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

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wedding Professional Wednesday: DJ Carl Entertainment

When we at Joie de Vie Weddings & Events sit with our clients to plan their day. The Entertainment and sound is a major concern for almost all of my couples. They want to ensure that they have a true professional for their entertainment. The DJ/Entertainer/MC must be a person that can articulate and enunciate the names of the parties. They must also be able to read the crowd and determine what music would be best for that crowd. Our next featured professional for Wedding Professional Wednesday is DJ Carl. Carl has been a DJ for over a decade and is sought after by many across the nation for his services. I have had the opportunity to work with Carl several times over the last few years. No two events have ever been the same when he was directing the entertainment. Carl definitely tries to stay ahead of the trends and changes in the wedding industry. We are very pleased that he took a moment to participate in our Wedding Professional Wednesday Series.

Name: Carl Williams aka DJ Carl

Name of your Company: Entertainment, LLC

Location: Orlando, FL and New York, NY

Number of Years in Business: 10+ years

Tell us a little about your business and the services you offer: I run a full-time, professional disc jockey service

How did you get started?
I started part-time as a sophomore at Penn State playing at fraternity parties

What professional organizations or networking are you a member of?
Member, New York Chapter, Recording Academy. I can go to the Grammys!

Any industry awards or recognition?
Recognized by DJ Times Magazine as one of the best mobile DJs in the country .

Furthest place and/or interesting place you have travelled to while working on a wedding assignment?
I have done a wedding/events in New York. I was just in the Cayman Islands for New Years Eve. I dee jayed in Japan fo an opening of a nightclub.

What are a few suggestions you would make to couples as they are selecting a professional in your service are for their special day?
Music is very important, however, you want someone who can articulate on the microphone in an organized manner conveying a clear message.

What are the trends and innovations in your service area?
We will see more music videos mixed on computers at weddings. Another trend is LED lighting that is smaller and can add more color to a room.

If you weren't a working in this industry, what field would you be in instead?
I would be working on web sites, helping to optimize them and adding video to the sites too.

Favorite Reality Show?
American Idol is definitely my favorite.

What show do you Tivo/DVR?
American Idol.

If you are looking for someone that can look at your crowd and determine what will get them on the dance floor, DJ Carl is the person you want on your Vendor Team! Until next time...


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Wedding Professional Wednesday: Treasured Moments Video Productions

As an Orlando Wedding Consultant I have had the opportunity to work with some of the areas top professionals. Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. looks to have a variety of quailfied professionals that we can refer to our clients. With the blog being an avenue for you to learn about our area professionals. We are pleased to bring back our Wedding Professional Wednesday Series!
Our first feature for 2009 is Bruce Reynolds of Treasured Moments Video Productions. Bruce is a true professional with over eighteen (18) years of experience in videography. This feature gives you, our readers, an opportunity to get to know a little bit more about him, his company and his services.

Name: Bruce Reynolds

Name of your Company: Treasured Moments Video Productions

Location: Altamonte Springs Florida

Number of Years in Business: 18


Tell us a little about your business and the services you offer:
We offer many different package for local and destination brides. We shoot all weddings and events in HD (High Definition). We do only one wedding per day and that way we don't have to use contractors to shoot wedding like some in town. We offer Blu-Ray HD packages for a little more the our SD packages. We also do destination weddings at the beaches and Disney. We also do other events--corporate parties, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs etc. We shot video for the NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) Convention party at Universal studios a couple of years ago, and the ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants) here in 2007

How did you get started?
I started out with video for myself and family as I wanted to capture surfing, diving and the kids growing up and save those memories . Then started doing weddings when that got popular in the late eighties.

What professional organizations or networking are you a member of?
Wedding Professionals of Central Florida
Association of Bridal Consultants
Professional Videographers of Central Florida
Wedding and Events Videographers Association

Furthest place and/or interesting place you have travelled to while working on a wedding assignment?
Not the furthest but unusual was a wedding I did inside The Penguin Encounter at Sea World here in Orlando. It was snowing, 33 degrees with penguins squawking.

What are a few suggestions you would make to couples as they are selecting a professional in your service are for their special day?
They shouldn't shop for the lowest price, make sure you watch videos and meet your videographer to make sure they are a fit for you and your wedding day. Tell them what type of video your looking for, short cinematic version or longer documentary type. Give them your music selections before the wedding, that way your videographer can get an idea on how to shoot the pre-wedding activities to go with the music you have chosen. If you go to the videographer first, they will have live shots of reception sites, DJ's, flowers, cakes, officiants, almost everything you will be looking for and can see them in action with sound.

