July 6, 2020

Intimate Wedding Package ~ Orlando Part 2

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:51 am by JBEvents

We recently rolled out our Intimate Wedding Package as our response to the COVID pandemic. This was created because so many of our clients have had to postpone and reschedule their weddings. This of course is such a hard situation and very emotional because of all of the planning that has gone into preparing for the wedding you envision. Since it appears that we will have some limitations for the foreseeable future on gatherings, we decided we wanted to HELP couples that decide they want to go ahead and get married, but have the large celebration later.

Our job as Planners requires that we be creative, flexible, and pro-active, and reduce the stress of our clients. We want the planning process to be easy and we have the tools and connections to ensure that it is. With that in mind, we have created an Intimate Wedding Package. You can make this a one-stop shop for putting together a beautiful celebration. We have partnered with some of Orlando’s best vendors and venues to bring to our couples special pricing and packages. These are not available to couples on their own or even with another Planner.

We are highlighting another one of our venue partners that would be a perfect place for your wedding. Details included here relate to our Intimate Wedding Package, however, if you are interested in planning a larger celebration, we have a variety of planning packages for you to select from based on your needs.

So without further ado, here’s the details for your I Do’s!

Janice Blackmon Events  is an award-winning special event planning company that specializes in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of the event.  Because we know that planning a special event can be very stressful, we work in such a way as to provide our clients the tools and services to allow them to enjoy the planning experience and the flawless event. 

Our Intimate Wedding Package contains the following (based on availability):

  • Janice Blackmon Events Pre-planning to consist of a Check List to ensure that all details and tasks are handled.  We are happy to assist with recommending venues/vendors, obtaining contracts from our partner vendors, offering guidance on etiquette, etc.
  • A one (1) hour Final Planning Meeting to discuss the details of the day and creation of the timeline.
  • Communication with your vendors to provide the timeline of the day and provide any additional details.
  • Provide 2 hours of on-site assistance at the venue to ensure all details are handled.  We will:
    • Line up the “wedding party” and send down the aisle.
    • Assist with post-ceremony photos for family and the couple.
    • Ensure beverages and the cake are ready for the ceremonial cutting.
    • Provide a 1 or 2 tier simply elegant wedding cake, adorned with fresh flowers. (Cake size is determined by number of guests)
    • Instruct on cutting the cake.
    • Pack up any of your personal items and make sure they are safely placed in a designated location.
    • Send you off to begin your Happily Ever After!
  • A set of Toasting Flutes as our gift to you!

We create one-of-a-kind events by making sure the clients personality is woven throughout every detail. Contact us today so we can begin creating yours!

Now for the venue!

We have partnered with one of Orlando’s beautiful venues for a spectacular setting for your Intimate Wedding, Floridays Resort Orlando. They have offered an amazing special rate for the venue just for our clients. You won’t get this pricing on your own or with another wedding/event planner.

Floridays Resort Orlando is not only a fabulous spot for your wedding, but your guests can stay on property at the resort which offers wonderful amenities.

They have a variety of areas that would be perfect for your Intimate Wedding, and room rental prices start at $250, based on availability. They also offer full-service catering with customization for your specific requests. With the Intimate Wedding Package, the event time is limited to 2 hours, however, if you want to upgrade to offer a full meal, you have that flexibility.

For Intimate Weddings of up to a maximum of 50 guests, the venue can be rented for 2 hours based on availability. Tables and chairs are included.

I am in love with the Veranda and the views of the tropical palm trees. It would be so romantic and with the special package, an excellent deal!

Ballroom Room set for a Reception
Ballroom set for Ceremony
Veranda with beautiful, tropical views
Veranda set for Ceremony

We have also partnered with other top-notch vendors who will also offer a special rate for our clients, based on availability.

Photographer – Up to 4 hours of coverage with an internationally published photographer. Her style is editorial, timeless and artistic, with an editorial feel. There will be 2 photographers onsite. You will receive an online gallery delivered 30 days after the wedding that includes rights to the couple for printing.

Officiant – Offering special pricing for our clients. We have officiants that range in price from $200 for a weekday wedding to $250 for a weekend wedding.

Floral Designer – We have one of Orlando’s finest floral designer that will provide a bouquet/boutonniere for the wedding couple in seasonal flowers in your choice of color (or for same-sex couples either 2 bouquets or 2 boutonnieres) and fresh flowers to adorn the wedding cake. Additional flowers can be added if desired to upgrade the floral package.

DJ – We have a DJ that will be available for 2 hours. They will provide the music for the guest seating, ceremony and the post-ceremony celebration.

