February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Posted in Holidays, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:25 pm by JBEvents

On this day all about love (and chocolates), I thought I would share a small collection of beautiful images from some of my precious couples weddings! Since a picture is worth a thousand words – I think these images will offer a whole novel of LOVE!!! Wishing a Happy Valentine’s to my amazing clients and all lovers!

Sending much appreciation to the amazing photographers that shared these images!

Laura Tarquino ~ Vosamo

Kristen Alexander Photography

Brandelyn Lee

Paul Perdue

Angela Wilson

Katherine Birkbeck

Brenda Upton

Sarah Ingram

Michelle Landreau

Happy Everything Co.

Laura Stone Photography

Sunny Lee Photography

Life and Love Photography

Angie Webb

Christopher Brock

Ashley Blencoe

Belletti Photography

JVK Photography

Shari Zellers Photography

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special events planning company, specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of their event!

February 9, 2020

Lorianne & Karao's Gorgeous Fusion Wedding

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I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again….I have the most amazing clients!!! AND, making this wedding even more special, it was a former JBEvents client family!!! Working with this family again was a true honor, and getting to see my former couple and meeting their adorable children was such a highlight. I am indeed lucky to build lasting relationships with such incredible people.

Lorianne & Karao have a love that you can feel when you are around them. Their family and friends also radiate love and good times!

We blended some Kenyan traditions with American, especially southern traditions for the beautiful fusion wedding.

The ladies gathered at a friends home to start the day with their hair and make-up appointments. They enjoyed some delicious nibbles and a mimosa bar. Perfect start to the day!

The bride wore a stunning gown from J. Andrews Bridal. The bridal party each selected their own dresses in jewel tones. The look was perfect. The groom and his guys wore custom made suits in a deep teal color – and they all looked dapper!

A Kenyan tradition is that the mother of the groom and the female family members arrive at the brides home (or in this case the venue) to escort her to the ceremony. The ladies gather and begin singing outside of the home while the bride and her parents remain inside behind the door. At the appropriate time, the door is opened and the bride begins making her way out. The groom’s family continues singing while placing shawls on the ground for the bride to walk upon, so that her feet do not touch the ground. What a beautiful beginning to the celebration.

Karao, the groom, was placed with his back to the bride so he could not see her, but he could hear the singing and the joy of his wife-to-be being serenaded by his mom, sisters and aunts, as she walked towards him. When Lorianne reached Karao, she gently touched his shoulder indicating he could turn around. The emotion of the couple and everyone witnessing this was palpable and I dare say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. Seeing this tradition, touched me as it clearly demonstrated the coming together of not just the couple, but of their families. The acceptance and embracing cultural differences simply because of LOVE. That’s what it’s all about – LOVE!

The ceremony, officiated by the bride’s brother, was very personal and unique to the couple. Another perfect aspect of this special day.

As the couple were pronounced married, the music started, “Aye” by Davido, and the couple danced up the aisle. The wedding party followed suit and it was fantastic. It was such a celebratory moment.

Now for the Southern part of the wedding. The bride and her family are HUGE Dawg fans. In fact, we were originally planning on having the couple introduced in for their 1st dance to the Call of the Dawgs. Our plans had to change slightly since the game time wasn’t announced until just less than 2 weeks from the day of the wedding. Instead of it being an evening kick-off as we were hoping, it was instead a 4:00 kick-off. Well, that was the time of the ceremony so unless we wanted the bride to enter to the Call of the Dawgs, we needed to change things up a bit. ūüôā We were already having a large TV at the venue for the game, so we positioned it on the back terrace. Guests were able to watch part of the game during Cocktail Hour, before they were escorted to the tent for dinner. As guests finished their dinner, they made their way back out to the terrace to watch the end of the game. And what an end it was. Georgia had been ahead for the 1st three quarters, but in the 4th quarter, Auburn made 2 touchdowns. It looked like Auburn was going to tie things up, but in the last seconds of the game Georgia defense held them and won the game and clinched the SEC East Division title. Not a bad little wedding gift — thank you UGA! I feel rather certain that the cheers from this Lake Oconee crown could be heard at the game in Auburn!

