June 21, 2017

Ways to Honor the Memory of a Loved One in a Wedding

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Many times, my clients will have a deceased parent, grandparent, sibling or someone else important to them and they want to incorporate a way to honor their memory into their wedding.  There are many ways to do this and I’ll share a few ways that we have used to incorporate honoring the memory of those loved ones. 

Displaying photos is always a touching tribute.

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Another way to incorporate photos, is to use them as a charm to attach to a bouquet or boutonniere.

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A candle burning in memory is also a beautiful gesture.

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For one of my clients whose mother had passed away, she wanted her to be close to where the couple would exchange vows, so we placed a sign and flowers beside the altar area.

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One of the most special ways of honoring the memory of a bride’s mom, was a custom necklace the groom had made of the bride’s moms actual handwriting.

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For this bride, placing her dad’s favorite flower in her bouquet was the special way of honoring him.

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Attaching a hanky or a piece of cloth to the bride’s bouquet or dress is a touching way to have the loved one close to you.

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Similarly, attaching a piece of jewelry to either a bouquet or the wedding dress is a way of keeping the loved one close to your heart.

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Many couples choose to place a message in memory in their Ceremony Programs, which is a very sweet tribute.

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Placing a flower on an empty chair at the wedding is another way to remember a loved one.

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And one of the most powerful way’s to honor those who have passed was this Table Set for One.  This particular wedding was for a police officer who was previously in the military.  The table represented his friends who have lost their life serving their country or protecting citizens.

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However you choose to honor the memory of your loved one is perfect.  For ideas on a unique way for you to incorporate a memory tribute, contact us today.

Photo credits:  Kristen Alexander Photography, 3 Rivers Photography, A&A Photography,  Paul Perdue Photography, Brenda Upton,  Scobey Photography,

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

 

May 24, 2017

Once Upon a Time…The Fairytale of Jenny & Ben

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It was such a magical wedding weekend for Jenny & Ben!  Short back story – they are avid Disney fans and became engaged at Disney World in front of the castle.  Ben works as a writer in the film industry in L.A. and they are both very much into “geeky” things.  The hashtag for the wedding was a nod to one of their favorite trilogy’s, “The Lord of the Rings” as well as a play on the groom’s last name – #FellowshipoftheStrings!

On the morning of the wedding, the ladies had a Disney themed Bridal Brunch.  Musicians welcomed the guests with strains of Disney songs.  Guests were given Mouse Ears as they entered with a special pair of a sparkly Bride ears for the Guest of Honor.  The decor around the room and on the tables was adorable Disney themed items including letters for the Bride’s new last name. 

While the ladies were brunching, the guys were lunching.  The guys had their gathering at Paddy’s Pub right onsite.  Good food and laughter (and a beverage or two) was abundant as all the special men in Ben’s life surrounded him on his wedding day.

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When the ladies finished their brunch, they retreated to a private room to begin their hair and make-up appointments, provided by Brushworx On Location Hair and Make-up.  These ladies had so much fun and were so relaxed, which is exactly our goal. Of course, they all looked beautiful!  

There was one very special addition to the wedding gown.  Sewn into the dress, right where it would rest upon her heart, was a small, heart-shaped portion from the Bride’s favorite baby blankie.  I love details like this!!

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Brenda of Brenda Upton Photography was onsite capturing all of the memories of the day.  Brenda had a vision in mind and wanted to make sure not to miss the opportunity of some amazing sunset photos.  She took the couple out through the vineyard, across a field and up a hill to an old tree that provided a view of the sun setting with mountains in the background.  During the trek with the couple her mantra was “follow the light”.  The result was a series of photos that are some of my favorites ever!!! {See photos in collage at bottom}.  Special thanks to Brenda for providing the beautiful images for this post.

The couple shared a First Look in the ceremony area and watching the look on their faces as they saw each other for the first time was magical.

Edge Design Group created the stunning decor.  The Chuppah was dreamy, with soft flowing fabrics and magnificent floral arrangements.  They had a Wine Box unity ceremony.  Personal letters from the bride and groom were placed inside a wooden box with a bottle of their favorite wine.  During the ceremony, they sealed the box and they won’t open it until their 1st Anniversary.

