June 21, 2017

Ways to Honor the Memory of a Loved One in a Wedding

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:45 am by JBEvents

Many times, my clients will have a deceased parent, grandparent, sibling or someone else important to them and they want to incorporate a way to honor their memory into their wedding.  There are many ways to do this and I’ll share a few ways that we have used to incorporate honoring the memory of those loved ones. 

Displaying photos is always a touching tribute.

2017.03.10 Cheaves-001jr.0300Schwartz_0527recep 9 (3)

 

Another way to incorporate photos, is to use them as a charm to attach to a bouquet or boutonniere.

Mr.&Mrs.Jones-194Garters, hanky and charm of brides mom

 

A candle burning in memory is also a beautiful gesture.

In Memory Candle ~ Carlson Craft

 

For one of my clients whose mother had passed away, she wanted her to be close to where the couple would exchange vows, so we placed a sign and flowers beside the altar area.

LaurenDylan112

 

One of the most special ways of honoring the memory of a bride’s mom, was a custom necklace the groom had made of the bride’s moms actual handwriting.

Opening gift from Groom

 

For this bride, placing her dad’s favorite flower in her bouquet was the special way of honoring him.

Schwartz_0306

 

Attaching a hanky or a piece of cloth to the bride’s bouquet or dress is a touching way to have the loved one close to you.

jr.0006

 

Similarly, attaching a piece of jewelry to either a bouquet or the wedding dress is a way of keeping the loved one close to your heart.

ak.josh0011ak.josh0015

 

Many couples choose to place a message in memory in their Ceremony Programs, which is a very sweet tribute.

Ceremony Program In Memory

 

Placing a flower on an empty chair at the wedding is another way to remember a loved one.

ak.josh0201jb-0481

 

And one of the most powerful way’s to honor those who have passed was this Table Set for One.  This particular wedding was for a police officer who was previously in the military.  The table represented his friends who have lost their life serving their country or protecting citizens.

IMG_2382

 

However you choose to honor the memory of your loved one is perfect.  For ideas on a unique way for you to incorporate a memory tribute, contact us today.

Photo credits:  Kristen Alexander Photography, 3 Rivers Photography, A&A Photography,  Paul Perdue Photography, Brenda Upton,  Scobey Photography,

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

 

Advertisements

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!

Guest List image

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

event-expenses-010913-56a2b31a3df78cf77278ecb5

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. 

3862ba11fe237cb2de4da40c6373a455

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

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:15 am by JBEvents

15591058_10154766944760421_8456919032984326041_o

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!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:00 am by JBEvents

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.

View More: http://happyeverythingco.pass.us/peetewdding

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.  

September 26, 2016

Venue Spotlight ~ Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:00 am by JBEvents

When planning a wedding or any social celebration, selecting the venue is key.  We assist our clients in determining the perfect venue for them by asking many questions to include among others, anticipated guest count as well as their vision of the theme and atmosphere. When it comes to weddings and social celebrations in Sarasota, there are so many options of venues available, from luxury hotels to historic homes, art museums, botanical gardens or of course, the beautiful beaches.  

One of the gorgeous venues that we love is Selby Gardens.  For historical information on Selby Gardens click here. The stunning beauty of the gardens coupled with the view of Sarasota Bay, creates a magical setting for an unforgettable event.  

selby-gardens-signPhoto By Jason Demutiis

Weddings may be held anywhere throughout the Gardens. The most popular locations are the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavilion, the Gazebo, the Banyan Grove, and The Wedding Oak adjacent to the Christy Payne Mansion. Additional areas that lend themselves to nuptial celebrations are the Great Room by the Bay indoors or outdoors at the Christy Payne Mansion.

Renovations have been underway at the Gardens, but are estimated to be complete by the first part of October which will also include an option for wedding party’s to arrive by boat on the south lawn side. 

The south lawn includes the Gazebo, Children’s Playground, and cocktail area looking over the bay, as well as a dance floor/seating area. This area can accommodate 250+ for a seated event.   There is not a backup plan on this side when it comes to weather, so usually a tent is booked. 

The Great Room by the Bay is smaller, consisting of 3600 square feet, however, for an indoor event it has a lot to offer. There is a large bay view, terrace for band or DJ, and the “wedding oak” which is picturesque for ceremony backdrop. 
Contact us to begin planning your event at Selby Gardens or any other venue in the Sarasota/Tampa Bay area.  
img_1755

This space is adjacent to the back of the Gazebo. Perfect for Cocktail Hour with the view of the Bay.

img_1756

Back view of the Gazebo looking onto the Great Lawn. Great location for a wedding ceremony.

img_1758

View of the Great Lawn while standing in the Gazebo

img_1760

This is a private lawn to the side of the Gazebo that is a great space for a Cocktail Hour or small intimate dinner. The mangrove trees are being trimmed down to offer a better view of Sarasota Bay

img_1762

View of the opposite side of the Great Lawn. This area accommodates larger events. The concrete Terrace makes a nice dance floor. See the next photo for an event set up with lights in the trees.

nighttime-under-the-oaks-photo-by-cpennenga

Photo by Cat Pennenga Magical setting under the trees.

reception-under-the-great-oaks-photo-by-cpennenga

Photo by Cat Pennenga Late afternoon view of set-up under the magnificent Banyan trees

img_1766

Another view of the Terrace that is perfect for a Dance Floor. The sectioned off balcony is great for a DJ or Band

img_1767

Another view of the Great Lawn. Imagine tables set up throughout the lawn.

img_1768

The Wedding Oak. To the right is a lily pond which is usually in full bloom during the peak wedding season.

img_1770

Panoramic view of the area. The Wedding Oak in the center. The mangrove trees to the left of the Wedding Oak are being removed which will leave a stunning view of Sarasota Bay. This area is filled with the “old Florida vibe” containing many unique elements of Florida nature.

img_1771

View from the Great Room standing right outside the doors. The path to the right leads to the Wedding Oak. This area provides a magnificent view of Sarasota Bay.

Combine this gorgeous venue with our unparalleled level of assistance and service and you have the makings for a truly memorable and flawless event. Let’s begin planning YOUR event now!

 

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

 

July 31, 2015

Beautiful wedding of Corey & Jeff!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:39 pm by JBEvents

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!

Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-8 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-16 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-18 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-47 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-50 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-51 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-64 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-83 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-87 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-101 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-115 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-116 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-119 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-120 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-121 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-123 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-126 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-130 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-135 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-142 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-192 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-202 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-205 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-212 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-316 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-426 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-427

Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-489

Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-444 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-480 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-483 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-486 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-487 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-495 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-497 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-500 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-503 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-504 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-507 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-508 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-511 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-516 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-517 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-519 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-520 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-535 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-550 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-554 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-555 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-558 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-562 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-566 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-570 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-577 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-586 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-689 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-694 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-703 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-707 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-720 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-843 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-860 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-866 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-868 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-894 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-916 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-924 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-928 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-935 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-936 Jeff & Corey - Christopher Brock Photography-942 Janice Blackmon Events is an award willing event planning company, specializing in assisting our clients with Innovative Concepts, Creative Design and Flawless Production of their event!

May 4, 2012

Never put your special da…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 9:12 pm by JBEvents

Never put your special day in the hands of someone that doesn’t share YOUR vision!!! A Consultant /Planner should be there to offer advice and suggestions based upon experience while maintaining the vision of the client and not their own.

(Janice Blackmon of Janice Blackmon Events – a premier wedding consultant and event planner)

%d bloggers like this: