedding with Vintage Vegas Theme.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home

 

With their two darling Chinese Crested sisters in tow, Brian and Chris spent the morning together, snacking, and talking and laughing before their parents and siblings arrived for an intimate exchanging of vows, witnessed only by their immediate family.

Dog outfit at gay wedding in Las Vegas.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Chinese Crested Puppies.   Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Two grooms get dressed together before their same sex wedding in Las Vegas. Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home

While I am not a traditional crier, I freely admit that I literally was in tears from the minute Chris and Brain started sharing their vows until the moment that they finally kisses.  The ceremony, officiated by their dear friend in day-glow pink, was personal, political, and full of the kid of history and hope you want in a marriage. 

Gay weddings in Las Vegas.   Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Two grooms exchange vows in a vintage Las Vegas same sex wedding.   Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Two grooms share personal vows in their gay, same sex wedding in Las Vegas.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Chinese Crested dogs at their parent's wedding.  Two grooms in grey suits and plaid ties.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Two grooms share their first kiss in their Vintage Las Vegas Wedding cermony.   Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home

While the couple posed for portraits, the finishing touches were placed in the suite. Chris asked that the entry be "set on fire" with candles, and to that end we brought in nearly a thousand that were set throughout the space.  Another request was for a small garden of yellow daffodils, their favorites.

Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Follow Me style wedding photos with two grooms in Las Vegas.  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Two grooms jump on a bed.  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
We used over 1,000 in the suite to give the room a "set on fire" feeling.  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Yellow daffodils and candles in The Verona Suite.  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
We created a lush field of yellow and white daffodils, with hundreds of candles throughout.  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
The two grooms with their fur babies.  Could you die for the jewel collars?  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
A room with a view!  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home

As two grooms with a penchant for over the top displays and excess, we set 5 cakes around the pianist, who played contemporary love songs as guests entered.  To the left was a dedicated "Dog Room" where guests could spend time with Flora and Petunia, while also getting caricatures drawn by the crazy talented Jessica Wallace, otherwise known as The Girl Who Drew You.

Chinese Crested sisters Flora and Petunia had their own room and thrown.  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Remember this from the amazing Box Invitations?   Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Art, anyone?   Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home

The great room was set with stations of food including an entire row of hibachi grills brought in from Benihana.  Throughout the villa there were bars, dessert stations, waiters at the ready with trays of food, and passed wine.  We even had vintage cigarette stations and an over the top bar stocked with every last liquor you could ask for!  Not one need was overlooked or untended to.  The new Mr. & Mr. took to the mic to thank their family and friends; not only for their attendance at the wedding, but for the love and support they shared throughout their lives. Then, the cut the cakes!  Yes, cakes...As in five of them!  

Yes, we brought Benihana Hibachi grills into the suite.  Because, of course we did!   Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Antipasto Display courtesy of Chef Grant McPherson.  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Perogis plated to order.  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Made to order food from Benihana.  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Cigarettes and Stripper Pens.  I have no officially done it all!  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
The Grooms cut the cakes! ewlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Wedding Cakes and Same Sex Kisses!  ewlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home

It was very important to me that the guests who were coming to the reception still felt as if they were a part of the wedding.  It quickly dawned on me that we could have our friends at Something New Films do a same day edit, which we them projected above the pool on the side of the building.  We projected the film in black and white, with minimal editing and no sound for a reel the felt raw, emotional,and intimate.  

Same day edit of wedding video shown at the reception in Las Vegas.  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
One of my favorite features of the day was the same day edit of the private ceremony that we projected over the event.  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home

Brian and Chris wanted something progressive and irreverent for later in the evening; which is where the request for exotic dancers came in.  To ensure that the party stayed on point, and that nothing too naughty took place, Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito worked with a booking agent to secure 5 entertainers that came and danced at the party.  Three stunning women, two beautiful men, and almost 200 of the best party guests anyone could ask for!  The tongue-in-cheek dances were polite and respectful, riveting, and just a little bit sexy.  Even the parents enjoyed them!

Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Strippers at a wedding.  Sure, why not?  Newlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Cotton Candy is always a late night hit!  ewlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Cotton candy and cool guests!   ewlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Wedding Planner and Waitress.  Yes, I do it all!  No luxury ego here!  I will pass out McDonalds All....Day...Long... ewlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home
Burgers are popular late night treats! ewlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home  

McDonald's burgers and fries were passed out as savory late night treats while cookies, petit fours, and cotton candy was spun on the side.  Celebrations ran all through the night, and into the early morning.  

Now, I am not going to lie; on this evening I excused myself and said goodnight long before the last guest left as the couple were staying in the suite - it would have been weird for them to wake up and find me in their living room!   But we connected the next day and have been touch nearly every week since to reminisce about the wedding, share GIFs, and comment on each other’s Facebook and Instagram pictures.  

Too naughty!   ewlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home

There are no words for how I love these men, their dogs, their families, and this wedding.  A vintage villa, Benihana, strippers, and McDonald’s and naked little Chinese Crested puppies are not for everyone, but it was perfectly, beautifully, and romantically them.  And I could not love them any more for entrusting their day with me.

To the next 18, 28, and 80 years together!  

Always....

Luxury Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito with two grooms at their same sex gay wedding in Las Vegas.   ewlyweds Brian Sauls and Chris Mancini at their same-sex wedding in Las Vegas.  The vintage Vegas themed event was hosted in the Verona Suite of The Westgate.  Venue - The Westgate  |  Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito  |  Photography by AltF Photography  |  Videography by Something New Films  |  Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas  |  Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You  |  Stationery by Paper & Home

Venue & Vendor Credits

Venue - The Westgate

Las Vegas Wedding Planner & Event Design by Andrea Eppolito

Photography by AltF Photography

Videography by Something New Films

Floral and Decor by DBD Vegas

Wedding Cakes by Peridot Sweets

Live Art by The Girl Who Drew You

Stationery by Paper & Home

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.