September 26, 2016

Venue Spotlight ~ Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

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

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

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

selby-gardens-signPhoto By Jason Demutiis

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

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

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

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

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

img_1756

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

img_1758

View of the Great Lawn while standing in the Gazebo

img_1760

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

img_1762

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

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

Photo by Cat Pennenga Magical setting under the trees.

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

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

img_1766

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

img_1767

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

img_1768

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

img_1770

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

img_1771

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

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

 

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

 

Advertisements

July 12, 2016

Rachel & Felipe’s Gorgeous, Elegant Wedding

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:12 am by JBEvents

The love was palatable all around for Rachel & Felipe’s wedding.  Their 1st Look was one of the sweetest exchanges I’ve ever witnessed.  They were so adorable seeing each other and the setting was magical. Tears of Happiness flowed from both of them and made the anticipation of the ceremony even higher.

seiber_wedding678

The Georgian Terrace Hotel was the venue for the wedding and as always the service was impeccable.  This historic venue offers a gorgeous backdrop for a wedding and the renovated, spacious guest rooms, allow guests to enjoy their stay right in the city with so many activities close-by. Rachel got ready in her Penthouse Suite and as you will see, she and her bridal party had some fun in one of the bathrooms in the Suite. 

Event Savvy designed the fabulous decor.  The color palette was lavender, pinks and creams.  The linens and decor for the reception were exquisite! All of the details of the decor were just perfect and it was such a pleasure working with Doris and her team!!

Luna Strings provided the Ceremony and Cocktail Hour music, while Ascension Band kept the crowd partying all night.

Angie Webb of Suburbanite Photography captured the stunning photos.  We send a special THANK YOU to her for sharing them with us!

We wish Rachel & Felipe a lifetime of Happiness!!!

Enjoy the the beautiful photos!

 

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, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Sarasota, Florida.

June 22, 2016

Celebrating the Nuptials of Kristin & Ryan

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:02 pm by JBEvents

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.

March 28, 2016

Grace & Wiley’s Vineyard Wedding

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:20 pm by JBEvents

grace_bridal_371

Gorgeous, romantic, and touching are just a few words that come to mind to describe this wedding.

You couldn’t help but feel the love between Grace & Wiley, especially with the way they looked at each other and the gentle caresses they shared throughout the day.  Surrounded by their closest friends and family, they began the next chapter in their Love Story. 

The venue selected, Chateau Elan, held special meaning for the bride as she won an equestrian competition there when she was younger.  Her bridal portraits at the Chateau Elan Equestrian Center were filled with fond memories and beauty ~ as you will see.

An A-Team worked together to create this amazing (and flawless) wedding.  The ladies began their day at the Spa for relaxing massages then returned back to the bridal suite for their Hair and Make-up services provided by The Moore Agency.  Floral design was by the creative genius of JWilbur of EventScapes. The elegant, romantic, vintage theme was expertly carried out with beautiful lace linens atop blue linens accented with lush white florals and mercury glass.   David Gilleland officiated the ceremony and made it so personal and meaningful.  Eric Larkins through Marquee Events provided the ceremony music on his classical guitar setting the tone for the wedding. My favorite pastry chef, Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes, created both the wedding and groom’s cake.  Guests were entertained by the Deadfields band, also booked through Marquee Events for the reception.  They were fantastic! A special surprise solo of the theme song from “Frozen”, was performed by the bride for her new husband.  It was definitely a huge hit. Personalized bottles of wine were given as favors – which was perfect since the reception was held in the Cask Room of the winery at Chateau Elan.  

Guests were heard raving about the wedding saying it was the best celebration they had ever attended and most importantly, Grace and Wiley said that the day couldn’t have been any better and that it was perfect.  These are words we love to hear!!

The beautiful images provided are from Shaun and Shannon Menary.  This couple was so much fun to work with and I’m sure you will agree, the photos are gorgeous!!

