September 16, 2016

Next in the Series…From Planner to MOB!!

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:51 am by JBEvents

Continuing the series “From Planner to MOB” takes us now to what has transpired since the last post.  

Jessica has selected her wedding party!!  She created these adorable boxes filled with goodies that had a message asking each to be a part of her bridal party.  She did a great job on the gifts!

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Once the bridal party was selected, next came DRESS SHOPPING!  

We visited a few bridal salons and Jessica enjoyed the process of trying on dresses.  We had appointments at each store – so we were not just walk-in customers.  I must interject one thing here, as a Planner, my clients through the years have used some of these same stores for their wedding gown, but experiencing it on the other side was somewhat eye-opening.  Probably the biggest difference between our appointments was how we were treated. At one store, which happened to be the first we visited, we were constantly being reminded of how much time we had left for our appointment.  I thought this was very interesting in that the stylist made a comment one time when we still had over 45 minutes left – which should be plenty of time to try on dresses – however, she truly made us feel that our time wasn’t as important as her time or that we were just a “number”.  In addition, as with all bridal salons, you are instructed to go through and pick out dresses that you are interested in trying so that the stylist can determine your interest.  It is their job to make recommendations on other styles that they feel will best fit your body type (and budget) – however, with the first appointment, of the group of dresses Jessica initially selected (which by the way were available in her size and budget), she only tried on one, whereas the stylist pulled a few other dresses that were not even close to what she had chosen. When we asked about when we would get to other dresses she was interested in, basically she ignored out inquiry or reminded us of how much time we had left.  I felt bad for Jessica, and left wondering if this truly is how all of my other clients have been treated in this particular store.  

The next day we had two appointments and they were drastically different from our first experience.  In both stores, Jessica selected dresses that she had an interest in which the stylist did pull, however, the stylist worked with Jessica and pulled several others based upon her criteria.  Both of the stylists spent time with her answering questions, suggesting options and made her feel special.  THIS is how every store should make you feel. She did select her DRESS.  It was a hard decision for her because she really had 2 that she fell in love with, but she made the decision on the one that she felt matched her style and theme.  We have checked off selecting a dress on our Check List.  I won’t share any details about the dress other than she said she felt like Cinderella…you will have to wait until the wedding to see that photo!  :o)

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Next up — the date and venue and vendor selection!!!

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

 

July 12, 2016

Rachel & Felipe’s Gorgeous, Elegant Wedding

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The love was palatable all around for Rachel & Felipe’s wedding.  Their 1st Look was one of the sweetest exchanges I’ve ever witnessed.  They were so adorable seeing each other and the setting was magical. Tears of Happiness flowed from both of them and made the anticipation of the ceremony even higher.

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The Georgian Terrace Hotel was the venue for the wedding and as always the service was impeccable.  This historic venue offers a gorgeous backdrop for a wedding and the renovated, spacious guest rooms, allow guests to enjoy their stay right in the city with so many activities close-by. Rachel got ready in her Penthouse Suite and as you will see, she and her bridal party had some fun in one of the bathrooms in the Suite. 

Event Savvy designed the fabulous decor.  The color palette was lavender, pinks and creams.  The linens and decor for the reception were exquisite! All of the details of the decor were just perfect and it was such a pleasure working with Doris and her team!!

Luna Strings provided the Ceremony and Cocktail Hour music, while Ascension Band kept the crowd partying all night.

Angie Webb of Suburbanite Photography captured the stunning photos.  We send a special THANK YOU to her for sharing them with us!

We wish Rachel & Felipe a lifetime of Happiness!!!

Enjoy the the beautiful photos!

 

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, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Sarasota, Florida.

June 22, 2016

Celebrating the Nuptials of Kristin & Ryan

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There aren’t enough adjectives to describe Kristin & Ryan’s gorgeous wedding.  The classic and elegant style with a nod towards old Hollywood glam was expertly portrayed.  The color palette was Green, Gold, Navy and Ivory.  You could feel the love in the air and of course see the beauty.  Michelle Landreau captured some amazing images and since they say “A picture is worth a thousand words”, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!  Enjoy!!

 

We enjoyed working with the following vendors to make this wedding fabulous and flawless!

Ceremony Venue:  Northside United Methodist Church

Reception Venue:  The Georgian Terrace Hotel

Brides Dress:  Vera Wang

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Dessy

Groom and Groomsmen Attire:  Jos. A. Banks

Floral Design:  Chelsea Floral Design Studio

Photographer:  Michelle Landreau of Morning Light by Michelle Landreau

Reception Entertainment:  DJ Suspense

Photo Booth:  ShutterBooth

Cake:  Frosted Pumpkin

Hair and Make-up:  Formal Faces 

Transportation:  Atlantic Limousine and Transportation

Wishing Kristin & Ryan 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 execution of their event.  Offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Sarasota/Tampa Bay, Florida.

