July 31, 2015

Beautiful wedding of Corey & Jeff!!

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It was such a pleasure working with this couple to plan their wedding.  Everything turned out so beautifully thanks to my vendor partners.

Villa Christina/Hyatt at Perimeter Summit was the venue.  An outside wedding ceremony took place under the pavilion.  Even with a less than desirable weather forecast for the day resulting in strong winds that almost took out some of the decor, we were able to reset and during a few moments of calm, have the ceremony as planned.

Monique from Blossoms Atlanta provided the decor and it was stunning!  The bright color palette was refreshing and went perfectly with the garden atmosphere.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed themselves during cocktail hour on the Terrace before being invited to the Ballroom where they entered a gorgeous set-up.  Luscious linens from I Do Linens graced the tables while again the floral decor created a visual appeal with the bright colors.  The couple wanted guests to enjoy the party and not feel like they had to remain at their tables throughout the reception, so we set up a lounge area that was decorated with personal pillows indicating their college team, professional sports teams and their own personalized pillows that will be used in their home. Collection Event Rentals provided the linen colored sofas and chairs along with a wood coffee table that we adorned with photos of the couple.  

Speaking of college, Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes created an amazing replica of the Ohio State stadium which was provided as the Groom’s cake.  It was a HUGE HIT!  He also designed the wedding cake that took the Bride’s breath away!

I always advise my clients to brand (personalize) their event as that is what truly makes it unique.  Corey & Jeff did just that.  The tables were named after some of their favorite restaurants and on the table sign, the story of that particular restaurant was provided.  Guests enjoyed visiting the other tables to read a little more about the couple. This truly provided a unique touch! 

EastCoast Entertainment provided the DJ services of Josh Bagley.  He did a wonderful job of keeping guests entertained and on the dance floor.

Who doesn’t love a PhotoBooth – well the guests at this wedding sure did!  ShutterBooth Atlanta provided their open booth and we selected the silver glitz backdrop to go along with the wedding decor.  Everyone had such a great time posing for the photos.

A delicious late night snack was offered to guests so that they could replenish their energy after all of the partying. Burgers fries and onion rings were a hit!

As a send off for the couple, guests lined up waving ribbon wands to wish the couple farewell. It was a beautiful wedding and guests were overheard commenting that it was the best party they have ever been to!

It was such a pleasure working with this couple!!  We wish Corey & Jeff a lifetime of Happiness!!!

Enjoy these photos courtesy of Brian from Christopher Brock Photographers!

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March 19, 2014

Holiday Nuptials for Katelyn & Ross

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:00 am by JBEvents

Getting married around the Holiday’s is such a special time especially when you have family traveling in from all over to join in the joyous occasion.  Such was the case for Katelyn and Ross.  Their ceremony was held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with reception to follow at the InterContinental Hotel.  We were fortunate to have a great vendor-team to pull this beautiful wedding off.  There were so many special touches including the Bride’s grandmothers prayer-book being incorporated into her bouquet, a solo by the brides brother before she walked down the aisle, custom linens, a surprise Pie Bar in lieu of a Groom’s Cake as well as a special treat for all guests in the form of a late-night shot of “Elk’s Milk” which is a family tradition from the Groom’s side and dates back for generations.  The drink is a concoction of Orange Sherbet and Vodka.  I must admit, it was quite tasty.  Everything created such a wonderful celebration for two very special people and their amazing parents!

Everything about this wedding was beautiful so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.  Special thanks go out to Shannon Belletti for providing the majority of the images below in addition to some taken by JBEvents Staff.  

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We would like to wish a lifetime of Happiness to Katelyn & Ross!!!

