Our Wedding Photo - Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Our Wedding Photo - Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

My love story starts like most do.  Boy meets Girl at a time least likely.  Call it a happy accident, fate or just the serendipitous result of being in the right place a the right time.    To this day I don't know which it is.  What I do know is that I walked into a restaurant for dinner with friends, and walked out with a business card that would change my life.

I have always said that I have been married to Tony from the moment he kissed me.  There was never any doubt as to whether or not we belonged together. One would think that for a wedding planner the end game would be, in fact, a wedding.  But life doesn't always travel in a straight line, and so instead of a wedding we built a marriage and a family.  We always intended to get married in a "someday" sort of way, and then one day, we did.

The last thing that either of us wanted was a wedding that turned into a networking  mixer or, worse, a business decision based on our companies and professional endeavors.   And so, without a word to our extended families or even our best friends, we planned a little elopement that shocked pretty much everyone who knew us.

Branded Champagne arrived at the room while we got ready for the wedding. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.   Photo by www.altf.com.

Branded Champagne arrived at the room while we got ready for the wedding. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.   Photo by www.altf.com.

Our wedding started with champagne. Is there any other way?  Dennis Silknitter and his team of fairy godmothers and wish granters at The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas certainly know how to set the tone for a once-in-a-lifetime event.  And the truth is, having been up with a sick baby on the night before the wedding, champagne was exactly what the doctor ordered!

I wanted the morning of the wedding to be as relaxed as possible.  The amazingly talented LaVey Kindred and Janine Cali of Your Beauty Call were scheduled for hair and make-up, which allowed me to just relax with my mother and sister, along with all of the children!  Even Tony's mother joined us for a day of beauty, and my adorable niece got into the pampering, completing the all-girls afternoon!

Wedding Hair and MakeUp by Your Beauty Call.

Wedding Hair and MakeUp by Your Beauty Call.

My sister, the maid of honor, with her mini-me, who served as a flower fairy.  Photo by www.altf.com.

My sister, the maid of honor, with her mini-me, who served as a flower fairy.  Photo by www.altf.com.

My dress, the Stephanie from Ulla-Maija, which I had fallen in love with nearly a year earlier, was rush ordered for me by the amazing Ann & Dawn of Couture Bride, hung patiently in the hallway.  I wouldn't have been able to get into it without my mom and sister!

Wedding Gown - "The Stephanie" by Ulla-Maija.  Dress Salon:  Couture Bride.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Wedding Gown - "The Stephanie" by Ulla-Maija.  Dress Salon:  Couture Bride.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

My mother and sister helping me dress.  One of those candid moments that just totally worked!  Dress:  Ulla-Maija.  Salon: Couture Bride.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

My mother and sister helping me dress.  One of those candid moments that just totally worked!  Dress:  Ulla-Maija.  Salon: Couture Bride.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

The wedding veil wasn't white, and it wasn't ivory..  It was an antique caramel that was just a little warmer.  Photo be www.altf.com.

The wedding veil wasn't white, and it wasn't ivory..  It was an antique caramel that was just a little warmer.  Photo be www.altf.com.

Meanwhile, just a few floors down, my husband to be got ready with our son, his parents and both of our brothers.  I love that he paired the watch I gave him on our first anniversary with the cufflinks that I had made for him years later featuring his birthstone and the birthstones of both of our children.

The groom getting ready with his brother.   

The groom getting ready with his brother.   

The watch was a gift from our first anniversary.  And the handmade cufflinks feature the birthdstones of our son and daughter.

The watch was a gift from our first anniversary.  And the handmade cufflinks feature the birthdstones of our son and daughter.

We decided not to see one another before the wedding, and took our formal family portraits separately.  Doing this with two small children was quite the adventure!  Especially since the little girl was so startled by all of the commotion, and our son suddenly decided to be a Mamma's Boy!

Just the girls - Formal Family Portraits.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Just the girls - Formal Family Portraits.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

The Groom's Family Portrait.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

The Groom's Family Portrait.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Big, huge thank you to John Michael Cooper and Dalisa Cooper of Alt F Photography for capturing some of the sweetest moments of the day.  Our Littles won't be little forever, and seeing them so wrapped up and fancy and in love with us will bring tears to our eyes forever!

That Face!  My Little Boy just ran to me when he saw me in my dress.  Wedding at Four Seasons.  Photo by www.altf.com.

That Face!  My Little Boy just ran to me when he saw me in my dress.  Wedding at Four Seasons.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Me and my babies.  My son was all excited about wearing a tux, and my girl was barely 8 weeks old.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Me and my babies.  My son was all excited about wearing a tux, and my girl was barely 8 weeks old.  Photo by www.altf.com.

The groom and his boy.  Such a sweet moment.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

The groom and his boy.  Such a sweet moment.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Tony and I both know how incredibly lucky we are to have such incredibly close relationships with some of the very best wedding professionals that the world has to offer.  And the best way to honor those relationships was to put my trust completely in their hands and let them do what they do best.  Words cannot describe what Randi and her team from Naakiti Floral did for us!  It was as if they crawled around in my head (and on my Pinterest) and pulled the very best of everything I ever loved and wanted!

This vintage, Tuscan gate made for a dramatic entry point at the wedding ceremony.  Fountain Terrace, Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

This vintage, Tuscan gate made for a dramatic entry point at the wedding ceremony.  Fountain Terrace, Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

An areal view of our wedding ceremony.  Seating in the round pulled everyone in and created an intimate feeling.  Fountain Terrace at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Florall and Decor by www.naakitifloral.com.  Photo by www.altf.com.