For additional details, pricing and availability, please contact Dacoda, our Orlando Sales Consultant/Planner.

Dacoda Karvaski | Dacoda@JaniceBlackmonEvents.com | 610.393.1238

Please visit us on our social media platforms:

Website:  www.JaniceBlackmonEvents.com IG:  janiceblackmonevents
Facebook:  @JaniceBlackmonEvents Twitter: JaniceBlackmon Pinterest:  jbevents

If you are looking to plan a wedding or other social celebration for a larger guest count, we offer a variety of packages from a basic package up to a complete luxury, full-service package. Contact us for details and pricing. We have offices in Atlanta, Orlando and Sarasota.

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special event planning firm. We specialize in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of your event.

June 26, 2020

Announcing our Intimate Wedding Package for the Orlando Area!

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:10 pm by JBEvents

During this time of COVID, so many of our clients have had to postpone and reschedule their weddings. This of course is such a hard situation and very emotional because of all of the planning that has gone into preparing for the wedding you envision. Since it appears that we will have some limitations for the foreseeable future on gatherings, we decided we wanted to HELP couples that decide they want to go ahead and get married, but have the large celebration later.

With that in mind, we have created an Intimate Wedding Package. You can make this a one-stop shop for putting together a beautiful celebration. We have partnered with some of Orlando’s best vendors and venues to bring to our couples special pricing and packages. These are not available to couples on their own or even with another Planner.

So without further ado, here’s the details for your I Do’s!

Janice Blackmon Events  is an award-winning special event planning company that specializes in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of the event.  Because we know that planning a special event can be very stressful, we work in such a way as to provide our clients the tools and services to allow them to enjoy the planning experience and the flawless event. 

Our Intimate Wedding Package contains the following (based on availability):

  • Janice Blackmon Events Pre-planning to consist of a Check List to ensure that all details and tasks are handled.  We are happy to assist with recommending venues/vendors, obtaining contracts from our partner vendors, offering guidance on etiquette, etc.
  • A one (1) hour Final Planning Meeting to discuss the details of the day and creation of the timeline.
  • Communication with your vendors to provide the timeline of the day and provide any additional details.
  • Provide 2 hours of on-site assistance at the venue to ensure all details are handled.  We will:
    • Line up the “wedding party” and send down the aisle.
    • Assist with post-ceremony photos for family and the couple.
    • Ensure beverages and the cake are ready for the ceremonial cutting.
    • Provide a 1 or 2 tier simply elegant wedding cake, adorned with fresh flowers. (Cake size is determined by number of guests)
    • Instruct on cutting the cake.
    • Pack up any of your personal items and make sure they are safely placed in a designated location.
    • Send you off to begin your Happily Ever After!
  • A set of Toasting Flutes as our gift to you!

We create one-of-a-kind events by making sure the clients personality is woven throughout every detail. Contact us today so we can begin creating yours!

Now for the venue!

We have partnered with one of Orlando’s beautiful venues for a spectacular setting for your Intimate Wedding, The Cottage at Lake Fairview. They have offered an amazing special rate for the venue just for our clients. You won’t get this pricing on your own or with another wedding/event planner.

If you are looking for a venue that is unique with beautiful views, then you are going to love this one. Imagine having your ceremony under an arbor with a view of the lake and then having a celebration al fresco under market lights for a magical touch.

For Intimate Weddings of up to a maximum of 50 guests, the venue can be rented for 2 hours on Sunday – Thursday for $2500, or Friday or Saturday for $3500, based on availability. Tables, chairs, chair covers are included. The venue also has some unique and beautiful items that can be rented to enhance your wedding.

Can’t you just imagine a ceremony at sunset overlooking the lake, and then a small celebration under sparkling stars and market lights. It would be so romantic and with the special package, an excellent deal!

We have also partnered with other top-notch vendors who will also offer a special rate for our clients, based on availability.

Photographer – Up to 4 hours of coverage with an internationally published photographer. Her style is editorial, timeless and artistic, with an editorial feel. There will be 2 photographers onsite. You will receive an online gallery delivered 30 days after the wedding that includes rights to the couple for printing.

Officiant – Offering special pricing for our clients. We have officiants that range in price from $200 for a weekday wedding to $250 for a weekend wedding.

Floral Designer – We have one of Orlando’s finest floral designer that will provide a bouquet/boutonniere for the wedding couple in seasonal flowers in your choice of color (or for same-sex couples either 2 bouquets or 2 boutonnieres) and fresh flowers to adorn the wedding cake. Additional flowers can be added if desired to upgrade the floral package.

DJ – We have a DJ that will be available for 2 hours. They will provide the music for the guest seating, ceremony and the post-ceremony celebration.

