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an ella gagiano photography publication

for love is the reason for living

telling your story, PHOTOGRAPHY AND CINEMATOGRAPHY

Using the art of photography & cinematography to share your special day for generations to come. Your ultimate keepsake

spotlight on LAS VEGAS Join us as we take a look at the hottest destinations to get married in Las Vegas

destination FRANCE

Journey to the romance filled country of France with an upclose peek at this real wedding

SOUNDTRACK of your love

See what tips and hints our top DJ at High Class Studios has to make your wedding the most fun of them all

COUNTDOWN to your wedding

spring 2014

Make sure you have everything you need to plan your wedding & the ultimate timeline to make it easier than ever


LETTER from the EDITORS Hi! My name is Ella Gagiano and I am originally form the beautiful country of South Africa. When my husband Jason and I met on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, it was love at first sight! It wasn’t long before we married and began to build this wonderful company here in Las Vegas. Life has been so busy and we so easily get caught up in the ‘rat race’ that my message to everyone will be to slow down just a little and to spend time with your loved ones. ‘For LOVE is the reason for living’ are the words that are dearest to my heart and those are the words that I want to pass on to you. In the end, I truly believe that Love is the only thing that matters. Our new magazine, ‘forLOVE’ was created with that message in mind. Jason and I have just moved into an amazing new studio here in Las Vegas and to celebrate, we have decided to start our very own magazine! It was a crazy dream that I have always had, but that’s crazy! To have your own magazine is impossible! But with my hubby Jason, nothing is impossible… So here we are and we are hoping you will find ‘forLOVE’ an inspirational source for your wedding planning with lots of gorgeous photos and of course the BEST source to help you find our favorite Vendor friends that we trust 100% and give nothing less than spectacular service and quality every time here. This magazine is full of great ideas, photos, planning information, 5 star vendors and it will help you as you plan the most important day of your life!

Ella

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Jason

Ella Gagiano and Jason Neistadt

Magazine Design & Layout by Jessica Eilefson of High Class Studios

FEATURED ARTICLES

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DESTINATION VEGAS Get a sneak peak at one of Vegas’ premier weddings spots, The M Resort & a portrait of a real wedding

TULLE & SILK & LACE ... OH MY! Take a look at these gorgeous wedding gown designs from Mina Olive

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REAL INSPIRATION Take a look at our real weddings, for real inspiration. Get ideas on table toppers, color inspiration and more!

AROUND THE WORLD A glimpse into the romantic countryside of France on a Wedding adventure with a real couple


HIGH CLASS S T U D I O S

an ella gagiano photography company

handcrafted wedding albums At Ella Gagiano’s High Class Studios, we document your wedding day in the highest quality Wedding albums in the industry. No other studio can match the quality of our incredible high end digital matted albums. We have custom covers in acrylic, metal and even real Italian leather. Our Signature wedding albums are professionally designed and then printed using the most advanced techniques available today and hand crafted to perfection. Each album is personally inspected by Ella Gagiano and doesn’t leave the studio until it meets her absolutely high standards. For more information on our hand crafted wedding album, contact Ella Gagiano at (888) 610-3305 or visit HighClassStudios.com


MAKEUP TIPS This is the day you have dreamed of since you were just a little girl. You have always pictured in your mind how you would look on your wedding day. Now, it is coming time to actually start planning for that wonderful, romantic, “dream come true� of a day. You have finally found Mr. Wonderful, your perfect dress, the perfect place you want to walk down the aisle, but did you think about your hair and makeup? Are you going to leave that last detail to chance? It is time to think about hiring a professional bridal hair and makeup artist. The last thing you need to stress about is making sure your makeup and hair looks just right. Relax; hire a professional bridal hair and makeup artist that will come to you, which puts more time in your already busy schedule. You will save time and energy and its fun! It is very important that your hair and makeup will look as beautiful and relevant in 20 years as it does on the day of your wedding. Lei V Beauty Agency has years of experience in Bridal Hair & makeup. We Hope to be apart of your Big Day!

For more information on booking Leila as your makeup artist, contact Leila at LeiVAgency.com


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1. Transcend Dream

2. Endeavor

3. Copley Triple Row

4. Wondrous Split Shank

For more information on MJ Christensen Fine Jewelry, contact Heather Swearingen at (702) 802-2588 or visit MJChristensen.com

It’s all about family. With over 40 years of experience in all facets of the

While we carry an unparalleled selection of exclusive designer

jewelry industry, Cliff Miller and his wife and business partner

brands and responsibly sourced diamonds, what drives us each

Darlene uprooted their family and headed west. They saw a

day is a genuine love for our communities. Our commitment to

tremendous opportunity to join a company that had withstood

serve the community is lead by owners Cliff and Darlene Miller

all the challenges within the jewelry industry and had

whose passion to serve others is evident through their many

established an impeccable reputation, even among their

philanthropic affiliations both locally and globally including

competitors who often refer guests to MJ Christensen. Cliff is a

Opportunity Village, Best Buddies, United Way of Southern

past president of AA Friedman Company of Augusta, Georgia,

Nevada, Child Focus, and BeadforLife.

