June 2, 2014

Botanical Bliss for Katie & Brandon

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One of our beautiful Spring weddings took place at the Atlanta Botanical Garden!  The adorable couple, Katie and Brandon, were such a sweet couple to work with and their wedding day was just spectacular!!

Fish in the Garden ~ Shari

Starting the day off in her family home, Katie, her Mom, Grandmother and sister had their hair and make-up done by the talented team at Authentic Beauty.  Once complete, we loaded them up in the shuttle provided by Atlantic Limousine and headed to the Renaissance Hotel to pick up the bridesmaids.  From there it was time to head to the Atlanta Botanical Garden!

Brides face by Shari

Bride leaving for Venue

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Katie selected her beautiful wedding gown at Bridal’s by Lori and had alterations done by the amazing Rodica Lazarian!  The bridesmaids dresses were lapis colored from David’s Bridal.  They all looked lovely.  

IMG_2259 MOB fixing brides bow by Shari Katie by glass blocks by Shari Dress detail by Shari Brides dress by Shari

IMG_2262 Brides feet in shoes by Shari Bride and Dad waiting impatiently ~ Shari Bridal Party by Shari

Unfortunately, the weather was not in our favor for the day, but even so, Shari Zellers, used her creativity to find beautiful areas to take the pre-ceremony photos while keeping everyone as dry as possible.  She did a fantastic job!  When the Groom and his groomsmen arrived, we kept them tucked away until the bride was safely hidden and then Shari had a great time photographing the guys.

IMG_2272 IMG_2268 Groomsmen by Shari Groomsmen by Imaginery statue ~ Shari Groom in B.W ~ Shari Groom by Shari Groom at brickwall by Shari Girls having fun ~ Shari Bride walking by Shari Bride on bench by Shari Bride in Garden by Shari Bride and her veil by Shari Bride and Groom by Chilhuly ~ Shari Bride and Groom by round opening ~ Shari Sisters by Shari Nighttime fish shot ~ Shari Nightime Chilhuliy shot ~ Shari

The ceremony was performed by a close friend of the couple which made for a very intimate and truly custom ceremony.  The Groom, who is a journalist wrote the ceremony and then the couple wrote their own vows.  

Wedding Processional ~ shari

IMG_2292 Rings ~ Shari Couple under the arch ~ Shari Brides vows ~ Shari Brandon at alter ~ Shari Brandon waiting for Katie to get down the aisle ~ Shari

The stunning decor was provided by EventScapes.  The vision was to enhance the feel of the Botanical Garden without overpowering it which was done by keeping the design in a natural state with elements like birch, driftwood, and moss.  The arbor designed for the ceremony was one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen.  It was created with twisted willow branches with floral touches and greenery.  Lush pomander balls with deep purple flowers decorated the aisle.  The reception decor was fabulous.  The Head Table had a long and lush design mixed with candles of varying heights.  The linens of moss-green and eggplant further enhanced the look of the room.  The draping behind the band made for an elegant presentation while providing a lovely focal point.  

IMG_2312 IMG_2311 IMG_2310 IMG_2279 IMG_2278 IMG_2276 IMG_2275 IMG_2266 Grooms bout by EventScapes ~ Shari Ceremony POmander by EventScapes ~ Shari Ceremony Mershon Hall ~ Shari Ceremony Arch by EventScapes ~ Shari Bouquet by EventScapes ~ shari IMG_2304 IMG_2297 Letzler Wedding039 Letzler Wedding032 Letzler Wedding034 Letzler Wedding020 Letzler Wedding026 Letzler Wedding019 Letzler Wedding015 Letzler Wedding003 Letzler Wedding001 Letzler Wedding002 Centerpiece detail ~ Shari Candlelabra detail by EventScapes ~ Shari Candle Centerpiece by EventScapes ~ Shari Birch wrap on candle Event

The Amati Chamber Ensemble provided the ceremony and Cocktail Hour music.  This group never disappoints.  They make the entire process from hiring/Contracting until playing the last note of their performance so easy for the client.  Sarah Paul is so accommodating in working with each client to make certain that the musical selections are just what they want for their special day.  These musicians are top-notch in every area and we love working with them.

Another one of our favorite vendors to work with, PPi, provided the sound system for the ceremony making sure that all guests were able to hear the couple saying their vows. 

A Divine Event provided the delicious southern-inspired meal which guests truly enjoyed.  

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Getting the reception started included the Bride’s Father welcoming all of the guests and then the Grandfather of the Groom offering the Blessing.  The couple had their first dance followed by the always special, Father/Daughter dance!

