Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito as a Muse of Matrimony

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito as a Muse of Matrimony

Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito featured as one of the Muses of Matrimony!

I have been thinking about it, talking about it, Tweeting about it...And now that the photos are finally here I can finally share the vignette Andrea Eppolito Events presented during the Muses of Matrimony showcase presented by ISES.  To give you some background, The International Special Events Society is a peer network of event professionals made up of every discipline imaginable.  ISES hosted a wedding showcase during the most recent CaterSource Convention, with a focus on Wedding Planning and Design.  To be invited by them to participate as a one of the Muses of Matrimony was truly an honor and a privilege.  To know that I would be showcasing my work in front of event professionals from around the world...That was a strange mix of exhilarating and nerve-wracking!

For months I went back and forth in my mind about what I wanted to present.  One night after reviewing some of my favorite past events and watching Dangerous Beauty (one of my favorite love stories) I woke up inspired by all things Italian, rustic, Renaissance, and romantic!  I immediately called the always amazing Randi of Naakiti Floral Design (who herself presented an insanely breathtaking tableau inspired by Indian Weddings) who had offered to partner with me and told her my idea.  We debated colors, textures, living sculptures and more.  My two non-negotiables were that there be a weathered gate welcoming guests into the ceremony, and that the table be set as a hollow square to ensure that all guests would see one another and share in a true Tuscan family style meal!

What guests experienced when they walked through the door was amazing!  First, the ceremony.  A large, hand forged gate of wrought flanked by pillars dripping with roses and ivy welcome them into the ceremony.  The aisle was marked with alternating cyprus trees and floating candles as rich jewel toned rose petals lead the way to an old-world alter topped simply with an antique candelabra.

The reception table was set to perfection!  A classic hallowed square draped in rich tapestry of burgundy and gold, with gold beaded chargers, goblets, and candles in perfectly matched burgundy wax!  And the "centerpiece" ~ Only a living, breathing statue of David!

Now, if you have been reading my blog and following my work, you know that I am a sucker for behind the scenes photos!  Here are a mix of pics from the moderately talented yours truly wielding my iPhone along side gorgeous portraits taken by the immensely talented John Cooper of Alt F!

Thank you again to my partners and friends at Naakiti Floral, Hyde Bellagio, Brian Derck Marketing & Design, Sit on This, Dress My Walls, Emma Cammack, Paper & Home, and Alt F!

Always...

Yes, that is a living statue courtesy of Naakiti Floral.

Yes, that is a living statue courtesy of Naakiti Floral.

Such a stunning wedding ceremony at Bellagio Las Vegas!

Such a stunning wedding ceremony at Bellagio Las Vegas!

Dining with The David! What an amazing centerpiece! Kona the living statue!

Dining with The David! What an amazing centerpiece! Kona the living statue!

Kona up close - Brought to you by my iPhone and Instagram!  Airbrushing by Emma Cammack!

Kona up close - Brought to you by my iPhone and Instagram!  Airbrushing by Emma Cammack!

The table top was decadent, elegant, and rich. Thank you to Paper & Home for the beautiful work!

The table top was decadent, elegant, and rich. Thank you to Paper & Home for the beautiful work!

My behind-the-scenes close up of the to-die-for florals! And love the goblet!

My behind-the-scenes close up of the to-die-for florals! And love the goblet!

Behind the Scenes with my iPhone! Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito with Brian Derck ~ Owner of Brian Derck Marketing & Design and sponsor!

Behind the Scenes with my iPhone! Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito with Brian Derck ~ Owner of Brian Derck Marketing & Design and sponsor!

Behind the Scenes with my iPhone - I couldn't resist showing Randi to the world! What an incredible artist, designer, and friend!

Behind the Scenes with my iPhone - I couldn't resist showing Randi to the world! What an incredible artist, designer, and friend!

Thank you to our sponsors! Amazing talents that I am lucky to work with and know!

Thank you to our sponsors! Amazing talents that I am lucky to work with and know!

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.