July 7, 2014

Steampunk meets Elegance for Denise & Morgan!

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This wedding was SO MUCH FUN to plan and produce!  It was definitely a blending of styles in order to accommodate the desires of the couple with that of the parents.  Denise and Morgan are huge fans of Sci-Fi and Steampunk.  Since the parents would have many friends in attendance that probably wouldn’t know or understand the symbolism, the request was that we would incorporate touches of the themes paying homage to the couples desires without going overboard. So, the planning began!  With The Retreat at Perimeter Summit selected as the venue, next came the work on the design concept.  

Prior to bringing JWilbur of EventScapes on board, I did extensive research on Steampunk wedding elements.  JWilbur and I brainstormed some ideas and he developed an amazing proposal that would incorporate very small touches that the couple would notice without drawing too much attention, such as small gears woven into the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere.  The Chuppah was a unique design which used 4 of the family’s Tallitot as well as a gear “chandelier”.  

Bride's Bouquet by EventScapes Groom's Boutonniere by EventScapes Chuppah by EventScapes Brides bouquet detail by EventScapes Brides bouquet with gears created by EventScapes Under the Chuppah created by EventScapes Chuppah designed by EventScapes Ceremony by Janice Blackmon Events

Mark Lotti, Classic Cheesecake and Cakes definitely put on his creative genius hat when he designed the Wedding and Groom’s cakes.  The wedding cake utilized the gear design that was also used on the invitation.  The Groom’s cake, which was the highlight, was a Tardis {from the Dr. Who movies}. The couple LOVED how the cakes turned out.  As was appropriate, the theme from Dr. Who was played as the couple cut the cakes.

Steampunk inspired cake by Classic cheesecakes and Cakes Steampunk Wedding Cake by Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes Front view of Tardis cake by Classic C heesecakes and Cakes Tardis cake by Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes Cake by Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes Wedding Cake by Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes Couple seeing the Tardis Cake by Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes Tardis Cake by Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes

Atlanta Beat band kept the crowd entertained and on the dance floor all night long.  They were amazing as always and everyone had such a great time.

Especially entertaining was the couples First Dance.  With the help of dance instructors, Allyssa and Robbie, they had choreographed a dance to the song Season’s of Love from the Broadway Musical, Rent.  It was fantastic!!!!!! Allyssa and Robbie were guests and you could tell from their expressions how proud they were of Denise & Morgan!

First Dance Couples First Dance First Dance First Dance The Dip during the 1st Dance First Dance 2-gether Dance Instructors watching their students 1st Dance

We certainly enjoyed working with Laura Tarquino of Vosamo who was capturing all of the special moments of the day, along with our staff videographer.

Everything about this wedding was amazing!!  We wish Denise & Morgan a lifetime of Happiness!!!!!

Janice Blackmon Events~ is a full-service event planning firm, specializing in assisting our clients with the planning and production of their event making sure it is flawless.  

Please enjoy more images from this special wedding!

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December 19, 2012

Maria & Hiram tie the knot!!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:51 pm by JBEvents

Sunny skies were shining down for the wedding of Maria & Hiram, even though the temps were rather chilly for this out-of-door Fall wedding.  There had been so much preparation for this wedding which included the building of a “chapel” at the home of the bride where the ceremony and then later the dinner reception took place.  This wasn’t just a small little building, but rather a fully covered area that was 74 feet long and 24 feet wide.  The ceiling was curved and had skylights which allowed the natural light to filter into the space.  At the far end was a fireplace which we used as the focal point for the ceremony.  Several chandelier were installed and large hanging floral arrangements and sheer drapery hung from the ceiling as well which softened the look.

The Moore Agency provided hair and make-up services at the home of the bride which made for a very comfortable setting for the bridal party to get ready.

The brides dress had a sweetheart neckline and a full skirt covered with soft, flowing “petals”.  The dress was gorgeous and Maria looked stunning in it!!! The bridesmaids wore long, flowing champagne colored dresses that were very flattering and beautiful on each of them.

We were so happy that we had the pleasure of working with Shari of Shari Zellers Photography!!   She is one of our favorite photographers and I can always be assured that she will take amazing photos while adhering to the timeline of the day ~ both of which are important.  Her images are always gorgeous and her creative eye sees things that make the photos unique while remaining timeless!  It’s no wonder that she is an award-winning photographer!!

It was also great to work with Jonathan Nye of Evolution Video again.  I’m sure the video will be a treasured keepsake for many years to come.  I have to brag on Jonathan as well – as he is such a talented guy and always makes clients comfortable which shows in his work.  He is one of those videographers that GETS all of the images and special moments of the day – but he does it in such a way as to not be obtrusive.  There is a reason he is on our preferred vendor list!!

This was one of those events where everything that was needed had to be rented, from the tables and chairs to the china and crystal and even the serving trays and tray-jacks.  There are many rental companies around, but based upon my experience, they are not all created equal.  I can always count on Event Rentals Unlimited to provide excellent customer service as well as quality products.  They didn’t disappoint this time!!

Linens were provided by Chair Covers and Linens.  Kudos go to Ashley Hess who worked with us at the last-minute to secure and arrange for linens for the wedding ~ after several phone calls, emails and careful verification that every table was accounted for – she was able to Rush the order through and have it delivered in the nick of time.  The linens looked beautiful!

Mauricio Velez of DJ Move was the DJ for the wedding.  He provided the ceremony and reception music.  Since both sides of the families were of Hispanic/Latin descent, he emceed in both Spanish and English.  He also played a variety of music to include American tunes as well as popular Spanish music.  Guests had a great time and there was quite a bit of Salsa dancing going on!!!

Cocktail Hour provided two different types of entertainment.  Inside the house, Bob Cardone, pianist, was playing.  He provided beautiful background music that allowed guests to mingle and to partake in the Photo Booth.  While outside in the front of the house, a Mariachi band entertained guests and created a festive  party atmosphere.

Catering and the floral décor was provided by relatives and friends of the family.  The meal consisted of Mexican dishes to include Chicken, Spanish Rice and fresh vegetables, prepared by the mother of the bride with the assistance of some of the relatives.  Judging from the empty plates that were cleared from the tables, I would say the guests truly enjoyed the meal!!!

What would a wedding be without a Wedding Cake?  We didn’t have to answer that question at this wedding.  In fact, we had a Brides cake and a Groom’s cake.  However, it did not stop there, as guests were also treated to a dessert display consisting of Mexican pastries provided by some of the grooms relatives which was a huge hit —- but even that wasn’t the end to the yummy sweets.  A Candy/Dessert buffet was also provided so guests could take sweets home with them to remember the wonderful event.  Now this was not your typical Candy/Dessert buffet – but rather one of homemade treats that were made by one of the bridesmaids.  There were mini Pecan tarts, cake pops, turtles, chocolate covered pretzels, Apple spice muffins, and Buckeyes in addition to regular mass-marketed candy varieties.  Monogrammed boxes in various sizes were provided for guests to make a To-Go box.

Since a catering company was not used, servers and bar-tenders had to be secured.  Black Tie Services was selected to provide the staffing for the event.

It is always recommended for a special event taking place at a personal residence,  to provide portable restrooms for the guests. This is true under many circumstances, and making sure to provide a reputable vendor is important.  Royal Restrooms was the vendor of choice for this wedding. 

At the end of the night, the couple departed through Sparklers and entered into the waiting Rolls Royce ~ which whisked them away to begin their life of married bliss.

We were so pleased to work with this couple and family and wish Maria & Hiram a lifetime of Happiness!!!!!

Special thanks to Shari Zellers for sharing her beautiful images which are below (except for the last five which were my snapshots)!!!

Head shot of Maria Bridesmaids having fun FOB and Bride emotional Girls lining up for ceremony Groomsmen at wall Groomsmen Hiram at wall Hiram black and white side view Hiram getting kiss from his dad Hiram leaning against tree Hiram on stairs Hiram sitting on steps Hiram, his dad, step mom and brother Jonathan shooting dress Maria and her siblings Maria by piano Maria full length with veil blowing Maria putting earring on Maria seeing reflection Maria upstairs at balcony Maria with bouquet side view Maria with Flower Girls looking at bouquet Mariachi Band Maria's family Me tying the dress corset Pants detail of Mariachi band player Ring Bearer Rose Ceremony vases Rose Presenters lined up Shoes hanging on banister The Dress Wedding party lined up for ceremony Belt buckle of Mariachi player Black and white Hiram Black and white Maria with trees and veil blowing Black and white of Maria headshot with veil flowing Bridal party black and white within the trees Bridal party with bouquets down Bridal Party with Flower Girls Bridal Party Bride coming down stairs Bride to Be tiara Bridesmaid dress detail with bouquet

