The city of Las Vegas is the natural complement to a swank nightclub wedding. LVW has featured a few through the years, but none as high-energy as Jimmy and Alice’s wedding today! Wedding planner Andrea Eppolito submitted their luxe wedding at Chateau Nightclub, and tells the story of the day so well. Feast your eyes on the gorgeous photos from Adam Frazier of this wedding held at the base of the romantic Eiffel Tower, which not only married a couple, but all the best elements of a Vegas wedding: incredible views, lots of dancing and vibrant similes. On an amazing side note, Andrea continued to work through the wedding despite sustaining a broken toe during as the day got started following a statue-related accident. Now that’s dedication…
More from Andrea Eppolito, the planner of this pretty purple party-tastic wedding:
Meet my bride Alice, a chef who owns a restaurant in Southern California, and my groom, Jimmy, who works in the tech industry. When Jimmy met Alice through mutual friends as an undergrad, he was immediately smitten with his bright eyes, big smile, and her vivacious, insatiable appetite for life. Alice was drawn in by Jimmy’s “swag” but wanted to make sure that the big man on campus was serious before she fell head over years. Ten years later, Alice & Jimmy finally decided to make it official with a Las Vegas wedding that was as bold and high energy as the two of them are.
With a strong color palette and the desire for a high energy, sexy wedding, Alice and Jimmy booked Chateau Nightclub & Gardens in Las Vegas, as the venue offers the best of the city – beautiful spaces, gorgeous views, top notch food and wine, and entry into one of the city’s hottest nightclubs for the post party!
After downtown bridal portraits, they returned to Paris, where they held a personalized ceremony in the interior of the club, sparing guests from the 105 degree heat! A friend officiated the ceremony, pulling together the sweet and tender moments from their last 10 years together.
For the reception, guests headed up to the rooftop patio, which was dressed in white drapes, purple linen, and teal accents. They feasted on butler passed hors d’oeuvres and enjoyed action stations, an open bar, dancing, and both a photo booth and a flip book station. After a toast by Alice’s father, her brother serenaded the couple with a beautiful performance of “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel.
As a surprise for the newly married couple, and to start the party properly, we showered them with confetti as they took over the dance floor, celebrating with their family and friends all night long!
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Adam Frazier
CEREMONY VENUE . Chateau Nightclub, Paris Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Chateau Nightclub, Paris Las Vegas
WEDDING PLANNER . Andrea Eppolito Events / FLORAL + DECOR . Naakiti Floral / HAIR + MAKEUP . Your Beauty Call / ENTERTAINMENT . DJ Mike Fox / FLIPBOOK . A Flying Camera / CINEMA . Lighten Films
Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Today the focus is on restaurant receptions on the south Strip.
Restaurant receptions are common for many smaller Vegas weddings, as almost every Las Vegas restaurant offers some kind of private dining, and they make it easy to host a reception for 30 or fewer people. Instead of everyone swimming in a room that is too large for the group, these restaurants tailorsized their venues to smaller groups. You get all the benefits of the restaurant’s decor and location in addition to customized menus, the ambience, service and privacy.
Here are five of my favorite restaurants on the south end (and center) of The Strip for wedding receptions of up to 30 guests. You can read Part One: North Strip restaurants here.
For more suggestions, be sure to check out the Little Vegas Wedding venue guide restaurant listings or 140+ restaurants perfect for Vegas wedding receptions
Border Grill — Mandalay Bay
(Caesars Palace Location: Opening September 2014)
It’s no secret I love Border Grill. Great Mexican food with a vibrant atmosphere and indoor and outdoor options: what’s not to love? The best options for smaller weddings are the Ciudad Dining Room (34 guests) or the covered outdoor Cantina Patio for up to 60 guests.
- Breakfast, lunch, cocktail and dinner menus available.
- Price per guest: $21-69
- Dancefloor: Yes | Patio: Yes
- See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
- Cuisine Style: Mexican. Don’t miss: the Cadillac margaritas or chile relleno. Innovative action buffet stations for tacos, desserts and paella are available for banquets
- Decor: Funky with bright colors and expansive windows overlooking the Mandalay Bay pools
Verandah — Four Seasons Las Vegas
This intimate dining experience inside Verandah offers two private dining rooms for weddings: La Luna for up to 12, and La Sala for 26. The serene and calming atmosphere with views of the lush pool area cannot be beat.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus available, served à la carte, buffet or family-style.