What are the trends and innovations in your service area?
Trends from my brides seem to be more of them wanting the day captured in HD even though it costs a little more. Even the parents now have HD TV's or will be getting them. They also get standard definition dvd for others. Some people are trying to save money but a lot are still going for what they really want for this special day.

What are your three favorite blogs besides the Joie de Vie blog?
I really like my photographer friend Domenico Castaldo blog and Still Motion, a photo/video company, in Canada that does amazing work. I like to see what they are doing. I also go to Cinematic Bride's blog to see what his latest videos look like. He works out of Louisiana.

If you weren't a working in this industry, what field would you be working/involved in instead?
I would like to make films or documentaries.

What show do you Tivo/DVR?
I make sure I get 24.
Below is a sample of Bruce's work. You may want to let the Vimeo video load completely before playing it.

looking back at Nikki and Chris's May 24th wedding from Bruce Reynolds Treasured Moments on Vimeo.

Thank you Bruce!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Family Grows! Congratulations Eusther & Inol.

Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. prides itself in the relationship we develop with our clients during the planning process for their special day. Eusther & Inol are a beautiful couple that were married on November 3, 2007 in S. Florida at the beautiful First United Methodist Church of Mizner in Boca Raton, Florida. They had a beautiful fairy-tale themed wedding and it was truly a memorable day for them and their families.

We were truly delighted when we heard that they were expecting their first child. Mr. Aeden Toussaint was born on December 29, 2008 at 6:56 PM. The beautiful prince charming weighed in at 6lbs 60z. Eusther and Inol are definitely adjusting to the role of being parents, the sleepless nights and the diapers. They are naturally ecstatic! And Eusther has already shed most of the 'baby weight' and is more beautiful than before.

Congratulations Eusther & Inol.

Monday, January 19, 2009

I Still Have A Dream...don't you?

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Hello everyone! I have a very short post today on the blog. Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. is only a part of what I dared to dream a few years ago. I still have many dreams and goals that I have yet to realize, yet every day I work towards those dreams.

This weekend I had the pleasure of volunteering during many of the MLK festivities with the City of Orlando's MLK Commission. I was humbled by the group of students I was working with from the University of Central Florida's Club Kreyol and a few middle school and high school students that were paired up with them as we registered voters at Lake Eola and City Hall. The college students had a unique opportunity to talk to these young impressionable minds about college and the ability to make the right decision for their future. I could not help but to think that these young minds were truly experiencing a different world than their ancestors just one or two generations before. Dr. King would be proud!
In honor of Dr. King's 80th Birthday, I dedicate this post to his memory. If you would like to listen to the "I Have A Dream" speech, click on the link here.
Unbelievably, there are still unregistered voters out there! We were able to register four (4) new voters.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Another Bridal Show! How to properly attend...and have a blast.

With the start of the New Year, the Joie de Vie Weddings & Events phone lines have been ringing! We have newly engaged couples that are excited about the planning process as they begin to plan their wedding.

If you are newly engaged, CONGRATULATIONS! You are probably looking at all of the upcoming bridal shows and wondering, 'What are some ways to make great use of my time at a bridal show?' Here are some planning tips to help you make the best of the upcoming shows:

1. Have preprinted self-adhesive labels. You don't develop writers cramp or carpel tunnel and trust me if you dont' do this you will be writing all day. You will be giving your information to vendors as well as entering drawing for the wonderful prizes given away at the shows. The labels need to have the following: Your Name, Groom's Name, Wedding Date, Email & Phone Number. This will give you time to focus on the details with the vendors you are talking to. You may want to print at least 100 labels.

2. Set up a seperate email account for all things wedding related. You are going to the show to see the vendors work. The vendors are there to market their business. They are going to contact you after the show. Besides, you get to come up with a cute email address which you can later use for your wedding website if you set one up.

3. Bring along support in the form of two people --only two people! One should hopefully be your groom (if he's willing) and the other a trusted friend (member of the bridal party) and a parent. Your support team also serve as great secretary's and assistants. The groom is able to see all of the facets of the wedding planning and can become more proactive as a result of attending the show with you. Your friend or family member know you and your style and can help you as you look through the various items. Bring people who are going to be objective and honest. You don't want to bring a big group of people, it just becomes to confusing.

