October 13, 2011

Behind the Scenes as Whitney and Brett tie the knot!!!

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I wanted this blog post to be a little different from the others so I hope you enjoy it.

 Based upon where a client chooses to have their event, many times it is necessary to have what we in the industry call a “room flip” or “room transition”.  This is where the same space is used for more than one part of the event; however, the look of the space is transformed for each different segment.  That was the case with the wedding of Whitney and Brett. The changing of the room involves many people and has to happen usually in an hour or less.  For this wedding, it included removing the ceremony chairs, rolling in tables, placing the correct number of chairs at each table, having the DJ arrive and set up all of their equipment, setting of all tables with linens, décor, place settings, etc., filling of the water glasses, placing favors, table numbers and menus among other tasks.

The venue, which happens to be one of my favorites, King Plow Arts Center, was their chosen location for their ceremony and reception.  With the assistance of the vendors, this wedding was a beautiful combination of team work as well as the mixing of DIY and professional touches.  The result was stunning.

We had a photography team documenting some of the details of the day as well as showing what goes on behind the scenes during a “room flip”.  A huge thank you goes out to Rebekah and Melissa of R. Wigley Photo for shooting the images for us! They caught the JBEvents team in action as we produced this flawless event as well as capturing the room-flip.  Although the photos are not presented in a time-lapse manner, you can see how things happened to get the room ready. 

The wonderful vendors that worked together to create the awesome wedding were:

Brides Dress:  Bride Beautiful

Bridesmaids Dresses:  Bridals by Lori

Mens formal attire:  MW Tux

Venue:  King Plow Arts Center

Caterer:  Bold American

Floral designer:  Tulip

Ceremony Musician:  Keith Gehle – Classical guitar

Officiant:  Chaplain Jeremiah O’Keefe-West

Photographer:  Brenda Upton

Reception Entertainment:  D Street Entertainment

Linens:  Chair Covers and Linens

Cake:  Caryn’s Cakes

Cookies:  Friend of the family

Transportation:  Cooper-Atlanta

The bride provided many of the décor items for her vision.  To keep with her rustic, chic theme, Whitney provided lanterns which were incorporated into the centerpiece designs.  A ton of candles were used and especially in that venue it provides such a stunning glowing effect. 

Her father crafted several items which were used in the décor as well as creating custom wine bottle stoppers for all of the guests.  They were a huge hit!

This group – and I have to say led by the Father of the Bride, were into having fun.  Not only did the Father’s toast have everyone laughing hysterically when he provided Brett with the dowry of a blow-up sheep and a rubber chicken – but then later in the evening, the Father and the groomsmen donned ZZ Top like beards and hats and did a little song and dance for the crowd.   

The couple made their escape amid sparklers into their waiting car where they drove off into the night as they begin their life as a happily married couple!

We thank Whitney and Brett for allowing us to be a part of their wedding day and wish them a lifetime of Happiness!

 

 

 

 

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September 12, 2011

Can’t get enough of….

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Usually in all of my posts, I mention that the images included are my non-professional snap shots and that when professional images are available they will be posted.  Well – in keeping with my word, I hope that you will enjoy watching this slideshow from the weddings of Becky & David and Pamela & Brian.

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Details of the events:

Becky & David:

Venue:  King Plow Arts Center

Caterer:  Bold American Events

Hair/Make-up:  Authentic Beauty

Dress:  Bride Beautiful

Photography:  Robin Gaucher Photography

Ceremony Musician:  Catherine Rogers ~ Harpist

Floral designer:  Tulip

Cake:  Caryn’s Cakes

Linens:  I Do Linens

Chiavari Chairs & Square Hi-boys:  Peachtree Tents and Events

Reception Entertainment:  Band X

Transportation:  Cooper-Atlanta Transportation

 

Pamela & Brian:

Venue:  The Georgian Terrace Hotel

Make-up:  Formal Faces

Dress:  Priscilla of Boston

Bridesmaids Dresses:  Priscilla of Boston

Photographer:  Brandelyn Lee Photography

Ceremony Musicians:  Axtell Productions (Harp & Violin)

