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/D├ęcor: 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,

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Love the "light" theme and how they played it up with those pretty white lanterns!
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