September 6, 2017

Cinderella marries her Prince Charming…AKA Jessica & Rocky get married!

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This truly is one of the most special weddings I have ever planned and produced, because it’s was for my oldest daughter!

I did some blogging throughout the planning process {“From Planner to MOB”} if you want to read about some of the process along the way, and I admit, I didn’t ever get to the post about her bridal shower, but maybe one of these days I’ll get that one up too.

But, let’s talk about the wedding!!!!

The original plan/desire was to have a small wedding on the beach in Sarasota, however, after considering all of the details and logistics Jessica & Rocky decided to get married here in Georgia at their church.  One of the things that meant so much to me was that they wanted a venue that held meaning to them and honestly, that makes so much sense.  I admired them for feeling this way and I think choosing their church was the perfect choice!

Once the venue and date were set, the next step was to solidify the theme.  They wanted an elegant but somewhere between vintage and shabby/chic vibe.  I immediately began scouring antique and thrift stores buying up all of the milk glass I could find, along with tons of different styles of votive holders and crystal candlesticks.  Jessica had some ideas of certain items she wanted such as an old suitcase for a card holder and another suitcase for the cake plateau.  I found a couple of old suitcases that we refurbished and we were really happy with how they turned out! {All of these items are now available for rent.  Contact us for information.}

Their colors were navy, deep coral and metallic gold.  The girls wore navy dresses and the guys wore navy tuxes with coral accents. They all looked so nice.  

The Ring Bearer was the cutest one ever!!!!!!!!! And the two Flower Girls were absolutely adorable!!!!

We knew with having Kristen Alexander as our photographer we were going to get fantastic, artistic and creative images – and she did not disappoint.  Her calm demeanor and laid-back vibe and doing whatever it takes to get jaw-dropping images is incomparable.  Her style to create lasting memories of classic photographs in a unique way is just one of the many reasons I refer my clients to her.

EventScapes Atlanta took a dark and warehousey feel of the church and made it look elegant.  The ceremony backdrop which then became the cake backdrop was gorgeous! I loved the centerpieces created in the milk glass vases.  The room looked beautiful.

Speaking of the cake, Oh-mmm-gee!!!  Mark Lotti created a design that was gorgeous and perfect.  Jessica and Rocky met with him and gave a few ideas and he came up with exactly what they wanted but weren’t able to put into words.  It’s no surprise that Mark is my go-to guy for my clients, because not only does he create amazing designs, but the cakes taste even better (and that’s saying A LOT).  

There were so many special details that were a part of the day such as Jessica’s uncle, my brother, walking her down the aisle and since her dad did not attend the wedding, she danced with her son (my precious Nanababy) instead of having  Father/Daughter dance.  It was adorable! The groom’s step-father officiated the wedding, which was so special.  It was also important to the couple to remember the family members who have passed away, so we had a memory table with photos of those special people.

Instead of a traditional guest book, the couple instead had guests sign a Bible and asked them to highlight their favorite verse or leave words of encouragement.  What a keepsake that is! 

Guests had a blast with the Photo Booth provided by ShutterBooth Atlanta.  They always do such a fabulous job.  Their equipment is top-notch and their Hosts are fun and interactive.

The vendors {friendors} that worked with us were amazing!!!!  They all outdid themselves and I (and my daughter and son-in-law) are eternally grateful.

I have to give a special SHOUT OUT to my team, Victoria and Donna!  Although I did all of the planning, schedules, vendor confirmation, etc., they took over to produce the wedding so that I could actually enjoy being the Mother of the Bride.  I have always said that I have the best and most hard-working associates of any planning firm around, and being able to experience their work and service first-hand, I am even more certain!

Wishing Jessica & Rocky a lifetime of happiness!!!!!!!!

The outstanding Vendors…

Venue ~ SouthCrest Church

Hair ~ Katie Hudson

Make-up ~ Kayleigh Pointek

Wedding Dress ~ Designer, Oleg Cassini

Bridesmaid Dresses ~ JJ’s House

Men’s Tuxes ~ CS Toggery

Photographer ~ Kristen Alexander {Pre, Ceremony & post-ceremony and details}

Photographer ~ Michelle Pratt {Reception and details}

Floral Designer – JWilbur Smith, EventScapes Atlanta

Caterer ~ Mary Donaldson

Cake ~ Mark Lotti, Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes

Photo Booth ~ ShutterBooth Atlanta

Calligraphy ~ Dede Adams

Reception Emcee & DJ ~ Trey Duffey

Invitations ~ Carlson Craft through Janice Blackmon Events

And now for the photos:

Also want to share a few of the images from the Photo Booth too: 

 

Janice Blackmon Events is a special events planning firm specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts ~ creative design ~ flawless execution of their event! 

Photos graciously provided by Kristen Alexander, Michelle Pratt and ShutterBooth Atlanta.

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December 2, 2016

Mazel Tov … Jessica & Avi

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It was a beautiful summer day in the city appropriately named HOTlanta for the wedding of Jessica & Avi.  

The couple met when Jessica took a job in Israel.  They met shortly after she arrived and from there, the relationship developed and blossomed.  When they decided to get married,  the obvious location was Jessica’s hometown of Atlanta.  Avi and his family live in Israel so this would mean a destination wedding for his family. Even though the couple are both Jewish, there were still differences in the traditions observed, so blending them was the first step in the blending of the two families. 

