January 29, 2014

2014 Bridal Fashion Trends

Posted in Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:20 am by JBEvents

“The funny thing is that although we place so much energy and importance on our wedding day, it isn’t the biggest day of our life. The biggest day of your life is every day thereafter. Because it’s not the pledge to love someone that matters, but the act of fulfilling that pledge that is most important. In other words, it’s only just begun.”
― Laura WolfDiary of a Mad Bride

 Contributed by Guest Blogger, Aprill Gordon, Janice Blackmon Events Associate

Choosing a wedding dress is one of the most anticipated and exciting parts of planning your wedding. Every bride wants to look beautiful and showcase their unique style by choosing the perfect gown for their special day! Whether you will be searching for a dress that is romantic, elegant, daring or traditional, here are ten Bridal Trends of 2014 that are sure to inspire you as you search for your dream gown!

 

  • 1.       Stylish Straps and Sleeves: This season boasts many choices for the bride seeking an alternative to the standard strapless gown. Dainty cap sleeves, sheer lace, and delicate straps beautifully accent these romantic gowns.

 

  • David Tutera for Mon Cheri Available at Treasures Formals and Bridals, Atlanta

    David Tutera for Mon Cheri
    Available at Treasures Formals and Bridals, Atlanta

    Rosa Clara Belinda Dress Available at Nordstrom

    Rosa Clara Belinda Dress
    Available at Nordstrom

    Casablanca Bridal Available at Wedding Angels

    Casablanca Bridal
    Available at Wedding Angels

    Christos

    Christos

    Jasmine Bridal Couture Available at Treasures Formal and Bridal

    Jasmine Bridal Couture
    Available at Treasures Formal and Bridal

    Sophia Tolli, Design Y21380 Available at Treasures Formal and Bridal

    Sophia Tolli, Design Y21380
    Available at Treasures Formal and Bridal

2.       Metallic Fabrics and embellishments: Shimmering fabrics and Sparkly beading will really make a bride shine!

Allure Bridals, Style 2714 Available at Treasures Formal and Bridal

Allure Bridals, Style 2714
Available at Treasures Formal and Bridal

Allure Bridals, Style C283 Available at Treasures Formal and Bridal

Allure Bridals, Style C283
Available at Treasures Formal and Bridal

Ines Di Santo

Ines Di Santo

Kenneth Pool

Kenneth Pool

Reem Acra

Reem Acra

Badgley Mischka Available at LaRaine's Boutique

Badgley Mischka
Available at LaRaine’s Boutique

 

3.       Luxe Layering:  Versatile coverlets and capes are perfect for brides that are seeking extra coverage from cooler temperatures, a more modest look, or simply added drama. With so many styles available, brides will find it easy to choose one that compliments their gown and personal style beautifully.

Alfred Angelo

Alfred Angelo

Effie Topper Available from BHLDN

Effie Topper
Available from BHLDN

Enzoani, Edlington Jacket Availability at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Enzoani, Edlington Jacket
Availability at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Kenneth Pool

Kenneth Pool

Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan

Enzoani Ines Cape Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Enzoani Ines Cape
Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Nicolette Wrap Available from BHLDN

Nicolette Wrap
Available from BHLDN

Val Stefani Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Val Stefani
Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

4.       Dramatic Back Details: Exquisitely adorned portrait back gowns and cowls are highly sought-after this season. With designs ranging from classy & elegant to bold & daring, these dresses will definitely impress your guests from all angles.

Essence of Australia Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Essence of Australia
Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Francesca Miranda

Francesca Miranda

Rosa Clara 2

Rosa Clara 2

Rosa Clara

Rosa Clara

Casablanca Bridal Available at Wedding Angels

Casablanca Bridal
Available at Wedding Angels

Cymbeline Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Cymbeline
Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Essense of Australia Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Essense of Australia
Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Jasmine Bridal Couture Available at Treasures Formal and Bridal

Jasmine Bridal Couture
Available at Treasures Formal and Bridal

 5.       Illusion necklines: Modesty and sex appeal are blended together flawlessly with these gowns! With so many variations available, brides can choose to be subtle with unembellished mesh, refined with lace, or over the top with beading and crystals!

Allure Bridals Style C280 Available at Treasures Formal and Bridal

Allure Bridals Style C280
Available at Treasures Formal and Bridal

Jim Hjelm Available at Wedding Angels

Jim Hjelm
Available at Wedding Angels

Casablanca Bridal Available at Wedding Angels

Casablanca Bridal
Available at Wedding Angels

Cymbeline Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Cymbeline
Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Eugenia Couture Available at Wedding Angels

Eugenia Couture
Available at Wedding Angels

Jasmine Bridal Available at Treasures Formals and Bridal

Jasmine Bridal
Available at Treasures Formals and Bridal

Sophia Tolli No. Y11419 Available at Treasures Formals and Bridal

Sophia Tolli No. Y11419
Available at Treasures Formals and Bridal

 6.        Memorable Skirts: This season’s popular peplum skirts can be sleek and sophisticated or breathtakingly voluminous.

