April 15, 2020

Winter Wedding Nuptials for Linsey & Chris

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:09 pm by JBEvents

Linsey has been a dear friend for many years. We met years ago when she worked at one of my favorite catering company’s. Several years later, she worked with me here at Janice Blackmon Events. When she asked me to assist in planning her wedding, I was humbled, honored and ECSTATIC!

The venue selection process covered a lot of options, but the final selection was absolutely perfect!

The outdoor terrace at Marcel restaurant was the setting for the intimate exchange of vows. As guests arrived, they were treated with a Beverage Bar, offering hot beverages as well as bubbly!

Custom sign by Dreamweaver Calligraphy

With a beautiful fireplace as the focal point on Marcel’s terrace, a friend of the couple officiated the ceremony. Their fur-babies, Luna and Max, served as Floral Dog and Honorary Ring Bearer.

One of the very touching and memorable parts of the ceremony was the “warming of the rings” which is having the rings passed through all of their guests so that each could say a prayer or offer a wish on them.

Guests were provided soft, cozy blankets to keep them warm while they witnessed the couple pledging their love to each other.

After the ceremony, guests made their way to the reception location, one of Atlanta’s newest restaurants, Lyla Lila, where the groom serves as Manager. The restaurant provided a delicious array of food that guests could eat at their leisure, while the bar was serving up libations. The couple had a Cheese Cake skillfully decorated with charcuterie. The bride’s mom also provided a traditional wedding cake from a pastry chef in south Georgia that has made all of the special occasion cakes for the family for many years.

This celebration was so full of love and perfectly unique for the couple. They were surrounded by their closest friends and family. Everyone had a fantastic time and it was truly a celebration filled with love and happiness!!

Special thanks to Sunny Lee Photography for providing the beautiful images in this post.

We wish Linsey & Chris a lifetime of happiness and adventures. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your wedding – it truly was an honor!!!

Since there were SO MANY gorgeous images, here are a few more of my favs!

Vendor Team

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special event planning firm. We specialize in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design, and flawless execution.

February 9, 2020

Lorianne & Karao’s Gorgeous Fusion Wedding

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:01 pm by JBEvents

I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again….I have the most amazing clients!!! AND, making this wedding even more special, it was a former JBEvents client family!!! Working with this family again was a true honor, and getting to see my former couple and meeting their adorable children was such a highlight. I am indeed lucky to build lasting relationships with such incredible people.

Lorianne & Karao have a love that you can feel when you are around them. Their family and friends also radiate love and good times!

We blended some Kenyan traditions with American, especially southern traditions for the beautiful fusion wedding.

The ladies gathered at a friends home to start the day with their hair and make-up appointments. They enjoyed some delicious nibbles and a mimosa bar. Perfect start to the day!

The bride wore a stunning gown from J. Andrews Bridal. The bridal party each selected their own dresses in jewel tones. The look was perfect. The groom and his guys wore custom made suits in a deep teal color – and they all looked dapper!

A Kenyan tradition is that the mother of the groom and the female family members arrive at the brides home (or in this case the venue) to escort her to the ceremony. The ladies gather and begin singing outside of the home while the bride and her parents remain inside behind the door. At the appropriate time, the door is opened and the bride begins making her way out. The groom’s family continues singing while placing shawls on the ground for the bride to walk upon, so that her feet do not touch the ground. What a beautiful beginning to the celebration.

Karao, the groom, was placed with his back to the bride so he could not see her, but he could hear the singing and the joy of his wife-to-be being serenaded by his mom, sisters and aunts, as she walked towards him. When Lorianne reached Karao, she gently touched his shoulder indicating he could turn around. The emotion of the couple and everyone witnessing this was palpable and I dare say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. Seeing this tradition, touched me as it clearly demonstrated the coming together of not just the couple, but of their families. The acceptance and embracing cultural differences simply because of LOVE. That’s what it’s all about – LOVE!

The ceremony, officiated by the bride’s brother, was very personal and unique to the couple. Another perfect aspect of this special day.

As the couple were pronounced married, the music started, “Aye” by Davido, and the couple danced up the aisle. The wedding party followed suit and it was fantastic. It was such a celebratory moment.

Now for the Southern part of the wedding. The bride and her family are HUGE Dawg fans. In fact, we were originally planning on having the couple introduced in for their 1st dance to the Call of the Dawgs. Our plans had to change slightly since the game time wasn’t announced until just less than 2 weeks from the day of the wedding. Instead of it being an evening kick-off as we were hoping, it was instead a 4:00 kick-off. Well, that was the time of the ceremony so unless we wanted the bride to enter to the Call of the Dawgs, we needed to change things up a bit. ūüôā We were already having a large TV at the venue for the game, so we positioned it on the back terrace. Guests were able to watch part of the game during Cocktail Hour, before they were escorted to the tent for dinner. As guests finished their dinner, they made their way back out to the terrace to watch the end of the game. And what an end it was. Georgia had been ahead for the 1st three quarters, but in the 4th quarter, Auburn made 2 touchdowns. It looked like Auburn was going to tie things up, but in the last seconds of the game Georgia defense held them and won the game and clinched the SEC East Division title. Not a bad little wedding gift — thank you UGA! I feel rather certain that the cheers from this Lake Oconee crown could be heard at the game in Auburn!