Team of Vendors

Wedding Gown:  Sposabella, Bride’s by Demetrios / Bridesmaids Gowns:  Dessy, Bride’s by Demetrios / Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedos:  Vera Wang, MW Tux

Hair:  Bernadettes Hair Salon / Make-up:  Brushworx

Church:  Holy Spirit Catholic / Reception:  InterContinental, Buckhead

Floral:  Tulip Blooming Creations / Specialty Linens:  I Do Linens / Photography:  Belletti Photography / Entertainment:  Lethal Rhythms / Transportation:  Atlantic Limo

Drapery:  Event Drapery / Lighting:  PPi 

Planning and Production:  Janice Blackmon Events

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.  

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!

 

 

 

 

 

August 11, 2011

Wine Themed Wedding for Amy & Nick

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A hot July day at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation was the setting for what could only be described as an amazing wedding.

One of the things that I love is when my clients take my recommendations on the vendors to use for their event because I know going into the planning and all the way through the production of the event things will go smoothly AND my client will receive excellent customer service as well as superior quality of product from those vendors.  Such is the case with this wedding!

Please grab your favorite beverage, sit back and relax and enjoy the story of the wedding of Amy and Nick!!

 

Late last year, I met with Leah (Mother of the Bride) and Amy (The Bride) to begin planning for The BIG Day!  I knew immediately upon meeting them that we were a good fit – you know the kind where you feel as though you have known the family forever! 

The first decision was the venue.  They had already looked at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation, and after discussing what a beautiful place for a wedding – that decision was made.  The Ritz-Carlton Lodge is one of those venues that is a not-so-far-destination location.  The good thing for this particular family is that they have a home in the area, so they were able to utilize their comfortable surroundings for all of the pre-wedding activities.

Amy selected her gown from Bride Beautiful.  The gown was an Anjolique design in ivory double sheen organza with a strapless sweetheart neckline, pick-up ball gown with corset back and embellishments.  Amy looked absolutely stunning in the gown. 

The bridesmaids wore a Lula Kate design in “bud” dupioni silk from Bella Bridesmaid.  The dresses were above the knee with a ruffled neckline.  All of the girls looked beautiful in the dress.  They style was very flattering on every one of them.

The groom and groomsmen wore Silver tuxes with a coral tie.  They all looked so handsome.  The groom sported special “groom” socks which were an adorable accessory.  Another special touch was that the groom had custom-made NIKES for each of them.  The groom’s pair was complete with bright green laces and had his nickname and wedding date embroidered on them.  The groomsmen had bright orange laces in keeping with the color scheme of the wedding.  The guys changed into their new sneakers for the reception and we had fun taking a few cute photos!

While on the subject of shoes, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the brides.  For the ceremony, the bride surprised her groom by having coral sandals with rhinestones to match the guy’s ties.  Then, not to be outdone by the guys, she too had a custom pair of shoes in the form of a heeled flip-flop adorned with a large rhinestone with her new name embroidered on them which she wore for the reception.

We worked with Larry and Greg from Foxgloves & Ivy for the floral décor.  The color palette was one of my favorites, hot citrus colors.  Various varieties of flowers were used and included “Cherry-O” roses, Orange Gerber daisies and hot pink miniature Gerberas, “Mozart” miniature callas, gold celosia, lisianthus in purple, orange Dahlias, Vermillion gladiolas, pink larkspur, “Revert” green Fuji mum, purple stock, Olive branches, hydrangea in Baby Green, and two shades of pink, as well as coral Hypericum berries!  For the ceremony, they created 2 large and lush arrangements that were placed on sleek columns in a very neutral color.  The reserved rows were denoted by an ivory ribbon with a nosegay attached.  The reception décor consisted of both high and low centerpieces.  Glass cylinder vases in various heights with fuchsia ribbon attached were used to hold the arrangements.  The Estate Table was beautiful with two large arrangements, three smaller arrangements plus vases which held the bridesmaids bouquets and tall candle holders with floating candles. 

The ceremony was planned to take place on the event lawn by the new Pergola – however, due to threatening weather, we had to make a last-minute decision to move the ceremony inside.  This is one of the hardest parts of my job – since I know how badly the bride wants that outside wedding – but, keeping the safety and comfort of everyone in mind, sometimes these types of decisions have to be made.  In this instance, Amy was such a trooper and went along with the “change” saying that “nothing could ruin my special day”!  So, with some quick movement by all of the vendors, we were able to set up the ceremony in Salon I inside where the threatening storms would not disturb the celebration!

