Glam Las Vegas Destination Wedding Shoot

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Today’s inspiration shoot comes to us from the wedding capital of the world – Las Vegas!  But this is no quickie I do, this is a look at what you really can do when you design a glam wedding worthy of the big lights of Las Vegas.

Wedding planner, Andrea Eppolito Events shared with us how this destination wedding inspiration shoot came together.

What I loved most about this experience was the massive amount of collaboration that took place.  Each and every element of this design was influenced by the others, creating a beautiful story, visually.

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With Paris fresh in our hearts and mind, we began to design a French blue hued wedding reception. My dear friends at Rivea, a French restaurant at the top of The Delano Hotel, offered us their private dining room, appropriately inspired by the French coastline.  The team at By Dzign meditated on the two Panetone Colors of the Year,  Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz.  We took that base to the next level, adding deeper tones and richer hues for winter…A combination that was both classic and dreamy, leading us down a rabbit hole of gorgeousness for our florals.  

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 Our bride’s gorgeous Olvi lace dress, gifted to us by Couture Bride, played an equally important part of the design on the invitation, with the lace pattern peaking through the laser cutting.  The invitations were build to be removed from the gatefold, revealing additional inserts along with a custom RSVP cards set with enough space for each guest to fill in their name and entree selection. 

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As a team, it was so important that each element of the wedding design served to highlight and enhance the others.  The striking v-neck and illusion back lines of our bride’s dress visually paired with the tall pillars of floral that set apart her ceremony site. These in turn paired with the dramatic windows of the Delano over looking the Las Vegas strip, creating the perfect backdrop for a destination wedding.

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If the room was inspired by the coast line, we wanted the ceremony to feel more rustic and provincial.  We kept the space elegant and clean, with only two large and wild floral sculptures at the front.  Long table had square, gold vases edged with an abstract design.  Each held an arrangement of hydrangeas along with peach, coral, and blush roses.  These blooms were accented with seeded eucalyptus and red hanging amaranthus, ideal for bringing in a touch of autumn.  Chunky candle holders with live pillar candles and long candlesticks with live flame dripping everywhere (literally all over the linen) were interspersed for a beautiful glow and added romance.  Round tables had a gold compote vase filled with ivory hydrangea along side the blush, peach, and coral roses.  Spray roses were added for texture and dimension, and the pieces were accented with seeded eucalyptus, red hypericum berries and red hanging amaranthus.  Gold candle sticks with live candles and a few gold mercury votives gave us a glow. 

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Each guest’s name was laser cut and placed at the tip of the place setting; both a gorgeous addition to the table and a personalized keepsake. 

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Transitioning into the reception, the blue linens played off the natural blue decor of the room creating the a comforting, relaxing environment that felt “just right”. The pops of color found in the centerpieces and bride’s evening bouquet added just the right amount of contrast without distracting from the beauty of the bride! 

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Photo Shoot Vendor Team: Photography: Rebecca Marie Photography,  for the beautiful photography, Design/Decor: By Dzign, Location: Rivea at The Delano, Beauty: Amelia C & CoInvitations + Paper Goods: Gourmet Invitations, Videography: Adam Trujillo, Bridal Fashion: Couture Bride, Planning + Design: Andrea Eppolito Events

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Yellow and Blue Destination Wedding Back Home in Iowa

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Caitlin and Brad held their destination wedding back home, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where they returned from Tennessee to tie the knot.  They selected a ceremony site very near and near to their hearts, the same place Caitlin’s parents, both sets of grandparents, and one set of great-grandparents wed. So this family tradition continued with a destination wedding this time around!

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The bride shared a bit about their big day details with us – which was all about family and only fitting for this darling couple. “We incorporated a lot of tradition and history throughout our day in different ways, making it even more meaningful for us and our families.”

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“We danced to ‘Forever Like That’ by Ben Rector – the acoustic version. We had both been taking lessons for a while and didn’t want anything too choreographed. Our dance instructor helped us with a styled intro and ending, and Brad led a waltz through the rest of it…impressing our guests, especially his mom!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Emily Crall Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Reception Venue: The Celebration Farm, First Dance Choreography: Fred Astaire Dance Studio Memphis, DJ: Unique Events of Iowa, Florist, Cake Designer + Catering: Hy-Vee: Davenport Utica Ridge, Officiant: Msgr. Thomas Zinkula, Hair Stylist/MUA: Blaze Salon, Invitations: Zephyr Weddings

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Italy Destination Wedding Gala Inspiration: Engage!16 Italy

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We’ve got one more magical event to share from the Engage!16: Europe wedding business summit I recently returned from.  Set in beautiful Puglia, Italy at the famed Borgo Egnazia property, on the final night, the team at Engage hosted a gala in full masquerade style.  The black tie party was dripping with deep red tones atop a neutral palette, giving the tent plenty of drama before even the first guest stepped inside.  But this party was more about the entertainment than even the flowers.  Elan Artists brought in bands to rock the night away, Italian opera singers to fit the setting, and even ballerinas to dance between courses!

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If you’re in the destination wedding business, going around the globe to one of the Engage Summits is the best investment you could make for your business (and your clients!).  And this is something you feel and know by the time the week ends and you get to celebrate together at the gala.  The decor is so special, but the people, the friends you’ve made and the business you’ve built is that much more special.

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This tented fete was the perfect blend of a little bit of country chic (the rustic twine and small details reflected the area we were in) paired with the grand centerpieces, well-dressed bars, and beautiful tent to remind us of the black tie affair we were a part of.

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And just like at the previous Engage parties this week, each guest was invited to partake in the fun and the theme by dressing the part.  As we entered the party, we were each given a lace mask to wear at the ball.  This is a great idea for a themed party when you want your guests to immediately immerse themselves in the experience!  And it makes for great photos too!

