November 28, 2011

Mazel Tov Shelby!!!

Posted in Other Events tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:08 am by JBEvents

Shelby loves New York City, so it seemed only fitting for her Bat Mitzvah to have a New York City Theme for her Extravaganza!

The first order of business was to select a venue that would enhance a New York City feel and immediately The W Hotel ~ Midtown came to mind.  We secured Altitude {the ballroom on the 27th floor} as the venue.  Since the room offers views of the city on both sides of the ballroom, that would lend to the feel of the Big Apple. 

Working with the extremely talented, JWilbur of EventScapes, a division of CCP Events, the decor was devised in meeting with Shelby’s New York City theme.  Wilbur offered wonderful suggestions for bringing the city design into the room.  There were two large gobo’s that shown on the back walls depicting famous landmarks such as The Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline.  Each table on the adult side of the room was covered in the hotel’s standard black spandex linen and topped with a luxurious silver overlay.  The centerpiece consisted of a square base filled with flowers out of which came a street sign indicating famous cross-streets in NYC.  Shelby determined some of her favorite locations in the city and those became the table names for the adults.

On the “kids” side of the room, the look was more of a club feel, with lounge seating, a few cocktail rounds with seats and a few highboy tables.  These were treated with the hotels black spandex linens and topped with hot pink overlays.  Cube vases filled with hot pink roses enhanced the look of these tables.  To fully show the NYC theme, Wilbur created a large sign that had the name of the event:  “Shelby’s New York City Extravaganza” complete with the New York city skyline and more of the famous landmarks.  The sign was outlined in lights and enhanced with swags of fabric to create a stunning focal point.

As with most Mitzvah’s, the party began with the kid’s having some time partying without the adults present.  They were feasting on yummy hors d’oeuvres such as fried cheese, mini pizzas, and pigs in a blanket.  Meanwhile, the adults were not being left out.  They were having an adult-only cocktail party on the 2nd floor of the hotel in the area called Away.  It’s a semi-private area that worked perfectly for the purpose of a cocktail hour. 

At the appointed time, the adults were whisked away and delivered to the celebration which was already in full swing.  As the guests exited the scenic glass elevator, they found their table assignment cards on a lighted round table which was centered with a tall decor piece that held a rotating Yellow Taxi Cab adorned with Shelby’s name.  The table assignment cards were replica’s of New York City Metro (subway) cards.  Robyn Feinberg of RSVP provided the stationery products for the event and as always did a superb job!

The family entered the event in grand fashion.  Once Shelby was announced and the whole family was front and center, a long-time family friend offered the Motzi.

Dinner for the adults consisted of a dual entrée of a beef filet and salmon or for those wishing for a more vegetarian option, salmon and pasta. The kids feasted on chicken fingers, mac & cheese, salad, and other tasty goodies.

To add a fun twist to the desserts, both the adults and kids were offered a dessert display that would provide options to tempt every tastebud.  And what would a New York City themed event be without Black and White cookies?

To keep the fun going throughout the night, the incredible team from Vibe provided the entertainment.  These guys definitely know how to throw a fun party — not just for the kids but for the adults as well. 

Jenni Girtman was the photographer of record for the event capturing all of the fun times.  She also provided a Photo Booth station where guests could select various New York City backgrounds for their GreenScreen photos.  Kids and adults had such fun trying out all of the props AND the different backgrounds.

Can you ever have enough sugar at an event? We didn’t think so, so we provided a Candy Bar.  Shelby selected her favorite types of candy which included, Malted Milk Balls, M&M’s, Skittles, Mike&Ike’s, and Sour Patch Kids.  We provided the complete set-up including the custom labels for the containers in keeping with the color and theme of the event. 

As the time came for the guests to depart, they were treated with adorable and functional favors of PJ bottoms which also were emblazoned with the logo of the event. There were a HUGE hit!!! (I think the adults were sad that they didn’t get a pair).

Judging by the smiles from everyone as they left, this was another fabulous and FLAWLESS event and we were so pleased to be a part of it!!!

To see more photos (taken by JBEvents) from the event, please enjoy the slideshow below!

 

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Janice Blackmon Events is an event planning company offering many levels of service to assist clients in the best possible way for their event.  Don’t leave your celebration in the hands of someone less capable, contact Janice Blackmon Events today and enjoy the feel of planning a flawless and stressfree event!

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November 14, 2011

Happily Ever After: a Fairytale Event at {three}sheets

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:40 am by JBEvents

For many years, I have wanted to produce an event that would be geared towards brides/engaged couples but wouldn’t be like the many Bridal Shows that are prevalent.  What I wanted was to showcase gorgeous gowns, and present some favorite vendors in a really cool venue.  I finally had that opportunity!!!!!

