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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Real Wedding: Dina & Apson July 15th

It is hard to believe a year has gone by for this lovely couple!  Meet Dina and Apson!  This lovely couple learned of Joie de Vie's services from a coworker of one of our former brides. After seeing that bride's wedding in a past issue of the Central Florida Bride magazine and hearing about our attention to detail in the wedding planning process, they contacted us about their wedding day.
Dina came to our office wanting to plan a very simple and classic wedding.  Her favorite flowers, red roses, would be the touch of color she added to her blacerk and white color palette.  Their wedding day (a Friday) was full of showers.  Since rain on the wedding day is a blessing; this laid back bride took it all in with a smile. 

Below are a few of our favorite photos taken by Rhodes Studios on the wedding day:
Dina's gorgeous dress is an Alfred Angelo gown.

 Opting out of the traditional bridal party, Dina wanted to honor her Haitian heritage by having an all female bridal party.  She allowed her bridesmaids to choose a little black dress that complimented their style.  

 As with a traditional Haitian wedding, signing the marriage license is a part of the wedding ceremony.  The maid of honor and best man sign the license with the officiate.

 The groom, his best man and ushers.

Levan's Catering had amazing linens that we were able to use throughout the reception to stay within our budget.  Their black royal strip linen was perfect with the black chiavari chairs from Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals.
 The couple had the bridal party sit with their loved ones.  The head table was used for them, their parents, the officiant.

 It's Tasty Too! was able to replicate a cake that the bride found in a local magazine.  This cake has become one of their popular selections.
 We used a gunmetal pintuck linen on the cake table to help it stand out in the room.
  Click on the video link below to see more photos of their wedding day and all of the details!
Thank you to our awesome wedding professional team that made this day awesome:
Coordinator & Wedding Day Stationery: Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc.  
Ceremony Venue : First Alliance Church 
Reception Venue : Holy Trinity Reception Center   
Caterer : Levan's Catering 
Chiavari Chairs : Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals 
Photo/Video : Rhodes Studios 
Entertainment : M.a.d.d. Vybez 
Cake : It's Tasty Too! 
Transportation : Noris Limousines
Until next time,
© 2005 - 2012 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

ABC & NACE "State of Our Union" - Education and Fundraiser

As an Orlando based wedding and event planner, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best event professionals in the area.  I have also been a member  of the Association of Bridal Consultants for seven years now and as a member, I have attended some of the best conferences, met some wonderful industry leaders and have been able to hone and grow my craft.  Last month the Central Florida East LNG of the Association of Bridal Consultants was invited to join the Orlando Chapter of the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) for a joint meeting at the World Center Marriott.  ABC joined NACE as June is typically our fundraiser that benefits Habitat for Humanity ("Showers of Happiness").  Our collaboration meant that the local Habitat would have three times the audience they normally have at our monthly meetings.   The collaboration also gave our members the opportunity to network with NACE members and hear the great Linnyette Richardson-Hall's presentation regarding the wedding industry.

The challenge: Design 8 tables around the colors of platinum and white.  I had the distinct pleasure of working with Jennifer Welsh at Over the Top Linen, Tommy Murphy of Greenery Productions and Ann Taylor at A Chair Affair.  Jennifer brought us linens that fell within the palette we were instructed to use. However, if you know me and furthermore if you know Jennifer Welsh & Tommy Murphy, we don't like to follow rules!  Below are some of the photos of our areas along with a few snapshots of the different areas.

Photo Credit:  Allan Jay Images

Design Area 1: Twisted Sister 
Event Planner: Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. 
Linens - Over the Top Inc.
Chiavari Chairs - A Chair Affair
Floral Artistry - Greenery Production
Chargers - Greenery Productions
Stationery - Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc.

We loved the charger plates you see above, we loved them even more when Tommy placed a mirrored charger beneath it.  Creative twist:  using beautiful beaded bracelets as napkin rings.

Design Area 2: Cascading Love
Event Planner: Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. 
Linens - Over the Top Inc.
Chiavari Chairs - A Chair Affair

Floral Artistry - Greenery Production
Chargers - A Chair Affair
Stationery - Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc.
 I loved designing the menus above.  We mimicked the patter on the linens from the table to create the round menu's that sat in the charger plates.  Tommy and his awesome team hand cut the napkin rings above and the same bling mesh was used to tie the back of the chairs.

