September 24, 2018

A Special Simcha for a Special Family

Posted in color palette, Mitzvahs, Other Events tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:52 am by JBEvents

It was truly an honor and a privilege to plan and produce the second Mitzvah celebration for this amazing family!  There are just some times that you really click with a client and throughout the process you develop a friendship.  That was the case with this sweet family.  Three years ago I worked with this family on their daughters Bat Mitzvah and now the youngest of the family, Daniel is celebrating his Bar Mitzvah!

We selected the InterContinental Hotel as the venue, which was perfect because many of the family members live not only out of state, but out of the country.  The Hotel would be home away from home while the family came to celebrate this special time.

Let me just talk about family for a moment.  The love that this family has for each other, and actively shows, makes my heart smile.  The siblings are each others biggest supporters and the connection between them is something that you can feel whenever you are around them.  The entire family – immediate and extended – share a love that just makes you feel happy to see it expressed!

The photos below, compliments of the always fabulous, Kristen Alexander, will tell the story for me, but I want to provide just a few details.  

Instead of a full-on theme for the celebration, a color palette was selected.  The honoree’s favorite Soccer team is Barcelona, so their team colors of burgundy, blue and yellow were the basis of the decor. 

For the Kiddush luncheon, we went with a palette of black and white striped linens, paired with yellow and white flowers.  It was a very crisp and clean look.

For the evening party, we paired a contemporary design concept with organic touches for a truly unique and elevated look.  Bringing the concepts and design together was the creative genius of JWilbur of EventScapes.  

One of my favorite parts of a Mitzvah is the candle lighting ceremony.  Hearing the honoree honor their family and friends is touching and inspiring. 

For this party, if you had a sweet-tooth, then you would have been in heaven.  After a delicious dinner, guests were invited out to the garden terrace for mini cupcakes, fresh made hot doughnuts with a variety of toppings and an ice cream bar.  

And if those sweets weren’t enough, then how about a candy buffet featuring Daniel’s favorite treats.

Guests received a commemorative T-shirt as a lasting reminder of the special occasion. 

Now that all of the kid’s in the family have celebrated their Mitzvah’s, we look forward to continued celebrations like weddings, with this wonderful family in the future. 

 

A HUGE Thank you to each vendor that we were honored to recommend and partner with for this fabulous celebration!!!

Synagogue ~ Congregation Shearith Israel

Kiddush Luncheon ~ Gourmet Catering by Alex

Venue ~ InterContinental Hotel Buckhead

Floral Event Designer ~ EventScapes Atlanta

Photographer ~ Kristen Alexander

Videographer ~ Cre8tive Cinema

DJ ~ Marquee Events

Cupcakes ~ Georgetown Cupcakes

Photobooth ~ ShutterBooth

It was indeed an honor and a pleasure to produce this fabulous and flawless celebration for an incredible family!!! 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning event planning firm, specializing in assisting our clients with a stress-free planning process and a fabulous and flawless event!

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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

August 6, 2018

The Beautiful Wedding of Rebecca & Alex

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When you combine a beautiful bride, a handsome groom and an excellent venue, you have the makings of a fabulous wedding!

We were thrilled to work with a great group of vendors to produce this swoon-worthy wedding.

Venue ~ Chateau Elan

Hair and Make-up ~ Jennifer Milz, Pure Airbrush Makeup

Wedding Dress ~ Bridal’s by Lori

Alterations ~ Rodica Lazarian

Floral Design ~ Chelsea Floral Design Studio

Bride’s Brooch Bouquet ~ Greg Brown, Foxgloves and Ivy

Photography ~ Sarah Ingram

Ceremony Musicians ~ Amadeus Strings

Videography ~ Kevin Hursh Films

Cake ~ Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes

Band ~ We Got the Beat

Emcee ~ Vince Bailey

Grab your favorite beverage, sit back and enjoy these amazing images courtesy of Sarah Ingram!

We wish Rebecca & Alex a lifetime of happiness!!!!!!!

May 17, 2017

Alli & Brett get Handcuffed at their Wedding

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As an Event Planner, you are responsible for making sure that everything goes perfectly for your clients, regardless of circumstances that are beyond your control.  This wedding was one of those events where keeping calm was KEY to making sure that the clients were unaware of all that was going behind the scenes and to make sure that the wedding went off as planned!

Let me give you a little background of the wedding day!  The wedding was held on Saturday of Gay Pride Weekend in Atlanta at the main host hotel for the viewing of the parade.  Ahead of the day, we were given a map of the slated road closures.  I made sure to provide the map as well as road closure timing to all vendors involved.  Unfortunately, the map provided was not accurate and additional roads were closed at times ahead of the previously provided scheduled times.  This of course resulted in difficulty for vendors (and even my team) to get to the Hotel timely.  Not to mention, the loading dock is located on a street that is closed for the parade! Situations from one vendor being threatened to be arrested, to two others receiving traffic citations were just a part of the day.  Of course, guests had difficulty getting to the venue as well.