then the 8th largest jeweler in America and past president of

MJ Christensen shines not only as a treasured jewel in Las

Four Points Corporation of Louisville, Kentucky. In May 2000,

Vegas history, but also as a place our guests call home. Visit us

Cliff acquired the managing partnership and became

at MJ and you will feel the warmth and true love of jewelry

President/CEO of MJ Christensen.

from our professional staff. Whether you are looking to learn

After 73 years, MJ Christensen Diamonds are fully committed

more about diamonds, need help selecting the perfect gift for

to principles of honesty, integrity, craftsmanship, excellence in

a loved one, or would like to share stories of jewelry from your

guest service, and most importantly, relationship building.

family, we are here for you.

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countdown what to do and when Planning can get hectic, and we don’t want you to forget anything! So we made this handy timeline to help you get organized. You might not be doing all the things we have listed here depending on personal tastes, but at least you won’t forget your deadlines! We also included a checklist to make sure you don’t forget the important things.

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Shop for your gown, bridal party attire and set a date for fittings. • Select and register for your gift preferences at your local stores or online. • Select a bakery for your wedding cake. • Select your travel agent and start planning your honeymoon. • Select and order save-the-dates and invitations from High Class Studios. • Book your wedding day hair and makeup appointments. • Finalize your guest list. • Set dates for bridal showers and other parties, if your attendants offer to throw them. • Mail “save-the-dates”, especially if you’re having a destination or holiday weekend wedding. • Order any additional stationary items: “thank you” cards, guestbook, and any other personalized items from High Class Studios. • Select the rehearsal dinner restaurant. • Order wedding rings.

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S H Buy or create a wedding organizer. Got to keep all those appointments, payments and inspiration in order! • Announce your engagement. Tell your friends and family the good news! • Establish your Budget and talk with anyone who may contribute to your wedding. • Start your guest list, it helps establish your budget. • Get your Engagement photos at High Class Studios! These help you with the engagement party and save-the-dates. • Set the date for your big day. • Decide what kind of wedding you will have, for example is it formal or informal? • Reserve the location for your ceremony, reception and meet with the officiant. • Decide on the maid of honor and the best man for your wedding party. • Visit High Class Studios to select your photography, videography, DJ & lighting and photo booth. • Select your florist, caterer, entertainment, and wedding consultant.

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Confirm dates and arrangements (reception site, caterer, florist, honeymoon, photographer, videographer, wedding cake, DJ & lighting, photo booth, wedding dresses.) • Have a trial run for hair and makeup. • Check for marriage license requirement laws. • Hire wedding day transportation. • If placing announcements in newspapers, check the deadlines. • Address and mail out invitations for out-of-state guests. • Make an appointment for you and your bridesmaids on the wedding day to get hair and nails done. • Have programs, menus and escort cards printed. • Pick up wedding bands and have them engraved and sized. • Select ceremony and reception music with your DJ and confirm setup times. • Select Attendee, Bride and Groom gifts.


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TH Final confirmation of all services. • Get the necessary forms for a name change. • Pick up the wedding rings. • Contact guests that have not responded. • Provide reception site/caterer with total guest count. • Plan seating arrangements. • Break in your wedding shoes. • Pack for your honeymoon, don’t wait until the last minute! • Remind attendants of rehearsal dinner. • Give bridesmaids a party or luncheon. • Bride and bridesmaids take a day at the spa to relax and be pampered. • Plan a special day with your fiance to get your marriage license. • Arrange final dress fitting, as well as your final hair and makeup trial. • Confirm honeymoon reservations.

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Eat! so you don’t faint! • Allow enough time for your hair, nail and makeup appointments. • Don’t forget the rings and the marriage license!

Wedding Organizer Printed Materials (Engagement Announcements, “Save-the-Dates”, Invitations, “Thank You's”, Table Numbers, Escort Cards, Seating Chart, Programs, Menu, Guestbook) Ceremony and Reception Location, Officiant Bridal Gown, Tux & Accessories Bridal Party Attire & Accessories Wedding Cake Photographer & Videographer DJ & Lighting Florist & Other Decor Caterer & Party Rentals (Tables, Plates, Flatware, Linens) Hair & Makeup Artist Wedding Rings Marriage License & Name Change Forms Attendee, Bridal Party, Bride & Groom Gifts Travel Agent for Honeymoon