I loved this cake because it was inspired by the linens from both areas.  The awesome and talented pastry team designed cakes to represent each area!
Of course our area was not the entire showcase.  The day came together in part because of the amazing event professionals below:

Audio Visual : American Audio Visual
Cocktail/Coffee Décor : Ice Pro (Ice Magic Holdings, Inc.)
Design Teams : (1) Mobella Events

(2) A Flair For Affairs**

(3) Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. **
Drape : Quest Drape **
Entertainment : The Sophisticates

White Rose
Floral Designers : Lee Forrest Designs

Greenery Productions **
Furniture : A Chair Affair **

AFR  Furniture Rentals **

Chic Event Rentals
Interns : Rosen College Of Hospitality Management
Linens : Over The Top Inc. **

Connie Duglin
Lighting : Wire-Free LED
Photography : Allan Jay Images **

Christies Photographic Services
Staging : Trade Specialists
Video : Treasured Moments Video Productions**
Champagne Donation : Premier Beverage (Korbel Champagne)
Not For Profit : Habitat For Humanity
**ABC Members
Below is a video that highlights the event!  Thank you to ABC member Bruce Reynolds for capturing the details of the day!

Click the photo below to see few more photos from the event:
The Speaker, Linnyette Richardson-Hall, spoke from the round state above that was flanked with brand new crystal tree's offered by A Chair Affair!

Until next time,
© 2005 - 2012 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Real Wedding: Dafnie & Thony - Orlando, FL

Dafnie and Thony were referred us by one of our other couples.  They wanted to plan a party for their guests that was intimate and blended their Caribbean culture.  

 The bride loves star gazer lilies.  We incorporate that design along with sugar sands and shells into the cake.
 Dafnie and Thony are very fashion-forward.  They wanted an elegant look that blended tropical with their style and taste.
The bride's grandmother brought shells in from St. Thomas, VI - incorporating a little bit of her hometown into the décor.
Our Event Team:
Coordinator : Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc.
Ceremony Venue : Christ Sanctified Church of Orlando 
Reception Venue : Orlando Garden Club
Caterer : D.R.S Catering Services
Floral : Lee Forrest Design Lee Forrest
Linen BBJ Linens
Tables : Orlando Wedding and Party Rental
Chiavari Chairs A Chair Affair
Photo/Video : Creative Event Studios
Entertainment : Top DJ's Entertainment
Lighting:  LGT Productions
Cake : It's Tasty Too! Heather Michaud
Transportation : Norris Limos 
Makeup : Your Wedding Makeup
Until next time,

© 2005 - 2014 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Don't rule out videography just yet!

Photo/Video Team at Rhodes Studios working to capture the moments at one of our recent weddings.

Over the last year we've had a few weddings where the bride has opted out of videography. Did you know that opting out of videography is one of the BIGGEST regrets many brides have had after the wedding? Why? Well, it is pretty simple: The video, like photography captures the moments for you, they are the two tangible pieces you will always have to refer back to when you think of or discuss your wedding.  Photos will capture the moment.  The video is an important element because it also adds sound, motion, realism to those moments.

Only an actual video will allow everyone to relive your wedding day as it actually happened. Moments like seeing you walk down the aisle, your sentiments expressed to your fiance before walking into your ceremony, your voices during your vows, the look on your fathers face when he sees you in your dress, the little ring bearer that walks down the aisle counting his pace, the bridal party swaying from side to side as you partake in your first dance and the relative who may have passed away in the times since your wedding dancing up a storm and giving the groomsmen more than he thought he could handle...the chance to have a complete audio and visual look at your day. I have had people ask how many times will they actually look at their video. Most fear the cheesy video that becomes a 'one hit wonder' or dust collecting bookend. If you take the time to select and hire a professional, you more than likely will end up with a great video that you will want to look at over and over again.

There are so many fabulous options for good, quality video, but you as a couple need to decide what you want out of the video. Your wedding planner can take your style and match you to the best Video Professional that falls within your budget, expectations and overall style.  Take the time to meet with the recommendations made by your planner and look at a few wedding video samples on the various videographer sites that you visit. It helps to narrow down your search as you make an important decision. This professional is capturing an important life moment, be certain it is the right fit for your day!

Until next time,

© 2005 - 2012 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Real Weddings: Tina & Jeremy

We will call this an east meets west wedding with a twist!  We love when our clients present us with the challenge of doing something different!  As we reflected on our weddings last year we realized that each were truly unique and had little things that made them not only memorable for the couple and their guests but our staff as well!  Of course Tina and Jeremy's would be no different than what we just stated above.  Our couple presented us with the challenge of finding them a location and great vendors to capture their vision.  The only small, tiny hitch - they lived nearly 3,000 miles away.  Not a problem at all!

Tina is from Vietnam and Jeremy is from the mountains of North Carolina.  They wanted their wedding to reflect those two cultures and authentically introduce their friends and family to the other cultures with a menu and event that represented themselves individually and as a new unit!  Challenge?  Hardly!  Especially when you have a great team of wedding professionals in your corner!  The first task was a location.  They were not the hotel ballroom type of couple.  We settled on the Winter Park Garden Club.  While most meetings were via Skype, phone and online conference, Tina's parents were able to visit the location.  Our bride and groom did not see it until the actual wedding day!

