WIPA Las Vegas Showcases ARIA Resort Hotel & Casino
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Since it's inaugural meeting in September 2014, WIPA Las Vegas has showcased classic luxury at The Four Seasons, iconic Las Vegas venues such as The Venetian, and the revitalization of old Las Vegas at The Downtown Grand.  For our Summer 2015 program, we wanted to return to luxury in a fresh, modern way.  

WIPA Las Vegas could not have been more excited to be hosted by ARIA Las Vegas.  As one of the crown-jewel properties of the MGM and located in City Center, ARIA blends a cool, steely sophistication with natural elements, a tree motif, superb food and beverage, and some of the finest service available in Las Vegas; making this one of those locations sought out by couple's seeking something unexpected for their wedding guests.  

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of The Wedding Chapel at ARIA Las Vegas; taken at the WIPA Meeting of June 2015.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of The Groom's Lounge at ARIA Las Vegas; taken at the WIPA Meeting of June 2015.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of The Bridal Lounge at ARIA Las Vegas; taken at the WIPA Meeting of June 2015.

Our speaker was none other than the President and Founder of the luxury lifestyle brand Kiki De Montparnasse, Kama Carnes.  Kama wanted to bring a bit of the brands style to life, and set up mini boutiques in the Chapel's dressing rooms.  In the bridal chambers we added a champagne tasting along side models wearing Kiki's wedding lingerie ad home products such as candles and pillows.  The Groom's Room featured a billiards table, a scotch tasting, and books on the art of erotica.  In the main chapel, we had a beautiful ice carving along side aphrodisiacs such as champagne, oysters, and chocolate.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of WIPA Members mingling in the Aria Chapel and inspecting the offers from Kiki DM; taken at the WIPA Meeting of June 2015.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of Kiki de Montparnasse lifestyle items and golf handcuffs; taken at the WIPA Meeting of June 2015.

After registration guests were lead into the ballroom which had been beautifully appointed by the team at MGM Events.  A five tier cake showed off the 3D mapping currently making the rounds on the wedding scene, while tables were set with textured ivory linens topped with crystal starburst chargers and architectural, modern centerpieces which allowed guests to see one another and the presentation.  Large crystals fell from the sky, completing the romantic, glittering look.  

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of the Pinyon Ballroom at ARIA Las Vegas; taken at the WIPA Meeting of June 2015.  Wedding decor by MGM events.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of the WIPA Meeting Program of June 2015.  Program by She Paperie.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of modern, tall centerpieces with white roses; taken at the WIPA Meeting of June 2015.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of the stage seating arrangements at ARIA Las Vegas; taken at the WIPA Meeting of June 2015.
It's all about details! Don't neglect the bottom of your centerpieces.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of rose petals and votive candles at ARIA Las Vegas; taken at the WIPA Meeting of June 2015.
Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of Ameba Starburst Chargers and menus by She Paperie; taken at the WIPA Meeting of June 2015.

ARIA's culinary team took center stage as they sent out one divine dish after the other.  The showpiece was dessert, which was less of a course and more of an event! The lights dimmed, music and video played, and waiters brought out dishes that came to life with smokey dry ice.  

Opulence - Crab Salad wrapped in avocado with a pomegranate base.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of Aria's Wedding Menu
Indulgence - The short rib ravioli. Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of Aria's Wedding Menu
Decadance - The Chocolate Aphrodisiac Course was served on a plate that came to life with smokey dry ice.  Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of Aria's Wedding Menu

Only after we had eaten did Kama take the stage to educate the group not only on the history of Kiki de Montparnasse, but the way that they use the five senses to impact a romantic experience to empower brides and grooms to love one another in a deeper, more intimate way.  Kama was thoughtful and deliberate, showing how many of their principles could be applied by different segments of the wedding planning industry.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito speaks at the WIPA Las Vegas meeting.  As the founding president, Andrea always does an opening, a thoughtful introduction, and a closing.  
Catering Manager Leslie Laher speaks to the group on behalf of ARIA.  
President and Founder of Kiki De Montparnasse, Kama Carnes was the speaker at the WIPA Las Vegas June 2015 meeting at ARIA.

At the ends, Kiki models and ambassadors entered the room and took to the stage, showcasing the newest items in bridal lingerie and accessories.

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito shares photos of models in Kiki de Montparnasse; taken at the WIPA Meeting of June 2015.

Afterwards, we were all invited to continue mixing and mingling in Kiki's boutique, just minutes away in Crystals Shopping Center.  There we found more sparkling beverages, chocolate, strawberries, and almonds while we walked, shopped, and learned more from Kama and her team.

Many, many thanks to the talented team that came together to produce such a wonderful event, and to our members, guests, and attendees who come out and truly embody the principles of this  dynamic organization!

Always...

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VENDORS AND VENUE

WIPA Meeting hosted at ARIA Las Vegas 

Speaker Kama Carnes

Models and Pop Up Shops by Kiki de Montparnasse

Design & Decor by MGM Events

Linens by Creative Coverings

Charges from By Dzign

3D Cake by Full Spectrum Events

Music by DJ Mike Fox

Paper by She Paperie

Photo & Video by Adam Trujillo

 

 

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.