September 4, 2018

Elise & Michael’s BIG DAY!

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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.

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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 – adding 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.

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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

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March 28, 2016

Grace & Wiley’s Vineyard Wedding

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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!

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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!

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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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June 4, 2015

Piedmont Park Wedding for Lauren & Dillon

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This sweet couple wanted a “Montana” outdoors feel for their wedding because they use to live there and that’s where their love story began.  

With the venue selected, the Piedmont Room at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park, the next step was to begin creating the vision.  I turned to my preferred event designer, JWilbur of EventScapes Atlanta to begin the design concept.  Since the ceremony would be taking place indoors, the idea was to bring the outdoors in.  A focal point for the ceremony was a gorgeous arbor which was flanked by two birch branch walls.  It was stunning.

In honor and memory of the bride’s mother, a wooden sign with the phrase “If Heaven weren’t so far away, we know your would be here today” was placed near the ceremony area.

Amati Chamber Ensemble provided the music for the ceremony.  This group of musicians are top-notch and always provide exceptional performance.

Capturing images of the day and providing the images in this post was 3 Rivers Photography.

The couple opted to have cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake.  As a cake topper, they had two wooden bears custom made which were again a nod to their time in Montana.

The guests were treated to a very energetic party with Yacht Rock Schooner band entertaining them.  The dance floor was filled all night.

A special treat of Krispy Kreme doughnuts were provided as guests departed the celebration which were a huge hit.

The couple departed to their waiting limo from Atlantic Limo, amidst colorful confetti as the evening came to a close.

We wish a lifetime of happiness to Lauren and Dillon!

Enjoy these images of their beautiful wedding.

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

March 6, 2015

Military Wedding at the Vineyard!

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The wedding of Kelly & John is one that was filled with so much beauty.  The couple could be mistaken for models and the added bonus of John being in the military makes for even more gushing.  

The setting was Chateau Elan.  Ceremony was held in the Atrium with Reception to follow in the Debussy Ballroom. The grandeur of the venue itself proves a fabulous backdrop, but add to that the creative genius of JWilbur of EventScapes and you have truly a photo-worthy wedding.  Several special touches with the decor were incorporated, such as alphabet decals placed on the mirrors in the pre-function area directing guests to which display they would locate their table assignment card.  JWilbur also created a stunning arch for use at the ceremony.  You can see more of the lovely details in the photos below provided by Kristen Alexander.

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One fun detail for the couple was the Groom’s cake – created by Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes.  Kelly wanted to surprise John with a nod to her alma mater, Auburn University, so the cake was designed with the decor of his alma mater, Ole Miss, on the outside, but inside the cake, the layers were blue and orange.  Everyone had a chuckle at that little twist.

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Guests had a blast on the dance floor boogieing down to the musical stylings of Yacht Rock Schooner.  

It was a pleasure working with all of the vendors on this wedding to create the memorable wedding day for our client.  

The Team of Vendors

Make-up artists:  The Moore Agency

Wedding and Groom’s cakes:  Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes

Ceremony musician:  Keith Gehle

Ceremony soloist:  Toni Byrd

Ceremony and Reception Venue:  Chateau Elan

Childcare providers:  Elegant Event Sitters

Decor:  JWilbur of EventScapes Atlanta

Dessert Buffet:  Alon’s Bakery

Linens:  CoverUps Linens

Officiant: Rev. Mike Lowe

Photographer:  Kristen Alexander

Photo Booth:  ShutterBooth

Planning and Coordination:  Janice Blackmon Events

Special thanks to Kristen Alexander for providing the images.  I’m sure you will enjoy them!!

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We wish Kelly & John 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!

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”.  

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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.

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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!

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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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June 2, 2014

Botanical Bliss for Katie & Brandon

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One of our beautiful Spring weddings took place at the Atlanta Botanical Garden!  The adorable couple, Katie and Brandon, were such a sweet couple to work with and their wedding day was just spectacular!!

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Starting the day off in her family home, Katie, her Mom, Grandmother and sister had their hair and make-up done by the talented team at Authentic Beauty.  Once complete, we loaded them up in the shuttle provided by Atlantic Limousine and headed to the Renaissance Hotel to pick up the bridesmaids.  From there it was time to head to the Atlanta Botanical Garden!

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Katie selected her beautiful wedding gown at Bridal’s by Lori and had alterations done by the amazing Rodica Lazarian!  The bridesmaids dresses were lapis colored from David’s Bridal.  They all looked lovely.  

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Unfortunately, the weather was not in our favor for the day, but even so, Shari Zellers, used her creativity to find beautiful areas to take the pre-ceremony photos while keeping everyone as dry as possible.  She did a fantastic job!  When the Groom and his groomsmen arrived, we kept them tucked away until the bride was safely hidden and then Shari had a great time photographing the guys.

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The ceremony was performed by a close friend of the couple which made for a very intimate and truly custom ceremony.  The Groom, who is a journalist wrote the ceremony and then the couple wrote their own vows.  

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The stunning decor was provided by EventScapes.  The vision was to enhance the feel of the Botanical Garden without overpowering it which was done by keeping the design in a natural state with elements like birch, driftwood, and moss.  The arbor designed for the ceremony was one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen.  It was created with twisted willow branches with floral touches and greenery.  Lush pomander balls with deep purple flowers decorated the aisle.  The reception decor was fabulous.  The Head Table had a long and lush design mixed with candles of varying heights.  The linens of moss-green and eggplant further enhanced the look of the room.  The draping behind the band made for an elegant presentation while providing a lovely focal point.  

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The Amati Chamber Ensemble provided the ceremony and Cocktail Hour music.  This group never disappoints.  They make the entire process from hiring/Contracting until playing the last note of their performance so easy for the client.  Sarah Paul is so accommodating in working with each client to make certain that the musical selections are just what they want for their special day.  These musicians are top-notch in every area and we love working with them.

Another one of our favorite vendors to work with, PPi, provided the sound system for the ceremony making sure that all guests were able to hear the couple saying their vows. 

A Divine Event provided the delicious southern-inspired meal which guests truly enjoyed.  

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Getting the reception started included the Bride’s Father welcoming all of the guests and then the Grandfather of the Groom offering the Blessing.  The couple had their first dance followed by the always special, Father/Daughter dance!