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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wedding Professional Wednesdsay: Pilster Photography (Chad Pilster)

It's Wednesday and today on our Wedding Professional Wednesday Series we are happy to feature a great central Florida photographer. Photography is an important component to your wedding day mix and it is always important to select a photographer that will tell your story the way you would like it. After all the planning, the vows and the party; your photography will be what you will always be able to go back to. Yes, you have the memories, however, your photography will always tell the story. We are happy to feature one of central Florida's promising photographers, Chad Pilster:

Name: Chad Pilster

Name of your Company: Pilster Photography

Location: DeLand, FL (Available worldwide)

Number of Years in Business: 15 as a professional photojournalist

Website: http://www.weddings.pilsterphtography.net/

Blog Address: http://www.pilsterphotography.blogspot.com/

Twitter &Facebook Fan Page:
Twitter: @chadpil
Facebook: www.facebook.com/PilsterPhotography


Tell us a little about your business and the services you offer:
Couples work hard to make a wedding original and I work hard to capture it that way. Using pictorial photojournalism I strive to bring a style that is documentary and outside the box. I am passionate about creating images people might not expect.

To really take advantage of the documentary style most of our packages include unlimited coverage, so we can be there from the beginning until the end of the wedding day.

Pilster Photography not only tries to tell the story different, but the company philosophy is to be different in every way. We are always looking for creative ways to be outside of the box from our photos, to our marketing material and we love to work with other creative and industry professionals who are looking to do the same.

How did you get started in the Wedding Industry?
I've had a passion for photography since I really discovered it in high school. When I first started I was already trying to make a business of it. I would shoot photos of the football team and sell them back to the parents. In 2002 I graduated with a degree in photojournalism from San Jose State University and ran across the country chasing my dream of being a newspaper photojournalist. Over the years I held three photo internships and regularly freelanced.

After freelancing for a few months in St. Louis I ended up in Florida at the daily newspaper in Daytona Beach where I was at for six years. With the turmoil in the newspaper industry it was time to switch gears.

I found a passion for weddings when I planned my own. There were also some times while I was at newspapers that I photographed weddings on the side or on assignment (Two renaissance weddings and a wedding where they left by 7 John Deere tractors to get to the reception). When the time came to choose where to head next it seemed like weddings were an easy choice. I continue to do some editorial work, but weddings are 90% of my income and where I do all of my marketing.


What professional/industry organizations are you a member of?
Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC), National Press Photographer's Association (NPPA), Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA), Canon Professional Services (CPS)

Any industry awards or recognition?
Most of them are for my editorial photography. Here are a few.

2009, March, Bella Pictures (http://www.bellapictures.com) internal monthly photo contest-3rd place in the photojournalism category

2008 NPPA Region 6 Clip Contest -2nd Place Feature/Multiple, March 2008

2008 Guest lecturer at UCF's photojournalism class at DBCC. Spoke about multimedia. 10/7/08.
2007 Society of Professional Journalists, North Central Florida Chapter,
Category B, 100k+ - 1st, 2nd, 3rd Sports Photography

2007 Florida Press Club, Category A, more than 90,001 circulation - 2nd Place News Photo Essay

2007 Tongue and Groove "On Assignment" group photo exhibit

2007 NPPA Region 6 Clip Contest - 1st Place Sports, March 2007

You can find the complete list at http://www.pilsterphotography.com/wedding/awards.htm

Furthest place and/or interesting place you've travelled to while working on a wedding assignment?
Key West, I just got back from it and I'm definitely available if anyone wants to book another wedding there! I'm still working on booking my first international wedding, but I don't think it's far off.

The craziest thing you've ever done to get "THE SHOT"? Most of my extremes have come during my editorial shoots, but recently during an e-session I saw this great puddle that I laid down in to get the shot. You can see one of the shots and the video of me in the puddle here http://pilsterphotography.blogspot.com/2009/07/jess-blake-in-winter-park-outtake.html

I just haven't had the right wedding situation, but for editorial shoots I've mounted a camera on my road bike, shot out of the back of an airplane as skydivers jump out, climbed to the top of a rock wall to shoot down, put a camera in a fish tank and half-submerged it underwater all in an effort to make something different and I'm sure there is more I haven't thought of.

What is your signature shot? In other words if someone saw a particular shot they would immediately relate it to your company. The best way to describe it is "not your typical wedding shot." That's usually the first thing people say to me when they find Pilster Photography. The direct quote goes something like "I love your work because it's not like everyone else." I like to capture a lot of information into one photo. Many times you can find layers of action happening.

