New Beginnings: Joie De Vie kicks off another year!

Every now and again, I try to send out an email update on Joie de Vie and what we are doing. It never dawned on me to just get a blog...it would give the opportunity to update my friends and family. Well after speaking to an industry expert, I finally got my blog. My first blog entry will be about the first wedding I coordinated for 2008. It was a beautiful one.

My client’s, Jessica & Asia, are a S. Florida couple that I had the pleasure of meeting through my cousin, Claudine. Asia is a graphic artist and spoken word poet. He designed all of the printed items for the wedding including their save the dates and their invitations. This couple wanted a weekend filled with activities that reflected their unique personalities and their love for one another. What we ended up designing with them was definitely an event as unique and eclectic as they are. With guests from all over the world, they had a wedding celebration that embraced their Filipino traditions while incorporating a modern twist.

The weekend started with the a bachelor/bachelorette party on Thursday (what happened at their respective parties...stays at their respective parties lol). Friday included a bridal party luncheon where they presented gifts to their bridal party. Later that evening we had the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner at St. Sebastian Catholic Church. St. Sebastian is a beautiful Roman Catholic Church tucked away in the Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Waterway. It was a great time of fellowship and sharing as the two families were able to interact with one another and their closest friends. Gifts were given to their parents, Sponsors (Filipino tradition) and the small children in their bridal party.

The wedding day began with rain showers (it rained through the end of the ceremony) and the most beautiful rainbow I had ever seen. Filipino’s, like many cultures, believe that rain on your wedding day is a blessing for the marriage. Their priest gave them a beautiful Nuptial Mass where they incorporated Filipino traditions like the coins, veil and cord. The couple and their families and friends all remarked on how the mass was simple and the priest, who had counseled the couple since the late summer, was able to give such a poignant homily.

The reception was in the Pier Top Room of the beautiful Hyatt Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale. The room is breathtaking and had a panoramic views of the Port of Fort Lauderdale, the city and the intracoastal waterway. On top of that, the room rotates a full 360 degrees. The highlights of the wedding reception were:
1. A 4-course meal where every course had some type of entertainment linked to it. Jessica’s cousin (one of the flower girls) danced a modern dance and ballet piece and her nephew had a martial arts routine. The MC's entertained the crowd all night as well.
2. The groom performing a poetry piece for his bride. The poem was one that he had written over the last 3 years of their relationship (Asia is a very talented poet, he's performed across the country and on HBO's Def Poetry Jam).
3. The bride and groom surprised everyone during their first dance with a transition from a slow song to Hip Hop and then a Salsa routine.

You know the wedding is a hit when the party ended and yet 1 ½ hours later everyone is still their laughing and talking. I have to give kudos to Sheriann & her staff at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66. You expect nothing but the best from a venue like they Hyatt, but they more than exceeded my clients expectations. I also have to say thank you to Lori, my assistant for the evening - she is a true professional and a colleague that really stepped in to ensure that the day went well. Pictures are worth a thousand words and I have to say the previews have been breathtaking. The photographer for the wedding was Jeff Kolodny. Jeff has such an excellent eye and to call him a genius is putting it lightly. In this entry you see some of the pictures he took for the evening. I can't wait to see the final album.

Thanks again to all of the vendors that assisted in making this wedding a successful one:
Transportation: A2Z Limousines
Photography:Jeff Kolodny

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