July 20, 2011

Southern Summer Wedding of Pamela and Brian

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:59 pm by JBEvents

The day began slightly unusual for the middle of July in Atlanta – but the temps were in the low to mid 80’s ~ A welcome respite from the oppressive heat we had been dealing with.

Pamela and Brian selected the beautiful Georgian Terrace Hotel to host their nuptials. 

Beginning before sunrise, the ladies were having their hair and make-up services.  The personal stylist of the bride, Deborah, and her assistant created the hairstyles for all of the bridal party.  Pamela wore her blonde tresses up in a sculptured bun which worked perfectly with her finger tip veil.  Jennifer from Formal Faces provided the exquisite make-up application.  The girls were all picture perfect after receiving their services.

Pamela’s dress was from the Platinum collection by Priscilla of Boston.  The dress was gorgeous.  Heavily beaded on the bodice as well as detailed down the back.

 Pamela chose an awesome pair of shoes for her attire.  They were Kate Spade hot pink multi-colored sparkle glitter heels with a bow.  On the bottom of the shoes, Pamela had attached blue rhinestone stickers that said “I Do”.

The accessories that the bride selected to complete her wedding day ensemble were just perfect.  She wore a cuff bracelet, a tear-drop shaped pendant and dangle earrings. 

The bridesmaids wore Victorian lilac gowns.  They had a slight sweetheart neckline and were strapless.  The bodice was sort of pleated which gathered at the waist where a floral accoutrement made from the same fabric was attached.  The gathers then floated down the front of the dress.

The gentleman looked handsome in their Black Tuxedos with white pleated shirts and black bow ties from MW Tux

Brandy of Brandelyn Lee Photography and her assistant Chris were busy capturing the images of the couple throughout the day.  One thing is for sure, when you are at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, you have so many options of interesting backdrops and areas for photos.  The staircases, the balconies, the lobby are just a few of the popular photo spots.  Brandy took the wedding party in many of the popular areas and then took the Bride and Groom outside for some fun photos on Peachtree Street with The Fox Theatre in the background.  I am a sucker for traditions, and the bride’s sister had a family photo taken on a staircase for her wedding several years ago, and so they re-created a new version of the family photograph with Pamela in the starring role of the Bride.

The florals for the wedding were provided by Blueberry Spring.  Ivories, whites and lilacs were the predominant colors.

The ceremony was held in the Piedmont Ballroom.  Rich from Axtell Entertainment & Productions provided the violinist and harpist for the ceremony.  The family selected a variety of music for the prelude to include some old jazz standards as well as the theme from Beauty and the Beast.

Jeremiah O’Keefe-West presided over the ceremony and in his usual manner, had the couple feeling relaxed during the exchange of vows.

As guests left the ceremony, they were greeted by servers with various hors d’oeuvres and an option of champagne or Bellini’s.  The keyboardist from the band played the Baby Grand piano while guests mingled and enjoyed the passed hors d’oeuvres.

Once the time arrived for the guests to be seated for lunch, they were invited to make their way to the Escort Card table to pick up their table assignment and then enter into the beautiful Grand Ballroom.  As guests found their seats, they were able to enjoy the music of the band while waiting on the Bride and Groom to enter.

Upon making their entrance, the Bride and Groom danced their first dance as husband and wife to On A Night Like This by Dave Barnes.  Her father then danced with her to My Girl – so appropriate.  The groom and his mom then took the dance floor and danced to In My Life by the Beatles. 

Tamara of I Do Linens provided the luscious linens.  Since the bride wanted to incorporate pink into the palette, ½ of the tables had pink satin linens while the other tables had ivory linens.  To further create visual interest, the pink tables had ivory napkins and chair ties and the ivory linens had “wisteria” napkins and chair ties.  The Head Table had a custom ivory linen that was textured and was so elegant.  The Bride’s Cake Table was covered in custom couture linen that resembled a ballerina tutu.  The fitted top was edged with rhinestone beading.  It was absolutely stunning!!!

The Moxie Band provided the entertainment for the reception.  They have such a great sound and the way they interact with the audience keeps it lively for all.  The guests enjoyed dancing all afternoon.