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BOUQ spring

east Cherry blossom, columbine, dogwood, hyacinth, lilac, lily of the valley, mophead hydrangea, pear, peony, tulip

midwest Cherry blossom, crab-apple blossom, daffodil, forsythia, lilac, lily of the valley, peony, tulip, viburnum

west Freesia, lily of the valley, pansy, poppy, ranunculus, rose, tulip, violet south Dogwood, forsythia, foxglove, herbs, larkspur, magnolia, peach, pear, plum, rose, spirea, sweet pea, tulip, viburnum, wisteria

summer east Asiatic lily, black-eyed Susan, cosmos, delphinium, larkspur, pee gee hydrangea, rose, sunflower, zinnia midwest Clematis, cosmos, cockscomb, daisy, garden roses, hydrangea, rudbeckia, sunflower, viburnum, zinnia west Begonia, delphinium, gardenia, hydrangea, pansy, poppy, rose, violet south Aster, cosmos pee gee hydrangea, plumbago, rose, rosemary, sunflower, zinnia

autumn east Amaryllis, bittersweet, crab apple, hydrangea, ornamental berries, rose, sugar maple, sunflower midwest Autumn foliage, crab apple, dahlia, ornamental berries, rose hip, rose, scabiosa west Chrysanthemum, cosmos, coreopsis, Gerber daisy, hydrangea, lisianthius, pomegranate, rose, rose hip south Bittersweet, galax, hydrangea, ornamental berries, rose, salvia, sassafras, sumac

winter east Dried flowers, evergreens, forced bulbs, ornamental berries, seedpods midwest Dried flowers, evergreens, forced bulbs, ornamental berries, seedpods west Acacia, evergreens, forsythia, fruit blossoms, paper-whites, seeded eucalyptus, tulip south Evergreens, hydrangea, rose

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QUET a bloom for every

SEASON Everyone can agree that a bride becomes a bride when you place the flower bouquet in her hands; It’s a phenomena all its own. Obviously, color is a big concern when it comes to the bridal bouquet; however your perfect bloom may not always be in season. Use this quick guide as a reference tool to assist you in picking gorgeous blooms that make a statement for your wedding day.

For more information for floral arrangements for your wedding, contact the Michelle Howard at Flora Couture (702) 221-1200 or visit Floral2000.com


the

Mandarin Oriental The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is a stylish location set against the glittering back drop of the bright city lights of Las Vegas. At the Mandarin they know how important it is that everything goes to plan, so they will do all they can to make sure that every moment of your special day is a dream come true. Whether you’re looking for an intimate gathering or a lavish wedding celebration, they offer elegant packages, commitment ceremonies and vow renewals that are tailored to each couple. There is no casino in the Mandarin, so it is really fantastic on your wedding day not the hear all the bells and whistles of people gambling. The lobby, over 20 floors up, is accessible via elevator and opens to a visually stunning gold-gilded wall. It is by far one of the most majestic backdrops in the city, and often mentioned when you begin talking about the locations a couple wants to visit for wedding photos! What really sets Mandarin Oriental apart from the other spectacular venues on Las Vegas Boulevard is this – There is only one ballroom in the property, only one. Which means that your wedding, should you be able to book it here, will be the only event taking place in the resort, guaranteeing you the complete attention of each and every member of their team. High above are hundreds of glass bubbles lighting the way, and for a moment you feel like you’ve stepped into a champagne glass. Dressed in golds, ivories and amber, the palette is neutral enough to play off of any color combination you can conceive, making the space ideal for your ceremony, cocktail party, or even post wedding dessert display or after party. The ballroom is just…in a word…Magnificent! Everything from the softly carpeted floors to the high-backed banquet chairs oozes luxury. Your eye is naturally drawn to the ceiling, where those same bubbles of light appear again, clustered together and hugged by interlocking circular structures forming the most modern decor and chandeliers you could find. - Andrea Eppolito

For more information on booking your wedding at The Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, contact the on site coordinator Angela at (702) 590-8888 or visit MandarinOriental.com

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the

Smith Center The Smith Center was built to host the greatest in performing arts from around the world, but truth be told, our weddings are just as spectacular as our productions. The stunning art deco style creates an elegant and sophisticated backdrop to your vows, while our ringing carillon bell adds a touch of old-world romance. It’s a one-of-a-kind setting that can turn your wedding into a true masterpiece. Any one of our event venues can accommodate your ceremony depending on the size and style you desire, from the Grand Lobby or Upper Lobby in Reynolds Hall to Cabaret Jazz. Or, enjoy the lush beauty of nature in our Courtyard or design your perfect setting in our extremely versatile Troesh Studio Theater. The choice is yours, and we will be there to help you every step of the way.

For more information on booking your wedding at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, contact the on site coordinator Pilar Pava at (702) 749-2316 or visit TheSmithCenter.com


