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!

 

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. 

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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 11, 2015

Stephanie & Russell’s sweet wedding!!

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This wedding was filled with so many beautiful personal touches, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The day began at the home of the bride with all of her bridal party enjoying a brunch buffet complete with a Mimosa Bar while having their hair and make-up done by the talented folks at Brushworx.

Once Stephanie was in her dress which she purchased from Winnie Couture, we revealed her to her bridal party and then to her dad.  Everyone Oohed and Ahhed over how gorgeous she was.  Bridal party and family photos were taken in and around the home before we loaded her up in a limo provided by Atlantic Limousine to take her to meet her handsome groom for their First Look photos at Bulloch Hall.

Before the photo session began with the extremely talented photographer, Ashley of Blencoe & Co. Photographic Arts, the couple exchanged handwritten letters.  They were so excited to see each other and the photos that took place next are swoon worthy.

The ceremony took place at Alpharetta United Methodist Church with reception to follow at Roswell Founder’s Hall.  

Sarah Provow of Bloomin’ Bouquets provided the design of the gorgeous floral decor for the wedding.  We had fun working with Sarah and Stephanie {bride} in selecting the flowers for the wedding.  We spent a day at the wholesaler playing with all kinds of texture and color of flowers until we created the perfect combination that completed the bride’s vision.  The bouquets were beautiful and the reception decor was exquisite.  In addition to the lovely collection of flowers, mercury glass votive candles and other pieces graced the tables.  We wanted to incorporate some bling into the design, so the Sweetheart Table and the Cake table had gold sequined linens provided by CoverUps Linens.  The way they caught the light was spectacular.

The bride provided special signage that was displayed on the Escort Card table as well as the Favor display table.  One really awesome piece was a moss monogram “B” decorated with brooches.  It hung on the front door of the venue and created a warm and welcoming feel as guests arrived.  She also provided many family photos that we placed around the venue adding a very personal touch to everywhere that guests looked.  

The wedding cake created by my favorite pastry chef, Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes was fantastic.  Although the design on the cake was rather simple, the floral cascade coming from the top tier to the bottom was striking and elegant and was exactly what Stephanie desired.

Scott Mikell of Marquee Events was the DJ for the evening and as always he did a wonderful job.  He has such a way with the crowd and always provides a top-notch performance.

One special surprise for the couple was presented by their brother’s.  The groom’s brother wrote a song that he and the bride’s brother performed. It was such a treat.

Talk of the Town provided the scrumptious buffet that was a huge hit with the guests.

After the wedding, the bride would be relocating to Lancaster, Pennsylvania where Russell was already residing due to his job.  As an adorable and appropriate favor, bags of Lancaster candy was given that had a note thanking the guests for attending and providing their new address.

The couple departed as guests tossed lavender at them wishing them Best Wishes and Congratulations!

We loved working with this couple to plan and produce their wedding, it truly was a magical day.  We wish Stephanie & Russell a lifetime of happiness!!

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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!

December 5, 2013

Amanda and Matthew were Married at The Rock!

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A wonderful group of vendors worked together to create a beautiful wedding for Amanda and Matthew.  The color palette was Navy Blue with an accent of Yellow.  The Bridesmaids wore Navy dresses while the guys wore Khaki suits.  The group looked very attractive!

The ceremony was held at the Lakeside Pavilion at Stone Mountain, with Reception to follow in the Stone Mountain Ballroom of the Marriott Evergreen Conference Center.

Lee Patterson was capturing the images of the day.  We would like to extend our appreciation to him for providing the beautiful images included in this post!

Amadeus String ensemble provided the music for the ceremony, and as always they sounded amazing!

Foxgloves and Ivy created the stunning floral creations for the wedding.  The bouquets were beautiful and the centerpieces for the reception were just gorgeous!

Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes created the custom Wedding and Groom’s Cakes which were both a huge hit ~ both visually and taste!

Spectrum Entertainment provided DJ Alex who kept the crowd on their feet dancing all night long.

Amp’d Entertainment provided a Photo Booth where guests had a blast taking fun photos with props all throughout the evening!

The couple departed in a vintage convertible which belongs to a relative!

We enjoyed working with this sweet couple and wish them a lifetime of Happiness!!!!

 

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September 20, 2013

Kendra & Patrick’s Wedding in the Park

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A warm, sunny summer day was the backdrop for the wedding of Kendra & Patrick at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.

The bride and her attendants started the day off with Hair and Make-up services provided by Trio Hair and Make-up Design.  

Once dressed, the Bride and her attendants were taken from the hotel to Park Tavern in a limo provided by Atlantic Limousine.  