The Bride and Groom’s cakes were provided by Jeff of Frosted Pumpkin.  The bride’s cake was a four-tier ivory with a scattered pearl design.  The Groom’s cake was a chocolate two-tiered cake with a Brave’s logo on the top and chocolate covered and drizzled strawberries around the layers.

To enhance the look of the place settings, the clients rented Clear glass chargers with gold beading as well as Windsor flatware from Event Rentals Unlimited.  They also rented gold Chiavari chairs from Event Rentals Unlimited. The ballroom truly looked elegant!!

For an extra-special touch, the clients rented a white dance floor – also from Event Rentals Unlimited

To add a real Atlanta flavor to the event, The Varsity provided their famous fried peach pies.  As guests left the event, they were treated to a pie and a cold carton of milk.  A very sweet ending to a wonderful day.

The couple made their departure through bubbles into a waiting 1947 Rolls Royce from Atlantic Limousine and Transportation. They were then whisked away to the Ritz-Carlton ~ Buckhead for their wedding night.  After a few hours to rest, they met up with many of their guests and partied until late in the evening.  As the special day came to a close, I’m sure everyone was reflecting on what a fabulous wedding celebration they had witnessed.

The JBEvents team was pleased to be involved with producing the wedding for this wonderful family and we wish a lifetime of happiness to Pamela and Brian.




July 12, 2011

Fairy Tales Do Come True….for Kellie and James

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:36 pm by JBEvents

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful five-year old little girl who asked her mom to pray with her for a man.  Always wanting what was best for her precious little girl, she went in her room and together they prayed that God would send the RIGHT man into her life.

Now while she may have started at a young age to look for her Prince Charming, she trusted in her faith instead of rushing to make a decision that wouldn’t have been the right one.

Many years later, she would meet James, and from early on in the relationship, she just had a feeling that he was THE ONE!

On a trip to South Beach, James popped the question and Kellie said YES!!!

Shortly thereafter we began planning her wedding.  Now, all of my clients are very special to me, but Kellie has a special place in my heart, because she is one of my associates. 

She chose as her wedding theme, Rustic Chic.  The venue, Summerour, was just perfect to carry out that theme. Not only the surroundings but the fact that Summerour provides Farm Tables which was exactly what Kellie had wanted to create that warm family atmosphere.  To keep the design of the room  interesting, we mixed round guest tables with the Farm Tables and the overall look was perfect. 

This was one of those weddings where DIY meets superb Vendors to incorporate the elements to create her vision.  And what a beautiful vision it was.

One thing you notice immediately upon meeting Kellie besides her beauty is that she is extremely personable and down-to-earth.  She is non-assuming and has a way of just melting your heart while wanting to go out of your way to make her day special. All of the vendors that worked with Kellie wanted to do everything possible to not only provide exceptional service and products, but offered ideas and suggestions so that we were able to maintain her budget.

Once the venue was set, we began work on selecting the Caterer.  With so many excellent options in Atlanta, this was one hard decision, but she decided upon A Divine Event.  She chose a delicious menu beginning with passed Hors D’oeuvres such as Buffalo Chicken Springrolls served in a Shot Glass in Maytag Sauce with a Carrot and Celery and Jalapeno Pimento Cheese atop a cucumber.  Because she wanted guests to feel comfortable and relaxed, she opted for a buffet that consisted of a Baby Bleu Salad, Grilled Asparagus, Melted Cherry tomatoes, Gemelli pasta with wild mushrooms and garlic in truffle oil, Parmesan crusted chicken with artichokes, wild mushrooms in a lemon cream sauce and Bourbon Peppercorn Marinated Flank Steak with Horseradish Dijon and Herbed Mayo.  Guests were indeed delighted with the menu selections.

Steve Moore of The Moore Agency provided the hairstyles for Kellie and her attendants and Scobbie West provided the make-up.  Everyone looked just beautiful.

Kellie selected her Mori Lee designed dress from New Natalies which is where her bridesmaids also selected their dresses.  Kellie’s dress was silk with beading detail at the waist and had a chapel length train.  Kellie’s grandmother made her birdcage veil – which looked stunning on her.  The bridesmaids selected their own style of dress in a silvery blue color.

The men were handsome in their Black tuxes from Savvi.