FOB's welcome ~ Shari GFOG Blessing ~ Shari First Dance ~ Shari First Dance pickup ~ Shari Father Daughter Dance ~ Shari Bride and Groom dancing ~ Shari

The beautiful and delicious wedding cake was provided by Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes.  The cake was cheesecake and guests were seen going back for seconds and thirds.  

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Shari Zellers provided her Photo Booth which is always a hit with guests.  

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We were so excited to have the Rupert’s Orchestra providing the entertainment for the evening.  As always they know how to get guests out on the dance floor and partying all night long.

View of the party ~ Shari Ruperts Band ~ Shari Dancing ~ Shari Bride and Groom dancing ~ Shari Bouquet Toss ~ Shari

Some friends of the couple have a band, so as a special treat to the guests and in honor of the new Mr. & Mrs., they performed several songs!

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The clients treated their guests to transportation from the three host hotels to the venue and back to the hotels since many of the guests were from out-of-town.  Atlantic Limo provided our transportation all weekend long and was such a huge help in making sure that everyone was where they needed to be in a timely and professional manner.

We were so happy to assist this wonderful family with the wedding plans and we wish Katie and Brandon a Lifetime of Happiness!!

Kissing under the bubbles ~ Shari

Bubble Fanfare ~ Shari

 

Here’s a few more images from Katie & Brandon’s special day! 

IMG_2290 IMG_2282 IMG_2252 MOH Toast ~ Shari Heirloom Ring by Shari Happy Parents on the Bride ~ Shari Grooms speech ~ Shari Fun group shot ~ Shari Fraternity Serenade ~ Shari Brides speech ~ Shari Bride and Groom with brides family ~ Shari

 

Janice Blackmon Events~ is a full-service event planning firm, specializing in assisting our clients with the planning and production of their event making sure it is flawless.  

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December 19, 2012

Maria & Hiram tie the knot!!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:51 pm by JBEvents

Sunny skies were shining down for the wedding of Maria & Hiram, even though the temps were rather chilly for this out-of-door Fall wedding.  There had been so much preparation for this wedding which included the building of a “chapel” at the home of the bride where the ceremony and then later the dinner reception took place.  This wasn’t just a small little building, but rather a fully covered area that was 74 feet long and 24 feet wide.  The ceiling was curved and had skylights which allowed the natural light to filter into the space.  At the far end was a fireplace which we used as the focal point for the ceremony.  Several chandelier were installed and large hanging floral arrangements and sheer drapery hung from the ceiling as well which softened the look.

The Moore Agency provided hair and make-up services at the home of the bride which made for a very comfortable setting for the bridal party to get ready.

The brides dress had a sweetheart neckline and a full skirt covered with soft, flowing “petals”.  The dress was gorgeous and Maria looked stunning in it!!! The bridesmaids wore long, flowing champagne colored dresses that were very flattering and beautiful on each of them.

We were so happy that we had the pleasure of working with Shari of Shari Zellers Photography!!   She is one of our favorite photographers and I can always be assured that she will take amazing photos while adhering to the timeline of the day ~ both of which are important.  Her images are always gorgeous and her creative eye sees things that make the photos unique while remaining timeless!  It’s no wonder that she is an award-winning photographer!!

It was also great to work with Jonathan Nye of Evolution Video again.  I’m sure the video will be a treasured keepsake for many years to come.  I have to brag on Jonathan as well – as he is such a talented guy and always makes clients comfortable which shows in his work.  He is one of those videographers that GETS all of the images and special moments of the day – but he does it in such a way as to not be obtrusive.  There is a reason he is on our preferred vendor list!!

This was one of those events where everything that was needed had to be rented, from the tables and chairs to the china and crystal and even the serving trays and tray-jacks.  There are many rental companies around, but based upon my experience, they are not all created equal.  I can always count on Event Rentals Unlimited to provide excellent customer service as well as quality products.  They didn’t disappoint this time!!

Linens were provided by Chair Covers and Linens.  Kudos go to Ashley Hess who worked with us at the last-minute to secure and arrange for linens for the wedding ~ after several phone calls, emails and careful verification that every table was accounted for – she was able to Rush the order through and have it delivered in the nick of time.  The linens looked beautiful!

Mauricio Velez of DJ Move was the DJ for the wedding.  He provided the ceremony and reception music.  Since both sides of the families were of Hispanic/Latin descent, he emceed in both Spanish and English.  He also played a variety of music to include American tunes as well as popular Spanish music.  Guests had a great time and there was quite a bit of Salsa dancing going on!!!

Cocktail Hour provided two different types of entertainment.  Inside the house, Bob Cardone, pianist, was playing.  He provided beautiful background music that allowed guests to mingle and to partake in the Photo Booth.  While outside in the front of the house, a Mariachi band entertained guests and created a festive  party atmosphere.

