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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

We're here...on a vacation, but here!

We hope that the holidays have been filled with great memories, time with your loved ones and fantastic moments!

The last few weeks have been very busy here at Joie de Vie! We have much to blog about with the coming year. We've lost some 'cool points' in that we haven't kept you up to day with all of our happenings, but do not fear: We will bring you up to speed soon!

We also have a good amount of professionals that are a part of our Wedding Professional Wednesday Series that will be featured over the next few weeks. We're working...

Until next time,





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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wedding Professional Wednesday: Carrie Wildes Photography

It's Wednesday! I am happy to bring you our weekly edition of Wedding Professional Wednesday! This weeks professional is a great photographer that I met a little over a year ago. Carrie Wildes is a total sweetheart and she has a very distinct eye that transcends through the photo lens. Carrie is our featured professional and you've seen some of her work from one of our 2009 clients, Janelle and Leon. She shot their engagement as well as their wedding this past September. Anyway, enough of my rambles...I present to you Carrie Wildes!

Name: Carrie Wildes

Name of your Company: Carrie Wildes Photography

Location: Tampa, FL

Number of Years in Business: technically almost 2:-)

Website: www.carriewildes.com
Blog Address: http://www.carriewildesphoto.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Tampa-FL/Carrie-Wildes-Photography/9138998010?ref=ts
Twitter: www.twitter.com/carriewildes

Tell us a little about your business and the services you offer:
Our style is always evolving, and can be described as a mix of fashion and photojournalism. Our 2 main objectives are equal: 1. Creating amazing images and 2. Giving each client the best experience and custom service possible. We offer custom wedding packages that can include 2 photographers, albums, canvas prints etc, as well as intimate boutique coverage to allow for the same creative work for a smaller setting.

How did you get started in the Wedding Industry?
6 years ago I went on a mission trip to the Philippines and became kind of the "group photographer" after that I feel in love with capturing the beauty and heart of people. Some of my friends really encouraged me to do it more so I started working with a photography company in Chicago and got into doing weddings and loved it. When we moved to Tampa about 2 years ago I decided to put it out there and see where it went and it totally took off! I'm so blessed to have found what I love and be able to use the talent that God gave me.

What professional/industry organizations are you a member of?
National Association of Catering Executives, Professional Photographers of America, Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Any industry awards or recognition? Wedding Wire Top Rated Vendor. We also have two weddings airing on two networks next year on MTV (airing on January 18, 2010) and WE TV (airing in April of 2010)!

Furthest place and/or interesting place you’ve travelled to while working on a wedding assignment?
So far Jamaica which was amazing!!! Next year Playa Del Carmen for a wedding and Trash the Dress session in the caves on the ocean.

The craziest thing you’ve ever done to get “THE SHOT”?
Two places come to mind, wading in a alligator infested pond, and climbing on top of a van.

What is your signature shot?
In other words if someone saw a particular shot they would immediately relate it to your company: Well there isn't really one shot I do the same at each wedding. The best way I can describe it is that my goal is to capture amazing images that are beautiful on their own but also ones that can tell a story when they are laid out side by side or in an album.

What are a few suggestions you would make to couples as they are selecting a photographer/photojournalist for their wedding?
I always tell brides the most important thing is that they really connect with their photographer and love their work. The photographer is going to be there from before the bride has her dress on until the party is winding down and it's so important for the couple to feel comfortable with that person and trust that their guests will as well.

Your thoughts on ‘first look’ photos or bride and groom photos prior to the ceremony?
I really enjoy doing "first look" photos because you capture the first time a bride and groom sees each other in private and they actually have a few minutes to react and live in that moment. It's most likely the only time they will have by themselves until they leave for the honeymoon:-)

Your thoughts on the importance of a coordinator in the vendor team dynamic?
Having a good coordinator is a crucial part of the success of a couple's wedding day. If a couple doesn't have one I always explain the importance of having a professional coordinator for at minimum, day of. The coordinator is the one who works with all the vendors and details so the bride and groom can enjoy their special day. I have my own business, but at each wedding I work with the other vendors as a team and the coordinator is the point person that makes it happen and brings everything together so make it a success.

Something you would like to see couples do more of with their wedding photography?
Allow for more time between the ceremony and reception for pictures of them because this is the happiest point and my favorite part to photograph, right after the wedding they just got married and are so happy!

