February 9, 2020

Lorianne & Karao’s Gorgeous Fusion Wedding

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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!

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 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!!

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