December 16, 2015

GPPA Celebration

Posted in Other Events tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:00 am by JBEvents

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I have had the pleasure of planning and producing two weddings for the Scott family, so when Dr. Scott contacted me about assisting with a celebration for the medical practice he began almost 30 years ago I was beyond honored.

The Atlanta History Center was selected as the venue – which was quite fitting for this momentous occasion.  With the renovation just complete, we were one of the first parties held there.  The new Lobby of the Museum is so beautiful and provides a blank slate for whatever the decor vision may be.  The Exhibition Galleries served as the location for Cocktails as guests arrived and began to mingle.  The guest list included both current and previous employees of the practice as well as the charitable organizations that the practice is involved with.

A step and repeat backdrop complete with the company logo was displayed in the rotunda and guests had a great time posing for photos with the incomparable Kristen Alexander Photography.   

Affairs to Remember caterers provided the delectable cuisine for the evening.  Guests were treated to a dual-entree of beef tenderloin and Polenta and Red Pepper encrusted salmon.  Once dinner was complete, there was a short program that included a special presentation,  as well as acknowledgment of the charitable organizations represented and a video made especially for the event.  After the program, a dessert buffet was provided by Affairs to Remember which included an amazing Chocolate Basil Tart Pettit Four, Apple Cobbler Shot and various sweet bites including a chocolate hazelnut brownie.

Scott Mikell of Marquee Events served as emcee and DJ for the evening.  His team also produced a video for the event consisting of interviews from the employees with their remembrances of their time with the practice.  The video was indeed touching and also included several humorous messages as well.

Chelsea Floral Design Studio created the stunning floral arrangements.  We used a deep fall color palette which looked gorgeous in the Grand Overlook Ballroom.  As guests entered the ballroom, there was a table with a lush floral arrangement focal point and vintage-inspired champagne saucer flutes presented for the opening Welcome and Toast.

The evening was truly enjoyed by all who attended and provided for a time to reminisce, remember and reflect of all that the practice has accomplished during its existence.   My team and I were so honored to be a part of this special occasion!!

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

 

August 11, 2015

Stephanie & Russell’s sweet wedding!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:44 am by JBEvents

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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June 8, 2013

Celebrating the Love of Jennifer & Dean!!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:15 am by JBEvents

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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June 10, 2012

Molly & Danny got married…

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:45 pm by JBEvents

A beautiful Spring day was the backdrop for the wedding of Molly & Danny.

The “girls” started the day getting beautified by the excellent team from Formal Faces. Jennifer, Julie & Courtney worked their magic on the girls and created some really stunning and interesting hair styles. The girls were all so happy with their services and they all looked even more beautiful than they already were.

Molly and her bridesmaids purchased their dresses at New Natalies. Molly chose a gorgeous gown that had intricate detail with a sweetheart neck and low back. The bridesmaids wore a figure-flattering royal blue chiffon gown in two different styles.

The florals, provided by The Flower Post, were all white with green accents. The bridesmaid bouquets were wrapped with a green satin ribbon. The bouquets looked so pretty against the blue dresses.

Capturing the images of the day was Catherine Park of My Life Photography. Once Molly was dressed, we went out onto the streets of Midtown for some fun and beautiful city portraits. The wedding party felt like celebrities as the passersby honked and yelled out compliments and Congratulations.

The wedding party transported to the church in a fun and stylish way…on a Trolley.  The Atlanta Trolley and the Georgia Tech Trolley were used to transport the wedding party as well as guests.

The ceremony was held at Shrine of the Immaculate Conception with Father Henry Gracz presiding. 

After the ceremony then it was time for the party to begin.  Park Tavern ~ Piedmont Room was the setting.  As guests arrived, they were treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages which included a signature cocktail, The Blushing Bride.  It was a huge hit.

Molly selected a Royal Blue moire linen for her guest tables from Chair Covers and LinensThe Flower Post provided arrangements in beautiful silver vases filled with white flowers.  The contrast of the white against the royal blue was gorgeous.

With Piedmont Park and the lovely views provided, Catherine had some fun with the wedding party prior to their joining the Reception.  The wedding party was such a fun group.

Guests had such fun using the Photo Booth.  There were  props that some guests chose to use in their photos, while others just relied on their own creativity. 

Once the Wedding Party was introduced and had their shining moment, Molly and Danny were introduced in and had their first dance as a married couple. 

The Wedding and Groom’s Cakes were provided by the ever amazing Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes.  The wedding cake was just gorgeous with a matching pattern in Molly’s dress.  Giving a nod to the Groom’s New York roots, the Groom’s cake was a NY Mets design with little baseballs trimming the bottom.  Guests were coming back for seconds of the delicious cakes.

Keeping the crowd entertained throughout the evening was the incomparable Scott Mikell of Spectrum-Entertainment.  It is always such a pleasure working with Scott because I know that everyone is going to have a wonderful and fun time.

Delicious personalized chocolates were provided as favors for the guests. 

Since the couple was moving to New York right after the wedding, it was appropriate that the Last Dance Song of the night was New York, New York.  Although the wedding ended on a high note, there was a tad of sadness from the bridesmaids since they would be having to say goodbye to their dear friend.  But – I see many trips to The Big Apple in store for all of them. 

The couple departed along with their guests on the Trolley at the end of the evening.  And from what I heard, the party continued at the St. Regis.

We were so pleased to work with this couple and to create a flawless wedding for them.  And now, we wish Molly and Danny a lifetime of Happiness.

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