May 24, 2010

Chef Rolf to Wed Stephanie

Posted in Weddings at 8:58 pm by JBEvents



Saturday was a perfect day for a perfect couple to get married, and we were lucky enough to be the coordinators for that PERFECT couple! 

The day began with hair and make-up appointments for the bridal party.  The Moore Agency provided the make-up and I have to say that everyone looked just beautiful.  The whole group was calm and just enjoying the day when the photographer, Sharon Wheaton of Alternative Life Photography, arrived and began capturing the images that I’m sure will be phenomenal.  The bride’s dress was gorgeous and definitely captured her style.  It was a Watters design and was truly unique.  The bridesmaids wore a dark grey taffeta dress that looked amazing on each of the attendants.  The flower girl wore an ivory dress that had a very interesting detail of ruffles around the neckline.  All of the dresses were some of my recent favorites.  The bride provided a crystal bead necklace to each of the bridesmaids, which just completed the look. 

The guys wore gray suits.  The groom had an argyle-designed tie in shades of gray while the groomsmen wore solid gray ties.  They all looked very dapper.

We had been looking forward to this wedding for many reasons, but one was that the bride had a very specific design theme that was expressed to the fabulous event designer at Bold American, Michelle Leyden.  The vision of the bride was that of vintage country chic.  The venue, King Plow Event Gallery, provided just the right look for the wedding.  Stephanie spent countless hours purchasing vintage blue Mason jars and vintage coffee cans.  Instead of using floral vases, these vessels were used as both vases and candleholders.  The flowers were white with touches of green and consisted of hydrangeas and roses.  The bride’s bouquet consisted of some of the most beautiful and fragrant peonies that I’ve seen in quite a while. 

For the ceremony, the aisle was lined with groupings of the mason jars with candles and rose petals.  At the “alter” area, a circle was made of the jars in clusters connected with patches of the rose petals.  The entire wedding party was contained within the circle, which provided a frame for the exchange of vows.


While guests enjoyed cocktail hour with tasty hors d’oeuvres and beverages, the vendors were busy transforming the ceremony area into what would be revealed as the dinner and dancing arena.  The bride wanted the event to have a homey family feel, so she chose to have Estate Style seating.  Two long tables placed at an angle in the Main Gallery provided seating for the 85 guests. 

The tables were covered in ivory linens and had a burlap runner going down the entire length of the tables.

  The centerpieces were created again using the mason jars and the vintage coffee cans. 

The bride had also purchased old skeleton keys that were scattered around on the tables adding yet another interesting piece to the décor. 

Bold American, delighted guests with a choice of entrée selection coupled with delicious side dishes.  After dinner, instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple selected a variety of cupcakes as well as a doughnut station where guests could select from a variety of toppings.  As the evening progressed, the guests were surprised with an offering of milk shots and fresh chocolate chip cookies. 

To entertain the guests, Spectrum Entertainment provided a DJ who kept the crowd busting moves on the dance floor, but there was also a photo booth (Red Eye Photo Booths) where the guests could choose from a selection of props to create a fun and unique photo that would be placed in a scrapbook where they could write a personal message to the couple.  Even the bride and groom entered the photo booth on several occasions donning different headgear and other fun items with their guests.  

Adding to the amazing décor were several handmade signs that the bride’s stepfather had designed.  The signs were made out of wood from a 150-year-old building in Charleston, SC. 

 There were signs, which indicated the date of the wedding,

as well as having loving sentiments. 

A large frame piece was made to place the escort cards on.  In keeping with the vintage country chic theme, jute string was attached to the frame in a clothes line fashion and escort cards which were made out of the old-timey shipping labels with a stamped design of a mason jar were hung from the line with miniature clothes pins.  Guests took their card off of the line and then when invited in for dinner located yet another shipping label that indicated their seat and entrée choice for dinner. 


 We heard many oohhs and aahhs as the garage door in King Plow was raised to allow guests back into the transformed Main Gallery.  Tons of candles as well as hanging lights provided a warm glow for the festive reception. 

Each place setting had a silver charger with a Red and White chef’’s towel tied with jute string holding the silverware.  The chef’s towels were used as the napkins.  Attached to the jute string was the place card which indicated the guests name and their entrée selection.  In keeping with the theme, the bride used rubber stamps of a Cow, a Pig, a Chicken and a Fish to indicate which entrée the guest had previously selected.  For the kid’s, a coloring book and crayons were provided – giving them activities to occupy their time – that is, when they weren’t on the dance floor. 

At the conclusion of the evening, guests were treated to personalized Green Apple Jones Soda complete with the couple’s photo on the label. 

The couple departed the reception through a path of guests holding large sparklers bidding the couple a fond farewell. 

We know that this couple has a bright future before them and we wish them tons of happiness!!!

May 12, 2010

Revisiting the Wedding of Brianna and Trey!

Posted in Weddings at 6:31 pm by JBEvents

I just had to post these amazing images from the photographer, Nadia D  of the wedding of Brianna and Trey.  I love working with Nadia – because I know that her creative style will capture images that will amaze and inspire!  Enjoy as you view images from one truly talented photographer!!

May 9, 2010

Lisa and Brian Tie the Knot!!!

Posted in Weddings at 12:16 pm by JBEvents

Lisa and Brian Tied the Knot  


 With the skyline of Atlanta in the background and the Weeping Willow trees framing the couple, Lisa and Brian exchanged vows on the warm Spring evening in the Meadow at Park Tavern.     


View of the Ceremony Area

  The bride looked stunning in her gown.  It had a “Spanish” influence in the layers of lace ruffles.  The bridesmaids wore a deep purple gown that was embellished with a crystal brooch at the waist and with layers of ruffles in the back.  The groom and his groomsmen looked very handsome in their black tuxes with deep plum accessories.    


