May 27, 2019

Ali and Conner’s Special Day!

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One of the highest compliments and truly an honor that we can receive is to be referred by a previous client!  We absolutely love referrals and this couple was no exception!!!  Ali and Conner were referred from a previous client (Thank you Karyn & Shelby), and we are so happy to have them as a part of the JBEvents family! 

The couple selected Little River Farms as the venue for their wedding!  The venue, located in Milton, GA., sits on a beautiful piece of land beside a lake.  There are a couple of options for where to have your ceremony on the property.  Ali and Conner chose the vineyard.  A partially enclosed Pavilion offers a great place for the reception, while inside the house was perfect for Cocktail Hour as well as a respite for those that wanted to find a quiet place to sit and have a conversation.  

Capturing the beautiful images of the day was Kaylan Bradley of Happy Everything Co.  Thank you so much for not only capturing beautiful images, but also for sharing them!

The bride wore a stunning fit and flare gown designed by Essence of Australia.  Ali looked like a living doll!  

Before the ceremony, the couple shared letters they had written each other which is always such a sweet moment.  But Conner also gave Ali a framed hand-made sign that read “Together 2704 days, and I have loved you since day 1!” If I’m being honest, that brought a tear or two to my eyes!  What a sweet gesture – and when you see this couple together, you absolutely feel the love.  

One of my favorite parts of planning is the event design and decor component.  Ali and Conner wanted an elegant, rustic design theme, and JWilbur of EventScapes perfectly combined a rustic approach with a unique and elegant design. 

The ceremony took place in the vineyard.  The couple exchanged their vows standing in front of a stunning arbor graced with soft fabrics, clusters of flowers holding back the drapery and floral blooms hanging in individual small glass bottles.  The finished product was gorgeous! Rev. Rodney Hunt officiated the ceremony.  The couple wrote their vows and I dare say there wasn’t a dry eye. 

A unique part of the ceremony was the wine ceremony.  This is a type of unity ceremony that is a take on the traditional lighting of the unity candle.  In this type of ceremony, the couple each takes a vessel of wine (1 red, 1 white) and pours them into one glass.  Once the wines are poured together, they can’t be separated, which is the whole concept of a wedding ceremony uniting a couple.  They couple then each took a sip of the combined wine as a symbol of fully becoming one.  

A custom design was created for the Estate Table.  A 35+ foot structure was created along the Estate Table to allow EventScapes to create a suspended look with glass bubbles and candlelight.  They further enhanced the setting  with accents of flowers of the day and greenery.  Along the table itself was loose eucalyptus and votive candles along with a series of vases for the bridesmaids bouquets. 

The guest tables had a variety of styles of designs.  Some were lanterns enhanced with moss and rose petals, while others had an eclectic collection of vases each filled with flowers of the day.  All of the designs were surrounded by votive candles offering a flickering elegance.  

Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by Talk of the Town caterers.  Topped off with a delectable wedding cake by Cake Envy.

DJ Lou, of Spectrum Entertainment kept the guests on the dance floor partying all night long!!

WedFlix was on hand to create a lasting video memory of the special day.  

As a late night snack, guests enjoyed a popcorn bar complete with all the fixings! 

We were thrilled to be a part of Ali and Conner’s amazing day!  We wish them a lifetime of happiness!!!!!

In case you still want more, check out their video trailer! 

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Janice Blackmon Events is an award winning event planning company!  We specialize in creating unique and flawless events for all of our clients!

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September 24, 2018

A Special Simcha for a Special Family

Posted in color palette, Mitzvahs, Other Events tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:52 am by JBEvents

It was truly an honor and a privilege to plan and produce the second Mitzvah celebration for this amazing family!  There are just some times that you really click with a client and throughout the process you develop a friendship.  That was the case with this sweet family.  Three years ago I worked with this family on their daughters Bat Mitzvah and now the youngest of the family, Daniel is celebrating his Bar Mitzvah!

