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.  

September 26, 2016

Venue Spotlight ~ Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

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When planning a wedding or any social celebration, selecting the venue is key.  We assist our clients in determining the perfect venue for them by asking many questions to include among others, anticipated guest count as well as their vision of the theme and atmosphere. When it comes to weddings and social celebrations in Sarasota, there are so many options of venues available, from luxury hotels to historic homes, art museums, botanical gardens or of course, the beautiful beaches.  

One of the gorgeous venues that we love is Selby Gardens.  For historical information on Selby Gardens click here. The stunning beauty of the gardens coupled with the view of Sarasota Bay, creates a magical setting for an unforgettable event.  

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Weddings may be held anywhere throughout the Gardens. The most popular locations are the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavilion, the Gazebo, the Banyan Grove, and The Wedding Oak adjacent to the Christy Payne Mansion. Additional areas that lend themselves to nuptial celebrations are the Great Room by the Bay indoors or outdoors at the Christy Payne Mansion.

Renovations have been underway at the Gardens, but are estimated to be complete by the first part of October which will also include an option for wedding party’s to arrive by boat on the south lawn side. 

The south lawn includes the Gazebo, Children’s Playground, and cocktail area looking over the bay, as well as a dance floor/seating area. This area can accommodate 250+ for a seated event.   There is not a backup plan on this side when it comes to weather, so usually a tent is booked. 

The Great Room by the Bay is smaller, consisting of 3600 square feet, however, for an indoor event it has a lot to offer. There is a large bay view, terrace for band or DJ, and the “wedding oak” which is picturesque for ceremony backdrop. 
Contact us to begin planning your event at Selby Gardens or any other venue in the Sarasota/Tampa Bay area.  
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This space is adjacent to the back of the Gazebo. Perfect for Cocktail Hour with the view of the Bay.

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Back view of the Gazebo looking onto the Great Lawn. Great location for a wedding ceremony.

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View of the Great Lawn while standing in the Gazebo

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This is a private lawn to the side of the Gazebo that is a great space for a Cocktail Hour or small intimate dinner. The mangrove trees are being trimmed down to offer a better view of Sarasota Bay

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View of the opposite side of the Great Lawn. This area accommodates larger events. The concrete Terrace makes a nice dance floor. See the next photo for an event set up with lights in the trees.

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Photo by Cat Pennenga Magical setting under the trees.

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Photo by Cat Pennenga Late afternoon view of set-up under the magnificent Banyan trees

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Another view of the Terrace that is perfect for a Dance Floor. The sectioned off balcony is great for a DJ or Band

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Another view of the Great Lawn. Imagine tables set up throughout the lawn.

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The Wedding Oak. To the right is a lily pond which is usually in full bloom during the peak wedding season.

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Panoramic view of the area. The Wedding Oak in the center. The mangrove trees to the left of the Wedding Oak are being removed which will leave a stunning view of Sarasota Bay. This area is filled with the “old Florida vibe” containing many unique elements of Florida nature.

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View from the Great Room standing right outside the doors. The path to the right leads to the Wedding Oak. This area provides a magnificent view of Sarasota Bay.

Combine this gorgeous venue with our unparalleled level of assistance and service and you have the makings for a truly memorable and flawless event. Let’s begin planning YOUR event now!

 

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

 

June 27, 2016

Jennifer & Brooks Sarasota/Manatee County Wedding!

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One very important attribute when planning a wedding is flexibility.  Jennifer certainly had to exercise her flexibility while planning her wedding.

The original venue selected contacted her a few months before the wedding to inform Jennifer that they would no longer be hosting weddings, so she had to select a new venue.  Once the new venue was selected, it was then time to revise the decor theme.  She wanted the theme to be vintage, so she set out visiting antique stores and thrift shops in search of all kinds of lace doily’s.   These looked so pretty on top of the purple table cloths.  She also found purple mason jars which were filled with Baby’s Breath creating a soft and elegant look.  Candles were scattered about to create a romantic glow. We adorned the Sweet Heart table with a large lace overlay and glass cylinder vases trimmed with a vintage styled lace cuff to hold the brides bouquet as well as more candles.