Jessica Horwitz was the photographer for the wedding, and we certainly enjoyed working with her and her team.  The photos included here are images she graciously provided. The bride even had a “celebrity” visit during her photo session ~ Baton Bob happened to be passing (Marching) by and when he saw the bride in the Park he came over and posed for a few photos with her.  It was certainly an unexpected but fun treat. 

The staff at Park Tavern always do such a nice job.  We are always happy to work alongside them.

Chelsea Floral Designs provided the gorgeous florals.  The arbor they built for the ceremony was perfect for that venue.  The bouquets were beautiful and contained an interesting mixture of flowers and textures.  

Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes created the beautiful wedding cake which was inspired by the lace on the bride’s gown.

Everyone enjoyed taking photos in the photo booth provided by Shutterbooth!  Whether they wore the fun props or just posed pretty for the pictures, the photo booth was a popular activity for the group.  I’m sure the memory book that was created will provide many fun and happy remembrances of the celebration. 

DJ Andrew from Spectrum Entertainment kept the party rockin.  He did a wonderful job of reading the crowd and playing songs that kept the dance floor full.

We were pleased to have worked with these clients and to produce a beautiful wedding celebration that was nothing less than flawless!  

We wish a lifetime of Happiness to Kendra & Patrick!!

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September 12, 2013

A Look Back at the Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding of Annie & Stephen!

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Sometimes you reflect back over events that you have produced and just can’t seem to get enough of them.  Such is the case with the wedding of Annie & Stephen earlier this year.  The theme of their wedding was The Great Znoskey – a combination of their names which was a take-off from the movie, The Great Gatsby.  From the Save The Dates all the way through the labels on the Favors, the theme was used.  One of the best ways to make your event unique is to brand it and then carry out the theme so that when your guests see any items relating to the event, they know it’s yours and will associate the branding to all of the memories they take away from the celebration.

The vendors who worked to create this gorgeous wedding were:

Planner:  Janice Blackmon Events

Church:  Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Hair & Make-up:  The Moore Agency

Floral Designer:  Ann Potter

Reception Venue:  The Georgian Terrace Hotel

Photographer:  Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love

Cake:  For Goodness Cakes

Band:  Bogey and The Viceroy

Favors:  The Varsity

Vintage Car:  GAS Motors

 

I created a slideshow of some of my favorite photos from Our Labor Of Love.   I hope you enjoy the show!!  So, grab a cold beverage and a yummy snack, sit back and enjoy the revisit to The Great Znoskey, also known as the wedding of Annie & Stephen!

 

To view the slideshow click HERE!

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an Event Planning company specializing in creating and producing flawless events for our clients!!!

August 26, 2013

Pretty in Pink ~ Liana’s Bat Mitzvah

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When I first met with Siomara, the mom of the Honoree, I knew she was someone who I wanted to work with.  Our initial consultation which consisted of the normal fact-finding questions to see where in the planning process we were and what vision we were working towards let me know that this was going to be a Mitzvah that would benefit from my services and referrals, which would result in an amazing celebration ~ and THAT it was!!!

With the date and venue set, May 18th at The Georgia Aquarium, we began meeting with vendors that would be able to provide exceptional service!  First stop, JWilbur of EventScapes.  We met with him and gave the “theme” of PINK!  All shades and varieties!  Other than the color, Siomara wasn’t specific on what the design should look like, but rather let Wilbur use his creativity to design the perfect setting for the celebration.  With the venue being the   Aquarium,we knew that special consideration had to be given to the viewing windows in the Oceans Ballroom.  This was accomplished by having lounge seating areas where guests could sit, relax, chat with their friends while watching the Whale Sharks or Beluga’s. 

In two areas on the “kid” side of the room, there were cozy seating areas with a canopy covering that had ribbons suspended holding flowers and sparkling crystals.  The sofas had fun pillows including some bright pink pillows and a shag carpet.  Several High-boy tables were scattered about as well as cocktail round lit tables with personalized decor using the branded logo for the event.  

The adult tables were covered in beautiful linens and were adorned with sleek white shaped vases filled with an asymmetrical arrangement of flowers.  They were truly stunning.  The “look” was elegant, sleek and contemporary.  

Knowing that this event needed a custom invitation suite, I referred Robyn Feinberg, RSVP.  Her creativity, advice and attention to detail resulted in a beautiful branded suite of invitations, labels, Guest Welcome Letters and other accessory products used for the decor, the favors and the Candy Buffet. .  

The talented Kristen Alexander was on hand to photograph the event and her images are included here for you to drool over!!! She was busy all night capturing all of the beauty as well as the fun EVERYONE was having!

