May 17, 2017

Alli & Brett get Handcuffed at their Wedding

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As an Event Planner, you are responsible for making sure that everything goes perfectly for your clients, regardless of circumstances that are beyond your control.  This wedding was one of those events where keeping calm was KEY to making sure that the clients were unaware of all that was going behind the scenes and to make sure that the wedding went off as planned!

Let me give you a little background of the wedding day!  The wedding was held on Saturday of Gay Pride Weekend in Atlanta at the main host hotel for the viewing of the parade.  Ahead of the day, we were given a map of the slated road closures.  I made sure to provide the map as well as road closure timing to all vendors involved.  Unfortunately, the map provided was not accurate and additional roads were closed at times ahead of the previously provided scheduled times.  This of course resulted in difficulty for vendors (and even my team) to get to the Hotel timely.  Not to mention, the loading dock is located on a street that is closed for the parade! Situations from one vendor being threatened to be arrested, to two others receiving traffic citations were just a part of the day.  Of course, guests had difficulty getting to the venue as well.

What is important to note is that even with all of the issues of the day, every vendor pulled together to do whatever was necessary to create the perfect wedding for the couple.

The bride had a wonderful time getting out in the parade crowd.  Many of the parade-goers stopped her for a photo-op.  We also ran into a motorcycle officer that allowed the bride to pose with his bike.

The groom, is an Atlanta Police Officer with a great sense of humor so we were able to play around with the whole “law enforcement officer” theme,  The groom’s cake was Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.  The favors were chocolate hand-cuffs. At the end of the ceremony, the couple were hand-cuffed together as a fun surprise for all in attendance. The cake topper was a Police Officer holding his bride.  The table names were of police themed television shows and movies.  The bride is very crafty and created the signs herself.

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I absolutely loved being able to incorporate the things most special to this couple to create a truly unique wedding.  That’s what it is all about!!!

One of the special attributes to pay honor to the men and women in the military and law enforcement whom have lost their lives was a “Table set for One”.  We positioned the table behind the dance floor so that it would be a prominent display throughout the evening. Another special tribute was a poem the Bride read for her Groom.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

The floral decor, created by Jim White,  was stunning!  Elegant and romantic ~ pinks, blush, white and creams.  One of the focal points of the decor was the Estate Table with two tall arrangements and a floral garden centering the length of the table with lots of candles.

We had a really great group of vendors that went above and beyond extenuating circumstances to ensure a wonderful wedding for this adoring couple.  Unfortunately, professional images were not made available, so I’m sharing my snapshots.

Special thanks to the vendor-team:

Venue ~ Georgian Terrace Hotel

Wedding Gown ~ Alfred Angelo

Bridesmaid Dresses ~ David’s Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire ~ Men’s Warehouse

Hair/Make-up ~ The BRIDE 🙂

Floral/Event Designer ~ Jim White Designs

Officiant ~ Rev. David Gilleland

Ceremony Musicians ~ Amati Chamber Ensemble

Wedding Cake ~ Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet

Groom’s Cake ~ Krispy Kreme

Reception Entertainment ~ Complete Music, DJ Matt

Photo Booth ~ Family Ties

We wish Alli & Brett a lifetime of happiness!!!!!!

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning event planning firm specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of their event.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October 28, 2016

Megan & Zach’s Midtown wedding!

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It was such a pleasure to work along side Megan & Zach to plan their wedding.  Making it even more special was that it was my second time working with the groom’s family.  What an honor that is!

Their wedding was just beautiful and every detail was exquisite and perfect!  Bold American Events knocked it out of the park with the designs that truly exceeded the couples expectations.  The look was elegant and lush, with an English Garden feel.  The arch created for the ceremony later doubled as the backdrop for the cake.  

The couple exuded love with every look, touch and laugh throughout the day.  You couldn’t help but smile every time you saw them.  

One of the most touching moments was the bride opening the gift from the groom.  Her mother passed away when she was younger, and knowing how important she was to Megan, Zach took some old letters and cards with her handwriting and had a gorgeous necklace made with Megan’s initial in her mothers handwriting.  Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.  That gift just goes to show what a special guy, Zach is. 

The photos (courtesy of Scobey Photography) tell the story better than words, so take a look! 

You might also enjoy watching this video courtesy of JB Videography!

