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Andrea Eppolito [Photos: Edison Graff/Stardust Fallout Media]
Today, wedding and events planner Andrea Eppolito from Andrea Eppolito Events gives us a glimpse of what she carries in her handbag, including all the must-haves to handle any emergency during a wedding. Here, she carries a Tory Burch Tote filled with organizing inserts. Find out what's inside Eppolito's handbag, including an emergency pharmacy kit, sewing materials, ties and 10 shades of lipsticks. Special thanks to Lavo Italian Restaurant at the Palazzo for providing the backdrop for this photo shoot.
What kind of handbag do you bring with you for weddings?
Most often I bring a large Tory Burch Tote with organizing inserts. For larger, more elaborate weddings and events that require more "stuff" I will supplement with a small rolling case as well.
If I'm heading to a planning meeting, I carry the gorgeous white Michael Kors Collection Blake handbag that my husband bought me. It's structured enough to say that I mean business, but glam enough to convey how important style and design really are to me. I love that it's white! What could be more wedding appropriate?
What does your handbag say about you?
That I am highly organized, in control, and that I have everything and anything a guest could possibly need. But more than that, couples view their wedding planner as an extension of themselves, and so it is important that I also look fashion forward, and that my accessories have a sense of luxury about them.
What's the most important thing in your handbag?
My iPhone and its charger! The entire event is managed by my iPhone, and it is the hub of communication for my staff, our creative partners and me. During an average wedding, I will drain the battery and run through two fully charged backup chargers.
How about the most surprising thing?
A disposable razor. You never know who needs to quickly shave what!
Name eight items in your handbag and why they're a necessary part of your job:
1. POWER! I am always fully loaded with chargers, backup chargers, wall chargers, batteries, and cords for Apple, Android and Blackberries. You never know who will need what!
2. SLR Camera — Once upon a long, long time ago, a chapel photographer had a malfunction and almost all of the high quality images from the wedding were ruined. It was devastating! Today, I always shoot both photo and video in as high res as possible. If there is ever an OMG moment, my couples will be covered with images large enough to print. And if not, it's nice to be able to revisit the wedding with a behind the scenes look, and see the day once again through my eyes.
3. Sewing Kit — Do you know how often I have to sew someone into a dress? Or repair one that becomes damaged? I would say that I am mending something at nearly 90 percent of all my events, and so I always have a needle, multiple shades and colors of thread, buttons, fabric glue and tape with me.
4. Mini-Medic Kit — My pharmacy to go includes Tylenol, Bayer Aspirin (in case of a heart attack), throat lozenges, Band Aids and some form of antibacteria in case of an injury.
5. Hair & Make Up Touch Up Kits — With kisses for days, the ladies need frequent touch ups. I always ensure that I have at least five to 10 shades of lipstick and gloss, mascara, blotting papers, blush and roll on perfumes. Plus, I keep a supply of hairspray, pomade for men, hair ties and bobby pins in a mix of colors.
6. Snacks — No matter how often I remind my couples to eat, there is invariably someone who forgets and then gets lightheaded or a hunger headache. Quick fixes that are easy to eat, neat, and won't smear lipstick are a must. Think nuts, mini chocolate bars, apple slices and dried fruit.
7. Fab Costume Jewelry — Just in case someone forgets earrings or needs a little bling, I try to keep a pair of stud earrings, a chandelier earring and some sort of necklace or bracelet on hand. For the men, we bring along one or two neutral ties and classic cufflinks.
8. Fold a Flats — I am an all heels, all the time girl! But with my days averaging 14 hours or more, it is best to be able to run set up from a shoe that keeps me closer to the ground! Then, after the wedding is over and I put my big girl shoes away, I can walk to the car in the softest little black slipper-shoes ever made.
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