What are a few suggestions you would make to couples as they are selecting a photographer/photojournalist for their wedding? Look at a few weddings on photographer's blogs. Anyone can put their top photos in a portfolio, but to constantly keep good photos on a blog is a difficult task. This will give you the best insight into how the photographer shoots on a regular basis. Look at the portfolio to see the best that they can do.

Look at one of their album's from a wedding. This will also give you an idea of their style and if it carries over to the album design.

If photography is a high priority for your wedding you should find a photographer that you are passionate about their work and their style. They should also be passionate about what they do.

Look closely at indoor photos. This is the biggest tip on how much experience someone has. Is the light really harsh on the bride and groom with the background dark or black? Or is it even all around? You can also ask your photographer if they know how to bounce flash. The answer should be yes.

Photographers who enjoy making photos outside of work tend to make better photos on the job. Ask to see some of their non-wedding work.

Don't be afraid to tell a photographer what your budget is and what your priorities are with your photography. This will give them the best opportunity to try and work something out, especially if they seem beyond your range.

Remember that you are making an investment. Most things on your wedding day will be long gone, but you will still have the photos. These are what you are going to be showing your kids and they will be showing their kids.

There are many lists out there with a lot of the same questions on them of what to ask a photographer. Most of these are a list of basics that even amateurs will be able to answer yes to. Many times you will already be able to weed the pros from the amateurs out by setting your standards high when you look at portfolios. Another thing to look at is if they are a full-time photographer and if they are supporting themselves off of it. They may be inexpensive, but if they can't manage to pay their bills, then they may not be around when it comes time for your wedding.

Also ask open ended questions and find out who they are as a person and where they have gained experience. Find out what type of photos are their favorite to make. Look for red flags or areas that you might clash with them or that their inexperience might show through. "What is your background?" "Why do you think you'd be the best photographer for my wedding?" "What photography do you do on your personal time?"


Your thoughts on 'first look' photos or bride and groom photos prior to the ceremony? I am very laid back about it. I explain up front that the wedding day will be hectic and there won't be a lot of time for portraits. Also, if it's an outdoor wedding in Florida, most makeup and hair can take a beating before the pictures. If outside the box portraits are important to them, then they should strongly consider seeing each other before the ceremony. It will be a lot more relaxing and you can schedule enough time to really make some cool photographs.

If this does happen we need to still work on making it special. That first glance when a groom sees his bride in her wedding dress can never be repeated.

Another opportunity is to do a "Day After" session (Sometimes called "Trash the Dress," although you don't have to be that extreme in the portraits). This is a day where the bride and groom get dressed back up, made back up and have more time to make relaxed and cool portraits.

Your thoughts on the importance of a coordinator in the vendor team dynamic?
I love working with coordinators. A coordinator holds the world together on the wedding day and makes sure it runs smoothly. This means less stress for the couple and especially a photographer who is shadowing them.

No matter how prepared you are there is going to be something that needs special attention on a wedding day. This is not something that the couple or their guests should be bothered with, this should be a day for everyone to relax and just let it flow.
I planned my own wedding, so I'm familiar some of the the work a coordinator puts into it. I am also happy to work with the coordinator's and the couple to come up with ideas that will produce better opportunities for photos.

Something you would like to see couples do more of with their wedding photography? Give it time. I'll spend two and a half hours with a couple during an e-session to make amazing pictures and really get to know them. Realize that great portraits don't usually happen in a few minutes. It also helps if you brainstorm with the photographer and tell them things that make you happy. If it's butterflies, the place you met, or something that you and your fiance do together, it can help make the photos that much more special.

Another thing is to have your wedding photography in an album, get a framed print or get a canvas. It seems like a lot of people just want a photographer to shoot their wedding and give them a DVD. At least with myself I find that DVDs sit on shelves. Even if I say I am going to make prints, life always seems to get in the way.

A quality album brings an elegance to your wedding day and something you can hold. I have an album from my wedding day and it sits on our coffee table or a bookshelf. It's really easy to bring with me someplace or show it to people. By having your photographer do it, you're not going to forget about getting it or procrastinate about it getting done.

What are a few trends and innovations you have seen in the industry? Video and stills are starting to become more integrated. As still digital cameras start to produce high quality video the combination of the two is becoming more common.