Catering and the floral décor was provided by relatives and friends of the family.  The meal consisted of Mexican dishes to include Chicken, Spanish Rice and fresh vegetables, prepared by the mother of the bride with the assistance of some of the relatives.  Judging from the empty plates that were cleared from the tables, I would say the guests truly enjoyed the meal!!!

What would a wedding be without a Wedding Cake?  We didn’t have to answer that question at this wedding.  In fact, we had a Brides cake and a Groom’s cake.  However, it did not stop there, as guests were also treated to a dessert display consisting of Mexican pastries provided by some of the grooms relatives which was a huge hit —- but even that wasn’t the end to the yummy sweets.  A Candy/Dessert buffet was also provided so guests could take sweets home with them to remember the wonderful event.  Now this was not your typical Candy/Dessert buffet – but rather one of homemade treats that were made by one of the bridesmaids.  There were mini Pecan tarts, cake pops, turtles, chocolate covered pretzels, Apple spice muffins, and Buckeyes in addition to regular mass-marketed candy varieties.  Monogrammed boxes in various sizes were provided for guests to make a To-Go box.

Since a catering company was not used, servers and bar-tenders had to be secured.  Black Tie Services was selected to provide the staffing for the event.

It is always recommended for a special event taking place at a personal residence,  to provide portable restrooms for the guests. This is true under many circumstances, and making sure to provide a reputable vendor is important.  Royal Restrooms was the vendor of choice for this wedding. 

At the end of the night, the couple departed through Sparklers and entered into the waiting Rolls Royce ~ which whisked them away to begin their life of married bliss.

We were so pleased to work with this couple and family and wish Maria & Hiram a lifetime of Happiness!!!!!

Special thanks to Shari Zellers for sharing her beautiful images which are below (except for the last five which were my snapshots)!!!

Head shot of Maria Bridesmaids having fun FOB and Bride emotional Girls lining up for ceremony Groomsmen at wall Groomsmen Hiram at wall Hiram black and white side view Hiram getting kiss from his dad Hiram leaning against tree Hiram on stairs Hiram sitting on steps Hiram, his dad, step mom and brother Jonathan shooting dress Maria and her siblings Maria by piano Maria full length with veil blowing Maria putting earring on Maria seeing reflection Maria upstairs at balcony Maria with bouquet side view Maria with Flower Girls looking at bouquet Mariachi Band Maria's family Me tying the dress corset Pants detail of Mariachi band player Ring Bearer Rose Ceremony vases Rose Presenters lined up Shoes hanging on banister The Dress Wedding party lined up for ceremony Belt buckle of Mariachi player Black and white Hiram Black and white Maria with trees and veil blowing Black and white of Maria headshot with veil flowing Bridal party black and white within the trees Bridal party with bouquets down Bridal Party with Flower Girls Bridal Party Bride coming down stairs Bride to Be tiara Bridesmaid dress detail with bouquet

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June 29, 2012

Wedded Bliss for Carla and Michael

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Carla and Michael selected one of my favorite venues for their wedding ~ The Georgian Terrace Hotel.  The day started with the ladies receiving hair from The Moore Agency and make-up services from Michelle with Miche Consulting.  The ladies all looked beautiful.

During the planning of the wedding, Carla found two wedding dresses that she fell in love with.  We had several discussions regarding whether she should only use one or both dresses, and after seeing them, I said that she must use them both.  We decided that one of the dresses would be the Ceremony and formal part of the reception dress and then the second dress would be the party dress.  Both of the dresses were stunning and I’m so glad she was able to wear both dresses that she had fallen in love with.

Shari Zellers was our wonderful photographer for the day.  Shari, like myself, loves the photogenic aspects of the Georgian Terrace, so she was able to take some amazing shots before we headed over to the church for the ceremony – which took place at North Avenue Presbyterian Church.

The bridesmaids wore lovely Alfred Angelo purple long gowns.  While the gentlemen were outfitted in classic and elegant black tuxes from MW Tux.

When it was time to head to the church, the wedding party were taken there in style by Atlantic Limousine in a black-stretch limo.

Videography services were provided by my staff videographer who captured the beauty and fun of the day.

The gorgeous florals were provided by Chelsea Floral.  They accurately captured her vision and superseded her expectations.  The ballroom was stunning with purple linens and centerpieces with white, purple and green florals.  The tall centerpieces had crystals dripping down which provided a beautiful sparkle.  I was able to sneak the couple into the ballroom before guests were invited in and Carla was awestruck with the beauty.

In addition to the photo guest book, the couple wanted their guests to also leave them Well Wish notes, so we provided the set-up for this with custom notecards that once completed were placed into a white birdcage.

During cocktail hour, guests obtained their Escort Card to determine their table assignment.  The beautiful calligraphy was provided by Maren, my staff calligrapher.  Her work is amazing!!

Keeping the crowd entertained was DJ Ted Crowder.  It is always nice working with him and the guests certainly enjoyed the entertainment he provided.

Adding to the fun of the evening was the Photo Booth provided by Shari.  Guests enjoyed posing for some entertaining photos that will be enjoyed forever!

 A late night snack of mini cheeseburgers, corndogs and french fries were provided to give the guests more energy after working off their dinner from dancing.

Guests came from near and far to attend this wedding, and the couple wanted them to experience one of Atlanta’s most popular treats from none other than The Varsity.  Apple and Peach friend pies were provided along with the ever popular Varsity hats.  They were a huge hit!

When the time came for the couple to bid their farewell and begin their life of wedded bliss, they exited through bubbles to their awaiting horse and carriage that then took them on a romantic ride through the streets of Atlanta.

It was such a pleasure working with Carla and Michael and we wish them a lifetime of happiness!!!

March 18, 2012

A Look Back at the Wedding of Sarah & Jordan

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Many times when I post a blog, I don’t have the “professional” images but rather snapshots my staff and I take.  Since I know that the professional photos tell an even better story, I wanted to share some of the amazing images from Sarah & Jordan’s wedding at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  I hope you enjoy these beautiful images from Shari Zellers

We were so pleased to refer all of the vendors that worked together to create this beautiful wedding:

Hair & Make-up:  Formal Faces

Cake:  Caryn’s Cakes

Caterer:  Bold American

Floral designer:  Creative Events by Sunflowers

Photographer:  Shari Zellers Photography

Ceremony & Reception Music:  Atlanta Bands & DJ’s

A huge THANK YOU to Shari for sharing these images!!

February 3, 2012

Award Winning Table Design

Posted in Other Events, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:30 pm by JBEvents

We are so excited to share that our entry into the 2012 NACE Design Trends Competition won 2nd Place.  This endeavor included the following amazing vendors:

Custom Table, Ruffles, Place settings to include monogrammed Plates ~ Jessica Foerst (JBEvents Associate)

Floral decor ~ Foxgloves & Ivy Design Studio

Linens ~ Chair Covers and Linens

Rentals of Chairs, Glassware and base table ~ Event Rentals Unlimited

The event was held at the beautiful venue, 200 Peachtree.

We hope that you will enjoy this slideshow and that you will remember us when you are ready to begin planning your special event.  We have resources and relationships with vendors that will create a flawless and award winning event for you!!!

Please click the title below to view the slideshow!!!

Award Winning Table Design

August 11, 2011

Wine Themed Wedding for Amy & Nick

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:44 pm by JBEvents

A hot July day at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation was the setting for what could only be described as an amazing wedding.

One of the things that I love is when my clients take my recommendations on the vendors to use for their event because I know going into the planning and all the way through the production of the event things will go smoothly AND my client will receive excellent customer service as well as superior quality of product from those vendors.  Such is the case with this wedding!

Please grab your favorite beverage, sit back and relax and enjoy the story of the wedding of Amy and Nick!!

 

Late last year, I met with Leah (Mother of the Bride) and Amy (The Bride) to begin planning for The BIG Day!  I knew immediately upon meeting them that we were a good fit – you know the kind where you feel as though you have known the family forever! 

The first decision was the venue.  They had already looked at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation, and after discussing what a beautiful place for a wedding – that decision was made.  The Ritz-Carlton Lodge is one of those venues that is a not-so-far-destination location.  The good thing for this particular family is that they have a home in the area, so they were able to utilize their comfortable surroundings for all of the pre-wedding activities.

Amy selected her gown from Bride Beautiful.  The gown was an Anjolique design in ivory double sheen organza with a strapless sweetheart neckline, pick-up ball gown with corset back and embellishments.  Amy looked absolutely stunning in the gown. 

The bridesmaids wore a Lula Kate design in “bud” dupioni silk from Bella Bridesmaid.  The dresses were above the knee with a ruffled neckline.  All of the girls looked beautiful in the dress.  They style was very flattering on every one of them.

The groom and groomsmen wore Silver tuxes with a coral tie.  They all looked so handsome.  The groom sported special “groom” socks which were an adorable accessory.  Another special touch was that the groom had custom-made NIKES for each of them.  The groom’s pair was complete with bright green laces and had his nickname and wedding date embroidered on them.  The groomsmen had bright orange laces in keeping with the color scheme of the wedding.  The guys changed into their new sneakers for the reception and we had fun taking a few cute photos!