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August 11, 2012

A Look Back at Elsa & Brian!!! (Too gorgeous for just one post)

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I hope you will indulge me as I share images from one of our early Spring weddings.  When the original blog post was made, the images used were mostly my snapshots which of course didn’t do justice to the beauty of the wedding.  The images here have been provided by the actual photographer, Slava Slavik

This gorgeous wedding was the result of a wonderful couple and a great group of vendors that worked together to create the bride’s vision in what can only be described as a stunningly beautiful wedding! 

Special thanks go to the following:

Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, The Georgian Terrace Hotel, EventScapes, a division of CCP Events, Chair Covers and Linens, Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes, Slava Slavik, Atlanta Bands and DJ’s, Event Rentals Unlimited, Button It Up, Weddings by Joseph Leone, and Stylist Kori Smith.

June 27, 2012

Wish Upon A Wedding ~ Atlanta Chapter

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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. 

May 14, 2012

Victorian theme for Elsa & Brian!!!

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The wedding celebration of Elsa & Brian was more than just beautiful ~ it was a weekend full of touching celebrations.

On Thursday, surrounded by close friends and family, the couple exchanged vows at Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  After the small and intimate ceremony, the couple and a small group of family and friends celebrated at the home of a close friend.

Friday, guests were able to partake in one of Atlanta’s finest festivals, The Dogwood Festival.  The Atlanta Trolley was used to provide guest transportation from the hotel to Piedmont Park so that  they could enjoy an afternoon at the Festival.

The Rehearsal Dinner was held at Baraonda Cafe.  A delicious family style meal was served including pasta and chicken Marsala.  Each guest had a choice of their dessert, but what could be better than Tiramisu?

Saturday brought together a team of excellent vendors, most of whom we were delighted to recommend. 

Elsa choose an Edwardian/Victorian theme.  The color scheme was purple, silver, and white.  This theme and the colors worked perfectly in the Grand Ballroom of The Georgian Terrace Hotel.

Robyn Feinberg of RSVP Invitations created the custom invitations for the couple.  She did an outstanding job.  The monogram was carried through on all of the paper products created even including the Escort Cards and Table Numbers. 

Wilbur of EventScapes created the gorgeous florals which included roses, orchids, stock, hydrangea and Delphinium.  For the ceremony, white sheer drapery created a backdrop while ambient lighting created a romantic glow.  Two pedestals holding lush arrangements with hanging votives flanked the stage while two other arrangements  on Corinthian columns were placed at the beginning of the aisle.  A white carpet was used as the aisle runner.

After the ceremony, guests were invited downstairs for the Cocktail Hour where they were greeted with beverages and delicious hors d’oeuvres. 

Once guests were enjoying Cocktail Hour, the vendors began transforming the Grand Ballroom for the reception. 

Linens in the luscious hue of Victorian lilac graced the tables provided by Chair Covers and Linens

To add to the elegance of the overall look, Silver Chiavari chairs from Event Rentals Unlimited were used as were old-fashioned saucer type champagne flutes. 

When guests were invited back into the Ballroom for dinner and dancing, they found their seat assignments displayed on a life-sized silver frame.  Truly an elegant presentation. 

Tall silver candelabra with elegant floral arrangements placed a top centered the tables from EventScapes.  The look was perfect within the Victorian theme.  Wilbur never disappoints!!!

Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes created the Bride’s and Groom’s cakes.  His cakes never cease to amaze me.  Not only were the cakes stunning, but the detail incorporated especially into the Groom’s cake was outstanding.  The Groom grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania and one of the symbols of the city was a Pagoda.  Brian has a piece of art that shows the Pagoda which we placed next to the Groom’s cake along with a description of the semblance of the cake.  In addition to the two cakes which consisted of various yummy flavors, guests were also treated to several varieties of Mark’s cheesecakes. 

Button It Up provided a Green Screen for a photo booth which was a huge hit with all of the guests.  The couple provided additional props that guests had so much fun posing with.  I love this interactive type of activity which involves the guests while also providing memories for the couple. 

Slava and Sarah Slavik were the photographers for the wedding.  Once I receive their professional photos, I’ll post an update – but for now, my snapshots will have to do.