Another thing that Jennifer had to be flexible about was the site for the ceremony.  As I tell all of my clients who plan for an outdoor ceremony (or reception), you have to be flexible and understand that should weather be inclimate, Plan B will have to be put in motion.  That is exactly what happened in this case.  A huge storm developed {typical in Florida} just as guests were arriving and so we had to very quickly move all of the chairs and some of the decor inside the screened lanai.  If you look at the ceremony photos closely, you can see if was raining heavily complete with thunder and lightening all throughout the ceremony.  After the ceremony was over, we didn’t let the rain stop us from getting some adorable photos.  I especially love the ones with the umbrella.

 

It was such an honor planning and producing Jennifer and Brooks wedding.  We wish them a lifetime of Happiness!!!!

Enjoy the photos below!!

 

Venue:  Manatee River Garden Club

DJ:  Rick Pegram

Caterer:  Sonny’s BBQ

Photographer:  Samantha Christie

Janice Blackmon Events is an award winning special event planning firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Sarasota, Florida.  We assist our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution of their event. 

April 27, 2016

Why Hire a Wedding Planner?

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:25 am by JBEvents

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There are so many things that a professional Wedding/Event Planner can assist with to make planning your wedding or special event easier and less stressful.

Let me first ask this question –

How many hours on average does it take to plan a wedding?

A.  25-50 hrs   B.  100-150 hrs   C:  150-300 hrs   D:  400-600 hrs                                           (Read on to find out the answer)

When consulting with my clients, I am listening to pick up on information not only for the vision of the event but for other specific things that can impact the overall details of planning and the stress level of the client.  For instance, if the client has very limited time to spend planning the wedding, they should select a full-service planning package.  While the cost of the full-service package might be more of the budget than anticipated, care should be given to consider all that the Planner is able to do, from sourcing and securing the venue and proposals, to developing the vision, negotiating contracts, maintaining the budget, providing guidance on etiquette, consult on custom stationery and event branding, design a floor plan, construct a wedding day schedule, communicate with all vendors, as well as orchestrating the entire event to ensure a smooth and flawless wedding, to just name a few. There are so many tasks that a Planner handles behind the scenes to ensure that any emergencies are handled without the client having to know, we keep things running smoothly to ensure that all vendors are able to perform their contracted services in a timely manner and we handle packing up all of your items at the end of the reception so that you or your family don’t have to.   All of these details require many hours to complete and as a bride with already restricted time constraints as well as not being familiar with all that goes into planning a wedding – the stress factor drastically increases.

If you choose option D in the question above for the number of hours to plan a wedding, you are correct!!!!  Yes, that’s correct – 400 – 600 hours to plan a wedding from start to finish. If you consider how much time you have available between the time you become engaged until your wedding, keeping in mind your work/school schedule as well as having personal time as well, this will help you to determine just how much help you may need.  A professional planner can save you time since we will already know the venues and vendors to contact based upon your budget and vision, whereas trying to do this on your own is a daunting task.

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Many times brides will think that hiring a planner is a luxury, but considering that we can provide referrals to appropriate vendors to accommodate the budget, style and overall vision which can result in discounts that would not be garnered on your own, the savings can balance out the fee for our service. Not only that, but don’t forget, we are able to save you time and that is something you can’t put a price tag on.  One thing I always tell my clients is that it is important to maintain and cultivate your relationship during the planning process because you are preparing for a MARRIAGE not just the wedding day.

Some times brides think that a wedding planner will insist on the vision for the wedding, but that is not the case (at least with my company).  We are there to offer suggestions and provide advice, and to align our client with the best vendors to achieve the vision.  My goal is to always produce the wedding my couple desires.  While I have had clients task me with making all of the decisions, that certainly is not the norm.

If you or someone you know is getting married, do yourself or them a favor and have them contact us so that you/they can experience stressfree planning and a flawless wedding.

Check back soon for more helpful planning tips!

 

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

 

 

March 28, 2016

Grace & Wiley’s Vineyard Wedding

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Gorgeous, romantic, and touching are just a few words that come to mind to describe this wedding.