As guests arrived for the ceremony, they were treated to passed hors d’oeuvres and a champagne bar.  We gathered the group in a central location as was planned for the original ceremony plan and decided to still do that for the location change.  Guests were able to mingle and enjoy a variety of cold hors d’oeuvres and create their own champagne cocktail with the selection of various fruits and blends.  This was such a welcome surprise for the guests.

Since the ceremony was originally to take place outside, and since we knew it would be very warm, we decided to provide hand-held fans for each of the guests to use.  In keeping with the color scheme, we used Fuchsia and bright Orange fans – alternating the colors on every other seat.  This made for a wonderful photo-op at the conclusion of the ceremony.

After the group photo, guests were then invited to join the Cocktail Hour where they were greeted with a large selection of hors d’oeuvres as well as beverages to include the champagne bar.  Johnny Porrazzo provided the musical entertainment for the Cocktail Hour and was certainly a hit.  The Majestic Photo Booth provided their services so guests were making excellent use of the photo booth to take fun and memorable photos which will serve as a memento for the Bride and Groom as well as the guests.  A very touching story was told to me by the father of the bride.  He said that when he and Amy’s mom went on their first date, they had their picture taken in a photo booth and that was 30 years ago.  I told them that they MUST re-create that first date on this special occasion and they did.  I sneaked a peek at their pictures and have to say it made my heart smile!

Shari Zellers and her team provided the photography services for the day.  Being the true professional that Shari is, she took the time to make a visit to the venue before the wedding weekend to scout out the best locations for the photo ops.  She even went so far as to check certain locations at the same time that the specific photos would be taken so determine the location of the sun in order to take into consideration the accompanying heat.  This was truly a time-saver, as on the wedding day, she had a clear plan on where each of the photos would take place. I can not wait to see her photos from the wedding as I know they will be spectacular.  I’ll be sure to re-post them here on my blog when available so you too can see what a talent she is.

A favorite ensemble of mine was selected as the ceremony musicians – Amati Chamber Music Ensemble.  Led by Sarah Paul, this group is awesome to work with.  Sarah is so personable while being the utmost consummate professional.  She offers assistance to clients in selecting their music and will work within the ideas of the client.  Of course her performance is always fantastic and I always try to be close by so that I can hear the beautiful music.

A close friend of the family, Lisa, sang The Lord’s Prayer during the ceremony accompanied by the string ensemble.  Lisa was also in the parents of the brides wedding where she served as Maid of Honor as well as soloist.

Particularly endearing was that the bride’s brother served as the officiant.  He might have been nervous – but he did a wonderful  job.  There was one point in the ceremony where he “slipped” and instead of saying “you may now kiss your bride” – he said “you may now kiss my sister”.  He caught himself immediately but the “slip” was PERFECT!!!!

One of the areas of design that I think makes a celebration unique and even more beautiful is linens – so for this wedding, I could think of none other than Tamara Gollob of I Do Linens.  Taking the concept and ideas to her, she created custom linens that were totally awesome.  Keeping in mind our hot citrus color scheme, we selected Fuchsia linens for the guest tables and the accent tables but for the Estate Table and the Cake Table, we used a complimentary color of Coral with an overlay that contained the design that was used in the wedding invitations.  For me, it’s important to carry a theme all the way through, and even if not everyone recognizes the similarities, when looking back, you can clearly see the cohesiveness of the event from start to finish.  The family was thrilled with the outcome and admitted that everything was even more beautiful than they had ever imagined.

