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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Engagement Shoot: Janelle & Leon

One of our beautiful couples took some time last weekend to take their engagement photos. Janelle & Leon contacted us in January a few days after their engagement. From the first phone call I knew that Janelle was going to be an awesome bride to work with! We hit the ground running to plan their September Wedding. We were truly excited that she selected several of our top local wedding professionals to help execute their vision.

Sunday they met with the uber talented Carrie Wildes (Carrie Wildes Photography) and Arami Camacho (Elegante Films) to shoot their engagement session. The engagement session was shot in Celebration and it truly reflects their laid back personality and the beautiful spirit.

This shot is one of my favorites. To see more of their engagement session, visit Carrie's Blog.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wedding Professional Wednesday: Lindsay Cosimi of Room Service Furniture and Event Rentals

As we at Joie de Vie Weddings & Events sit with our clients to develop a design and decor concept for their event; we are always looking at way to make the day stand out! Event furnishing has become a necessary part of making weddings, corporate events, private parties or fundraisers stand out. You as a bride can add a touch of your personality by adding furniture groupings to create warm and inviting spaces for your special day. One of our favorite furniture rental professionals is Room Service Furniture and Event Rentals. I had the pleasure of meeting their local representative, Lindsay Cosimi, a year ago and I've always loved her attention to detail as she works with our vendor teams to ensure every detail is not overlooked with furniture selection.

Lindsay is our featured Wedding Professional for our Wedding Professional Wednesday segment of the Joie de Vie Weddings & Events Blog. I hope that our question and answer session helps you to know a little bit more about her and Room Service Furniture and Event Rentals! Ironically enough we found out that one of our guilty pleasure shows, is one of her favorites.
Name: Lindsay Cosimi

Name of your Company: Room Service Furniture and Event Rentals

Location: Orlando – Room Service also has locations in Miami, Tampa and Washington DC. Hopefully, more to come.

Number of Years in Business: 4 ½ in Miami and 1 ½ in Orlando


Tell us a little about your business and the services you offer: We specialize in upscale event furnishings and accent pieces. I believe what makes Room Service different is our attention to customer service. We pride ourselves in the fact that our Design Team is ready to make assist in the furniture layout, that our Creative Services is ready and willing to customize every order with logos on pillow and bars and slipcovers on sofas and ottomans and that our Delivery Team is hand-picked to be the best in the industry at communicating on-site with our customers, moving furniture just a pinch to line it up perfect and hand clean every piece on site!! I truly believe this, coupled with our unbelievable, one-of-a-kind inventory keeps our customers coming back again and again.

How did you get started? When interviewing for this position I met Greg Zalkin, owner and founder and was impressed with where this young company was going – I just knew I wanted to be a part of it! Greg is a visionary who believes in exceeding every client’s expectations big or small, who insists on keeping inventory fresh with new ideas from team members or clients alike and will do everything it takes to make Room Service the number one furniture provider in the nation!

What professional organizations or networking are you a member of? ABC, NACE, ISES, ARA (American Rental Association) and MPI

Any industry awards or recognition? Event Solutions - 2009 Event Supplier of the Year Finalist, Event Solutions - 2008 Rental Company of the Year Finalist, ISES Spirit Awards – Best Collaborative ISES Event

Furthest place and/or interesting place you’ve travelled to while working on a wedding assignment? I am usually confined to my territory so the interesting places I see are loading docks and ballrooms. I always enjoy when someone places furniture in exciting new places, like a group at the Gaylord Palms had their dinner on the sand volleyball court once.

What are a few suggestions you would make to couples as they are selecting a professional in your service are for their special day? Although times are tight, it is still possible to have the wedding that you want. Think about what elements are the most important to achieving the desired effect. I also think that doing something unexpected can leave a lasting impression – Lounge furniture instead of highboys at the cocktail hour, bench seating at the ceremony and soft lounge seating at the reception around the dance floor.

What are the trends and innovations in your service area? Lounge seating is HOT for weddings, but there are many ways to utilize it. Some people are consider rectangular tables with bench seating our booth seating for intimate weddings; some people are seating the bride and groom in a special lounge area; some people are surrounding the dance floor with lounge areas to encourage people to leave their dinner table; some people are doing an entire lounge feel for the cocktail hour or some people are using alternative seating for their ceremony like benches and ottomans!

If you weren't a working in this industry, what field would you be in instead? Why? I tried leaving the industry and I only made it five months away. I think I found out first hand that this is where I want to be.

Favorite Reality Show? Top Chef, I love to see ideas that they come up with and listen to the judges critique

What show do you Tivo/DVR? Gossip Girl (Kerline's guilty pleasure, too!), Top Chef – also I have some wedding shows permanently saved on my DVR like “Gorgeous and Green,” a special by Martha Stewart Weddings.
We are truly happy that Lindsay was the featured professional on the blog today. The company's local showroom is a great place to get ideas and really see first hand the beauty in the custom pieces that will make your event stand apart. Until next time,

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wedding Professional Wednesday: Marc Harmon Photography, Inc.