We selected the InterContinental Hotel as the venue, which was perfect because many of the family members live not only out of state, but out of the country.  The Hotel would be home away from home while the family came to celebrate this special time.

Let me just talk about family for a moment.  The love that this family has for each other, and actively shows, makes my heart smile.  The siblings are each others biggest supporters and the connection between them is something that you can feel whenever you are around them.  The entire family – immediate and extended – share a love that just makes you feel happy to see it expressed!

The photos below, compliments of the always fabulous, Kristen Alexander, will tell the story for me, but I want to provide just a few details.  

Instead of a full-on theme for the celebration, a color palette was selected.  The honoree’s favorite Soccer team is Barcelona, so their team colors of burgundy, blue and yellow were the basis of the decor. 

For the Kiddush luncheon, we went with a palette of black and white striped linens, paired with yellow and white flowers.  It was a very crisp and clean look.

For the evening party, we paired a contemporary design concept with organic touches for a truly unique and elevated look.  Bringing the concepts and design together was the creative genius of JWilbur of EventScapes.  

One of my favorite parts of a Mitzvah is the candle lighting ceremony.  Hearing the honoree honor their family and friends is touching and inspiring. 

For this party, if you had a sweet-tooth, then you would have been in heaven.  After a delicious dinner, guests were invited out to the garden terrace for mini cupcakes, fresh made hot doughnuts with a variety of toppings and an ice cream bar.  

And if those sweets weren’t enough, then how about a candy buffet featuring Daniel’s favorite treats.

Guests received a commemorative T-shirt as a lasting reminder of the special occasion. 

Now that all of the kid’s in the family have celebrated their Mitzvah’s, we look forward to continued celebrations like weddings, with this wonderful family in the future. 

 

A HUGE Thank you to each vendor that we were honored to recommend and partner with for this fabulous celebration!!!

Synagogue ~ Congregation Shearith Israel

Kiddush Luncheon ~ Gourmet Catering by Alex

Venue ~ InterContinental Hotel Buckhead

Floral Event Designer ~ EventScapes Atlanta

Photographer ~ Kristen Alexander

Videographer ~ Cre8tive Cinema

DJ ~ Marquee Events

Cupcakes ~ Georgetown Cupcakes

Photobooth ~ ShutterBooth

It was indeed an honor and a pleasure to produce this fabulous and flawless celebration for an incredible family!!! 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning event planning firm, specializing in assisting our clients with a stress-free planning process and a fabulous and flawless event!

May 17, 2017

Alli & Brett get Handcuffed at their Wedding

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:10 am by JBEvents

As an Event Planner, you are responsible for making sure that everything goes perfectly for your clients, regardless of circumstances that are beyond your control.  This wedding was one of those events where keeping calm was KEY to making sure that the clients were unaware of all that was going behind the scenes and to make sure that the wedding went off as planned!

Let me give you a little background of the wedding day!  The wedding was held on Saturday of Gay Pride Weekend in Atlanta at the main host hotel for the viewing of the parade.  Ahead of the day, we were given a map of the slated road closures.  I made sure to provide the map as well as road closure timing to all vendors involved.  Unfortunately, the map provided was not accurate and additional roads were closed at times ahead of the previously provided scheduled times.  This of course resulted in difficulty for vendors (and even my team) to get to the Hotel timely.  Not to mention, the loading dock is located on a street that is closed for the parade! Situations from one vendor being threatened to be arrested, to two others receiving traffic citations were just a part of the day.  Of course, guests had difficulty getting to the venue as well.

What is important to note is that even with all of the issues of the day, every vendor pulled together to do whatever was necessary to create the perfect wedding for the couple.

The bride had a wonderful time getting out in the parade crowd.  Many of the parade-goers stopped her for a photo-op.  We also ran into a motorcycle officer that allowed the bride to pose with his bike.