Joseph Leone captured all of the festivities on video and I’m sure the couple will enjoy watching the video for years to come.

Ted Crowder of Atlanta Bands & DJ’s provided the entertainment for the evening and kept guests having fun on the dance floor.

PPi (Production People Inc) provided the lighting and customized GOBO. 

Later in the evening, fun late-night snacks came out consisting of mini corn dogs and french fries.  This was a huge hit.

As guests departed, they were treated to a slice of cake in a custom box that too incorporated the monogram of the couple. 

It was such a pleasure working with this couple to create their wedding.  We wish Elsa & Brian a lifetime of Happiness!!!!

April 10, 2012

Congratulations to Kristina & Nathan

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The weather was nothing less than perfect for the Spring wedding of Kristina & Nathan.  The theme of this wedding was Marie Antoinette goes on a picnic.  What started out as a DIY project ended up with professionals taking over to create stunning decor for this wedding.

Rande Miller of MH Floral Decor came in at the last minute and created amazing floral arrangements.  The clients had a lovely collection of milk-glass containers that Rande used for centerpieces.  In addition, there were other pieces that the clients had purchased for use in the decor – and Rande expertly incorporated them providing the overall look that the bride had envisioned.

As guests arrived, they were treated to Mint Juleps which they enjoyed sipping while mingling before the ceremony.  When it was time for guests to be seated, beautiful music from the Celtic Harp by Nella Rigell, beckoned the guests to take their seat.

The couple, surrounded by their closest friends and family exchanged vows at the home of the bride’s aunt.  Rev. Dawn Smith-Camacho presided over the ceremony which incorporated several cultural influences. 

A Divine Event provided their exceptional cuisine and service.  Selections included a Shrimp and Grits station as well as a Mac & Cheese bar!!!!  A Divine Event is always such a pleasure to work with and clients are always pleased with the wickedly delicious food they provide.  Steve Moore and Ashton Flores were a pleasure to work with and they created a menu that was enjoyed by all.  The on-site team were top-notch and made sure that the guests were treated to an amazing and delicious experience.

Mike Walsh of Ampd Entertainment did a fantastic job of  providing the specific artists and songs that the client requested  – which was a compilation of Latin Jazz artists. Guests were treated to a particularly special  selection of songs at one point in the evening from the Brides latest CD.  Later in the evening,   Mike got to incorporate popular dance music which definitely got the guests out on the dance floor. 

Julia Robbs and Amber of Our Labor of Love were behind the camera capturing all of the images.  The home was lushly landscaped and proved to be an appropriate setting for the wedding theme.  Julia and Amber were extremely easy to work with and I’m sure the photos will be amazing.

Guests were treated to two desserts – the wedding cake, which was filled with strawberries and raspberries and a traditional french pastry creation, a croquenbouche, as the groom’s cake.  

 TLC Rents and Event Rentals Unlimited provided the tables, chairs, linens, wedding arch, and the generator. 

Specialty linens for the Cake Tables were graciously provided by Chair Covers and Linens.

My team did an excellent job (as always) to ensure that this wedding   – like all others that we produce – was flawless.

Wishing a lifetime of happiness to Kristina & Nathan!!! 

 

February 3, 2012

Award Winning Table Design

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We are so excited to share that our entry into the 2012 NACE Design Trends Competition won 2nd Place.  This endeavor included the following amazing vendors:

Custom Table, Ruffles, Place settings to include monogrammed Plates ~ Jessica Foerst (JBEvents Associate)

Floral decor ~ Foxgloves & Ivy Design Studio

Linens ~ Chair Covers and Linens

Rentals of Chairs, Glassware and base table ~ Event Rentals Unlimited

The event was held at the beautiful venue, 200 Peachtree.

We hope that you will enjoy this slideshow and that you will remember us when you are ready to begin planning your special event.  We have resources and relationships with vendors that will create a flawless and award winning event for you!!!

Please click the title below to view the slideshow!!!

Award Winning Table Design

September 12, 2011

Can’t get enough of….