You couldn’t help but feel the love between Grace & Wiley, especially with the way they looked at each other and the gentle caresses they shared throughout the day.  Surrounded by their closest friends and family, they began the next chapter in their Love Story. 

The venue selected, Chateau Elan, held special meaning for the bride as she won an equestrian competition there when she was younger.  Her bridal portraits at the Chateau Elan Equestrian Center were filled with fond memories and beauty ~ as you will see.

An A-Team worked together to create this amazing (and flawless) wedding.  The ladies began their day at the Spa for relaxing massages then returned back to the bridal suite for their Hair and Make-up services provided by The Moore Agency.  Floral design was by the creative genius of JWilbur of EventScapes. The elegant, romantic, vintage theme was expertly carried out with beautiful lace linens atop blue linens accented with lush white florals and mercury glass.   David Gilleland officiated the ceremony and made it so personal and meaningful.  Eric Larkins through Marquee Events provided the ceremony music on his classical guitar setting the tone for the wedding. My favorite pastry chef, Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes, created both the wedding and groom’s cake.  Guests were entertained by the Deadfields band, also booked through Marquee Events for the reception.  They were fantastic! A special surprise solo of the theme song from “Frozen”, was performed by the bride for her new husband.  It was definitely a huge hit. Personalized bottles of wine were given as favors – which was perfect since the reception was held in the Cask Room of the winery at Chateau Elan.  

Guests were heard raving about the wedding saying it was the best celebration they had ever attended and most importantly, Grace and Wiley said that the day couldn’t have been any better and that it was perfect.  These are words we love to hear!!

The beautiful images provided are from Shaun and Shannon Menary.  This couple was so much fun to work with and I’m sure you will agree, the photos are gorgeous!!

We wish Grace & Wiley a lifetime of Happiness!!!! We enjoyed being a part of their special day!

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

January 22, 2016

Fairy Tales Do Come True for Megan & Marcos!

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You have heard me say it before and I know I will say it again, but I have the BEST clients in the world!!!!  This adorable couple hired me to plan and produce their beautiful wedding and it was such a blast.  Although the couple resides in Abu Dhabi, we successfully planned the wedding long-distance with only a couple of in-person meetings.  Megan trusted my recommendations which proved to relieve a lot of stress on her part since she couldn’t be here to meet with vendors in person.  

They selected one of my favorite venues, Chateau Elan.  The ceremony took place in the Atrium with reception to follow in the Debussy Ballroom.  It was the perfect setting!!

The Moore Agency performed their always-amazing hair styling and make-up application for all of the ladies.  Their team worked as the ladies enjoyed a delicious brunch complete with a Mimosa Bar making for a fun wedding morning. 

With a color palette of Tiffany, Black and Silver and plenty of glitz and glamour, the wedding vision came to life.  Chelsea Floral Designs expertly created the bride’s vision.  Megan had purchased many items along the way that she wanted to be incorporated into the wedding, so I presented them to David and Patrick of Chelsea Floral, who in turn took the items and used them in creative ways for one-of-a-kind stunning decor.  The hanging chandelier over the sweetheart table was breath-taking!

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Catherine Rogers provided ceremony music on her harp. The sound was magical echoing throughout the Atrium of Chateau Elan.

Honeymoon Bakery created the wedding and Groom’s cake.  In perfect keeping with the Tiffany Blue theme, the pastry chef designed the wedding cake to look like Tiffany boxes.  The bride surprised the groom with an adorable groom’s cake paying homage to his participation in triathlons.

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Marquee Events, DJ Matt, kept the crowd energized and on the dance floor throughout the evening.  Everyone had a fantastic time.

Joseph Leone of Leone Productions provided the videography service and did a great job of capturing the joy and excitement of the day.

Guests had a great time posing for photos in the photo booth provided by ShutterBooth.  

Special thanks to Katherine Birkbeck for sharing the gorgeous wedding photos included.  She was a true pleasure to work with and quite an artistic photographer!  I’m sure you will enjoy viewing the lovely images below!

We wish Megan & Marcos a continued lifetime of happiness!!!  Thank you for allowing Janice Blackmon Events to be a part of your special day!!

 

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

October 30, 2015

Excited to announce the expansion of Janice Blackmon Events to Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area!!!