- Price per guest: Contact venue for current pricing
- Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes (for larger parties)
- See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
- Cuisine Style: Italian. Don’t miss: the housemade pastas! Gluten free menu options are available.
- Decor: Tropical country club chic
Aureole — Mandalay Bay
Aureole is a breathtaking restaurant inside Mandalay Bay a world unto itself. A four-story wine tower, outdoor garden and fountain area with swans and modern cuisine make it unforgettable, like a secret garden. The terrace hosts up to 40 guests while the Center Room hosts up to 30.
- Price per guest: $85-120, bar packages from $25 an hour
- Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes (for larger groups)
- See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
- Cuisine Style: New American. Don’t miss: Charlie Palmer’s signature French Onion soup. Tasting menus and wine pairings from their extensive list are available
- Decor: Modern, with natural light from oversized windows overlooking Swan Court
Boardroom at Jean Georges
Jean-Georges Steakhouse — Aria Las Vegas
A classic steakhouse inside Aria, Jean-Georges is a masculine space (as you might expect for a steakhouse) with two options for wedding receptions: a 20 seat boardroom and 12 seat chef’s table.
- Cocktail receptions and dinner menus available.
- Price per guest: $30-165
- Dancefloor: No | Patio: No
- See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
- Cuisine Style: Modern Steakhouse with an Asian twist. Don’t miss: broiled bone marrow or black truffle and comté fritters. A/V equipment for slideshows is available
- Decor: Sleek and chic with dark woods, metal details and bull accents
Mon Ami Gabi — Paris Las Vegas
The French bistro Mon Ami Gabi offers a fantastic view of the Bellagio fountains or the Eiffel Tower replica. Two private dining rooms accommodation up to 24 at a long table and Cafe Halle for up to 40 guests. There are also semi-private options.
- Lunch, brunch, cocktail receptions and dinner menus available.
- Price per guest: $25-75
- Dancefloor: No | Patio: Yes (for larger weddings)
- See: Menus, Floorplans + Details
- Cuisine Style: French Steakhouse. Don’t miss: steak frites
- Decor: Classic bistro with red velvet drapes, and rich woods. Linens, candles, menus and table numbers included in private event rentals
Get inspired with these real Vegas weddings with restaurant receptions. Searching for the perfect venue for your Las Vegas wedding? Be sure to check out the other posts in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Venue series, or peruse the Vegas Wedding Venue Directory!
Sometimes my favorite images from a wedding day are the very personal moments a couple shares, along with their photographer. It might be a first look session or the moment immediately following the ceremony when the couple gets to celebrate privately. Or it might be like Lindsey and James’, on the very public Strip!
I love the way Suzi from Vitamin C Photography made the very busy Las Vegas Boulevard feel like it was a private world for James and Lindsey. (Which, if you read on, you’ll discover it was not!) It’s not easy to do and you probably feel like time had to be stopped to get a few of these shots, but they’re really lovely and a nice way to remember to the city these Canadians were married in.
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Vitamin C Photography / Ceremony Venue: Wynn Las Vegas / Reception Venue: Maggiano’s / Getting Ready Hotel: Mirage / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bride’s Shoes: RSVP
More from Suzi, the photographer:
Our first stop was to head to the Cosmopolitan for some just married candid shots. The elegant crystal strands and creative lighting of the Cosmopolitan were a perfect highlight to James’ bright pink vest and Lindsey’s already sparkling dress. We then stopped by one of my favorite spots in front of the Planet Hollywood, where James and Lindsey seemed to be the center of attention to everyone passing by wishing them luck with their new marriage.
Time was short and being late to the reception party with the bride and groom was not an option, so after some quick poses in front of the Paris’ Eiffel Tower we left the Strip. James and Lindsey had their reception at Maggiano’s, a classy and wonderful Italian restaurant located at the Fashion Show mall. Arriving right on time to Maggiano’s we were met by Lindsey and James’ families where everyone took a turn getting a picture with the new bride and groom. Touching toasts, great food, and a lot of dancing was had by all!