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

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Details of the events:

Becky & David:

Venue:  King Plow Arts Center

Caterer:  Bold American Events

Hair/Make-up:  Authentic Beauty

Dress:  Bride Beautiful

Photography:  Robin Gaucher Photography

Ceremony Musician:  Catherine Rogers ~ Harpist

Floral designer:  Tulip

Cake:  Caryn’s Cakes

Linens:  I Do Linens

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

Reception Entertainment:  Band X

Transportation:  Cooper-Atlanta Transportation

 

Pamela & Brian:

Venue:  The Georgian Terrace Hotel

Make-up:  Formal Faces

Dress:  Priscilla of Boston

Bridesmaids Dresses:  Priscilla of Boston

Photographer:  Brandelyn Lee Photography

Ceremony Musicians:  Axtell Productions (Harp & Violin)

Florist:  Blueberry Spring

Groom’s attire:  MW Tux

Officiant:  Jeremiah O’Keefe-West

Cake:  Frosted Pumpkin

Linens:  I Do Linens

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

Reception Entertainment:  Axtell Productions ~ Moxie Band

Transportation:  Atlantic Limousine and Transportation

Favors:  The Varsity

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

 

 

 

 

 

July 20, 2011

Southern Summer Wedding of Pamela and Brian

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The day began slightly unusual for the middle of July in Atlanta – but the temps were in the low to mid 80’s ~ A welcome respite from the oppressive heat we had been dealing with.

Pamela and Brian selected the beautiful Georgian Terrace Hotel to host their nuptials. 

Beginning before sunrise, the ladies were having their hair and make-up services.  The personal stylist of the bride, Deborah, and her assistant created the hairstyles for all of the bridal party.  Pamela wore her blonde tresses up in a sculptured bun which worked perfectly with her finger tip veil.  Jennifer from Formal Faces provided the exquisite make-up application.  The girls were all picture perfect after receiving their services.

Pamela’s dress was from the Platinum collection by Priscilla of Boston.  The dress was gorgeous.  Heavily beaded on the bodice as well as detailed down the back.

 Pamela chose an awesome pair of shoes for her attire.  They were Kate Spade hot pink multi-colored sparkle glitter heels with a bow.  On the bottom of the shoes, Pamela had attached blue rhinestone stickers that said “I Do”.

The accessories that the bride selected to complete her wedding day ensemble were just perfect.  She wore a cuff bracelet, a tear-drop shaped pendant and dangle earrings. 

The bridesmaids wore Victorian lilac gowns.  They had a slight sweetheart neckline and were strapless.  The bodice was sort of pleated which gathered at the waist where a floral accoutrement made from the same fabric was attached.  The gathers then floated down the front of the dress.

The gentleman looked handsome in their Black Tuxedos with white pleated shirts and black bow ties from MW Tux

Brandy of Brandelyn Lee Photography and her assistant Chris were busy capturing the images of the couple throughout the day.  One thing is for sure, when you are at the Georgian Terrace Hotel, you have so many options of interesting backdrops and areas for photos.  The staircases, the balconies, the lobby are just a few of the popular photo spots.  Brandy took the wedding party in many of the popular areas and then took the Bride and Groom outside for some fun photos on Peachtree Street with The Fox Theatre in the background.  I am a sucker for traditions, and the bride’s sister had a family photo taken on a staircase for her wedding several years ago, and so they re-created a new version of the family photograph with Pamela in the starring role of the Bride.

The florals for the wedding were provided by Blueberry Spring.  Ivories, whites and lilacs were the predominant colors.

The ceremony was held in the Piedmont Ballroom.  Rich from Axtell Entertainment & Productions provided the violinist and harpist for the ceremony.  The family selected a variety of music for the prelude to include some old jazz standards as well as the theme from Beauty and the Beast.

Jeremiah O’Keefe-West presided over the ceremony and in his usual manner, had the couple feeling relaxed during the exchange of vows.

As guests left the ceremony, they were greeted by servers with various hors d’oeuvres and an option of champagne or Bellini’s.  The keyboardist from the band played the Baby Grand piano while guests mingled and enjoyed the passed hors d’oeuvres.

Once the time arrived for the guests to be seated for lunch, they were invited to make their way to the Escort Card table to pick up their table assignment and then enter into the beautiful Grand Ballroom.  As guests found their seats, they were able to enjoy the music of the band while waiting on the Bride and Groom to enter.

Upon making their entrance, the Bride and Groom danced their first dance as husband and wife to On A Night Like This by Dave Barnes.  Her father then danced with her to My Girl – so appropriate.  The groom and his mom then took the dance floor and danced to In My Life by the Beatles. 