The groom, is an Atlanta Police Officer with a great sense of humor so we were able to play around with the whole “law enforcement officer” theme,  The groom’s cake was Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.  The favors were chocolate hand-cuffs. At the end of the ceremony, the couple were hand-cuffed together as a fun surprise for all in attendance. The cake topper was a Police Officer holding his bride.  The table names were of police themed television shows and movies.  The bride is very crafty and created the signs herself.

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I absolutely loved being able to incorporate the things most special to this couple to create a truly unique wedding.  That’s what it is all about!!!

One of the special attributes to pay honor to the men and women in the military and law enforcement whom have lost their lives was a “Table set for One”.  We positioned the table behind the dance floor so that it would be a prominent display throughout the evening. Another special tribute was a poem the Bride read for her Groom.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

The floral decor, created by Jim White,  was stunning!  Elegant and romantic ~ pinks, blush, white and creams.  One of the focal points of the decor was the Estate Table with two tall arrangements and a floral garden centering the length of the table with lots of candles.

We had a really great group of vendors that went above and beyond extenuating circumstances to ensure a wonderful wedding for this adoring couple.  Unfortunately, professional images were not made available, so I’m sharing my snapshots.

Special thanks to the vendor-team:

Venue ~ Georgian Terrace Hotel

Wedding Gown ~ Alfred Angelo

Bridesmaid Dresses ~ David’s Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire ~ Men’s Warehouse

Hair/Make-up ~ The BRIDE 🙂

Floral/Event Designer ~ Jim White Designs

Officiant ~ Rev. David Gilleland

Ceremony Musicians ~ Amati Chamber Ensemble

Wedding Cake ~ Frosted Pumpkin Gourmet

Groom’s Cake ~ Krispy Kreme

Reception Entertainment ~ Complete Music, DJ Matt

Photo Booth ~ Family Ties

We wish Alli & Brett 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 production of their event.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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

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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. 

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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 1, 2013

Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Luncheons/Showers, and other Celebrations!!!

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:59 am by JBEvents

Let’s face it, Atlanta has a TON of amazing restaurants and venues for Private Events!  While having options is a great thing – it can also be confusing – so this blog post will focus on a few of my favorite restaurants that would be PERFECT for Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Luncheons/Showers, Guy’s Night Out, Birthday or Anniversary Party’s as well as any other special occasions!!

My recommendations are based on factors such as quality of food and service, atmosphere, ability to accommodate various sized groups, ease of access and flexibility of the venue on menu as well as other details.

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse at Phipps Plaza

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Davio’s Atlanta is located in the heart of Buckhead, Atlanta’s hot spot for the best shopping and the finest dining.

The restaurant offers a large display kitchen, an in-house bakery, vibrant bar, and lounge and outdoor patio complete with soft seating and fire pits.

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As a Northern Italian Steakhouse their menu includes – Aged New York Strip Sirloin, Filet Mignon, Porterhouse and Veal Chop. The menu also includes well known classic Davio’s recipes such as Tagliatelle Bolognese, Crispy Chicken Livers, Homemade Sausages, Veal Scaloppini and an amazing assortment of Davio’s Spring Rolls that are some of the most delicious tasty morsels around.

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If seafood is more of what you desire, they offer a wide selection of fresh seafood dishes to include Organic Salmon, Tuna and Lobster.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, you will find a large variety of desserts, each made in-house daily to even  include house-made gourmet ice cream.

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The wine list contains Italian varieties as well as American and other regions around the world.  They also offer a full bar if wine is not your thing!

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Davio’s offers Private and Semi-Private Dining areas that can accommodate from 10 to 300 guests.  They have rooms that are cozy enough for smaller celebrations as well as being able to combine them in order to accommodate more guests.  

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Check them out online:  www.davios.com

Livingston Restaurant + Bar at the Georgian Terrace Hotel

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Livingston Restaurant + Bar features several vibrant entertaining spaces perfect for an engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, or post-wedding brunch. The Private Dining Room boasts spectacular views of the fabulous Fox Theatre & accommodates 20 seated and 35 cocktail. The Mezzanine overlooks the bustling dining room below creating a celebratory atmosphere that accommodates up to 60 seated & 120 cocktail. Livingston Restaurant is also available for a private buy-out to accommodate a seated dinner of up to 100 guests with plenty of room for mingling prior to dinner in the mezzanine. If you wish to go all-out and celebrate in style with exclusive use of the restaurant and bar and lounge they can accommodate parties of up to 180-200 with a buffet style reception.