I think with the internet things move a lot quicker. When it used to take years for a trend to come to light, it's only taking a few months now. Ideas spread quickly and some people follow the pack while others scour for new ideas. Some trends are also dying down as quick as they come to light.

I'm seeing different styles of portrait sessions, such as a boudoir session as a gift for the fiance.

DVDs are becoming standard. I don't think I had one couple come to me this year and not ask for a DVD. This can be bad in some ways. There are many companies out there offering cheap photography products and it can degrade the quality of good photos when the images are reproduced on these. Many photographers have done a lot of research to find the best vendors for reproducing their work and will go to many lengths to make sure the client has the highest quality product.

Canvas prints are becoming popular. Prints on metal sheets are starting to catch on.

Coordinators have become a necessity and not just a luxury.

A trend that I think is coming is complete wedding week coverage. With family in town you want it all documented. I'm already being asked to cover more rehearsal's and rehearsal dinners. Day after sessions are also become more common.


Are you a blog reader? If so, what are your three favorite blogs besides the Joie de Vie blog
1- http://www.thebusinessofbeingcreative.com/
2 - http://www.thinksplendid.com
3 - http://www.aphotoaday.org/blog

If you weren't a working in this industry, what field would you be in instead? Why? Editorial Photography. Making pictures is my passion. I recently had an opportunity to explore what I'm doing and possibly change careers, but I could not see myself doing anything else. I tried looking into PR and personal training, but neither of them held my interest like photography does. Photography gives me the opportunity to explore and experience things that I might otherwise never see.

What would we be surprised to learn about you?
1. Most people are surprised to learn that I used to weigh 255lbs in high school. I lost most of it in college.
2. Florida is the second longest I've lived someplace since I grew up in Northern California.
3. I was ready to marry my wife the day I met her.

Any hobbies or pastimes? To keep the weight off I set a goal of doing a triathlon. Over the past few years I've done over 20 triathlons. I have even gained a few sponsors. When I'm active you can read about it here http://chadpiltri.blogspot.com

Describe yourself or your services in four (4 words or less)
Telling stories; different.

If you've met Chad, you will agree with me when I say that he will chat with you as though he has known you for years! As you are selecting your photographer, xonsider meeting with Chad and his photography services!

Until next time,




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

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

RSVP Tips: How to track your responses like the pros!

Many of you have started the process of selecting your wedding invitations. After taking the time to select your gorgeous invites, prepare yourself for the RSVP's! A few brides find this process a bit daunting; however, you can take a few steps to make the tracking process a smooth one. You can definitely handle this like a professional or with the assistance of a professional: Your stationer and/or your wedding planner!

Here are a few ground rules to remember before mailing your invites:
1. Create a spreadsheet or utilize an RSVP notebook and get an index card box to track your RSVP's. Get Married, The Perfect Wedding Guide & Brides.com also have great online tools to help with tracking.
2. For your spreadsheet or notebook: use the columns to categorize the invited guests, their date/spouse, child(ren), address, and meal choice.
3. The box is your 'back up file'. Divide your box into three sections: Just In, Yes and No and then store the cards alphabetically (by last name). The Just In section will contain RSVP's you receive that have not been recorded. Once recorded they will move into the Yes or No section.
4. Take all of your RSVP cards and lightly number each card (1 through however many number of RSVP cards you have). If you do not take anything away from my tips, remember this essential tip: number your cards. Why? Someone will forget to write their name on the card, someone else will write in hieroglyphics and you'll be able to easily track who has not returned their card.
5. As you start to address your cards, you will look at the number on the back of your RSVP card and assign that number to your invitees. Assign the number on your printed guest list as you actually stuff the envelope.
6. If you have a wedding web site, you may opt to allow RSVP's to come through the site. Remember to include the key information that you've listed on your RSVP cards. The great thing about RSVP's via your web site is you have a tool that will encourage promptness in the responses from your guests.

The RSVP's will start to trickle in. I know a few of our brides get excited and typically shoot a text or email that says "we got 3 today". Don't obsess on updating your spreadsheet daily. Instead have 2 designated days a week to do this. That way it is not overwhelming or tedious.
If you are spreadsheet savvy, you can set your spreadsheet up to tally up your yes's, no's and meal choices. That spreadsheet will be like gold as you start to take care of your seating and place cards.