June 1, 2016

Superheros were present when Ali & Chris Tied the Knot

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This wedding was filled with so many personal touches and LOVE!  One of the things I always tell and encourage my clients is to bring their personalities into the wedding, therefore branding and creating a truly unique celebration!  Ali & Chris did just that.  

I loved the Escort Cards display!  Ali procured photos of all of her guests which were used to inform guests of their table assignment.  She made adorable signage  that said “Find your Face to Find Your Place”.  Very unique and creative.

The groom and his party wore superhero shirts that they had fun exposing during the photos.  Even his cake topper had a superhero cape.   Super cute!!!

Ali & Chris wore custom converse sneakers monogrammed with Mr. J and Mrs. J.

Guests received personalized ceramic coasters as their favors to remember the wonderful wedding!

We wish Ali & Chris a lifetime of Happiness!!!!

Venue:  Summer Grove Golf Club

Photographer:  A&A Photography

DJ:  Andrew Clough Productions

Cupcakes:  Smallcakes Bakery

Minister:  Cameron Bowman

Janice Blackmon Events is a special events planning firm specializing in assisting our clients with innovative ideas, creative design and flawless execution of their event. 

March 18, 2016

Rho & Davon’s Beautiful Wedding

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We had so much fun working with this couple to plan their beautiful wedding!!  

We selected Hyatt Regency Atlanta at Villa Christina for the venue.  The decor of the Hotel creates such a lovely backdrop.  

Rho and her bridal party selected their gowns from Alfred Angelo.  The bridal party wore a Jade hue, while the Maid of Honor wore Teal.  Rho’s shoes were AMAZING teal, Badgley Mischka peep-toe pumps.  

Davon and his guys looked handsome in their tuxedos from Savvi.

One of the Bride’s bridesmaids provided the hair styling for the day and the girls assisted each other with their make-up.  

The couple created a very unique Ceremony Program.  Guests were entertained by reading facts about the couple and their relationship as well as seeing how many States were represented by those attending. 

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Chelsea Floral Design Studio successfully created the bride’s vision with the personal flowers and reception decor.  The designs were classic and elegant with a slightly contemporary twist.  

Hilarye from Fotographa captured the amazing images of the day and you can enjoy them below. 

Also on hand was Joseph Leone, of Leone Productions creating the wedding video so that the couple can relive the day over and over.

The linens, provided by CoverUps, created the perfect look in the Ballroom to carry out the Teal and Black theme. 

One of the more contemporary touches was the wedding cake created by the Pastry Chef at the venue.  With a base of simple white, Teal and Black ribbons were placed artistically on the cake to give a geometric visual presentation. 

Marquee Events provided the music for the ceremony and the reception and as always were excellent.

The couple was surrounded by love from their closest friends and family and the joy could be felt by everyone.

The team of vendors were exceptional and we were honored to have partnered with each one to create another flawless wedding!

We wish Rho & Davon 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.  

March 6, 2015

Military Wedding at the Vineyard!

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The wedding of Kelly & John is one that was filled with so much beauty.  The couple could be mistaken for models and the added bonus of John being in the military makes for even more gushing.  

The setting was Chateau Elan.  Ceremony was held in the Atrium with Reception to follow in the Debussy Ballroom. The grandeur of the venue itself proves a fabulous backdrop, but add to that the creative genius of JWilbur of EventScapes and you have truly a photo-worthy wedding.  Several special touches with the decor were incorporated, such as alphabet decals placed on the mirrors in the pre-function area directing guests to which display they would locate their table assignment card.  JWilbur also created a stunning arch for use at the ceremony.  You can see more of the lovely details in the photos below provided by Kristen Alexander.

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One fun detail for the couple was the Groom’s cake – created by Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes.  Kelly wanted to surprise John with a nod to her alma mater, Auburn University, so the cake was designed with the decor of his alma mater, Ole Miss, on the outside, but inside the cake, the layers were blue and orange.  Everyone had a chuckle at that little twist.

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Guests had a blast on the dance floor boogieing down to the musical stylings of Yacht Rock Schooner.  

It was a pleasure working with all of the vendors on this wedding to create the memorable wedding day for our client.  