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the

M-Resort The M-Resort is Las Vegas' best kept secret for destination weddings. The Resort is situated 400 feet above the Las Vegas Strip and features breathtaking views of the city. With the contemporary decor, marble throughout, and a beautiful pool, the property is a must see! There are 390 guest rooms and suites, and transportation to and from the Las Vegas Strip, and McCarran Airport is complimentary. Most weddings take place in LUX, which is located on the rooftop and offers breathtaking views of the Las Vegas strip and entire Las Vegas valley! There is a beautiful Terrace with some great photo opportunities! There are many other wedding locations such as pool terraces, contemporary banquet rooms, and very unique venue, Hostile Grape, which emulates a wine cellar and is great for the wine enthusiast. The M-Resort offers inclusive packages, making it easy to plan your wedding there. Ceremonies include your officiant, floral, and photo (High Class Studios), and a suite for the bride and groom is a great bonus too. The most popular ceremony location is the pool, where you will walk down the “catwalk” between two infinity pools. The reception packages are great as they include hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour, your choice of dinner, wedding cake, and a four hour open bar. Prices start at $125 per person. Wedding packages can be viewed online at www.themresort.com and search for The M-Resort on www.theknot.com and www.weddingwire.com for reviews of this great venue and our talented team. The best part about the M-Resort is the flexibility. This is your special day and we make sure to make it the best it can be. Our talented wedding team will assist you from start to finish, our Chef’s can create anything you can think of, and we partner with the best vendors in Las Vegas! Contact Tina Randall or Mariann Clemens in our Wedding Catering Department to schedule a time to see this beautiful property. Mention you were referred by ‘forLOVE, an Ella Gagiano Publication’ for a complimentary champagne toast!

For more information on booking your wedding at The M Resort in Las Vegas, contact the on site coordinator Tina or Mariann at (702) 797-1919 or catering@themresort.com

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TPC

Summerlin For more information on booking your wedding at TPC Summerlin, contact the on site coordinator Keri Macanas at (702) 256-0111 or visit TPCSummerlin.com

Thank you for considering TPC Summerlin for your special day. As one of the most memorable days of your lives, choosing the right venue is paramount to making these memories last a lifetime. Let our experienced Wedding Specialists ensure every detail is attended to with care, to provide a flawless, stress-free occasion. We look forward to being a part of your journey. If you are looking for an oasis in the desert, our Ceremony location is perched on a hilltop that overlooks the surrounding lakes below and provides 360 degree view of the stunning Mountain Ranges. As the sun sets behind the Red Rock Mountains, the glistening sunlight and reflection off the lake provide the perfect backdrop for your photos. Continuing from the Ceremony, our newly renovated patio is furnished with lounge seating and fire pits that overlook the gorgeous 18th hole to provide the perfect location for your Cocktail Hour. Our 36,000 square foot Clubhouse is a combination of cozy and Traditional, with a large fireplace at the lobby entrance. The Reception room features dark wood beams throughout, glass chandeliers, floor to ceiling windows that overlook the Golf Course and 25ft steeple ceilings. Marked by the PGA TOUR standards of service, our Professional Wedding Specialists are there every step of the way to ensure that your entire experience from booking, to detail planning and execution is uncomplicated and enjoyable. We give you the confidence that when you book your wedding at TPC Summerlin, your visions become reality. Efficient and quick communication is a must when planning a wedding and our team prides themselves with this.

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“a dress like no other, an experience like no other, all for a day like no other.”

Your wedding day is a day away from the ordinary. A special time where dreaming and original ideas become reality. Everything from your bridesmaid's earrings to your napkin-rings have been put together in a specific way making everything perfect for your day. Your dress is no different, in fact, a wedding gown is in a league of it’s own. The dress of your dreams becomes a reality at Mina Olive. Settling is something no bride should ever have to do when it comes to her wedding dress; and no two brides should ever wear the same dress. Figure flattering, detail oriented and an original design is what every bride can expect from a Mina Olive gown. You are the inspiration.

For more information on Mina Olive’s dress designs, contact Mina Olive at (702) 738-2926 or visit MinaOlive.com


LET’S TALK DRESSES with mina olive


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what’s hot for 2014 Here are some of our favorite trends for tying the knot in 2014; be inspired.

animal wedding crashers

getting vintage

Is there anything more adorable than a

Many brides are taking inspiration from the

four-legged friend at a wedding. Your pet is a

roaring 1920’s with dramatic veils, cap sleeve

member of the family, and there’s lots of

gowns, fur wraps, hair embellishments, and

different ways to include them in your big

incorporating shades of gold into their

day, such as bringing them to your

wedding plans. The timeless bow tie is slowly

engagement shoot or donating favors to the

making a comeback over the classic tie.

ASPCA in honor of your beloved pooch. Here’s

Remember the key is incorporating these in a

a couple ideas for some puppy love.

modern way for a truly Gatsby experience.

picture in a picture No wedding album would be complete without a shot of your gown in all its glory before you slip it on, but we’ve noticed more brides are adding mementos in the background. Add a “blink and you’ll miss it” family photo, a childhood keepsake or any other fun surprises you can think of for an even more personally touching photo.

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the unplugged wedding

More and more couples are promoting the

unplugged wedding. Leave the devices at the door, for a more intimate feel and connect with the couple on their big day! Let the gorgeous photos be captured by the

professionals. This allows for the wedding

photos to be more easily captured, we want everyone looking at the right camera!

creative jewelry shot

savor a private moment

After springing for shiny new wedding bands,

Many wedding coordinators will build in time

you’ll bet they’ll be part of your wedding

for a couple to view their reception space

footage. Photographers are coming up with

before guests arrive. Sneak away to practice

crazy-inventive places to photograph your

your first dance, take a deep breath before

rings, including on your iphone, a miniature

greeting loved ones and shout “We finally did

picket fence, a Christmas tree, and more.

it!” After all this is about you and your love so

Show off that sparkler in a new and creative

let it shine in a quiet space just the two of

way (with the help of your photographer).

you (and maybe the photographer too).

