August 5, 2015

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

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:27 am by JBEvents

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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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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. 

 

September 30, 2011

Stay Tuned…..

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:04 pm by JBEvents

 

Things have been so busy here in the office as I am preparing for several upcoming events, that I haven’t had a chance to post the blog on the latest wedding.  I just didn’t want anyone to think that I wasn’t doing anything…as the complete opposite is the truth!!!!  I promise as soon as time allows, I will post the beautiful story of Whitney & Brett’s wedding.  It was as always fabulous and flawless!!!

I am also super excited about an event that I am producing coming up on October 21st at {three} sheets!  It is going to be an event like no other!  First of all, the venue is an uber cool upscale lounge located in Sandy Springs – so that right there is the first of the differences.  We will be having a fashion show to debut Spring 2012 designs by the wonderful designer, Anne Barge!  I’ll tell you more about her later – but just know, she is AMAZING!!! We will also have men’s formal wear presented by Guffey’s Menswear and bridesmaids dresses by Wedding Angels.  There are many other top-rate vendors involved such as Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes who will be providing a custom cake creation, Ben Vigil, one of Atlanta’s top photographers who will be shooting the event including a behind the scenes look at the getting ready portion, Stylist Kori Smith who will be providing the hair and make-up services for our models, Anna Bellagio jewelry who will have our models decked out in sparkling finery, and Adorned Event Design who will be providing unique floral decor.

I am so excited about this event.  It is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time and just can’t wait until the day arrives. 

So, please bear with me as I am delayed on posting my latest wedding but just stay tuned because more wonderful weddings and events are coming up….and QUICK!  Speaking of quick, I’ve got to get back to working on all of the schedules and vendor confirmations…..so until next time!

Wishing YOU Happiness always!

Janice

 

 

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