Do not fear the word "NO"! The truth is we are all on a budget. There is no such thing as a budget-less wedding. With that said, do not fear telling Cousin George that you invited him, his wife and child...not the entire neighborhood! If you get an RSVP for more than you anticipated, you can put it to the side and make that phone call to politely explain that, "...unfortunately, we can only have so many guests, we would love for you and such and such to be there, however, we can only have the three of you." Also, if people are trying to RSVP days before the wedding day, it is OK to say NO, unfortunately it is too late to accommodate them. Why should you allow them to stress you out days before your special day. If they truly cared and wanted to be a part of your day, they would have been mindful of the RSVP deadline.

Now if you prefer to not handle your RSVP's, ask your Wedding Planner/Coordinator if that is one of their services. Joie de Vie Weddings & Events offers this service as an option. Give us a call or shoot us an email for details! Either way, handling your RSVP's will be much easier with the tips above!

Until next time,


© 2005 - 2009 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved. All photos used with permission from Liga Photography. Thank you to Amy Morelli for the beautifully designed stationery above. Amy's work can be seen at http://www.2ucollection.com/.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wedding Professional Wednesday: Rev. Glynn Ferguson

We're back with our spring season of Wedding Professional Wednesday's! If you've never read our WPW Series, this is a great way to get to know our Central Florida Wedding Professionals. Since the Fall of 2008, Joie de Vie Weddings & Events has featured many of the professionals we have had the pleasure of working with in the wedding industry.

Today we are featuring one of our beloved Officiant's. Over the last 4 years, I've had the opportunity to work with Rev. Glynn Ferguson and I've always admired his unique way of handling weddings. He always makes sure the bride and groom's personalities are reflected in their ceremony. He is also hilarious and truly makes the couple feel at ease during the nervous moments before the ceremony. It's truly a pleasure to feature Rev. Glynn Ferguson with Sensational Ceremonies:

Name of your Company: Sensational Ceremonies, LLC.

Location: Kissimmee, though I’ve got staff in Celebration and Sanford as well.

Number of Years in Business: I’ve been performing weddings for almost 20 years

Website: http://www.sensationalceremonies.com/

Blog Address: http://www.downtheaisles.com/

Twitter and/or facebook fan page:
Twitter: FLWedMinister
Facebook: Rev. Glynn Ferguson

Tell us a little about your business and the services you offer: We officiate weddings for couples that want a custom crafted wedding ceremony. No two couples are the same and so it is our feeling that no to ceremonies should be the same. We try to make all our ceremonies very personal to the couples with whom we work.

How did you get started in the Wedding Industry? Well being a minister since 1989 I have always loved working with couples as they prepare to enter into married life. Performing weddings is about ministering to the couple in such a way that we can help them get a good start in married life.

What professional organizations or networking groups are you a member of? Association of Bridal Consultants, Orlando Wedding Guild

Any industry awards or recognition? Wedding Wire recognized us with a Brides Choice Award just a few weeks ago.

Furthest place and/or interesting place you’ve traveled to while working on a wedding assignment? I’ve performed weddings in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and even in the Bahamas.

What are a few suggestions you would make to couples as they are selecting an officiant for their wedding? Find someone who will listen to you and let you make your wedding ceremony, YOUR ceremony.

What are some unique ideas have you seen incorporated into ceremonies recently? I love the “Warming of the Rings” ceremony. Couples pass their rings to their family members for them to send their best wishes or blessings to the couple. This is a great way to connect with your guests.

In cases of inter-faith ceremonies, can you provide us with examples as to how you were able to incorporate different faiths/beliefs? I have worked several times with a local Rabbi to perform services like these. Also, many faith beliefs have rich traditions that we can incorporate into the couple’s ceremony.

Are you a blog reader? If so, what are your three favorite blogs besides the Joie de Vie blog? I read a few, but nothing on a regular basis. Most of the time I look for blogs on topics that I am studying personally. I love to read some of blogs from fellow wedding industry leaders. They, like you, usually have their finger on the pulse of changing trends in the wedding industry. What is the best photo stance, colors for brides-maid dresses, wedding words, etc..

If you weren't a working in this industry, what field would you be in instead? Why? I love working with senior adults. Every week I volunteer and preach at a local retirement community. They have so much left to give, but there are so few people who will take time to listen to them. I think of them as “my girls.”

What would we be surprised to learn about you? I do triathlons, open water swims, and marathons. I may not be the fastest, but I’m like the Energizer Bunny. Sidebar: Now, this shocked me! "Rev. Glynn the athlete", lol!