For additional details, pricing and availability, please contact Dacoda, our Orlando Sales Consultant/Planner.

Dacoda Karvaski | Dacoda@JaniceBlackmonEvents.com | 610.393.1238

Please visit us on our social media platforms:

Website:  www.JaniceBlackmonEvents.com IG:  janiceblackmonevents
Facebook:  @JaniceBlackmonEvents Twitter: JaniceBlackmon Pinterest:  jbevents

If you are looking to plan a wedding or other social celebration for a larger guest count, we offer a variety of packages from a basic package up to a complete luxury, full-service package. Contact us for details and pricing.

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special event planning firm. We specialize in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of your event.

May 13, 2020

Happy Wednesday!

Posted in Mitzvahs, Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:24 pm by JBEvents

Hello everyone!

I hope you all are staying safe and healthy as we continue to navigate through this COVID-19 pandemic. This situation has affected us all in one way or another. For weddings and special events, things have drastically changed. My clients with Spring weddings have had to postpone resulting in so many emotions, and my Fall clients are concerned that they will have to make adjustments as well. My heart goes out to everyone that had events planned this year. I do believe we will get back to “normal” or perhaps a new normal, but that we will be back to having amazing and flawless events!

During this time, I have made some changes that I’m so excited about! One is that I am still assisting clients planning events. Virtual meetings have taken the place of in-person, but the service level is still the same – exceptional! The fact is, even though events aren’t taking place now, it’s the perfect time to be planning for the future. Dates in 2021 are filling up quickly due to not only rescheduled weddings and events, but for those clients already planning a 2021 event. If you are ready to plan event, let us help!

The next change that I have made is to open an Orlando, FL division. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. It’s something that I have wanted to do for quite some time, but now the timing was perfect. With this addition, our services are available in Atlanta, GA, Sarasota/Tampa Bay Area, FL and Orlando.

Please join me in welcoming my Orlando Sales Consultant/Event Planner, Dacoda Karvaski! Dacoda has a B.S. in Hospitality Management. She has used her education working for prestigious employers such as the exclusive Citrus Club, a ClubCorp property, as well as the happiest place on earth, The Walt Disney Company. She has further experience with catering companies. I am thrilled to have her on my Team and can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Dacoda Karvaski
Sales Consultant / Event Planner
Orlando Division

There are other changes underway as well! Stay tuned for the unveiling very soon!!!

Remember, we are here to assist you in planning your event, even during social distancing!! Let us know if you would like to set-up a virtual consultation and let’s get the party started!

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

April 15, 2020

Winter Wedding Nuptials for Linsey & Chris

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:09 pm by JBEvents

Linsey has been a dear friend for many years. We met years ago when she worked at one of my favorite catering company’s. Several years later, she worked with me here at Janice Blackmon Events. When she asked me to assist in planning her wedding, I was humbled, honored and ECSTATIC!

The venue selection process covered a lot of options, but the final selection was absolutely perfect!

The outdoor terrace at Marcel restaurant was the setting for the intimate exchange of vows. As guests arrived, they were treated with a Beverage Bar, offering hot beverages as well as bubbly!

Custom sign by Dreamweaver Calligraphy

With a beautiful fireplace as the focal point on Marcel’s terrace, a friend of the couple officiated the ceremony. Their fur-babies, Luna and Max, served as Floral Dog and Honorary Ring Bearer.

One of the very touching and memorable parts of the ceremony was the “warming of the rings” which is having the rings passed through all of their guests so that each could say a prayer or offer a wish on them.

Guests were provided soft, cozy blankets to keep them warm while they witnessed the couple pledging their love to each other.

After the ceremony, guests made their way to the reception location, one of Atlanta’s newest restaurants, Lyla Lila, where the groom serves as Manager. The restaurant provided a delicious array of food that guests could eat at their leisure, while the bar was serving up libations. The couple had a Cheese Cake skillfully decorated with charcuterie. The bride’s mom also provided a traditional wedding cake from a pastry chef in south Georgia that has made all of the special occasion cakes for the family for many years.

This celebration was so full of love and perfectly unique for the couple. They were surrounded by their closest friends and family. Everyone had a fantastic time and it was truly a celebration filled with love and happiness!!

Special thanks to Sunny Lee Photography for providing the beautiful images in this post.

We wish Linsey & Chris a lifetime of happiness and adventures. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your wedding – it truly was an honor!!!

Since there were SO MANY gorgeous images, here are a few more of my favs!

Vendor Team

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special event planning firm. We specialize in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design, and flawless execution.