After the game, the party really got started. The couple shared their 1st dance, the bride and her father danced followed by the groom and his mom. Then during the toasts there was another special Kenyan tradition. The grooms mother presented the bride, her mother and grandmother with lovely, hand-made baskets from Kenya that are used for going to the market. The presentation of this heartfelt gesture was one more example of the love that was present and filling the air at this wedding.

Guests had a great time in the photo booth striking a pose. The couple has a lasting memory of their guests with the memory book created by ShutterBooth, where guests wrote a personal message next to their photo.

In addition to the photo keepsake, guests also were able to take home a Hot Chocolate stick complete with a large marshmallow. A perfect take away on this chilly fall evening.

As with every event, there is a team of vendors working together to ensure the couples desires and vision are carried out. We were happy to partner with these vendors to produce this fabulous and flawless wedding.

Venue ~ Sandy Creek Barn

Catering ~ Reynolds Plantation Lake Oconee

Hair ~ Caity Duffy

Make-up ~ The Moore Agency

Wedding Gown ~ J. Andrews Bridal

Floral ~ EventScapes

Entertainment ~ Marquee Events

Officiant ~ Brother of the Bride

Photography ~ Once Like a Spark

Wedding Cake ~ Publix

Photo Booth ~ ShutterBooth

Wishing Lorianne & Karao a lifetime of happiness and adventures. Thank you for letting us be a part of your celebration!

Special thanks to Once Like a Spark photography for providing these beautiful images! Working with Greta was a wonderful experience!

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

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!

September 4, 2018

Elise & Michael’s BIG DAY!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:15 am by JBEvents

Sometimes, the star’s align and two people make the decision that was long in coming, to get married.¬† When Elise & Michael made that decision, one of the first things they did was hire me.¬† We spent quite a bit of time selecting a venue, but after much deliberation and site-visits, they decided on Chateau Elan!

Once the venue was selected, we moved on to selecting the other vendors to be a part of their BIG DAY!  {See full list below!}

I’ve said it a million times, every wedding (or special occasion), should be unique to the couple (person, business, etc.).¬† There are many ways to accomplish this, but it all starts out with being true to who you are, what means the most to you and allowing the professionals to do our job to bring that vision to life! For this couple, it was the blending of their love for geeky things with an elegant touch.¬†

It’s no secret that Chateau Elan is one of my favorite venues, because no matter where on the property you have your wedding, it will be wonderful.¬† With Elise & Michael, we wanted something a little different.¬† The ceremony took place in the Atrium, which is gorgeous in its own right, but when you add in draping, and a ceremony arch with lush flowers and an aisle treatment with soft touches of color – you have a dream-like setting.

The location for the reception was the Winery Pavilion.¬† Now, with this selection, there were a few things that the couple didn’t like about the venue, biggest being the 80′ long mural on the back wall. So, the decision was made to drape it.¬† Calling on the always fabulous creative of JWilbur of EventScapes, he did just that and created a completely different look and feel of the pavilion.¬† Also, instead of the ceiling fan lights – which aren’t elegant, or in line with the desired look,¬† Wilbur and his team hung beautiful crystal chandeliers.

IMG_1399

BEFORE

marsh-arpin-440

AFTER

One of the ways that the couple brought their own, unique style to the reception was with the Groom’s cake which was a replica of the Dungeons and Dragons Handbook.¬† Mark Lotti, Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes, did a fantastic job creating the cake.¬† He also made the beautiful and delicious wedding cake! Mark never disappoints and the degree of his attention to detail is remarkable!!!!

The Moore Agency was on hand to make all of the ladies even more beautiful than they already were.  While hair and make-up services were being provided, the ladies enjoyed some delicious bites and tasty beverages in their suite.

Meanwhile, the guys had a fun and filling lunch at Paddy’s Restaurant and Bar onsite at the resort!!

Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Dinner and Reception music was provided by the all-talented, Jeni Michelson!  For the ceremony and cocktail hour, Jeni treated the guests to beautiful renditions on the keyboard Рadding in her tantalizing vocals for the cocktail hour.  During the reception, she switched over to DJ and kept the crowd dancing throughout the evening!

Everyone had a blast in the photo booth! ShutterBooth provided a fun, interactive experience where guests were able to create a lasting memory of the wedding for the happy couple as well a having a memento of the special day to take away!

