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
It starts with a true love story – Thuy met her French husband Jonathan while in Paris, and they fell head over heels for one another. With family and friends all over the world, the couple chose Las Vegas to bring everyone together at the Springs Preserve for their wedding.
Their wedding mixed a number of different themes and styles, true to this jetsetting couple’s lives: desert garden combined with tropical Vietnam with a touch of European elegance. The ceremony featured floral details: a calla lily lined aisle, and an arbor strung with glass bubbles filled with chrysthanthemums. Thuy and Jonathan also provided a tea ceremony service for their guests.
The desert garden wedding transitioned into Paris in the jungle, with huge philodendron leaves and orchids at each table setting. Seafoam green and grey dominated, with white and silver to complement the palette. A photobooth with tonnes of fun props entertained guests and the bride and groom, and to end the evening, the newlyweds changed into traditional Vietnamese wedding attire!
Why Jonathan and Thuy Married in Las Vegas
We chose Las Vegas because it is a great city that is fun and tourist friendly. My husband is from France so we wanted to pick a place where his friends and family can easily entertain themselves, party to the wee hours of the morning, and for our guests to have a great vacation as well as joining our wedding. Also, Vegas has special meaning to us as it is the first place I took my husband to when he first visited me from France when we started dating. We picked Springs Preserve because it is such a beautiful venue that is not your typical idea of a Vegas wedding. Springs Preserve has a nice mix of modern, elegant, and natural elements that makes this venue truly unique.
Thuy’s Favorite Wedding Day Memory:
There were many stand out moments from our wedding day. We did our first look which I enjoyed very much because it allowed us to spend some alone time before the ceremony and seeing my husband’s reaction to seeing me for the first time was priceless. Another stand out moment was when my husband was trying to comfort me when I was crying during my father’s reading of his poem. It was a very emotional and fun ceremony that will forever be remembered. We also loved that we were able to get the Skyline Terrace Suite at the MGM Grand Hotel for our rehearsal dinner and after party, allowing us to spend more time with our friends and family in a relaxed setting with an amazing view.
The Ceremony — Gardens Arboretum at Springs Preserve
The ceremony was officiated by my sister’s husband who made it very personal and heartfelt. We incorporated the tea ceremony to honor my Vietnamese culture and parents. The purpose of the tea ceremony is for the bride and groom to honor our family elders and receive their blessings. During the ceremony, my father read a Vietnamese poem that he wrote in which it was translated in English and French. My bridesmaid read the English version of the poem and my mother-in-law read the French version. We thought it was a nice way to include our parents and friend into the ceremony.
The Reception — Gardens Terrace at Springs Preserve
There is a gorgeous view of the Vegas strip skyline at this reception site. My mother and her florist friends did an amazing job with the flowers and decorations. Our guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and open bar catered by Divine Events. We then danced the night away to the music provided by Elegant Entertainment.
DIY Details and Wedding Decor:
My mother and sister are very creative and talented people. They pretty much did everything themselves. My mother designed and did the flowers and decorations. The wedding favors/escort cards were made by my mom. My sister made the programs, menu, and designed the logos on the backdrop for the “red carpet” pictures. I made the table numbers incorporating our color theme of sea-foam green and silver.
Thuy and Jonathan’s Tips for Other Couples Marrying in Las Vegas
Do your research on your vendors to make sure they are reliable and professional. We would highly recommend reading the reviews. We heavily relied on our vendors since we are not from Las Vegas. Also, ask your vendors for recommendations for other vendors. Our photographer, Gaby J, was very helpful in recommending us to some great vendors. Try to plan multiple events for the wedding weekend in which Vegas is great place to allow that. We had multiple events like the rehearsal dinner, after party, a meet up in downtown Vegas, and a dim sum brunch after the wedding day to allow us to see our friends and family from near and far.