We wish Grace & Wiley a lifetime of Happiness!!!! We enjoyed being a part of their special day!

grace_bridal_039grace_bridal_049grace_bridal_153grace_bridal_107grace_bridal_090grace_bridal_063grace_bridal_192grace_bridal_763grace_bridal_371grace_bridal_299grace_bridal_772livingston_1prep_039livingston_1prep_058livingston_1prep_110livingston_1prep_114livingston_1prep_283livingston_1prep_626livingston_1prep_686livingston_1prep_703livingston_2portraits_0010livingston_2portraits_0037livingston_2portraits_0048livingston_2portraits_0064_BWlivingston_2portraits_0129livingston_2portraits_0365livingston_2portraits_0504livingston_2portraits_0507livingston_2portraits_0568livingston_2portraits_0657livingston_2portraits_0719_BWlivingston_2portraits_0844livingston_2portraits_1037livingston_2portraits_1143livingston_3cerem_021livingston_3cerem_029livingston_3cerem_037livingston_3cerem_045livingston_3cerem_052livingston_3cerem_156livingston_3cerem_224livingston_3cerem_350livingston_4recept_0062livingston_4recept_0079livingston_4recept_0073livingston_4recept_0072livingston_4recept_0065livingston_4recept_0100livingston_4recept_0096livingston_4recept_0088livingston_4recept_0084livingston_4recept_0101livingston_4recept_0106livingston_4recept_0109livingston_4recept_0112livingston_4recept_0155livingston_4recept_0161livingston_4recept_0170livingston_4recept_0195livingston_4recept_0196livingston_4recept_0202livingston_4recept_0274livingston_4recept_0297livingston_4recept_0298livingston_4recept_0316livingston_4recept_0426livingston_4recept_0460livingston_4recept_0628livingston_4recept_0776livingston_4recept_0929livingston_4recept_1588livingston_4recept_1346livingston_4recept_1341livingston_4recept_1590livingston_4recept_1714

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

July 7, 2014

Steampunk meets Elegance for Denise & Morgan!

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

This wedding was SO MUCH FUN to plan and produce!  It was definitely a blending of styles in order to accommodate the desires of the couple with that of the parents.  Denise and Morgan are huge fans of Sci-Fi and Steampunk.  Since the parents would have many friends in attendance that probably wouldn’t know or understand the symbolism, the request was that we would incorporate touches of the themes paying homage to the couples desires without going overboard. So, the planning began!  With The Retreat at Perimeter Summit selected as the venue, next came the work on the design concept.  

Prior to bringing JWilbur of EventScapes on board, I did extensive research on Steampunk wedding elements.  JWilbur and I brainstormed some ideas and he developed an amazing proposal that would incorporate very small touches that the couple would notice without drawing too much attention, such as small gears woven into the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere.  The Chuppah was a unique design which used 4 of the family’s Tallitot as well as a gear “chandelier”.  

Bride's Bouquet by EventScapes Groom's Boutonniere by EventScapes Chuppah by EventScapes Brides bouquet detail by EventScapes Brides bouquet with gears created by EventScapes Under the Chuppah created by EventScapes Chuppah designed by EventScapes Ceremony by Janice Blackmon Events

Mark Lotti, Classic Cheesecake and Cakes definitely put on his creative genius hat when he designed the Wedding and Groom’s cakes.  The wedding cake utilized the gear design that was also used on the invitation.  The Groom’s cake, which was the highlight, was a Tardis {from the Dr. Who movies}. The couple LOVED how the cakes turned out.  As was appropriate, the theme from Dr. Who was played as the couple cut the cakes.

Steampunk inspired cake by Classic cheesecakes and Cakes Steampunk Wedding Cake by Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes Front view of Tardis cake by Classic C heesecakes and Cakes Tardis cake by Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes Cake by Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes Wedding Cake by Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes Couple seeing the Tardis Cake by Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes Tardis Cake by Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes

Atlanta Beat band kept the crowd entertained and on the dance floor all night long.  They were amazing as always and everyone had such a great time.

Especially entertaining was the couples First Dance.  With the help of dance instructors, Allyssa and Robbie, they had choreographed a dance to the song Season’s of Love from the Broadway Musical, Rent.  It was fantastic!!!!!! Allyssa and Robbie were guests and you could tell from their expressions how proud they were of Denise & Morgan!

First Dance Couples First Dance First Dance First Dance The Dip during the 1st Dance First Dance 2-gether Dance Instructors watching their students 1st Dance

We certainly enjoyed working with Laura Tarquino of Vosamo who was capturing all of the special moments of the day, along with our staff videographer.