Several months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Wendy who is the Marketing and Public Relations Manager at {three}sheets, an upscale night club located in Sandy Springs.  During our tour of the venue, which can host private events of all kinds, she mentioned that during the summer they would be hosting “Fashion Friday’s” and that as a part of that series, she would love to have a bridal portion.  Well that was indeed music to my ears.  Since I loved the venue, and this would fulfill my desire to offer something different than a traditional bridal show, I immediately spoke up and said I would love to partner with {three}sheets on this endeavor.  Due to scheduling conflicts AND my desire to present new designs, we finally settled on the date of Friday, October 21st!

With the date set, I began to enlist the assistance of some of my favorite vendors. 

The dress designer was one that I didn’t even have to think a second about, and I was so pleased and honored that Atlanta’s own, Anne Barge, agreed to provide her amazing new designs to show at the event.  The fun part was selecting the gowns at her salon.  While I would have loved to select every single gown she had, we knew that to keep the interest of those attending, we needed to limit our selections and showcase a variety of styles that would suit every taste. 

The next vendor that I got involved early on was none other than Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes.  I knew that showcasing his designs AND his amazing product would be a huge hit to everyone in attendance – whether they were engaged or not.  He did not disappoint.  He provided a beautiful contemporary cake in the colors accenting the venue, black, white and red.  Guests were provided a selection of varieties to enjoy including, chocolate with chocolate ganache, Italian Cream, Vanilla, and a seasonal flavor of Cinnamon Apple. 

Knowing that men would be in the attending audience, we certainly didn’t want to leave them out, so Guffey’s menswear provided tuxedos to coordinate with our bridal gowns.  The styles that were presented are sure to make every man shine on his wedding day. 

Florals were provided by Lauren of Adorned Event Design.  I selected Lauren because of her fresh, creative ideas that are not the typical designs you see for bouquets and boutonnieres.  She did not disappoint.  All of her designs were gorgeous but one that stood out was a bouquet made entirely of cotton. 

I was pleased to have Wedding Angels partner with us to provide bridesmaid attire as well as a few intriguing bridal gowns.  The selections of styles shown were some of the hottest straight off of the New York runways from Fashion Week. 

AnnaBellagio provided our gorgeous jewelry and accessories for our models.  Their selection of jewelry is vast and their pricing is very affordable.  They can provide accessories to coordinate with any color, style, look, etc that can be imagined. 

Stylist Kori Smith and her team produced make-up and hair styles for all of our models.  I asked Kori to showcase not only traditional styles that would be typical for a wedding, but also some more avante gard styles that would be appropriate for a fashion show.  While our models were beautiful before they even received the services, she and her team transformed them into looks that were stunning to say the least. 

Speaking of models, we partnered with Caliber Model Enterprises to provide several of our models for the show and then we supplemented with friends of Wendy and me.  I was so pleased with each and every one of the models as they truly made the designs shine.

Capturing the event as well as providing a behind-the-scenes look, was Ben Vigil of Ben Vigil Photographers.  I knew that with his talent and creativity we would have amazing images and boy did he!!!! 

What would an event be without Door Prizes?  Well, we certainly didn’t want to find out, so our guests were treated to awesome gifts such as Massages from Massage by Pace, jewelry from AnnaBellagio, a Specialty Cake from Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes, gift certificates from Wedding Angels , gift bag from Fab’rik, and a variety of items such as photo frames, toasting flutes and goblets from Janice Blackmon Events.

With an event of this magnitude, it was essential to have a strong media sponsor, and the obvious choice was Modern Luxury, The Atlantan Brides!  Not only did they support us with marketing for the event, they also provided copies of their latest magazine for the Swag Bags.

I must also Thank other media sponsors for helping to get the word out about this amazing event as well as attending, Heather Vreeland of Occasions Magazine and Lei Lydle of AtlantaBridal.com.  With the combination of these three powerhouses, we knew that getting the word out for the event would be an easy and productive task.

Speaking of Swag Bags, the first 100 guests received a gift bag that included some amazing items, such as gourmet candy, gift and discount cards, hair and make-up products, jewelry, lip balm, in addition to two publications; The Atlantan Bride and Occasions magazines. 

This event truly was a dream come true and my deepest appreciation goes out to every vendor that had a part in making the event such a success.  Hopefully, this will be the first of many more exciting events to come that will showcase some of the area’s finest vendors that work together to make every event perfect/flawless!