 

We enjoyed partnering with:

Wedding Angels (Wedding Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses)

Guffey’s (Groom’s Attire)

Jos. A. Banks (Groomsmen Attire)

The Moore Agency (Hair and Make-up)

Summerour Studio (Venue)

Bold American Events (Catering and Design)

Scobey Photography (Photography)

Jeremiah O’Keefe-West (Officiant)

Amati Chamber Ensemble (Ceremony Musicians)

Nice Entertainment (DJ Hans)

JB Videography (Video)

Atlantic Limousine

Dede Adams Calligraphy (Wedding Invitations, Seating Chart)

Nothing Bundt Cakes (Favors)

 

We wish Megan & Zach a lifetime of Happiness!!!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your Special Day!!

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning event planning company specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of their event. 

 

 

August 5, 2015

A.K. & Josh’s Gorgeous Destination Wedding!

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Many times clients think that small weddings do not need to have a Planner – but this could not be further from the truth.  With a small/intimate wedding, your guests will notice every single aspect and detail much more so than with a larger wedding.  If something goes wrong, it will be much more noticeable.  Well, AK & Josh were different.  AK knew from the beginning that she needed a Planner and I couldn’t be more honored that she selected me. We had such fun planning the BIG DAY and seeing it all come together truly was a dream come true. 

AK & Josh have a very special kind of love ~ as many couples do ~ but their love story was like a fairy tale.  AK travels a lot for her job and so on one trip to New York, Josh came up to surprise her.  She arrived back to her hotel room to find one of those beautiful blue Tiffany boxes.  Inside was a gorgeous bracelet.  Later that evening, they had a delicious dinner and went for a horse and carriage ride.  Josh then popped the question and presented AK with one of the most gorgeous rings I have ever seen.

They selected one of my favorite venues for their intimate, destination wedding – the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation. The service quality of the Ritz is unsurpassed.  From the moment you arrive, you are greeted by friendly, professional staff that make you immediately feel welcome.  Family and friends arrived from many locations to attend the wedding weekend where they were able to enjoy all that the Ritz Carlton Lodge has to offer in a luxurious, resort setting. 

The dress — ohhh the dress!!!! First of all, AK would look gorgeous in anything she put on, but the dress she selected from Buckhead Bridals by famed designer, Anne Barge (my favorite dress designer) looked as though it was designed specifically for her.  And not to be outdone, Josh donned a custom tailored tuxedo from Guffey’s of Atlanta menswear and he too looked handsome. 

I was so pleased to have my friend and photographer extraordinaire, Kristen Alexander, capture the beauty of this wedding.  She always amazes me with her creativity and sheer talent.  Just take a look at her photos below and you will see what I mean!

The vision for the wedding decor was classic elegance and JWilbur of EventScapes created a design that fully encapsulated that theme.  From the intimate ceremony setting with luscious whites, creams and green mixed in with candlelight to the breath-taking Estate Table design, this wedding was gorgeous!

The brides Grandmother unfortunately passed away shortly before the wedding, and so we decided to offer a tribute to her.  We had a table full of her photos where guests could view the life of this important person in AK’s life.  We also left an empty chair in the ceremony that we placed a small bouquet of pink roses {her favorite} on as well as her name in her memory.  AK carried an heirloom handkerchief with her grandmothers name embroidered on it as a personal remembrance.  It was a very touching tribute. 

Amati Chamber Ensemble provided the music for the ceremony.  They are always such a top-notch, talented group to work with.  Sarah goes above and beyond to assist clients in selecting the perfect music for their special celebration.  

After the ceremony, while Kristen was still working her magic with the camera, guests enjoyed cocktail hour with delicious morsels of food and refreshing beverages.  After AK and Josh made their grand entrance, guests enjoyed the impeccable dinner while mingling with the couple and offering their well wishes.  The couple desired for their celebration to be more of an elegant and intimate dinner party instead of a rowdy, noisy affair.  This enabled everyone to visit and reminisce throughout the celebration in a very relaxed atmosphere.  The evening was pure perfection!

We are always honored to be a part of our clients most special day!!!  We wish AK & Josh a lifetime of happiness!!

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June 4, 2015

Piedmont Park Wedding for Lauren & Dillon

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This sweet couple wanted a “Montana” outdoors feel for their wedding because they use to live there and that’s where their love story began.  

With the venue selected, the Piedmont Room at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park, the next step was to begin creating the vision.  I turned to my preferred event designer, JWilbur of EventScapes Atlanta to begin the design concept.  Since the ceremony would be taking place indoors, the idea was to bring the outdoors in.  A focal point for the ceremony was a gorgeous arbor which was flanked by two birch branch walls.  It was stunning.

