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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,

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

Friday, February 4, 2011

Let's Toast It Up! Three Premium Champagnes For Your First Toast.

The ceremony is done, post wedding portraiture complete... IT'S PARTY TIME!

Many look forward for the moment of the toasts from your honor attendant and best man. What will be your beverage of choice for that toast? There are so many great options to choose from and your venue or caterer will have many standards to select from for your guests. If you would like to have that one unique element again - get a special bottle of champagne for you and your fiancé for the toast and to sip on through the evening. These options put the luxe in luxurious champagne selections - making them three of the best to select from in the world:

1. ARMAND DE BRIGNAC CHAMPAGNE (aka The Ace Of Spades Champagne).

When nothing less than the best will do, Armand de Brignac Champagne is a great choice. This selection was the number one champagne in the world in 2010. It is described as "a seamless fusion of elegant artistry and bold innovation." The champagne is smooth and creamy in taste and has an underlying freshness to it. It has been praised as being classic in style but perfect in drinkability because its ageing capacity is not compromised.

The Armand de Brignac champagnes are a blend of three grape varieties, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. They are harvested from the Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards of the Cattier family in Chigny-les-Roses, a tiny village in the Champagne region of France.

There are three champagnes to select from:
1. The Brut Gold, which is their flagship champagne. It is packed in a gold bottle.
2. The Brut Rosé is a pink champagne that is bottled in a pink-gold bottle.
3. Blanc de Blancs is a champagne is pressed from a selection of white chardonnay grape. It is a limited-edition variety of Armand de Brignac is also available in small quantities. They age this variety in oak barrels. Because it uses the chardonnay grapes exclusively, it brings out its vanilla, caramel and buttery aroma. It is bottled in an antique silver bottle.

All of labels for each bottle of Armand de Brignac are made of real pewter. The labels are polished and applied by hand and then the bottle is packaged in a black wooden gift box. The presentation of this champagne speaks to the quality of the Armand de Brignac Champagne and the box and bottle are a beautiful keepsake. Armand de Brignac champagnes start at a cost of $250 for a bottle.


Now of course any one can have a bottle of Dom at their wedding, but you want to take it up another notch by having Dom Pérignon's special edition Dom Pérignon Wedding Champagne! This special edition contains 12 bottles of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2000, Dom Pérignon Wedding also features an exquisite white lacquered box that holds an additional bottle of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2000 with a unique silver label which can be personalized with your name and your wedding date!

Dom Pérignon has been the champagne of choice for the wedding celebrations of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer as well as Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. It has also been the choice for most royal weddings; most memorably, the wedding Lady Diana Spencer to Prince Charles. Prince Charles and Princes Diana's toasts were celebrated with magnums of Dom Pérignon Vintage 1961. Their magnums had custom labels that bore their names and the date of the most watched wedding in history. Last year Dom Pérignon brought that royal option to weddings everywhere (with that said, I wonder if Prince William's wedding will don the homage to his mother's selection for her wedding thirty years ago)!

Why the DOM PÉRIGNON VINTAGE 2000? Because it is an exceptional vintage. It has the classic Dom Pérignon style, but it also has a great contrast that sets it apart on its own. When you taste it, you will find it has hints of star anise, ginger, pear and mango. Your cost for this indulgence will be about $2000 for 13 bottles (about $154 per bottle).

3.PIPER-HEIDSIECK RARE 2002 CHAMPAGNE (Le Rare Millésime 2002).

This champagne came in first place on the 100 Best Champagnes in 2011 list! Because of its quality and the champagne’s accessibility today, it unanimously won panels vote in blind taste testing.
"Le Rare" is cellar aged for seven years and is comprised primarily from Chardonnay grapes with some Pinot Noir. This is Champagne fit for the king and queen of the day (aka the bride and groom). "Le Rare," has only been made in the years 1988, 1998 and 2002 (which was released last year).

The bottle is beautifully designed and is delivered in a beautifully lined black case. When "Le Rare's" are released, they typically have a gold filigree design at the base which little girls often remove and wear as tiara's. This champagne is a light yellow-gold with pungent aromas of lemon zest, orange, pear, floral and gingerbread qualities along with hints of toasty lees and honey. If the name sounds familiar - it is most recently associated with the glass slipper especially designed for the champagne house by Christian Louboutin. This is the champagne of choice at the Cannes Film Festival and been a champagne of choice for over 200 years with notable persons in history, film and entertainment. A bottle of Piper-Heidsieck starts at about $175.00.

FINE Champagne Magazine, the only international publication devoted to champagne and is the renown industry authority announced its list of the best champagnes last November. The complete list of the 100 Best Champagnes for 2011 can be downloaded as an app if you have an I-Phone or I-tunes here is the -->LINK . I've listed the top ten for you here:
1. Piper-Heidsieck Rare 2002
2. Dom Pérignon Rosé 2000
3. Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires 1995
4. Charles Heidsieck Vintage 2000
5. Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002
6. Ruinart Dom Ruinart Rosé 1996
7. Dom Pérignon 2002
8. De Saint Gall Grand Cru Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs NV
9. Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2002
10. Chartogne-Taillet Fiacre NV

Would you want to have a special bottle for you and your fiancé? Your venue or caterer should be able to special secure these selections for you. If your budget permits, consider this as a special item for you and your new spouse at your sweetheart table. It is a great memory and will be captured by your photographer and videographer as a great keepsake. Which champagne will you toast with?

Until next time,

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