What is important to note is that even with all of the issues of the day, every vendor pulled together to do whatever was necessary to create the perfect wedding for the couple.

The bride had a wonderful time getting out in the parade crowd.  Many of the parade-goers stopped her for a photo-op.  We also ran into a motorcycle officer that allowed the bride to pose with his bike.

The groom, is an Atlanta Police Officer with a great sense of humor so we were able to play around with the whole “law enforcement officer” theme,  The groom’s cake was Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.  The favors were chocolate hand-cuffs. At the end of the ceremony, the couple were hand-cuffed together as a fun surprise for all in attendance. The cake topper was a Police Officer holding his bride.  The table names were of police themed television shows and movies.  The bride is very crafty and created the signs herself.

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I absolutely loved being able to incorporate the things most special to this couple to create a truly unique wedding.  That’s what it is all about!!!

One of the special attributes to pay honor to the men and women in the military and law enforcement whom have lost their lives was a “Table set for One”.  We positioned the table behind the dance floor so that it would be a prominent display throughout the evening. Another special tribute was a poem the Bride read for her Groom.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

The floral decor, created by Jim White,  was stunning!  Elegant and romantic ~ pinks, blush, white and creams.  One of the focal points of the decor was the Estate Table with two tall arrangements and a floral garden centering the length of the table with lots of candles.

We had a really great group of vendors that went above and beyond extenuating circumstances to ensure a wonderful wedding for this adoring couple.  Unfortunately, professional images were not made available, so I’m sharing my snapshots.

Special thanks to the vendor-team:

Venue ~ Georgian Terrace Hotel

Wedding Gown ~ Alfred Angelo

Bridesmaid Dresses ~ David’s Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire ~ Men’s Warehouse

Hair/Make-up ~ The BRIDE 🙂

Floral/Event Designer ~ Jim White Designs

Officiant ~ Rev. David Gilleland

Ceremony Musicians ~ Amati Chamber Ensemble

Wedding Cake ~ Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet

Groom’s Cake ~ Krispy Kreme

Reception Entertainment ~ Complete Music, DJ Matt

Photo Booth ~ Family Ties

We wish Alli & Brett 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 production of their event.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 12, 2017

Wedding Budget Tips

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:10 am by JBEvents

You just got engaged and are excited about beginning all of the plans for the wedding.  It’s easy to get carried away with all of the ideas that are going through your head – however, two of the main concerns you need to determine early on is the dreaded, BUDGET and the Guest List!

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The budget will dictate the decisions that will be made and it directly impacts the Guest List.  

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Each person you include on your Guest List has an associated dollar amount connected to them.  That is why it is important to thoroughly vet your Guest List.  Generally the couple and their parents will create the guest list based upon who they feel should be invited.  There is always the “Must Invite” list but many times my clients will create a “B” and even a “C” list.  While it’s usually true that not every guest you invite will attend, you must consider the possibility that they will.  It’s also important to note that if you want to send out Save the Dates, whomever you send them to MUST be sent a wedding invitation, So if you have a “B” and/or “C” list, you need to take that into consideration.   Here’s a good infographic of how to determine your Guest List. 

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Once you have the draft of your Guest List, then you can begin searching for a venue (or let us do that legwork for you).  One of the first questions a venue will ask is, what is your estimated guest count, so that’s why it’s important to work on the Guest List first. Venues have a maximum capacity for their event space, so the estimated Guest count has to be considered to determine the appropriate space for your celebration.

If you hire a professional Planner at the beginning, we can lead you through the details so that you can make great informed decisions. With our experience, we can guide you through the process of planning your wedding while removing much of the stress.  We are familiar with venues and can make appropriate suggestions based upon your budget, guest count and vision.

Contact us for information and let us begin planning your flawless wedding while reducing your stress. 

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning Event Planning company specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless production of the event.  

 

March 22, 2017

Historic City Nuptials for Lindsay & Aaron

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When you pair America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida, with a sweet and beautiful couple, you get a spectacular wedding!!!

The historic city always held a special place in Lindsay’s heart, so when this Sarasota, Florida native was planning her wedding, St. Augustine was the logical choice.

The venue chosen was The White Room Loft and Rooftop located on the Matanzas River. With sweeping views of the River , The Bridge of Lions and old town St. Augustine, the setting was truly magical.

Lindsay and her Mom created so many beautiful touches for the wedding.  From a lovely Seating Assignment display to vintage photo albums containing photos of the couple.  To go along with the “vintage” camera era, Polaroid cameras were provided for guests to snap photos of themselves to place in a memory book for the couple.  Guests had so much fun!

