Longtime friends Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, joined Joe Francis, as he headed down to the warm waters and white sandy beaches of Casa Aramara located in Punta Mita, Mexico. The couple lounged along the Mexican Riviera and for the first time ever brought along their new 6-month-old baby Penelope. The proud parents took their newborn whale watching where they spotted humpback whales and other exciting sea life. “It was great being able to introduce Penelope to Mexico for the first time”, said Joe. They are regular visitors to Casa Aramara and are sure to return soon.
Vanguard, the new premier Hollywood club from nightlife entertainment group SBE, held its official opening party last night. In attendance at the celebrity filled hotspot was Joe Francis along with girlfriend, model Abbey Wilson. The duo walked the red carpet before enjoying an epic concert by Swedish DJ Avicii. The venue was so hot Billboard Magazine showed up to report on the happenings, “Among the star-studded guests at the pre-Grammys soirée were… Tara Reid, and Girl’s Gone Wild creator Joe Francis.” We talked to Joe about the concert and he told us, “Avicii didn’t perform till 1:15am but it was worth the wait, he rocked the house until 4am in the morning.” Check out Avicii here and if your in the Hollywood area make sure to stop at Vanguard.
Kim Kardashian, a longtime friend of Joe Francis, is expecting her first child with music superstar Kanye West. The news broke when Kanye asked the audience during a recent show in Atlantic City to make some noise for his “Baby Mama”. Sharing in the joy is Joe Francis who told us, “I’ve known Kim for a long time and I consider her part of my family. When I found out she was having a child I couldn’t have been happier because I know how much she loves kids. Kim and Kanye are going to make wonderful parents” Later that day Joe joked on his Twitter account, “Joe West would be a good name if it’s a boy.” We’ll have to wait about 6 more months to see if they take his advice, but it sounds good to us!
Personal Note from Joe Francis: I love helping children less fortunate. Every year I participate in countless charities benefiting children like ‘Christmas in September‘ and most recently ABC 7’s ’Spark of Love’ last Friday. This year I brought 4 Santa’s helpers to deliver a truck full of toys for underprivileged children. Sadly, this year was different. The morning we arrived at ‘Spark of Love’ the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut was unfolding and it was hard to dampen the amount of sadness the country was experiencing. This may have put a damper on that day, but I urge everyone to do what they can and embrace the season of giving by donating toys to this charity. Thank you to Target, ABC 7 and the Los Angeles Fire Department for inviting me to participate in the event. The final ‘Spark of Love’ event is on Friday December 21st.
Joe Francis was a guest at Mario Lopez and Courtney Lopez’s amazing wedding on December 4th at Casa Aramara. Joe brought along his personal camera to snap some candid photos. The wedding weekend started off with Joe and Mario jetting off on a private plane to Mexico with some of their closest friends. The next day, the groomsmen had some fun in the sun out in the beautiful waters of Punta Mita. Just before the ceremony, Joe’s snapshots give us a peek at the glowing bride right before she walked down the aisle. Following the magical wedding, Joe captured some great shots of the amazing celebration. Click through the gallery to see the rest of Joe Francis’ personal photos of Mario, Courtney and some famous faces you just might recognize.
Miami was buzzing with celebrities and artists for the internationally renowned Art Basel that took place last week. Among the many star studded parties was an evening of decadence hosted by expressionist Domingo Zapata (Pictured above). Taking in the festivities were Joe Francis who attended with good friend Lance Bass. The duo became familiar with Zapato, who has been dubbed the new Andy Warhol, last year during a similar gathering when the artist created an original piece of art featuring Joe and Lance using only a can of spray paint. Joe talked about his experience with the artist, “It’s so cool to hang out with the creative people who are behind these amazing works.” To learn more about Domingo Zapata and his art visit www.dzapata.com.
Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza walked down the aisle during a spectacular wedding ceremony that was held beachside at Casa Aramara in Punta Mita, Mexico on December 1st. The bride wore a stunning white gown while the groom was dressed in a traditional black and white tuxedo. Among the celebrity guests were Robin Antin and Eva Longoria who was draped in a stunning blue gown. Playing the role of flower girl was two-year-old daughter Gia who wore a dress matching her mom’s gown. Among the 200 friends and family in attendance was Joe Francis, pictured above with model Abbey Wilson, who witnessed the lovely couple’s romantic union. He said, “It was a beautiful wedding weekend and an even more entertaining reception. By 1am the entire party ended up in the pool fully clothed.” To experience the wedding like Joe you can watch a 2-hour TLC special titled “Mario & Courtney’s Wedding Fiesta” airing on December 8th. Also check out Extra’s footage of their late night pool party HERE and video of Courtney’s designer dress HERE.
The countdown begins! In just 3 days Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza are scheduled to walk down the aisle to exchange wedding vows. The couple will be getting married on December 1st, in front of their family, friends and of course their darling 2-year-old daughter, Gia. The Wedding festivities will be held at longtime friend Joe Francis’ favorite vacation spot, Casa Aramara, in Punta Mita, Mexico. They felt the beach front estate is the most spectacular venue for their upcoming nuptials. Joe Francis said, “I’ve been friends with Mario for more than a decade and I met Courtney on one of their very first dates over 4 years ago. I have never seen a couple more in love and committed to each other and their family. I love them both very much and I’m honored to be a part of their special day.” The Lopez’s wedding called “Mario & Courtney’s Wedding Fiesta” will be filmed by TLC for a 2-hour television special airing on Saturday December 8th.
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