While on the subject of shoes, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the brides.  For the ceremony, the bride surprised her groom by having coral sandals with rhinestones to match the guy’s ties.  Then, not to be outdone by the guys, she too had a custom pair of shoes in the form of a heeled flip-flop adorned with a large rhinestone with her new name embroidered on them which she wore for the reception.

We worked with Larry and Greg from Foxgloves & Ivy for the floral décor.  The color palette was one of my favorites, hot citrus colors.  Various varieties of flowers were used and included “Cherry-O” roses, Orange Gerber daisies and hot pink miniature Gerberas, “Mozart” miniature callas, gold celosia, lisianthus in purple, orange Dahlias, Vermillion gladiolas, pink larkspur, “Revert” green Fuji mum, purple stock, Olive branches, hydrangea in Baby Green, and two shades of pink, as well as coral Hypericum berries!  For the ceremony, they created 2 large and lush arrangements that were placed on sleek columns in a very neutral color.  The reserved rows were denoted by an ivory ribbon with a nosegay attached.  The reception décor consisted of both high and low centerpieces.  Glass cylinder vases in various heights with fuchsia ribbon attached were used to hold the arrangements.  The Estate Table was beautiful with two large arrangements, three smaller arrangements plus vases which held the bridesmaids bouquets and tall candle holders with floating candles. 

The ceremony was planned to take place on the event lawn by the new Pergola – however, due to threatening weather, we had to make a last-minute decision to move the ceremony inside.  This is one of the hardest parts of my job – since I know how badly the bride wants that outside wedding – but, keeping the safety and comfort of everyone in mind, sometimes these types of decisions have to be made.  In this instance, Amy was such a trooper and went along with the “change” saying that “nothing could ruin my special day”!  So, with some quick movement by all of the vendors, we were able to set up the ceremony in Salon I inside where the threatening storms would not disturb the celebration!

As guests arrived for the ceremony, they were treated to passed hors d’oeuvres and a champagne bar.  We gathered the group in a central location as was planned for the original ceremony plan and decided to still do that for the location change.  Guests were able to mingle and enjoy a variety of cold hors d’oeuvres and create their own champagne cocktail with the selection of various fruits and blends.  This was such a welcome surprise for the guests.

Since the ceremony was originally to take place outside, and since we knew it would be very warm, we decided to provide hand-held fans for each of the guests to use.  In keeping with the color scheme, we used Fuchsia and bright Orange fans – alternating the colors on every other seat.  This made for a wonderful photo-op at the conclusion of the ceremony.

After the group photo, guests were then invited to join the Cocktail Hour where they were greeted with a large selection of hors d’oeuvres as well as beverages to include the champagne bar.  Johnny Porrazzo provided the musical entertainment for the Cocktail Hour and was certainly a hit.  The Majestic Photo Booth provided their services so guests were making excellent use of the photo booth to take fun and memorable photos which will serve as a memento for the Bride and Groom as well as the guests.  A very touching story was told to me by the father of the bride.  He said that when he and Amy’s mom went on their first date, they had their picture taken in a photo booth and that was 30 years ago.  I told them that they MUST re-create that first date on this special occasion and they did.  I sneaked a peek at their pictures and have to say it made my heart smile!

Shari Zellers and her team provided the photography services for the day.  Being the true professional that Shari is, she took the time to make a visit to the venue before the wedding weekend to scout out the best locations for the photo ops.  She even went so far as to check certain locations at the same time that the specific photos would be taken so determine the location of the sun in order to take into consideration the accompanying heat.  This was truly a time-saver, as on the wedding day, she had a clear plan on where each of the photos would take place. I can not wait to see her photos from the wedding as I know they will be spectacular.  I’ll be sure to re-post them here on my blog when available so you too can see what a talent she is.

A favorite ensemble of mine was selected as the ceremony musicians – Amati Chamber Music Ensemble.  Led by Sarah Paul, this group is awesome to work with.  Sarah is so personable while being the utmost consummate professional.  She offers assistance to clients in selecting their music and will work within the ideas of the client.  Of course her performance is always fantastic and I always try to be close by so that I can hear the beautiful music.

A close friend of the family, Lisa, sang The Lord’s Prayer during the ceremony accompanied by the string ensemble.  Lisa was also in the parents of the brides wedding where she served as Maid of Honor as well as soloist.

Particularly endearing was that the bride’s brother served as the officiant.  He might have been nervous – but he did a wonderful  job.  There was one point in the ceremony where he “slipped” and instead of saying “you may now kiss your bride” – he said “you may now kiss my sister”.  He caught himself immediately but the “slip” was PERFECT!!!!

