August 30, 2010

Another Designer Decides to move into the Mainstream

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings at 3:26 pm by JBEvents

We are all still feeling the pinch of the pocket-book strings due to the economic downturn.  Even high-end fashion designers are realizing that the budgets of brides of years past do not compare to what is being spent now.  The latest designer to realize this dilemma and actually do something about it, is one of my favorites, Monique Lhuillier.  She has decided to add on two Bridesmaid dress lines – one being a higher-end line that will wholesale from $150 – around $400 and then a more economical-friendly line that will wholesale from $80 to $100.  The dresses are expected to make an appearance this fall.  I am so excited that her exquisite designs will now be available to a wider audience. 

Photo credit:  Luca Trovato

Earlier this year, Vera Wang together with David’s Bridal announced that she will be creating a budget line that will allow access of her designer gowns to a wider range of brides that would normally not have been able to afford a designer gown.  David’s Bridal will carry these gowns which will range from $600 to $1500 with the average dress coming in less than $1200.  This is a HUGE savings from her normal price range which is between $4,000 to upwards of $25,000. 


Vera Wang, spring 2010 bridal.

Photo Courtesy of Vera Wang

According to statistics from the wedding industry’s premier source, WE TV Network’s Wedding Report, 78% of brides spent less than $1,031 dollars for their dress in 2009. 16% spent between $1,031 and $2,062 dollars. Only 6% spent over $2,062 dollars and a fraction of those were able to purchase wedding dresses at the Wang or Lhuillier caliber.  With the new lines being launched, now more brides than ever will be able to afford a designer gown for her special day!

I know for me, I’m glad to know that others are trying to think outside of the box as it relates to costs associated with weddings and with huge designers like Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier stepping up, perhaps others will follow.

Happy Planning!



August 17, 2010

Best Wishes for Happiness always to Cherie and Michael!!!

Posted in Weddings at 2:40 pm by JBEvents


Best Wishes and Congratulations

Cherie and Michael


I’ve had the pleasure of working with Cherie over the last  8 months and assisted her with selection of her venue as well as many of her vendors.  The team pulled together to create the special day that Cherie had been dreaming of. 

Cherie selected very unique stationery for her invitation products.  The invitation was white with an orchid color flower embossed on the upper right side.  Platinum ink was used.  The Reception and the Response card were white with an orchid panel that had an etched white embossed flower and again the platinum ink was used.  The invitations were elegant with a modern edge while still being classic.  The stationery products came from a line that I represent, Carlson Craft.


The girls started their day in Cherie’s suite receiving hair and make-up services provided by none other than The Moore Agency.  Once finished, they put on their beautiful eggplant colored dresses from David’s Bridal.  Each of the attendants was able to select the style of dress that best fit her and the styles they chose were different and stunning.  To complete their look, the girls wore  various styles of gold strappy sandals. 


Cherie’s dress from Bride Beautiful was gorgeous.  There was beading all over the bodice with a soft tulle bottom that had lace appliqués all over.  Some of the beading created a cascading effect and was the perfect dress for Cherie.  She truly was a Beautiful Bride.


Pre-ceremony photos began at The Grand Hyatt ~ Buckhead.  Since the weather was so hot, humid and drizzly, we focused the Bridal photos inside taking advantage of the view of the waterfall as a stunning backdrop and then also one of the staircases that has a chandelier hanging overhead. 

The awesome team of Adrienne and Eric Delaforce of Delaforce Photographers captured what I’m sure will be stunning images of the day.  They were so much fun to work with and were fantastic of staying on schedule while getting all of the desired photos.  It’s very important for a client to feel comfortable with their photographer so that they are at ease in front of the camera.  That is certainly the case with Eric and Adrienne as they have a way of making everyone feel at ease so that the photos will reflect the beauty of the day. I can’t wait to see their images and of course I will share them with you!



The Groom, his groomsmen and family departed the hotel in a black limo from Cooper-Atlanta Transportation.  They were whisked away and taken to the church where their pre-ceremony photos began.  The girls were able to take a short break before their limo arrived to take them to the church. 

 Lincoln 120"

Guests staying at the hotel, boarded shuttles, also provided by Cooper-Atlanta Transportation, to take them to and from the ceremony. 

 Mini Bus

The ceremony was held at The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (formerly known as Sacred Heart Catholic Church).  This is one of the oldest churches in Atlanta and has some beautiful stained glass windows.  The couple chose to have a full mass for their wedding.  Since some of the wedding party was not catholic, this became a learning experience. Deacon Michael Balfour was so accommodating to explain the different components of the ceremony so that the wedding party felt more comfortable with all that would happen during the ceremony.


Once the ceremony was over, the guests boarded the shuttles back to the hotel where Cocktail Hour and the reception took place.