Wanting to offer true hospitality and a wonderful experience not only to the groom’s family but to all guests in attendance, the venue, the Westin Buckead was selected.  The Hotel being centrally located in the heart of Buckhead provided many activities for out-of-town guests to enjoy.  

Jim White Designs provided a soft, romantic and elegant setting for the Ceremony using various shades of white and soft pink with subtle touches of green.  The Chuppah doubled as a canopy during the reception giving a beautiful focal point for the cake presentation. I think you will agree it was gorgeous.

The romantic and elegant theme continued for the reception.  There were touches of contemporary accents with the floral design along with a lot of flickering candles.  A mix of tables including two long Estate tables framing the dance floor, as well as round guest tables provided visual interest in the room.  A Sweetheart Table placed at the edge of the dance floor with a lush centerpiece, completed the design.

The menu for the evening included Mediterranean, Pasta, Salmon and Flatbread Stations. Guests were able to mingle as they visited the different stations filling their plates and bellies before they hit the dance floor.

Our favorite Pastry Chef, Mark Lotti, created the gorgeous wedding cake.  The square cake featured the couples monogram on the center tier and consisted of Vanilla Bean and Oreo cheesecake.  Guests were seen going back for seconds {even thirds}.

One of Atlanta’s premier party bands, US Beat, kept the crowd entertained and energized throughout the evening.  We always love working with them!

Laura Stone captured the excellent images from the day which I’m sure you will enjoy {see below}!  Special thanks to her for sharing them with us. 

It’s always a pleasure working with a seasoned, professional team to ensure that the clients event exceeds their expectations and this wedding was one of those fabulous events! 

We wish Jessica & Avi a lifetime of Happiness!!!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!

 

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

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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December 27, 2012

A Day in the Park for Sara & Evan

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As Sara sat on the window ledge of her Bridal Suite at the Georgian Terrace Hotel watching the rain fall in Midtown, she refused to let the weather dampen her spirits but instead focused on the amazing celebration that would be taking place in a few, short hours.  Just like Dick Van Dyke in the Broadway production of Bye, Bye, Birdie ~ we were all singing “Gray skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face”, and they actually did!!!

The Moore Agency provided the hair and make-up services for the bride and as always did a fabulous job.  Sara was stunning!

Frank and Wendy Gibson were the photographers for the day and they certainly had a lot of beauty to work with.  Pre-ceremony photos began at the hotel and with all of the amazing architectural details of this piece of Atlanta History, they were able to capture so many gorgeous images.

The bride selected her bridesmaids gowns from Bella Bridesmaid.  They were a blush chiffon and the fit and style was very elegant.

When the time came to head over to the Church, The Bridal Party boarded a Trolley from Great Knight Tours that took them to the beautiful Peachtree Christian Church.  The Groom and Groomsmen were also taken by Trolley to the church where they had their time with the photographers.

Sara wanted to have the flowers for the bouquets, boutineers and ceremony décor to be more subdued in color and focused more on whites, creams, blush with a touch of purple ~ however, she wanted the colors to be more intense for the reception.  Larry and Greg of Foxgloves and Ivy did an amazing job on the floral décor.  The centerpieces were gorgeous!!!  The Estate Table was especially stunning!  Since we had a very large table to accommodate over 20 guests, that dictated the need for rather extensive décor.  Larry and Greg used large white candelabra and topped them with luscious arrangements and swags of crystals.  They were just perfect and created such a special look and feel for the Estate Table.  The other guest tables had a variety of centerpieces incorporating varying sized candles and floral arrangements.  Larry and Greg truly captured the vision that Sara had for her wedding!!

The linens, which we choose from Chair Covers and Linens were perfect and provided just the “romantic” look and feel we were going for.  As a special touch, the chairs at the Estate Table had brooches attaching the chair ties for extra bling.   During Cocktail Hour, a rose-colored texture linen was used on some of the tables, while an ivory linen was used on others.  The contrast between the two created a lovely setting that was both romantic and elegant.  The guest tables linen was a very soft color that was a mix between ivory and taupe with a pink undertone. 

One very creative aspect of the wedding was that Sara provided a Calendar consisting of photos of she and Evan and had each guest find their Birthday and “sign” their greeting on that date.  They will be able to enjoy the calendar during the coming year while remembering those who shared in their joy at the wedding!!

To further enhance the setting, PPi provided lighting in the tent.  The glow created from the uplights added to the romantic feel of the wedding.

The beautiful and delicious wedding cake, which was a variety of Cheesecake flavors from the always amazing Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes was a HUGE hit with the guests!! They loved the cake so much that many went back for seconds (and I’m not naming names, but I saw some even going back for thirds!)

Shimmer Band provided through East Coast Entertainment, were the entertainment for the evening and they kept the crowd on their feet dancing all night long.

Guests had fun taking photos in the Photo Booth provided by ShutterBooth and were able to take photos away with them as a favor while also leaving a copy of the photo with a personal note for the couple.

When the time came for the party to end, guests lined the stairs and held up sparklers as Sara and Evan made their way through to the waiting vintage Rolls Royce from A Lovely View of Heaven that whisked them away to begin their honeymoon!!!

We were so pleased to have worked with this couple and their families to create and produce this gorgeous {and flawless} wedding and we wish a lifetime of happiness to Sara & Evan!!!

A huge THANK YOU to Frank Gibson for sharing the majority of these images with just a few of my snapshots of some of the details!  Please enjoy!

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