For Guest Registration, there were two antique typewriters available so guests could type a message to the couple.  There was also a custom wood puzzle made which guests would select a piece to sign a note and then place the piece on the display to put the puzzle together.

In keeping with the winery location, the mother hand-made a set of wine charms for each guest.  The charms had beads in the color of the wedding as well as a crab and a peach giving nod to the hometown states the couple’s families are from, Maryland and Georgia.

The ballroom was gorgeous!  Edge Design Group created a romantic and elegant setting.  The tables were draped with lovely champagne satin linens while the sweetheart table had an exquisite beaded overlay on top of the champagne.  The couple’s table was then adorned with a lush floral piece and a variety of candles providing a glowing sparkle. Throughout the rest of the room, there were combination of tall arrangements as well as low arrangements with varying heights of candles creating a romantic glow in the room. Softening the look of the wall behind the band were soft, flowing blush drapery creating a beautiful backdrop.

The cake table had a navy sequin linen that added to the presentation of the dramatic cake – created by a family friend for the couple.

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Guests were entertained all evening by the sounds of U.S. Beat with their always amazing performance.

This wedding  was fun from beginning to end and when it was time for the party to end, guests were begging for more.

The couple departed through a ribbon fanfare to begin their new life together.

We wish Jenny & Ben a lifetime of Happiness of their own fairy tale.

The amazing vendor team contributing to this wedding:

Venue ~ Chateau Elan

Bride’s Dress ~ New Natalie’s

Bridesmaids Dresses ~ New Natalie’s

Groom and Groomsmen Attire ~ Jos. A Banks

Hair and Make-up ~ Brushworx On Location Hair and Make-up

Photography ~ Brenda Upton Photography

Videography ~ Matt G Video

Floral Design ~ Edge Design Group

Ceremony Musicians ~ Pianist and Flutist from U.S. Beat

Reception Entertainment ~ U.S. Beat

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

 

March 19, 2017

Fall wedding beauty for Shelby & Drew!

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Fall is such a beautiful time, with colorful leaves, usually crisp temperatures and blue skies.  When you add to that a gorgeous bride and a handsome groom, you have the makings for something spectacular! Such is the case for Shelby & Drew.

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With venue, Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club, selected, Shelby begin putting her thoughts into the vision for her wedding day.  She selected The Stables as the ceremony and reception site, which lends itself to a rustic vibe – but NOT a mason jar type of vibe, rather an elegant, sophisticated rustic vibe.

She selected some pretty amazing vendors to carry out her vision, such as Christina Robbins (Hair) and McKenzie Mann (Make-up), Happy Everything Company (Photographer),  Low Country Catering, Sweet Creations by Candi Pittman (Cake), John Amoroso (Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musician), Hip and Hitched (DJ & Sax player), Mary McLeod with Amy Osaba (Florals), Hometown Crew (Videographer) and ShutterBooth (PhotoBooth).  Along with the JBEvents Team, these vendors expertly created and conveyed Shelby’s dream wedding.

There were a couple of adorable features that we really loved.  One was a handmade cross used at the altar.  The other was the oar used for their guest registration.  As I try to impress on all of my clients, be unique, bring your personality out in the wedding – and this couple truly did.

Take a look at the images below and I think you will agree, this was a gorgeous wedding.  What’s your favorite part? {Thank you to Happy Everything Co. for sharing these images!}

We wish Shelby & Drew a lifetime of happiness!!!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day!!

 

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

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. 

 

 

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.  