4. Wear comfortable shoes! I know we are all "Diva's" and "Fashionista's" -- but stiletto's at a bridal show? You are asking for trouble. BoldWear comfortable shoes so that you can walk around and talk to vendors not worry about the pinky toe that you can no longer feel because you have been on your feet for two or three hours.

5. Bring your calendar, a small tote bag and a notepad. Many of the vendors will be able to set appointments for you to see them after the show. Use the notepad to make notes as you speak to the vendors. Keep the cards of vendors you want to follow up with seperate from all the other information you are receiving by placing it in your tote bag. The bridal show will more than likely give you a bag, which you can use for all of the other information. This will be handy later when you want to visit the websites of the vendors you want to follow up with. Once you have gone through the information in your tote, then you can explore the information in the Bridal Show Bag.

6. Bring a check book or credit card. Seriously! You may find a vendor that you want to contract right away or they may be offering a show special. Now still be cautious, you want to make sure you read your contract or understand the terms of the services before you sign ANYTHING.

7. Realize that bridal shows are not two minute affairs. They typically run from noon until 4 or 5:00 PM. You will have various vendors to visit and you will offer get an opportunity to taste food and see samples of work. That takes time to do.

8. Many shows want you to pre-register. If you pre-register it may lead to discounted ticket prices for admissions or special incentives because you registered early.

Over the next few months there are several bridal shows that you can take in the Central Florida area you can attend:
Wedding Professionals of Central Florida
Date: Sunday, January 25, 2009
Bridal Show: Central Florida’s Bridal Education Day & Expo at Royal Plaza Hotel
Address: 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Perfect Wedding Guide
Date: Sunday, February 08, 2009
Bridal Show: Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show at Orlando World Center Marriott
Address: 8701 World Center Drive Orlando, FL 32821
Phone: 407.936.0380 x131

Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Gown Sale
Date: Thursday - Saturday, March 12th, 13th & 14th
Time: Various
Address: UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center

Your Wedding TV
Date:Sunday, April 5, 2009
Time: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Address: Wyndham Orlando Resort 8001 International Drive Orlando, FL, 32819
Ph. 321-277-4274

9. Wear the Bride Name tag that most shows provide. It helps the vendor know who you are. After all it is yor moment to shine!

10. Remember to have fun. This will be a great place to meet other brides, to be wooed and wowed by wedding professionals.

Well I hope to see you all at the upcoming shows. I will be at the booth Brides Against Breast Cancer booth. The Association of Bridal Consultants is sponsoring the 4th annual Gown Sale to support Brides Against Breast Cancer. Please stop by and say hello. If you stop by and tell me you found out about our booth from the blog -- I have a special gift for you!

Happy Planning!


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Your Wedding Professionals Are A Part of Your TEAM!

One of the wonderful things about being in the Wedding & Events Industry is you really build relationships with your fellow professionals. The relationships built cause you the client to have a strong event team working at your event. As a Professional Bridal Consultant one of the first steps I take when you become a client is to identify your needs and your vision. That incremental step helps build your vendor team and who we refer.

We work with our team and/or the vendors you have already hired to ensure that the day is seamless and to ensure that load in and set up works. In other words, our linen provider will always arrive before the florist or the cake baker. Each vendor knows that Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. is there to work with them and support them so they can successfully execute the details for your unforgettable day.
Pictured here with Jeff Kolodny and fellow coordinator Lori Patterson. We're supposed to be eating dinner on our 'break'... lol.

For the brides that are working with the vendors prior to securing a "Day Of" coordinator always ask questions about how they work with other vendors in the area. Also ask if they have worked with the other vendors you have already secured.

We are excited to also announce that we will be featuring more of our local professionals in our Wedding Professional Wednesday feature. Next Wednesday we will start with one of Orlando's Videographers...

Until next time! Happy Planning!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy Anniversary Jessica & Asia!

Our first blog post ever written was about this beautiful couple above. My first wedding of 2008. Jessica and Asia are celebrating their FIRST ANNIVERSARY today!

We, at Joie de Vie, are blessed with some of the greatest clients in the world. Their day was uniquely theirs and it was a memorable event. Using an angels wings as part of their theme (their furbaby is a beautiful boxer named Angel) we went on to plan a simple yet very chic soiree that truly depicted their style, vision and taste. Their wedding was at the beautiful Hyatt Pier 66 and the day was captured by the ever fabulous photographer, Jeff Koldony.

I wish them nothing but the following: LOVE, HAPPINESS and countless years of blessings!