After the game, the party really got started. The couple shared their 1st dance, the bride and her father danced followed by the groom and his mom. Then during the toasts there was another special Kenyan tradition. The grooms mother presented the bride, her mother and grandmother with lovely, hand-made baskets from Kenya that are used for going to the market. The presentation of this heartfelt gesture was one more example of the love that was present and filling the air at this wedding.

Guests had a great time in the photo booth striking a pose. The couple has a lasting memory of their guests with the memory book created by ShutterBooth, where guests wrote a personal message next to their photo.

In addition to the photo keepsake, guests also were able to take home a Hot Chocolate stick complete with a large marshmallow. A perfect take away on this chilly fall evening.

As with every event, there is a team of vendors working together to ensure the couples desires and vision are carried out. We were happy to partner with these vendors to produce this fabulous and flawless wedding.

Venue ~ Sandy Creek Barn

Catering ~ Reynolds Plantation Lake Oconee

Hair ~ Caity Duffy

Make-up ~ The Moore Agency

Wedding Gown ~ J. Andrews Bridal

Floral ~ EventScapes

Entertainment ~ Marquee Events

Officiant ~ Brother of the Bride

Photography ~ Once Like a Spark

Wedding Cake ~ Publix

Photo Booth ~ ShutterBooth

Wishing Lorianne & Karao a lifetime of happiness and adventures. Thank you for letting us be a part of your celebration!

Special thanks to Once Like a Spark photography for providing these beautiful images! Working with Greta was a wonderful experience!

Janice Blackmon Events is an award winning event planning company, specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of their event!

January 11, 2020

Cecilia & Ben's Spectacular Day!

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I am one of the lucky Event Planner’s, because I have fabulous clients!!!! Cecilia & Ben are certainly part of that group. We had a great time planning their wedding and the result was – well you can see for yourself. A good time was had by all! This couple exudes love and happiness which you can see by the expressions on their faces and the way they interact together.

Capturing the beauty of the day was none other than Kristen Alexander and the also amazing Jonathan Nye of Cre8ive Video.

Huge shout out to Kim Jordan of Woodruff Arts Center for referring this wonderful couple to me! Thank you so much! It was a pleasure working with Kim to make sure all of the venue details were expertly handled. Kim was even able to get special permission for photos of the whole wedding party to be taken in the High Museum since it was raining and photos couldn’t be taken outside. Woodruff Arts Center is a beautiful place for weddings and corporate events.

Christopher Macksey of Topher Mack, created the stunning floral. The phalaenopsis orchids were amazing. The whole design aspect was unique with a classic, modern and sleek style – perfect for this couple! They also provided light walls out on the terrace which gave a very interesting focal decor piece. Guests enjoyed taking selfies there throughout the evening.

Brad and the Livin Large band kept the crowd entertained and on the dance floor all night.

The beautiful cake was from Sweet Creations by Candi. The ombre sugar paste flowers were spectacular!

Adding to the fun of the evening, the couple provided masquerade masks for guests to wear while they danced the night away! This was a huge hit!! It was entertaining watching guests select their mask with such care, and then taking on somewhat of a different persona out on the dance floor.

It was an amazing day, despite the rain. Cecilia and Ben didn’t let the raindrops stop them from having a fabulous and flawless wedding.

We wish them a lifetime of happiness and adventures!!

Photos courtesy of Kristen Alexander!