June 12, 2014

4 Seasons of Love for Jessie & Tyler!

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Sign for hashtag Four Seasons Hotel ~ Atlanta Bright and Early on the wedding day, the team from Formal Faces arrived to make all of the ladies more beautiful than they usually are.  The bride wore her long tresses in a half-up, half-down style with gentle curls falling past her shoulders.   The Beautiful Bride Touching up the lips before the ceremony.   The girls were adorably dressed in matching, monogrammed robes  – a gift from the bride.  This made for some cute photos!  Before it was time to get Jessie in her dress, the girls and the mother of the Bride participated in a toast to the new Mrs. to be! The girls Empty glasses = missing Bubbly Popping the Bubbly!  Cheers! Cheers to the Bride! Once the toasting was complete, it was time to get Jessie into her dress.  The dress she selected came from Sweet Elegance Bridal salon.  The designer was Allure.  The gown was ivory and the style was a fluffy ballgown which was very princess like.  Her cathedral-length veil had delicate lace detail and swarovski crystals. The Dress Detail on dress The Dress in the Gallery Veil Back of Brides gown Bridal Portrait on Grand Staircase at the Four Seasons The bridesmaids wore strapless chiffon cornflower blue dresses.  The style was very flattering on each of them and were perfect for a warm, Spring day wedding. Bridal Party on Grand Stairs at the Four Seasons Bridesmaids and Bouquets We enjoyed working with Haley & Daryl of H&D Photography on this wedding and appreciate them providing many of the images in this post.  The Groom and Groomsmen looked handsome in their classic, traditional black tuxedos from Men’s Wearhouse. Groom reading letter from Bride Groom's gift of cigars Groom getting ready Guys getting ready Groom portrait Groom's Bout from Chelsea Floral Design The guys at the church Guys chillin before the ceremony One of the highlights of the day, which was a surprise for the Groom, was the arrival of the GT Ramblin Reck.  Judging from the reaction of Tyler, I would have to say he was surprised and thrilled to have this special car providing transportation for he and his bride-to-be. Groom seeing his surprise of the GT Ramblin Wreck Groom with the GT Ramblin Wreck Groom with the GT Ramblin Wreck Guys with the GT Ramblin Wreck Ready for a Test Drive in the GT Ramblin Wreck Guys in the GT Ramblin Wreck Bride peeking when Groom see the GT Ramblin Wreck The couple departed the church in the Ramblin Reck which was very photo-worthy! Bride getting into the GT Ramblin Wreck Beautiful bride Cute couple Kissing couple in the GT Ramblin Wreck Couple in the Rumble seat of the GT Ramblin Wreck Jessie and Tyler in the Wreck Groom helping Bride out of the GT Ramblin Wreck Bride & Groom in Rumble Seat of GT Ramblin Wreck Couple in the Rumble Seat of Ramblin Wreck Happy Couple in the Ramblin Wreck Bride and Groom arriving in GT Ramblin Wreck Posing with the GT Ramblin Wreck The beautiful florals were provided by Chelsea  Floral Design.  The ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel looked spectacular.  Using white/cream and blue hydrangea in a variety of centerpieces along with votive candles in mercury glass vases created a very elegant setting.  The personal flowers were also beautiful! Brides Bouquet by Chelsea Floral Design Brides bouquet by Chelsea Floral Design Brides Bouquet by Chelsea Floral Design Table Decor by Chelsea Floral Design Tall centerpiece by Chelsea Floral Design Place setting Tall centerpiece Guest Table decor by Chelsea Floral Design Head Table It was a pleasure to work with one of our favorite videographers on this wedding, Joseph Leone of Leone Productions! The wedding party and guests were transported from the host hotel, The Four Seasons, by two of the GT Stinger’s.  This provided a fun and memorable experience for the guests whether they were GT fans or not. Wedding Party and Guests rode in style on the Tech Trolley Bridesmaids and Brides brother on the Trolley going to the church As a special treat during the ceremony, the guests were serenaded by Lisa Kelly, formerly of the Celtic Women.  She sang several selections during the wedding. Lisa Kelly, formerly of Celtic Women, provided special during the ceremony Lisa Kelly of Celtic Women As guests arrived back at The Four Seasons for Cocktail Hour, they were greeted not only with refreshing beverages and delicious hors d’oeuvre, but also with the piano stylings of Steve Jade on the Ivories. Cocktail Hour Pianist, Steve Jade Providing the entertainment for the dinner and dancing was Joel of Lethal Rhythms.  The guests had a great time strutting their stuff on the dance floor. Party on Dancing crowd Couple dancing One special activity incorporated into the reception that is steeped in tradition, especially in the South, is the Cake Pulls.  Dating back to the Victorian Era, the single ladies (in our case, the Bridesmaids) each pull a ribbon out that has been placed in the cake.  On the end of the ribbon is a charm.  Each charm has a special meaning, for instance, whoever pulls the charm of a ring is said to be the next to get married.  The bride and bridesmaids had so much fun partaking in this old tradition! Cake cutting Groom feeding Bride Bride feeding Groom Toasting Bride and Bridesmaids ready for the Cake Pull Showing their treasures Happy Bride The Cake Pull Charms Cake Pull with Bridesmaids The happy couple departed through bubbles to the awaiting elevator as their guests bid them their Best Wishes as they begin their new married life! Bubble Fanfare Kissing among the bubbles Couple walking through the bubbles Bubble Fanfare Making their escape We were thrilled to work with this family and to produce a flawless wedding for Jessie & Tyler.  We wish them a lifetime of Happiness!!! Enjoy more images from the wonderful day.   Invitation Suite Touching up the lips before the ceremony. Bride opening gift from Groom. Gift from the Groom Bride reading letter from Groom Bride Leaving hotel for the Ceremony Beautiful Bride in the Atlantic Limousine Limo Bride arriving at the church in an Atlantic Limo Bride and her dad before walking down the aisle Bride and Flower Girl right before the ceremony Ceremony Program Bride and her dad before the walk down the aisle The walk The guys awaiting the bride Flower Girl Ceremony Giving of the Bride The Kiss The newly married couple Mr and Mrs. Happy Couple The wedding party Fun wedding party photo Couple portrait Couple with Four Seasons behind them Couple on the Grand Staircase of the Four Seasons The big reveal of the reception set-up Wedding cake by Four Seasons Guest Book display Guest Book and photos Koozie in Use Koozies for Guests Bride's Shoes Bride and Groom at end of Reception 1st Dance First Dance Daddy and his little girl Father Daughter Dance Father Daughter dance Mother Son Dance Mother Son dance Bouquet Toss Garter Throw The new Mr & Mrs Escort Card display Late Night Snack ~ Sliders and Fries   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.  

