June 2, 2014

Botanical Bliss for Katie & Brandon

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:48 am by JBEvents

One of our beautiful Spring weddings took place at the Atlanta Botanical Garden!  The adorable couple, Katie and Brandon, were such a sweet couple to work with and their wedding day was just spectacular!!

Fish in the Garden ~ Shari

Starting the day off in her family home, Katie, her Mom, Grandmother and sister had their hair and make-up done by the talented team at Authentic Beauty.  Once complete, we loaded them up in the shuttle provided by Atlantic Limousine and headed to the Renaissance Hotel to pick up the bridesmaids.  From there it was time to head to the Atlanta Botanical Garden!

Brides face by Shari

Bride leaving for Venue

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Katie selected her beautiful wedding gown at Bridal’s by Lori and had alterations done by the amazing Rodica Lazarian!  The bridesmaids dresses were lapis colored from David’s Bridal.  They all looked lovely.  

IMG_2259 MOB fixing brides bow by Shari Katie by glass blocks by Shari Dress detail by Shari Brides dress by Shari

IMG_2262 Brides feet in shoes by Shari Bride and Dad waiting impatiently ~ Shari Bridal Party by Shari

Unfortunately, the weather was not in our favor for the day, but even so, Shari Zellers, used her creativity to find beautiful areas to take the pre-ceremony photos while keeping everyone as dry as possible.  She did a fantastic job!  When the Groom and his groomsmen arrived, we kept them tucked away until the bride was safely hidden and then Shari had a great time photographing the guys.

IMG_2272 IMG_2268 Groomsmen by Shari Groomsmen by Imaginery statue ~ Shari Groom in B.W ~ Shari Groom by Shari Groom at brickwall by Shari Girls having fun ~ Shari Bride walking by Shari Bride on bench by Shari Bride in Garden by Shari Bride and her veil by Shari Bride and Groom by Chilhuly ~ Shari Bride and Groom by round opening ~ Shari Sisters by Shari Nighttime fish shot ~ Shari Nightime Chilhuliy shot ~ Shari

The ceremony was performed by a close friend of the couple which made for a very intimate and truly custom ceremony.  The Groom, who is a journalist wrote the ceremony and then the couple wrote their own vows.  

Wedding Processional ~ shari

IMG_2292 Rings ~ Shari Couple under the arch ~ Shari Brides vows ~ Shari Brandon at alter ~ Shari Brandon waiting for Katie to get down the aisle ~ Shari

The stunning decor was provided by EventScapes.  The vision was to enhance the feel of the Botanical Garden without overpowering it which was done by keeping the design in a natural state with elements like birch, driftwood, and moss.  The arbor designed for the ceremony was one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen.  It was created with twisted willow branches with floral touches and greenery.  Lush pomander balls with deep purple flowers decorated the aisle.  The reception decor was fabulous.  The Head Table had a long and lush design mixed with candles of varying heights.  The linens of moss-green and eggplant further enhanced the look of the room.  The draping behind the band made for an elegant presentation while providing a lovely focal point.  

IMG_2312 IMG_2311 IMG_2310 IMG_2279 IMG_2278 IMG_2276 IMG_2275 IMG_2266 Grooms bout by EventScapes ~ Shari Ceremony POmander by EventScapes ~ Shari Ceremony Mershon Hall ~ Shari Ceremony Arch by EventScapes ~ Shari Bouquet by EventScapes ~ shari IMG_2304 IMG_2297 Letzler Wedding039 Letzler Wedding032 Letzler Wedding034 Letzler Wedding020 Letzler Wedding026 Letzler Wedding019 Letzler Wedding015 Letzler Wedding003 Letzler Wedding001 Letzler Wedding002 Centerpiece detail ~ Shari Candlelabra detail by EventScapes ~ Shari Candle Centerpiece by EventScapes ~ Shari Birch wrap on candle Event

The Amati Chamber Ensemble provided the ceremony and Cocktail Hour music.  This group never disappoints.  They make the entire process from hiring/Contracting until playing the last note of their performance so easy for the client.  Sarah Paul is so accommodating in working with each client to make certain that the musical selections are just what they want for their special day.  These musicians are top-notch in every area and we love working with them.

Another one of our favorite vendors to work with, PPi, provided the sound system for the ceremony making sure that all guests were able to hear the couple saying their vows. 

A Divine Event provided the delicious southern-inspired meal which guests truly enjoyed.  

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Getting the reception started included the Bride’s Father welcoming all of the guests and then the Grandfather of the Groom offering the Blessing.  The couple had their first dance followed by the always special, Father/Daughter dance!