What are a few trends and innovations you have seen in the industry?
Lighting and draping has really started to get more popular and it really creates an ambiance and unique feel to the reception. I see brides now really want to create something that is unique and are adding things like expresso bar or photobooth as well.

Are you a blog reader? If so, what are your three favorite blogs besides the Joie de Vie blog?
Of course Joie de Vie:-) I blog a lot myself and also try to keep up with others, especially photographers because that is where I get inspiration from when I need some creativity! Here's the 3 I have been watching lately: Kiss The Groom, Skog As In Vogue and the Ben Chrisman Blog.


If you weren't a working in this industry, what field would you be in instead? Why?
I would probably still be in the corporate world traveling and consulting like I was doing before getting into photography. Although, if I could choose any job I would love to host "World's Best" on the travel channel.



What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I have an engineering degree from Purdue University and prior to photography I was an Industrial Engineer for 6 years doing different things from logistics to internal consulting. It's funny because people usually do a double take when I tell them that:-)



Any hobbies or pastimes?
My favorite things to do are outside, so I'm so glad we moved from Chicago to Tampa! Water Skiing, wakeboarding, running - and my latest thing is training for the Disney Marathon coming up Jan 10th!

Describe yourself or your services in four (4 words or less): Passionate, Creative, Calm, Detailed




As an Orlando based wedding and event planner, we love having the opportunity to refer the Joie de Vie Weddings & Events clients to photographers like Carrie. Carrie is definitely passionate, creative, amazingly calm and always paying attention to the details. Details are what make coordinators like myself happy when Carrie is working on a wedding. As a bride you've taken months to have the details that make your day stand out be certain to interview photographers like Carrie Wildes Photography for your wedding day.

Until next time,


© 2005 - 2009 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Engagement Shoot: Valerie & Casey


Boy meets girl, boy likes girl...they fall in love & they're getting married! What a simple yet beautiful equation.

I am looking forward to our wedding this weekend with this lively couple. Valerie and Casey are fun, loving and hilariously funny. Their families are the sweetest people in the world and I'm looking forward to this weekend. Tommy Murphy (Greenery Productions) recommended our services to this lovely couple as they finalized the fabulous details for their wedding day. Valerie & her future Mother-In-Law (Mama Aris as Valerie affectionately calls her) planned many of the beautiful details.

I was privileged to get a sneak peek of Valerie's gown yesterday and all I can say is BREATHTAKING!

All of the engagement photos that were captured by Erica D'Antona of Erica D Photography.

These are their babies! And believe me when I say they are spoiled rotten. If you have pets, this is a great way to incorporate them into your wedding day. Make them a part of your engagement photos or have them brought over on wedding day for a formal photo if your venue permits it.



Until next time,


© 2005 - 2009 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved. All Images used with permission from Erica D Photography©

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wedding Professional Wednesday: Cheryl Andrews - Cheryl's Distinctive Creations

I am happy to introduce you to Cheryl Andrews, our featured vendor for our Wedding Professional Wednesday series. I've know Cheryl for a few years and I she is one of our great florists in the Central Florida area. Cheryl is well respected in the Wedding Professional Community and is always lending her designs and talents to many of our great events in the area. Whether its traditional, contemporary, 'Green' or bohemian chic, Cheryl and her team can always give you florals that will stand out and become part of the lasting memories of your wedding day. We are happy to share with you our Q&A with Cheryl.

Name: Cheryl Andrews

Name of your Company: Cheryl’s Distinctive Creations, Inc.

Location: 1001 S. Division Avenue, Orlando, FL 32805 (Mailing: P.O. Box 568907, Orlando, FL 32856-8907)

Number of Years in Business: 16 years, I’ve been in the industry for 25 years

Website: www.cherylsdistinctivecreations.com

Blog Address: haven’t started blogging yet, but it’s under consideration

Twitter and/or facebook fan page: Facebook fan page

Tell us a little about your business and the services you offer:
We are a full service floral design company, specializing in events and weddings. Attention to detail and service, service, service are the number one priority of our certified floral designers and staff. Established in 1995 Cheryl’s Distinctive Creations provides peace of mind, giving our clients confidence that the job will be done right. We have been a part of many award winning productions throughout the country and constantly strive to stay ahead of the curve in design trends through education, networking, and providing a broad range of services.

How did you get started in the Wedding Industry?
I left a job after nine (9) years having developed the floral design department of this company single handedly to strike out on my own and began wedding floral design at my in-home studio. Through word of mouth the business has grown steadily to the thriving sought after company that we are today.