Vendor Partners

Ceremony Venue: Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Reception Venue: Woodruff Arts Center

Hair: The Moore Agency

Wedding Gown: Bridals by Lori

Bridesmaid Dresses: After 6

Groom’s Tux: buy4lesstuxedo.com

Floral / Event Design: Topher Mack

Photography: Kristen Alexander

Videography: Cre8ive Cinema

Entertainment: Livin’ Large Band

Wedding Cake: Sweet Creations by Candi

Linens, Napkins and Chargers: BBJ

Rentals: Atlanta Party Rentals (stage, surround, chairs)

Transportation: Atlantic Limousine and Transportation Company

I also have to give a HUGE shout-out to my team. They are always amazing and make sure that every clients event is fabulous and flawless – but they had to do extra duty on this one for me since due to my injury, I’m not able to put weight on my leg and have to get around in a wheelchair. So, my fantastic team, not only had a million tasks related to the wedding, they also had to assist me in getting around. I can never thank them enough for always giving a 100% to ensure my client is ecstatic with how the wedding/event turned out, but also being there for me!

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special events consulting and planning company, specializing in curating innovative, creative and flawless events for every client.

December 26, 2019

So, What Did You Get???

Posted in Holidays tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:26 pm by JBEvents

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that something special would be in there!

You ran around (whether physically or online) trying to get the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Then wrapped it up in festive paper and placed it under the tree.

The day finally came, anticipation was high. You hope that you didn’t forget anything and that everyone will love their gifts.

The family came over excited to see what treasures they would find in the presents under the tree.

As each gift was opened, you watched with care and hoped they would be happy with the gift that was in there. The expressions on faces as each gift was unwrapped, proved priceless and precious though created quite a mess. The smiles say it all, their faces were so happy, they tugged at my heart, but I won’t get too sappy.

When the last gift is opened and you sit back to reflect, did you start to feel nostalgic from Christmases past? Did you feel a sense of relief that the big day is over? Or did you get that exhilaration seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child? For me, it was a little of all of that.

Growing up, my parents always went over the top with the gifts – but they were always from their heart. My parents were so generous and received such joy giving to their children and later, their grandchildren. I feel the same way — I have always wanted to give my daughters a wonderful Christmas, complete with everything they wanted (or close to it). And now, I also do that for my grandkids.

That being said, it is important to remember, it’s not the gifts that should be the focus, but rather letting each person know they are loved, and you can’t put a price on that, nor can you wrap it up with pretty paper and bows. Love is the best gift, and one that should be given freely, not just at Christmas time, but all year through. The one thing that will linger long after Christmas is gone, is the memories – and for me, I hope that my daughters and my grandchildren will always know that regardless of the gifts they receive, that my love for them is endless and is given to them every day of the year. Those are the memories that I want them to take away from Christmas and every other day!

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and that the memories you made will be some of your favorite. Thank you for allowing me to share my family with you during this most wonderful time of the year!

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special events consulting and planning company, specializing in creating innovative, creative and flawless events for every client.

December 15, 2019

Surviving the Holiday’s…A Few Tips!

Posted in Holidays tagged , , , , , , , , at 1:00 pm by JBEvents

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I think we can all agree that the Holiday’s, although a joyous time, can also be one of the most stressful times of the year.¬† We are rushing around and trying to get that “perfect” gift for everyone, trying to bake all of the yummy holiday treats, decorating, entertaining and even hosting guests in our home.¬† All of that is in addition to your daily tasks which already leave you tired, stressed and rushed.¬† It’s easy to start feeling like time and money are getting away from you.¬† It’s also a time of year when everyone should be a little more kind and gentle, but it seems like just the opposite happens.¬† Tempers flare, anxiety heightens, and for many people this is a time of deep depression.

So what can you do to maintain your sanity and enjoy this special time of the year?  Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you.

  1. Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect.¬† You don’t have to have the most decorated house in the neighborhood, throw the best party, give the most gifts, or bake the most cookies.¬† Sometimes, less can be best.¬† Determine what activities bring you the most joy, and focus on those.
  2. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
  3. Stick to a budget.¬†Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.
  4. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That’ll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.
  5. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity.
  6. Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Moderation is key – enjoy those tasty treats, but don’t go overboard.¬† Get exercise – even if it’s just walking an extra lap around the store, or even better outside to get some fresh air.¬†
  7. Take a “ME” moment.¬†Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
  8. Like the song says, Count your Blessings instead of Sheep.  To overcome holiday depression and anxiety, think about the parts of your life that are going well. It can be helpful to list your blessings. When people are stressed and depressed, they tend to focus on the negative things in their lives rather than counting their blessings. There is always something to be thankful for.  I have found that writing down things you are thankful for is a great exercise, because forcing yourself to think of positive things when you are feeling down leads to improving the negative feelings that can consume you.