When not working on a wedding, what are your favorite pastimes? Spending time with my wife and 3 kids.

As you pull together the details for your wedding. Consider Rev. Glynn when looking for a wedding officiant. We hope that you were able to learn a bit more about Rev. Glynn and Sensational Ceremonies!

Until Next Time,



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

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tips On Choosing Your Color Palette

The colors you choose for your wedding day set the style and tone for your entire event. One of our first planning meetings with our Joie de Vie Weddings & Events' couples is to determine the overall aesthetic they would like to have. Think of your color palette as you select your attendants attire, your decor, the cake, favors, flowers, the details, table linens as well as your invitations! Choose colors you love, but also consider the following:
  1. What mood do you want to create? Your colors contribute to the overall mood of your wedding. You want drama? Add vibrant colors. If your leaning more towards romantic, consider soft colors.
  2. Where are you having your ceremony and reception? Choose colors that compliment the setting. Pay attention to existing decor, furniture and the carpeting to ensure they don't clash with the colors you select.
  3. What time of year are you considering for your wedding? The season may also effect the colors you select. There are great resources you can lean on to see what colors will be in season for your wedding.
  4. Are there cultuaral traditions you will need to consider? Color can effect our moods and emotions but they also hold special meaning in different cultures. You may have to include specific colors to various parts of your ceremony, so consdier colors that will compliment that specific color.
Look at various planning web sites for color inspiration! Some of our favorites are:
Souther Weddings Magazine: http://www.swsmag.net/
Brides Online: http://www.brides.com/
All of these web sites offer color pairings as well as the latest trends in selecting your wedding colors.

We also love looking at the Pantone Color Reports for the upcoming season. The reports are what many of your bridal designers use as a palette for the bridesmaids fashions! What are the colors for this coming fall? Well click here, to be redirected to the Fall 2010 report. We also use a great in-house tool that helps our wedding clients help our choose their wedding colors. You simply provide us with your favorite inspiration photo and we can and we upload it into our system to and it will instantly create a color palette for you. As an example look at the photo above. This is the colors we were able to pull out for our clients to select from to create their wedding color palette.as they tried palette we were able to create for the client after she saw the inspiration photo:

The bride and groom will be able to select the 3 or 4 colors from the above palette to define their wedding day. The great part of our tool is it actually provides the code that the graphic designer can use when designing their stationery and printed items.

Until next time,



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

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Consider The Special Needs Of Your Guests!

Venue? check! Perfect dress? check! Detail after detail...check!

You have planned this special day in your head ten thousand times over and it is going to go as planned. You've thought about the aesthetic and the mood you want all of your guests to walk away with. Well what if your guest has a disability or special need? Consider the special physical, mental and dietary needs of your guests as you plan your day as well.

While helping our clients plan their Central Florida weddings and events, we always ask about guests that have special needs because we believe that is an important element to keep in the back of our minds as we are planning with the client. Joie de Vie recently had a wedding where the special needs of a guest had to be accounted for. Special seating had to be arranged to ensure that the guest was comfortable and able to enjoy the wedding day as well. First and foremost, you don't want that guest to feel that their disability is a burden. I always tell my couples to make their guest list before they start looking at ceremony and reception locations for their wedding. As you look through your guest list, take a moment to consider if any of your guests have any special. A few things to consider or ask:

  1. Will the table be a comfortable height for them?
  2. As you start to visit your location options be sure to ask the venue whether or not there are accessible walkways, restrooms, and seating available for the specific need of that guest.
  3. Will the room configuration permit for them to enter and access various parts of the reception room easily? You want to be certain that you leave extra room around the tables to ensure ease of access.
  4. If they are not in a wheelchair, but have a physical disability also look at the chairs. Know and understand the weight limit on banquet, chiavari or folding chairs. You may have to have a special seat brought in to accommodate the guests specific needs.
  5. If your meal service is not plated, how will they access the food stations or buffet?
  6. Are the restrooms equipped to meet their needs.
  7. If the ceremony and reception are at the same location, consider how the transition will take place from ceremony to cocktail hour to the reception. Be certain that the guest will not have any trouble with the transition.
  8. Location of a power outlet in the room is also important. You want them to have easy access to the power should they need to recharge the batteries on their electric powered chair.
  9. What hotel accomodations will be needed for guests with special needs? Because of the ADA most hotels have the rooms properly built to meet those needs. You want to ensure that your rooming options reflect that.

