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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Come visit us at the I Do Downtown Bridal Crawl

The first bridal show of 2012 will prove to be an exciting one!  We are happy to announce that Joie de Vie Weddings & Events will take part in the I Do Downtown Bridal Crawl!  For the third annual Crawl, newly engaged couples, brides and grooms will be able to visit a few of the great venues located in downtown Orlando.  In addition to the great venues, you will also have an opportunity to meet great central Florida vendors and professionals!  We will be at the The University Club along with:

This team of great professionals have designed different vignettes to let you see the potential and possibilities for your most special of days!  It will also be a great opportunity for you to learn about the new menu's at The University Club.

Here are the details for the show:
Sunday, January 8, 2012
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Advanced registration and tickets: $10 individual, $15 for two.
Advanced registration closes on Friday, January 6, at 5 p.m.
REGISTER NOW by clicking here.

Register early as the day-of registration and tickets will be higher than early registration at the History Center: $15 individual, $20 for two.

The Venues that are participating in this year's Crawl include:
The University Club of Orlando (where you can find us and park your car!)
Orange County Regional History Center (where you will check in or register)
Ballroom at Church Street
Ceviche Tapas Bar and Restaurant
Citrus Club
Embassy Suites Hotel
Grand Bohemian Hotel
310 Lakeside

This will be a great opportunity to visit multiple downtown venues and meet wedding and event professional that will be a great asset to your special day!  It is your way of working on the wedding, spending time with your loved ones while enjoying food, drink, and entertainment.

Questions? Call (407) 836-7035 or (407) 836-8502.

Are you attending?  Be sure to stop by and see us at the University Club for a special gift that will help you with your wedding planning!

Until next time,
© 2005 - 2011 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays from Joie de Vie!

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2012: Tangerine Tango

Last week Pantone announced its 2012 color of the year! the color is Tangerine Tango!  Pantone describes Tangerine Tango as "a spirited reddish orange that provides the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward."  Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® describes the color as:
“...sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”
With the color orange growing in popularity and acceptance with both consumers and designers. Tangerine Tango will be appealing in fashion, cosmetics and design; these three elements being are an integral part of wedding planning process! We are certain you will see that translate to all things weddings over the next year! 

Are you incorporating this beautiful citrus hue into your color palette?  We would love to see how you will use it.  We have seen the orange paired with blue (a la Florida Gators) with one of our former brides as well as with gold and brown. 

Until next time,
© 2005 - 2011 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Wedding Guest Etiquette: Your Mother, Your Boo & Your Friend Too!

It has been INTERESTING as our clients have received RSVP's for all of their upcoming nuptials the last few months. We were amazed at how many of the brides have had to gently turn down invited guest's attempts to add uninvited guests to their wedding guest list.   One of our recent couples had to turn down a guests request to bring along their mother, friend and a new boyfriend.  Remember this is an intimate moment for the couple; as someone they love and cherish, you have been invited to bear witness and be a part of that day.  Be mindful of that and RSVP for the persons listed on the envelope only.

Remember there are a variety of expenses associated with a wedding or special gathering.  To  accommodate your request they are taking on additional expenses for someone they don't know.  Not to mention, you have placed the couple in an uncomfortable position to have to call you to let you know your extra uninvited guests will not be able to attend.  It's not just the cost of the food to the couple, but the additional chairs, linens, favors and alcohol.  Another factor to consider is the venue or locale may be restricted on the number of people they may have or their funds may be limited or committed to other expenses as they start their marriage.  Not to mention many couples trim off family members and other dear friends...yet, you want to impose a stranger on them so that you can bring along someone you may be familiar with? Instead look at the wedding as an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and share in a very special time for your friend.

Until next time,

© 2005 - 2011 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.  Photo's used with permission from Amy Morelli at 2UCollection.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Real Weddings: C & P - Costa D'Este Resort

Last summer, we received a call as we were traveling to South Florida for the 4th of July holiday. The bride and her fiance, Paul, were planning their wedding and hoped to get married on the beach in September. After reading our blog, the bride fell in love with Costa d'Este Beach Resort and was determined to have her destination wedding there. With one phone call, their location was secured and planning began for their ultra chic and uber sophisticated beach side wedding for Saturday, 09/11/10.