The Team of Vendors

Make-up artists:  The Moore Agency

Wedding and Groom’s cakes:  Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes

Ceremony musician:  Keith Gehle

Ceremony soloist:  Toni Byrd

Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Chateau Elan

Childcare providers:  Elegant Event Sitters

Decor:  JWilbur of EventScapes Atlanta

Dessert Buffet:  Alon’s Bakery

Linens:  CoverUps Linens

Officiant: Rev. Mike Lowe

Photographer:  Kristen Alexander

Photo Booth:  ShutterBooth

Planning and Coordination:  Janice Blackmon Events

Special thanks to Kristen Alexander for providing the images.  I’m sure you will enjoy them!!

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We wish Kelly & John 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 execution of their event!

March 22, 2013

The Great Znoskey aka Annie & Stephen’s Wedding!!

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It was such a pleasure to work with this family and assist with the planning of the 1920’s inspired wedding!  The selection of the venue was important for many reasons, but being able to carry the 20’s theme out with the surroundings led us to one of my favorite hotels, The Georgian Terrace.  With it’s rich history and stunning architecture it was the perfect backdrop for the wedding.

Giving a nod to The Great Gatsby, the couple titled their event The Great Znoskey – which not only set the tone for the theme, but was a cute play on their last names.  The bride even had shirts embroidered with the logo which they wore for many of the pre-wedding festivities as well as during hair and make-up!

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Keeping with the 20’s theme, Annie choose a hairstyle that was perfect for the time period as well as her dress.  The Moore Agency provided the Hair and Make-up and did such a wonderful job {as always}.  All of the ladies looked lovely.

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Heidi of Our Labor of Love was on hand to capture the amazing images throughout the day.  She was such a pleasure to work with and I think you will agree the images are stunning!!  Her team also provided the Photo Booth {Smile Booth} which was a HUGE hit during the reception.

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The ceremony was held at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus {formerly Sacred Heart}.  This is such a beautiful church.  The detail inside is so intricate and exquisite.

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One of the brides sisters created the Bridal bouquet which was made of vintage brooches and white feathers.  It was fabulous!  Ann Potter created the floral decor for the wedding.  The bridesmaid bouquets were styled with White Anemone’s and white roses and each bouquet had a vintage brooch incorporated into the design.

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As the couple exited the church, they were greeted by a vintage car complete with a Rumble seat. The couple climbed aboard and departed for the reception.

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Guests arrived at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, and were treated to delicious Hors D’oeuvres and cocktails while the finishing touches were completed on the Ballroom.  The guests were informed of their seating assignments with Escort cards that looked like old shipping labels.  Each card had a vintage styled key attached with a delicate ivory ribbon. The Guest Book was a coffee table book on the Art Deco era – perfect for the theme.

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At the appropriate time, Guests were invited into the Grand Ballroom where servers greeted them with flutes of Champagne.  The Father of the Bride welcomed everyone while the Bride and Groom observed the crowd from the Balcony.  At the end of the Father’s welcome, he toasted the newlyweds as guests turned to see them waving from the Balcony ~ with the Groom properly attired in a Top Hat and stole.

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A delicious buffet was enjoyed by all in attendance and once the guests were full, they took to the dance floor and danced the night away to the  music of  Bogey and The Viceroy’s.  The band was excellent and the guests kept the dance floor full all night long.

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The beautiful cake was provided by For Goodness Cakes.  The designs decorating the tiers were a continuation of the designs used in the stationery suite.

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The Smile Booth kept guests entertained by posing with a variety of props – including boas, crowns, Viking helmet, glasses, as well as long strands of beads and pearls, feather hats and other fun items.  Some guests enjoyed the props so much, they kept them on for the rest of the evening.

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Annie had a dress change mid-way through the reception.  We snuck her out so that she could change into a true 1920’s Flapper dress.  It was a gorgeous dress, heavily beaded and was perfect to carry through the theme.  She also have a vintage ivory sequined coat she wore when they departed.

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After all of the dancing, guests had worked up an appetite and to satisfy that need, they were treated to Hot Dogs and Hamburgers from The Varsity.  What a huge hit!

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When the night drew to an end, the couple made their way to their waiting car amidst the cheering crowd raising sparklers to wish the couple well.

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There were so many beautiful touches all throughout the event!!  I hope that you will enjoy viewing more photos from the celebration.  Special thanks to Heidi of Our Labor of Love photographers for providing the majority of the images in this post with the exception of a few snapshots I took during set-up.  

We wish a lifetime of happiness to Annie and Stephen!!!!!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your most special day!

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July 11, 2012

Kristin + Bobby = True Love Forever

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What a beautiful day for an amazing couple in a fabulous venue for a wedding!  Hopefully you will forgive me for all of the adjectives once you read and see what I’m talking about!

Kristin and Bobby selected Greensboro 1st United Methodist Church to exchange vows and the Lake Club at Reynolds Plantation for the reception. 

