May 27, 2019

Ali and Conner’s Special Day!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:35 am by JBEvents

One of the highest compliments and truly an honor that we can receive is to be referred by a previous client!  We absolutely love referrals and this couple was no exception!!!  Ali and Conner were referred from a previous client (Thank you Karyn & Shelby), and we are so happy to have them as a part of the JBEvents family! 

The couple selected Little River Farms as the venue for their wedding!  The venue, located in Milton, GA., sits on a beautiful piece of land beside a lake.  There are a couple of options for where to have your ceremony on the property.  Ali and Conner chose the vineyard.  A partially enclosed Pavilion offers a great place for the reception, while inside the house was perfect for Cocktail Hour as well as a respite for those that wanted to find a quiet place to sit and have a conversation.  

Capturing the beautiful images of the day was Kaylan Bradley of Happy Everything Co.  Thank you so much for not only capturing beautiful images, but also for sharing them!

The bride wore a stunning fit and flare gown designed by Essence of Australia.  Ali looked like a living doll!  

Before the ceremony, the couple shared letters they had written each other which is always such a sweet moment.  But Conner also gave Ali a framed hand-made sign that read “Together 2704 days, and I have loved you since day 1!” If I’m being honest, that brought a tear or two to my eyes!  What a sweet gesture – and when you see this couple together, you absolutely feel the love.  

One of my favorite parts of planning is the event design and decor component.  Ali and Conner wanted an elegant, rustic design theme, and JWilbur of EventScapes perfectly combined a rustic approach with a unique and elegant design. 

The ceremony took place in the vineyard.  The couple exchanged their vows standing in front of a stunning arbor graced with soft fabrics, clusters of flowers holding back the drapery and floral blooms hanging in individual small glass bottles.  The finished product was gorgeous! Rev. Rodney Hunt officiated the ceremony.  The couple wrote their vows and I dare say there wasn’t a dry eye. 

A unique part of the ceremony was the wine ceremony.  This is a type of unity ceremony that is a take on the traditional lighting of the unity candle.  In this type of ceremony, the couple each takes a vessel of wine (1 red, 1 white) and pours them into one glass.  Once the wines are poured together, they can’t be separated, which is the whole concept of a wedding ceremony uniting a couple.  They couple then each took a sip of the combined wine as a symbol of fully becoming one.  

A custom design was created for the Estate Table.  A 35+ foot structure was created along the Estate Table to allow EventScapes to create a suspended look with glass bubbles and candlelight.  They further enhanced the setting  with accents of flowers of the day and greenery.  Along the table itself was loose eucalyptus and votive candles along with a series of vases for the bridesmaids bouquets. 

The guest tables had a variety of styles of designs.  Some were lanterns enhanced with moss and rose petals, while others had an eclectic collection of vases each filled with flowers of the day.  All of the designs were surrounded by votive candles offering a flickering elegance.  

Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Talk of the Town caterers.  Topped off with a delectable wedding cake by Cake Envy.

DJ Lou, of Spectrum Entertainment kept the guests on the dance floor partying all night long!!

WedFlix was on hand to create a lasting video memory of the special day.  

As a late night snack, guests enjoyed a popcorn bar complete with all the fixings! 

We were thrilled to be a part of Ali and Conner’s amazing day!  We wish them a lifetime of happiness!!!!!

In case you still want more, check out their video trailer! 

Ali & Conner

Janice Blackmon Events is an award winning event planning company!  We specialize in creating unique and flawless events for all of our clients!

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September 24, 2018

A Special Simcha for a Special Family

Posted in color palette, Mitzvahs, Other Events tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:52 am by JBEvents

It was truly an honor and a privilege to plan and produce the second Mitzvah celebration for this amazing family!  There are just some times that you really click with a client and throughout the process you develop a friendship.  That was the case with this sweet family.  Three years ago I worked with this family on their daughters Bat Mitzvah and now the youngest of the family, Daniel is celebrating his Bar Mitzvah!

We selected the InterContinental Hotel as the venue, which was perfect because many of the family members live not only out of state, but out of the country.  The Hotel would be home away from home while the family came to celebrate this special time.

Let me just talk about family for a moment.  The love that this family has for each other, and actively shows, makes my heart smile.  The siblings are each others biggest supporters and the connection between them is something that you can feel whenever you are around them.  The entire family – immediate and extended – share a love that just makes you feel happy to see it expressed!

The photos below, compliments of the always fabulous, Kristen Alexander, will tell the story for me, but I want to provide just a few details.  

Instead of a full-on theme for the celebration, a color palette was selected.  The honoree’s favorite Soccer team is Barcelona, so their team colors of burgundy, blue and yellow were the basis of the decor. 

For the Kiddush luncheon, we went with a palette of black and white striped linens, paired with yellow and white flowers.  It was a very crisp and clean look.

For the evening party, we paired a contemporary design concept with organic touches for a truly unique and elevated look.  Bringing the concepts and design together was the creative genius of JWilbur of EventScapes.  

