IN THIS ISSUE: THE LOVE STORY OF MARIE & CARLOS | THE ART OF THE COUPLES PORTRAIT DETAIL STORY TELLING & IMAGERY | A LAS VEGAS DESTINATION WEDDING & RECEPTION
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OUR LOVE STORY
The love story of Marie and Carlos.
Natural. Intimate. Personal.
THE BRIDE AND GROOM The art of the portrait.
Story telling and imagery.
The wedding and reception of Marie & Carlos.
ALL IMAGES PROVIDED BY STEPHEN SALAZAR PHOTOGRAPHY
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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS The Wedding Editorialist is excited to dedicate this issue to Marie and Carlos. A wedding is a celebration of a relationship that already exists; one so special and so deeply committed, that it only feels right to celebrate publicly. Before a wedding, there are just two people, but after, there is something more. There is a couple, a unit, two people with a shared commitment and dedication to living life together in all its forms. Here at the Wedding Editorialist we get see and share so many beautiful stories. Stories of love, of romance, of passion. Each detail of the wedding tells us something about this new couple. And from the details we are sharing with you here, there is no doubt in our minds that you will fall deeply in love with Marie and Carlos. Just like we did. Just as they did with each other. With love alwaysâ€Ś. The Editorialists
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OUR LOVE STORY
BY ANDREA EPPOLITO
Marie and Carlos met in the most modern of ways….Online! Not through a dating website, but through a random Facebook message that Carlos sent Marie. Marie spent a few days debating whether or not she should respond to her handsome messenger. Soon, however, she could not help herself and the two fell in love. Their three year courtship took the two on many adventures. According to Carlos, he planned his proposal to Marie on a whim, luring her to BOA Steakhouse under the guise of attending a friend’s birthday party. When the dessert menu was presented the custom insert read “Marie, will you marry me?” And there Carlos was, ring in hand. As Marie & Carlos began planning, they agreed to throw out all familiar tradition. They decided early on that they wanted to treat their guests to a completely unique experience; thus settling on Las Vegas. The Paiute Golf Resort, set just a half hour away from the strip, offered up a stunning setting with vast, rolling green mountainsides and sweeping views of the city. Still, planning from afar became a challenge. A few clicks and scrolls through 05 | WEDDING EDITORIALIST
Instagram introduced Marie to the work of Andrea Eppolito Events. “I just knew I had to have her,” said Marie. With Carlos agreeing to leave the details to his bride to be and their wedding planner, Marie and Andrea dug into the details and design of this once in a lifetime wedding. The design of the wedding became the greatest joy that Marie had. With Andrea by her side, and having tapped Naakiti Floral as her design team, Marie swooped into the details of the day! And by that, we mean ALL of the pretty details. From the staging of her dress and lace robe, the shoes, the veil, and every other element of the bride’s wardrobe were beautifully curated with an eye for romance! The groom, ever dapper in his tuxedo, was the ideal match for this gorgeous bride to be! The wedding ceremony took place overlooking the valley. The bride emerged and stepped through two stunning arrangements of roses, hydrangea, and hanging greenery. She walked up the aisle and passed the rows of white garden chairs and blush petals to her waiting groom. Marie and Carlos exchanged vows beneath an asymmetrical alter
dripping with florals in front of their family and friends. While guests enjoyed a cocktail hour of passed hors d’oeuvres, mixed drinks, and assorted cheeses, the newlyweds traveled throughout the grounds taking photos. Later, they entered the ballroom to the thunderous sounds of cheers from their family and friends. The ceiling was dressed with rows of bistro lights, while underneath wooden tables were topped with dancing candlelight mixed with wreaths of greenery and ivory roses. Hand torn linen menus showcased the night’s offerings. Guest dined on salmon and filet as the newlyweds danced with each other, then with their parents, their bridal party, and eventually with all of their guests. The party took on a life of its own with neon bracelets, party wands, and Armenian dances that kept the dance floor full until the wee hours of the night!
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THE COUPLE Who says that technology has killed romance? Marie and Carlos met as many modern couples do...online! Their connection did not come from a dating site, however, but through a chance connection on Facebook. In early 2011, Marie responded to a Facebook message from Carlos. After a few days of contemplating whether or not to respond, she took the leap of faith. After exchanging several messages, Marie suggested they meet in person. “Totally unconventional...I know!” Marie said but when she first saw Carlos she knew there was something special between them and that feeling has never changed. 07 | WEDDING EDITORIALIST
Photographer Stephen Salazar says. “Shooting couples on their wedding day is one of the highest honors I’m given as a photographer. I am always moving between the desire to capture the real, raw emotion of the day, but also to create art. I want to be able to gift the couple with an image that is almost shocking. They should look at it and see themselves in a way that they have never seen themselves before, but at the same time it should feel completely natural, intimate, and personal.”