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Guests will enjoy Executive Chef Zeb Stevenson’s innovative local cuisine featuring plated brunch menus starting at $25 & dinner menus start at $38. They also provide customized buffet and passed hors d’oeuvre packages starting at $60 that are ideal for entertaining larger parties. Please note pricing does not include 20% gratuity or tax.

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Check them out online:  www.livingstonatlanta.com

Baraonda Caffe Italiano

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Baraonda private dining rooms are reminiscent of an old Tuscan home with its soft pastel walls, dark paneling and domed ceilings which are accentuated with beautiful central crystal and gothic chandeliers. The Tuscan room holds up to 50 people seated and up to 70 people for a cocktail reception.  The wineroom however, holds up to 80 people seated and up to 120 people for cocktail reception.
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The meals are served Family Style and the price point is quite reasonable.  How about Tiramisu or Cheesecake for dessert?  In addition to those options, other desserts are also available.  

Baraonda offers a rather extensive wine list as well as a full bar!




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Check them out online:  www.baraondaatlanta.com

Gordon Biersch

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Inspired by the Reinheitsgebot of 1516, the Gordon Biersch experience rests upon the foundations of purity, simplicity and precision. This philosophy is most recognizable in their selection of authentic German lagers, each crafted on-site using only malted barley, hops, yeast and pure, filtered water. This same dedication extends to their kitchen, where the chefs create fresh dishes that perfectly balance comfort and excitement.

With two locations in the Atlanta area {Midtown and Buckhead} Gordon Biersch is an excellent option for any Private Event.   They will customize a menu and package to suit your tastes and budget.  They will be happy to accommodate special vegetarian or dietary needs.

You and your guests will enjoy being able to taste the beers crafted on-site giving you a truly unique experience while also enjoying delicious food and desserts!!!

Gordon Biersch ~ Midtown

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Private Dining Room seats 60
Room has a 60 inch HDTV for slideshows and presentations
Microphone and speaker system
Opens up to a private loft with 3 billiards tables, 3 HDTV’s views of the brewery, and private bar
Private Dining Room and Loft will do 120 receptions style events
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Private Dining Room seats 60
Room has a 60 inch HDTV for slideshows and presentations
Microphone and speaker system
Opens up to our billiards room with 4 billiards tables and 6 HDTV’s
Private Dining Room and Billiards will do 150 guests for a reception
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Check them out online:  www.GordonBiersch.com

Maggiano’s

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At Maggiano’s, their belief is that every guest deserves to enjoy fresh, made-from-scratch food served in abundance. 

For Private Events, the meal is served “Family Style”.  This method is conducive to bringing families together whether it’s for the first time, or it’s a familiar occasion.  It creates a much more intimate environment which results in the evening becoming an experience and not just a meal.

There are a variety of menus to select from at various price-points allowing you to offer your guests an amazing meal.  They also have a wonderful wine list as well as a full bar.  

Great food + great prices = A Fabulous Event

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Each of the Atlanta area Maggiano’s offer Private and Semi-Private rooms for smaller intimate groups of 20 up to large events for 200+.  

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Check them out online:  www.maggianos.com

Are you hungry yet?  Any of these restaurants would be an excellent option for your next special occasion.  We would be delighted to assist in making arrangements for your celebration and can guarantee that with any of these restaurants combined with our service, your event will be delicious and flawless.  Contact us for information!!

January 2, 2012

I am excited and honored to be the new 2

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , at 12:12 pm by JBEvents

I am excited and honored to be the new 2012 President of the Atlanta Chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding!! #wishuponawedding http://ow.ly/8fJFy http://ow.ly/8fJJi

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