June 24, 2011

Everything is coming up Roses!!!

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Nothing like a hot day in Atlanta in June for an outdoor wedding, but thanks to the Atlanta Botanical Garden providing a refreshing citrus water station and the bride providing ceremony program’s in the shape of a hand fan – the guests were able to handle the heat.

Sarah and Jordan selected a color palette of Navy and Yellow with touches of white, purple and peach. 

Sarah’s gorgeous gown was a creation by Claire Pettibone and was purchased from Kelly’s Closet.  The dress was stunning and was a sheath of lace that had a vintage feel with accents of crystal brooches in the front center, shoulders and back.  The gown was ivory with touches of gold in some of the lace floral appliqués.  The gown had an illusion back with keyhole openings. 

Jennifer and Heidi from Formal Faces provided a beautiful hairstyle that was perfect for the hot summer day.  Sarah’s hair was pulled back at the nape and was fashioned in an intricate bun. 

The bridesmaids were able to select a style of dress that complimented their personal style and the outcome was wonderful.  The dresses were from Ann Taylor and were in navy.  The girls also choose their own shoes. 

The gentlemen wore gray tuxedos from MW Tux.  They were such a nice compliment to the girls’ attire, and the men all looked handsome.

Rich and Dawn Larsen of Creative Events by Sunflowers provided the gorgeous floral.  The ceremony aisle was lined with free-standing urns holding arrangements that would later be used on the guest tables.  The altar area was created using various stands and containers of petals.  The reception offered various designs.  The tall centerpieces were just stunning and consisted of a clear glass vase with single blossoms strung to hand within the vase and a lush arrangement on top.  The low centerpieces were equally lovely and contained the same beautiful flowers in the color palette of the day.

Shari Zellers of Shari Zellers Photography and her staff created what I know will be amazing photos.  Being the dedicated and true professional that she is, Shari made multiple visits to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to scout out just the perfect spots for photos.  She experimented with one particular shot that was taken later in the evening with delayed exposure and just judging from the image she showed me just after taking it this is going to be one awesome portrait. 

Nick Crowder of Atlanta Band’s and DJ’s provided the ceremony as well as the reception music.  The bride selected Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings as the music for the ceremony and I must say – it was a very nice change from what we typically hear!!

Guests were invited into the Parterre Gardens for Cocktail Hour where they were met by servers from Bold American Catering offering delicious varieties of hors d’oeuvres.  When Bold American Catering is involved, you can rest assured that the service AND the food will be impeccable!!  I love the Parterre Garden since at the center is the magnificent Chihuly sculpture positioned on the fountain. 

While enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the guests were invited to sign a fabric square which will be made into a quilt for the couple to have forever.  The mother of the bride not only prepared the squares of fabric for the guests to sign, but to further enhance the look of the table, she provided “quilt” fabric to cover the table.

The couple had their first dance to Pearl Jam’s live version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You”. 

Guests were treated to an option of a chicken or salmon entrée with appropriate delicious side dishes as accompaniments. 

The bride’s and groom’s cakes were provided by Caryn’s Cakes.  The bride selected a 3 tiered round cake covered in ivory with graphics of abstract style flowers in Navy as accents.  While the groom’s cake was a tribute to his alma mater, Georgia Tech, and was a football field design with accents of the Tech tower, the Ramblin Wreck and Buzz. 

The guests were perhaps on a sugar overload by the end of the reception because there was a candy bar in a Hansel and Gretel theme.  A variety of candy was presented in various containers placed on a green linen that we had fashioned a stair-step path up to the witch’s house.  White bags were provided so that guests could create a goodie bag to go! (Although many of them enjoyed the treats right then and there!)

The couple departed amidst bubbles as they made their way to their vehicle and drove away starting their new life together.

As usual, my team was on top of everything little detail to make sure that we produced another flawless event.

We wish a lifetime of Happiness to Sarah and Jordan!  Thank you for allowing us to be a special part of your day.

 

 

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June 18, 2011

Springtime Happiness for Erin and Taylor!

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A beautiful spring day was the backdrop for the wedding of Erin and Taylor and the beautiful St. Regis hotel was the host hotel. 

Julie and Courtney of Formal Faces arrived at the St. Regis to work their magic on the bridal party.  The bride choose a beautiful style of a modified bun which looked wonderful with the veil she wore and then later a birdcage veil.

Her dress was a Martina Leona from one of my favorite Bridal Salons, La Raines Boutique.  She looked like a princess in the gown.  Her bridesmaids wore stunning styles in coral with an ivory sash from Bella Bridesmaid.  The Jr. bridesmaids wore similar styles but in an eggplant color. 

We must also say that the guys were very handsome in their tuxes from Savvi formalwear.

Adding an element of fun to the day was the transportation for the wedding party and guests.  Glenn from The Atlanta Trolley gave our group some wonderful moments not to mention photo ops with the old Trolley. 

The ceremony was held at Northside United Methodist Church in Buckhead with reception following at Capital City Club ~ Brookhaven.

Foxgloves and Ivy provided the gorgeous floral designs.  The bride just beamed when she first saw her bouquet.  The peonies were just perfect!!

The florals at the Club were breathtaking.  The Estate Table included tall white candelabra with draping crystals.  They certainly made a statement.  The guest tables had various other floral designs both tall and short centerpieces.