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ARO UND WO R LD

the

destination

FRANCE


This past year, Ella Gagiano and her

the rest of their lives together. As Western

their baguettes by hand every morning, shoes

amazing senior photographers have been

Europe’s largest country, France is diverse and

are made by artisans, and dinners are

chosen to do some of the most amazing

multi-faceted, with lush vineyards and cozy

leisurely, pleasurable affairs. France is meant

destination weddings all over the world. From

villages giving way to dazzling Mediterranean

for lovers, whether you take a river boat along

a wedding ceremony performed by Monks and

beaches and world-class cities. With a history

the famed Seine River, sample chocolates at a

a couple riding away on an Elephant in the

dating back to the middle ages, it’s impossible

local patisserie or shop the upscale boutiques

jungles of Thailand to a private ceremony on

to miss the countless icons. Whether you care

along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. It is

the exotic beaches of Mexico, Ella Gagiano is

to drink champagne in an ancient cellar in

the perfect choice for a destination wedding!

the popular choice for destinations anywhere.

Reims or visit a chateau, the legendary

This gorgeous couple, Julien and

romance and storied history of France never

Veronique, chose the incredible location of

feels trite. It rolls rather effortlessly into

France to be the backdrop for the first day of

everyday life. Village bakers here really do craft

For more information on booking your destination wedding with Ella you can contact her at (888) 610-3305 or visit EllaGagiano.com


valerie

kelvin

Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church & TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada Photo Courtesy of: Ella Gagiano Photography / High Class Studios


julia

savhan

Location: Private Residence in Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada Photo Courtesy of: Ella Gagiano Photography / High Class Studios

REAL WEDDINGS // REAL INSPIRATION

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molly

ryan

Location: Las Vegas Country Club in Las Vegas, Nevada Photo Courtesy of: Ella Gagiano Photography / High Class Studios


dominique

elesh

Location: Spanish Trails in Las Vegas, Nevada Photo Courtesy of: Ella Gagiano Photography / High Class Studios

REAL WEDDINGS // REAL INSPIRATION

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remove STRESS from your planning

Between caterers, decor, the guest list, the dress, the bridal party and family your plate can feel pretty full. Learn how a wedding planner can take the stress off you, so you can enjoy this wonderful and fun time in you and your fiance’s life. Meet our expert wedding and event planner Andrea! She’s here to help put together your dream wedding. relax and actually enjoy the planning of your fabulous, big event.

Congratulations, you’re engaged! Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting and romantic things you will ever do. But it can also be confusing, draining, and stressful. Whether you have been planning this day in your

yours, and not some repeat of the same wedding that everyone else is having. Once we determine what your wedding is going to look and feel like, I

head for years, or if this is completely new to you, the act of taking what is

become your advocate in all things, with all people. I work for you. Not for

in your head (and heart) and translating that into a real, live wedding takes

the venue, not for the vendors and creative partners, and not for your

time, knowledge, and savvy.

family and friends. I have no end game except to see you happy and well

Is a wedding planner a luxury? No. I truly believe that selecting your

taken care of. To accomplish that, I will do whatever it takes, whenever I

wedding consultant is the most important decision you will make when

have to. Ultimately, that means going to battle for you and standing on

planning your wedding (second only to deciding who to marry). Your

solid ground so that no one’s voice is heard louder than yours. Whether the

wedding planner is going to be the person you speak to the most during

issue is between the two of you, a family member, a friend, or anyone else

your wedding planning process. You need to know one another. You need

that comes close to your day, you know that I am on your side. Always.

to like one another. There needs to be an energy that exists between you that fosters trust, honestly, loyalty, and respect. The average wedding that I plan takes over 600 hours of planning. I send

At the same time, I am the voice of reason that will coax you back to reality when the intoxication of Pinterest and the many wedding websites and shows make you crazy and inspire a design that’s more split personal-

and receive over 1,000 emails, several hundred text messages, countless

ity than well thought out and amazing. I’ll be your accountant, reminding

hours of phone calls, in person meetings, planning meetings, site

you to stay on point, and directing your dollars into the places that will

inspections, walk throughs, and follow ups for each couple I work with.

make the biggest impact. I’ll be your sounding board when you want to

Could you imagine trying to keep all of this straight while also having a job,

discuss a new idea, your personal shopper when you are looking for that

not to mention a life?

one item you just have to have, your stylist in the dressing room, your

There are many different wedding planners out there, with each offering a different set of services ranging from day of coordination to planning, designing, production, and execution. In fairness, I can only tell you who I am, what I do, and why. Having gotten my first job in the wedding industry while still in high school, I fell in love with the idea of wedding planning at an early age. As I grew up, I learned that there is more to planning a wedding than an

personal assistant keeping you organized, and your lady in waiting on the day of. Beyond that, and after all of this, I will be your friend. Celebrating your life, your love, and your future with you long after the wedding day has passed. In the end, that is the most valuable thing a wedding planner can offer you. Honestly, organization, and an authentic love of the process.