Costa D'Este sits on beautiful Vero Beach.  The hotel is owned by Grammy Award winning artist, Gloria Estefan,  and is really a South Beach meets the Hamptons type of location.  The great thing about the ballroom at Costa is it has beautiful built in LED lighting and glass chandeliers that resemble air bubbles under the ocean.  Our floral designer Andres Aguilar, with Mystique Flowers, incorporated seashells, hydrangea, orchids and lily's to create a chic beach event!  With 40 of their closests friends and family, the weekend was an unforgettable time filled with great food, dancing and ambiance.  We had many favorite moments during this wedding weekend.  The day started with a seaside ceremony and guests went on to enjoy some cuban flair during cocktail hour.  The dinner reception was held in the ballroom with tableside ordering which meant guests did not have to pick an entree before the wedding day.

With the help of Solutions Bridal, the bride was able to find a dress that would be available within the 2 month time frame we were working in.  Here are a few photos from the day. Our wedding team included:
The newlyweds right after the ceremony.

The wedding cake with a beautiful beach cake topper.

The bride in our cocktail hour area.  The crystal curtain was a great divider for the space.

The reception!  Large seashells and starfish were incorporated into all of the pieces.

The wedding invitation was a message in a bottle.  Hand calligraphed escort cards were inserted into cut seashells.
We were truly touched when we read the bride's review of our services on Google:
"Kerline was the backbone behind our wedding. It went perfectly and not many
couples can say that about their wedding. She went above and beyond to ensure
everything went smoothly. It was as if she was psychic and knew what would
happen before it happened and was prepared for it.

We're glad we hired a
professional, definitely worth the investment. She is everything you want in a
wedding planner. " - C&P
One thing we never forget is whose day it is...the bride and the groom's! To see more photos from this wedding, visit our Joie de Vie page on Facebook for more photos from this wedding.

Until next time,

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The First Look: Why You Should Consider It.

Hello Joie de Vie Family!

We have been busy over at the office as wedding season is in full steam. We have been fortunate to share in some of the most beautiful moments with our couple. This year we've experienced more of our couples taking advantage of having a private moment many call a 'First Look'. Simply explained, the 'First Look' gives the bride and groom an opportunity to see each other before the ceremony. For most of us that are extremely traditional this may seem a bit taboo, others may say it is bad luck and moreover many are just uncomfortable with the notion as it is not something you normally hear about. Well, from an planner's perspective, it truly is a beautiful moment for many reasons:

1. It is still the first time the couple will see each other on their wedding day.

2. It relieves any anxiety or nervousness the couple may have as they are able to see each other and enjoy that moment privately.

3. It is a great photo opportunity that your photographer can stage with your videographer, florist and planner. It gives ample time to take bridal party photos so you don't feel constrained by time and travel if you are going from one venue to another for ceremony and reception.

One of our January couple's (pictured below) had this experience and we remember getting the call after the wedding where the bride said she was so happy she decided to do that. The couple used that quiet moment to pray with one another and take in the events that were unfolding. Last night we were able to take watch the video from their wedding day (this will be featured in an upcoming Real Weddings post!)

Now if you decide the first look is not for you, there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with that. If you believe it is something you would wish to experience, contact your wedding professionals (wedding planner, florist, the venue, photographer and videographer) to appropriately plan out the best location for this special moment that you will relish for the rest of your lives!

Until next time,

© 2005 - 2011 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved. Photo used with Permission by Jennifer Werneth Photography.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Spring 2012 Pantone Colors Released!

With Fashion Week underway, Pantone has released the colors that have inspired the looks we will see on the runway. Runway colors and looks typically translate into bridal colors for all you planning a wedding next spring. The spring selection of colors offers many great options and opportunities to combine colors that will truly set the tone for your wedding. My favorite color combinations are starfish and tangerine tango or granita and vintage!

"Consumers look to spring for renewed energy, optimism and the promise of a brighter day," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "They have learned how color can help them alter a mood and provide the vitality and enthusiasm that enables them to experiment with new looks and color combinations."

For over 18 years, Pantone, the global authority on color, has surveyed the designers
of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you the season's most important
color trends. If you would like to download the report, click here.

Will you incorporate the colors above for your Spring 2012 wedding? Tell us which colors are your favorites!

Until next time,

© 2005 - 2011 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9-11:Ten Years Later...

With today being the ten year anniversary of 9/11. We wanted to take a moment to remember the many lives that were lost at Ground Zero, The Pentagon and Shanksville. We continue to pray for the many troops around the world that work tirelessly to preserve democracy and protect our home front. Where were you ten years ago?