An areal view of our wedding ceremony.  Seating in the round pulled everyone in and created an intimate feeling.  Fountain Terrace at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Florall and Decor by www.naakitifloral.com.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Music was provided by Nicky D of Dance The Night Away.  Fun fact - He went to high school with my father in Brooklyn way, way back in the day!  Our little boy and our nephew took our new baby girl down the aisle in a white tulle covered wagon!

The baby was pulled into the ceremony by her brother and cousin in a white tulle wagon.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

The baby was pulled into the ceremony by her brother and cousin in a white tulle wagon.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

The only heartbreak of my day was that my father, whom I love and adore, was physically unable to be with us.  Still, I could not have imagined getting married without him, and while my baby brother escorted my down the aisle it was my father who ultimately gave me away by phone!

I was walked down the aisle my by "little" brother.  Photo by www.altf.com.

I was walked down the aisle my by "little" brother.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Sometimes, you need to consider alternative methods of giving the bride away.  While my brother walked me down the aisle, my father, gave me away by phone.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Sometimes, you need to consider alternative methods of giving the bride away.  While my brother walked me down the aisle, my father, gave me away by phone.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Tony and I both took a moment to say something personal to one another, and then exchanged rings and traditional vows.

Intimate Wedding Ceremony at the Fountain Terrace at Four Seasons Las Vegas,

Intimate Wedding Ceremony at the Fountain Terrace at Four Seasons Las Vegas,

Exchanging wedding rings - A moment that was years in the making.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Exchanging wedding rings - A moment that was years in the making.  Photo by www.altf.com.

After the rings and the vows, somewhat suddenly, we were married! We shared our first kiss, then another, and then more!  Knowing that we would not have a traditional reception, our family allowed us a few private moments to dance to the end of our song.

First kiss. Four Seasons Las Vegas.

First kiss. Four Seasons Las Vegas.

Finally married.  A private moment immediately after the wedding ceremony.  Four Seasons Las Vegas.  

Finally married.  A private moment immediately after the wedding ceremony.  Four Seasons Las Vegas.  

We didn't have a traaditional wedding, but wanted to share a brief "first dance" moment together.  Our song was "Fix You" by Coldplay.  Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

We didn't have a traaditional wedding, but wanted to share a brief "first dance" moment together.  Our song was "Fix You" by Coldplay.  Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Once our song ended all we could think about were our kids.  We just couldn't wait to hold them and hug them and love them!

We could not wait to be with our kids!  Our family photo by www.altf.com.

We could not wait to be with our kids!  Our family photo by www.altf.com.

As our guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, Tony and I went off to take a few formal portraits together. John and Dalisa (along with Dennis) kept it light and fun for us while managing to take some seriously gorgeous photos that were a perfect combination of light and dark, serious and sweet, and even a little sexy!

Our Official Wedding Photo.  Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Our Official Wedding Photo.  Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

I loved the back of my dress!  Wedding Gown: Ulla-Maija.  Bouquet: Naakiti Floral.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas. Photo by www.altf.com.

I loved the back of my dress!  Wedding Gown: Ulla-Maija.  Bouquet: Naakiti Floral.  Wedding at Four Seasons Las Vegas. Photo by www.altf.com.

My Handsome Husband.  Photo by www.altf.com.

My Handsome Husband.  Photo by www.altf.com.

There were more surprises in store for us as we joined our family on the poolside patio of the Verandah Room. The space was romantic, ethereal, sparkling and elegant all at once. Naakiti Floral took care of everything - From the towering candelabras overflowing with orchids, hydrangea and roses and to the gilded chairs, satin table-cloth, mercury glass votive holders, crystal vases, and more; there was an attention to detail that has yet to be surpassed!  Even the napkins were dressed with their own individual buds of flowers.

One long, family style banquet table was set with romantic crystal centerpieces, towering florals, crystal candle holders, and chiavari chairs.  Table Decor: Naakiti Floral.  Photo by www.altf.com.

One long, family style banquet table was set with romantic crystal centerpieces, towering florals, crystal candle holders, and chiavari chairs.  Table Decor: Naakiti Floral.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Blush and gold tones created a soft, romantic feeling.  Crystal candle holders added a touch of glamour to the timeless decor.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Blush and gold tones created a soft, romantic feeling.  Crystal candle holders added a touch of glamour to the timeless decor.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Tony and I held tight to our babies while we were toasted by our younger brothers.

Wedding Toasts were given by our brothers.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Wedding Toasts were given by our brothers.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Kisses.  Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Kisses.  Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

And then, finally, in the grand tradition of Tony and I doing everything "backwards" we cut our cake before dinner!  Which was a very good thing since our little boy knocked into it just moments later - Putting a giant hand print deep into the fondant!

Our wedding cake was a simply white fondant accented with crystals in alternating patterns.  Note the sapphire crystals which represented my "something blue."  Wedding Cake by Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Our wedding cake was a simply white fondant accented with crystals in alternating patterns.  Note the sapphire crystals which represented my "something blue."  Wedding Cake by Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Cutting the cake was a family affair.  Moments later, our son knocked it over and smashed half of it!  Photo by www.altf.com.

Cutting the cake was a family affair.  Moments later, our son knocked it over and smashed half of it!  Photo by www.altf.com.

Thank you for allowing me to share our day with you all!  I struggled with this post - it felt oddly indulgent! But reliving the day was amazing and I could never thank those involved enough for making each and every dream we had for ourselves and our families come true.

Eppolito-Fisher Wedding at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.

Eppolito-Fisher Wedding at the Four Seasons Las Vegas.  Photo by www.altf.com.


Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is often published, with works featured by the likes of Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The NY 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. Named the Best Wedding Planner in Las Vegas (2013), 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.