inspiration board and fussing over flowers. My first job as a wedding planner is to get to know you, as individuals and as a couple. It takes a special skill set to ask certain questions, listen to the answers, and then ask again. This process of Q&A may seem basic and even silly, but it is the only way that I can guarantee that your wedding will be completely and utterly

Congratulations, again! For more information on booking Andrea Eppolito as your wedding or event planner, contact Andrea at (702) 604-1857 or visit AndreaEppolitoEvents.com


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Selecting the right DJ is so important to your wedding and the timeline of your reception. Our resident wedding DJ here at High Class Studios lets you know what to look for and will give you suggestions on how to pick music that defines you as a couple and sets the stage for your wedding.

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At Ella Gagiano’s High Class Studios, we bring to you the absolute

We have high quality sound systems for your ceremony as well.

best in entertainment. With the most sophisticated DJ turn table set-ups

Make sure that you and your officiant can be heard by your guests so

and high quality audio speaker and sub woofer systems, our DJ’s are the

that they can also enjoy the moment. Then, you can trust us to be ready

best in the industry and know how to keep the dance floor going. As real

for the party afterwards! We will keep your guests fully entertained while

industry and night club performing DJ’s we make sure your day isn’t

we wait for you to finish your family and couple photos and bring you

ruined by the cliché “wedding DJ”. We do it right and we do it cool!

into the party with the best “Grand Entrance” you can imagine. If you

When you book your DJ, Videography and Photography through High Class Studios, you can be sure that you are getting the absolute

need dance floor, club-style and even up-lighting and design for the entire reception… We’ve got you covered!

BEST in quality and communication. Our timelines are well thought out and your DJ will make sure that the photo and video team is well informed before the important moments like the first dance, cake cutting and speeches. We work with you on every detail to make sure your wedding day is perfect.

For more information on booking your DJ & Lighting services with High Class Studios, contact Jason Neistadt at (888) 610-3305 or visit HighClassStudios.com

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telling your story with photography and cinematography Here are some tips and important things to ask not only your potential photographer and videographer, but also yourself, such as budget, style and personality. From the videography experts in the business at High Class Studios, (888) 610-3305

Long after the vows have been said, cake has been cut and songs

whatever you want to see! Press a button to take you straight to the

have ended; the memories of your wedding day live on through your

garter toss, bouquet toss, the ceremony, your family toasts, first dance, the

wedding photos and video.

highlights or whatever you feel like showing your friends and family!

At Ella Gagiano’s High Class Studios, we take great pride in the

We even create an exciting theatrical trailer for you to see online

quality of work that we provide and we specialize in Photo and video.

while we edit the rest of your video in our signature ”high Class” style. When

We welcome you to come into our studio and see examples of

you watch your final wedding video, you will want popcorn and a

complete weddings that we have captured and see the beautiful canvas

comfortable seat… It is just like watching a Hollywood film!

prints, High-end digital wedding albums, framed prints and of course our amazing cinema style videos. Our wedding videos are captured in full

Log on to www.highclassstudios right now and check out some of our examples and you will see why we are the best choice.

High-Definition and we even create custom BluRay DVD’s if you have an HD

At Ella Gagiano’s High Class Studios, we document your wedding day

TV! We record all of the audio using super high quality external microphones

in the highest quality Wedding albums in the industry. No other studio can

so that the sound is crystal clear and perfect, no matter how far away the

match the quality of our incredible high end digital matted albums. We have

videographers may be.

custom covers in acrylic, Metal and even real Italian leather. Our Signature

When you book your wedding video and photo with us you can be

wedding albums are professionally designed and then printed using the

certain to never have “missed shots” while the photographer and

most advanced techniques available today and hand crafted to perfection.

videographers get in each other’s way while they both compete for the “Best

Each album is personally inspected by Ella Gagiano and doesn’t leave the

shot”. High Class Studios has the perfect system and we all work as a team,

studio until it meets her absolutely high standards.

to make sure the complete coverage of your day is absolutely perfect!

Call our studios now to schedule an appointment to see these

At High Class Studios, we edit your final DVD and photos into

beautiful pieces of art. You have to see and feel them to appreciate the

separate chapters with a custom video menu for you. No need to bore your

incredible quality.

friends with 2 hours of uncut footage… With our DVD’s, you can jump to

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kool. Party Rentals is your kool.-est source for contemporary, high-end furnishings and event décor. Let our kool. team help you design and create the wedding day of your dreams. Tell us High Class Studios referred you and receive 10% off!

These are just some of the products offered by kool. : LED Dance Floors Illuminated Dining and Cocktail Tables Specialty Chairs and Stools Fabric Walls, Columns and Drape Specialty flooring, Carpet , and Carpet Runners Lounge Furniture Contemporary and Illuminated Bars Lighted Acrylic Centerpieces and Decor

Kool. Cool. It’s not how you spell it… It’s what you do with it!