One of the areas of design that I think makes a celebration unique and even more beautiful is linens – so for this wedding, I could think of none other than Tamara Gollob of I Do Linens.  Taking the concept and ideas to her, she created custom linens that were totally awesome.  Keeping in mind our hot citrus color scheme, we selected Fuchsia linens for the guest tables and the accent tables but for the Estate Table and the Cake Table, we used a complimentary color of Coral with an overlay that contained the design that was used in the wedding invitations.  For me, it’s important to carry a theme all the way through, and even if not everyone recognizes the similarities, when looking back, you can clearly see the cohesiveness of the event from start to finish.  The family was thrilled with the outcome and admitted that everything was even more beautiful than they had ever imagined.

PPi provided all of the sound equipment, including the DJ system, as well as the ambient lighting around the room and the custom GOBO.  Jimmy Economos provided his expertise in determining what would be needed for the DJ that was coming in from California for the event.  Since he too is a DJ, he was keenly aware of what would be needed and this was such a relief for me in knowing that there wouldn’t be any surprises for the DJ.  Also, the lighting that was provided was just perfect.  We had pin-spots on each table to highlight the décor and the cake table.  It’s amazing at how different a room can look just by adding these types of lights.  I’m a huge proponent of event lighting!!

Speaking of the DJ, Alvin Caampued, a friend of the couple from California, provided the entertainment for the reception.  He played a large variety of music and kept the dance floor full.  This was a big dancing group and there were times when you would have thought that “So You Think You Can Dance” was filming!!! Alvin was such a pleasure to work with and although we are separated by the expanse of the U.S., I hope that we will have the opportunity to work together again soon…..because of course, we too travel for events!!!!

The JBEvents staff videographer, Angela McIntire, provided the video services of the event.  She always does such a great job and gets excellent footage without being one of those in-your-face videographers. 

Nick, the groom, is a high school football coach and teacher.  To give a little different spin on the Wedding Party Introductions, we had the wedding party enter the Ballroom carrying Pom Poms create a tunnel for the Bride and Groom to run through and end up on the dance floor for their first dance.  This was a great start for the evening and got everyone all excited and ready for the party that followed.

It goes without saying that the meal was delicious.  The family selected a dual entrée of Filet of Beef and Sea Bass with appropriate accompaniments.  A special treat of a Raspberry Sorbet with a Champagne finish was served between the salad and entrée.  The wedding cake was a Grand Marnier chiffon cake with strawberry filling.  As guests were working off their dinner by dancing, a Fondue station was displayed with delectable goodies such as shortbread cookies, mini brownies, gingersnap cookies, chocolate chip cookies along with all sorts of fruits were provided to dip in three different fondues; white chocolate, dark chocolate and milk chocolate.  YUM!

One of the common elements that was a theme through the event was WINE.  Since the couple lives out in California where vineyards are all around, they wanted to incorporate some of their favorite wines into the reception for guests to enjoy.  The Ritz special ordered many of the varieties that the couple chose.  Each table was named for a Wine, and then a bottle of each White and Red were from that winery was placed on the table for guests to sample.  Since each table had a different wine, guests were able to go to other tables and try other varieties.  It was like having a private wine tasting. 

Also in keeping with the wine theme, we used these adorable wine corks for the Place Card holders that guests were welcome to take with them.  The guests were also given wine stoppers that had a large heart at the top as a favor.   Maren Nicholas provided calligraphy services for the Escort Cards, Place Cards and Table Name Signs.  As always, her work was impeccable.

As the evening came to a close, Amy and Nick made their departure through yet another “tunnel” created by their guests who were holding long sparklers in a path that led to their awaiting chariot, I mean Golf Cart.  They were driven away waving while guests were still cheering them on.

This was truly a beautiful wedding for a fabulous family!!  We wish Amy and Nick a lifetime of happiness!!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this special day!!!!!

 

 

 

 

June 24, 2011

Everything is coming up Roses!!!

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Nothing like a hot day in Atlanta in June for an outdoor wedding, but thanks to the Atlanta Botanical Garden providing a refreshing citrus water station and the bride providing ceremony program’s in the shape of a hand fan – the guests were able to handle the heat.

Sarah and Jordan selected a color palette of Navy and Yellow with touches of white, purple and peach. 

Sarah’s gorgeous gown was a creation by Claire Pettibone and was purchased from Kelly’s Closet.  The dress was stunning and was a sheath of lace that had a vintage feel with accents of crystal brooches in the front center, shoulders and back.  The gown was ivory with touches of gold in some of the lace floral appliqués.  The gown had an illusion back with keyhole openings. 

Jennifer and Heidi from Formal Faces provided a beautiful hairstyle that was perfect for the hot summer day.  Sarah’s hair was pulled back at the nape and was fashioned in an intricate bun. 