Florist:  Blueberry Spring

Groom’s attire:  MW Tux

Officiant:  Jeremiah O’Keefe-West

Cake:  Frosted Pumpkin

Linens:  I Do Linens

Chiavari Chairs, Aisle Runner, White Dance Floor, Flatware:  Event Rentals Unlimited

Reception Entertainment:  Axtell Productions ~ Moxie Band

Transportation:  Atlantic Limousine and Transportation

Favors:  The Varsity

I hope you enjoy re-visiting these beautiful weddings and that perhaps they may inspire you to begin planning YOUR Special event.  While weddings are our specialty, we also create, design and produce many other types of events to include Mitzvahs, Corporate events, private parties, Prom’s/Homecomings and other types of special occasions. We know what it takes to make every event, stress free and flawless!

 

 

 

 

 

April 3, 2011

Just like the Rain…Happiness and Beauty was Everywhere!

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The forecast was not in our favor, but the excitement, happiness and beauty put a warm smile on everyone’s face.

 

Hair and make-up for the bride, her mom and her maid of honor began at the host hotel, The Renaissance, formerly Hotel Palomar.  Aly and Hollie from Authentic Beauty created the “pin-up doll” look for both bride and Maid of Honor. 

 

It began raining prior to us departing the hotel, but we were able to get everyone loaded into their vehicles without too much wetness and get the bridal party and her family over to King Plow Arts Center

 

Once there, Becky slipped on her dress and the photos with Robin Gaucher Photography began.  Despite the rain, Robin and her assistant, Jennifer, were able to get some fabulous shots in and around King Plow. 

 

Photos continued with David, his Best Man and his family – while they too were dodging raindrops.  I always have umbrellas with me – which tend to provide some fun backdrops/props for photos when the weather doesn’t completely cooperate.

 

The Main Gallery was the setting for the ceremony.  Heather with Tulip created a beautiful look using the bride’s choice of colors, black, white and yellow.  Heather utilized white columns with large black vases filled with Forsythia branches at the alter area and the beginning of the aisle.  She then lined the aisle with various height cylinders and floating candles, which just glowed like the couple themselves.  The alter area also had 2 more of the columns with the vases and both were surrounded with more candles.  The ceremony area truly looked magical.

 

Catherine Rogers, provided the serene music of the harp as guests arrived and during the ceremony.  She is always such a joy to work with and her musicianship, flexibility, talent as well as assistance with clients to determine the exact music for their wedding that reflects their style is incomparable.  

 

After the ceremony, guests were invited into the Front and Middle Gallery’s where they were greeted with hors d’oeuvres and beverages.  A total of 12 highboy tables alternating with round and square designs

were placed around the space.  Peachtree Tents and Events provided the square highboys as all as all of the chiavari chairs and stools.  The square highboys had lovely black twisted linen while the round highboy tables had white twisted linen.  Tamara Gollob of I Do Linens provided the linens.  Her selections of linen’s, which include custom linens designed for any occasion, are nothing less than amazing! The square highboys had white chiavari bar stools placed around them for the guests wanting to have a seat. 

 

While the guests were indulging in the tasty treats during Cocktail Hour, the vendors and staff were busy with transitioning the Main Gallery for the dinner and dancing portion of the reception.  In keeping with the color theme, each table had a black underlay and then half of the tables had a black and white patterned overlay that created such visual interest.  Black chiavari chairs were placed around the tables.  The bride and groom were seated at a Sweetheart Table that had yet another black and white linen that most definitely set that table apart. 

 

Various styles of centerpieces were placed on the tables utilizing monochromatic combinations of yellow tulips, callas, daffodils, and mums, white orchids among other white blooms, green bells of Ireland and purple irises.  Surrounded by votive candles, each table had so much interest and was just beautiful.

 

The couple chose a trio of stations that offered a delicious array of some of Bold American’s signature dishes.  There was South City Kitchen Fried Chicken Station that had various side dishes to include biscuits and corn muffins. Another popular station among the guests was the chef attended Macaroni and Cheese bar.  You could add your choice of a variety of toppings.  Rounding out the trio was a tenderloin carving station.  Judging from guests that kept coming back to get more of the delectable goodies, the choices of the couple were perfect. 