Thank you as always to my staff for making this event flawless like every one that we produce.  My team is the BEST!!!!!!!!

Please sit back and enjoy the following images.  To truly get the sense of each image, please click on the image to enlarge it for easier viewing. 

 

November 8, 2011

The Great White North meets the South!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:47 am by JBEvents

 

We had the opportunity to coordinate the Rehearsal Dinner and the wedding for Elizabeth and Kevin. 

Kevin hails from Canada while Elizabeth is from here in Atlanta.  To give a nod to the uniting of the North and the South, they blended components from both areas. The Rehearsal Dinner, held at Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park, gave those in attendance a good sense of this blending.  As guests entered the venue, they were charged with finding their “Escort Card” which was made out of puzzle pieces from Provinces of Canada.  Each guests name was written on the back of a puzzle piece and at each table, there was a puzzle where each of those assigned to the table would place their piece thereby completing the puzzle.  This was a wonderful way for guests to get to know each other since so many of these guests were meeting for the first time.   The décor on the tables was a mix of Southern inspired red and white checked table cloths with a sprinkling of confetti maple leaves.  The menu featured delicious southern specialties like Barbeque Chicken and Pork with all of the appropriate sides from Low Country Barbeque

For the wedding, a more formal and sophisticated Southern style was presented.  Ansley Golf Club hosted the reception and provided guests with different food stations to even include a Panini station.

Providing the amazing florals for the day was David LaVoy.  As always, his designs were stunning!!

Henri’s provided both the wedding and groom’s cake.  The groom’s cake was a Hockey arena – truly a hit with those Canadian guests.  There was even a “flower girl” cake and ice cream sundae bar.  Guests certainly had no shortage of sugar for this reception.

Marcus Krause was on hand to capture the images of the day. 

Keeping the crowd entertained and on the dance floor was the awesome band, MoxieRich Tatgenhorst Band Leader and owner of Axtell Productions always provides an exceptional show and this was no different.  His ability to read the crowd while keeping the wishes of the client balanced is excellent. 

Atlantic Limousine and Transportation provided all of the transportation on both the wedding day and for the rehearsal dinner to include a vintage Rolls Royce for the couple to depart in.

To tie back in to the Canadian half of the wedding, guests were treated with Maple Sugar candies in the shape of Maple leaves as they departed. 

A very special Thank You goes out to my team of Jessica and Mandi for this wedding.  They had to deal with many circumstances that were not typical for an event and did so with the utmost professionalism.  This was just another example of how Janice Blackmon Events makes every event flawless regardless of circumstances thrown our way!!!!!!!

 

November 4, 2011

Fall wedding of Yun Mi & James!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:18 am by JBEvents

It was a beautiful Fall day for the wedding of Yun Mi and James!  What a sweet couple they are.  This was one of those wedding that included the assistance of many friends providing services for the couple that made the day even more special.

The ceremony was held at the couple’s church, Karis Community Fellowship.  The ceremony was a traditional Korean ceremony.  The string ensemble was comprised of friends of the couple.  The bride’s own brother and sister were soloists.  Friends of the bride provided the floral décor for the wedding party, the church and at the first reception.  Six hundred and fifty or so of the couple’s and families closest friends were in attendance at the ceremony.  Immediately following the ceremony, following Korean culture, the bride, groom and both sets of parents bowed/greeted each of the guests as they left the sanctuary to go over to the first reception where they had a dinner of traditional Korean food.  After mingling with the myriad of guests for a while, the couple and many friends and family members departed and headed over to the second reception which was held at 550 Trackside in Lawrenceville.  Since dinner was served at the first reception, the second reception was a dessert party.  There were mini-cupcakes, and Edy’s Ice Cream cart with yummy toppings and a Candy Bar. 

The photographers for the wedding, Craig Obrist Photography, provided a “photo booth” at the second reception which was a huge hit.  The couple provided many options of props in addition to the ones the photographer provided.  Guests certainly had fun taking various photos throughout the evening.

Another friend of the couple provided the DJ services.  And one of the highlights of the evening was having the bride’s brother sing the couples first dance song.  It was not only beautiful but very touching!

One very unique item that was used, was an original art creation made for the couple.  The picture was a tree.  Guests were then provided with two different colored ink pads and were asked to place a finger print as a “leaf” on the tree and then to sign their print.  Not only will this be a lasting memento of the wedding, but a wonderful piece of art to hang in their home.

The couple departed through a path of sparklers as they got into their car and drove away to begin their life together.

 

 

We wish Yun Mi and James a lifetime of Happiness!!!  We were so pleased to have been a part of their special day.

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