Photo Credits: Artz Photo, Jeff Kolodny Photography, Munoz Photography, Bill Peck Photography

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Blog Love: Planning tips for a 'Magazine-Worthy Wedding'.

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I hope you all are enjoying this holiday weekend! With a rare weekend off, I was able to get caught up on some blog reading and saw a great blog post by my fellow ABC member in the Jacksonville area, Cassandra Cherneski of Flaire Weddings.

Cassie gave some very insightful tips for her area brides as to how to make their wedding 'pop'. Take a moment to read her tips for 5 Steps to a Magazine-Worthy Wedding.

Monday, November 24, 2008

And the winner is...

(Dudududududum! - fake drum roll)

Our contest winner is none other than our beloved colleague, Elisa Delgardio of A Flair For Affairs. She will receive a $30 gas card. Perfect timing with gas dropping below $2 per gallon.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New Professional Head Shots

In October, I contacted a few of my favorite area professionals regarding our Wedding Professional Wednesday feature. One of my local professionals came up with a very unique concept that we will debut on the blog really soon. In the meantime, I also shot a few new professional 'head shots' for Joie de Vie.

Last night, I finally got a chance to sit with Arturo of Artz Photo to look at the head shots. I don't want to really tell you much about Arturo for now because he will be on one of the upcoming features. I will tell you this much, he had just won FOUR photography awards the night before in a competition amongst his peers in the area. I have had the pleasure of working with Arturo over the last five years and I can truly say his work is PHENOMENAL!

The new head shots are great and I wanted to show two of the shots. One of the shots is my new profile picture you can find here on the blog. Another favorite is this one...
Thank you again Arturo!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Joie de Vie Stimulus Package: Thirty dollar gas card to celebrate our 3rd Anniversary!

Of course we are still in celebration mode!

As part of our ongoing celebration I thought it would be appropriate to help 'stimulate' our economy by having a great giveaway for our 3rd Anniversary. With gas prices dropping this giveaway will definitely make a difference for the compact, luxury or SUV driver (in Florida at least). We will use a random integer generator to select the winner of the gas card.

How do you enter, simply reply in the comments section of the Joie de Vie blog. On Sunday (12:01 am) we will use the random intege.r generator to select the winner. The question is simply this:

What is the most unique anniversary gift you ever receive, gave or heard of someone receiving?
Yes, it is that simple
Photo Credit: Limited Time Rewards

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Three years is not three days! Gift Ideas to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary.

"Trois ans n'est pas de trois jours!" (Three Years is not three days!)- one of the quips my late Grandmother once told me...

Of course the three can be replaced with 5, 10, 15, 20 etc. Haitian proverbs/sayings are always so simple yet profound in their meaning. To get to three years, it definitely takes patience, flexibility, ingenuity and determination. As we continue to celebrate our Third Anniversary, we thought it would be great to talk about gift suggestions for those celebrating their Third Anniversary. One of the books we keep in our Wedding Library is The Meaning of Wedding Anniversaries by Gretchen Scold and Ann Field. It has definitely been a great resource we have made available to our clients, friends and family as that special date approaches for their loved ones.

What gifts are suggested for the 3rd Anniversary:

1. Traditional Gift: Leather. Because of its durability, warmth, flexibility and resiliency; leather represents the qualities that help marriages continue to thrive.

2. Contemporary/Modern Gift: Crystal. Crystal has a beauty that dazzles when the light dances off the multifaceted surface. The crystal reminds us of how a couple in a meaningful marriage can touch the lives of others.

Some other things to note for a 3rd Anniversary:
Gemstone: Pearl or Jade
Color: White or Jade Green
Flower: Fuchsia

Florals from Martha Stewart Weddings/ Modern crystal vase from Architects Touch/ Jade Jewelry from Jade Gift . com/A deluxe leather desk set from American Bridal/ Pearl earrings from Anne Belaggio/ Fuschia clutch bag from Lanvin Fashion Show Spring 2009 Collection, Paris.

This is a list of Anniversary gift ideas compiled from The Meaning of Wedding Anniversaries and the Chicago Public Library :
Through our resources we have information for gifts from Anniversary ONE through ONE HUNDRED! We can help you plan your celebration or that family celebration to honor your loved ones celebrating their Anniversary.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Relaunch of Joie de Vie Weddings & Events Website as we celebrate our 3rd Anniversary!

We cannot believe it! Joie de Vie Weddings & Events is three years old!

What better way to kick off our third anniversary tomorrow than to RELAUNCH our website. Good-bye to the front page! Over the last few months our wonderful web designer and programmer have worked hand in hand answering all our questions and making all of the changes. They were painstakingly PATIENT...yes we took our time. It was all worth the wait. We are happy to share with you our new website!

Please take a moment to browse our new site at . Discover all of its features, its not the typical site so open your mind and click away. We invite you to leave your comments and feedback in the comment section of this post.

We do want to say thank you to all of our former clients as well as the following photographers that captured their special moments:
Be sure to check the blog next week as we will have some special give-aways as we celebrate our Anniversary!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hard Hat Area: Under Construction!

Lately we have had a few cosmetic changes here on the blog as we prepare to launch the new site. Please bear with us over the next few days as we tweak the blog in preparation of our site relaunch! We've managed to not accidentally erase the blog, but there may be times where the font is washed out or the backgrounds seem out of whack. We are perfecting (or getting as close to perfect) as we can.

A labor of love is finally coming to an

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Blog Love: Southern Weddings Magazine Blog

Southern Weddings Magazine has a beautiful blog that is a great resource to many brides. I was truly excited to see that they have RELAUNCHED their blog.

The blog is absolutely wonderful. You will find beautiful and inspiring real weddings along with idea boards that can help you envision your special day. The magazine will be available after the holidays.
A few months ago I found out that we would have a featured listing on the relaunched blog, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw our logo featured on the blog page. Below is the logo that my graphic designer designed. He swears its the smallest graphic he has ever had to create!
Take a moment to visit their blog and be sure to show them some love!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

NWR: I am so moved, it is just EXTRAordinary!

"Change your thoughts change your world."

These last 3 months, I've only watched two channels: CNN & Fox. This election has truly been a humbling time for me. It has taught me to reflect on our responsibilities to our country and its future. It has re-invigorated me to have hope in how we can bring about change. Three weeks ago I voted absentee (as I have in the last 2 Presidential elections) in the hopes that this nation can move forward from the set backs we've experienced in our economic and social issues we've seen over the last few months and years. Now, in tears, I can say I am experiencing history. A woman was almost our 44th VP and an African American man is our 44th President!

The people have spoken and our diverse nation hopes to move forward and rebuild ourselves as a country.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy Anniversary Eusther & Inol

I can truly say I love 99.99% of my couples by the time they walk down the aisle. Seriously! A colleague once told me they become like your children and you are overjoyed as they embark on the next chapter of their lives.

Last year I had the privilege of working with a beautiful South Florida couple, Eusther and Inol. Eusther is a FAMU alumnus and it was so much fun helping her and Inol plan their 'Cinderella' themed wedding in Boca Raton. From the first few meetings, I could tell that this couple (like most of my couples) had truly built a beautiful foundation for their marriage. I can't believe it has been a year. Happy 1st Anniversary!