Weddings are Gay.  Or Are They?  A WIPA Las Vegas Event
Las Vegas Wedding Planner and WIPA President Andrea Eppolito discussing the humanity and legalities of gay weddings, and the question of whether or not they are different from straight weddings.  Photo by Meg Ruth.

As the President of WIPA Las Vegas, I have had the opportunity to help plan and host some spectacular events throughout the Las Vegas Valley, and yet none has touched and moved me quite like this one.

On Tuesday, September 1, 2015 our local WIPA Chapter hosted an event called "Weddings are Gay.  Or are they?"  Initially, there was some concern about the title of the event; some found it offensive.  Which was precisely why we needed to host it.  

Although I will admit that it was not a topic I wanted to showcase.  My own personal beliefs (see Why I Don't Plan Gay Weddings) have been well established and I have shared my experiences and view point quite freely, it became evident that not everyone has had the same experiences that I have had with the LGBTQ Community.  There was a lot of discomfort, and a lot of questions that needed to be asked and answered in a safe space free of judgment. 

Who better to host such an event than Marek Bute; a newlywed, advocate, lawyer, and - yes - a gay man.  He also happens to be one of my former clients, much loved member of the family, and dear friend.   Some people were not sure if they could ask questions and not be perceived poorly, which inspired us to host a Q&A that I initially lead, but quickly turned over to the crowd.  At times we agreed, at times we disagreed, but in the end we all came away from the meeting with a greater understanding, a lot more love, and a feeling of euphoria, as if we were making the world just a slightly better place by talking to one another.

Lawyer and guest speaker Marek Bute with Las Vegas Wedding Planner and WIPA President Andrea Eppolito at MEET Las Vegas.  Photo by Meg Ruth.
Lawyer and guest speaker Marek Bute with Las Vegas Wedding Planner and WIPA President Andrea Eppolito at MEET Las Vegas.  Photo by Meg Ruth.
Snuggled between newlyweds and advocates Marek Bute and his husband, Rocco Gonzales.  Best looking guys in the room, as my husband was unable to attend this one!  Photo by Meg Ruth.

Snuggled between newlyweds and advocates Marek Bute and his husband, Rocco Gonzales.  Best looking guys in the room, as my husband was unable to attend this one!  Photo by Meg Ruth.

In all my time, I have never seen a group so engaged, so motivated to learn, and so honestly open hearted as the one that came together to discuss and support the idea of marriage and love.  Not gay marriage.  Not homosexual love.  Just marriage and love.  That is all.  

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito and WIPA Las Vegas presents Weddings are gay...or are they?  Q&A Session at MEET Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito and WIPA Las Vegas presents Weddings are gay...or are they?  Q&A Session at MEET Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito and WIPA Las Vegas presents Weddings are gay...or are they?  Q&A Session at MEET Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito and WIPA Las Vegas presents Weddings are gay...or are they?  Q&A Session at MEET Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito and WIPA Las Vegas presents Weddings are gay...or are they?  Q&A Session at MEET Las Vegas.

Without a doubt, this event could not have taken place without the tireless efforts of our Director of Programs Angelica McDonnell, along with the rest of our Board of Directors and our Creative Partners.  Please check out their websites and work via the listings below, and please enjoy these photos from what can only be described as the best damn educational session we have ever had!

xoxo Always....

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito plans gay weddings, straight weddings, and any other type of wedding that supports two people in love!

Please enjoy these photos!  And a special note....Our Moraccan theme was inspired by their personalized hashtag, #MaRocco; the perfect combination of Marek and Rocco's names!

Partners and Acknowledgements

Chapter President and Las Vegas Wedding Planner: Andrea Eppolito

Program Director: Angelica McDonnell

Venue:  MEET Las Vegas

Decor:  STYLE Lounge, FAB Lab, and Classic Party Rentals

Menu:  Divine Events

Bar:  Events with a Twist

Photo:  Meg Ruth Photography

Video:  Sam Welbourn Films

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.