What professional organizations or networking groups are you a member of?
ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants), NACE (National Association of Catering Executives), charter member of ISES Orlando (International Special Events Society), Central Florida Florists Association (CFFA – sit on the Board of Directors) and Florida State Florists Association (FSFA)

Any industry awards or recognition?
CFFA Designer of the Year 2008, 3rd Place in FSFA Designer of the Year competition for 2009
Winner of FSFA Master Designer Tabletop Design Competition for 2008 and 2009
FSMD (Florida State Master Designer) certification 2004
ISES Esprit Award 2004 for Best Event Team Effort.

Furthest place and/or interesting place you’ve travelled to while working on a wedding assignment?
This summer we travelled to Hammock Dune (Palm Coast) for a wedding at this exclusive resort community. In 2006 we travelled to Paradise Island for a 6 day event at Atlantis Resort for a corporate event. We travel to Tampa on a regular basis for weddings and corporate events as well as Jacksonville, Palm Coast and South Florida.


What are a few suggestions you would make to couples as they are selecting a florist/floral designer for their wedding?

While price is always a high priority sometimes a low price on wedding quotations can come with a high price for the end result. I suggest that couples look for a certified designer who has longevity in the industry and can provide a consistent level of service to ensure there are no worries on your wedding day. Deal with a vendor that has been recommended by friends and/or colleagues that have provided good service and quality product.

What are a few trends and innovations you have seen in the industry?
“Traditional” weddings don’t really exist anymore, each couple should be able to get what reflects their desires and style for both ceremony and reception. There are so many new elemental products on the market these days to accomplish the trend of minimalist design for the hip, young and sophisticated couples of today such as rhinestones, crystals, diamantes, and wire just to name a few.

What are some of your favorite "reads" for all things floral?
I am an avid subscriber to industry magazines like Brides and Blooms, Flowers &, Fusion Flowers, Florists Review, and various bridal magazines.




If you weren't a working in this industry, what field would you be in instead? Why?
I think I would work as an interior designer. The creativity of putting together designs whether for the home or office through the use of colors, texture and other elements to marry a space with the client’s vision is a wide open door. Your success is directly measurable by the client’s satisfaction with the end product.

What would we be surprised to learn about you?
When I have a quiet moment and nothing else to do I love to draw and I’m a bit of a dare devil; i.e., sky diving.

When not working on a wedding, what are your favorite pastimes?
Rest and relaxation on the beach or a remote island, music and design.






As you are planning your wedding, remember the importance of florals and decor. A great florist will make suggestions that will help to make your day a wonderful and memorable moment. Consider Cheryl's Distinctive Creations for your florals.

Until next time,



© 2005 - 2009 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Real Wedding: Leslie & Joe August 23, 2009

This is going to sound rather cliché but we truly love our brides and grooms. It is always an honor to work with the couples as they plan the details for their wedding day. In the 7 months of planning with this couple, it was truly a great time of learning about both of them, their love for one another and the close & wonderful relationship they have with their families. They wanted to ensure that the day reflected that love and hope they shared. From the onset the couple set a few rules for their engagement experience:

1. Their faith was very important. They are active in their church and wanted to make sure they had time to participate in premarital counseling, church activities and deepening their faith.

2. No wedding planning during the weekend. They wanted to keep their weekends to do 'couple' activities that would continue to build onto the foundation they were building for their marriage. I loved it! Joe is an avid jet skier, so there were many times I would hear of them heading off to the beach or the lake.

3. They wanted a wedding coordinator to help them focus on the important details and take care of the planning so that their day to day activities would be minimally effected by the wedding planning...in comes Joie de Vie!

Both Joe and Leslie are very busy professionals. Joe is a local attorney with his own firm and Leslie works for a leading engineering firm. They wanted us to help them focus on the details that would become a fun, memorable and romantic day. The ceremony and reception were held at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. Although heavy rain did not allow the opportunity to have any formal photos outside, the day was beautiful and everyone enjoyed themeselves. Here are a few photos from their photographer, Frank Figueroa of Franks Photography. The couple looked fabulous and the day was truly spectacular.

The bridal bouquet.


Details, details, details! I loved her shoes, and the Swarovski crystal jewelry. These lovely shoes have a 3.5" heel that the bride graciously wore the entire evening!