FOB's welcome ~ Shari GFOG Blessing ~ Shari First Dance ~ Shari First Dance pickup ~ Shari Father Daughter Dance ~ Shari Bride and Groom dancing ~ Shari

The beautiful and delicious wedding cake was provided by Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes.  The cake was cheesecake and guests were seen going back for seconds and thirds.  

IMG_2314 IMG_2309 Letzler Wedding031 Cake by ClassicCheesecakes and Cakes ~ shari

Shari Zellers provided her Photo Booth which is always a hit with guests.  

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We were so excited to have the Rupert’s Orchestra providing the entertainment for the evening.  As always they know how to get guests out on the dance floor and partying all night long.

View of the party ~ Shari Ruperts Band ~ Shari Dancing ~ Shari Bride and Groom dancing ~ Shari Bouquet Toss ~ Shari

Some friends of the couple have a band, so as a special treat to the guests and in honor of the new Mr. & Mrs., they performed several songs!

Accordian ~ Shari Friends of the groom ~ Shari IMG_2356 IMG_2357
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The clients treated their guests to transportation from the three host hotels to the venue and back to the hotels since many of the guests were from out-of-town.  Atlantic Limo provided our transportation all weekend long and was such a huge help in making sure that everyone was where they needed to be in a timely and professional manner.

We were so happy to assist this wonderful family with the wedding plans and we wish Katie and Brandon a Lifetime of Happiness!!

Kissing under the bubbles ~ Shari

Bubble Fanfare ~ Shari

 

Here’s a few more images from Katie & Brandon’s special day! 

IMG_2290 IMG_2282 IMG_2252 MOH Toast ~ Shari Heirloom Ring by Shari Happy Parents on the Bride ~ Shari Grooms speech ~ Shari Fun group shot ~ Shari Fraternity Serenade ~ Shari Brides speech ~ Shari Bride and Groom with brides family ~ Shari

 

Janice Blackmon Events~ is a full-service event planning firm, specializing in assisting our clients with the planning and production of their event making sure it is flawless.  

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April 10, 2012

Congratulations to Kristina & Nathan

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:39 pm by JBEvents

The weather was nothing less than perfect for the Spring wedding of Kristina & Nathan.  The theme of this wedding was Marie Antoinette goes on a picnic.  What started out as a DIY project ended up with professionals taking over to create stunning decor for this wedding.

Rande Miller of MH Floral Decor came in at the last minute and created amazing floral arrangements.  The clients had a lovely collection of milk-glass containers that Rande used for centerpieces.  In addition, there were other pieces that the clients had purchased for use in the decor – and Rande expertly incorporated them providing the overall look that the bride had envisioned.

As guests arrived, they were treated to Mint Juleps which they enjoyed sipping while mingling before the ceremony.  When it was time for guests to be seated, beautiful music from the Celtic Harp by Nella Rigell, beckoned the guests to take their seat.

The couple, surrounded by their closest friends and family exchanged vows at the home of the bride’s aunt.  Rev. Dawn Smith-Camacho presided over the ceremony which incorporated several cultural influences. 

A Divine Event provided their exceptional cuisine and service.  Selections included a Shrimp and Grits station as well as a Mac & Cheese bar!!!!  A Divine Event is always such a pleasure to work with and clients are always pleased with the wickedly delicious food they provide.  Steve Moore and Ashton Flores were a pleasure to work with and they created a menu that was enjoyed by all.  The on-site team were top-notch and made sure that the guests were treated to an amazing and delicious experience.

Mike Walsh of Ampd Entertainment did a fantastic job of  providing the specific artists and songs that the client requested  – which was a compilation of Latin Jazz artists. Guests were treated to a particularly special  selection of songs at one point in the evening from the Brides latest CD.  Later in the evening,   Mike got to incorporate popular dance music which definitely got the guests out on the dance floor. 

Julia Robbs and Amber of Our Labor of Love were behind the camera capturing all of the images.  The home was lushly landscaped and proved to be an appropriate setting for the wedding theme.  Julia and Amber were extremely easy to work with and I’m sure the photos will be amazing.

Guests were treated to two desserts – the wedding cake, which was filled with strawberries and raspberries and a traditional french pastry creation, a croquenbouche, as the groom’s cake.  

 TLC Rents and Event Rentals Unlimited provided the tables, chairs, linens, wedding arch, and the generator. 

Specialty linens for the Cake Tables were graciously provided by Chair Covers and Linens.

My team did an excellent job (as always) to ensure that this wedding   – like all others that we produce – was flawless.

Wishing a lifetime of happiness to Kristina & Nathan!!! 

 

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!!!!

 

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