February 9, 2020

Lorianne & Karao's Gorgeous Fusion Wedding

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I’ve said it many times before, but I’ll say it again….I have the most amazing clients!!! AND, making this wedding even more special, it was a former JBEvents client family!!! Working with this family again was a true honor, and getting to see my former couple and meeting their adorable children was such a highlight. I am indeed lucky to build lasting relationships with such incredible people.

Lorianne & Karao have a love that you can feel when you are around them. Their family and friends also radiate love and good times!

We blended some Kenyan traditions with American, especially southern traditions for the beautiful fusion wedding.

The ladies gathered at a friends home to start the day with their hair and make-up appointments. They enjoyed some delicious nibbles and a mimosa bar. Perfect start to the day!

The bride wore a stunning gown from J. Andrews Bridal. The bridal party each selected their own dresses in jewel tones. The look was perfect. The groom and his guys wore custom made suits in a deep teal color – and they all looked dapper!

A Kenyan tradition is that the mother of the groom and the female family members arrive at the brides home (or in this case the venue) to escort her to the ceremony. The ladies gather and begin singing outside of the home while the bride and her parents remain inside behind the door. At the appropriate time, the door is opened and the bride begins making her way out. The groom’s family continues singing while placing shawls on the ground for the bride to walk upon, so that her feet do not touch the ground. What a beautiful beginning to the celebration.

Karao, the groom, was placed with his back to the bride so he could not see her, but he could hear the singing and the joy of his wife-to-be being serenaded by his mom, sisters and aunts, as she walked towards him. When Lorianne reached Karao, she gently touched his shoulder indicating he could turn around. The emotion of the couple and everyone witnessing this was palpable and I dare say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. Seeing this tradition, touched me as it clearly demonstrated the coming together of not just the couple, but of their families. The acceptance and embracing cultural differences simply because of LOVE. That’s what it’s all about – LOVE!

The ceremony, officiated by the bride’s brother, was very personal and unique to the couple. Another perfect aspect of this special day.

As the couple were pronounced married, the music started, “Aye” by Davido, and the couple danced up the aisle. The wedding party followed suit and it was fantastic. It was such a celebratory moment.

Now for the Southern part of the wedding. The bride and her family are HUGE Dawg fans. In fact, we were originally planning on having the couple introduced in for their 1st dance to the Call of the Dawgs. Our plans had to change slightly since the game time wasn’t announced until just less than 2 weeks from the day of the wedding. Instead of it being an evening kick-off as we were hoping, it was instead a 4:00 kick-off. Well, that was the time of the ceremony so unless we wanted the bride to enter to the Call of the Dawgs, we needed to change things up a bit. ūüôā We were already having a large TV at the venue for the game, so we positioned it on the back terrace. Guests were able to watch part of the game during Cocktail Hour, before they were escorted to the tent for dinner. As guests finished their dinner, they made their way back out to the terrace to watch the end of the game. And what an end it was. Georgia had been ahead for the 1st three quarters, but in the 4th quarter, Auburn made 2 touchdowns. It looked like Auburn was going to tie things up, but in the last seconds of the game Georgia defense held them and won the game and clinched the SEC East Division title. Not a bad little wedding gift — thank you UGA! I feel rather certain that the cheers from this Lake Oconee crown could be heard at the game in Auburn!

After the game, the party really got started. The couple shared their 1st dance, the bride and her father danced followed by the groom and his mom. Then during the toasts there was another special Kenyan tradition. The grooms mother presented the bride, her mother and grandmother with lovely, hand-made baskets from Kenya that are used for going to the market. The presentation of this heartfelt gesture was one more example of the love that was present and filling the air at this wedding.

Guests had a great time in the photo booth striking a pose. The couple has a lasting memory of their guests with the memory book created by ShutterBooth, where guests wrote a personal message next to their photo.

In addition to the photo keepsake, guests also were able to take home a Hot Chocolate stick complete with a large marshmallow. A perfect take away on this chilly fall evening.

As with every event, there is a team of vendors working together to ensure the couples desires and vision are carried out. We were happy to partner with these vendors to produce this fabulous and flawless wedding.