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These are our fabulous hosts, Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce, the brains behind the Engage Summits. They have been teaching us in the wedding industry for years to better ourselves, our brands, and our events to serve clients at the highest level possible.  If you’re in the wedding industry, this is an event not to be missed.  Any day now they will be announcing the 2017 lineup of dates and locations, so stay tuned as they sell out FAST and rumor has it, they’re going global again.  I know I’ll be there!  This trip to Italy was once in a lifetime and this event I will never forget.  Thank you to Kath and Rebecca for including me in such a magical experience and thanks to the entire Engage team for wowing us like I never thought possible, even for you!  To see who produced this incredible event, check out the vendor credits below.

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Event: Engage Summits, Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio, Location: Borgo Egnazia, Florist: Giuseppe Armenise, Entertainment: Elan Artists, Audio Visual: Light Tracks Service, Branding, Gifts, Accessories: Gifts for the Good Life, Event Stationery: TPD Design House / Two Paper Dolls, Videography: Elysium Productions, Linens: Nuage Designs, Floral Support: G Fresh, Roses: Meijer Roses

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Retro Beach Wedding Party: Engage!16 Italy

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Getting married on or overlooking the beach in Europe?  Then this retro beach party is for you!  The second of the spectacular parties hosted by Engage!16: Europe was one at the Borgo Egnazia beach club, just a few minutes bike ride from the main hotel compound.  And when in Rome, or in Puglia, Italy in this case, it was only fitting that a beach celebration with style was held over the lunch hour of this incredible wedding business conference.

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The event kicked off by getting every guest in the color palette, with beautiful silk scarves and matching sunglasses so we could all become part of the festive theme.

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Then fresh seafood stations could be found lining the boardwalk around the water’s edge, filled with a bounty of local selections from the sea.

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Even cars, bikes, and Vespas helped to complete the decor, making the perfect touch to fill the large grass area that we celebrated on.

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Elan Artists, the entertainment and music company for the event, brought in dancers in picture-perfect retro wardrobe to get the party started in full “swing.”  They brought over 100+ musicians, dancers, and entertainers for the Engage Summit in Italy and wow did it make an impact.  Wedding entertainment is no longer just about music, but professional dancers with that music to get the party started, to keep the party going, and even to entertain guests during dinner.  Try it, your audience will be dazzled like we were!

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Elan Artists even brought in synchronized swimmers whenever there was a place for them to dance in water!  This retro beach party at Engage!16: Europe was perfect for a post-wedding brunch, a wedding welcome kickoff party or even a big day abroad where you want to have a little cheeky fun.

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Event: Engage Summits, Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio, Location: Borgo Egnazia– Cala Masciola Beach Club, Florist: Giuseppe Armenise, Entertainment: Elan Artists, Audio Visual: Light Tracks Service, Branding, Gifts, Accessories: Gifts for the Good Life, Event Stationery: TPD Design House / Two Paper Dolls, Videography: Elysium Productions, Bikes: Ecorent, Catering: Traetta Catering

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Picture Perfect Destination Wedding Dinner: Engage!16: Italy

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Earlier this fall I set off for Puglia, Italy to attend the first European Engage Summit, a luxury wedding business conference that takes place in a magical destination around the globe a few times a year.  This time it was held at the famous Borgo Egnazia, which was also the wedding location of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel.  Each conference showcases talents in the region, shares new wedding trends, and teaches us to be better at our businesses for couples going through the wedding planning and destination wedding planning process.  And Engage!16: Europe showed us just how incredible a destination wedding in Italy can really be!

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With the best talents hand-picked from around the world, the parties were over-the-top, unbelievable, and frankly, down right magical.  Beginning with this spectacular opening night party in a piazza of the hotel, it was an open-air market-like party complete with hanging flowers flanking the long tables and candlelight just about everywhere.  The look from day to night was simply stunning!

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The detail in the decor of this party was unparralleled!  The design makes for a perfect destination wedding welcome event but also a fantastic wedding reception.  The feeling that you were in a local Italian market surrounded by the best of everything was overwhelming.  They did a fantastic job of weaving in the location, something you want to consider when hosting a wedding away from home.

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I’ve been to a lot of parties in my almost thirteen years in the wedding business, but this may have topped them all.  The pictures show you just how pretty it was, but the feeling we had being at such a special event could never be fully described.  Engage and the team left no detail undone, right down to the buckets of twinkling lights on the rooftops surrounding us!

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Boardering the dinner tables were oodles of interactive food and drink stations where guests got to engage with chefs who were making fresh mozzarella, tossing pizza, and dishing up gourmet gelato.  Talk about fresh!  The food was to-die-for!

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Then local dancers performed to entertain our audience before a finale of fireworks were set off overhead.

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What a way to kick off Engage!16: Europe!!  We’ll be sharing more amazing images from the week in Puglia in the coming days so stay tuned for more destination wedding inspiration to come.  And thank you to Engage and everyone on their team (vendor credits below) for creating such a special scene and setting for us to celebrate in!  This is a party and event I will never forget!

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Event: Engage Summits, Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio, Location: Borgo Egnazia, Florist: Giuseppe Armenise, Entertainment: Elan Artists, Audio Visual: Light Tracks Service, Branding, Gifts, Accessories: Gifts for the Good Life, Event Stationery: TPD Design House / Two Paper Dolls, Videography: Elysium Productions, Additional Entertainment: Terraross Entertainment, Marino Rana, Artists: Compagnia Stabile Di Alberobello, Wine: Coppi, Fireworks: Pirosud

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