August 11, 2012

A Look Back at Elsa & Brian!!! (Too gorgeous for just one post)

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I hope you will indulge me as I share images from one of our early Spring weddings.  When the original blog post was made, the images used were mostly my snapshots which of course didn’t do justice to the beauty of the wedding.  The images here have been provided by the actual photographer, Slava Slavik

This gorgeous wedding was the result of a wonderful couple and a great group of vendors that worked together to create the bride’s vision in what can only be described as a stunningly beautiful wedding! 

Special thanks go to the following:

Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, The Georgian Terrace Hotel, EventScapes, a division of CCP Events, Chair Covers and Linens, Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes, Slava Slavik, Atlanta Bands and DJ’s, Event Rentals Unlimited, Button It Up, Weddings by Joseph Leone, and Stylist Kori Smith.

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May 14, 2012

Victorian theme for Elsa & Brian!!!

Posted in Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:26 pm by JBEvents

The wedding celebration of Elsa & Brian was more than just beautiful ~ it was a weekend full of touching celebrations.

On Thursday, surrounded by close friends and family, the couple exchanged vows at Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  After the small and intimate ceremony, the couple and a small group of family and friends celebrated at the home of a close friend.

Friday, guests were able to partake in one of Atlanta’s finest festivals, The Dogwood Festival.  The Atlanta Trolley was used to provide guest transportation from the hotel to Piedmont Park so that  they could enjoy an afternoon at the Festival.

The Rehearsal Dinner was held at Baraonda Cafe.  A delicious family style meal was served including pasta and chicken Marsala.  Each guest had a choice of their dessert, but what could be better than Tiramisu?

Saturday brought together a team of excellent vendors, most of whom we were delighted to recommend. 

Elsa choose an Edwardian/Victorian theme.  The color scheme was purple, silver, and white.  This theme and the colors worked perfectly in the Grand Ballroom of The Georgian Terrace Hotel.

Robyn Feinberg of RSVP Invitations created the custom invitations for the couple.  She did an outstanding job.  The monogram was carried through on all of the paper products created even including the Escort Cards and Table Numbers. 

Wilbur of EventScapes created the gorgeous florals which included roses, orchids, stock, hydrangea and Delphinium.  For the ceremony, white sheer drapery created a backdrop while ambient lighting created a romantic glow.  Two pedestals holding lush arrangements with hanging votives flanked the stage while two other arrangements  on Corinthian columns were placed at the beginning of the aisle.  A white carpet was used as the aisle runner.

After the ceremony, guests were invited downstairs for the Cocktail Hour where they were greeted with beverages and delicious hors d’oeuvres. 

Once guests were enjoying Cocktail Hour, the vendors began transforming the Grand Ballroom for the reception. 

Linens in the luscious hue of Victorian lilac graced the tables provided by Chair Covers and Linens

To add to the elegance of the overall look, Silver Chiavari chairs from Event Rentals Unlimited were used as were old-fashioned saucer type champagne flutes. 

When guests were invited back into the Ballroom for dinner and dancing, they found their seat assignments displayed on a life-sized silver frame.  Truly an elegant presentation. 

Tall silver candelabra with elegant floral arrangements placed a top centered the tables from EventScapes.  The look was perfect within the Victorian theme.  Wilbur never disappoints!!!

Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes created the Bride’s and Groom’s cakes.  His cakes never cease to amaze me.  Not only were the cakes stunning, but the detail incorporated especially into the Groom’s cake was outstanding.  The Groom grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania and one of the symbols of the city was a Pagoda.  Brian has a piece of art that shows the Pagoda which we placed next to the Groom’s cake along with a description of the semblance of the cake.  In addition to the two cakes which consisted of various yummy flavors, guests were also treated to several varieties of Mark’s cheesecakes. 

Button It Up provided a Green Screen for a photo booth which was a huge hit with all of the guests.  The couple provided additional props that guests had so much fun posing with.  I love this interactive type of activity which involves the guests while also providing memories for the couple. 

Slava and Sarah Slavik were the photographers for the wedding.  Once I receive their professional photos, I’ll post an update – but for now, my snapshots will have to do.

Joseph Leone captured all of the festivities on video and I’m sure the couple will enjoy watching the video for years to come.

Ted Crowder of Atlanta Bands & DJ’s provided the entertainment for the evening and kept guests having fun on the dance floor.

PPi (Production People Inc) provided the lighting and customized GOBO. 

Later in the evening, fun late-night snacks came out consisting of mini corn dogs and french fries.  This was a huge hit.

As guests departed, they were treated to a slice of cake in a custom box that too incorporated the monogram of the couple. 

It was such a pleasure working with this couple to create their wedding.  We wish Elsa & Brian 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!!

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.

 

 

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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