The tables were graced with luscious linens from Chair Covers and Linens.  As many times as I have worked at Capital City Club ~ Brookhaven, I don’t think I have ever seen the place look as beautiful.  Even staff members were overheard commenting on how amazing the room looked.  The guest tables were covered with a silver pintuck linen.  Coral napkins were used which provided a nice contrast.  On the large, covered Terrace, the cocktail tables and highboys were covered in coral linens which certainly was an appropriate color for spring.  The cake table had an amazing special linen that was a textured sheer placed over a coral underlay. 

Each place setting was individually labeled with hand calligraphied cards from Maren Nicholas.  Each place setting also had an adorable small, white sparkly terracotta type planter with a Peach Pie Pop blooming from it.  This was such a cute idea.  The Peach Pie Pop was in the shape of a flower – so it was like each guest had their own blooming treat.  

Fruitwood Chiavari Chairs were rented from Event Rentals Unlimited which added just the right touch to the look of the ballroom.

The bride and groom’s seats at the Estate Table had wooden signs hanging that said Mr.  and Mrs.  I loved this detail.

Frank and Wendy Gibson were the photographers for the event and they were busy taking  gorgeous images of the day.  Judging from the sneak peek of some photos that are on their blog – they certainly captured the beauty of the couple and their day.

The wedding cake which was an original creation from the genius Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes was not only fabulous but also delicious!!!  The cake was 5 tiers and had clusters of sugar-paste flowers placed asymmetrically on the front side of the cake.  It truly was a work of art.

The Flavor Band kept the crowd on the dance floor all night.  Their mix of music included something for everyone.

We also had a cigar area.  The lower Terrace proved to be the perfect place for the humidor to be displayed while Tommy Bahama ashtrays collected the ashes.  This was a popular place throughout the event.

When the time came for the party to end, the guests gathered to toss rose petals on the newly married couple as they escaped to a lovely limo provided by Atlantic Limousine that was waiting to whisk them away to begin their new life together.

We were so pleased to work with this family on the amazing wedding and we wish happiness to last forever for Erin and Taylor.

 

June 4, 2011

She Said YES to more than just the Dress!!

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What a great couple!  You can’t help but smile when you look at these 2. 

The day began with Ryan and Tarra from The Moore Agency providing hair and make-up services for the crew.  As always, they did a wonderful job and had the bridal party looking just beautiful. 

Nita had been featured on the TLC show, “Say Yes to the Dress” and I would have to say, she made an excellent selection.  The dress she chose was a Lazaro fit n flare design with a slight sweetheart neckline and asymmetrical ruffles starting just below the hips.  The dress also had a champagne sash with a side-bow.

She wore different accessories for the ceremony and reception – both of which looked fabulous with the dress.  For the ceremony, she wore a three-strand of pearls, while for the reception; she changed to a more modern chunky necklace that paired well for the party.

The bridesmaids wore short eggplant colored dresses by Jim Hjelm.  The bouquets which contained pink peonies really stood out against the dresses. The four young greeters wore hot pink dresses. 

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was the site for the traditional Filipino ceremony led by Father Mario Lopez.

The wedding party departed the church after the ceremony in a Trolley and made a few photo stops along the way with one being the Woodruff Arts Center, before arriving at the reception location of The Ritz-Carlton ~ Buckhead.

Capturing the images of the day were Chris and Allie of The Reason photography.

My staff videographer was also capturing the memories of the day and I’m sure the end result will be one that the couple looks back on years from now and will be able to relive the emotions of the day.

As guests arrived at the Ritz-Carlton ~ Buckhead, there were greeted with delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages which included the signature drink of a White Sangria.  A video montage provided entertainment for the guests while they enjoyed Cocktail Hour.

Once guests were invited into the Ballroom, they entered to see yet another vision of beauty.  The 17 tables held two different types of floral centerpieces designed by Flowers From Us.  The tall arrangements consisted of a clear vase with a submerged stem of orchids while a lush arrangement in various shades of pinks, purples and greens with crystal beads draped around graced the top of the vase.  The other tables had a variety of different sized clear vases each with monochromatic stems of flowers for a very interesting display.

The wedding party had a great time as they strutted their stuff while being introduced – but not to be upstaged, the bride and groom entered and proceeded to have their first dance, which they choreographed to the wonderful jazz standard, At Last by Etta James.  The groom had confessed he didn’t sleep the night before because he was worrying about the dance – but judging from the sidelines, I would give them a 10!

DJ Ryan from Spectrum Entertainment kept the crowd entertained throughout the event.  I think that all of the guests were more than ready to begin dancing by the time dinner was complete.  Spectrum also provided the ambient lighting and the gobo that was projected onto the dance floor.

McEntyre’s bakery provided the round 5 tiered cake that was embellished with a French scroll design on each tier while a cluster of peonies graced the top of the cake. 

When it came time for toasts, the Best Man, long time friend of the groom and the Maid of Honor, youngest sister of the Bride reveled the crowd with amusing anecdotes.

One of the very fun and popular aspects of the evening was the Photo Booth supplied by the photographers.  The couple provided some of the props which included small chalkboards, fake mustaches, hats, glasses and various other fun items. 

Towards the end of the evening, guests were treated to a late night snack of sliders and fries.  It was a total hit! 

When it came time for the party to end, guests were invited to wish the couple farewell with a bubble fanfare.  One of the sweetest moments of the day came during the few minutes while the bride and groom were hanging out in the ballroom after the guests had left to get ready for the bubble fanfare, and the DJ started playing a song and the two of them just started dancing.  It was completely unscripted and very touching.

We are so happy to have been a part of this celebration, and making it even more special to us, was this was the second wedding for this family that we had the pleasure of coordinating!!! 

Wishing happiness always to Nita and James!!

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