March 30, 2020

Sharing a Personal Story

Posted in Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:54 pm by JBEvents

This post is much different from my typical posts, as I am not sharing beautiful images and descriptions of amazing events. Instead, I’m going to take this time to share part of my personal story. I’m doing so in hopes that others may find information, comfort and support in what they may be going through. Especially in these times where we are dealing with COVID-19 and we are being advised to shelter in place, this situation could be even more prevalent and therefore I hope that by sharing my story and raising awareness, perhaps others will be able to be a survivor as I am. So, here we go…

I was in an abusive marriage for over 16 years. Truth be told, my parents and family advised me not to marry him, however, being head-strong and thinking I could “change him” I ignored their advice. I knew he had anger issues and was controlling, but I thought I could fix that. Well, for anyone that’s tried, you can’t. A person can not change unless it’s of their own desire.

Abuse is defined as: 1.to use wrongly or improperly; misuse. 2. to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way. 3. harshly or coarsely insulting language. 4. causing physical harm to another person.

During the early years, I chalked things up as typical newlywed things – however, I was just trying to convince myself. I wasn’t being honest with myself or others. Now, family and friends knew my “X” had anger issues and was very self-absorbed, and controlling, but they didn’t know to what extent. I was abused verbally, emotionally and physically. I didn’t share this with anyone, not my family, not my closest friends. It got to the point that I was embarrassed and didn’t want to admit what was going on.

Although in hindsight, I should have left, I didn’t. I wanted to have children, and again, I thought having children *might* change him. WRONG AGAIN! However, the silver lining is that I have 2 beautiful daughters who are now adults.

All during the years of raising my daughters, I was subjected to the abuse. Again, not telling anyone what I was dealing with. As the girls grew, I kept telling myself that staying together was best for them, so I endured in this unhealthy relationship. As they say, hindsight is 20/20, and now I can clearly see that I wasn’t doing what was best for my daughters by staying, but unfortunately, was teaching them that abuse was acceptable. Years later, my daughters have told me about things they knew were going on and things they were doing to comfort each other. I didn’t know they heard/saw things that they did and the ramifications of how those times affected them just breaks my heart.

As the years went on in the marriage, the abuse became more and more frequent which is typical. I was so beat down emotionally and mentally. Being told for years that you aren’t worth anything and that any and all problems were your fault takes a toll on you. I had started believing some of his lies which led to me staying in the toxic relationship much longer than I should. These are tactics the abuser uses to keep you under their control. Again, hindsight is 20/20.

When I finally told him I wanted a divorce, I wasn’t prepared for what would come next. I didn’t have it in my capacity to think in terms of hurting the other person in any manner. Well, he did. So not only did the physical abuse increase, other things were also happening. He took all of our money out of our joint accounts leaving me with ZERO! He did everything in his power to cripple me personally, professionally, financially and with my daughters. Manipulation, intimidation, threats, etc., were tactics used on me and my daughters. Again, these are typical actions, and if you are not recognizing them, you continue to put yourself and your children in harms way.

I’ll also say that at the time, I did not feel that my local law enforcement was truly protecting me or taking my situation seriously. It took a lot to even get a TPO (Temporary Protective Order) or a RO (Restraining Order), even when he tried to run me over while my oldest daughter was in the vehicle with him, in a public place and witnessed by others. However, I continued seeking assistance from law enforcement as well as pursuing my concerns with the District Attorney. I wouldn’t take NO for an answer and I insisted that my daughters and I needed protection. You do have to be hyper-sensitive to watch out for your safety and not to let your guard down. You need to remember that you are dealing with a irrational person, that will likely try anything to keep you from leaving (as they are losing their control over you). You have to begin to think differently and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

One of the things I did was keep a journal documenting everything. This process was two-fold as it provided me a way of getting things out of my head for self-preservation, but also to document all that happened to include any contact with law enforcement, dates, times, witnesses, etc.

I am and always have been a person of faith. It was GOD that got me through all that my daughters and I were subjected to. I would not have had the strength to leave if it weren’t for God.

So now you ask, why write about this now? Because Domestic Abuse is a horrible and prevalent situation in our country. Many, like me, stay in these relationships because they feel there is no way out. Especially during this time in our country where we are quarantined and sheltering in place – those in abusive relationships could be even more in danger. I wanted to share my story because there is hope on the other side. Is it easy? Absolutely not! Is it dangerous? Yes, it is or can be! Are there places to turn for assistance? YES! Will you be able to make it? YES!

So, what can you do if you are in an abusive relationship?

There are steps you can take to prepare to leave the abusive relationship. Keep in mind, statistics show that the most dangerous time for you and your children is when you decide to leave, so having a plan in place is important.