Paperlily Photography were the photographers for the event.  One of the owners, Brooke Drellos, was actually an attendant in the wedding, so she did put down the camera and assume the role of Bridesmaid after many of the “detail” shots were taken – leaving the rest of the coverage to her partner, Christy and assistant, Shannon.  Of course, the photos you will see below were taken by us.  I hope to post some of the professional photos soon as some of my images don’t properly show the decor and space.

Wade Bailey Designs provided the floral décor, which was stunning.  Kellie loves Red Gerbera Daisy’s, so that was the main focus but to add more texture and interest, succulents and Dusty Miller was used in the bouquets.  Wade worked wonders with Kellie’s vision of the Rustic Chic look.  Kellie purchased some Birch “vases” and at a gathering of her attendants for her DIY projects, they carved a heart with K + J in them.  Adorable!   Among other décor items, Kellie purchased 4 large lanterns which contained 3 varying heights of pillar candles and provided a very interesting look for those tables.  Other tables had various types of centerpieces with the focus on the Red Gerbera daisy’s but with other natural elements mixed in.  The Head Table had a variety of different wine glasses with votive candles as well as large glass cylinder vases with branches along with other floral arrangements with the birch vases. 

The ceremony area, which took place at the base of a Grand Staircase, was flanked by 2 tall arrangements and an amazing handcrafted chandelier.  Kellie had the vision of having a chandelier hanging above she and James as they took their vows, and Wade created this chandelier that was unique, rustic and just perfect. 

Kellie and James wrote their own vows which were truly from the heart.  Instead of just repeating vows, they spoke of what each meant to the other and how finding each other was meant to be.  This was such a personal and touching part and I dare say there weren’t many dry eyes in the crowd.

The Escort Card table and the Guest Book Table had moss runners down the center with an antique white birdcage for guests to place cards in along with more various wine glasses and glass containers with candles.  The Escort Cards were held by wine corks.

Event Rentals Unlimited provided sheer ivory drapery which separated the ceremony area from the reception area.  The drapery created a nice soft divider during the ceremony and then was tied back to create openings to the dinner area.

During Cocktail Hour out on the stone terrace, guests mingled with hors d’oeuvres and beverages while taking turns playing Corn Hole and Bocce Ball. Kellie’s uncle provided his craftsmanship by supplying a wooden post which he attached old-timey directional signs to indicate the Cocktail Hour location as well as for the Corn Hole and Bocce Ball areas.  He also installed lights over the dance floor – again to fulfill Kellie’s vision.

The couple created a specialty drink for the evening which they called An Atlanta-rita.  It was a huge hit. 

Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, Kellie decided to have some of her favorite cupcakes from Lenox Cupcakes.  She selected Peanut Butter Chocolate, Red Velvet and Lemon Drop as the flavors.  YUM! The cake table held photos of the couples parents and grandparents and was such a nice tribute.

The C. Scott Moody band provided the entertainment for the evening.  Guests certainly enjoyed the very specific play-list of the couple and kept the dance floor filled all night.

The Atlanta Trolley provided transportation for the Wedding Party and the guests.  What a fun and unique way that had to travel from their hotel to the venue and back.  At the end of the evening, Kellie and James departed through a sparkler sendoff and then hopped on the Trolley to ride with their guests back to the hotel.  From what I’ve heard, the party kept on going until the wee hours of the night.

Keeping with the wine theme that was prevalent in many of the touches, Kellie and James spent their honeymoon in Napa Valley touring wineries and also taking time to relax with some spa treatments.

The JBEvents team was so pleased to create this fantastic event for our very own Kellie and we wish her and James a lifetime of happiness as they begin their new life together!!!!


July 1, 2011

By Invitation Only…Event for Planners

Posted in Other Events tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:01 pm by JBEvents


Event Planners







was so excited to be a part of this event.  Together with many awesome vendors, we created an evening that inspired and delighted those in attendance. 

Kori Smith contacted me several months ago to ask if I would partner with her to plan this special event. She had a vision of providing a unique event for Event Planners that would allow them to feel pampered and appreciated.  I gladly accepted and immediately began making plans and working with other partnering vendors to create what ended up being an awesome  By Invitation Only event.