I hope these tips will help you enjoy the rest of this wonderful season.  My desire for you is that your stress level will decrease and your joy increase, as this truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukkah!

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special event planning company, specializing in creating unique, flawless and fabulous events!  

Credit to Mayo Clinic and psycom for information contained in this post.

May 27, 2019

Ali and Conner’s Special Day!

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One of the highest compliments and truly an honor that we can receive is to be referred by a previous client!  We absolutely love referrals and this couple was no exception!!!  Ali and Conner were referred from a previous client (Thank you Karyn & Shelby), and we are so happy to have them as a part of the JBEvents family! 

The couple selected Little River Farms as the venue for their wedding!  The venue, located in Milton, GA., sits on a beautiful piece of land beside a lake.  There are a couple of options for where to have your ceremony on the property.  Ali and Conner chose the vineyard.  A partially enclosed Pavilion offers a great place for the reception, while inside the house was perfect for Cocktail Hour as well as a respite for those that wanted to find a quiet place to sit and have a conversation.  

Capturing the beautiful images of the day was Kaylan Bradley of Happy Everything Co.  Thank you so much for not only capturing beautiful images, but also for sharing them!

The bride wore a stunning fit and flare gown designed by Essence of Australia.  Ali looked like a living doll!  

Before the ceremony, the couple shared letters they had written each other which is always such a sweet moment.¬† But Conner also gave Ali a framed hand-made sign that read “Together 2704 days, and I have loved you since day 1!” If I’m being honest, that brought a tear or two to my eyes!¬† What a sweet gesture – and when you see this couple together, you absolutely feel the love.¬†¬†

One of my favorite parts of planning is the event design and decor component.  Ali and Conner wanted an elegant, rustic design theme, and JWilbur of EventScapes perfectly combined a rustic approach with a unique and elegant design. 

The ceremony took place in the vineyard.¬† The couple exchanged their vows standing in front of a stunning arbor graced with soft fabrics, clusters of flowers holding back the drapery and floral blooms hanging in individual small glass bottles.¬† The finished product was gorgeous! Rev. Rodney Hunt officiated the ceremony.¬† The couple wrote their vows and I dare say there wasn’t a dry eye.¬†

A unique part of the ceremony was the wine ceremony.¬† This is a type of unity ceremony that is a take on the traditional lighting of the unity candle.¬† In this type of ceremony, the couple each takes a vessel of wine (1 red, 1 white) and pours them into one glass.¬† Once the wines are poured together, they can’t be separated, which is the whole concept of a wedding ceremony uniting a couple.¬† They couple then each took a sip of the combined wine as a symbol of fully becoming one.¬†¬†

A custom design was created for the Estate Table.  A 35+ foot structure was created along the Estate Table to allow EventScapes to create a suspended look with glass bubbles and candlelight.  They further enhanced the setting  with accents of flowers of the day and greenery.  Along the table itself was loose eucalyptus and votive candles along with a series of vases for the bridesmaids bouquets. 

The guest tables had a variety of styles of designs.  Some were lanterns enhanced with moss and rose petals, while others had an eclectic collection of vases each filled with flowers of the day.  All of the designs were surrounded by votive candles offering a flickering elegance.  

Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Talk of the Town caterers.  Topped off with a delectable wedding cake by Cake Envy.

DJ Lou, of Spectrum Entertainment kept the guests on the dance floor partying all night long!!

WedFlix was on hand to create a lasting video memory of the special day.  

As a late night snack, guests enjoyed a popcorn bar complete with all the fixings! 

We were thrilled to be a part of Ali and Conner’s amazing day!¬† We wish them a lifetime of happiness!!!!!