When a new couple comes to Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. to plan their special event, we realize that aside from the location for their festive soiree, documenting the event is a key and incremental part of the day. We always encourage our clients to carefully select all of their vendors, however, photography is the one element we are adamant about. A good photo speaks for itself and needs no interpretation. After the festivities your photography and videography are the only archive you have of the day.

Today on our weekly edition of Wedding Professional Wednesday, we are happy to feature one of Central Florida's gems in photography, Marc Harmon of Marc Harmon Photography, Inc. Marc took a moment to let us know a little bit about him and his work, he also gave some great tips that you as a bride or groom should consider when selecting a photographer. Aside from answering our questions, Marc gave us a few beautiful photos to show you his unique eye for detail. A unique eye is definitely a key to capturing your special day.

Name: Marc Harmon

Name of your Company: Marc Harmon Photography Inc.

Location: Winter Springs, FL

Number of Years in Business: 8 (as a wedding photographer)


Blog Address:

Tell us a little about your business and the services you offer:
Marc Harmon Photography is dedicated to excellence and creativity. We believe every wedding is unique, each with its own story. We know photography is more than just documenting the details of the wedding; it’s about capturing the excitement, joy and romance of the special day with our unique style, which is a blend of fashion and photojournalism. We accept only a limited number of weddings each year to give couples the best quality and highest level of personal attention possible. We utilize post-production techniques to enhance the images to their greatest potential. An on-line slide show, on-line proofs, master disc of images, and two photographers are included with every package.

How did you get started?
I began my photography career in 1993 as a photojournalist in the United States Marine Corps. I graduated with a degree in Photography from Daytona Beach Community College in 1999. From there, I worked with other photographers to learn more about the craft and business of photography, while also taking on projects of my own. At that time, I was more into the commercial and editorial side of the business. After photographing a couple of weddings "on the side" I decided to make weddings and portraits my primary business.

What professional organizations or networking are you a member of?
Voted "Best Of" by The Knot two years in a row for photographers in Central Florida.

Furthest place and/or interesting place you’ve traveled to while working on a wedding assignment?
Though I am open for travel, I haven't traveled too far for a wedding just yet. However, I have photographed other assignments in Africa, Korea and Okinawa.

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 need to make sure they are actually hiring a professional, not a hobbyist with a nice camera and a business card. Here are some qualities of a professional photographer:

  1. Because of much past experience, can anticipate the moments and be ready to capture them.
  2. Has a definite knowledge of their equipment, and carries back-ups just in case.
    Is able to interact with the couple and their guests in a professional manner.
  3. Can identify the couple's style and personalities and incorporate those elements into their images.
  4. Is responsible with deadlines and keeping in contact with the couple.
  5. Can work with the other wedding vendors as a team to create a seamless experience for the couple on their wedding day.
  6. Understands the business side of photography.

What are the trends and innovations in your service area?
"Trash the Dress" Sessions. I have taken what is commonly referred to as "The Day After Session" or a "Trash the Dress Session" and re-named it to the "Fashionably Late Session." These sessions are done after the wedding day due to lack of time, a desire for a change of environment, or because the dress won't be the same afterward. The reason I changed the name is because these sessions don't have to be the day after, and the dress isn't always "trashed." It can include the bride by herself or the couple (or both). It's always fun and unique.

What are your three favorite blogs besides the Joie de Vie blog?
1.Open Source Photo
2. Professional Photographers of America
3. Other photographers' blogs for inspiration

If you weren't a working in this industry, what field would you be in instead? Why?
I have considered going into counseling because I have always been a person my friends come to when they need to talk about something that is bothering them. I like the idea of helping people.

Favorite Reality Show?
Currently, I like watching True Beauty because the participants are judged on inner beauty as well as their looks. I like seeing a gorgeous person kicked off the show because they are a total snob.

What show do you Tivo/DVR?

We are truly honored that Marc has participated in our Wedding Professional Wednesday feature on the Joie de Vie Weddings & Events blog! As you are planning your special day, we hope that you look at your photography options. Interview the Professionals like Marc Harmon and select the company that will make your day an absolutely unique and unforgettable one!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wedding Professional Wednesday: Harpist Christine MacPhail

One of our favorite musicians in the central Florida area is Harpist, Christine MacPhail. I had the pleasure of meeting Christine a few years ago when she played her harp for a 'Day of' client I was working with. Christine has been a professional musician in Orlando for over 20 years, providing harp music for thousands of events.She currently performs for afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton, Orlando. Christine has such an easy going spirit and always has a warm and inviting smile. As our featured wedding professional today, I look forward to helping you get to know Christine a little bit better.
Name: Christine MacPhail

Name of your Company: Harpist Christine MacPhail

Location: Orlando, FL

Number of Years in Business: 20


Tell us a little about your business and the services you offer:
I provide harp music for wedding ceremonies, receptions, or any special event in Orlando. I play all styles of music including classical, Celtic and contemporary. My favorite events are wedding ceremonies. It's wonderful to watch the brides walk down the aisle and be a part of their special day!