Special thanks go to Julie Bilecky and the staff at Villa Christina for working with me to create a scrumptious menu and to Danny Wilson of The Savage Garden whose creative genius designed stunning and unique décor and to Tamara Gollob of I Do Linens who provided the gorgeous linens and to the amazing Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes who designed and created the most spectacular cake that was not only beautiful but oh, so delicious!!!

Other vendors that lent their helping hand to make this event a success were:


Event Rentals Unlimited

Quest Drapery


Sugarcoated Radical

SoulPhonics & Ruby Velle

Sensational Baskets

Fonix Entertainment

Anna Bellagio

In the Moment Photographs

BLEND Parfume

Each of these vendors provided various components for the event as well as presenting their company in a Vendor Room where Guests could mix and mingle to learn about each of the sponsors. 

And special thanks goes to Lacy Branch, of Lacy Branch Events in St. Louis, Missouri, our guest speaker who gave an excellent presentation that was informative, interesting and humorous.

As the guests arrived, they were treated to our signature drink for the evening – which was a Makeover-tini – a creation by the Bartender of Villa Christina.  It was a citrusy mix that reminded me of an Orange dreamsicle.  Delicious hors d’oeuvres were passed as guests mingled while meeting vendors who had set-up their displays in the Bridgeview Room. 

After the Cocktail Hour, guests were invited into the main Ballroom where they entered a transformed space that was elegant, edgy, and colorful.  It was truly a sight to behold.  I selected a color palette of hot citrus colors to welcome the beginning of Summer.  I was so proud to see all of the planning and designing come together and was so pleased with the outcome.

After a few opening comments, guests were served an International Tapas Plate consisting of Thai Beef Salad in a Cucumber Cup, Roma Tomato Stuffed with Creamy Crab Salad, Cheese and Pimento Stuffed Crisp Pea Pod and Chicken Salad Stuffed Sweet Pepper Roulade.

The main entrée was a Teriyaki Glazed Boneless Breast of Chicken served over a Korean Glass Noodle Salad with a side of Tempura Battered Garden Fresh Vegetables which were drizzled with a Remoulade Sauce.

Keeping the guests entertained throughout the event was SoulPhonics with Ruby Velle.  A high energy band that has been Grammy nominated.

To add to the fun of the evening, 5 guests were randomly selected to receive a mini-makeover, compliments of the Stylist Kori Smith team while the rest of the guests competed in a Table Decorating contest which proved to be not only a fun activity but a great team-building exercise.  The results were much more than we had ever anticipated and these folks truly showed their creative side and perhaps one of the biggest reasons they are in the profession they are due to their quickness and creativeness which comes into play so often!! Each of the 6 teams had the same basic supplies to work with and what resulted were 6 completely different designs, each one being amazing and actually beautiful – which was definitely not the expected outcome! 

As the competition ended and the make-overs made their way back into the room to model their changes, guests were served the delicious cake.  Three different flavors were provided, a Lemon with Raspberry filling, Italian Cream Cake and an Amaretto with Chocolate Ganache.  Guests were also invited to visit the Chocolate Bar provided by Sugarcoated Radical where they were greeted with a selection of interesting infused flavors of chocolates presented to uniquely on a piece of board with various shelves and containers that was attached to a vintage bike.  Certainly not your ordinary candy buffet.

Lacy Branch judged the Table Decorating contest and selected the design of the team that she felt best used the items in a creative way.  The winning team used oranges as candle holders as just one of the creative details of their design. 

Each guest received a Swag Bag full of wonderful items supplied by the vendors involved and was definitely a huge hit. The bag was filled with wonderful surprises such as jewelry from Anna Bellagio, chocolates from SugarCoated Radical, handmade note pads from In The Moment Photographs, Perfume sample from BLEND Parfume, Note Pad and Pen from Janice Blackmon Events, Hair products from Joico provided by Kori Smith as well as nail polish and other hair products.

Thanks again to Kori and all of the other vendors that worked together to make this a huge success!  I’m honored to have been a part of it.

The following gallery of photos show all of the details of the event.  The photos are not in any specific order, but I hope you will sit back and enjoy viewing the beauty and fun of the special evening for Event Planners.



Photo Credits:  In The Moment Photographs and Janice Blackmon Events


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