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Video games at a wedding? Be still my heart! This very special wedding debuts a few new elements to Little Vegas Wedding: the first feature photographed by the fantastic Altf Photography, the first wedding planned and submitted by planning pro Andrea Eppolito and, of course, those video games!
From a masculine groom’s cake and videogames to a wedding cake decorated with roses and pearl strands and centrepieces dripping in crystals, this romantic wedding absolutely reflects a union between two people which is really what a wedding is all about. Andrea delves into the heartfelt details behind Eric and Amy’s wedding below; please read on and absorb the details from this incredible lakeside wedding full of romantic (and fun!) details.
More from Andrea Eppolito about this wedding:
They say you can’t meet anyone in a nightclub…but what if you meet on the way out? Lightening can strike.
That’s exactly what happened when Eric and Amy ran into one another after a night out with friends. He was the self-professed Las Vegas bad-boy with a chip on his shoulder and a line for every situation. She was the Southern California stunner studying pre-law who wasn’t biting!
Eric would not take no for an answer, and after finally getting her phone number he proceeded to court her old school with phone calls that lasted long into the night, text messages, emails, and enough flowers to fill a florist! In fact, to this day, Eric has a standing order for roses and lilies, ensuring that Amy is never without something to make her feel special.
From our first meeting, it was obvious that this would be a team effort. Amy had a very strong vision of what she wanted in terms of colors and design. Her heart was set on getting married on the water, which reminded her of her native San Diego. With a color palette of steel gray and pale pinks and a request to accent the space with roses, petals, and crystals for a soft and romantic feel.
While Eric was happy to give her what she wanted, he also wanted to ensure that he wasn’t lost in the process. He didn’t want to feel like he was living in a pale pink wonderful complete with cotton candy and sugared flowers. After making an off-the-cuff comment that the best parties he ever went to were the ones that ended with Golden Tee video games, we decided to build an outdoor arcade complete with multiple machines, candy stations, and fire pits with s’mores set ups. A nod to both Eric’s college days and Amy’s time on the boardwalks of San Diego, the balcony was intended to give Eric and the boys a place to retreat from all things pink, and ended up being the hit of the night where guests gathered for story telling, cocktails, and more than a few laughs.
As a surprise for her groom, a man who wooed her with super-human efforts, Amy arranged for the photo booth to have LED light up super hero masks, and for a Groom’s Cake that featured all of the naughty Vegas activities that Eric once loved.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Altf Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Andalusian Gardens at Westin Lake Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Baraka Ballroom at Westin Lake Las Vegas
OFFICIANT . Jimmy Mac / WEDDING PLANNER . Andrea Eppolito Events / FLORAL . Naakiti Floral Design / CAKE . wedding cake and groom’s cake – Peridot Sweets / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Cosmobella, shoes – Jimmy Choo Vamp / HAIR + MAKEUP . Makeup in the 702 / DECOR + RENTALS . Naakiti Floral Design / DANCE FLOOR + DRAPING . Sit On This / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . Paper & Home / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ Mike Fox / VIDEOGRAPHY . Lighten Films / PHOTOBOOTH . ShutterBooth / VIDEO GAMES . Funtime Arcades / COTTON CANDY STATION . Amazing Clowns
I swoon for autumn, I’ll admit it. And a wedding in the fall in Las Vegas? Even better! Christophe and Nicole are two locals who met while working at a high-end restaurant together. They married in the beautiful gardens of the JW Marriott. Can you even tell when looking at the photos that their nuptials were in November?
Nicole was a gorgeous bride with her retro-style makeup look and a wedding dress that evoked old Hollywood glamour. I love that they were able to sneak away from their reception to do some bridal portraits in downtown Las Vegas and on the Strip to finish the night. Be sure to check out their wedding film from Memory Lane for some shots of the reception.
WHY NICOLE AND CHRISTOPHE MARRIED AT JW MARRIOT
We chose to marry in Las Vegas because we live here and we both have family all over the globe which made it difficult to pick somewhere; Vegas just made sense for us. After seeing venue upon venue we were starting to become a little discouraged. While i was out looking at venues with my mom we made one last stop at the JW Marriott and fell in love!
THE CEREMONY — Lagoon Patio at JW Marriott Las Vegas
We didn’t want a big wedding and tried to keep things as simple as we could, but still nice. We also got lucky with perfect weather for our outdoor ceremony! For our reception we rented out a small space on the second floor at Spago in Caesars Palace. The food and the service was incredible.