How did you get started?
When I was just 6 years old I saw a harp in a museum one day and it was love at first sight!

What professional organizations or networking are you a member of?
I'm a member of the American Harp Society, the Orlando Wedding Group, and I often attend networking events with the Orlando Wedding Guild.

Any industry awards or recognition?
I received recognition from the WESH A-List as one of the most popular Musicians in Orlando.

Furthest place and/or interesting place you’ve travelled to while working on a wedding assignment?
It wasn't for a wedding assignment, but I did perform in Switzerland one summer for a lovely hotel in Montreux.

What are a few suggestions you would make to couples as they are selecting a professional in your service are for their special day?
Listen to music samples and talk with the provider to be sure you feel comfortable with your choice. A good working relationship is very important, along with the quality of the service.

What are the trends and innovations in your service area?
It seems that many couples are choosing a simpler wedding this year, perhaps something earlier in the day, with acoustic music at the ceremony and reception instead of an evening wedding with a DJ or Band.

If you weren't a working in this industry, what field would you be in instead? Why?
I can't imagine not being a musician. It's been a part of my life since I was a child. I do love language and have an interest in linguistics, so I might be working in that field, but I would always be playing my harp in my spare time.

Favorite Reality Show?
I like the dancing reality shows!

What show do you Tivo/DVR?
Well I'm trying to perfect my Spanish so I often record the telenovelas - Spanish soap operas - on Telemundo and Univision.
Christine's music definitely brings a special touch to make your wedding ceremony a unique one. picture yourself walking down the aisle as the harp strings softly pluck away a classical piece, a traditional love song or your modern favorite. If you visit Christine's website, you can find samples of her work available for download. Contact Christine today for that unique touch!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

ABC-Orlando & Brides Against Breast Cancer 2009

Since joining the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) in 1995, Joie de Vie Weddings & Events has been very fortunate to work with a group of consultants and vendors that believe in serving the community. In 1996 we hosted our first gown sale for Brides Against Breast Cancer and have been able to collectively raise $65,000 annually to benefit Making Memories through Brides Against Breast Cancer.

Brides Against Breast Cancer is a year round project for the Central Florida East Local Networking Group of the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC). We are able to collect gowns donated by Brides, local bridal salons as well as gown manufacturers who want to make a difference. When you purchase a Brides Against Breast Cancer Gown, the proceeds go to grant a wish for terminally ill breast cancer patients. Over the next few weeks we will be posting information for the Orlando Gown Sale. The dates have been set as March 12th, 13th and 14th at the UCF Alumni Center. Over the last few months we have been spreading the word at local Bridal Shows and many of the brides have purchased raffle tickets. The raffle tickets are a dollar a piece and the lucky winner will get to select the gown of her choice from the regular collection before the sale opens on the 12th of March.

In addition to buying a dress, you as a bride can definitely make a difference for Making Memories. You can make a donation to Making memories in lieu of favors. You can visit the Making Memories site to see the various corporate partners that give a portion of their proceeds to Making Memories. By using those companies for your different wedding needs, you are also helping Making Memories.

Below are a few fun photos from our last bridal show with volunteers promoting the gown sale:
Everything is pink in support of Brides Against Breast Cancer. We were selling raffle tickets, candles, ribbons, tennis hats all to raise the dollars needed for our gown sale.
ABC Member and volunteer, Melissa looks over the details for the raffle tickets before the door opens for the gown sale.

ABC Members Rosie, Lindsay Cosimi and Cherise hold down their own along with Bridal Show Model Jennifer at the sale. These are JUST A FEW of the dresses available for purchase at the gown sale. The ladies will be modeling again on Sunday! Two of these dresses were the hottest of commodities last Sunday. Girls wanted to buy them right then and there. No gown pictured hers is over $800.00! You can also see ABC Members Lynn Curran and Melissa chatting in the background.

I paused for a photo with fellow ABC Member, Annie!

Please stop by our booth at the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show this Sunday at the World Center Marriott! The great thing about the Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal show is if you click the link here, you can register and the tickets are buy one get one free. If this is your first show, be sure to read our past blog post about how to effectively attend a bridal show!

It's a great cause and everly little bit helps to make a big difference!