The couple exchanged vows under a simple yet beautiful chuppah. The beautiful florals, from Greenery Productions, was a great anchor for the ceremony altar. They incorporated a beautiful Hispanic tradition into their ceremony. Joe's aunts (who came in from Puerto Rico) presented the couple with a beautiful crystal and gold lasso from Puerto Rico. The lasso looked like a rosary and had two loops that could be placed over the couple. The lasso was placed over them as a sign of their true love and it also symbolized their uniting forever in a permanent and loving marriage.
I loved the fact that Leslie had each girl select a dress that fit their personality and style.


This cake! OH MY!! The bride's aunt gave her this cake as a wedding gift. Leslie's aunt is a cake baker that caters to the Hispanic community. She makes authentic Dominican Wedding cakes. Leslie and I visited her one evening design this beautiful cake. When we arrived at her home she was making sugar flowers, I was a fan instantly.

Leslie's stylist had her hair half up and down for the ceremony. For the reception with the removal of a few pins and moving her feather hairpiece up, Leslie had a new style.

First dance.

The wedding day is always a success because of the fabulous event team of professionals. I have to give a special thank you to all of them for their commitment to making this event a success. Our event team:
Planning & Coordination Joie De Vie Weddings & Events (Kerline Docteur) 407-206-4008. A special thank you to my assistants for the day, Arlene & Evelyn. The two of them ensured that all of our details were executed flawlessly.

Officiant Bill Mcintosh (Church in The Sun) 407-284-9456

Ceremony & Reception: Rosen Plaza Hotel - Robin Simmons 407-996-0254. Robin and her staff were fabulous. The Rosen Plaza provides so many options for couples planning their weddings. The uplighting was done in-house by PSAV.

FloristGreenery Productions (Tommy Murphy) 407-363-9151 X308. Tommy and his team at Greenery always give the client far more than they expected. Leslie's wedding was no exception.
Linens: BBJ Linen (Mike Cruz) 857-6566.

Cake Margarita's Cakes 407-350-3054. If you are looking for traditional Dominican cakes, Margarita's is your best contact. Fabulous designs with traditional recipes.

Entertainment Select Style Entertainment (Shawn Fernandes) 786-271-9017

Ceremony Keyboardist Edward Zapata 407-433-8994

Photography/Videography: Franks Photography (Frank Figueroa) 407-592-9217

Make-Up Leandra Montes (M.A.C. Cosmetics) 407-591-2145

Hair Ramona 407-301-7880

We wish Leslie and Joe nothing but the best in the future. There wedding was fabulous and all had a good time!

Until next time,


© 2005 - 2009 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved. All photos used with permssion from Franks Photography© .

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wedding Professional Wednesday: Amy Morelli - 2U Collection

If you know me, I loooooooove anything PAPER!!!! My love of paper has me super excited to introduce you to our Wedding Professional Wednesday today. Amy Morelli of the 2U collection is always bringing something fresh and unique to the client when it comes to stationery. As an Orlando event planner we are always asked how can we make the paper pieces of the events stand out. Amy has definitely taken a fresh approach to stationery. I introduce to you: Amy Morelli!


Name: Amy Morelli

Name of your Company: The 2u Collection

Location: Florida, Serving NATIONWIDE

Number of Years in Business: 3

Website: http://www.2ucollection.com/

Blog Address: 2ucollection.blogspot.com

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Tell us a little about your business and the services you offer:
The 2u Collection is a full-service national design studio, specializing in Custom Designed Invitations. At The 2u Collection we believe creativity allows us to offer you inspiring designs, tailored to your unique style and vision. We understand you want your invitation, just like your wedding, to be a reflection of your unique personality and style. The 2u Collection takes our services a step further. We can create and produce any printed item one might need for a wedding – from the church program, to the guest book, to the table settings and place cards. And will coordinate everything to match the style and feeling of your elegant event. Visit us at www.2uCollection.com.

How did you get started in the Wedding Industry?
I worked in the design and advertising field for 10 years and when I got engaged I went to look for invitations, and was really disappointed with what I found, as an artist an designer I felt I couldn't send out the plain, non- inspiring invitations I found in place after place, so I created my own invitation, which snowballed, and now 3 years later I have my own company full time helping brides realized their most creative invitation to set the tone for their event.