Michelle Landreau captured the gorgeous images throughout the day.  Her easy style makes for a comfortable atmosphere for the couple, which in turn creates images that capture the emotion and beauty of the day!  Thank you Michelle for sharing these images with us!

Jonathan Nye, of Cre8tive Cinema, was onsite creating a film of all of the details and special moments of the day.¬† He is always such a pleasure to work with, and his talent is top-notch! I’ve included his teaser film down below the photos!¬†¬†

As promised, here is the link to the teaser film by Jonathan of Cre8tive Cinema.

https://vimeo.com/212484194

It was such a pleasure working with this sweet couple and the wonderful vendors we recommended for their flawless wedding!

We wish Elise & Michael a lifetime of happiness!!!!!!

Vendors

Hair & Make-up ~ The Moore Agency

Venue ~ Chateau Elan, Atrium / Winery Pavilion

Officiant ~ Fr. Hency Gracz

Photographer ~ Morning Light by Michelle Landreau

Videographer ~ Cre8tive Cinema – Jonathan Nye

Floral/Event Designer ~ EventScapes, JWilbur Smith

Music ~ Jeni Michelson

Cakes {Wedding and Groom} ~ Classic Cheesecake and Cakes, Mark Lotti

Photo Booth ~ ShutterBooth Atlanta

March 28, 2016

Grace & Wiley’s Vineyard Wedding

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:20 pm by JBEvents

grace_bridal_371

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

grace_bridal_039grace_bridal_049grace_bridal_153grace_bridal_107grace_bridal_090grace_bridal_063grace_bridal_192grace_bridal_763grace_bridal_371grace_bridal_299grace_bridal_772livingston_1prep_039livingston_1prep_058livingston_1prep_110livingston_1prep_114livingston_1prep_283livingston_1prep_626livingston_1prep_686livingston_1prep_703livingston_2portraits_0010livingston_2portraits_0037livingston_2portraits_0048livingston_2portraits_0064_BWlivingston_2portraits_0129livingston_2portraits_0365livingston_2portraits_0504livingston_2portraits_0507livingston_2portraits_0568livingston_2portraits_0657livingston_2portraits_0719_BWlivingston_2portraits_0844livingston_2portraits_1037livingston_2portraits_1143livingston_3cerem_021livingston_3cerem_029livingston_3cerem_037livingston_3cerem_045livingston_3cerem_052livingston_3cerem_156livingston_3cerem_224livingston_3cerem_350livingston_4recept_0062livingston_4recept_0079livingston_4recept_0073livingston_4recept_0072livingston_4recept_0065livingston_4recept_0100livingston_4recept_0096livingston_4recept_0088livingston_4recept_0084livingston_4recept_0101livingston_4recept_0106livingston_4recept_0109livingston_4recept_0112livingston_4recept_0155livingston_4recept_0161livingston_4recept_0170livingston_4recept_0195livingston_4recept_0196livingston_4recept_0202livingston_4recept_0274livingston_4recept_0297livingston_4recept_0298livingston_4recept_0316livingston_4recept_0426livingston_4recept_0460livingston_4recept_0628livingston_4recept_0776livingston_4recept_0929livingston_4recept_1588livingston_4recept_1346livingston_4recept_1341livingston_4recept_1590livingston_4recept_1714

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

August 5, 2015

A.K. & Josh’s Gorgeous Destination Wedding!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:27 am by JBEvents

property.logo Ritz_ReynoldsPlantation_00212_Home

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 Рthe 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!!

ak.j0005 ak.josh0003 ak.josh0004 ak.josh0011 ak.josh0012 ak.josh0013 ak.josh0014 ak.josh0015 ak.josh0041(1) ak.josh0045 ak.josh0047 ak.josh0051 ak.josh0060 ak.josh0064 ak.josh0065 ak.josh0074 ak.josh0086(1) ak.josh0091 ak.josh0198 ak.josh0201 ak.josh0202(1) ak.josh0205 ak.josh0206 ak.josh0207 ak.josh0208 ak.josh0209 ak.josh0210 ak.josh0218 ak.josh0224 ak.josh0226 ak.josh0229 ak.josh0243 ak.josh0267 ak.josh0271 ak.josh0274 ak.josh0287 ak.josh0290 ak.josh0320 ak.josh0325 ak.josh0326 ak.josh0329 ak.josh0331 ak.josh0334 ak.josh0342 ak.josh0351 ak.josh0402 ak.josh0415 ak.josh0449 ak.josh0460 ak.josh0492 ak.josh0493 ak.josh0498 ak.josh0501 ak.josh0502 ak.josh0506 ak.josh0508 ak.josh0513 ak.josh0516 ak.josh0528 ak.josh0579 ak.josh0595 ak.josh0669 ak.josh0671 ak.josh0678