Sam + Vilay’s Paris Las Vegas wedding was nothing short of incredible. Imagine a 400+ person black tie affair with a marching band, 30-person bridal party and confetti cannons… incredible, right? And that’s not even including their Laotian ceremony the night before their big day!
These two had been dating for many years before getting engaged in 2017. They knew they wanted a classic, elegant and lavish affair with some impressive touches that would really wow the guests. Their venue of choice was Paris Las Vegas, which has a gorgeous outdoor pool area for light and airy portraits, and ornately decorated ballrooms for ceremonies and receptions. The pair had a traditional Jewish wedding after sunset on a Saturday, so they opted for an indoor ceremony rather than an outdoor, after-dark ceremony. Their unique first look had their best friends hold hands over their eyes and release them at the same time. The emotion on their faces during these moments were some of my favorite images of the day!
After signing the Ketuba, the two said I do in a beautiful ceremony with the sweet verse, “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” They walked down the aisle to cheers and applause, and guests were shocked to see a full marching band come out behind them! The band led the guests straight over the reception, where the cocktails were already flowing and the party was ready to start. Sam + Vilay danced a wild and fun hora, and let me tell you, you haven’t felt anything till you’ve felt 400 people jumping and dancing in unison on a casino’s 2nd floor. The room was practically undulating with the energy!
The rest of the night was filled with so many surprises: sentimental speeches, the groom’s family performing a Rat Pack serenade to the bride, 400 people singing “Happy Birthday” to the groom’s sister followed by surprise confetti cannons, raucous dancing, and so much more. Even with all these massive moments and hundreds of people around, these two kept their eyes and hearts focused on each other. What an incredible couple. The best is yet to come, you two. Mazel Tov!