The church was beautiful and very spacious.  There is a very large Narthex area which has the feel of a mountain lodge – complete with a huge stone fireplace.  The staff (church hostess and sound technician) were so accommodating and helpful.  The brides room was  large and had an area perfect for hair/make-up services ~ which is so rare!

The girls arrived at the church to receive their hair and make-up services provided by Julie and Heidi of Formal Faces.  Everyone looked gorgeous. 

The bridesmaids dresses were STUNNING!  They were purchased at Wedding Angels and were tangerine with a floral rosette detail around the hemlines. 

Kristin’s dress was incredible.  The beading detail was just beautiful.  The sash that she added was the perfect touch!  She looked gorgeous!!!!

Capturing the images of the day was Adam Linke and Mickie of The Decisive Moment.  We loved working with them!!!  What a treat you are in for…as the images included in this post are from Adam!! {thank you so much for providing the gorgeous images}!!

It was also fun working with Jonathan Nye of Evolution Video again.  He is a great and extremely talented guy.  I’m happy to say he is one of my preferred vendors!!  I know that Kristin and Bobby will be thrilled with the video Jonathan is creating for them.

The Groom’s grandfather presided over the ceremony – making for a truly touching vow exchange.

The Lake Club at Reynolds Plantation is a Private Member’s-Only Club.  The venue sits right on Lake Oconee.  The main level of the venue overlooks the pools which are amazing.  One pool – which is more family friendly has these amazing tubular slides and the other pool is an infinity pool directly overlooking Lake Oconee ~ very serene.  I kept thinking how fun it would be to have a full Wedding Party Trash the attire session by coming down the tube slides…but I digress.

The entry foyer of the Club is in the shape of an octagon – which provides visual interest.  A round residential table in the center of the room held photos of the couple and a lovely towering centerpiece.   Early in the wedding planning process, Kristin purchased favor containers in the shape of shopping bags which were monogrammed with their names and wedding date.  When trying to determine how to provide guests their table assignments, I suggested she use the boxes and place the guests names and table assignments on them, so they become a personalized favor.  The boxes then served two purposes  – Escort Card and Favor.  They were filled with spiced pecans.  The boxes were topped with adorable ribbons in the citrus color theme of the wedding! This was a great way of making double use of an item!

Guests had a BLAST taking turns in the Photo booth provided by Majestic Photo Booth.  The guests were able to have photos to take away with them while another copy of the photos were placed in a scrapbook for the couple.  Guests wrote messages in the scrapbook which I’m sure will be entertaining to look back over in the years ahead.

The couple also had a booked filled with their engagement photos that guests wrote sweet messages in.  The photo books are such a wonderful way to share the engagement photos the couples have taken while also serving as a very special keepsake with the messages from those attending the celebration. 

One other method of guests providing well wishes, encouragement, and words of guidance were note cards which were in envelopes that had been decorated to include a specific Anniversary year when the couple should open the note.  What a wonderful way of providing a remembrance of those who celebrated your wedding day by reading their messages years later.  I have to wonder if Kristin and Bobby will actually wait the length of time indicated on each envelope or if they will “cheat” and open them all at once. I think if it were me – cheating would be involved!  🙂

Rhythm Nation from East Coast Entertainment, provided the high-energy entertainment for the evening.  Guests were having a great time dancing to the tunes!  It is always a pleasure to work with this group.  They are very talented as well as being easy to work with.

Le Petit Jardin  provided florals for the wedding.  Kristin wanted a somewhat rustic chic look to the decor.  Debbie used a variety of flowers in the decor, but Sunflowers were prevalent. Lanterns and hurricane vases were utilized throughout the decor. Glass spheres were attached to the chandeliers which hung down over the dance floor area.  They sparkled as the lights danced off them providing a magical look.

The wedding and groom’s cakes were provided by Cake Design by Debra.  The groom works for a brick company and so his Groom’s cake gave homage to his favorite sports teams as well as his occupation. The wedding cake mimicked  the bride’s dress with lace details covering the the top and sides with an accent bow.

A late night snack of Banana Pudding was offered to the guests in keeping with a southern touch. Judging from how quickly they disappeared, I would say they were delicious!

When it was time for the party to end, guests donned flower leis and had finger streamers to fling as the couple made their way to the waiting Horse and Carriage.  This was a fitting fanfare since the couple spent their honeymoon in Hawaii!

It was such a pleasure working with this couple and we wish them a lifetime of Happiness!!!

To see a slideshow of the wedding – please click the link below ~ compliments of The Decisive Moment!

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Now, the professional images ~ with just a few of my snapshots thrown in!