Monday, September 27, 2010

La Grande Fête!!!

How do you transform a ceremony space for nearly 400 guests into a Caribbean themed reception hall in less than 60 minutes? Hire À Votre Service Events™, that's how! As the wedding ceremony took place, just next door the team was preparing 36 tables and decor for 400 guests to be held in the same space. The bride was radiant as she made her way down the aisle to her beaming groom.

As the newlyweds made their recessional leading the wedding party, and guests to cocktail hour, we worked to transform the ballroom for the reception all within one hour's time.

When the guests returned to the ballroom after cocktail hour, they were immersed in a Caribbean hideaway complete with tables adorned with banana leaves, and named after Haitian and Jamaican cities. The Bride and Groom were led into the ballroom by a dance troupe, but the couple showed off their own dance moves once they reached the center of the dance floor. Later in the evening, the bride's father, a famous Caribbean musician, serenaded the happy couple and guests. In lieu of standard wedding favors, the Bride, a doctor who had volunteered in the earthquake aftermath in Haiti, along with the Groom made a donation to the relief effort.

Congratulations Tamara and Marlon!!!

Thank you to my wonderful team at À Votre Service Events™ for a job well done.

and now, check out the before...


Saturday, September 25, 2010

My Big Fabulous Greek Wedding!

In following the traditions of their fore fathers, the betrothed were married in a traditional Greek church surrounded by their friends and family. The Bride, wearing an EXQUISITE gown, and Groom were married by two Priests and a Koumbari who performed the Betrothal Ring and Crown ceremonies.

After sharing the Common Cup and Koufeta, the wedding party moved from the Church to the Castle for cocktail hour and reception. In a grand ballroom adorned with both the wedding cake and a special cake made by a family elder, the couple was serenaded by a Greek band who performed classic songs as well as modern hits. The money dance showered the new couple with well wishes while the guests danced in concentric circles around them. After dinner and dessert, the party continued with an after-party in a separate alcove in the castle.

Congratulations Merope and Davin!

Thank you to my team for another successful event.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

À Votre Service Events™ stormed the Castle!

...Oheka Castle that is!

Once again, we had an absolute blast at the magnificent Oheka Castle! Tonight's bridal show was like no other! Congratulations to all the brides and grooms-to-be who came out to make this a fabulous event!

A special "thank you" to the wonderful team at Oheka, including the owner, who always make us feel welcome at this magnificent property, and who is always accommodating!

A huge thank you our to colleagues in the industry who are so generous in sharing their products with us.

And now for some fun, check out our tablescape designed for the show... I am simply loving the idea of black, white, and red this season! Enjoy :-)

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Next Wednesday (9/15/10), À Votre Service Events™ will be a participating vendor at Oheka Castle Bridal Show! Be sure to stop by our table, as we will be giving away some amazing gifts.

To purchase tickets visit Oheka's website at

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Work of Art

Under a canopy of bamboo, Levee anxiously awaited the first glimpse of his bride to be on their wedding day. Although the ceremony was still a few hours away, they wanted to take their pictures ahead of time while the light was still good. As Nneka walked up behind her groom-to-be the bridal party buzzed with anticipation. When the moment arrived, the groom nearly fell over in the beauty of his bride. Nneka was a vision in her gown!

This was the just the beginning of their special day. The ceremony was literally held within a work of art, on a stage adorned with statues that oversaw the union of these two lovers. As the sun set, guests were treated to a lavish reception indoors honoring the couple's shared African heritage. Kola nuts were passed, elders gave speeches, and the women engaged in a ceremonial dance meant to bless the marriage with good fortune and many children. All in attendance enjoyed and wished the couple well as they embarked on their new life together.

Congratulations Nneka and Levee!!!

Many thanks to my team for a wonderful job. Special thanks to Tahlie for working tirelessly to ensure each event is seamless!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Picture Perfect!!!

Jiji and Jonas’ wedding had all the right ingredients of a perfect wedding day! Tucked away in a lush retreat, the couple was married in an intimate gathering of family and friends. The scene was reminiscent of a postcard, as Jiji made her way down the aisle with a fountain in the background. It was an emotional and endearing experience for all involved.

Congratulations to our lovely couple Jiji and Jonas!

Thank you to my awesome team who worked tirelessly all weekend.