Something we will never forget about our ceremony is forgetting our rings! Our officiant was supposed to be carrying them but she didn’t have them…nobody did. Everyone looked like deer in headlights. Christophe ended up using his dad’s ring and I used my sisters. It definitely brought some entertainment.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
All of our centerpieces and table decor at the reception were made by me. Also as the wedding favors, one of my best friends who is a chocolatier special made chocolate boxes and chocolates just for our wedding. Something fun we did at the ceremony was write love letters to each other that we enclosed with a bottle of wine. The plan is on our first anniversary to drink the bottle of wine and read each others letters.
NICOLE + CHRISTOPHE’S WEDDING GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We had 50 guests at our wedding and ended up spending about $15,000 for everything.
Memory Lane Video
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Kristin Long Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Lagoon Patio at JW Marriott
RECEPTION VENUE . Spago Las Vegas at Caesars Palace
FLORAL . Roxi Floral / CATERING + CAKE . Spago / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Allure, Celebrations Bridal + Fashion, shoes – Jimmy Choo Crown peep-toe pumps / / BRIDESMAIDS . Celebrations Bridal + Fashion / VIDEOGRAPHY . Memory Lane
Stacey and Brandon’s fresh Springs Preserve wedding was accented with turquoise, silver and purple colors. I’m in love with their wedding monogram, which provided a modern graphic element to the garden wedding and reception.
Cowboy boots for the ladies, a Disney gown and wedding cake topper, this wedding had touches of the bride and groom’s personality all over it! I think the best moment had to have been the first look with Stacey’s dad, though. What a beautiful moment.
WHY THE SPRINGS PRESERVE?
We chose Vegas because it’s our home and we have friends and family here. We specially chose Springs Preserve because of its beauty and the fact that it feels different than anything in Vegas.
THE CEREMONY — GARDENS ARBORETUM AT SPRINGS PRESERVE
Our wedding was a casual sunset ceremony, surrounded by friends and family with just a little rain for good luck!
THE RECEPTION — GARDEN TERRACE AT SPRINGS PRESERVE
A fun filled evening with dancing, drinking and laughing surrounded by the people that mean the most to us. Food served by the infamous Mon Ami Gabi with a menu created by the bride and groom. Plenty of games both traditional and non, with plenty of tears and laughter to go around.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
Much of our wedding was DIY! The card box was handmade, the frame that hung at the altar for pictures was handwritten, the tulle over the altar was all done by hand, the sunglasses sign for the favors as well as the coloring books and crayons were all put together by the bride.
FAVORITE WEDDING DAY MEMORY
The most stand out moment had to have been the cake cutting! As tradition goes we both wore plenty of cake on our faces with the groom getting an extra handful from the bride. We had a blast being able to walk through all the people who loved us the most before we ended up cutting our cake.
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM STACEY + BRANDON
Everyone told me that the night would go by faster than we could imagine but we didn’t believe them, take in every moment because before I knew it, it was 10:30! Also, make friends and ask people around you. I found all of my vendors through friends and family, I didn’t need to use the internet, everyone was more than willing to refer me, use that to your advantage. This town is full of connections, just have to know where to look!
STACEY + BRANDON’S WEDDING GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
We had about 100 guests and our budget was $12,000.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . JOA Photography
CEREMONY VENUE . Gardens Arboretum at Springs Preserve
RECEPTION VENUE . at Springs Preserve
WEDDING PLANNER . Infinity Events / FLORAL . Flowers by Michelle / CATERING . Mon Ami Gabi / BAR . DiVine Events / CAKE . Santana Bakes / BRIDAL FASHION . dress - Belle by Alfred Angelo / GROOMSWEAR . Bowties Bridal and Tuxedo Rentals / LINENS . Creative Coverings / ENTERTAINMENT . Aaron La Duke of Majestic DJs / VIDEOGRAPHY . JOA Photography
Despite high winds, locals James and Lesley celebrated their wedding in fabulous modern outdoor style poolside at The M Resort. Bright yellow floral accents complemented both the azure blue of the pool water and the purple uplighting at LUX, the top floor wedding venue at The M. I can’t get over the gorgeous views and stylish, slick design of this hotel. It’s got to be one of my favorite hotel wedding venues in Las Vegas!
WHY JAMES + LESLEY CHOSE M RESORT
We are Vegas locals and chose to have the wedding at M Resort because it’s a fun and easy destination for out-of-towners. The M is close to home and we love their modern decor and beautiful views of the Las Vegas Strip.
THE CEREMONY — Villaggio del Sole Pool at M Resort
Our ceremony was by the beautiful Villaggio del Sole pool with the aisle running between the two main pools. I regret wearing my hair down because the wind was insane that day but the the ceremony was still lovely and luckily the pictures turned out great!
