Halona and Robert were married at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. on July 13. “The Four Seasons is very private, and they don’t have a casino inside the hotel,” Halona said. “But what made me know this was the perfect venue is there highly-rated staff and wedding coordinators. They are definitely five-star and are amazing at making sure you have the wedding of your dreams.” The bride wore a strapless tulle fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls, fingertip-length veil, jeweled sash, and pair of Badgley Mischka peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a black tuxedo, accessorized with a matching bow tie and vest. Bridesmaids wore long pink chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses and hydrangeas. “We had rehearsed in an empty room, and I had not seen my decor yet,” she said. “So, the moment when the doors opened to the ceremony and reception were beyond breathtaking and a moment I will never forget.” Aisles were lined with floating candles in glass pillars to create a romantic ambience, and a unity candle was placed at the altar in loving memory of a lost one. It said, “This light shines as a symbol of a life and love remembered.” Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Not a single guest could resist taking a snapshot during the recessional. They found their seats via a mirror featuring assignments. Tables were decorated with rosette linens, tall candelabra centerpieces, glitter numbers, and crystal votive candles. “The food was delicious,” Halona said. Not to mention the five-tiered cake was suspended hanging from the ceiling! Extra entertainment, outside of the dance floor, was a photo booth complete with props. The newlyweds’ best advice? “Find an wedding planner that knows different venues and can see your vision miles away,” she said. “Our wedding was a destination wedding, and I read a lot of reviews before I chose Andrea Eppolito to coordinate my wedding. When I say she is great at what she does, I mean it. I was totally blown away . . . it was everything I had dreamed of and more.”
Once an oasis for desert travelers, Las Vegas has since boomed into one of America’s preeminent destinations for entertainment. Now, synonymous with neon lights, luxurious casinos, upscale shopping, fine dining, and larger-than-life shows, it’s easy to see why this vibrant city sits right at the top of honeymoon wish lists.
Drop your bags at Encore Las Vegas, truly a fantastic property across the board and the perfect hotel for a honeymoon getaway. Starting at 745 square feet, rooms are spacious and well-appointed. Service is attentive without being obtrusive. All the while, between the acclaimed 18-hole golf course and heated pools surrounded by gorgeous gardens, the facilities are terrific.
For classic Las Vegas accommodations, newlyweds should consider The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Opened in 1989, The Mirage quickly became the gold standard for Las Vegas resorts with its service, size, amenities, grand marquee, and ambiance. Since then, a variety of new upscale properties have emerged, but the property has still managed to retain its overall excellence. The resort’s top attractions include Love, the Cirque du Soleil show using Beatles songs, the comedy series “Aces of Comedy”, plus the iconic volcano that comes to life each evening.
Dining Experiences With a View
Start your getaway off right with a romantic dinner at Picasso. With views of the Bellagio fountains, indulge in extraordinary New French cuisine while being surrounded by original Picassos. Cap the night off with drinks at Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Floor-to-ceiling windows, elegant decor, expertly crafted cocktails, and stunning views of the Strip make this venue a honeymoon must.
Looking for that ultimate splurge meal? Look no further than Joel Robuchon, which serves out of this world New French cuisine at the MGM Grand. The 16-course degustation menu may run $425 per person, but it will most certainly be a dining experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Extraordinary Las Vegas Shows
Whether it’s a concert, magic show, comedy set, or large production number, don’t leave Las Vegas without experiencing at least one of the city’s world-renowned performances. When in doubt, there’s always Cirque du Soleil. The immersive production has become so popular that eight different shows can now be found on the Strip.
Meanwhile, the Fremont Street Experience is another dazzling spectacle to add to your list. With an enormous canopy displaying mesmerizing light and sound shows, FSE leaves spectators speechless night after night. This can’t-miss attraction is located in downtown Las Vegas, now a revitalized area loaded with fine arts and cultural activities.
As an icon and international leader in the feminist movement of the 1970’s, Gloria Steinem ushered in a new millennia for women in the home and in the workplace. She changed the way women were addressed in public, and on an envelope. It came via one of Steinem’s famous quotes,” I will no longer be referred to as Miss Steinem of Ms. Magazine.” Ms. Steinem founded and launched both Ms. and New York Magazine, iconoclasts of the publishing world. Her legacy became one word,”Ms.”
With Ms. a revolution took place. A made-up female pronoun took the world by storm. Yes, it made more of an impact then the purported “burning of the bra” at the earlier 1968 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Interesting that this fabled beauty contest stayed the course and did not change its title, but, alas, changed its locale to Las Vegas.)
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Today, Miss has come full circle. Ms has lost its edgy 1970’s radical message, and now is just another choice of pronouns: Miss, Mrs. Ms. on a graduate school, or doctors office application.
Photo: Julia Roberts, "Eat Pray Love," New York Times, Sunday, August 8, 2010
Yesterday’s New York Times Arts & Leisure Section, front page, reminded us that “Eat Pray Love” will debut this Friday, and romantic notions of love, travel, adventure and the possibilities they invoke, make us pause for a moment. Is not a wedding all of the above? Is it worth our while to sit up, serve ourselves a fresh summertime beverage, chocolate whatever, and let the romance of it all take us up and away.
There are three imposing similarities to Eat Pray Love in your wedding life. Yes, for most bride, sixteen months is the wedding lifetime, unless you surprise even yourself and head with the love of your life in tow for Portifino, Positano, or the Venetian in Vegas for a short nuptial ceremony and a lingering honeymoon.
Though Las Vegas may seem more popular as a bachelor party destination, who says girls can’t have their fun in sin city too? Bachelorette party gatherings are plentiful in Vegas enticing women with excellent restaurants, shows, clubs, shopping, hotels, and spas – and not to mention the Thunder from Down Underat Excalibur!
With all the fine dining and fancy hotel options, walking down the strip can actually be a short tour of gorgeous and luxurious floral installations in restaurants and hotel lobbies. These grand arrangements can serve as potential ideas for your wedding floral decor. You can just imagine one of those lobby arrangements placed at an escort card table or used in the wedding ceremony, or even adjusted slightly to fit on reception dinner tables.