Tamara of I Do Linens provided the luscious linens.  Since the bride wanted to incorporate pink into the palette, ½ of the tables had pink satin linens while the other tables had ivory linens.  To further create visual interest, the pink tables had ivory napkins and chair ties and the ivory linens had “wisteria” napkins and chair ties.  The Head Table had a custom ivory linen that was textured and was so elegant.  The Bride’s Cake Table was covered in custom couture linen that resembled a ballerina tutu.  The fitted top was edged with rhinestone beading.  It was absolutely stunning!!!

The Moxie Band provided the entertainment for the reception.  They have such a great sound and the way they interact with the audience keeps it lively for all.  The guests enjoyed dancing all afternoon.

The Bride and Groom’s cakes were provided by Jeff of Frosted Pumpkin.  The bride’s cake was a four-tier ivory with a scattered pearl design.  The Groom’s cake was a chocolate two-tiered cake with a Brave’s logo on the top and chocolate covered and drizzled strawberries around the layers.

To enhance the look of the place settings, the clients rented Clear glass chargers with gold beading as well as Windsor flatware from Event Rentals Unlimited.  They also rented gold Chiavari chairs from Event Rentals Unlimited. The ballroom truly looked elegant!!

For an extra-special touch, the clients rented a white dance floor – also from Event Rentals Unlimited

To add a real Atlanta flavor to the event, The Varsity provided their famous fried peach pies.  As guests left the event, they were treated to a pie and a cold carton of milk.  A very sweet ending to a wonderful day.

The couple made their departure through bubbles into a waiting 1947 Rolls Royce from Atlantic Limousine and Transportation. They were then whisked away to the Ritz-Carlton ~ Buckhead for their wedding night.  After a few hours to rest, they met up with many of their guests and partied until late in the evening.  As the special day came to a close, I’m sure everyone was reflecting on what a fabulous wedding celebration they had witnessed.

The JBEvents team was pleased to be involved with producing the wedding for this wonderful family and we wish a lifetime of happiness to Pamela and Brian.

 

 

July 12, 2011

Fairy Tales Do Come True….for Kellie and James

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Once upon a time, there was a beautiful five-year old little girl who asked her mom to pray with her for a man.  Always wanting what was best for her precious little girl, she went in her room and together they prayed that God would send the RIGHT man into her life.

Now while she may have started at a young age to look for her Prince Charming, she trusted in her faith instead of rushing to make a decision that wouldn’t have been the right one.

Many years later, she would meet James, and from early on in the relationship, she just had a feeling that he was THE ONE!

On a trip to South Beach, James popped the question and Kellie said YES!!!

Shortly thereafter we began planning her wedding.  Now, all of my clients are very special to me, but Kellie has a special place in my heart, because she is one of my associates. 

She chose as her wedding theme, Rustic Chic.  The venue, Summerour, was just perfect to carry out that theme. Not only the surroundings but the fact that Summerour provides Farm Tables which was exactly what Kellie had wanted to create that warm family atmosphere.  To keep the design of the room  interesting, we mixed round guest tables with the Farm Tables and the overall look was perfect. 

This was one of those weddings where DIY meets superb Vendors to incorporate the elements to create her vision.  And what a beautiful vision it was.

One thing you notice immediately upon meeting Kellie besides her beauty is that she is extremely personable and down-to-earth.  She is non-assuming and has a way of just melting your heart while wanting to go out of your way to make her day special. All of the vendors that worked with Kellie wanted to do everything possible to not only provide exceptional service and products, but offered ideas and suggestions so that we were able to maintain her budget.

Once the venue was set, we began work on selecting the Caterer.  With so many excellent options in Atlanta, this was one hard decision, but she decided upon A Divine Event.  She chose a delicious menu beginning with passed Hors D’oeuvres such as Buffalo Chicken Springrolls served in a Shot Glass in Maytag Sauce with a Carrot and Celery and Jalapeno Pimento Cheese atop a cucumber.  Because she wanted guests to feel comfortable and relaxed, she opted for a buffet that consisted of a Baby Bleu Salad, Grilled Asparagus, Melted Cherry tomatoes, Gemelli pasta with wild mushrooms and garlic in truffle oil, Parmesan crusted chicken with artichokes, wild mushrooms in a lemon cream sauce and Bourbon Peppercorn Marinated Flank Steak with Horseradish Dijon and Herbed Mayo.  Guests were indeed delighted with the menu selections.