In honor and memory of the bride’s mother, a wooden sign with the phrase “If Heaven weren’t so far away, we know your would be here today” was placed near the ceremony area.

Amati Chamber Ensemble provided the music for the ceremony.  This group of musicians are top-notch and always provide exceptional performance.

Capturing images of the day and providing the images in this post was 3 Rivers Photography.

The couple opted to have cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake.  As a cake topper, they had two wooden bears custom made which were again a nod to their time in Montana.

The guests were treated to a very energetic party with Yacht Rock Schooner band entertaining them.  The dance floor was filled all night.

A special treat of Krispy Kreme doughnuts were provided as guests departed the celebration which were a huge hit.

The couple departed to their waiting limo from Atlantic Limo, amidst colorful confetti as the evening came to a close.

We wish a lifetime of happiness to Lauren and Dillon!

Enjoy these images of their beautiful wedding.

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Janice Blackmon Events is an award winning event planning company specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution of their event.  

September 9, 2013

Rachel & Ari’s Day of Happiness!!

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If what they say is true, “A Picture is worth a Thousand Words” – then I’ve got thousands and thousands of words for you today!  We were so pleased to assist planning this beautiful wedding by being able to refer some of our favorite vendors who together created a fabulous and stunning wedding.

One of the fun and interesting facts about this couple was how they got engaged.  Ari spent quite a while deciding on the perfect way to pop the question to Rachel, and he determined that he would incorporate a trip to their favorite ice cream shop.  The Huffington Post actually published their story and here is an excerpt:  

“While walking to what I thought was going to be a quiet date night dinner, Ari held my hand and started walking towards our favorite neighborhood ice cream shop, Jake’s Ice Cream. I jokingly asked, “Are we going to eat dinner at Jake’s?” Ari replied that Jake’s had my favorite ice cream (salted caramel) in stock but worried they might sell out of the flavor due to a busy weekend ahead. I went along with it because I wasn’t going to argue with eating dessert before dinner.

Upon Ari pointing out that salted caramel was my favorite flavor, the woman behind the counter asked if I wanted to sample a new concoction that Jake’s was debuting in honor of the Inman Park Festival (taking place in our neighborhood over the weekend). I asked what it consisted of and was amazed when she spouted out a list of flavors that I, as a sweet/savory fan, have always talked about and dreamed of: salted caramel ice cream with pretzels, chocolate-covered cookie dough and peanut butter swirl. I tasted it and was instantly in heaven.

The woman said that they weren’t going to formally unveil the flavor’s name until the next day but that since I liked it so much, they’d go ahead and do it now. I looked behind her, and on the chalkboard where Jake’s usually lists their flavors of the day, there was a sheet covering half of the board. She pulled it down, revealing the following: “New Flavor: Rachel, Will You Marry Me?” I immediately let out a huge smile and turned around to find Ari down on one knee. “

After that type of proposal, there was no way that the Ice Cream couldn’t be a part of the wedding day, so guests were treated to small cups of the brand new, custom flavor created just for the couple as a late-night snack!  As a fitting favor, the guests received a Murano Ice Cream Scoop as they left. 

 I hope you enjoy watching the slideshow I’ve created for you from the amazing images captured by Nadia D.  The amazing vendors involved were:

Venue ~ The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead

Hair & Make-up:  The Moore Agency

Event Designer ~ JWilbur of EventScapes

Photographer ~ Nadia D

Videographer ~ Janice Blackmon Events

Ceremony Musicians ~ Amati Chamber Ensemble

Rabbi ~ David Silverman

Reception Entertainment ~ U.S. Beat

Photo Booth ~ Majestic Photo Booth

Special Treat ~ Jake’s Ice Cream

To view the slideshow, please click here

We would like to wish Rachel & Ari a lifetime of happiness!!!

Janice Blackmon Events is an Event Planning company specializing in creating and producing flawless events for our clients!!!

February 22, 2013

Katie & Brannon

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I know I say this a lot, but this wedding was absolutely amazing!!!!!

I had the pleasure of working with Katie & Brannon from the very beginning of their wedding planning.  I was able to refer them to excellent vendors that would be able to provide and produce the vision for their wedding.

