Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Year’s Eve Wedding – Inspiration Board

New Year's Eve is by far my favorite holiday.  I love any holiday that allows me to wear a LBD and some really haute shoes! A New Year’s Eve wedding is the time to pull out all the bells and whistles.  This day is always associated with dressing up, champagne and a rocking good time.  So if you are planning a New Year’s Eve bash, be ready to give your guests the best New Year's Eve they ever had. This inspiration board is inspired by my idea of New Year’s Eve! Enjoy!!

Theme: New Year's Eve Black Tie
Colors: Black, White & Red

Photo Credits: 1 &2 ) Project Weddings 3) The Knot 4) Project Wedding 5) The Knot 6) MarthaStewartWeddings 7) Project Weddings 8) The Knot

Live.Laugh.Love….. Luxuriate!

Deniesha Joseph
Wedded Luxe

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I just wanted to take this time to give thanks to my readers and supporters out there.  Whenever I write a blog entry I think to myself, will this help someone? I hope that have helped or inspired many of you planning weddings for yourself or other wedding professionals. 

It’s a blessing to do what you love and I thank everyone for giving me the opportunity to be a part of such a joyous occasions.  I am thankful for all the other wedding professionals I met and had the opportunity work with this year. 

I hope everyone takes the day to put the wedding planning aside and enjoy this day with your family and friends, unless of course your wedding is this weekend, lol!

Live.Laugh.Love….. Luxuriate!

Deniesha Joseph

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Winter Wedding Flowers

Photo Credit: Project Weddings

Winter Weddings have one small obstacle and that’s wedding flowers.  The only reason this becomes an issue are brides use pictures of weddings for inspiration not knowing the flowers of choice are not in season during the winter. You can still have the flowers you've always wanted but it will cost you more to do so or you work with the flowers that are in season.  This very small conflict will not ruin your wedding day vision, it will only create a sidetrack to something unexpectedly beautiful.

Photo Credit: The Knot

Some flowers can be found all year round so you will find roses, lilies, gerber daisies and carnations to name a few.  Flowers that in season are amaryllis, casablanca lilies, narcissus, anemones and chrysanthemums. 

Photo Credit: Big Apple Florist

Just remember, don’t panic there is a solution to your flower vision. An experienced florist and/or event designer will have many options that fit into your wedding day vision.

Photo Credit: Wedding Aces

Live.Laugh.Love….. Luxuriate!

Deniesha Joseph

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Chinese Wedding Traditions - The Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony is a tradition of the Chinese culture.  Here’s a brief history lesson on the traditions and significants of the ceremony.

The Tea Ceremony is an official ritual to introduce the newlyweds to each other's family, and it's a way for newlyweds to show respect and appreciation to their parents.  The newlyweds kneel in front of their parents, serving tea to both sides of parents, as well as elder close relatives.  Parents give their words of blessing and gifts to the newlyweds.  During the tea presentation, a "Good Luck Woman" would say auspicious phrases to bless the newlyweds and the parents.  Those who receive the tea usually give the bride gifts such as jewelry of “Li Shi” money wrapped in red envelopes.

Couples are still keeping this tradition alive on their wedding day.  To embrace tradition and also some of your own modern ways, host the tea ceremony the day after the wedding just like a post wedding day brunch.  I love keeping traditions alive in the family.  One way to pass down the tradition to your next generation is by keeping the tea set that is usually gifted by the bride’s parents and hand it down to your children.

Live.Laugh.Love….. Luxuriate!

Deniesha Joseph

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Inspiration Board - Silver Bells

Winter is approaching very fast.  I can feel the chill in the air every morning.  This also means the holidays are coming even faster.  For me, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays and I think there is something very special about a Christmas wedding.  The holidays brings everyone together and what better way to celebrate your new life together than a Christmas inspired wedding.

Theme: Silver Bells
Colors: White & Silver

Live.Laugh.Love….. Luxuriate!

Deniesha Joseph

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Workout Plan - Getting Fit for the Big Day

In less than 90 days I’ll be turning 30.  I’ve been keeping a countdown since my 29th birthday because I’ve had some things I wanted to make sure I accomplished before the big 30.  On the top of the list is to lose weight and I have not lost a pound. Correction, I lost 6 but I’m pretty sure I gained it all back because I haven’t see the inside of my gym for over a month.  So with less than 90 days left I’m determine to drop a size (hopefully two) by my birthday.

When I hit the 90 day mark, I thought of all the brides out there that try to lose weight, shape up and tone up for their wedding.  I have yet to work with a bride who didn’t say I want to lose some weight before the wedding, no matter what size they were, even the size 2 brides.  It’s nerve wrecking to look at the calendar each day and count down until your bid day. In my case, the big day is my birthday.  So instead of the pressure of the countdown, why don’t we all just take it day by day, do the best we can and if we fall off the wagon just hop back on tomorrow.  If all fails, just remember SPANX is your friend!!

I’ll be checking in from time to time with my road to slimming down.  I hope you share your stories as well.

Happy Planning,

Deniesha Joseph

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Venue Profile – Midtown Loft & Terrace

I recently re-visited one of my favorite loft spaces in NYC last weekend. I was showing this space to my clients, for their upcoming nuptials, and they loved it just as much I did. Midtown Loft & Terrace is conveniently located on Fifth Avenue in the heart of midtown. The space is 5,000 sq feet with windows on four sides of the loft with beautiful hardwood floors. The Terrace has a perfect view of the NYC skyline and the most famous NYC landmark, the Empire State Building.

Now I’ve been here before so you may be wondering why the post, well I’ll tell you! I received great news that there will be a retractable glass enclosure beginning 2011. This will allow events all year round with the same great view. Take a look here:

Midtown Loft & Terrace is a great venue for a wedding. It’s blank canvas so you can make it whatever you want. It allows for ceremony, cocktail and reception to be held all in one venue for an affordable price. If you are looking for a venue, make an appointment to visit the Midtown Loft & Terrace.

Happy Planning,

Deniesha Joseph
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