Our Vegas Wedding!
Well, happy 420 really turned into a happy day for Yegor and me! Our Vegas Wedding!
We decided to spend a few days relaxing by the pools in Vegas, enjoying some of our favorite restaurants, entertaining ourselves with roulette and beautiful shows.
We got to Vegas on Wednesday night, enjoyed dinner at the new Zuma, walked our dog, and ordered lots of dessert to our room – nothing new. While indulging in chocolate covered strawberries and ice cream, we talked about our wedding – a conversation we often have.
The conversation usually consists of places we love, the food we can’t celebrate without, the music we adore, aaaandd our guest list… Always an emotionally taxing conversation. Grandma Lavrov can’t travel to the US, Grandma VerSteeg can’t travel to Russia, but it wouldn’t be a wedding without both; We were stumped, as usual, and went to bed dreaming about what to do.
The next morning (4.20! Wahoo!), Yegor said “Let’s make today the best 420 ever!” I asked, “How?” and he looked at me with a grin: “Let’s get married!”
I shot up.
“That’s the most genius idea ever and it’s actually really fair! We won’t be excluding anyone from my side or yours!” He said, “That’s exactly how this came to mind, and we can just have two big parties – one in the US and one in Russia. Whoever we invite can choose the date or location that works best for them and if they are able to they can come to both!” I jumped on top of him, hugging him and kissing him, proclaiming “This is why I want to be your wife!!! You think of everything!”
Giggling I asked, “Now what? Where do we go? How do we do this? What about a dress? Oh, and what about rings!?” So we called the Bellagio and requested 4.20.17 at 4:20pm. Astonishingly they said that’s actually the only time they had available for the rest of the week!
Once the wedding was booked, we called our families to tell them the news. I can’t imagine getting last-minute news like this, but they all handled it well and were so excited for us! We are both beyond lucky to have such supportive families.
After that, it was like the Amazing Race – hahaha – see how much we can get done before the finish line! We went to Cartier, bought our wedding bands (somehow they had our exact sizes), then rushed to the Wynn for a hair cut (him) and a blow out (me), and of course managed to squeeze in a couples manicure and pedicure.
Next on our checklist: wedding attire. I didn’t even know where to start, but my genius then-fiancé said “Dolce & Gabbana always has everything we need!” And that is indeed the place that had EVERYTHING WE BOTH needed! I got the most beautiful lace dress and he got the best looking suit and tie! Thankfully we already had shoes that matched. So with an hour and a half left before wedding time we are doing great! Yegor sends me to the room so I can do my make up while he shines his shoes and, while he did really shine his shoes, he also came back with “wedding cake” (two warm, freshly baked doughnuts)!
And off we went to the chapel… Well, we had to walk Pricilla first, and then off we went to the chapel.
Now we are officially husband and wife!
Our mini “just us” wedding if you want to see:
After running around all day and getting married, we worked up an appetite so we headed over to Twist for dinner. Walking into Twist was like walking into a fairytale with all of the beautiful butterflies above the entryway.
Twist by Pierre Gagnaire is known for its amazing French food and for being deliciously creative. Located on the 23rd floor of Mandarin Oriental, Twist boasts an innovative menu that gives classic French cuisine a modern twist. The menu options change seasonally, but a tasting menu and a la carte options are always available. If I see a tasting menu 99% of the time I will go with the taking and stick to just that, because they are usually quite filling.
I know this is already a long post so I won’t bother you with too many details about the food, I’ll just tell you what each plate is. We did the wine pairing so forgive the images getting blurry as the night goes on. Also I should note that the only meat I ate was fish, they were very kind in working with what I would like and adjusted the menu to my liking, my husband on the other hand eats all meat.
Truly a spectacular meal, from service to food to atmosphere. Everything was white glove. Also, I say get a table by the window and this is the perfect date night or special anniversary dinner. Well deserving of their three Michelin stars and at the very top of the best meals I have ever had.
