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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
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
I love a romantic, traditional wedding, and Julie and Gaetano’s wedding at Lake Las Vegas was just that, overflowing with love and personal details. They were married at a venue well-suited to Julie’s vision of a fairytale wedding, the gorgeous Capella Di Amore at Hilton Lake Las Vegas, a dramatic chapel that hovers over water. Despite losing her voice, Julie powered through and married her sweetheart. Soft pink colors mixed with Tiffany blue and a hugely dramatic wedding gown perfected this classic Las Vegas wedding and make this couple’s dream day come true.
The Ceremony –Capella Di Amore at Hilton Lake Las Vegas
Before I met Gaetano, I was that little girl who dreamt of a fairytale wedding, I always knew I wanted to feel like a princess on my big day. So when my Prince Charming asked me to marry him I couldn’t have been more thrilled to start planning. I chose the Hilton at Lake Las Vegas because of their beautiful chapel on the bridge. It was exactly what I was looking for! Our wedding was beautiful and a very special day in our lives.
There were a couple small speed bumps along the way. I completely lost my voice on the wedding day — I woke up and could hardly make a sound! I actually found it a blessing in disguise. I was able to kick my feet up while my sister/maid of honor handled everything. I drank warm tea and saved my voice for my vows. I was able to say them and be heard. Another minor issue was my flowergirl dresses, I decided to get crafty and make them myself. I used the prettiest tulle, full of glitter. Unfortunately glitter is really itchy! My flowergirls were all red and begging to take their dresses off after we took pictures. They sure did look cute though.
DIY Details + Decor
Other than the flowergirl dresses (the only DIY projects that went wrong, thank goodness!) my sister and I made the flowergirl wands, table numbers, menus, seating name cards, bouquet for the toss, favors, garters and much more. I saved a bunch of money making these myself and they gave my venue a unique feel.
Julie and Gaetano’s Wedding Tips
One planning tip I have is pick a good wedding coordinator! I was so lucky to have Debbie (Ravella’s wedding coordinator) she was so good at keeping me organized and on time. She was very helpful in making decisions before the wedding and helping my wedding day to go as smoothly as possible. We had a guest list of 75 people and everyone knew where to go and what to do.
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER . Images by EDI
CEREMONY VENUE . Wedding Chapel at Hilton Lake Las Vegas
RECEPTION VENUE . Ballroom at Hilton Lake Las Vegas
FLORAL . Petals Flowers and Events / CATERING . Hilton Lake Las Vegas
Every Monday this year we are highlighting a unique Vegas wedding venue in the Ultimate Vegas Wedding Guide! Today is the super chic and modern Henderson M Resort, Spa and Casino.
891 South Rampart Boulevard, Las Vegas | 702.242.5700
Capacity: Up to 520 | Indoor + Outdoor Sites Available | Hosts: Ceremonies + Receptions
Find M Resort on Twitter @MResort | Facebook
Wedding Package Pricing and Information
Just the Deets
M Resort is a boutique off Strip hotel and casino resort in Henderson with fantastic venues perfect for weddings (and a pretty great buffet!) The entire property, which opened in 2009, is very modern and is quite beautiful. Being off Strip, they often have excellent pricing on their packages and offer quite a few upgrades included for free, such as a honeymoon suite, open bars and other bonuses to tempt you. The resort featured high tech amenities, some of which are incorporated into their wedding offerings.
Venues are indoors and outdoors, and includes 17,400-square-foot Milan ballroom; a boardroom and convenient business center. They also offer spacious suites like the Loft Suite which might be good for casual get togethers and parties.
Unique to M Resort are LUX and Villagio Del Sole. LUX is a private venue on the 16th floor of the resort offering 7,200 square-feet of scenic space and a terrace overlooking the Vegas valley and Strip from the top floor. Villaggio is the enormous outdoor pool and entertainment area including a 200 foot-long wedding aisle “catwalk” that crosses the pool. Also available are seven casino restaurants and five bars — Anthony’s Prime Steak and Marinelli’s Italian offer patios perfect for small to mid-sized weddings, overlooking the pool and Vegas area. The Hostile Grape wine cellar is also a great option for weddings.
Upgrades on wedding packages available include 50″ TV for photo slideshows, a customized digital display that greets guests as they arrive at your wedding via the elevator, custom dance floor gobo light, uplighting and custom cocktails. An onsite bakery, Babycakes, creates wedding cakes as well.
Patio at Anthony’s Steakhouse ceremony setup
Ceremony setups at M Resort. Left: Villaggio pool catwalk, right: banquet room
Ceremony at LUX
All inclusive ceremony packages are $2500-3500, venues only from $1200-1500. Catering is priced from $90-140 per person for all-inclusive packages of buffet or plated meals with 4 hour open bar, wedding cake, dancefloor and linens to name a few bonuses. Gourmet menu items include beef tenderloin, cider-soy glazed Chilean seabass and cocktail hours with pass hors d’oeuvres for that classy touch. For those on a budget, daytime packages are also available at a discount.
This resort is a fair jaunt south, but they do run a shuttle to and from The Strip. It may be more convenient to suggest all guests stay at the property.
Dancefloor at LUX
Cakes by Babycakes
Hostile Grape Wine Cellar
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!
Photos are courtesy of M Resort