Everything about this wedding was amazing!!  We wish Denise & Morgan a lifetime of Happiness!!!!!

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.  

Please enjoy more images from this special wedding!

DenMor-0004 DenMor-0005 DenMor-0090 DenMor-0134 DenMor-0141 DenMor-0155 DenMor-0172 DenMor-0174 DenMor-0180 DenMor-0192 DenMor-0194 DenMor-0208 DenMor-0238 DenMor-0257 DenMor-0282 DenMor-0295 DenMor-0303 DenMor-0327 DenMor-0370 DenMor-0404 DenMor-0408 DenMor-0419 DenMor-0432 DenMor-0441 DenMor-0504 DenMor-0517 DenMor-0627 DenMor-0728 DenMor-0846 DenMor-0880 DenMor-0900 DenMor-1003 DenMor-1052 DenMor-1158 DenMor-1217 DenMor-1228 DenMor-1238 DenMor-1259 DenMor-1801 DenMor-1805 DenMor-1843 DenMor-1867 DenMor-1885 DenMor-1886 DenMor-1920 DenMor-1923 DenMor-1950 DenMor-1956 DenMor-1977 IMG_2558 IMG_2564 IMG_2566 IMG_2567 IMG_2569 IMG_2570 IMG_2578 IMG_2579 IMG_2580 IMG_2583 IMG_2587 IMG_2591 IMG_2593 IMG_2595 IMG_2597 IMG_2605 IMG_2607 IMG_2608 IMG_2610 IMG_2611 IMG_2612 IMG_2613 IMG_2614 IMG_2615 IMG_2616 IMG_2617 IMG_2618 IMG_2620 IMG_2621 IMG_2622 IMG_2625 IMG_2627 IMG_2634 IMG_2636 IMG_2640 IMG_2643 IMG_2647 IMG_2649 IMG_2650 Ceremony by Janice Blackmon Events IMG_2674 IMG_2676 IMG_2677 IMG_2691 Decor from EventScapes

June 6, 2014

Reshmi & Aleksander tie the Knot and the Thali!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:00 pm by JBEvents

It was a lovely luminous day on Sunday, May 4, 2014 and Reshmi and Aleksander were just minutes away from making their lifetime covenant to each other. The ceremony would take place at St. Alphonsa Catholic Church in Loganville, GA with more than 200 guests in attendance! This Syro -Malabar Catholic Church was established in 2006 and Reshmi & Aleksander’s wedding would be the first ever held there!

View of Sanctuary Ceremony

 

To start the day off right, we had to capture the gorgeous sunlight with some photos by Heidi from “Our Labor of Love”. The bridesmaids with bouquets in hand arrived first in their short, midnight blue dresses. Reshmi arrived shortly thereafter looking stunning in her all white gown bejeweled with beautiful crystal embellishments, and a yellow sunflower bouquet that was to die for!

Bride and Bridal Party Bride and her girls Bride BW Bride with bridesmaids

After photos, Reshmi was tucked away in a private location so Aleksander and his groomsmen could take their pictures and not run into each other. The guys were handsomely dressed in dark grey suits with yellow ties and groomed to perfection. Once their photos were complete they began seating guests for the ceremony.

Groomsmen The Guys

The ceremony was charmingly decorated with yellow and white ribbons tied along each row of pews, and a trail of yellows roses up and down the aisle. Not to mention the wonderful religious statues throughout the church. This eccentric Indian-Catholic wedding was full of harmonious songs, elaborate traditions, and inspirational readings.  During the ceremony, Aleksander was careful as he tied the Thali around Reshmi’s neck and covered her with a breathtaking Sari adorned with intricate beading and threads. Reshmi and Aleksander also took communion with each other and lighted unity candles with their parents to solidify their bond. Love was clearly in the air and each guest was attentive as Father Matthew led the ceremony with grace from beginning to end.

Ceremony (2) Ceremony view Sari and Thali necklace

Upon conclusion, the bride and groom took more photos and then boarded their black stretch limo for their reception at Little Gardens. Overall, everyone was overjoyed with the wedding celebration and was impressed with our assistance and professionalism. Another flawless execution for Janice Blackmon Events, and an unprecedented success for their church, literally!