THE RECEPTION — LUX at M Resort
We had the reception at LUX inside The M. It is located on the top floor of the hotel with amazing views of the Strip. We had a great time with our green screen photobooth, plenty of dancing, delicious food, and fun with our friends and family.
How fun are the green screen photo booth images and Vegas-y props? Love them!
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM JAMES + LESLEY
Have fun and don’t worry too much about the details – ask yourself if it is something guests will really appreciate or if they’ll notice it at all. Stick to your budget but if you can afford it, hire an expert. It is no fun to spend the day of the wedding worrying about assembling centerpieces, decorating, etc.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Byron Roe Photography
PHOTOBOOTH PHOTOS . Joy Squad
CEREMONY VENUE . Villaggio Del Sole at The M Resort
RECEPTION VENUE . LUX at The M Resort
OFFICIANT . Phil York / WEDDING COORDINATOR . Mariann Clemens at The M Resort / FLORAL . BY Dzign / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – David’s Bridal, shoes – Badgley Mischka / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ RumpleSkilton / PHOTOBOOTH. Joy Squad
Rebecca and John’s Vegas wedding encapsulates the versatility of having a wedding on The Strip. Starting with a romantic wedding ceremony officiated by a friend in the tropical gardens of Flamingo, they moved with their guests over to the chic lounge at Chandelier Bar. Handcrafted cocktails, hors d’ouevres and cupcakes fuelled the guests up for a full night of Sin City adventure, and they had little Vegas survival bags to take back to their hotels afterwards. I’m in love with Rebecca’s incredible silver Tadashi Shoji dress, too. A perfect choice for this stunningly modern wedding!
WHY REBECCA AND JOHN CHOSE LAS VEGAS
We decided to get married in Las Vegas because we didn’t want a traditional wedding and we knew that all our guests would have a great time there. It’s almost impossible to not have fun in Vegas!
THE CEREMONY — Gazebo Chapel at Flamingo Las Vegas
The ceremony was held outside at the gazebo chapel at the Flamingo hotel. My best friend was the officiant, and we had a very personal ceremony with our closest friends and family. We wrote the ceremony as well as our own vows.
THE RECEPTION — Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan
The reception was at the Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan hotel. We had passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails all made by the amazing catering staff at the hotel. We then held an after party at Cleopatra’s Barge at Cesar’s Palace where we danced until the wee hours of the morning.
DIY DETAILS + DECOR
I designed the invitations and gift bags and then professionally printed. I also made the programs for the ceremony and the card holder box that was placed at the reception. Although there weren’t many decorations needed because we chose venues that were gorgeous on their own, I wanted to make sure that there were some personal artistic touches. I’m an artist so having my hand in the design of the invitations and gift bags was really important to me. Some items in the wedding that we’re special to me were my grandmother’s purse and handkerchief that had her initials embroidered on it. The hanky definitely came in handy when we were reading our vows!
It’s hard to pick just one! I think the most memorable thing for us was when we read our own vows. We each wrote them privately, so they were a surprise at the ceremony. Proclaiming our love and commitment to each other in front of our closest friends and family was such a powerful and moving experience that we will never forget. Also doing a Soul Train dancing line at the after party was pretty epic!
LAS VEGAS WEDDING TIPS FROM REBECCA AND JOHN
Our number 1 tip for planning a great wedding in Vegas, is to pick a location and vendors you love. There are so many options to choose from, and most venues make it pretty simple to plan a wedding. It was like one stop shopping for us. John and I both love to cook, and food and cocktails were the most important aspect of the wedding for us. The Chandelier Bar is so spectacularly beautiful and know for their mixology program, that hands down, there was no other venue in our mind that would have been as perfect.
REBECCA AND JOHN’S GUESTCOUNT + BUDGET
I really wanted to keep our wedding around $15,000. I think we were pretty close to that, but I honestly lost track after a while. In reality it was probably closer to $20,000. We had about 75 guests that travelled from all over the country to be with us.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . JamieY Photography, member of the LVW photography directory
CEREMONY VENUE . Gazebo Chapel at Flamingo Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan
OFFICIANT . Christine Glanert, personal friend / FLORAL . Flamingo Las Vegas / CATERING . Cosmopolitan / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Tadashi Shoji / HAIR . Marie Dillenbeck, Expressions Hair and Nail Salon / MAKEUP . Violet Hour Salon at Cosmopolitan / GROOMSWEAR . MICHAEL Michael Kors / VEGAS SURVIVAL TOTE BAGS . designed by the bride, printed by Indyink / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . designed by the bride, printed at Colpa Press / FAVORS . chocolate poker chips - Personalized Chocolate, Elvis sunglasses - Oriental Trading Company, cookies and snack mix - DIY