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THE BRIDE Marie graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy. She then spent years working part-time at the mall. While she does not recall the exact string of events and decisions that led to her career-defining moment in recruiting, Marie recalls years of hard work in retail which meant missing weekend parties, birthdays and special events. There were closing shifts, 5 hour nights of sleep, early mornings in class and internships followed by late night study sessions. Still, Marie does not regret a single moment of the time spent. If it wasn’t for the persistence and the skills she developed 13 | WEDDING EDITORIALIST
while working her way through school, she would have never landed her dream job as a “professional matchmaker”. Marie loves being a Corporate Recruiter because it is a high impact job. Every day, there’s something new and exciting to look forward to, whether it is a new candidate, a new job search to fill, an offer to extend. The days are always action packed. Marie considers herself a career driven woman, but longed to be a wife and hopes to one day be a mother. On her free time Marie enjoys going out with friends, online shopping, and decorating the apartment.
Salazar added, “They say that every bride is beautiful, and I couldn’t agree more. The way a bride smiles, moves, and catches the light is magical! Regardless of where she is getting married or what she is wearing, a bride radiates love and hope on her wedding day. I want my brides completely at ease as we shoot. To get them out of their heads into the emotion, I often find myself talking to them, making a lighthearted joke, or setting them up to move from a portrait to something playful. The rest naturally takes care of itself.”
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Marie says she was happy that the day was here. Happy to be marrying the man that she was destined to be with, and happy that all of her closest family and friends were all in one place to celebrate their union. Before she walked down the aisle, Marie had tummy flutters and felt so much adrenaline. It was the same feeling she felt when she met Carlos for the first time. Marie is looking forward to just being and doing daily life things with her husband – planning trips, eating dinner, laughing and introducing Carlos as her husband. “We had so much fun on our wedding day that my advice is to take part and just be present in your own day. Don’t get caught up in all of the last minute details. Make your new husband your focus and enjoy it together! Oh, and hire a great photographer to take as many pictures as humanly possible. They will be cherished forever!” 17 | WEDDING EDITORIALIST
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THE GROOM Carlos graduated from CSUN with a Bachelors of Science in Management & Finance, and later attended graduate school at USC earning a Master’s in Economics. He then entered into the consulting world where he worked as a Software Consultant for Oracle’s ERP. As of today, Carlos has returned to real estate, where his passion ultimately lies. He is now working in Commercial Real Estate in one of America’s fastest growing national net lease firms. In his free time, Carlos enjoys watching How I Met Your Mother (over and over and over again) along with other shows on Netflix. Being a life partner to Marie is his greatest accomplishment, and he looks forward to sharing every day and every experience in his life with her. 21 | WEDDING EDITORIALIST
So what is Carlos’ advice to other grooms? “Be involved as much as possible and go to all the planning meetings that your bride wants you to attend. While you may not have as much input with the decisions, it is important to be supportive, understand what is going on, request the small things you want but leave the big decisions up to her. And on the wedding day, be 100% in the moment.”
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DETAILS Every decision a couple makes throughout the wedding planning process tells us a bit more about them. We share these details in a way that sketches out the story of their day. We may start with the bride’s shoes, or the belt buckle of the groom, to establish a sense of style and direction. As we move into things like bouquets, fabrics accents, lighting and locations the picture becomes clear. The details tell who the couple is in that moment, and they deserve to be documented with respect for the role they play on the wedding day.
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THE WEDDING & RECEPTION LAS VEGAS PAIUTE GOLF RESORT, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
We spontaneously landed on the idea of a Las Vegas wedding. It’s just something that hadn’t been done before in our circle, and we really wanted a different experience for our guests. After spending weeks on social media trying to find the perfect venue, we actually made a trip out to Las Vegas and fell in love with the Paiute Golf Resort. The outdoor ceremony scene is really what got us to commit to the venue. 29 | WEDDING EDITORIALIST
Planning started to get stressful without having any vendor contacts in the Las Vegas area. Thankfully, I stumbled across Andrea’s Instagram and just knew I had to have her! Andrea made the planning process enjoyable. We had a really good connection from the first call and she helped execute my wedding just the way I envisioned it. I would always get excited to see emails from her. For me, planning the floral with Naakiti and Andrea had to
be the most enjoyable part of the planning process. Dress shopping was also really exciting for me, and for Carlos it was the ceremony. Carlos left all creative control up to me and Andrea, which actually made things a lot easier.
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CREDITS WEDDING VENUE Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort CATERING Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort WEDDING PLANNER Andrea Eppolito FLORAL & DECOR
RSVP Rentals Naakiti PHOTOGRAPHY Stephen Salazar VIDEOGRAPHY Stephen Salazar BEAUTY Cassie Alvord Sherry Alvord Lina Mourey WEDDING DRESS Berta BRIDAL SHOES Jimmy Choo GROOMS TUXEDO Ermenegildo Zegna ENTERTAINMENT DJ Tempo STATIONARY Aisle Bound Cordially Invite
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