The ceremony took place on the Roof top.  As guests arrived, they were greeted with Prosecco Pops while they mingled.  Then when it was time for the vows, they took their seat and watched as the couple exchanged vows with the gorgeous water view.  An interesting part of the ceremony was what they used as the Unity Ceremony.  Instead of a candle or sand, they used colored glass pieces that will later be blown into a lasting trinket for the couple to display in their home.

The guests were treated to an amazing array of food from delicious displays for Cocktail Hour with specialty beverages to a 5 course meal to a huge dessert display including a ROot Beer Float station, Hot Chocolate Station, Cookie display and a Strawberry Shortcake station.  Guests definitely left with full bellies.

As a post-wedding treat, the guests were suppose to go play mini-golf, however, a few weeks before the wedding, Hurricane Matthew hit and unfortunately destroyed the mini-golf course, so instead, guests were treated to a Trolley Ride through historic St. Augustine.  It was an excellent end to the evening.  

We wish Lindsay & Aaron a lifetime of happiness.  We were indeed honored to have a part in your special day!!!

It was a pleasure working with the fantastic vendors on this wedding:

Venue: The White Room

Photographer:  Life and Love Studios (Thank YOU so much for the beautiful images)

Hair:  Angela Byrd

Make-Up:  Jamie Benedict

DJ:  Footloose Entertainment

Cake:  Sweet Weddings

Floral Designer:  Jade Violet Wedding & Florals

Horse & Carriage:  Country Carriages

Trolley:  Old Town Trolley of St. Augustine

 

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.

March 19, 2017

Fall wedding beauty for Shelby & Drew!

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Fall is such a beautiful time, with colorful leaves, usually crisp temperatures and blue skies.  When you add to that a gorgeous bride and a handsome groom, you have the makings for something spectacular! Such is the case for Shelby & Drew.

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With venue, Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club, selected, Shelby begin putting her thoughts into the vision for her wedding day.  She selected The Stables as the ceremony and reception site, which lends itself to a rustic vibe – but NOT a mason jar type of vibe, rather an elegant, sophisticated rustic vibe.

She selected some pretty amazing vendors to carry out her vision, such as Christina Robbins (Hair) and McKenzie Mann (Make-up), Happy Everything Company (Photographer),  Low Country Catering, Sweet Creations by Candi Pittman (Cake), John Amoroso (Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Musician), Hip and Hitched (DJ & Sax player), Mary McLeod with Amy Osaba (Florals), Hometown Crew (Videographer) and ShutterBooth (PhotoBooth).  Along with the JBEvents Team, these vendors expertly created and conveyed Shelby’s dream wedding.

There were a couple of adorable features that we really loved.  One was a handmade cross used at the altar.  The other was the oar used for their guest registration.  As I try to impress on all of my clients, be unique, bring your personality out in the wedding – and this couple truly did.

Take a look at the images below and I think you will agree, this was a gorgeous wedding.  What’s your favorite part? {Thank you to Happy Everything Co. for sharing these images!}

We wish Shelby & Drew a lifetime of happiness!!!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day!!

 

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

December 7, 2016

Meggie & Matt Get Married!

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A lovely day in a picturesque location was the perfect setting for Meggie & Matt to exchange vows in front of their family and friends. 

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The vision for the ceremony was to feel like you were in the woods.   Varying sizes of tree trunks were brought in to create an altar which was then accented with Lanterns and flowers.  Gracing the aisle were wood slices adorned with vases of white flowers with just a touch of soft pink flowers. With the surrounding trees and grassy knolls, the setting was magical.

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A close friend of the couple designed and created other original items for the wedding.  One of the featured designs was a large, free-standing wooden sign crafted with an aluminum center held the table assignments for the reception.  The name of the couple was burned into the bottom for a lasting memory of their special day.  

There were also wooden signs created for the Bar and the Menu for the evening.

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The reception decor inside the ballroom was a classic and elegant look with a mixture of low and high centerpieces creating visual interest and beauty.  A long Estate Table provided seating for the couple and their wedding party and was a focal point of the room. 

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Guests were highly entertained by a special toast from the Bride’s father — he welcomed Matt into the family providing a variety of props including a steer harness and branding iron.  The story that he gave during the toast had everyone in hysterics.

We wish Meggie & Matt a lifetime of happiness!!

We were pleased to be a part of this couple’s wedding and enjoyed working with the other vendors involved to create another flawless event!

Venue ~ Chateau Elan

Bride’s Dress ~ Bride’s by Demetrios

Bridesmaids Dresses ~ Vera Wang

Groom’s Tux ~ Jos. A Banks

Groomsmen Attire ~ Jos. A. Banks

Photographer ~ Evie Perez for Scobey Photography

Floral Designer ~ Kasey Currie

DJ ~ SE Entertainment

Cake ~ Publix

 

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

December 2, 2016

Mazel Tov … Jessica & Avi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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