Any industry awards or recognition?
I've won a few advertising and design awards. I have a silver addy for a commerical I worked on early in my career with Sherman Hemsley (yep George Jefferson! from the Jefferson's).
Kerline: Ok! I nearly fell out of my seat on this one. I can imagine this experience was filled with laughter.

How far in advance should they contact your studio?
We tell our clients the custom design process takes between 13-16 weeks.. Invitations need to mail out 6-8 weeks before your event, (save the dates 6-8 months ahead). To make sure we create something that is unique to your wedding and style and tastes we say the design process takes about 2-3 weeks and the production process, depending on complexity of design, 3-5 weeks.
Kerline's comments: this time flies by quickly. As Amy mentioned, the production process is truly a complex one.

Before coming to see you, what do you recommend they consider for their stationery?
They should consider that invitation sets the tone for their event, it's the first piece of their amazing event that their guests will see. And it's the piece they will enjoy the longest. Most everything else is for day of, the invitation creates the buzz and the bride and groom get to hear the buzz for weeks leading up to their event..

What are a few trends and innovations you have seen in the industry?
Well I would say the biggest trend is that invitations aren't just limited to paper these days. They can be bottles, boxes, shapes and sizes, with live floral, crystals, etc. As you can imagine this is exciting to me, I would say the biggest trend for 2009 I noticed is Eggplant is a huge color and Lace and satin.

What is the process when the bride/groom works with you on their stationery order?
We start the process with a consultation. At this first consultation, you and I will sit down and go through some of the past wedding & event invitations created by The 2u Collection. Then we will go through our Bridal Questionnaire so that I can find out a bit more about you and your wedding. Learning about you and your wedding is the key to designing a unique and creative invitation with your style and flare.

If you decide a custom invitation is for you and would like us to design 2 concepts for your event, a $75.00 non-refundable deposit is required. This deposit will be applied to your contract balance if you choose a 2u Collection design to use as your wedding invitation, if you choose to use another invitation vendor, the deposit is used to cover the cost of supplies and time spent creating your 2 concepts. I

Then we present 2 concepts with 2 proposals. The bride chooses her favorite and we move onto stage 2 which is tweaking and developing the design further and creating an accompaniments (i.e. menus, programs, thank yous, escort cards, table numbers, etc)


What have been some unique ideas you’ve had the opportunity to create for a wedding?
I modeled an invitation after the brides dress, and it turned out beautiful, made from lace, silk flowers and embellished with Swarovski crystals. We also hung crystals from the centerpieces and worked the table numbers and stationery in that way.

Are you a blog reader? If so, what are your three favorite blogs besides the Joie de Vie blog?
I follow Susie Weiss with Wonderful Weddings , In my Shoes blog by Lisa Konecny, and the Inner Circle by Abby Liga.
Kerline's comments: All of 3 of these are a few of my favorites as well. Lisa was a great mentor to me when I first started my business.

If you weren't a working in this industry, what field would you be in instead? Why?
Well, I've been asked this before and everyone was quite shocked at my answers.. But I still will say it.. I would do something out doors, with animals, like camping and hiking/climbing expeditions or a zoo.. I'm a country farm girl at heart, and I love the outdoors.

What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I'm italian and I HATE cannollis and tiramisu.. I know, it's crazy.
Kerline's comments: Who doesn't like tiramisu?!?!?! I am still shocked by this.

If original, exceptional and fantastic invites are what you are looking for, 2U collection will provide you with all of those elements and a splash panache!!!

Until next time,



© 2005 - 2009 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Your Role As The Wedding Guest! Yes, you!



A colleague in Tennessee had this fabulous post on her wedding blog! No need to reinvent the wheel, it is a must read for all attending the wedding.


Andria's thoughts " As a guest, you are just that, a guest, and should be aware of what happens backstage. "
Blog: The Planner Pages
Planner: Andria Lewis of Andria Lewis Events!

Just last night,I had a similar conversationone of our couples and the Mother of Groom as we were mapping out their wedding seating. There is a great deal of organization that goes into planning a wedding and the seating can become a task in itself. Be a gracious guest! Your hosts will thank you for it.

To read the full post on Andria's blog, click here.