Capturing the images of the day was Angela of Angela Wilson Photography.  She and her team were very detailed in the schedule of photos to be taken throughout the day.  I’m sure you will agree, the images she took which are included below are ahh-may-zing!!

The always wonderful stylists from The Moore Agency provided the make-up for the girls.  A friend of the bride, Christel, provided the hair styles for the wedding party.

The venue was the beautiful historic hotel, The Georgian Terrace

The ceremony was held in the Piedmont Ballroom.  A custom aisle runner that was midnight blue with platinum was produced to match Katie’s color scheme.  JWilbur of EventScapes, created the most gorgeous arbor where the ceremony took place.  White sheer fabrics as well as the midnight blue/platinum fabric covered the frame of the arbor softening the look while clusters of flowers were attached to the corners and in the center.  Two large and lush arrangements on pedestals flanked the ceremony area. 

One of my favorite string ensembles provided the ceremony and Cocktail Hour music, Amati Chamber Ensemble.  This group, led by Sarah Paul, is comprised of extremely talented musicians who play a variety of music genres.  They are top-notch professionals on many levels. 

The officiant, Sheila Preacher, is the Godmother of the Bride and certainly provided a very personal and touching ceremony.  The couple wrote their own vows and I have to say – they were so touching.

With a rather large guest list, we knew from the beginning that the set-up of the Ballroom would require some creativity.  Instead of planning on having a seat for every guest, we decided to have a “space” for every guest.  Various sized tables were placed inside the ballroom including tables to accommodate up to 12 guests as well as high-boy tables allowing for guests to prop while eating. JWilbur created several varieties of centerpieces ~ each of which were beautiful.  There were lush full centerpieces on some tables while others were adorned with short, square vases containing blue hydrangea.   Crystal “bling” was a common element included in the arrangements. The room was treated to uplights, provided by PPi, which gave a warm glow and added to the ambiance. 

Classic Tents provided a tent on the terrace which provided additional seating for guests.  It had clear walls on the street side allowing the view of the night sky to still be seen.

Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes provided the wedding cake.  Not only was it beautiful, but it was delicious.  The design of the cake was fashioned after the lace on Katie’s dress and had a monogram on the center layer.  The parents of the bride made a trip to Ireland a few months before the wedding and while there purchased a Crystal bride and groom cake topper directly from Waterford Crystal.

Atlanta Showstoppers provided the entertainment for the evening.  What a fabulous show they put on.  The guests were on the dance floor all night having a blast. 

Guests were treated to M&M’s in small jars as their favor.

The couple departed through a Sparkler fanfare to their awaiting Horse and Carriage from Nottingham Shire Carriage for Hire.  As they pulled away their guests cheered and passersby honked all wishing the Happy Couple congratulations.

We were so pleased to have worked with the couple and the bride’s parents!  We wish them a lifetime of Happiness!!!

Special thanks to Angela Wilson for providing these images!!!

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August 11, 2011

Wine Themed Wedding for Amy & Nick

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A hot July day at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation was the setting for what could only be described as an amazing wedding.

One of the things that I love is when my clients take my recommendations on the vendors to use for their event because I know going into the planning and all the way through the production of the event things will go smoothly AND my client will receive excellent customer service as well as superior quality of product from those vendors.  Such is the case with this wedding!

Please grab your favorite beverage, sit back and relax and enjoy the story of the wedding of Amy and Nick!!

 

Late last year, I met with Leah (Mother of the Bride) and Amy (The Bride) to begin planning for The BIG Day!  I knew immediately upon meeting them that we were a good fit – you know the kind where you feel as though you have known the family forever! 

The first decision was the venue.  They had already looked at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation, and after discussing what a beautiful place for a wedding – that decision was made.  The Ritz-Carlton Lodge is one of those venues that is a not-so-far-destination location.  The good thing for this particular family is that they have a home in the area, so they were able to utilize their comfortable surroundings for all of the pre-wedding activities.

Amy selected her gown from Bride Beautiful.  The gown was an Anjolique design in ivory double sheen organza with a strapless sweetheart neckline, pick-up ball gown with corset back and embellishments.  Amy looked absolutely stunning in the gown. 

The bridesmaids wore a Lula Kate design in “bud” dupioni silk from Bella Bridesmaid.  The dresses were above the knee with a ruffled neckline.  All of the girls looked beautiful in the dress.  They style was very flattering on every one of them.