We met Tina and Jeremy once before their wedding day.  They flew in from Las Vegas on the red eye (poor things) and our first wedding professional/vendor appointment was at 9 am.  We visited all of their vendor options that day, tasted cake, and tasted menu options.  After our last appointment, they boarded a flight and flew to two separate directions.  You see the groom has one of the coolest jobs on earth.  He works with a company that creates tethering and special machinery used in most of your theatre productions, films and major theme parks!   Tina is an awesome one too, she is a pediatrician with the US Airforce.  Both had and still have very demanding schedules.

They picked their vendors very carefully.  With a morning ceremony, luncheon and a formal reception later on in the evening, the day would prove to be a long one.  Below are a few of the beautiful images captured by the talented Christopher Smith with Snap! Photography photos from their wedding day:

 Tina and Jeremy serve tea as a part of the Vietnamese ceremony.  Tina is wearing her traditional Vietanamese wedding gown.  The ceremony was officiated by her brother

The wedding ceremony was a traditional Vietnamese ceremony.  A program was created to describe the ceremony and cultural elements throughout the room.  We took care of the stationery in house for the couple and were able to help design an invite and all of their wedding day paper goods to reflect both of their personalities.  With Jeremy having a background in the arts he was able to help develop the look for everything.

By the way, there were three, yes three different cakes for the wedding.  Jennyfer from The Sugar Suite won our couples hearts with the options she provided them for their desserts.  For the luncheon Jeremy's mother was honored with one of her favorite desserts: STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE.  The mini cakes were set out on display along with an authentic strawberry shortcake (seen here).  

With two meals being served during the course of the day, we were challenged with making the room different from our lunch reception to our formal dinner reception.  Below you will see how color can truly change a room.  With custom linen and chiavari chairs from A Chair Affair, the room is transformed.
 During the luncheon we opted for the mahogany chair with a white pad and white linens.  We changed out the linens and pad to red for the evening reception with a apple green napkin.

 The wedding cake was a play on both cultures as well.  We had bamboo sticks along with dogwood blossoms (state flower of North  Carolina).  The dogwood blossoms were also used in their stationery as well.  The cake from The Sugar Suite was very delicious.

 One of our challenges was finding a favor that would represent both cultures.  Tina wanted to give out chopsticks.  Traditionally the Vietnamese chopsticks would have been wood or bamboo; but Tina broke tradition a bit and opted for the Korean Chopsticks above because they were stainless steel.  That meant that guests could reuse them.  The chopstick rests were a black bear to represent Jeremy & North Carolina.  It took us nearly two months to find the chopstick rests, but we found them!
 The catering was taken care of by the fabulous Arthur's Catering.  Allison Hux worked with the couple and their chef to create an authentic menu.  The couple and the bride's parents were able to taste the menu and Tina's parents gave a thumbs up on all of the Vietnamese dishes.  The first course would be Vietnamese, the second American and the third course a combination of both.  Arthur's paired dishes that complimented one another.  Our menu was in both English and Vietnamese to ensure that all guests would enjoy the experience.

 Tina and her bridesmaids wore traditional Vietnamese dresses (Ao Dai) for the cermeony.  The Ao Dai's they wore were the 'Mandarin Style', meaning it had a high collar. Later on Tina changed into a beautiful western gown for the formal reception.  The ladies had their hair and makeup up done by the talented Lena Graham at Absolutely Gorgeous Brides.  

  All of the beautiful floral design was done by the talented Lee Forrest at Lee Forrest Design.  For the morning and evening events, the floral design was very simple and clean.  with candles, black river rocks and floral the beautiful pieces fit perfectly into the overall look for the events.

Oddly enough, Tina and Jeremy said that their guests would not be the dancing crowd!  Well, that was not the case.  When a good DJ/Entertainment company can read the crowd, they will get the non-dancing crowd to dance.  All of their guests were dancing because of the fabulous DJ from Marc Burgess Productions.  He was able to get them on the dance floor and they stayed on the floor.

We really enjoyed working with Tina and Jeremy and we wish them all the best!

To see more photos of the details from the wedding, visit and 'like' our Facebook page.  Our Wedding Professional Team was amazing!  Here is a list of the team that made the day happen:

Venue: Mead Garden, Winter Park Garden Club              
Caterer: Arthur's Catering
Floral:    Lee Forrest Design
Photo: Snap! Photography
Chiavari Chairs: A Chair Affair Inc.
Other Rentals: Kirby Rentals
Entertainment: Marc Burgess Productions
Cake: Sugar Suite
Hair/Makeup: LGCD Inc

Until next time,
© 2005 - 2012 Joie de Vie Weddings & Events, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.