If you have time to plan, start putting aside cash — preferably somewhere other than your house. Leave some clothes and important items with a friend in case you have to leave your house quickly. And start documenting every incident of physical or emotional abuse in your household, whether it involves you or your kids. Make a note of the date and time the incident occurred, and exactly what happened.

I would also recommend that you either get a new cell phone that your abuser is not aware of, or change your number. If, your abuser tries calling, texting, etc., DO NOT RESPOND. This is harder said than done – especially because many if not most abusers have the ability of being compelling to lull you into a false sense of security by saying whatever they think will get you to come back. Don’t deceive yourself with this – it’s typically a ploy to get you back into their snares. In doing so, it puts you and/or your children at greater risk. In situations where there is a custody case, that does make this a little more tricky – however, not impossible.

In addition, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) advises that you:

  • make a list of safe people to contact
  • memorize phone numbers of people or places you could call for help
  • keep change (for a pay phone {if you can still find one}, as you may find yourself without a cell phone) with you at all times, as well as cash for living expenses, and
  • establish a code word with family, friends, and coworkers so that you can tell them to call for help without alerting the abuser.

You should also prepare to take important papers with you. Having the right documents will help you take legal action or apply for benefits after you leave. Again, the NCADV offers good advice, suggesting that you take:

  • your credit cards and checkbook
  • social security cards
  • birth certificates
  • copies of deeds, leases, and insurance policies
  • proof of income for you and the abusive spouse or partner, such as pay stubs or copies of W-2 forms
  • copies of bank or credit card statements if you cannot easily access them online, and
  • any documentation that proves past abuse, including photographs, police reports, or medical records.

Once you leave, there are other safeguards you should be aware of.

Whether you had time to plan or had to leave in a hurry, there are steps you can take to stay safe once you’re away from the abuser.

  • Immediately change your phone number and don’t answer the phone unless you know who is calling. Be sure that your new phone number is unlisted and blocked so that it can’t be easily discovered.
  • You may also want to rent a post office box or arrange to have your mail delivered to the address of a friend or family member.
  • If the abuser does contact you, make a note of when, how, and what happened. If you have a restraining order, keep it with you at all times. If you believe the terms of the order have been violated, call the police or contact the court right away.

Here are some additional suggestions from the NCADV:

  • if you are staying in your home, have the locks changed
  • don’t stay alone
  • change your routine frequently
  • think about how you’ll get away if the abuser confronts you
  • if you have to meet the abuser, do so in a very public place
  • contact people you trust at your workplace and your children’s school so they can be alert to anything unusual.

Check your local area for Women’s shelters and other services that are available for you. Be vigilant, think smartly, seek assistance, don’t be deceived, remember your worth and know there are better days ahead.

This blog post is dedicated to all of those that have survived leaving an abusive relationship, and with honor and in memory of those that were not so fortunate. The later is something that my family has just endured. My former sister-in-law was in the process of leaving an abusive relationship and lost her life at the hand of the abuser. Her two beautiful daughters, her brand new twin grandsons, and her family are now left with trying to carry on without her. It’s hard to wrap your brain around something like this happening, but I hope that by sharing my story, perhaps it will help 1 person.

You can feel isolated and alone when dealing with an abusive relationship, and one thing that I wish I had done was be open and honest with my family and friends about what I was experiencing. They would have supported me and would not have judged me – but at that time, I didn’t consider that.

I don’t want anyone to suffer abuse in any form. I just hope that by sharing my story, you or someone you know may find strength and courage and more importantly, tips to help make a plan for a safe escape. There is hope on the other side and you will indeed learn just how strong and capable you are.

If you suspect your family member, friend or co-worker is being abused, being available and supportive is important. While your family member or friend may not openly admit to abuse, just offering your support and encouragement makes a difference. Here’s a reference document that might give you some good suggestions if you have questions about how you can help.

Here are some additional resources for more information on Domestic Abuse and how to get assistance.

National Domestic Violence Hotline

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

WomensHealth.gov

Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence

Partnership Against Domestic Violence

I constantly think of ways I can assist in the fight against domestic violence, and as I said before, the whole reason of this post is to offer suggestions and assistance. I in no way am seeking pity – as I made it through (thank GOD). I only want to highlight that you may have a friend or family member going through this horrible situation or perhaps it’s you that is being subjected to abuse. My hope and desire is that maybe, just maybe, something mentioned here may help!

In loving memory of Diane Vitale. {February 15th, 1972 – March 11th, 2020}

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

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:01 pm by JBEvents

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. 🙂 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???

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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!

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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.

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