The groom and groomsmen wore Silver tuxes with a coral tie.  They all looked so handsome.  The groom sported special “groom” socks which were an adorable accessory.  Another special touch was that the groom had custom-made NIKES for each of them.  The groom’s pair was complete with bright green laces and had his nickname and wedding date embroidered on them.  The groomsmen had bright orange laces in keeping with the color scheme of the wedding.  The guys changed into their new sneakers for the reception and we had fun taking a few cute photos!

While on the subject of shoes, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the brides.  For the ceremony, the bride surprised her groom by having coral sandals with rhinestones to match the guy’s ties.  Then, not to be outdone by the guys, she too had a custom pair of shoes in the form of a heeled flip-flop adorned with a large rhinestone with her new name embroidered on them which she wore for the reception.

We worked with Larry and Greg from Foxgloves & Ivy for the floral décor.  The color palette was one of my favorites, hot citrus colors.  Various varieties of flowers were used and included “Cherry-O” roses, Orange Gerber daisies and hot pink miniature Gerberas, “Mozart” miniature callas, gold celosia, lisianthus in purple, orange Dahlias, Vermillion gladiolas, pink larkspur, “Revert” green Fuji mum, purple stock, Olive branches, hydrangea in Baby Green, and two shades of pink, as well as coral Hypericum berries!  For the ceremony, they created 2 large and lush arrangements that were placed on sleek columns in a very neutral color.  The reserved rows were denoted by an ivory ribbon with a nosegay attached.  The reception décor consisted of both high and low centerpieces.  Glass cylinder vases in various heights with fuchsia ribbon attached were used to hold the arrangements.  The Estate Table was beautiful with two large arrangements, three smaller arrangements plus vases which held the bridesmaids bouquets and tall candle holders with floating candles. 

The ceremony was planned to take place on the event lawn by the new Pergola – however, due to threatening weather, we had to make a last-minute decision to move the ceremony inside.  This is one of the hardest parts of my job – since I know how badly the bride wants that outside wedding – but, keeping the safety and comfort of everyone in mind, sometimes these types of decisions have to be made.  In this instance, Amy was such a trooper and went along with the “change” saying that “nothing could ruin my special day”!  So, with some quick movement by all of the vendors, we were able to set up the ceremony in Salon I inside where the threatening storms would not disturb the celebration!

As guests arrived for the ceremony, they were treated to passed hors d’oeuvres and a champagne bar.  We gathered the group in a central location as was planned for the original ceremony plan and decided to still do that for the location change.  Guests were able to mingle and enjoy a variety of cold hors d’oeuvres and create their own champagne cocktail with the selection of various fruits and blends.  This was such a welcome surprise for the guests.

Since the ceremony was originally to take place outside, and since we knew it would be very warm, we decided to provide hand-held fans for each of the guests to use.  In keeping with the color scheme, we used Fuchsia and bright Orange fans – alternating the colors on every other seat.  This made for a wonderful photo-op at the conclusion of the ceremony.

After the group photo, guests were then invited to join the Cocktail Hour where they were greeted with a large selection of hors d’oeuvres as well as beverages to include the champagne bar.  Johnny Porrazzo provided the musical entertainment for the Cocktail Hour and was certainly a hit.  The Majestic Photo Booth provided their services so guests were making excellent use of the photo booth to take fun and memorable photos which will serve as a memento for the Bride and Groom as well as the guests.  A very touching story was told to me by the father of the bride.  He said that when he and Amy’s mom went on their first date, they had their picture taken in a photo booth and that was 30 years ago.  I told them that they MUST re-create that first date on this special occasion and they did.  I sneaked a peek at their pictures and have to say it made my heart smile!

Shari Zellers and her team provided the photography services for the day.  Being the true professional that Shari is, she took the time to make a visit to the venue before the wedding weekend to scout out the best locations for the photo ops.  She even went so far as to check certain locations at the same time that the specific photos would be taken so determine the location of the sun in order to take into consideration the accompanying heat.  This was truly a time-saver, as on the wedding day, she had a clear plan on where each of the photos would take place. I can not wait to see her photos from the wedding as I know they will be spectacular.  I’ll be sure to re-post them here on my blog when available so you too can see what a talent she is.

A favorite ensemble of mine was selected as the ceremony musicians – Amati Chamber Music Ensemble.  Led by Sarah Paul, this group is awesome to work with.  Sarah is so personable while being the utmost consummate professional.  She offers assistance to clients in selecting their music and will work within the ideas of the client.  Of course her performance is always fantastic and I always try to be close by so that I can hear the beautiful music.

