Joey & Lori
Who wouldn’t want to attend a New Year’s Eve wedding especially when this amazing couple are the hosts? I first spoke to Joey and Lori right after the holidays in the beginning of 2014. The way we were introduced is bittersweet. They had booked an amazing officiant, Reverend Jimmy Mac with whom I have worked with in the past and became a great mentor. They knew if he approved than I was the perfect fit for them seeing as Lori’s stepfather actually attended High School with Jimmy Mac. About a month before the wedding we had shocking news that saddened all of us which was the sudden passing of a great friend and amazing man Jimmy Mac. If it weren’t for him, I would not have been part of this amazing and gorgeous wedding day and I know he was with us all in spirit.
Lori and Joey met online. One of my blogs “First BLIND Date” was actually inspired by them. They met after months of speaking online and had the perfect date at Lori’s sister’s house. He was blindfolded when he showed up as well as Lori and they sat for hours talking to each other and enjoying each other blindfold. Lori’s bridesmaid actually put on the whole date and listened through baby monitors. At the end of the date Joey couldn’t take it any longer and had to see his gorgeous date. Please see my past blog for more information on “First Blind Dates”.
Lori had one request for her wedding and that was she wanted it on New Years Eve. We decided to rent a suite and have a New Years party/wedding done Vegas style. Since we began planning so far out, most hotels did not know the room rates and if there would even be a suite available for them to rent. After using my negation skills I believe we could not have chose a better location. Joey and Lori were wed in a two story loft suite at the M Resort. For those of you unfamiliar with this resort, it is located about two miles south of Mandalay Bay off the strip but still on Las Vegas Blvd. With breathtaking 270 degree views you can not go wrong with this choice in venue. They rented the two connecting rooms as well. One room we had all the catering in and the other room we had a photobooth in for guests to enjoy. The photobooth doubled as favors for their guests and was another guestbook for the couple.
Being a New Year’s Eve wedding, their theme was a fun, elegant party. They served their guests hot and cold Hors D’oeurves and an assortment of Beer, Wine, liquor and of course Champagne. Lori and Joey love Rotari Rose so I special ordered 2 cases for them through the liquor distributor. As guests entered the room for the ceremony, they were served Champagne or Beer. Lori joked that she had “Champagne taste on a Beer Budget” so the preceremony drinks were perfect for her taste. We used the rest of the champagne as a midnight toast when we did a countdown to midnight. Each champagne flute was rimmed with gold sugar to add that extra elegant touch for their New Year’s Eve wedding.
The two story suite was set up perfectly for guests to enjoy music and dancing. The DJ was set up on the top floor balcony overlooking the bottom level of the suite. The bottom is where they guests were able to dance and get their drinks from the bar. It was the perfect touch for any hotel suite wedding. As I mentioned previously, the M Resort has breathtaking views. On New Year’s Eve at midnight something beautiful happens in Las Vegas in which their guests enjoyed perfect views from. The Las Vegas strip has fireworks in different locations throughout the strips which was the perfect ending to a beautiful wedding. I even got a little choked up by the fireworks and had tears in my eyes. You can’t make up or dream of such a beautiful fairy tale.
Finally at the end of the night just after the fireworks, they wanted guests to grab their coats, a drink, and meet us downstairs for a sparkler send off. Everyone who came received sparklers and we timed it just right to give the couple their final send off. It was a magical moment for Joey and Lori and definitely a memorable wedding/ New Year’s for everyone who attended. In my opinion, one of the best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve is a wedding. Especially if you can make it intimate and beautiful like this Suite wedding. No one likes planning their New Year’s so why not plan it for them with not only a great party but by sharing your love for one another in front of your favorite and closest friends.
A special thanks to this gorgeous couple for letting us be part of their day and to all the vendors who helped make it happen:
Wedding Planner: Desirable Events by Desi (www.desirableevent.com)
Wedding Venue: Loft Suite at the M Resort
Photographers: Susie and Will Pictures
Officiant: Pastor Pete (elegant las vegas weddings)
DJ/Photobooth/Uplight: Greg D’angelo (Elegant Entertainment)
Flowers: By Dzign
Decor: Desirable Events by Desi
Cake: Babycakes at M Resort
Bartender: RJ Wojtowicz
Catering: M Resort
**All photos provided by Susie and Will Pictures**
To plan your Las Vegas wedding, a suite wedding, New year’s eve wedding, or destination wedding, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.