PPi provided all of the sound equipment, including the DJ system, as well as the ambient lighting around the room and the custom GOBO.  Jimmy Economos provided his expertise in determining what would be needed for the DJ that was coming in from California for the event.  Since he too is a DJ, he was keenly aware of what would be needed and this was such a relief for me in knowing that there wouldn’t be any surprises for the DJ.  Also, the lighting that was provided was just perfect.  We had pin-spots on each table to highlight the décor and the cake table.  It’s amazing at how different a room can look just by adding these types of lights.  I’m a huge proponent of event lighting!!

Speaking of the DJ, Alvin Caampued, a friend of the couple from California, provided the entertainment for the reception.  He played a large variety of music and kept the dance floor full.  This was a big dancing group and there were times when you would have thought that “So You Think You Can Dance” was filming!!! Alvin was such a pleasure to work with and although we are separated by the expanse of the U.S., I hope that we will have the opportunity to work together again soon…..because of course, we too travel for events!!!!

The JBEvents staff videographer, Angela McIntire, provided the video services of the event.  She always does such a great job and gets excellent footage without being one of those in-your-face videographers. 

Nick, the groom, is a high school football coach and teacher.  To give a little different spin on the Wedding Party Introductions, we had the wedding party enter the Ballroom carrying Pom Poms create a tunnel for the Bride and Groom to run through and end up on the dance floor for their first dance.  This was a great start for the evening and got everyone all excited and ready for the party that followed.

It goes without saying that the meal was delicious.  The family selected a dual entrée of Filet of Beef and Sea Bass with appropriate accompaniments.  A special treat of a Raspberry Sorbet with a Champagne finish was served between the salad and entrée.  The wedding cake was a Grand Marnier chiffon cake with strawberry filling.  As guests were working off their dinner by dancing, a Fondue station was displayed with delectable goodies such as shortbread cookies, mini brownies, gingersnap cookies, chocolate chip cookies along with all sorts of fruits were provided to dip in three different fondues; white chocolate, dark chocolate and milk chocolate.  YUM!

One of the common elements that was a theme through the event was WINE.  Since the couple lives out in California where vineyards are all around, they wanted to incorporate some of their favorite wines into the reception for guests to enjoy.  The Ritz special ordered many of the varieties that the couple chose.  Each table was named for a Wine, and then a bottle of each White and Red were from that winery was placed on the table for guests to sample.  Since each table had a different wine, guests were able to go to other tables and try other varieties.  It was like having a private wine tasting. 

Also in keeping with the wine theme, we used these adorable wine corks for the Place Card holders that guests were welcome to take with them.  The guests were also given wine stoppers that had a large heart at the top as a favor.   Maren Nicholas provided calligraphy services for the Escort Cards, Place Cards and Table Name Signs.  As always, her work was impeccable.

As the evening came to a close, Amy and Nick made their departure through yet another “tunnel” created by their guests who were holding long sparklers in a path that led to their awaiting chariot, I mean Golf Cart.  They were driven away waving while guests were still cheering them on.

This was truly a beautiful wedding for a fabulous family!!  We wish Amy and Nick a lifetime of happiness!!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this special day!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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 1, 2011

By Invitation Only…Event for Planners

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A SPECIAL EVENING OF FUN AND PAMPERING FOR

Event Planners

SPONSORED BY

STYLIST KORI SMITH | JANICE BLACKMON EVENTS

&

VILLA CHRISTINA

 WITH SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER | LACY BRANCH

OF LACY BRANCH EVENTS | ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

was so excited to be a part of this event.  Together with many awesome vendors, we created an evening that inspired and delighted those in attendance. 

Kori Smith contacted me several months ago to ask if I would partner with her to plan this special event. She had a vision of providing a unique event for Event Planners that would allow them to feel pampered and appreciated.  I gladly accepted and immediately began making plans and working with other partnering vendors to create what ended up being an awesome  By Invitation Only event.

Special thanks go to Julie Bilecky and the staff at Villa Christina for working with me to create a scrumptious menu and to Danny Wilson of The Savage Garden whose creative genius designed stunning and unique décor and to Tamara Gollob of I Do Linens who provided the gorgeous linens and to the amazing Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes who designed and created the most spectacular cake that was not only beautiful but oh, so delicious!!!