Central Florida is fortunate in that our wedding professionals have great experience with accommodating guests with special needs. As you speak to your vendors other than the venue, it will be important to ask about how the guests can be seated in the ceremony area, will access to the dance floor be easy, the position of apparatus for lighting or sound and your photographer may have to consider how he/she will position those guests for portraits.

If members of your bridal party have a special need, you should also consider how they can partake in all of the bridal party duties on the day of the wedding. Look at your ceremony altar space to ensure there is enough room to accommodate for wheelchair(s).

Of course, you will only know the needs of your guests that you've listed. If your guests are bringing a date, it is possible that you will not know what their needs are. If you are uncertain of what those needs may be, utilize your website to list information about guests with disabilities or have options for special dietary concerns. Also consider letting them know that they can contact you directly to address any concerns. More importantly, communicate with your planner, venue and vendors regarding the special needs to ensure that all of your family, friends and loved ones have an unforgettable experience on your wedding day.

Until next time,


© 2005 - 2009 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved. Photo credit: Dubi Feiner.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wedding Recessionista's: Brides Against Breast Cancer This Weekend!

While planning our wedding you will begin to see the numbers add up very quickly! So many dollars here for your venue, there for your cake, here for you photography etc.
Well after a while the bottom line becomes very important as you are planning your wedding day. This weekend you have the opportunity to save a few dollars and help a great cause: Brides Against Breast Cancer will hold its Orlando Gown Sale at the University Club this weekend. Here is the information for the sale:
BRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER GOWN SALE
THIS WEEKEND!

March 12-14, 2010
The University Club
150 East Central Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32801

VIP Night - $40 Bride Admission, $25 Guests
THIS NIGHT INCLUDES DINNER, A FASHION SHOW, SWAG BAG AND THE FIRST LOOK AT THE GOWNS
GUEST SPEAKER: HEATHER SNIVELY OF WEDDINGS UNIQUE
Space is Limited Order Your Tickets Here Today!
Friday, March 12 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Click this link ---> to register for the VIP Night!

General Sale - Free Admission
Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 14 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Click on the Photo below to pre-register for the general sale!

To learn more about Brides Against Breast Cancer visit:
www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org
or
www.makingmemories.org

The Association of Bridal Consultants has sponsored this show locally for the last 5 years and has raised at least $60,000 per year with the help of Brides like you. Last week they raised over $40,000 in Tampa! This is a great opportunity to save money on your gown, help a great cause and have a great time. We are planning on volunteering at the show this weekend and we look forward to seeing you there!
Until next time,


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

Monday, March 1, 2010

Orlando Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Show in Two Words: Absolutely Amazing!


My legs are like jelly right now, however my fingers have absolutely no problem typing. Joie de Vie Weddings Events was one of the participating Wedding Professionals in the Perfect Wedding Guide show today and it was spectacular! With over 900 brides attending the show, it was definitely a busy five hours in the ballroom at the Orlando Hilton.

As usual it is always great to see my colleagues and fellow Wedding Industry Proffesionals showcasing their skills, talents and services. Although I've worked at shows for Brides Against Breast Cancer or the Association of Bridal Consultants, this was the first time Joie de Vie Weddings had a booth at a larger show. I wanted to share with you a few images of our booth. This show featured 186 vendors and over 1000 brides plus nearly 2000 other guests. Needless to say there were a bunch of people in that room!

Because we have working relationships with great vendors in the Central Florida we were able to tap some of the "BEST OF THE BEST" as we pulled together the details for our booth. Playing on the Tiffany Blue theme colors of our company we designed a very modern and chic display area for the showcase. We had many vendors, brides and the guests of brides snapping photos of the details in our booth. I have to give a special thank you to my treasured vendors:

Florals: Tommy Murphy, Greenery Productions.


Linens and Chiavari Chairs: Brett Walters, Kirby Tent and Rentals.


Furniture & White Dance Floor: Lindsay Cosimi and Sarah, Room Service Rentals .


Pipe & Drape: Samantha Turner, PTE Productions.


Here are a few more photos from the show:

The Crystal Heart Place Cards were a hit!

To see more photos click here to view them on our Facebook Fan Page.

I have to also give a special thank you to Angel, Dominique, Jacques and Naomi! We have contacted the two winners for our booth prizes and are awaiting confirmation that they still want the prize before announcing it to others.

We have some great offers that were a part of the show that we would like you to take advantage of. Give us a call for details.

Take care and have an AWESOME WEEK!

Until next time,



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