Vibe Entertainment provided the entertainment for the evening.  The dancers kept the kids engaged with games and dancing.  One of the cool features with their set-up was a shadow box where guests could stand behind the screen and dance and from the front you would just see silhouettes.

Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecake and Cakes provided the gorgeous cake which was the focal point for the Candle Lighting ceremony.  The cake was intricately designed to include replicas of her logo as well as small Stars of David. 

Opher Moses of Point of View Video, was brought on board to capture both the official ceremony as well as the party on video.  He is always a pleasure to work with and he does a superb job of creating a video that will give years of enjoyment for the family.  

Wolfgang Puck Caterers did their amazing job of providing delicious food and exceptional service.  After dinner, guests were treated to an array of delectable desserts in addition to the cake.  

And as if there wasn’t enough sweets already provided, we provided a Candy Bar Buffet with some of Liana’s favorite candies which were presented in a beautiful display.  Adults and kids alike enjoyed this buffet.  

As guests departed, they picked up yet another favor, a custom Tank Top to commemorate the occasion.  

This Mitzvah celebration was such a pleasure to plan and produce and combining the services of many of my preferred vendors ensured this was not only a wonderful day for the Honoree their family and guests but also for the vendors involved.  We are so thrilled to have been involved to produce this flawless event!!

We were honored to have this event featured in the acclaimed Occasions Magazine.  To read that article click here.

Now sit back and enjoy these images ~ most are compliments of Kristen Alexander, however, there are several included that I took as well.  

 

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June 8, 2013

Celebrating the Love of Jennifer & Dean!!!

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It was such a pleasure working with Jennifer and Dean to plan their wedding.  Every time I met with the couple, you could easily see the love they have for each other.

We selected The Georgian Terrace as the perfect venue for their Spring wedding.  Since this was going to be an intimate wedding, The Mitchell Ballroom was just the right size.

JWilbur of EventScapes created the beautiful personal florals.  Using a variety of flowers, in peaches, blues, greens and white as well as succulents, the bouquets were elegant and unique.  The attendants selected their own dresses in a neutral {Taupe} palette, and the bouquets just popped when they held them against that neutral backdrop.

Jennifer and Dean both have children from their previous marriages and it was important for them to incorporate the kids into the ceremony so that they realize how important they each are to the couple and that together they are creating a new family unit.  We decided a wonderful way of symbolically showing this new union was a family Sand Ceremony.  Jennifer purchased a set of vessels and had each of their names engraved on their respective vessel.  Each of the four children selected their own sand color while Jennifer and Dean selected colors that were meaningful to them.  At the appropriate point in the ceremony, each child poured their sand into the center vessel with the couple topping it off.  The finished product will serve as a visual reminder of each person’s part within the new family in such a beautiful display.

The couple wanted all of the family and friends to have a fun and enjoyable evening, and since many of their friends would be traveling to the wedding with their families, they decided to offer Child Care for all of the kids.  We utilized the services of Elegant Event Sitters.  Tish and her team did an amazing job.  They brought kid packs that contained age appropriate toys and games as well as an art project.  As a special surprise, a magician performed for the kids.  He did a variety of magic tricks for the kids, with one even being to have a HUGE bunny rabbit dressed as a dragon appear.  I’m not sure who was more excited about the rabbit, the kids or the adults in the room.  Then he had one of the kid’s participate in one of the “tricks”.  He gave the child a large balloon and had him begin to blow it up – but since it was so large, he needed help and so the magician produced an air pump.  Once the balloon was fully inflated, he asked the child if he would like to get inside the balloon.  With an overwhelming affirmative response the process began.  I have to tell you that watching this happen was unreal.  The kids were going crazy with excitement to see their friend inside of the balloon.  Judging from the noise level in the kid’s room, they had a fantastic time.

Upstairs with the adults, Scott Mikell, our DJ, kept the crowd on the dance floor all night long.  Everyone had such a wonderful time!

The bride’s father is quite handy with wood crafts, and so he built a small footrest as well as a slice of wood which were both used for guests to write messages on for the couple.  I know these wood pieces will have a special place in the couples home for many years to come.

Prior to moving to Atlanta, the bride use to work for a professional photography studio, so she had one of her former photographer co-workers come to shoot the wedding.  Leslie was very easy to work with and she had a bag of tricks of her own that she used to capture the attention of the kid’s {and adults} that resulted in some serious bouts of laughter during the photo sessions.  

Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes created the wedding cake and as always, it was a huge hit.  Guests went back for seconds and would have eaten more had there been any left.  

It was such a pleasure working with Jennifer & Dean and we wish them a lifetime of happiness!!

Please enjoy these snapshots that I took during the event.  

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