Until next time,
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Real Wedding: Malaun and George 10-30-2010

Despite the heartaches that may come with life, often times a sad period in life becomes the pathway for destiny. Meet Malaun and George one of our October 2010 couples. Malaun's father had passed away a few years ago and her Aunt Lori decided she was taking her sister and niece on a trip to the 2009 "All Star Basketball Weekend" in Phoenix! The purpose of the trip was to help the ladies have a few days away from the sadness of losing a wonderful husband and father.

Little did Malaun know that the trip would begin the pathway that would lead her to the man to whom she would make lifetime commitment. George was at the All Star Weekend because of Orlando Magic Point Guard, Jameer Nelson. Jameer's mother had briefly chatted with the ladies at various points during the weekend and one day they all ended up having lunch together. George stood out to Joy (the bride's mother) and Lori (aunt) because, 'He was so simple, not flashy and he wore a beautiful cross around his neck'. After a long lunch conversation with the ladies, Malaun and George exchanged numbers. And so began a long distance relationship between Philly and Chicago.

George and Malaun picked Orlando for their destination wedding. It was one of their favorite vacation spots and they hope to one day move to the sunshine state! After the first phone call with Malaun, last spring, I knew this would be a special wedding to be a part of. "Love Will Light The Way" became the theme for the wedding. Lori happened to be in the northeast on a trip and found beautiful white lanterns that fit the theme perfectly. As Malaun would tell me on our conference calls the ladies (her mother and Aunt Lori) were in full force planning, making the transition for Malaun who had now moved to Philadelphia an easier one. The couple, Joy and Aunt Lori flew down for a weekend and we hit the ground running. With her venue, the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate, selected we were ready to select our great team of vendors to make this dream a reality for the ladies and George. The requisite was simple: Fun, memorable and elegant.

From the design of the event, thanks to the fabulous Tommy Murphy at Greenery Productions, we were able to incorporate elements important to the ladies to make the event stand out! From floral, to cake, to photography and videography - everyone was on board to get the major parts of the planning done that weekend. By Sunday a great team of professionals was assembled!

All of the guests, with the exception of two or three people were from out of state and they all assembled for a beautiful wedding weekend filled with laughter, tears and a great time. You know its a great wedding when every guests is still in the room when the house lights go back up. Here are a few more photos from their day captured by Edmund at Rhodes Studios with his awesome team:

The bride was escorted down the aisle by her brother in her first dress. This dress was the dress her mother loved. Malaun's mother described this as the princess gown. The lanterns went with the theme and lit the path the couple took to one another.

With the festivities taking place the night before Halloween, the couple wanted to ensure the children would have an opportunity to 'Trick or Treat'. The bride's aunt and mother brought down bins after bin of blue and silver candies. I believe the adults enjoyed the candy bar as much as the children did.

Our bride's second dress was a beautiful, chic and modern off the shoulder gown. It was the gown the bride wanted to wear. Hair and makeup remain unflawed, thanks to Lena with Lena G Creative!

Our fablous wedding team included:

Consulting & Coordnation: Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc.
Venue: Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
Floral/Décor: Greenery Productions
Ceremony Entertainment: Kelly Dewayne Richards - Omni Resort at ChampionsGate Pianist
Reception Entertainment: DJ Entertainment
Photo/Video: Rhodes Studios
Cake: Party Flavors
Make-Up: Lena G Creative Designs

Until next time,

© 2005 - 2011 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved. All Photos used with permission from Rhodes Studios.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Bridal Ball: What's Your Style?

We are happy to announce that we are one of the featured event planning firms for the 2nd Bridal Ball! The Bridal Ball is where you will find Central Florida’s trendiest vendors! Another spectacular event has been prepared for engaged couples and their guests. A fun time, fantastic food, and exceptional design are a few of the elements couples can expect while taking a break from the traditional bridal show.

This design and décor showcase will feature seasonal blueprints and trends to inspire savvy and artistic couples. We have been finalizing our details for décor, stationery and the elements that many of our fall couples can use as inspiration for their special day.

Joie de Vie participated in the first Bridal Ball last September. You can find a few photos below (captured by David Basher with A Magic Moment), however, more photos of our modern area can be found by clicking -->here on Facebook.