In case you still want more, check out their video trailer! 

Ali & Conner

Janice Blackmon Events is an award winning event planning company!  We specialize in creating unique and flawless events for all of our clients!

May 26, 2019

Memorial Day….Remembering the fallen!

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Memorial Day – known as the official start of summer.¬† Now I’ve always known that the holiday is set aside for honoring those who have served and lost their lives in service to this country, but honestly, aside from having a passing thought, it wasn’t what I “celebrated”.¬† That is, until this year.

My youngest daughter is a flight attendant and just so happened to have an Atlanta overnight Friday.  This was extremely special as that was the same day my first grandson graduated from Kindergarten!  It was a double bonus to get to go to his school program AND then get to have my daughter come home for the evening.  My grandson LOVES to go to the airport with me to pick up his Auntie A, and so, Friday was no exception.  We made our way to the airport and although her flight had already landed by the time we arrived, we knew we had to wait until she was off the plane-train before we could move up to the baggage claim area to pick her up.  We sat in the cell lot and watched planes taxi and take-off and just enjoyed that time.  I started thinking it was taking her longer than normal to call and say she was off the train and we could begin making our way to get her.  Well, there was a very good reason.

I got a text message from her, and while I expected it to say we could come get her, it instead was a series of photos she took of the plane that was next to hers as a fallen soldier was being taken off of the plane.¬† Seeing those images, and especially on Memorial Day weekend, was sobering.¬† I looked at the photos and my eyes filled with tears as the pomp and circumstance of the military procedure of removing the casket from the plane was captured by her camera. She said it was completely silent all around her as passengers, crew and airport personnel stopped while this soldier’s body was unloaded from the plane to be taken to his/her family and final resting place.

This was a huge reminder of why we set aside a day to honor all of those that sacrificed their lives for our safety and freedom.¬† This country has a lot of problems and issues, and we get so wrapped up in the bi-partisan rhetoric that we lose sight of the fact that as a country we are FREE.¬† The price to be free has been paid by many.¬† The men and women that through the years have left their friends and family behind to be of service to their country, deserve to be honored.¬† Those that lost their lives while doing so, deserve to be honored even more so.¬† They deserve more than one day set-aside as we get a day off work.¬† They gave the ultimate sacrifice.¬† Many never to return home to their friends and family.¬† Children that didn’t get to grow up with them, parents that had to raise a family alone, parents that spent every day looking forward to their son or daughter returning home, safely, never to do so.

My own father fought in WWII in the Navy.¬† It was something he was always so proud of doing.¬† While he didn’t lose his life while serving, many during that time weren’t so lucky.¬† Since that time, many more men and women lost their lives while serving their country.

Regardless of your views, political party, race, color, economic status, age, or sex, we should all thank those that selflessly give of themselves so that we all can live in a country that has so much to be thankful for.  We are the Land of the Free, because of the Brave!

We don’t know who the fallen soldier was that had their last flight ending in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, May 24th, but I can tell you this, my heart goes out to their family and my view of Memorial Day is certainly different this year.¬† I hope that each of us take time¬† during this weekend to stop and remember all of those amazing people that gave of themselves for us.

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John 15:13 King James Version (KJV)

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

November 5, 2018

Meghan and Matt’s Spectacular Day!

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I am so thankful that I have been blessed with some of the greatest clients around.  In the list of great clients, Meghan and Matt are right at the top!

This adorable couple has a very busy life and they realized that they needed help with putting their wedding plans together and I was honored to be their Planner. Special thanks go to David Clarke of Chelsea Floral Designs for the referral!!

The bride’s style was classic, traditional and elegant.¬† Her color palette was Navy and Peach.¬† Her dress , from Winnie Couture, was a beautiful lace, fit and flare dress with cap sleeves, v-neck and sheer back.¬† Meghan looked stunning.¬†¬†

The bridesmaids wore elegant navy dresses with a one-shoulder strap.  