The amazing florals were provided by Andy Beach.  His attention to detail resulted in a beautiful look for the bouquets and centerpieces.  I was especially intrigued by some of the vases he used because they added an extra detail that you would not expect.       



 Since the couple will be honeymooning in Italy, they incorporated the theme of Rome into their reception.  The escort cards were displayed on a wine bottle cork.  The table names were all cities in Italy.  Even the wedding cake had grapes and vines on it. 


Ceremony and reception music was provided by DJ Eric ~ Eric Anthony Productions.  Traditional selections were used for the ceremony with the Bridal Party processing to Canon in D.   

 A very popular alternative to the Unity Candle is the Sand Ceremony.  I highly recommend this option to couples that have their wedding outside, as you don’t have to be concerned with wind blowing flames out.  To me, the sand ceremony truly illustrates the couple coming together as the grains of sand unite in the vessel.  Usually, the container that is used for this purpose will be one that can be saved and displayed in the home of the couple always as a remembrance of the coming together of the couple.    

The officiant was one of my all-time favorites, Jeremiah O’Keefe-West.  He has such a way of making the couple calm during the ceremony and he always is able to interject humor in an appropriate way.  I have to admit, I’m partial to his Irish brogue.   

 The Dorn Brothers were capturing all of the special moments with their outstanding photography.  You can view the Engagement session by viewing:  Their creativity certainly provides beautiful photographs.    We were so pleased to have been a part of this happy occasion and wish a Lifetime of Happiness to Lisa and Brian.   

May 2, 2010

Happiness Today and Always for Gina and Bobby!!!

Posted in Weddings at 6:46 pm by JBEvents

The threatening clouds and forecast could not put a damper on the excitement and wedding for Gina and Bobby.  This adorable couple chose to have their wedding celebration at Evergreen Marriott Resort in Stone Mountain.  The ceremony was held at the Evergreen Lakeside Pavilion while the reception was held in the Rotunda Ballroom at the Resort. 



 View towards ceremony alter (without the arch)

 View back up the aisle


Gina was a stunning bride.  She selected a gorgeous gown designed by Pronovias.  She wore her long hair down, slightly curled and added a beautiful flower accessory that had a few small feathers attached instead of a veil.  She truly looked like a model.



The bridesmaids wore an Apple Green long flowing gown.  The style was very flattering on each attendant.



EventScapes ~ ~ provided the personal flowers.   The colors for the wedding were green and purple and Janis Greenfield of EventScapes did a fantastic job of creating the florals that perfectly exemplified the theme.  The florals were absolutely gorgeous. Gina’s bouquet was slightly cascading while the attendants carried more of a rounded bouquet. 



 The always amazing Nadia D ~ ~ captured the day with her creative and fashion-forward sense of photography.  The photos represented here are NOT her photos – but check back soon for an update including a few snippets of the photographs.  It is always such an honor to work with Nadia because her attention to detail with what she captures always blows me (and my clients) away.  She also has a way of making the clients feel so relaxed and comfortable – which is key!!

 Amati Chamber Music Ensemble ~ ~ provided a string trio for the ceremony.  The lovely strains of their music created a beautiful setting for the wedding.  The group is composed of professional musicians, some who play with the Atlanta Symphony.  This is favorite string ensemble because Sarah Paul (Manager) always takes the time to make my clients feel so comfortable and confident with their music selections for their special day, and I always know that they will provide a higher than expected level of service. 

 Two of the bride’s Aunts provided the décor for the reception.  Keeping things very simple, candles, petals and craft rocks along with an Angel statue graced each table providing a grouping that was both simple and elegant.  Purple tulle was also used in a billowing fashion to provide a very soft base for the décor. 


 Maren Nicholas, Dreamweaver Calligraphy ~ produced both the Escort and the Place Cards and they looked beautiful.  I can always count on Maren to provide my clients with an exceptional product in a very quick fashion.  She was able to also incorporate the bride’s color scheme in her cards and I heard many compliments from guests about how beautiful the writing was.   Gina was also extremely pleased – which is what means the most to me when I recommend a vendor. 

 When it was time to party, Nick Crowder of Atlanta Band’s and Dj’s ~, ~ kept the crowd entertained with his non-stop music.  The dinner hour had selections that were somewhat sedated but once dinner was over he cranked the tunes up and kept the guests and especially the bride out on the dance floor until it was time for the party to end.  This DJ company is one that I recommend all of the time because I know that they will provide the services for my client making it as easy as possible for them to select music, etc., plus they are not cheesy (unless you want them to be).  They know how to read a crowd in order to make sure that the party is a success.  And after all, that’s what the clients want. 


Jeff and Karen Schwerzler of The Frosted Pumpkin ~ ~ provided the Brides and Groom’s cakes.  The Groom’s cake was a chocolate cake with chocolate fudge/ganache frosting covered in berries.  This cake had some of the biggest Strawberries that I have ever seen.  The Bride’s cake was a round, 3 tier Coconut Cake with Swiss Dot design.  At the base of each tier was green ribbon matching the bridesmaids dresses.  There were clusters of flowers complimenting the top of the cake as well as in a free-form pattern on the other 2 layers.  As you walked past the cake, you couldn’t help but smell the delicious aroma and judging from the plates of the guests, the cakes were truly enjoyed by all.

At the end of the evening when the couple was making their departure, they told me that they had a fantastic time and everything was just perfect.  They made their way through a sea of bubbles as everyone wished them well. 

 We were so pleased to have been a part of this wedding and wish Gina and Bobby a lifetime of Happiness and Caffeine. 


Janice Blackmon and the Events Team (Adrienne, Kellie and Amanda)

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