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 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.
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,
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