The Groom and his groomsmen looked dapper in blue tuxedos with a slight difference of the groom’s being a deep navy while the guys were a brighter shade of blue.¬†

The ceremony was held at Redeemer Lutheran church while the reception was held at the Georgian Terrace Hotel.

Hair and Make-up for the ladies was provided by The Moore Agency.  They all looked so pretty.  

A very touching moment was when the Father of the Bride saw his daughter for the first time.¬† She presented him with a hand-embroidered handkerchief that I’m sure will be a keepsake forever!

Chelsea Floral Designs created the gorgeous floral arrangements.¬† The bouquets were swoon-worthy.¬† Megan’s bouquet had a special touch,¬† part of her mother’s wedding dress was wrapped around the stems.¬†

The amazing Laura Stone captured the day with her talented and artistic eye.  She has such an easy way with clients, that they feel at ease and comfortable, allowing her to capture the beauty and emotion of the day!  Her images will undoubtedly allow the couple, their family and friends to relive the the special day filled with love and joy for years to come. 

Guests enjoyed Cocktail Hour in Livingston’s Bar at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, with tasty hors d’oeuvres and refreshing beverages before entering the Grand Ballroom for the dinner and reception.

DJ Eric Anthony was on hand keeping the party going and the dance floor full!

Thank you Meghan and Matt for allowing me the honor and privilege of planning and producing your special day.  I wish you both a lifetime of happiness!!!!

Enjoy these images from Laura Stone!

I took a few photos during the day too……the ones of the cake were because of how the ceremonial cutting had a tiny issue.¬† If you look at the professional photos of the couple cutting the cake, you’ll see they are laughing and then look closely at the Groom holding the plate up and you will see the slice of cake was a bit of a mess.¬† I had to take a photo of the end result of the cutting.¬† I LOVE that they had a good time with the messy cutting – which just goes to show what a fun couple they were to work with!!!

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning event planner, specializing in assisting clients with their special event that is sure to be fabulous and flawless!!

September 24, 2018

A Special Simcha for a Special Family

Posted in color palette, Mitzvahs, Other Events tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:52 am by JBEvents

It was truly an honor and a privilege to plan and produce the second Mitzvah celebration for this amazing family!  There are just some times that you really click with a client and throughout the process you develop a friendship.  That was the case with this sweet family.  Three years ago I worked with this family on their daughters Bat Mitzvah and now the youngest of the family, Daniel is celebrating his Bar Mitzvah!

We selected the InterContinental Hotel as the venue, which was perfect because many of the family members live not only out of state, but out of the country.  The Hotel would be home away from home while the family came to celebrate this special time.

Let me just talk about family for a moment.  The love that this family has for each other, and actively shows, makes my heart smile.  The siblings are each others biggest supporters and the connection between them is something that you can feel whenever you are around them.  The entire family Рimmediate and extended Рshare a love that just makes you feel happy to see it expressed!

The photos below, compliments of the always fabulous, Kristen Alexander, will tell the story for me, but I want to provide just a few details.  

Instead of a full-on theme for the celebration, a color palette was selected.¬† The honoree’s favorite Soccer team is Barcelona, so their team colors of burgundy, blue and yellow were the basis of the decor.¬†

For the Kiddush luncheon, we went with a palette of black and white striped linens, paired with yellow and white flowers.  It was a very crisp and clean look.

For the evening party, we paired a contemporary design concept with organic touches for a truly unique and elevated look.  Bringing the concepts and design together was the creative genius of JWilbur of EventScapes.  

One of my favorite parts of a Mitzvah is the candle lighting ceremony.  Hearing the honoree honor their family and friends is touching and inspiring. 

For this party, if you had a sweet-tooth, then you would have been in heaven.  After a delicious dinner, guests were invited out to the garden terrace for mini cupcakes, fresh made hot doughnuts with a variety of toppings and an ice cream bar.  

And if those sweets weren’t enough, then how about a candy buffet featuring Daniel’s favorite treats.

Guests received a commemorative T-shirt as a lasting reminder of the special occasion. 