 

Caryn Nash of Caryn’s Cakes provided the most adorable mini-cupcakes along with an 8’ cake that the couple used for their ceremonial cake cutting.  Among the flavors were Red Velvet, Chocolate and vanilla.  Tulip designed the cake table to include various levels of cupcake displays as well as a milk-white cake stand, which held the couple’s cake.  The display was just beautiful.

 

Keeping the crowd on their feet throughout the reception was Band X.  Performing selections from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and even contemporary hits of today.  Their energy was contagious and the guests were literally on the dance floor all night. 

 

Cooper-Atlanta Transportation provided shuttle service for the guests as well as the Bride and Groom as they departed amidst their friends and family on the mini-bus back to the hotel.  I’m pretty sure the party didn’t stop once they reached their destination – which is a testament to just how much fun everyone had.

 

The JBEvents Team – consisting of Jessica, Sheena, Erin and myself, were so pleased to have been a part of this celebration of love.  We wish Becky and David a lifetime of happiness!!!!

 

October 29, 2010

Gorgeous Destination Wedding of Elizabeth and Chase!!!

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When you combine a beautiful venue with wonderful clients you get nothing less than a fabulous wedding.  This particular family is very special to me as I did the sisters wedding several years ago which was also a gorgeous and flawless event. 

  

Elizabeth and Chase selected their wedding venue as Barnsley Gardens.  There are so many reasons why selecting a venue such as this is perfect for a short-destination wedding.  Guests had a choice of staying on-property or at two other hotels nearby in Rome.  Regardless of where the guests stayed – they could enjoy the beauty of Barnsley whether they wanted to play a round of golf, or participate in lawn games such as croquet, badminton or bocce ball.  Even the bride planned a fun morning of games before she began getting ready for her wedding.  This fall day was perfect for the wedding.  Temps were in the mid to high 70’s with crystal clear blue skies. To enhance the beauty of the bride and her wedding party, Julie from Formal Faces came on-site to provide hair and make-up services.  They are such a delight to work with as they are always professional and make the clients feel so relaxed and important all the while creating beautiful hairstyles and make-up application that is true perfection. 

Elizabeth chose a gorgeous strapless ivory satin and lace gown.  The dress was a column style that flared out to a chapel train.  Her fingertip veil was also stunning and was trimmed in a coordinating lace.  She looked beautiful.   

    
  Her matron-of-honor, who is her sister, wore a taupe satin dress that looked fantastic.   

The Groom and his Best Man, his brother, wore custom made dark tan suits with a soft yellow tie.  They looked very handsome.

Maxine and Gabrielle of Edge Designs provided the floral décor for the day.  Using the deep, rich fall pallet, with accents of cream, a stunning look was created.  The bride’s bouquet was extra special in that pearls belonging to her deceased grandmother were intertwined into the bouquet.  This accent was not only beautiful but so touching for the family as they felt that although their grandmother wasn’t present personally she was there in spirit.   The reception décor included some of the guest tables being adorned with low lush centerpieces while others were donned with various size cylinders filled with floating candles.  As night drew upon the crowd, the tent was all-aglow with the candlelight, which further enhanced the romantic look of the event. 

One of the special details that I particularly enjoyed was the Table names.  Elizabeth and Chase went all around Atlanta and took photos of different street signs that meant something to them.  The stationer, took the photos, enlarged them, and printed them on cardboard and created table labels that were so unique and quite the conversation piece. 

 

Another interesting detail was that the Escort Cards were placed in the slats of antique shutters.  This was a vision that the bride had and after searching in various antique shops, one of her friends offered shutters that she uses in her own home as décor.  They were approximately 6 feet tall and dark green which was weathered.  The look was just perfect for the venue and style.