The bridesmaids were able to select a style of dress that complimented their personal style and the outcome was wonderful.  The dresses were from Ann Taylor and were in navy.  The girls also choose their own shoes. 

The gentlemen wore gray tuxedos from MW Tux.  They were such a nice compliment to the girls’ attire, and the men all looked handsome.

Rich and Dawn Larsen of Creative Events by Sunflowers provided the gorgeous floral.  The ceremony aisle was lined with free-standing urns holding arrangements that would later be used on the guest tables.  The altar area was created using various stands and containers of petals.  The reception offered various designs.  The tall centerpieces were just stunning and consisted of a clear glass vase with single blossoms strung to hand within the vase and a lush arrangement on top.  The low centerpieces were equally lovely and contained the same beautiful flowers in the color palette of the day.

Shari Zellers of Shari Zellers Photography and her staff created what I know will be amazing photos.  Being the dedicated and true professional that she is, Shari made multiple visits to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to scout out just the perfect spots for photos.  She experimented with one particular shot that was taken later in the evening with delayed exposure and just judging from the image she showed me just after taking it this is going to be one awesome portrait. 

Nick Crowder of Atlanta Band’s and DJ’s provided the ceremony as well as the reception music.  The bride selected Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings as the music for the ceremony and I must say – it was a very nice change from what we typically hear!!

Guests were invited into the Parterre Gardens for Cocktail Hour where they were met by servers from Bold American Catering offering delicious varieties of hors d’oeuvres.  When Bold American Catering is involved, you can rest assured that the service AND the food will be impeccable!!  I love the Parterre Garden since at the center is the magnificent Chihuly sculpture positioned on the fountain. 

While enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the guests were invited to sign a fabric square which will be made into a quilt for the couple to have forever.  The mother of the bride not only prepared the squares of fabric for the guests to sign, but to further enhance the look of the table, she provided “quilt” fabric to cover the table.

The couple had their first dance to Pearl Jam’s live version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You”. 

Guests were treated to an option of a chicken or salmon entrée with appropriate delicious side dishes as accompaniments. 

The bride’s and groom’s cakes were provided by Caryn’s Cakes.  The bride selected a 3 tiered round cake covered in ivory with graphics of abstract style flowers in Navy as accents.  While the groom’s cake was a tribute to his alma mater, Georgia Tech, and was a football field design with accents of the Tech tower, the Ramblin Wreck and Buzz. 

The guests were perhaps on a sugar overload by the end of the reception because there was a candy bar in a Hansel and Gretel theme.  A variety of candy was presented in various containers placed on a green linen that we had fashioned a stair-step path up to the witch’s house.  White bags were provided so that guests could create a goodie bag to go! (Although many of them enjoyed the treats right then and there!)

The couple departed amidst bubbles as they made their way to their vehicle and drove away starting their new life together.

As usual, my team was on top of everything little detail to make sure that we produced another flawless event.

We wish a lifetime of Happiness to Sarah and Jordan!  Thank you for allowing us to be a special part of your day.

 

 

January 10, 2011

Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Lui Chiny and Kate Spade make appearance in Atlanta!

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I am a lover of shoes and so it’s no surprise that I love the detail shots of my brides and their shoes.  Since jewelry and most things sparkly also capture my attention, those photos are also usually some of my favorites.  I decided I wanted to take a look back at 2010 and see many of the shoes and accessories that were worn by my beautiful brides!  I want to thank the many photographers that provided the images (some were actually taken by me!).  Please take a look at the slideshow and enjoy  Janice Blackmon Events 2010 Year in Review of Shoes and Accessories!

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It was my pleasure to work with some of Atlanta’s finest photographers this past year and I want to make sure that credit goes to the fabulous photographers that provided the images:

Nadia D

Drew Newman

Shari Zellers

Motion Picture Co.

Almasy

October 13, 2010

Atlanta Wedding Photographer Weds

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One of Atlanta’s prominent wedding photographers, was the Star in FRONT of the camera on October 3rd for her own wedding. 

While it’s always an honor to be hired to be the consultant for any wedding, being hired to be the consultant for an industry professionals wedding is an even higher honor. 

The weather was beautiful on this fall day – Sunny with a light breeze.  The day began with the awesome team from The Moore Agency providing hair and make-up services for the wedding party.  Steve Moore and his team created their magic and made the girls all feel like they were playing dress-up. 