Steve Moore of The Moore Agency provided the hairstyles for Kellie and her attendants and Scobbie West provided the make-up.  Everyone looked just beautiful.

Kellie selected her Mori Lee designed dress from New Natalies which is where her bridesmaids also selected their dresses.  Kellie’s dress was silk with beading detail at the waist and had a chapel length train.  Kellie’s grandmother made her birdcage veil – which looked stunning on her.  The bridesmaids selected their own style of dress in a silvery blue color.

The men were handsome in their Black tuxes from Savvi.

Paperlily Photography were the photographers for the event.  One of the owners, Brooke Drellos, was actually an attendant in the wedding, so she did put down the camera and assume the role of Bridesmaid after many of the “detail” shots were taken – leaving the rest of the coverage to her partner, Christy and assistant, Shannon.  Of course, the photos you will see below were taken by us.  I hope to post some of the professional photos soon as some of my images don’t properly show the decor and space.

Wade Bailey Designs provided the floral décor, which was stunning.  Kellie loves Red Gerbera Daisy’s, so that was the main focus but to add more texture and interest, succulents and Dusty Miller was used in the bouquets.  Wade worked wonders with Kellie’s vision of the Rustic Chic look.  Kellie purchased some Birch “vases” and at a gathering of her attendants for her DIY projects, they carved a heart with K + J in them.  Adorable!   Among other décor items, Kellie purchased 4 large lanterns which contained 3 varying heights of pillar candles and provided a very interesting look for those tables.  Other tables had various types of centerpieces with the focus on the Red Gerbera daisy’s but with other natural elements mixed in.  The Head Table had a variety of different wine glasses with votive candles as well as large glass cylinder vases with branches along with other floral arrangements with the birch vases. 

The ceremony area, which took place at the base of a Grand Staircase, was flanked by 2 tall arrangements and an amazing handcrafted chandelier.  Kellie had the vision of having a chandelier hanging above she and James as they took their vows, and Wade created this chandelier that was unique, rustic and just perfect. 

Kellie and James wrote their own vows which were truly from the heart.  Instead of just repeating vows, they spoke of what each meant to the other and how finding each other was meant to be.  This was such a personal and touching part and I dare say there weren’t many dry eyes in the crowd.

The Escort Card table and the Guest Book Table had moss runners down the center with an antique white birdcage for guests to place cards in along with more various wine glasses and glass containers with candles.  The Escort Cards were held by wine corks.

Event Rentals Unlimited provided sheer ivory drapery which separated the ceremony area from the reception area.  The drapery created a nice soft divider during the ceremony and then was tied back to create openings to the dinner area.

During Cocktail Hour out on the stone terrace, guests mingled with hors d’oeuvres and beverages while taking turns playing Corn Hole and Bocce Ball. Kellie’s uncle provided his craftsmanship by supplying a wooden post which he attached old-timey directional signs to indicate the Cocktail Hour location as well as for the Corn Hole and Bocce Ball areas.  He also installed lights over the dance floor – again to fulfill Kellie’s vision.

The couple created a specialty drink for the evening which they called An Atlanta-rita.  It was a huge hit. 

Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, Kellie decided to have some of her favorite cupcakes from Lenox Cupcakes.  She selected Peanut Butter Chocolate, Red Velvet and Lemon Drop as the flavors.  YUM! The cake table held photos of the couples parents and grandparents and was such a nice tribute.

The C. Scott Moody band provided the entertainment for the evening.  Guests certainly enjoyed the very specific play-list of the couple and kept the dance floor filled all night.

The Atlanta Trolley provided transportation for the Wedding Party and the guests.  What a fun and unique way that had to travel from their hotel to the venue and back.  At the end of the evening, Kellie and James departed through a sparkler sendoff and then hopped on the Trolley to ride with their guests back to the hotel.  From what I’ve heard, the party kept on going until the wee hours of the night.

Keeping with the wine theme that was prevalent in many of the touches, Kellie and James spent their honeymoon in Napa Valley touring wineries and also taking time to relax with some spa treatments.

The JBEvents team was so pleased to create this fantastic event for our very own Kellie and we wish her and James a lifetime of happiness as they begin their new life together!!!!

 

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