Thuy and Jonathan’s Guestcount + Budget
We had 90 guests with a budget of $25,000 for the wedding weekend celebration
VENDOR + VENUE DETAILS :
PHOTOGRAPHER gaby j photography, a LVW photography directory member
CEREMONY VENUE . Gardens Arboretum at Springs Preserve
RECEPTION VENUE . Gardens Terrace at Springs Preserve
OFFICIANT . Bride’s brother-in-law / WEDDING DESIGNER . Bride’s Mother / FLORAL . Bride’s Mother, Assisted by Absolutely Flowers and Balloons / CATERING . Divine Events / CAKE . Retro Bakery / BRIDAL FASHION . dress – Augusta Jones, shoes – Nina, / HAIR AND MAKEUP . Cristophe Salon at MGM Grand / BRIDESMAIDS . Vera Wang / GROOM’S WEAR . Hugo Boss / LIGHTING . Elegant Entertainment / STATIONERY + PAPER GOODS . invitations – Indian Wedding Card, menus – DIY by bride’s sister / ENTERTAINMENT . Elegant Entertainment / PHOTO BOOTH . Elegant Entertainment / VIDEOGRAPHY . Neat Event Video
There’s just something about Las Vegas weddings that I think attract the coolest, most eclectic couples. Risk-takers, trendsetters and just generally awesome people, you know? I wasn’t able to get in touch with today’s couple for the interview as they are so incredibly busy, but I wanted to share their extraordinary wedding nonetheless. Extraordinary how? A dove grey wedding dress, amazing shoes, an incredibly stylish wedding party crew and a venue that fits so perfectly for this couple, it’s unreal.
Wendy and Jim had been married for 20 years when they decided it was time to REALLY get married. While they had never had a traditional wedding, they pulled together their friends and family to make their wedding day dream a reality at their vow renewal.
After getting ready at Vdara, they chose the gothy, appropriately art-themed boutique hotel The Artisan for their handfasting, vow renewal and wedding reception. A belly dancer entertained and a custom cake based on Tony Duquette’s designs enthralled. The elaborate cake (from Aracelli Zea Cake Studio) with vibrant colors and artistic shapes was a showstopper!
Why the DC Comics merchandise? Jim is a well-known comic book artist who has worked with DC in the past. Ever heard of Batwoman? Yeah. That well-known.
First looks: still the best.
Venue and Vendor Details:
Photography: The R2 Studio | Wedding Ceremony Venue: Artisan Chapel at The Artisan Hotel Boutique | Wedding Reception Venue: Mood Restaurant at The Artisan Hotel Boutique | Wedding Cake: Aracelli Zea Cake Studio | Groom’s Boots: Jeffery West
Brandi and TJ were married in a destination wedding with rustic details and accents of mustard yellow and charcoal gray this spring. Following an outdoor ceremony at an MGM Signature patio, the couple and their son celebrated with a reception at Joe’s Stonecrab at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace! JamieY Photography was there to capture the moments and many handmade details of this very personal destination wedding.
See more of this wedding with rustic touches!
Melissa and Wade were married earlier this spring in an absolutely party rockin’, ground shakin’ wedding and reception at Veil Pavilion at Silverton Hotel! F-Sequence Studio captured the beauty and excitement of the day in the photos below, but also be sure to keep scrolling and check out the live action in a video from Something New Films, especially if you are a fan of wacky wedding dance videos. (And who isn’t on a Friday?!)
I really like Silverton Hotel & Casino. In addition to a really awesome aquarium (where you can exchange vows underwater) the property has a rustic mountain lodge type feel, as well as a dedicated wedding and events center called Veil. It’s totally my style: antler chandeliers, wood accents and dramatic lighting, plus theatre-style drapery and a massive dance floor.
Speaking of dance floor… this crazy reception dance party saw the bridal party ditch their wedding finery for unique costumes to do the Harlem Shake as a surprise to their guests. Feather boas, E.T. and even a pink gorilla made appearances for the incredible group dance.
Deacon Tyler, the photographer: “We had never shot at Silverton Casino before, but the experience was wonderful and we had full permission to photograph both inside and outside of the casino. It was refreshing and a great opportunity to capture some of the excitement of a true Las Vegas wedding and we actually got photo bombed by a beautiful mermaid at the aquarium!”
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: F-Sequence Studio / Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue: Veil Event Pavilion at Silverton Hotel + Casino / Wedding Dress: Alfred Angelo “2329” / Bridal Shoes: Dillard’s / Hair + Makeup: Krystle Randall of KoLoR / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Express / Groom’s Suit + Menswear: Men’s Warehouse / Floral: Roxi Floral / Cake: Cravin’ Cake Bakery / Videography: Something New Films
I LOVE first looks!
Mermaid photo bomb!