Kudo's to our area team:
Joie de Vie Weddings & Events (Design concept)
BBJ Linen (Linens)
Lee Forrest Floral Design (Florals & Ghost Chairs)
Nannuk Media Group (Stationery)
Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals (Chiavari's and tables)
Chic Event Design (Furniture)

We are giving a pair of tickets away to a couple that would like to attend. To be considered for the drawing, simply leave a comment on this blog post and tell us:
1. Your first name and your fiance's first name
2. What season are you getting married in? Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter
3. What colors are you using for your wedding?
4. One unique element about your wedding that makes it stand out!

We will select a winner via random integer on Friday at 4:00 PM. You can also purchase tickets to the showcase, by clicking on the the first photo in the blog post or simply click ---> here.

Until next time,

© 2005 - 2011 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Monday, February 21, 2011

BHLDN: A New Bridal Line Providing A Unique Perspective !

We've been busy over at the Joie de Vie Planning Studio, but we're never too busy to learn about new options for our couples! Imagine our delight to learn that Urban Outfitters, Inc. (the parent company behind Anthropologie, Free People, Leifsdottir, Terrain and the Urban Outfitters brands) announced the debut of their wedding brand BHLDN! The line made its official debut on Valentine's Day. We received this email a while back:

The line debuted via an online boutique at You can also see some great sneaks of the line on their Facebook Page. Pronunced 'beholden', BHLDN wants to help create an extraordinary experience for brides to share with their family and friends. BHLDN's first collection brings together a curated collection of heirloom quality wedding gowns, bridesmaid frocks, party dresses, assorted jewelry, headpieces, footwear, and lingerie.

The Anthropologie creative team began dreaming up a wedding brand after hearing tales of its customers' nuptials. "We know our customer, and we know she's looking for a brand that reflects her unique perspective. She may have interests common to her friends, but she's looking to create a moment that's all her own… it's not so much about our point of view as it is about capturing hers," explains Managing Director, Kristin Norris.

Here are a few of my favorites:
The Monarch Ethereal Gown

The Pleated Fantasy Gown

The Cascading Goddess Gown

The line also carries accessories and beautiful shoes like these:
On A Wing Heels

The Threshold Sling Backs! What a gorgeous pop of color for the summer and fall!

This Festooned Shoe clip can be purchased in the white as well. The gold shoe featured here comes in a few colors as well.

The Beaded Brocade Slingbacks are my favorite because it is so not typical, but seems very classic at the same time.

The site also has tons of hair accessories.

The price point for these lovely and different gowns and accessories vary from $1000 to $4000 for the wedding gowns, evening dresses start at about $200 and the accessories along with the shoes vary from $50 and up.

If you are a bride looking for something non traditional and unique, this line may be just for you! Following in the tradition of Anthropologie, BHLDN puts emphasis on not just apparel, but the imagination and detail of every element that makes up a wedding.

Until next time,

© 2005 - 2011 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Pantone's Fall 2011: Everything Old is New and Improved!

The Must-Have Color Trends for Fall 2011 were released yesterday and it is truly an exciting palette of colors!

"Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully
combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of
how an artist would construct a stunning work of art,”

-Leatrice Eisman Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute

Here are the colors for this upcoming season.

With purple being my favorite color (unbelievably to is not turquoise), I was excited to see the shade of purple "Phlox" on the palette. One of our very fashion forward brides actually selected this color for her fall wedding at the Buena Vista Palace! The one thing I truly love about the color is it can be paired with so many colors and tones and still be very sharp and classy. This year is our purple year over at Joie de Vie as many brides have walked in the door with a shade of purple in their palette!

Here is a snippet of what they had to say about the new color "Phlox":
Phlox, a magical, deep purple with a hint of mystery, is an outstanding
statement when worn on its own. Add Phlox to this season’s neutrals
to create a bit of drama, or combine it with Cedar, Deep Teal or Coffee
Liqueúr for something extraordinary. To add even more excitement, pair
Phlox with Honeysuckle or Bamboo against a Cedar background — a
combination inspired by Mother Nature.

Get the full Fall 2011 Report by clicking here. We also have copies of the report at our planning studio. If you would like to see past Fashion Reports, we have the 2010 reports here. The report offers great insight and suggestions on how to pair the colors with your favorite staples as well as and inside view on what the trendsetters and designers are doing with the colors. Ironically, we selected are colors for Bridal Ball yesterday and incorporated a few of these colors without having seen the report!

We have full copies of the report in our planning studio, give us a call if you would like to stop by and read the report and get your own copy! Are you using any of these colors for your wedding? Tell us about them!

Until next time,

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