Now that all of the kid’s in the family have celebrated their Mitzvah’s, we look forward to continued celebrations like weddings, with this wonderful family in the future.¬†

 

A HUGE Thank you to each vendor that we were honored to recommend and partner with for this fabulous celebration!!!

Synagogue ~ Congregation Shearith Israel

Kiddush Luncheon ~ Gourmet Catering by Alex

Venue ~ InterContinental Hotel Buckhead

Floral Event Designer ~ EventScapes Atlanta

Photographer ~ Kristen Alexander

Videographer ~ Cre8tive Cinema

DJ ~ Marquee Events

Cupcakes ~ Georgetown Cupcakes

Photobooth ~ ShutterBooth

It was indeed an honor and a pleasure to produce this fabulous and flawless celebration for an incredible family!!! 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning event planning firm, specializing in assisting our clients with a stress-free planning process and a fabulous and flawless event!

September 4, 2018

Elise & Michael’s BIG DAY!

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Sometimes, the star’s align and two people make the decision that was long in coming, to get married.¬† When Elise & Michael made that decision, one of the first things they did was hire me.¬† We spent quite a bit of time selecting a venue, but after much deliberation and site-visits, they decided on Chateau Elan!

Once the venue was selected, we moved on to selecting the other vendors to be a part of their BIG DAY!  {See full list below!}

I’ve said it a million times, every wedding (or special occasion), should be unique to the couple (person, business, etc.).¬† There are many ways to accomplish this, but it all starts out with being true to who you are, what means the most to you and allowing the professionals to do our job to bring that vision to life! For this couple, it was the blending of their love for geeky things with an elegant touch.¬†

It’s no secret that Chateau Elan is one of my favorite venues, because no matter where on the property you have your wedding, it will be wonderful.¬† With Elise & Michael, we wanted something a little different.¬† The ceremony took place in the Atrium, which is gorgeous in its own right, but when you add in draping, and a ceremony arch with lush flowers and an aisle treatment with soft touches of color – you have a dream-like setting.

The location for the reception was the Winery Pavilion.¬† Now, with this selection, there were a few things that the couple didn’t like about the venue, biggest being the 80′ long mural on the back wall. So, the decision was made to drape it.¬† Calling on the always fabulous creative of JWilbur of EventScapes, he did just that and created a completely different look and feel of the pavilion.¬† Also, instead of the ceiling fan lights – which aren’t elegant, or in line with the desired look,¬† Wilbur and his team hung beautiful crystal chandeliers.

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One of the ways that the couple brought their own, unique style to the reception was with the Groom’s cake which was a replica of the Dungeons and Dragons Handbook.¬† Mark Lotti, Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes, did a fantastic job creating the cake.¬† He also made the beautiful and delicious wedding cake! Mark never disappoints and the degree of his attention to detail is remarkable!!!!

The Moore Agency was on hand to make all of the ladies even more beautiful than they already were.  While hair and make-up services were being provided, the ladies enjoyed some delicious bites and tasty beverages in their suite.

Meanwhile, the guys had a fun and filling lunch at Paddy’s Restaurant and Bar onsite at the resort!!

Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Dinner and Reception music was provided by the all-talented, Jeni Michelson!  For the ceremony and cocktail hour, Jeni treated the guests to beautiful renditions on the keyboard Рadding in her tantalizing vocals for the cocktail hour.  During the reception, she switched over to DJ and kept the crowd dancing throughout the evening!

Everyone had a blast in the photo booth! ShutterBooth provided a fun, interactive experience where guests were able to create a lasting memory of the wedding for the happy couple as well a having a memento of the special day to take away!

Michelle Landreau captured the gorgeous images throughout the day.  Her easy style makes for a comfortable atmosphere for the couple, which in turn creates images that capture the emotion and beauty of the day!  Thank you Michelle for sharing these images with us!

Jonathan Nye, of Cre8tive Cinema, was onsite creating a film of all of the details and special moments of the day.¬† He is always such a pleasure to work with, and his talent is top-notch! I’ve included his teaser film down below the photos!¬†¬†