Bride on sofa Bride sitting Bride Flower Girl and Ring Bearer MOB & Groom MOB & MOG MOB

 

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.  

 

June 2, 2014

Botanical Bliss for Katie & Brandon

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:48 am by JBEvents

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

IMG_2255

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.  

IMG_2300

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.  

IMG_2314 IMG_2309 Letzler Wedding031 Cake by ClassicCheesecakes and Cakes ~ shari

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

IMG_2301

 

IMG_2352

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!

Accordian ~ Shari Friends of the groom ~ Shari IMG_2356 IMG_2357
IMG_2359

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.  

September 9, 2013

Rachel & Ari’s Day of Happiness!!

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

The Happy Couple with the Buckhead Skyline

The Happy Couple with the Buckhead Skyline

 

If what they say is true, “A Picture is worth a Thousand Words” – then I’ve got thousands and thousands of words for you today!  We were so pleased to assist planning this beautiful wedding by being able to refer some of our favorite vendors who together created a fabulous and stunning wedding.

One of the fun and interesting facts about this couple was how they got engaged.  Ari spent quite a while deciding on the perfect way to pop the question to Rachel, and he determined that he would incorporate a trip to their favorite ice cream shop.  The Huffington Post actually published their story and here is an excerpt:  

“While walking to what I thought was going to be a quiet date night dinner, Ari held my hand and started walking towards our favorite neighborhood ice cream shop, Jake’s Ice Cream. I jokingly asked, “Are we going to eat dinner at Jake’s?” Ari replied that Jake’s had my favorite ice cream (salted caramel) in stock but worried they might sell out of the flavor due to a busy weekend ahead. I went along with it because I wasn’t going to argue with eating dessert before dinner.

Upon Ari pointing out that salted caramel was my favorite flavor, the woman behind the counter asked if I wanted to sample a new concoction that Jake’s was debuting in honor of the Inman Park Festival (taking place in our neighborhood over the weekend). I asked what it consisted of and was amazed when she spouted out a list of flavors that I, as a sweet/savory fan, have always talked about and dreamed of: salted caramel ice cream with pretzels, chocolate-covered cookie dough and peanut butter swirl. I tasted it and was instantly in heaven.

The woman said that they weren’t going to formally unveil the flavor’s name until the next day but that since I liked it so much, they’d go ahead and do it now. I looked behind her, and on the chalkboard where Jake’s usually lists their flavors of the day, there was a sheet covering half of the board. She pulled it down, revealing the following: “New Flavor: Rachel, Will You Marry Me?” I immediately let out a huge smile and turned around to find Ari down on one knee. “

After that type of proposal, there was no way that the Ice Cream couldn’t be a part of the wedding day, so guests were treated to small cups of the brand new, custom flavor created just for the couple as a late-night snack!  As a fitting favor, the guests received a Murano Ice Cream Scoop as they left. 

 I hope you enjoy watching the slideshow I’ve created for you from the amazing images captured by Nadia D.  The amazing vendors involved were:

Venue ~ The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead

Hair & Make-up:  The Moore Agency

Event Designer ~ JWilbur of EventScapes

Photographer ~ Nadia D

Videographer ~ Janice Blackmon Events

Ceremony Musicians ~ Amati Chamber Ensemble

Rabbi ~ David Silverman

Reception Entertainment ~ U.S. Beat

Photo Booth ~ Majestic Photo Booth

Special Treat ~ Jake’s Ice Cream

To view the slideshow, please click here

We would like to wish Rachel & Ari a lifetime of happiness!!!

Janice Blackmon Events is an Event Planning company specializing in creating and producing flawless events for our clients!!!

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.  

IMG_4295 IMG_4297 IMG_4299 IMG_4302 IMG_4308 IMG_4310 IMG_4312 IMG_4314 IMG_4317 IMG_4320 IMG_4321 IMG_4322 IMG_4323 IMG_4324 IMG_4326 IMG_4327 IMG_4328 IMG_4329 IMG_4330 IMG_4332 IMG_4334 IMG_4337 IMG_4338 IMG_4340 IMG_4342 IMG_4346 IMG_4347 IMG_4349 IMG_4350 IMG_4351 IMG_4352 IMG_4354 IMG_4355 IMG_4359