Until next time,

(Photo credit: Asia Samson)

Don't forget that this October your comments on the blog help great initiatives for Breast Cancer research and awareness. We welcome your thoughts and comments.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Real Wedding: Gwenetta and Samuel - March 14, 2009


We will call this the year of the Rattler! Three of the Joie de Vie Weddings & Events Brides are also alumni of my precious Alma Mater, FAMU. Last summer we were introduced to our March 2009 bride by the florist. I met with Gwenetta and her mother, Mrs. Hayslip, at Cindy's Creations and I knew immediately that these two ladies had a handle on their 400 plus guest wedding. After our initial consultation Gwenetta's mother realized that Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. would be the team to handle the details for the big day. Coincidentally, the Kenard Lang Foundation had their annual fundraiser and one of the silent auction items was one of our planning packages at Joie de Vie. That opened the perfect opportunity for Gwenetta to support a worthy cause and obtain the planning services she would need.

In the month that Gwenetta and Samuel had been engaged they had made many important decisions in the wedding planning process. Gwenetta thought about every detail. Gwenetta and Sam were such sweethearts and they truly wanted to make sure that their guest would enjoy the day. Gwenetta's concerns were:
1. The ceremony would start ON TIME,
2. Everyone enjoy themselves, and
3. The logistics and timing with so many guests attending the wedding.

Fast forward to January 2009 and we were eight weeks away from the big day. The elements were in place for an unforgettable wedding day. The one thing I could truly say about the Hayslip ladies is that they were SUPER ORGANIZED. Mrs. Hayslip had a system down to track their RSVP's that could truly make any coordinator proud! With over 400 guests the ladies made sure that seating was taken care of. I remember sitting with the ladies and Sam's sister as we mapped out the seating for the reception. Gwenetta's parents helped to organize her escort cards and place cards which help to keep order for the 426 confirmed wedding guests. With 42 tables for the reception, an adult buffet dinner, a children's buffet and a nod to Sam's Guyanese heritage we were well on our way to a great evening.

Jahgon has a great highlight reel of the wedding day.



Gwenetta & Sam Wedding Montage from JahGon, Inc. on Vimeo.

Needless to say with 425 guests the thought or time to take quick snap shots with my little digital camera was null and void. Our staff was too busy to take any photos to share. We were happy when the photographer sent us a few of thephotos last week. Here are a few of the professional shots to showcase the day:

The bridal party was large. My favorite was absolutely the speedwagon that the groom painted himself. Gwenetta's 1 year old nephews were 'honorary ringbearers' and were rolled into the ceremony.
By the way, all of the guests attending the wedding were asked to wear black or silver. This was fun and really added to the formality of the festivities. For my staff it became interesting because everything was a sea of black and silver. It proved challenging when we were rounding up bridal party members and parents for introductions.

Sam and Gwenetta got a sneak peek of the room before the guests entered.








I don't think I've ever seen this many women gathered for a sorority serenade! Gwenetta is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Over thirty of Gwenetta's sorority sisters serenaded her with the Sweetheart Song and then the ladies strolled to "To Be Real".


Gwenetta and Sam gave every guest a wonderful momento to remember the day. Everyone received a 4x6 of their engagement photos, a great mint tin (there were some great mints in those tins) and a piece of traditional West Indian Black Cake.


Joie de Vie Weddings & Events believes it takes great professional vendors to truly pull an event together flawlessly. I truly have to commend the event team for their hard work and efforts. Our fabulous event team:

Coordinator: Joie De Vie Weddings & Events. A special thank you to the ladies that worked with me that day. They allowed me to be in two places, 25 miles apart, at the same time, lol!
Ceremony Location: Pine Hills Community Church
Reception Location: Marriott Lake Mary. Hameant Raghubire and his staff were beyond exceptional! Mr. Raghubire even made sure there were traditional Guyanese dishes for Sam's family.
Cake: Cupcake Crazy When I first met Gwenetta, she had not found the right baker for her cake. I immediately sent her to Karen.
Saxophonist: Johnny Mag Sax
DJ: One Choice Muzic - DJ Mike Collins
Floral & Event Design: Cindy's Creations & Gifts
Chair Covers: Beautiful Chair Covers & Accessory Rentals
Photographer: EWM Photography
Videographer: Jaghon, Inc
Transportation: Noris Limousines

As for Gwenetta's concerns:
1. We started on time.
2. Everyone had a blast. The dance floor was packed the entire night and the food was unbelievable.
3. Logistically, everything went smoothly. We were able to stay on schedule and the night ended beautifully.

Until next time,



Don't forget that this October your comments on the blog help great initiatives for Breast Cancer research and awareness. We welcome your thoughts and comments.

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