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For more information on event rentals from kool., contact them at (702) 979-1398 or visit koolpartyrentals.com

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hints to great engagement photos Often overlooked, engagement photos are an important ingredient to include in your wedding memories for a couple of reasons. Read on to find out why and the creative things you can do with them, plus tips to enhance your shots, ideas from the experts at High Class Studios There is no better way to get to know your photographer than by doing an “Engagement Photo Shoot”. It is for you to get to know your photographer, and just as important for the photographer to get to know you. The photographer will find out what makes you comfortable… What is your best angle, the best way to make you look your best. These things are so important that Ella Gagiano and all of her senior photographers at High Class Studios include an engagement session in EVERY package… Complimentary! Besides just getting comfortable with each other, engagement photos are a great compliment to your wedding photos as they are typically done in a different season and are more casual. You will have time to laugh and play and these will give you more photos to display as artwork in your home. Perhaps you want to send all of your wedding guests a “Save the Date” invitation, publish a photo in the local paper, create a beautiful custom sign-in book for your guests to browse through as they write, or even have a beautiful poster at the reception (In fact, many wedding venues are now requiring that). In any case, there is absolutely no reason not to do an engagement photo shoot. It is so much fun and a great way to spend the day. When you schedule your engagement photo shoot, we recommend choosing a background that says something about you. Perhaps a location where you first met, kissed or just a place that you love together that means something special to you. Be creative with your location choice. Do you love sports? Dress up in your favorite teams jersey and go to the local stadium, How about a good burger joint or even the airport. When you call Ella Gagiano and her team of creative photographers at High Class Studios, they will give you tons of creative ideas and help you to come up with the perfect location for you! For more information on booking your engagement session with High Class Studios, contact Ella Gagiano at (888) 610.3305 or HighClassStudios.com


do it yourself VS wedding planner Sometimes you might think what you saw on popular sites like Pinterest and Etsy will be simple to do, however the reality is, is that often times couples do not realize how many things need to be done and how many things are happening at the time of their wedding day. Here, Tori L. Cooper, celebrity wedding and event coordinator explains why it is always better to opt for a wedding coordinator to handle all those little detail. When you first get engaged people immediately start bombarding

often know the acceptable range of what a service is worth.

you with questions – Where are you getting married? Have you set the date

3) Relationships with vendors – A planner is in the position to work on

yet? How much is your budget? Can my brother’s girlfriend’s cousin attend?

multiple events and they have established relationships with vendors of all

And then, for the entirety of your engagement, the questions never end.

sorts – photographers, florists, djs etc. Not only do planners spend time

They come from all directions, from parents and friends, to co-workers and

researching and meeting with vendors to know the best that’s out there for

even strangers! An engagement should be one of the happiest times of

every budget, but they also refer couples to vendors constantly. As a result

your life. You should be able to enjoy it, because after all, it is based on the

of all of these referrals, a vendor is more likely to negotiate with a planner

fact that you have found your soulmate, the one you are going to spend the

since they can give them repeat business.

rest of your life with! This is the time you should be reveling in your love

4) Experience – Most people are planning their wedding with no knowledge

and not dodging questions and getting bogged down with emails and

of how to throw a large-scale event. Of course there are books and plenty

meetings! And that brings us to – the top 5 reasons to hire a planner.

of tips from well-meaning friends and family, but a planner has seen many

1) Stress – A planner takes on the stress so you don’t have to. A planner

events. A planner is in the unique position to know what things should cost

will be the one to respond to all of the emails from various vendors and

in every range. They can tell you if you are being cheated or if that

serve as the point person so you only have to deal with one contact. Your

“expensive” photographer really isn’t so expensive after all. They know what

planner will coordinate all of the meetings and be there to remember the

questions to ask your vendors and how to schedule the day so that you can

details, plus ask the right questions. And most importantly, the planner will

get your photos taken, your guests fed, your speeches completed and

be there on the big day to make sure everything runs smoothly so you can

everyone out on the dance floor.

be with you family and friends.

4) They are required – More and more venues are requiring planners.

2) Prioritization – There are several guides you can find on the internet

Hotels used to have banquet managers to assist couples throughout the

which will tell you what percentage you should be spending on every aspect

whole day, but this is an easy cost-cutting measure for venues. They get to

of your wedding. I believe it is fine to use them to inform your decision, but

cut their staff and have them go home and your planner will be the one to

I think it is also valuable to know what is important to you and put your

stay until the end of your wedding and make sure everything gets wrapped

money there. If food is your thing, then you might want to throw extra

up – rentals collected, gifts delivered to your room, wait for vendors to

money into the catering budget. If you are a music lover, you might want to

come and pick up their items. Site coordinators offered up by the venues

put a greater amount of money there. That’s why it is important to discuss

often represent the venue, not the couple. They will help you, but they will

what you (and this means anyone who has a say in the wedding) care

not advocate for you as a planner would. In addition to traditional venues,

about the most and in what order. A planner will offer guidance about what

many couples are now seeking out unusual spaces for their weddings –

is within your price range and what will throw everything else out of whack.