Josh Borden of Borden Design Group provided the florals for the event, which were just beautiful.  I loved the different flowers and colors that were used. It was refreshing to see the bright colors used in even the bouquets that created interest and looked wonderful with the bridesmaids eggplant dresses.  He also selected the linens, which were a boysenberry bichon from Tabletoppers.  The linen provided a base that made the colors of the flowers pop.  He created three different types of arrangements in varying sizes so that upon entering the room, your eyes would see a variety of designs – however, the same colors were used in each, which kept the look pulled together.  The largest arrangements were placed on a light pad that shown the light up through the glass vase with the submerged flowers and even seemed to make the arrangement on top somewhat glow. 


The wedding cake was provided by Celso’s Cakes.  The bride requested a cake in the design of her gown and to also bring her main color of purple in with the Monogram.  She provided a whimsical cake topper of a barefoot bride and groom that sat on the ledge of the top tier. 

Ted Crowder of Atlanta Bands and Dj’s kept the crowd on the dance floor throughout the evening.  The couple compiled a list of songs that they knew would get their crowd dancing and they were definitely correct about that. 

 As the evening came to a close, guests were treated to a chocolate chip cookie prepared as a favor for them and then they lined up to bid the couple farewell with a bubble fanfare.  The couple made their way through the throng of guests with bubbles everywhere to enter their awaiting “lift” to their honeymoon suite. 


I don’t think the bride or groom ever stopped smiling throughout the whole day and as they were ready to depart, they said that their day was everything they dreamed of because of our assistance.  Now hearing THAT – made my day!

Huge SHOUT OUT to my team for the event:  Jessica, Amanda and Liz.  Thanks for all of your hard work.

 It was a pleasure being a part of this awesome day and we wish Cherie and Michael a lifetime of happiness!!!

August 11, 2010

Part 2 of…And They Lived Happily Ever After…Britany and Sean

Posted in Weddings at 5:06 pm by JBEvents

I am so excited to be able to share a slideshow from a recent wedding compliments of the photographers, Hannah and Laura of The Motion Picture Company.  Hannah and Laura, along with the videographer, Daniel, captured some truly beautiful images of the wedding of Britany and Sean.  Since the wedding took place at one of the most incredible historic venues in town, The Georgian Terrace Hotel, the photographers were able to use many different areas throughout the hotel for the photos, which provided different and interesting backdrops to showcase the couple as well as the venue.  For brides that love staircases, those at the Georgian Terrace are awesome. 
Need to give a shout-out to the other vendors who helped to make the day a success:
The Moore Agency ~ Hair and Make-up

EventScapes, a division of CCP Events ~ Floral decor, lighting, chiavari chairs and linens

Spectrum Entertainment ~ Ceremony music and Reception Entertainment, custom Gobo

Peachtree Tents and Events ~ Dance Floor

Sugarplum Visions ~ Cake

Nottingham Shire Carriage for Hire ~ Horse and Carriage

Grab yourself a nice cold beverage, sit back and watch the show. 

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August 8, 2010

Lights, Camera, Action…..

Posted in Weddings at 11:28 am by JBEvents

Just wanted to share a link to a couple of videos from a previous wedding. Studio 25 Productions provided the video coverage of the day.  The first is a Trailer of the full wedding day video while the second is a Music video that the entire wedding party participated in throughout the wedding day. Each member of the wedding party was provided the words to the song, “Shook Me All Night Long” that they were strongly encouraged to learn the song.  During the events of the day, Studio 25 Productions  captured the group in various settings singing the song.  I think they did a super job of putting it all together.  Hope you enjoy!

The Trailer:  

 Rodney & Michelle's trailer from Studio 25 Productions on Vimeo
The Music Video: 

Michelle & Rodney's Wedding Day Music Video 3 from Studio 25 Productions on Vimeo



August 5, 2010

And They Lived Happily Ever After… Britany and Sean!

Posted in Weddings at 10:49 pm by JBEvents



The Georgian Terrace Hotel (taken from website)


A hot, sultry day in Atlanta was the backdrop for the wedding of Britany and Sean.  This adorable couple selected the historic, renovated venue of The Georgian Terrace Hotel for their nuptials.  The Grand Ballroom with its sophisticated elegant southern décor was used for both the ceremony and the reception. 



The Dress


 The day began with the Bride and her wedding party receiving hair and make-up services from the amazing folks at The Moore Agency.  As usual, they did a wonderful job and truly enhanced the beauty of all they touched.   


Bride with her dad and brothers


The photographers for the day were the talented Hannah and Laura from Motion Picture Company based in Tennessee.  The bride had experience with this company back when she was living in Tennessee and working with a special events company there.  With all of the many architectural aspects of The Georgian Terrace, the photographers along with their videographer, Daniel, captured what I’m sure will be stunning images.  I hope to follow up in the near future showcasing some of the images from their artful eye of the day!     