A close friend of the family, Lisa, sang The Lord’s Prayer during the ceremony accompanied by the string ensemble.  Lisa was also in the parents of the brides wedding where she served as Maid of Honor as well as soloist.

Particularly endearing was that the bride’s brother served as the officiant.  He might have been nervous – but he did a wonderful  job.  There was one point in the ceremony where he “slipped” and instead of saying “you may now kiss your bride” – he said “you may now kiss my sister”.  He caught himself immediately but the “slip” was PERFECT!!!!

One of the areas of design that I think makes a celebration unique and even more beautiful is linens – so for this wedding, I could think of none other than Tamara Gollob of I Do Linens.  Taking the concept and ideas to her, she created custom linens that were totally awesome.  Keeping in mind our hot citrus color scheme, we selected Fuchsia linens for the guest tables and the accent tables but for the Estate Table and the Cake Table, we used a complimentary color of Coral with an overlay that contained the design that was used in the wedding invitations.  For me, it’s important to carry a theme all the way through, and even if not everyone recognizes the similarities, when looking back, you can clearly see the cohesiveness of the event from start to finish.  The family was thrilled with the outcome and admitted that everything was even more beautiful than they had ever imagined.

PPi provided all of the sound equipment, including the DJ system, as well as the ambient lighting around the room and the custom GOBO.  Jimmy Economos provided his expertise in determining what would be needed for the DJ that was coming in from California for the event.  Since he too is a DJ, he was keenly aware of what would be needed and this was such a relief for me in knowing that there wouldn’t be any surprises for the DJ.  Also, the lighting that was provided was just perfect.  We had pin-spots on each table to highlight the décor and the cake table.  It’s amazing at how different a room can look just by adding these types of lights.  I’m a huge proponent of event lighting!!

Speaking of the DJ, Alvin Caampued, a friend of the couple from California, provided the entertainment for the reception.  He played a large variety of music and kept the dance floor full.  This was a big dancing group and there were times when you would have thought that “So You Think You Can Dance” was filming!!! Alvin was such a pleasure to work with and although we are separated by the expanse of the U.S., I hope that we will have the opportunity to work together again soon…..because of course, we too travel for events!!!!

The JBEvents staff videographer, Angela McIntire, provided the video services of the event.  She always does such a great job and gets excellent footage without being one of those in-your-face videographers. 

Nick, the groom, is a high school football coach and teacher.  To give a little different spin on the Wedding Party Introductions, we had the wedding party enter the Ballroom carrying Pom Poms create a tunnel for the Bride and Groom to run through and end up on the dance floor for their first dance.  This was a great start for the evening and got everyone all excited and ready for the party that followed.

It goes without saying that the meal was delicious.  The family selected a dual entrée of Filet of Beef and Sea Bass with appropriate accompaniments.  A special treat of a Raspberry Sorbet with a Champagne finish was served between the salad and entrée.  The wedding cake was a Grand Marnier chiffon cake with strawberry filling.  As guests were working off their dinner by dancing, a Fondue station was displayed with delectable goodies such as shortbread cookies, mini brownies, gingersnap cookies, chocolate chip cookies along with all sorts of fruits were provided to dip in three different fondues; white chocolate, dark chocolate and milk chocolate.  YUM!

One of the common elements that was a theme through the event was WINE.  Since the couple lives out in California where vineyards are all around, they wanted to incorporate some of their favorite wines into the reception for guests to enjoy.  The Ritz special ordered many of the varieties that the couple chose.  Each table was named for a Wine, and then a bottle of each White and Red were from that winery was placed on the table for guests to sample.  Since each table had a different wine, guests were able to go to other tables and try other varieties.  It was like having a private wine tasting. 

Also in keeping with the wine theme, we used these adorable wine corks for the Place Card holders that guests were welcome to take with them.  The guests were also given wine stoppers that had a large heart at the top as a favor.   Maren Nicholas provided calligraphy services for the Escort Cards, Place Cards and Table Name Signs.  As always, her work was impeccable.

As the evening came to a close, Amy and Nick made their departure through yet another “tunnel” created by their guests who were holding long sparklers in a path that led to their awaiting chariot, I mean Golf Cart.  They were driven away waving while guests were still cheering them on.

This was truly a beautiful wedding for a fabulous family!!  We wish Amy and Nick a lifetime of happiness!!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this special day!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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