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:06 am by JBEvents

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Following many years of success in Atlanta, it is only fitting that I announce, with tremendous excitement, the expansion of Janice Blackmon Events into Florida. Wedding packages for both Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area have already been assembled and custom destinations are available upon request. Currently, the packages contain planning assistancephotography and vacation rental (subject to availability). Additional options are to come.

I have produced a number of weddings in Sarasota and to rave reviews. I look forward to continuing to offer these areas a higher level of event planning and production with my innovative ideas, creative design and flawless production of social celebrations. My vast experience and qualifications as an award-winning professional will re-energize social events and elevate the wedding and special events industry.  

Sarasota and the Tampa Bay area are popular destinations for weddings because of their temperate climates and world-class beaches. Unbeknownst to many, the area offers a plethora of stunning and cultural venues.  In addition to selecting your venue(s), we can arrange for all other necessary vendors to carry out your vision. As a former resident of Sarasota, I have strong partnerships with many local vendors that prove to be invaluable for my clients and other industry professionals.  My contacts and their companies include, but are not limited to, décor rental companies, floral designers, officiants, musicians, tents, sound systems, uplighting and specialty linens. We are also able to assist in obtaining any necessary permits.

As with any destination wedding, there are many factors that need to be considered. I have addressed these factors with the services I have incorporated for my Sarasota and Tampa Bay clients. In addition, I am able to assist with all of the designing, planning and production of the wedding itself.

Researching and selecting the vendors with which I have chosen to partner has been a labor of love. I am still putting the finishing touches on my choices. Please see below for the inaugural conception of my newest packages and services for Janice Blackmon Events, Sarasota Division. These packages and services will continue to evolve.

Sarasota Weddings and Special Events by Janice Blackmon!

When selecting a destination wedding, accommodations are always a main concern.  Imagine having a private home complete with a pool for your family or your bridal party to enjoy. The house is fully furnished and close to many of the cultural and entertainment options in Sarasota.  Spend the day by the pool or at one of the many beautiful beaches and then return back to your private oasis for a relaxing evening.  For a little more excitement, head to one of the numerous restaurants and lounges for some fresh seafood and live music. 

Spend the morning of your wedding day in the comfortable surroundings of your rented home while having your hair and make-up services done. Let us arrange transportation for your wedding party and family to and from the wedding ceremony and reception. After the celebration, return to the private house to enjoy your first night as newlyweds.  Keep in mind – one of the special options we offer is breakfast delivered to you personally the day after your wedding. We can also arrange for other accommodations at area hotels or rental properties for your traveling guests if desired.

A professional photographer is essential to capture your beautiful wedding so that you can relive it for years to come. The photographer I have selected has an excellent, long-standing reputation in the area and provides exceptional quality of images and personal service. Feeling at ease with your photographer is important. Your photographer should make you feel comfortable, ensuring amazing images and wonderful memories.  I guarantee you will entrust Lauren and Jaye immediately! They are sure to produce gorgeous images of your wedding day. In addition to the standard package they offer, optional services can be added, such as additional hours of coverage, engagement, post-wedding day or even boudoir photos. 

A beach wedding at sunset is beautiful and can accommodate a variety of guest counts. From a small intimate celebration to a large festive party – both are possibilities. You may choose to have both your ceremony and reception on the beach or just your ceremony. Should you choose to have your reception at a venue, we are happy to determine the perfect place that suits your location and style. Whether it is a luxury hotel ballroom, a majestic art museum, the botanical garden, a historic home or a rustic setting amidst oak trees – the possibilities are endless. We are able to make your dream wedding a reality.

Our planning services include: 

Checklists:  A minimum of five checklists will be provided during the engagement period that will keep you on task with the details of your planning. These checklists will serve as a very useful tool to ensure all the details of the wedding are covered. We will assist with any details you desire and we will create a package that provides an appropriate amount of consulting/planning assistance. 

Vendor Meeting:  We will meet at your venue with key vendors to discuss the wedding day schedule and set-up. This ensures your vision is properly understood by all involved.  

Final Planning Meeting:  We will create a detailed and comprehensive Wedding Day Schedule prepared to your specifications.