Here’s a hazard as a wedding blogger. You look at many, MANY wedding cakes every day. But how many is too many?
Pinterest, Flickr, on other wedding blogs, cake blogs, in cake studio windows…they all feed the addiction. And if you’re a Vegas hotel obsessed blogger this just sort of blends together after a while, and sometimes, well, the cakes start to look like Vegas hotels. Or is it the other way around?
So join me on a journey as we re-imagine some famous Las Vegas hotels, casinos and landmarks as wedding cakes in this fun post. While all but one of these cakes were not expressly designed to reflect the hotel, I couldn’t help but notice a passing resemblance in many of these cases.
Some of the comparisons are offbeat and a little abstract. Some are right on the nose. All are inspired by the architecture, colors and themes of various Las Vegas hotels and landmarks.
1. Golden Nugget
Inspiration drawn by the prismatic wall that lines the exterior of the Golden Nugget
2. Mix Restaurant at Mandalay bay
The glass bubbles also remind me of Twist at Mandarin Oriental, too. It’s that glass bubble connection.
RIP O’Sheas. You are missed.
4. LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at Mirage
5. Tournament of Kings at Excalibur
That cake is probably too regal to be associated with Excalibur, to be honest
6. Fab Rooms at Flamingo
I actually have a hard time believing this ISN’T the cake directly inspired by something in Vegas. But that’s actually the next cake…
Kari of Retro Bakery in Las Vegas was inspired by the old school Stardust (RIP) sign for this cake
8. Linq at The Quad
At first I thought this most reminded me of Cosmopolitan (the purple, maybe?) but then Vegas Tripping reminded me of the Linq Vortex at the renovated Quad. Nice Qake, huh?
9. Poker Room at Aria
10. Mandalay Bay Beach
11. Dale Chihuly Glass Installation at Bellagio
That cake is sugar art, directly inspired by Chihuly’s work. Amazing, right?
12. Caesars Palace
13. Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan
14. Circus Circus
Oddly, there is a lack of wedding cakes with a creepy clown theme.
15. The Shops at Crystals
To me, the cake is not even the most ridiculous thing here (although it IS impressive) it’s the name of the chocolate boutique that makes it: CHOCCYWOCCYDOODAH. I’ll bet they Google really well. They also do an amazing mermaid cake I almost included as an homage to Silverton Lodge and Casino.
16. Encore Lobby Bar and Cafe
I think I saw every damned red and gold cake on the planet trying to match this bar
17. Veer Towers
Alright, I admit it. I’m stretching it with this one. I just really like that cake!
18. Mandalay Bay
I would have used this for Tropicana if they had kept their gold windows.
19. Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
So the sugar “curl” on top is actually supposed to resemble an ocean wave, but all I saw was the twisted exterior of the Lou Ruvo Center when I saw it.
This is the cake I am most likely to inhale on this list, by the way. It’s white chocolate + chai with a caramel center, topped with gold leaf. All in an adorable single serving size. Maybe not so adorable when you’ve eaten three, though
Could also double as a cake stand in for the Clark County Government Center pyramid
21. NY NY Las Vegas
22. Suite at Bellagio
24. Venetian and Palazzo
Good for Rio, maybe, too?
25. Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
I really really wanted to replicate the gold bullion wall in the lobby of the Mandarin for this one, but no body made a cake nice enough to show off, so fans it was. The runner up is below
26. Chateau at Paris Las Vegas
Cause nothing says “classy French baroque design” like one of the busiest clubs on the Strip and the shenanigans that happen in there
If you’re looking for that extra cute layer of Vegas fun for your wedding, maybe matching your cake to your venue is just the ticket! But at the very least, you got to check out some gorgeous eye candy. Or eye cake, as it were. :)
If you didn’t have a cake craving at the start of this post, you probably do now. I’m off to get a slice!
Red. Hot. Two words that come to mind when I look at these photos. Kristin and Corey from Washington D.C., had their destination engagement session in Las Vegas with Brilliant Imagery recently, and let me tell you – they went EVERYWHERE.
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