One of my favorite parts of a Mitzvah is the candle lighting ceremony.  Hearing the honoree honor their family and friends is touching and inspiring. 

For this party, if you had a sweet-tooth, then you would have been in heaven.  After a delicious dinner, guests were invited out to the garden terrace for mini cupcakes, fresh made hot doughnuts with a variety of toppings and an ice cream bar.  

And if those sweets weren’t enough, then how about a candy buffet featuring Daniel’s favorite treats.

Guests received a commemorative T-shirt as a lasting reminder of the special occasion. 

Now that all of the kid’s in the family have celebrated their Mitzvah’s, we look forward to continued celebrations like weddings, with this wonderful family in the future. 

 

A HUGE Thank you to each vendor that we were honored to recommend and partner with for this fabulous celebration!!!

Synagogue ~ Congregation Shearith Israel

Kiddush Luncheon ~ Gourmet Catering by Alex

Venue ~ InterContinental Hotel Buckhead

Floral Event Designer ~ EventScapes Atlanta

Photographer ~ Kristen Alexander

Videographer ~ Cre8tive Cinema

DJ ~ Marquee Events

Cupcakes ~ Georgetown Cupcakes

Photobooth ~ ShutterBooth

It was indeed an honor and a pleasure to produce this fabulous and flawless celebration for an incredible family!!! 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning event planning firm, specializing in assisting our clients with a stress-free planning process and a fabulous and flawless event!

May 17, 2017

Alli & Brett get Handcuffed at their Wedding

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:10 am by JBEvents

As an Event Planner, you are responsible for making sure that everything goes perfectly for your clients, regardless of circumstances that are beyond your control.  This wedding was one of those events where keeping calm was KEY to making sure that the clients were unaware of all that was going behind the scenes and to make sure that the wedding went off as planned!

Let me give you a little background of the wedding day!  The wedding was held on Saturday of Gay Pride Weekend in Atlanta at the main host hotel for the viewing of the parade.  Ahead of the day, we were given a map of the slated road closures.  I made sure to provide the map as well as road closure timing to all vendors involved.  Unfortunately, the map provided was not accurate and additional roads were closed at times ahead of the previously provided scheduled times.  This of course resulted in difficulty for vendors (and even my team) to get to the Hotel timely.  Not to mention, the loading dock is located on a street that is closed for the parade! Situations from one vendor being threatened to be arrested, to two others receiving traffic citations were just a part of the day.  Of course, guests had difficulty getting to the venue as well.

What is important to note is that even with all of the issues of the day, every vendor pulled together to do whatever was necessary to create the perfect wedding for the couple.

The bride had a wonderful time getting out in the parade crowd.  Many of the parade-goers stopped her for a photo-op.  We also ran into a motorcycle officer that allowed the bride to pose with his bike.

The groom, is an Atlanta Police Officer with a great sense of humor so we were able to play around with the whole “law enforcement officer” theme,  The groom’s cake was Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.  The favors were chocolate hand-cuffs. At the end of the ceremony, the couple were hand-cuffed together as a fun surprise for all in attendance. The cake topper was a Police Officer holding his bride.  The table names were of police themed television shows and movies.  The bride is very crafty and created the signs herself.

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I absolutely loved being able to incorporate the things most special to this couple to create a truly unique wedding.  That’s what it is all about!!!

One of the special attributes to pay honor to the men and women in the military and law enforcement whom have lost their lives was a “Table set for One”.  We positioned the table behind the dance floor so that it would be a prominent display throughout the evening. Another special tribute was a poem the Bride read for her Groom.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

The floral decor, created by Jim White,  was stunning!  Elegant and romantic ~ pinks, blush, white and creams.  One of the focal points of the decor was the Estate Table with two tall arrangements and a floral garden centering the length of the table with lots of candles.

We had a really great group of vendors that went above and beyond extenuating circumstances to ensure a wonderful wedding for this adoring couple.  Unfortunately, professional images were not made available, so I’m sharing my snapshots.

Special thanks to the vendor-team:

Venue ~ Georgian Terrace Hotel

Wedding Gown ~ Alfred Angelo

Bridesmaid Dresses ~ David’s Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire ~ Men’s Warehouse

Hair/Make-up ~ The BRIDE 🙂

Floral/Event Designer ~ Jim White Designs

Officiant ~ Rev. David Gilleland

Ceremony Musicians ~ Amati Chamber Ensemble

Wedding Cake ~ Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet

Groom’s Cake ~ Krispy Kreme

Reception Entertainment ~ Complete Music, DJ Matt

Photo Booth ~ Family Ties

We wish Alli & Brett 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 production of their event.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 27, 2016

Jennifer & Brooks Sarasota/Manatee County Wedding!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:27 pm by JBEvents

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. 

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

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:16 pm by JBEvents

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. 

June 12, 2014

4 Seasons of Love for Jessie & Tyler!

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