barns, art galleries, lofts – and all of these spaces need planners as well

It is easy to get excited about all of the possibilities and make an

since they double as a wedding site and often have no one to help.

uninformed choice, but a planner will serve as a great resource since they

As a result of her outstanding client care and upscale client service, Tory L Cooper is known in the Las Vegas Valley as the premiere Las Vegas wedding and event planner. She has been named “Best Wedding Planner” by Las Vegas Life magazine. Tory L. Cooper has created special events for: President William Jefferson Clinton, President Gerald Ford, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Mr. Tony Bennett to name a few. When you need your wedding done right, then you want Tory L. Cooper.

For more information on booking Tory L. Cooper as your wedding or event planner, contact Tory L. Cooper at (702) 245-8679 or visit ToryLCooper.com


our Vendor List Working many years in the industry has enabled me to work with many different vendors. Here is a list of all my favorite vendors, who I have worked with time and time again, and who always prove excellent products and incredible service. I am proud to recommend these friends and business associates to you, tell them Ella sent you!

photography, cinematography, dj & lighting, photo booth

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4270 cameron st, suite 1 las vegas, nevada 89103 (888) 610-3305 / ella or jason www.highclassstudios.com www.ellagagiano.com

venues the mandarin oriental

3752 las vegas blvd south las vegas, nevada 89158 (702) 590-8888 / angela de cosmo www.mandarinoriental.com

the smith center

361 symphony park ave las vegas, nevada 89106 (702) 749-2316 / pilar pava www.thesmithcenter.com

the m-resort

12300 las vegas blvd south henderson, nevada 89044 (702) 797-1000 tina randall/mariann clemens www.themresort.com

tpc summerlin

1700 village center circle (702) 256-0111 / keri macanas www.tpc.com/summerlin

reception rentals kool party rentals

6125 S. valley view blvd., ste #g las vegas, nv 89118 858.240.5625 www.koolpartyrentals.com

makeup / hair leila vonsleichter-difiore 3600 las vegas south las vegas, nevada (702) 372-5543 / leila www.sincitymakeup.com

makeup in the 702

jeweler mj christensen

corporate office 10400 south eastern ave. henderson, nevada 89052 (702) 802-2588 / heather Swearingen www.mjchristensen.com

wedding attire mina olive

420 south rampart blvd # 240 las vegas, nevada 89102 (702) 738-2926 / mina olive www.minaolive.com

tuxedo junction

3540 W Sahara Ave Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 873-8830 / deeann may www.tuxedojunction.com

wedding coordinators andrea eppolito

9474 Malasana court las vegas, nevada 89147 (702) 604-1857 / andrea eppolito www.andreaeppolitoevents.com

tory l. cooper

(702) 245-8679 / tory l. cooper www.torylcooper.com

floral flora couture by floral 2000

2404 western ave las vegas, nevada 89102 (702) 221-1200 / michelle howard www.floral2000.com

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trash / rock the dress “Trash the dress”, or also known as, “rock the dress”

sessions, have become extremely popular over the last several years. It is a wonderful, stress-free photo shoot after your

wedding day. It is a fun experience and completely casual even

though you are all dressed up in your formal wedding clothes. You will get to re-live your wedding day by dressing up again in your wedding attire and go out with our amazing photographers to

create beautiful pieces of art. When there is no reception to rush to, nothing is impossible. Whether you would like to have sexy couple photos with the dress getting wet and dirty or just a more casual and artsy photo session in some different and unusual settings, it’s up to you. This is an amazing experience before you hang up that wedding dress and you will absolutely love the exciting and incredibly artistic wedding photos…. So get that dress ready and let’s go ROCK IT! Mention this article and receive a free 6” x 9” print from your session when you book with High Class Studios.

For more information on booking a “Trash the Dress” or Boudoir photo session, contact the Ella Gagiano at (888) 610-3305 or visit EllaGagiano.com

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BOUDOIR perfect gift for him

As you scramble to buy the perfect gift for your husband-to-be, you might find yourself considering something on the seductive side, like a boudoir photo session. A boudoir session at our studio is an experience like no other. Whether your goal is to be sexy, Pin up, natural or even domineering, our team of incredible photographers and makeup artists will get you in perfect form. Imagine, a professional hair and makeup crew making you look your absolute best while you sip on bubbling champagne and taste delicious fresh fruit while listening to your favorite music to get you in the mood for the most glamorous photo shoot of your life! At Ella Gagiano’s new High Class Studios, we have 2 completely private studios to make you feel safe and comfortable. We have elegant collections of private print packages, including sexy leather bound custom albums that are the perfect gift for your romantic partner. If this type of photo shoot is something you have ever thought about, we recommend that you come into our studio and see for yourself the exciting possibilities. Mention this article and receive a free 6” x 9” print from your session when you book with High Class Studios.

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