The next day we locked ourselves in our room and enjoyed the day as a married couple – only coming out for dinner, but reservations at Le Cirque are worth coming out for. I will apologize in advanced for the lighting of the dishes, I do not like disturbing other dinner guests with a flash so I had to work with the very dim lighting.
Although Le Cirque is whimsical and playful, the rarity of Le Cirque’s AAA Five Diamond rating speaks eloquently of their exquisitely bold, French cuisine. Surprisingly, the New York location does not have a Michelin Star, but the Vegas location did earn its self one star – but to be honest, the staff deserve a star for themselves. Everyone there was so on point, and I am pretty sure all of the waiters have been there 15+ years.
Gregory Putin is the executive chef at Le Cirque in Las Vegas. Previously, Chef Putin helped Joel Robuchon open up eight new restaurants worldwide, staying on as executive sous chef at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in New York for 2 years. He joined Le Cirque in 2011 after earning a Michelin star as executive chef at Veritas in New York.
Address: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV Phone: 7026938100
The next morning one of my sisters Kristen surprised us by flying in!
Then gambled a bit, winning quite big…
After making enough to pay for dinner we were off to Tetsu at ARIA
This teppan concept Resturant had been recognized by Forbes and has a Michelin-decorated Chef Masa Takayama. Tetsu is an intimate and interactive dining experience, offering guests the first taste of Chef Masa’s passion for fine Japanese grilling. Whenever most people think about Teppan style or the “cook at the table” style of Japanese cuisine, they think of Benihana, but this is far from the Benihana experience (with all due respect to Benihana) – for the tastebuds especially. We did not really know what to expect here so we told our waiter, “whatever our chef wants to make, we will eat”. And that’s exactly how our dinner went, you can always trust the chef.
ARIA, 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 Phone: (702) 590-8530
Well, the night before was a long night so we decided to sleep in and relax until dinner…
Once we woke up, we took Priscilla to the dog park.
Although the London location of Milos is my favorite, the one in Vegas has never served me a dish I did not finish. So we spend the afternoon snaking away at Milos trying not to turn our appetite for dinner.
After stuffing our bellies we decided to get every service we could at espa
Sad to say, but this will be our last meal in Vegas. We reserved a table for three at Alize, a French restaurant located on the top floor of The Palms Casino Resort with a beautiful view of the Las Vegas strip. As you can tell by now we love tasting menus, so that is exactly what we did. We also did the wine paring but my phone was on 4% and I wanted to makes sure I at least got images of the food.
While I do respect the Michelin star, I do not feel this restaurant deserves the star. I will say I had a nice dinner, I can even tell you my favorite dishes – the caviar, the roasted beet salad that they custom made for me because I really wanted that salad, but also really wanted to try the tasting menu (that I will give them extra credit for), and the chocolate soufflé.
Usually when I dine at a Michelin Star Resturant I LOVE every dish, in this case I can only say I really LIKED three dishes. It’s not to say they were not good, each dish was made with quality ingredients and each dish was displayed like beautiful art work on my plate, but thats not enough to earn a star. Not all flavors on those beautifully displayed dishes exploded in my mouth, our waiter was very kind and accommodating (even helped me customize one of my courses, the roasted beet salad) but he was not as professional, and the decor I think really needs some updating. So overall it was not bad, just not a Michelin in my book.
So there you have it, our last minute wedding in Vegas and lots of food! I LOVE food, so this was the best wedding week ever in my eyes! Vegas food is utterly amazing and there is no other city the size of Vegas that offers the same array of options. If you are visiting Vegas and only have time to including one elite meal in your plans, I can make arguments for several different places, but I must say that our evening at Twist was truly exceptional.
Dear family and close friends,
Again, we did this to be the most fair to our respective family members (Grandma VerSteeg + Grandma Lavrov). We will celebrate with family + friends in Russia (all bridesmaids + anyone invited from the US are welcomed to go when we choose a party venue in Moscow) and we will celebrate with family + friends in the US (all groomsmen + anyone invited from Russia are welcomed to come when we choose a party venue here).