 

Capturing the images of the day was Michael Pugh.   He and his wife, Linda, were great to work with.  He had previously scouted out the area and determined the locations where he wanted certain photo ops to take place.  The couple decided that they wanted to see each other before the ceremony, and so the First Look was set-up in the Bamboo Garden on-site.  This was such an amazing spot for this intimate photo.  The groom, Chase, was placed in the center of the Bamboo Garden, and Elizabeth entered from one side.  The rays of the sun were streaming through and really made the location look enchanting.  
 

 

The 160 guests arrived to the venue and were greeted by a piper playing various tunes.  They then could be taken from the parking area by Golf Carts that brought them to the Historic Ruins where the ceremony would take place on the Perennial Garden lawn.  The gazebo provided a dramatic backdrop for the nuptials.  The Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, an ensemble directed by Thomas O’Donnell, provided the music for the ceremony.  The father of the bride created the song list and selected beautiful pieces that were unique and not the normal wedding songs that you hear all of the time.  It was a refreshing change. 
     

Immediately after the ceremony, guests were directed to the front of The Historic Ruins for a Group Photo with an old Cadillac that belongs to the couple.  The photographer arranged all of the guests so that the photo would incorporate the couple, the car, the Ruins and those celebrating their special day with them. 



  
  
  

Guests then were able to mingle while enjoying a variety of Hors d’oeuvres while the couple finished up photos and then had a private moment before joining the party. While guests were mingling, they were invited to sign the Guest Book.  One thing that I always recommend to my clients is to choose a type of guest registration that means something to them and is unique.  Elizabeth selected a Georgia Cookbook.  Guests were able to look through and find a favorite recipe and then write a message to the couple.  What a wonderful way to combine a love of cooking with remembering those that you love ~ so every time the couple breaks out the cookbook to find a new dish to try, they will be reminded of those that celebrated their wedding day with them.

  

 

 

Once it was time for the festivities to begin, guests were invited to find their seats under the tent.  As an alternative to the typical introduction by the DJ or MC for the evening, the Father of the Bride began by making a welcome speech and included the introduction of the couple.  I loved this very personal touch. 

  

 

The DJ, provided by Hartley Entertainment, played a dinner set so that guest could enjoy the delicious food prepared by the Barnsley Garden chef.  Once dinner was complete, the party began with the couple having their First Dance.  They chose the song, “You Belong to Me” by Patsy Cline.  A very touching moment came during the Father/Daughter dance, when the father danced his daughter over to her grandfather who then finished the dance with her.  I don’t think there were many dry eyes in the place. 

 

The couple requested that the DJ play Cupid Shuffle after the specialty dances were finished so that they could really get the party started and all the guests out on the dance floor.  It worked – and the dance floor was packed for the rest of the evening. 

 

 
 
 
 

Layne Lee of Sweet N Sinful provided the delicious cake.  The cake was a huge hit and there literally was not a morsel left.  The cake table was another special décor spot.  The bride’s grandmother’s veil was used as décor along with several family photographs. 
 
 
 
As the temperature began to drop throughout the evening, the lit fireplaces became a popular spot for conversations.  There is just something about a nice chilly evening and a fire – and of course the beautiful setting of The Historic Ruins at Barnsley Gardens added to the ambiance.

 Cooper-Atlanta Transportation provided shuttle transportation during the wedding weekend.

 We heard many wonderful comments from the family and guests about how fabulous the wedding was.  I would have to agree, and it was our pleasure to be a part of the celebration.

We wish Elizabeth and Chase a lifetime of Happiness!

October 18, 2010

Just Like Love…Butterflies were in the air!

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Francine & Gordon were married on a beautiful  fall day ~ October 9, 2010 at King Plow Arts Center.  

 

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The day began with Sabrina from Luxe Beauty Company providing hair and makeup services for the Bride and her wedding party.

The bride, Francine, arrived at the King Plow Arts Center, where she was helped into her beautiful Vera Wang dress, purchased at Impressions Bridal Salon.   The dress was a strapless A-line gown with a frothy draped origami train and bottom; the first step to setting the mood for a dream.

