June 27, 2012

Wish Upon A Wedding ~ Atlanta Chapter

Posted in Other Events, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , at 9:44 am by JBEvents

The Atlanta Chapter of Wish Upon A Wedding of which I am the Chapter President, hosted a Vendor Meet and Greet last evening. 

As part of the Wish Upon A Wedding organization, our mission was to reach out to vendors and get them more familiar with Wish Upon A Wedding’s mission: Helping couples who are facing life-altering circumstances, such as a terminal illness or other severe event in their lives.

Wish Upon A Wedding is a fairly young organization to Atlanta, and we have been pushing hard to meet people in the medical community, get the wedding industry familiar with the organization, and recruit volunteers to make it all come together.

We had some incredibly generous vendors for the event: StudioWed offered us the event space, Grande Event Catering catered delicious appetizers, Toni Cole of Bottoms Up bartending tended bar for us, Edge Design did a fabulous job on centerpieces and decor,  Event Rentals Unlimited generously donated plates and glasses and Chair Covers and Linens provided a beautiful specialty linen for our Registration Table.  We are so appreciative of these vendors for partnering with us to host the gathering.

Those of us in the special events industry – weddings in particular, are passionate about providing our services and products to our clients to make sure that their special day is everything they have dreamed of.  For us to be able to do something to “give back” – our organization is an excellent forum for being able to do so.  Every couple deserves to have the wedding of their dreams, and for those who are going through the difficulty of a terminal illness or life-altering experience, the experience of a wonderful wedding in my opinion is even more important. 

Our vast list of Wish Granter Volunteers is made up of vendors who share this vision.  Being able to grant the wish of a well-deserving couple brings with it an overwhelming sense of joy for everyone involved with the planning and execution of the wedding.  If you are not currently on the list for volunteering, it’s not too late.  Please go to the website http://www.wishuponawedding.org and click on the How to Help tab where you will find a Wish Granter Application.  You will be glad that you did!!

Once again, I want to thank all of the vendors involved last night for their participation as well as all of the hard work from our Board in putting the event together.  Be on the lookout for more upcoming events.

Our photographer last evening, Matt Giddens, captured the following images. 

October 29, 2010

Gorgeous Destination Wedding of Elizabeth and Chase!!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:14 pm by JBEvents


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 13, 2010

Atlanta Wedding Photographer Weds

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One of Atlanta’s prominent wedding photographers, was the Star in FRONT of the camera on October 3rd for her own wedding. 

While it’s always an honor to be hired to be the consultant for any wedding, being hired to be the consultant for an industry professionals wedding is an even higher honor. 

The weather was beautiful on this fall day – Sunny with a light breeze.  The day began with the awesome team from The Moore Agency providing hair and make-up services for the wedding party.  Steve Moore and his team created their magic and made the girls all feel like they were playing dress-up. 

Once the ladies were finished with their hair and make-up, the bride’s attendants donned their wedding finery.  They wore chocolate-brown dresses that were a jersey fabric that was easy to move around in and looked so nice.  The bride, Shari, made each of her attendants a shrug to wear with the dress in a brown crushed-velvet fabric.  Shari also made the jewelry that her attendants wore for the wedding.  Each was created to portray the personality of the person wearing it.  The color of the jewelry and materials were similar, but each was slightly different.  Each piece was amazing, and the attendants were all so thrilled with their new baubles.

Shari arrived at the Venue, Villa Christina, where she was helped into her dress.  The dress was a strapless mermaid type style.  The bottom and train were made of soft petal layers that gave a dream-like look. 


The theme of the wedding décor was Moroccan.  Shari spent months collecting lanterns and other décor items that Edge Design incorporated into the décor.   The finished look was nothing less than stunning.  The colors were chocolate-brown with accents of teal.  Peacock feathers were used in several forms from being in the Bride’s bouquet to some of the centerpieces.  The bridesmaid’s bouquets were wrapped in this beautiful ribbon that also incorporated the color theme of the day but also had sequins for an extra special look.  Maxine and Gabrielle Mecca of Edge Design, spent hours transforming the look of the ballroom and making it feel like you were entering into Marrakech or Casablanca.

The one and only Rev. Rick of All-Faith Weddings performed the ceremony.  He is such a joy to work with and be around.  His presence elicits a feeling of calm and his smile can light up a room.  One of the personal touches that he puts on his ceremonies is that he gives the couple the script of their wedding – so that they have a lasting document of exactly what was said on their wedding day. 

Shari and Steven’s “babies”  – their dogs Sophie and Duncan, who are adorable King Charles Spaniels, were the Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.  Sophie wore a flower collar while Duncan wore a shirt collar and tie along with cuffs complete with cufflinks on his front paws.  They were led (or in Sophie’s case carried) down the aisle by one of the bridesmaids and groomsmen.  They were so cute and threatened to steal the show until Shari descended down the stairs to meet her mom and walk down the aisle. 


Villa Christina has a beautiful lawn and gazebo that is perfect for weddings.  There are also so many picturesque places around the venue that it can be a photographers dream.  With bridges and waterfalls and gardens – the choices are endless for backdrops!

Mark Brickman of The Baker’s Man, created the wedding cake based upon the design that Shari had envisioned.  It was truly one of a kind.  The top of the cake had a replica of a lantern made completely of sugar.  A battery-operated candle was placed inside the sugar lantern so that it glowed.  Mark has recently added a new flavor for his cakes, Key Lime, and that was one of the layers, while white chocolate and with Lemon curd and Mandarin orange filling as well as a chocolate marble cake with Oreo cookie mixed with Swiss vanilla buttercream completed the other layers. 

The cake was created based upon the original designs for the Invitations by Deco Marj.  Based on Shari’s thoughts and visions, Marjorie created a unique invitation as well as other paper products used for the wedding.  Her creativity and attention to detail are just a couple of her amazing attributes!

The crowd was kept up on their feet dancing the night away to the tunes that Ted Crowder of Atlanta Bands and Dj’s played.  During the cocktail hour prior to the dinner/reception, he played music that had a Moroccan feel to it so that guests could get into the mood.  But during the reception, popular party music filled the air.

Two good friends of Shari, Chris Williams from New Orleans, and Will Jacks from Mississippi were the photographers for the evening.  These guys were so much fun to work with.  Of course, since Shari is a photographer and is also the Atlanta coordinator for the Pictage Users Group, there definitely was not a shortage of photographers and cameras around at the event. 

Guests were treated to a delicious buffet that also contained a few Moroccan dishes.  Then when guests were finished eating, they were invited to enter the “lounge” area where they could recline on overstuffed pillows and a rug that was very reminiscent of entering into the tent of the Arabian nights.  Also in the lounge area was a photo booth complete with props that guests could don to create a fun image for the couple. 

Capturing all of the events of the day on video was Jonathan Nye of Evolution Video.  I always love working with Jonathan because he captures the day with a finished product that you can feel the emotions.  Another reason that I enjoy working with Jonathan, is because he is one of those videographers that are not obtrusive but rather just sneaks quietly in the background to capture all of the events of the day – so you never really know he is there – but his video proves that he was certainly right there in the middle of it all.

When the time came for the couple to depart, guests were invited downstairs to create a sparkler fanfare for Shari and Steven.  The couple made their way through the path of guests, stopping momentarily to kiss each other before getting into the vintage Rolls Royce provided by A Lovely View of Heaven, owned and operated by Dana Fuss.

 As they departed, the guests were still talking about what an enchanting evening it had been.  The dreams and visions of this bride were definitely fulfilled and we were so pleased to be a part of this very special day.

Congratulations and Happiness always to Shari and Steven!!!!!

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