Venue ~ Sandy Creek Barn

Catering ~ Reynolds Plantation Lake Oconee

Hair ~ Caity Duffy

Make-up ~ The Moore Agency

Wedding Gown ~ J. Andrews Bridal

Floral ~ EventScapes

Entertainment ~ Marquee Events

Officiant ~ Brother of the Bride

Photography ~ Once Like a Spark

Wedding Cake ~ Publix

Photo Booth ~ ShutterBooth

Wishing Lorianne & Karao a lifetime of happiness and adventures. Thank you for letting us be a part of your celebration!

Special thanks to Once Like a Spark photography for providing these beautiful images! Working with Greta was a wonderful experience!

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

September 4, 2018

Elise & Michael’s BIG DAY!

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Sometimes, the star’s align and two people make the decision that was long in coming, to get married.¬† When Elise & Michael made that decision, one of the first things they did was hire me.¬† We spent quite a bit of time selecting a venue, but after much deliberation and site-visits, they decided on Chateau Elan!

Once the venue was selected, we moved on to selecting the other vendors to be a part of their BIG DAY!  {See full list below!}

I’ve said it a million times, every wedding (or special occasion), should be unique to the couple (person, business, etc.).¬† There are many ways to accomplish this, but it all starts out with being true to who you are, what means the most to you and allowing the professionals to do our job to bring that vision to life! For this couple, it was the blending of their love for geeky things with an elegant touch.¬†

It’s no secret that Chateau Elan is one of my favorite venues, because no matter where on the property you have your wedding, it will be wonderful.¬† With Elise & Michael, we wanted something a little different.¬† The ceremony took place in the Atrium, which is gorgeous in its own right, but when you add in draping, and a ceremony arch with lush flowers and an aisle treatment with soft touches of color – you have a dream-like setting.

The location for the reception was the Winery Pavilion.¬† Now, with this selection, there were a few things that the couple didn’t like about the venue, biggest being the 80′ long mural on the back wall. So, the decision was made to drape it.¬† Calling on the always fabulous creative of JWilbur of EventScapes, he did just that and created a completely different look and feel of the pavilion.¬† Also, instead of the ceiling fan lights – which aren’t elegant, or in line with the desired look,¬† Wilbur and his team hung beautiful crystal chandeliers.

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One of the ways that the couple brought their own, unique style to the reception was with the Groom’s cake which was a replica of the Dungeons and Dragons Handbook.¬† Mark Lotti, Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes, did a fantastic job creating the cake.¬† He also made the beautiful and delicious wedding cake! Mark never disappoints and the degree of his attention to detail is remarkable!!!!

The Moore Agency was on hand to make all of the ladies even more beautiful than they already were.  While hair and make-up services were being provided, the ladies enjoyed some delicious bites and tasty beverages in their suite.

Meanwhile, the guys had a fun and filling lunch at Paddy’s Restaurant and Bar onsite at the resort!!

Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Dinner and Reception music was provided by the all-talented, Jeni Michelson!  For the ceremony and cocktail hour, Jeni treated the guests to beautiful renditions on the keyboard Рadding in her tantalizing vocals for the cocktail hour.  During the reception, she switched over to DJ and kept the crowd dancing throughout the evening!

Everyone had a blast in the photo booth! ShutterBooth provided a fun, interactive experience where guests were able to create a lasting memory of the wedding for the happy couple as well a having a memento of the special day to take away!

Michelle Landreau captured the gorgeous images throughout the day.  Her easy style makes for a comfortable atmosphere for the couple, which in turn creates images that capture the emotion and beauty of the day!  Thank you Michelle for sharing these images with us!

Jonathan Nye, of Cre8tive Cinema, was onsite creating a film of all of the details and special moments of the day.¬† He is always such a pleasure to work with, and his talent is top-notch! I’ve included his teaser film down below the photos!¬†¬†

As promised, here is the link to the teaser film by Jonathan of Cre8tive Cinema.

https://vimeo.com/212484194

It was such a pleasure working with this sweet couple and the wonderful vendors we recommended for their flawless wedding!

We wish Elise & Michael a lifetime of happiness!!!!!!

Vendors

Hair & Make-up ~ The Moore Agency

Venue ~ Chateau Elan, Atrium / Winery Pavilion

Officiant ~ Fr. Hency Gracz

Photographer ~ Morning Light by Michelle Landreau

Videographer ~ Cre8tive Cinema – Jonathan Nye

Floral/Event Designer ~ EventScapes, JWilbur Smith

Music ~ Jeni Michelson

Cakes {Wedding and Groom} ~ Classic Cheesecake and Cakes, Mark Lotti

Photo Booth ~ ShutterBooth Atlanta

March 19, 2017

Fall wedding beauty for Shelby & Drew!

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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.

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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 Рbut 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 Рand 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.  

June 22, 2016

Celebrating the Nuptials of Kristin & Ryan

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There aren’t enough adjectives to describe Kristin & Ryan’s gorgeous wedding. ¬†The classic and elegant style with a nod towards old Hollywood glam was expertly portrayed. ¬†The color palette was Green, Gold, Navy and Ivory. ¬†You could feel the love in the air and of course see the beauty. ¬†Michelle Landreau captured some amazing images and since they say “A picture is worth a thousand words”, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves! ¬†Enjoy!!

 

We enjoyed working with the following vendors to make this wedding fabulous and flawless!

Ceremony Venue:  Northside United Methodist Church

Reception Venue:  The Georgian Terrace Hotel

Brides Dress:  Vera Wang

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Dessy

Groom and Groomsmen Attire:  Jos. A. Banks

Floral Design:  Chelsea Floral Design Studio

Photographer:  Michelle Landreau of Morning Light by Michelle Landreau

Reception Entertainment:  DJ Suspense

Photo Booth:  ShutterBooth

Cake:  Frosted Pumpkin

Hair and Make-up:  Formal Faces 

Transportation:  Atlantic Limousine and Transportation

Wishing Kristin & Ryan 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.  Offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Sarasota/Tampa Bay, Florida.

January 22, 2016

Fairy Tales Do Come True for Megan & Marcos!

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You have heard me say it before and I know I will say it again, but I have the BEST clients in the world!!!! ¬†This adorable couple hired me to plan and produce their beautiful wedding and it was such a blast. ¬†Although the couple resides in Abu Dhabi, we successfully planned the wedding long-distance with only a couple of in-person meetings. ¬†Megan trusted my recommendations which proved to relieve a lot of stress on her part since she couldn’t be here to meet with vendors in person. ¬†

They selected one of my favorite venues, Chateau Elan.  The ceremony took place in the Atrium with reception to follow in the Debussy Ballroom.  It was the perfect setting!!

The Moore Agency performed their always-amazing hair styling and make-up application for all of the ladies.  Their team worked as the ladies enjoyed a delicious brunch complete with a Mimosa Bar making for a fun wedding morning. 

With a color palette of Tiffany, Black and Silver and plenty of glitz and glamour, the wedding vision came to life. ¬†Chelsea Floral Designs expertly created the bride’s vision. ¬†Megan had purchased many items along the way that she wanted to¬†be incorporated into the wedding, so I presented them to David and Patrick of Chelsea Floral, who in turn took the items and used them in creative ways for one-of-a-kind stunning decor. ¬†The hanging chandelier over the sweetheart table was breath-taking!

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Catherine Rogers provided ceremony music on her harp. The sound was magical echoing throughout the Atrium of Chateau Elan.

Honeymoon Bakery created the wedding and Groom’s cake. ¬†In perfect keeping with the Tiffany Blue theme, the pastry chef designed the wedding cake to look like Tiffany boxes. ¬†The bride surprised the groom with an adorable groom’s cake paying homage to his participation in triathlons.

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Marquee Events, DJ Matt, kept the crowd energized and on the dance floor throughout the evening.  Everyone had a fantastic time.

Joseph Leone of Leone Productions provided the videography service and did a great job of capturing the joy and excitement of the day.

Guests had a great time posing for photos in the photo booth provided by ShutterBooth.  

Special thanks to Katherine Birkbeck for sharing the gorgeous wedding photos included. ¬†She was a true pleasure to work with and quite an artistic photographer! ¬†I’m sure you will enjoy viewing the lovely images below!

We wish Megan & Marcos a continued lifetime of happiness!!!  Thank you for allowing Janice Blackmon Events to be a part of your special day!!

 

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

July 31, 2015

Beautiful wedding of Corey & Jeff!!

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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!

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September 20, 2013

Kendra & Patrick’s Wedding in the Park

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:30 am by JBEvents

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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