May 3, 2013

Bridesmaid Dresses

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:00 am by JBEvents

 

Selecting the bridesmaid dresses is very often a daunting task and it is easy to see why ~ you have to consider the body shape of your attendants, the color that will look best on them, the style that will be flattering on everyone, as well as the color and style that best suits your overall wedding taste.  In addition to all of those considerations, there is also the cost of the dress.  Most of my clients are very conscientious of the price point for their attendants, but even so, many attendants still have qualms about spending the required amount.

The good news is that so many major retailers are now carrying a line of bridesmaid dresses.  Some of our favorite stores even have options, like J. Crew, Ann Taylor, and Banana Republic.  But now, another large retailer has entered the market, Target, and I have to say, the options are wonderful and the prices are excellent.  I have seen virtually the same style dresses on several of my clients bridal parties but I would venture to say the price tag on those dresses were considerably higher.  

The options include not only a variety of styles but popular color options as well.  It might be worth checking them out, especially since the price point will be most appreciated by your attendants allowing them to afford a better shower and wedding gift for you!  

Take a look and see what you think!!

Crossover V-neck Sateen Dress from Target

Crossover V-neck Sateen Dress from Target

One Shoulder Dress with Rosettes on Shoulder from Target

One Shoulder Dress with Rosettes on Shoulder from Target

One Shoulder Shantung Dress from Target

One Shoulder Shantung Dress from Target

Pleated Bodice Shantung Strapless long dress from Target

Pleated Bodice Shantung Strapless long dress from Target

Ring-neck Sateen Dress from Target

Ring-neck Sateen Dress from Target

Crossover Ruffled neck dress from Target

Crossover Ruffled neck dress from Target

Ruffled neck dress in Shantung from Target

Ruffled neck dress in Shantung from Target

Scoop neck taffeta dress ~ Target

Scoop neck Taffeta dress from Target

Strapless Chiffon Long Dress ~ Target

Strapless crossover bodice Chiffon Long Dress from Target

Strapless Taffeta Dress ~ Target

Strapless Taffeta Dress with side peplum from Target

Janice Blackmon Events ~ A full-service event planning firm offering a variety of packages so clients can determine the level of assistance they need!  Our philosophy is that with our assistance, your event will be flawless!!!

May 4, 2012

Never put your special da…

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Never put your special day in the hands of someone that doesn’t share YOUR vision!!! A Consultant /Planner should be there to offer advice and suggestions based upon experience while maintaining the vision of the client and not their own.

(Janice Blackmon of Janice Blackmon Events – a premier wedding consultant and event planner)

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