Once the ladies were finished with their hair and make-up, the bride’s attendants donned their wedding finery.  They wore chocolate-brown dresses that were a jersey fabric that was easy to move around in and looked so nice.  The bride, Shari, made each of her attendants a shrug to wear with the dress in a brown crushed-velvet fabric.  Shari also made the jewelry that her attendants wore for the wedding.  Each was created to portray the personality of the person wearing it.  The color of the jewelry and materials were similar, but each was slightly different.  Each piece was amazing, and the attendants were all so thrilled with their new baubles.

Shari arrived at the Venue, Villa Christina, where she was helped into her dress.  The dress was a strapless mermaid type style.  The bottom and train were made of soft petal layers that gave a dream-like look. 

 

The theme of the wedding décor was Moroccan.  Shari spent months collecting lanterns and other décor items that Edge Design incorporated into the décor.   The finished look was nothing less than stunning.  The colors were chocolate-brown with accents of teal.  Peacock feathers were used in several forms from being in the Bride’s bouquet to some of the centerpieces.  The bridesmaid’s bouquets were wrapped in this beautiful ribbon that also incorporated the color theme of the day but also had sequins for an extra special look.  Maxine and Gabrielle Mecca of Edge Design, spent hours transforming the look of the ballroom and making it feel like you were entering into Marrakech or Casablanca.

The one and only Rev. Rick of All-Faith Weddings performed the ceremony.  He is such a joy to work with and be around.  His presence elicits a feeling of calm and his smile can light up a room.  One of the personal touches that he puts on his ceremonies is that he gives the couple the script of their wedding – so that they have a lasting document of exactly what was said on their wedding day. 

Shari and Steven’s “babies”  – their dogs Sophie and Duncan, who are adorable King Charles Spaniels, were the Flower Girl and Ring Bearer.  Sophie wore a flower collar while Duncan wore a shirt collar and tie along with cuffs complete with cufflinks on his front paws.  They were led (or in Sophie’s case carried) down the aisle by one of the bridesmaids and groomsmen.  They were so cute and threatened to steal the show until Shari descended down the stairs to meet her mom and walk down the aisle. 

 

Villa Christina has a beautiful lawn and gazebo that is perfect for weddings.  There are also so many picturesque places around the venue that it can be a photographers dream.  With bridges and waterfalls and gardens – the choices are endless for backdrops!

Mark Brickman of The Baker’s Man, created the wedding cake based upon the design that Shari had envisioned.  It was truly one of a kind.  The top of the cake had a replica of a lantern made completely of sugar.  A battery-operated candle was placed inside the sugar lantern so that it glowed.  Mark has recently added a new flavor for his cakes, Key Lime, and that was one of the layers, while white chocolate and with Lemon curd and Mandarin orange filling as well as a chocolate marble cake with Oreo cookie mixed with Swiss vanilla buttercream completed the other layers. 

The cake was created based upon the original designs for the Invitations by Deco Marj.  Based on Shari’s thoughts and visions, Marjorie created a unique invitation as well as other paper products used for the wedding.  Her creativity and attention to detail are just a couple of her amazing attributes!

The crowd was kept up on their feet dancing the night away to the tunes that Ted Crowder of Atlanta Bands and Dj’s played.  During the cocktail hour prior to the dinner/reception, he played music that had a Moroccan feel to it so that guests could get into the mood.  But during the reception, popular party music filled the air.

Two good friends of Shari, Chris Williams from New Orleans, and Will Jacks from Mississippi were the photographers for the evening.  These guys were so much fun to work with.  Of course, since Shari is a photographer and is also the Atlanta coordinator for the Pictage Users Group, there definitely was not a shortage of photographers and cameras around at the event. 

Guests were treated to a delicious buffet that also contained a few Moroccan dishes.  Then when guests were finished eating, they were invited to enter the “lounge” area where they could recline on overstuffed pillows and a rug that was very reminiscent of entering into the tent of the Arabian nights.  Also in the lounge area was a photo booth complete with props that guests could don to create a fun image for the couple. 

Capturing all of the events of the day on video was Jonathan Nye of Evolution Video.  I always love working with Jonathan because he captures the day with a finished product that you can feel the emotions.  Another reason that I enjoy working with Jonathan, is because he is one of those videographers that are not obtrusive but rather just sneaks quietly in the background to capture all of the events of the day – so you never really know he is there – but his video proves that he was certainly right there in the middle of it all.

When the time came for the couple to depart, guests were invited downstairs to create a sparkler fanfare for Shari and Steven.  The couple made their way through the path of guests, stopping momentarily to kiss each other before getting into the vintage Rolls Royce provided by A Lovely View of Heaven, owned and operated by Dana Fuss.

 As they departed, the guests were still talking about what an enchanting evening it had been.  The dreams and visions of this bride were definitely fulfilled and we were so pleased to be a part of this very special day.

Congratulations and Happiness always to Shari and Steven!!!!!

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