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.
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,
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