Other vendors that lent their helping hand to make this event a success were:

PPi

Event Rentals Unlimited

Quest Drapery

Confetti

Sugarcoated Radical

SoulPhonics & Ruby Velle

Sensational Baskets

Fonix Entertainment

Anna Bellagio

In the Moment Photographs

BLEND Parfume

Each of these vendors provided various components for the event as well as presenting their company in a Vendor Room where Guests could mix and mingle to learn about each of the sponsors. 

And special thanks goes to Lacy Branch, of Lacy Branch Events in St. Louis, Missouri, our guest speaker who gave an excellent presentation that was informative, interesting and humorous.

As the guests arrived, they were treated to our signature drink for the evening – which was a Makeover-tini – a creation by the Bartender of Villa Christina.  It was a citrusy mix that reminded me of an Orange dreamsicle.  Delicious hors d’oeuvres were passed as guests mingled while meeting vendors who had set-up their displays in the Bridgeview Room. 

After the Cocktail Hour, guests were invited into the main Ballroom where they entered a transformed space that was elegant, edgy, and colorful.  It was truly a sight to behold.  I selected a color palette of hot citrus colors to welcome the beginning of Summer.  I was so proud to see all of the planning and designing come together and was so pleased with the outcome.

After a few opening comments, guests were served an International Tapas Plate consisting of Thai Beef Salad in a Cucumber Cup, Roma Tomato Stuffed with Creamy Crab Salad, Cheese and Pimento Stuffed Crisp Pea Pod and Chicken Salad Stuffed Sweet Pepper Roulade.

The main entrée was a Teriyaki Glazed Boneless Breast of Chicken served over a Korean Glass Noodle Salad with a side of Tempura Battered Garden Fresh Vegetables which were drizzled with a Remoulade Sauce.

Keeping the guests entertained throughout the event was SoulPhonics with Ruby Velle.  A high energy band that has been Grammy nominated.

To add to the fun of the evening, 5 guests were randomly selected to receive a mini-makeover, compliments of the Stylist Kori Smith team while the rest of the guests competed in a Table Decorating contest which proved to be not only a fun activity but a great team-building exercise.  The results were much more than we had ever anticipated and these folks truly showed their creative side and perhaps one of the biggest reasons they are in the profession they are due to their quickness and creativeness which comes into play so often!! Each of the 6 teams had the same basic supplies to work with and what resulted were 6 completely different designs, each one being amazing and actually beautiful – which was definitely not the expected outcome! 

As the competition ended and the make-overs made their way back into the room to model their changes, guests were served the delicious cake.  Three different flavors were provided, a Lemon with Raspberry filling, Italian Cream Cake and an Amaretto with Chocolate Ganache.  Guests were also invited to visit the Chocolate Bar provided by Sugarcoated Radical where they were greeted with a selection of interesting infused flavors of chocolates presented to uniquely on a piece of board with various shelves and containers that was attached to a vintage bike.  Certainly not your ordinary candy buffet.

Lacy Branch judged the Table Decorating contest and selected the design of the team that she felt best used the items in a creative way.  The winning team used oranges as candle holders as just one of the creative details of their design. 

Each guest received a Swag Bag full of wonderful items supplied by the vendors involved and was definitely a huge hit. The bag was filled with wonderful surprises such as jewelry from Anna Bellagio, chocolates from SugarCoated Radical, handmade note pads from In The Moment Photographs, Perfume sample from BLEND Parfume, Note Pad and Pen from Janice Blackmon Events, Hair products from Joico provided by Kori Smith as well as nail polish and other hair products.

Thanks again to Kori and all of the other vendors that worked together to make this a huge success!  I’m honored to have been a part of it.

The following gallery of photos show all of the details of the event.  The photos are not in any specific order, but I hope you will sit back and enjoy viewing the beauty and fun of the special evening for Event Planners.