The theme of the wedding décor was butterflies, which was incorporated in every detail including the beautiful invitations as well as throughout the ceremony and reception.  The finished look was stunning! The colors were orange and blue.  Michelle Smith, of Inviting Ideas in conjunction with Steve Bales of Bold American, created the original designs which were used in all of the wedding related stationery.  For the wedding, butterflies were used in several forms from the escort cards to the butterfly light show behind the bar.  Steve Bales of Bold American and his team, spent hours creating and transforming the look of the gallery and making it feel like you were entering into a magical forest.  Jacqueline Carlyle of Bold American, worked with the clients to create a truly special menu.  The guests selected from three different entrees each served with delectable accompaniments.  All of the guests seemed to enjoy their meal and some were so impressed with their entree that they just had to taste their neighbors if it was a different selection than what they had.  During the four-course dinner, the guests had the privilege to hear Nella Rigell play classical and celtic music on the harp.

 Steve Bales, creative director for Bold American, created a beautiful rose archway out of branches enhanced with votive candles.  This became the focal point for the ceremony and was later striking decor over one of the Estate Tables which was the Head Table.  Allegro Strings played as guests arrived and for the ceremony.  Francine walked down a curved aisle with candles outlining the path, while her guests, Gordon and a close friend, Rev. Dr. Monica Coleman, who performed the ceremony, looked at her beauty.   As Gordon said after the ceremony, “I cried a little bit. It was the dress, it was you, it was the idea that my future wife was walking down the aisle to me.”

 Francine and Gordon each had two very special people stand with them and a close friend’s child, Dylan, as their ring bearer.  He was adorable walking down the aisle with the ring pillow and of course he was very proud of himself.  Francine’s two attendants Robin and Sonya were able to decide what they wanted to wear.  Robin wore a long navy blue dress with a beaded neckline and Sonya wore a deep purple cocktail dress.

 During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed a variety of mini hors d’oeuvres and the open bar.  The main focus during cocktail hour was the beautiful escort card table.  Suspended from the ceiling was a beautiful antique bicycle with roses intertwined.   On the highboy rectangular table were 15 grass centerpieces with blue and orange butterflies suspending out of them.  On each butterfly was the guest’s name and the table number where they were to sit.

 King Plow Arts Center has a beautiful gallery and outdoor patio that is perfect for weddings as well as other special events. With the exposed brick throughout the gallery and the picturesque trees and flowers outside, it is the perfect spot for photos. Being situated in the Midtown/West Side area, it is a highly sought-after venue. 

One way to create interest in the reception set-up, is to incorporate different sizes and shapes of tables.  This was certainly the case with this reception.  A mixture of round and square guest tables were used as well as having two estate tables being used for the Head and Family table. 

 Dan & Anne Almasy  were the photographers.  They were great to work with and took very detailed photos, which is impressive.  I cannot wait to see the proofs.

 Sharon Alexander of Sweet Sensations, created the wedding cake to coordinate with the theme of the wedding.  It was a one of a kind, creation based upon the design that Francine had envisioned.  The 4-tier cake ­­­­­­­had orange and blue butterflies cascading down it.  Creating the wow affect, the cake was displayed on a silver pedestal and a cascading rose flower arrangement draped on the beautiful crisp white table-cloth.

 The guests were on their feet dancing throughout the night to the playlist created by Gordon.  He spent hours on end creating and composing many songs for the guest’s enjoyment. Jeff Burnisky of Absolute Entertainment made sure everything played right and to MC the reception.   When it was time to wish the couple best of luck and to see them off, guests lined up to wish them well. The couple made their way through the path of guests to the town car provided by Cooper-Atlanta Transportation.  Guests were also transported back to their hotel, Twelve Atlantic Station by Cooper-Atlanta Transportation.



 Congratulations and much happiness to Francine and Gordon! 


Here’s a few words from the client:
 
“I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you for the superlative planning and execution you and your staff rendered last week at Francine’s wedding.  The event was absolutely magnificent and flawless in every detail.  Numerous guests specifically commented that it was the best wedding they had attended and Francine said is was the “best day of her life.” You can’t do much better than that! Your efforts were truly appreciated. ” (Mother of the Bride)
 

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