Wedding Day Preparation and Scheduling:  The Wedding Day Schedule is comprised of information obtained during the Final Planning Meeting and Vendor Meeting. In addition to the schedule, your vendors will be provided the following confirmation documents: specific vendor itineraries, venue directions, a floor plan and contact information. We will also provide you a list of vendor balances due and suggested vendor gratuities.

Ceremony RehearsalWe will conduct your ceremony rehearsal the day before the wedding. If your ceremony site includes a wedding director, we will still be at the rehearsal to introduce ourselves to your wedding party, distribute the Wedding Party Itinerary’s and retrieve all of your essential wedding day accessories (toasting flutes, guest book, marriage license, rings, etc.). We will also obtain from you any wedding day payments and gratuities that will be distributed to your vendors on your wedding day.

Wedding Day Production: A minimum of two coordinators will be present on your wedding day to ensure timely wedding party preparedness for your special day. The duties that will be conducted include: ensure Bride is properly dressed with all accessories, coordination of pre and post ceremony pictures, set-up of ceremony items (unity candle, guest book, programs, card box), usher instruction on guest seating, orchestration of your wedding ceremony. We will be onsite throughout the reception, as well. Duties that will be covered include: oversee vendor arrival and set-up, ensure all of your accessories are displayed (guest book, toasting flutes, table assignment cards, place cards, menu cards, etc.) and cue all of the events at your reception (first dance, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc.). We also work with all vendors onsite to ensure a smooth and flawless event by: cueing all activities and announcements, making sure dinner service is timely, instructing cake-cutting, advising those offering toasts, pampering the wedding couple throughout the reception and attending to any other needs the couple may have.  We will make sure all of your items are safely packed up at the end of the reception, as well. Our goal is to make sure that you and your family are the special guests at your wedding without having to worry about any of the details.

Let us handle the planning while you enjoy your engagement!  You deserve a stress-free, flawless wedding, and with my services you will get just that.

Whether you live out of state and want to plan a destination wedding, or you are a local resident ready to plan your wedding, we can assist with any and all of the details.  Contact us to find out more and let the planning fun begin!!

Consultations available via phone, SKYPE, FaceTime or in-person (upon appointment). 

Here are just a couple of testimonials from my Sarasota clients:

 “My husband and I were recently married in Sarasota Fl, and are so happy we chose Janice to plan our wedding! She is very detail oriented and didn’t miss a beat when it came to planning our wedding. She took care of EVERYTHING! The D.J., the venue, the caterer, the invitations, and much much more. She made our wedding day stress free. We even had a mishap with our wedding cake and Janice dressed it up so beautifully to match our wedding! She was there to andwer all of my questions and concerns. I thought I knew everything there was to know on planning a wedding, but boy I was wrong! Janice has an incredible team and made our day perfect. We will never forget it! Thank You Janice!!”…Ashley, December, 2013

“if you’re looking for the perfect wedding planner you have found her! Janice Blackmon is absolutely amazing at what she does and she loves it.  It was my absolute dream wedding I could have asked for more!! She pays so much attention to small detail that I would never have thought of I would definitely recommend her to anyone!” …Morgan, November 2014

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Ceremony at Windsong Oaks Sarasota by Lauren Bates Photography

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Back of couple walking at Windsong Oaks Sarasota by Lauren Bates Photography

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Couple walking beside pasture in Windsong Oak by Lauren Bates Photography

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Reception view at Windsong Oaks Sarasota by Lauren Bates Photography

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Windsong Oaks by Lauren Bates Photography ~ Sweetheart Table

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Ritz Carlton St. Armands Jr Ballroom Sarasota

Ritz Carlton, Sarasota

Ritz Carlton Sarasota reception setup on the Grand Lawn

Ritz Carlton, Sarasota

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Ritz Carlton, Sarasota

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Ca’d Zan Ringling Museum, Sarasota

Ringling Museum dancing

Ringling Museum, Sarasota

Ringling Museum reception cake

Ringling Museum, Sarasota

Ringling Museum reception in the courtyard

Ringling Museum, Sarasota

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! 

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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March 6, 2015

Military Wedding at the Vineyard!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:05 am by JBEvents

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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!

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