The Hanky resting on the dress



The Bridesmaids in their beautiful gowns


The couple decided to see each other before the ceremony – so we helped to create a very special “First Look”.  We placed Sean at the bottom of a staircase and had Britany descend the stairs as he watched.  For the very few of us witnessing this, it was indeed special.  From there, the photographers took the couple to various places within the hotel to capture more photos of the two of them before having the wedding party and family’s join back in.    


The First Look


The ceremony décor was breathtaking.  A custom aisle runner was created for the day that had the message “And they lived happily ever after” with their monogram and wedding date all in a silver glittery print.  Down the aisle was a lush treatment of candles enclosed in varying heights of glass containers and rose petals.  The talented team at EventScapes, a division of CCP Events, provided the décor.   The silver chiavari chairs each had a silver organza chair tie, which created a very polished look.  The stage was covered in an ivory carpet, which gave a more formal feel than the normal black stage top.  Centering the stage were a pair of 7’ tall white fluted columns.  There were each draped to the floor with a light silver sheer fabric.  Sitting atop the columns were arrangements that contained roses, dedrobium orchids, hydrangea and gardenias.  There was a pair of smaller pedestals placed in front and just outside of the large columns.  The pedestals closest to the large columns contained a mirrored top and a glass container with a layer of rose petals and a pillar candle.  The other two pedestals were used for the Unity Candle and the Communion table.     






When the ceremony ended, guests retreated to the Piedmont Foyer where a pianist playing classical music, as well as Hors D’oeuvres and beverages for Cocktail Hour greeted them.     

During this time, the venue, florist and my staff were busy transitioning the room for the dinner and dancing to follow.  Various sizes of tables were used as well as these super cool white soft sets creating a lounge feel.  The linens were a combination of blush faille and silver crinkle taffeta.  There were several different centerpieces created.  Some were large silver candelabras with crystals dripping off of them, while others were smaller candelabras also with dripping crystals.  The highboy tables scattered about the room had a silver candlestick.  Each of the candelabras was topped with a rounded arrangement of flowers including hydrangea, blush Avalanche roses, and white dendrobium orchid sprays having a cascading effect.         








VIP Seating on Stage


  Instead of a traditional Guest Book, the couple used a vase, which was partially filled with mirror/glass confetti, and then guests were to fill out one of several versions of a Well Wish note card for the couple.  They had suggestive topics such as:  The thing I enjoyed most about this wedding was, My marriage advice for Britany and Sean, Your Favorite Memory of Britany or Sean, or My wish for Britany and Sean.  The cards were made of a silver scalloped mat with a white card for the message to be written and then one of several “wedding” décor 3D designs on the bottom corner and there was a metallic light silver ribbon tied at the top.  Guests seemed to have fun deciding what type of message to leave for the couple.        

Peachtree Tents and Events provided the solid white dance floor, which added to the overall look of the room with the whites, silvers and blush/pinks.   The dance floor certainly got a workout during the evening as Hans from Spectrum-Entertainment kept the party going.  Spectrum-Entertainment also provided the custom Gobo that was shown on the dance floor.  Spectrum-Entertainment also provided two 42″ screen monitors where a slideshow of some of the day’s photo shoot played throughout the reception.  


SugarPlum Visions provided the beautiful and tasty cake.  The four-tier, square cake featured silver ribbon surrounding each layer with a brooch centered on each later.  Between each layer, EventScapes, placed hydrangea and roses so that it appeared the layers of the cake were floating on the flowers.  The cake flavors included white chocolate almond and red velvet.  Judging from how quickly the cake disappeared, I would have to say it was a huge hit.      Another hit of the evening were the personalized Cigars (as well as personalized match packs).  We placed a silver tray with the cigars and matches on one end of the bar and on the other was a wooden humidor with additional cigars.  The guests had nice time lighting up out on the terrace overlooking Ponce de Leon.    

    Like a princess greeting her on-lookers, Britany appeared on the Balcony in the Ballroom to toss her bouquet to the throngs of single ladies in attendance.  Sean took a little more subtle approach for the Garter toss and just remained on the dance floor while surrounded by his closest single guy friends.     

 As guests were asked to get ready for the couple to depart, they exited the ballroom and were treated to personalized water bottles as favors and then led to the front entrance to bid farewell to the happy couple under a canopy of a sparkler fanfare.  As Britany and Sean made their way through the sparklers, they got aboard a carriage from Nottingham Shire and were treated to a ride around the area from the beautiful equine, Angel.  It was such a storybook departure!    



The couple decided to go out for a very special meal after all of the festivities were over, so the wonderful folks at Cooper-Atlanta, whisked the couple away for their first meal together as husband and wife.      

Limo from Cooper-Atlanta (photo from website)


The JBEvents Team worked extremely hard to guarantee that the day flowed smoothly and that the couple and their families enjoyed the event as the rest of their guests certainly did.  Thank you to my event team of Allison, Kellie and Caroline for your unending hard work!  



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