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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Real Wedding: Sharonda & Markis - Mission Inn Resort.

We love planning weddings and we love couples that want to plan a unique experience for their guests.  So was the case with our Summer 2011 couple, Sharonda and Markis! They were home for Christmas shortly after their December engagement and contacted us about planning their summer fete for 400 guests.  With budget in hand we set out to plan a great wedding and experience that would fit the taste and high expectation for this National Marketing Manager and National Logistics Manager.

Sharonda and Markis are known for the parties they have thrown.  From the onset the bar was set pretty high as to what guests would expect.  A meticulous attention to detail is always a part of our planning process here at Joie de Vie so when we sat down to make decisions on design, aesthetic and experience for their wedding...it was pretty much decided: Go Big or Go Home!

From the save the date to the invitation, the tone was set and guests excitedly waited for July 30th to arrive.  Below are a few images from their wedding day:

Guests received a saved the date in February that resembled the cover of Jet Magazine.  At the end of May 225 silk pad folio invitations were sent out in lovely silver boxes to formally invite guests to The Mission Inn Resort & Spa for an unforgettable weekend.

The bride's first dress was a beautiful Maggie Sottero gown that she purchased in Maryland.  As we got closer to the wedding day, Sharonda found yet another dress that would be the perfect touch for the reception.

It had to be one of the hottest days in summer!  400 guests looked on as the couple exchange vows in Plaza De La Fontana. 

With 400 guests, we worked closely with the sales and catering department at the Mission Inn.  Our couple fell in love with the privacy afforded by the Mission Inn.  We had ceremony outside in the Plaza, cocktail hour in the courtyard area and dinner in the grand ballroom.  Cindy's Creations created beautiful florals within the Persian Plum and Apple Slice palate selected by the couple. Over The Top custom made napkins, linens and chair ties for the entire event. 
The cake was designed to resemble the brides ceremony gown.  The couple cut their cake at the end of dinner and guests were invited to the after party room where the cake was served along with other wonderful desserts prepared by The Sugar Suite. 


Did we mention there were 64 people in the bridal party?  Yes...64!  Below are 40 of the members in the party.  

 Elegante Films delivered a great cinematic recap of the day:

We worked with a fantastic team of wedding professionals to ensure EVERY detail for this wedding was unforgettable!  Our team of pros:

Event Design, Stationery, Planning and Coordination: Joie de Vie Weddings & Events  www.joiedevieevents.com
Venue: Mission Inn Resort & Spa    www.missioninnresort.com
Photo: Arturo Macias    www.artzphoto.com
Video: Elegante Films    www.elegantefilms.com
Floral:Cindy's Floral Creations   
Drape: Quest Drape    www.questdrape.com
Linen: Over the Top Linens    www.overthetopinc.com
Lighting: Tagas Events    www.tagasevents.com
Chiavari Chairs: A Chair Affair    www.chairaffairrentals.com
Furniture:  AFR for Room Service    www.rentfurniture.com
Entertainment/AV: Cece Teneal & Soul Kamotion    www.ceceteneal.com
Cake: The Sugar Suite    www.thesugarsuite.com
Unique Element :  PhotoMingle    www.photomingle.com
Tuxedos: Absolutely Fitting Tuxedo    www.absolutelyfitting.com
Hair: Dale Dee's the Salon   
Makeup: Couture Adornments    www.christelsie.com

A special thank you to the team of wonderful ladies at Joie de Vie that worked diligently to pull all of the details together!  Mallelyn, Naomi, Brittany, Vanessa and Rebecca were our hard worker bees behind the scenes!

We loved working with this couple and their family! 
Until next time,

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