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

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Real Wedding: Althea + Jason 4-2-2010

One afternoon we received a phone call here at the office from a groom; that is not typical, as our initial inquiries are mostly phone calls from the bride, or the mother of the bride. The groom asked great questions that would make any fiancee proud! I later learned that the couple had gone out to visit the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa and wanted to select a coordinator that would be able to manage their wedding day. Despite their hectic schedules with their respective companies', they wanted to handle the many details for the wedding on their own. Fortunately, our day of package includes worksheets and a timeline that helps them stay focused and on task with the planning. Their wedding plans started out as an intimate affair for about 80 people but by wedding day they were closer to 100 guests over the Easter Holiday Weekend.

Although Althea and Jason live in Orlando, their families and friends live outside of the central Florida area. They wanted to ensure their guests would have a memorable experience. With the help of Angela Bachelor, they were able to select the rooftop space of 20Seven at the Buena Vista Palace. Althea's family is originally from Guyana, so naturally a few traditions such as black cake, were incorporated. Greg Dillon (Photography by Greg) captured the details from the wedding day and the couple and their invited guests had a phenomenal evening overlooking beautiful Downtown Disney.

Althea and Jason took on a major project for their wedding: designing and printing their stationery. Everything turned out beautifully. The bride also made a special entrance by coming down the elevator in the atrium. Her descent provided for a beautiful yet dramatic moment.

One of my favorite photos from the wedding is definitely this one of the bride's bouquet. A cherished bracelet that held special sentimental meaning was attached to the bouquet and it completed her look as a bride. It simply said "Believe". As she walked down the aisle she could feel the charm on the bracelet against her fingers. e

Below is a video montage of a few more photos taken during the wedding day by Greg Dillon:

Althea + Jason: 4-2-10 at the Buena Vista Palace & Spa from Kerline Docteur on Vimeo.

Of course no great event can be a great event without a fabulous team of vendors:
Day of Coordination: Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. 407-296-4008
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa 407-827-2727
Floral : Morning Glory Florals 407-767-2080
Ceremony Harpist: Victoria Schultz 407-579-6854
Entertainment : M.a.d.d. Vybez Entertainment 407-733-1839
Makeup : Your Wedding Makeup (407) 415-3202
Photo : Photography By Greg 407-619-2525
Cake : Publix
Brides Attire: Dress - Minerva's Bridal
Brides Shoes: Angela Nuran

We received a lovely thank you card from the bride and groom two weeks ago. It read:
Dear Kerline,
Thank you for all you did to make our vision a reality! We couldn't
ask for a better coordinator. Your thoughtfulness & kindness were
consistent. Thank you for everything!

Jason & Althea

Thank you Jason & Althea for having Joie de Vie as a part of your memorable day!

Until next time,

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Joie de Vie Wedding featured in the Central Florida Bride Magazine!

Our beautiful couple Janelle and Leon were selected by the Central Florida Bride as one of the couples to feature in the latest issue of their semi-annual magazine. Last week I received my copy of the magazine while at the Orlando Wedding Guild luncheon. Bryan Taylor and I happened to sit next to each other and it was great to see the work of a great vendor team and the vision of an open-minded bride in the latest issue of the magazine! We are truly humbled by the words from the bride in this interview.

The Event Team that pulled the day together:
Event Coordination
: Joie de Vie Weddings and Events
Venue: Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate
Florals, Decor and Chairs: Greenery Productions.
Videography: Elegante Films
Photography: Carrie Wildes Photography
Furniture: Room Service
Lighting: Tagas Events
Linen: BBJ Linen
Make up: Lena G Creative Designs
Hair: Shades by Rint

Check out the Weddings Unveiled feature on page 64 & 66! We have a few extra copies of this latest issue, contact us or go to the Central Florida Bride website to have a copy mailed to you.
Until next time,

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

Monday, June 7, 2010

Come Discover Love: A Destination Wedding Gem right here in Florida!

As one of the top three destination wedding locations in the United States, Florida truly has some hidden treasures an options for those planning a destination wedding. At the beginning of May, 40 event and wedding planners were invited to attend a special three day event. The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce planned an event that was designed to introduce us to the Treasure coast. This destination locale has miles of beaches, rivers, nature preserves and citrus groves. As a native Floridian I was surprised as to how diverse Indian River County was and with it being less than two hours away, it's a great hideaway for those wanting to plan a wedding in away from home, but in your own back yard.

Three beautiful properties Costa d'Este Beach Resort, Vero Beach Hotel and Spa and Disney's Vero Beach Resort hosted our stay. I stayed at Gloria Estefan's Costa d'Este and talk about a bit of South Beach meets central Florida charm! Unfortunately, my arrival was masked by a deluge of rain. As soon as I was greeted in the lobby I could smell the incense which totally changed my mood and I 'relaxed'. Once I opened the door to my room, there was a lovely plate of Cuban pastries and a shot of Bustelo about a great welcome!

My itinerary was full of activities for the next three days and I was excited to get on with the program. Over the 3 days we visited several destination wedding options which can fit many personalities, travel needs and aesthetics. Whether the bride is bohemian chic, traditional, trendy our outside the box...there is a locale for you in Indian River! The best way to describe Vero is it's our version of the Hamptons. In NYC you would drive North 2 hours for the Hamptons, in need only go one hour south!

I can go on for days and days about the options, however, images truly show you the beauty found in Indian River. Below are a few photos from beautiful sites and options available; I have to thank Nathalie Cadet-James & PS Photography for the beautiful images. During the first full day of our tour, we visited the had a fantastic lunch experience at Costa D'Este. All of the floral designs were created by Andres Aguilar and his team at Mystique Flowers in Miami. The floral designs were truly inspiring. I love when designers look to push the envelope in their designs.

Our final night closed with a true South Beach-styled fete! The pool area of Costa d'Este was converted into a fantastic party spaces with lounge furniture and clear tables and chiavari chairs. Regretfully, there was a high chance of thunderstorms. Fé Domenech's event team (The Event Firm), the staff at Costa and a few of the the planners attending the event quickly went into B-Plan which allowed us to see the same design in two different spaces.

The same concept worked beautifully by the pool as well as in the enclosed spaces and ballroom.

As a professional event planner, I can't say how great it is to be around your colleagues and talk about the industry and its trends. Aside from visiting the locales, we were treated to great speakers that help set the pace for our industry. We had lunch with Grace Ormonde (Editor in Chief of Wedding Style Magazine) and Susan Moynihan (Editor in Chief of Destination Weddings Magazine) on the second day and brunch with Rebbecal Grinnals (one of the foremost experts on the business of Destination Weddings and Honeymoons. She is the Founder and President of wedding and honeymoon industry consulting firm Engaging Concepts).

Lunch with Grace Ormonde was ended with a great surprise! We all received her newly released book as a gift from the Chamber of Commerce (and what a gift! The book itself weighs over 10 pounds). Grace took a moment to speak with each of us and sign our books. This was a must have for my library that I had planned on picking up that week. To meet Grace and have her personally inscribe the book was priceless!

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we give you a peek inside each of the properties we visited.

Until Next Time,

© 2005 - 2009 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved. All photos used with permission from Nathalie Cadet-James and PS Photography.