Eugenia Couture Available at Wedding Angels

Eugenia Couture
Available at Wedding Angels

Ines di Santo

Ines di Santo

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

Allure Bridals, Style C282 Available at Treasures Formals and Bridal

Allure Bridals, Style C282
Available at Treasures Formals and Bridal

Cymbeline Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Cymbeline
Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Essense of Australia Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Essense of Australia
Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

 7.       Think Pink: Pale pinks and blushes are not only growing in popularity as a choice color for bridesmaids, but also for the bride! With hues that will flatter every skin tone, a pink wedding gown is perfect for a fun loving bride who is looking to make a unique statement on her special day.

David Tutera for Mon Cheri, Style No. 213247 Available at Treasures Formals and Bridal

David Tutera for Mon Cheri, Style No. 213247
Available at Treasures Formals and Bridal

Jim Hjelm Available at Wedding Angels

Jim Hjelm
Available at Wedding Angels

Martina Liana Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Martina Liana
Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Oscar de la renta

Oscar de la renta

Vera Want

Vera Wang

 8.       Gatsby Glam: These dresses are great options for a bride seeking a stunning vintage look.  Inspired by the roaring twenties, these gorgeous column gowns and sheath dresses feature the silhouettes, ornate beading and accessories from a bygone era.   

Badgley Mischka Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Badgley Mischka
Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham

Lusan Mandongus Available at Wedding Angels

Lusan Mandongus
Available at Wedding Angels

Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan

Sue Wong

Sue Wong

Birnbaum & Bullock Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Birnbaum & Bullock
Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Eugenia Couture Available at  Wedding Angels

Eugenia Couture
Available at Wedding Angels

Eugenia Couture Available at Wedding Angels

Eugenia Couture
Available at Wedding Angels

9.       Tea Length Dresses: These 50’s inspired dresses are a perfect choice for playful and flirty brides.

David Tutera for Mon Cheri, Style No. 114294 Available at Treasures Formals and Bridal

David Tutera for Mon Cheri, Style No. 114294
Available at Treasures Formals and Bridal

Jim Hjelm Available at Wedding Angels

Jim Hjelm
Available at Wedding Angels

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

Cymbeline Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Cymbeline
Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Hayley Page, Hepburn Dress Available at Nordstrom

Hayley Page, Hepburn Dress
Available at Nordstrom

Robert Bullock Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

Robert Bullock
Available at LaRaines Bridal Boutique

10.   Tons of Texture: Appliques, rosettes and detailed embroidery create beautiful visual interest.

Allure Bridals, Style C241 Available at Treasures Formals and Bridal

Allure Bridals, Style C241
Available at Treasures Formals and Bridal

Christian Siriano, Style #01-14010 Available at Nordstrom

Christian Siriano, Style #01-14010
Available at Nordstrom

Lazaro

Lazaro

Melissa Sweet

Melissa Sweet

Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier

Naeem Khan

Naeem Khan

Amsale

Amsale

 

Here are a few tips to help ensure that your quest to find that perfect gown is an enjoyable experience:

–          Be sure to book your appointments early! Some designers can take weeks or even months to create your gown.

–          Choose your entourage wisely! Too many opinions can sometimes be overwhelming or confusing.

–          Consider your venue, theme, and the time of year when choosing the ideal bridal style.

–          Be open-minded! A style that you may not have originally considered might end up being “the one”.

–          Don’t feel rushed or pressured!  You will want to feel your absolute best on your special day, so take as much time as you need to make you final choice.

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an Event Planning firm specializing in assisting our clients to enjoy the planning process while we handle the details to ensure a flawless celebration.

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November 14, 2011

Happily Ever After: a Fairytale Event at {three}sheets

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:40 am by JBEvents

For many years, I have wanted to produce an event that would be geared towards brides/engaged couples but wouldn’t be like the many Bridal Shows that are prevalent.  What I wanted was to showcase gorgeous gowns, and present some favorite vendors in a really cool venue.  I finally had that opportunity!!!!!

Several months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Wendy who is the Marketing and Public Relations Manager at {three}sheets, an upscale night club located in Sandy Springs.  During our tour of the venue, which can host private events of all kinds, she mentioned that during the summer they would be hosting “Fashion Friday’s” and that as a part of that series, she would love to have a bridal portion.  Well that was indeed music to my ears.  Since I loved the venue, and this would fulfill my desire to offer something different than a traditional bridal show, I immediately spoke up and said I would love to partner with {three}sheets on this endeavor.  Due to scheduling conflicts AND my desire to present new designs, we finally settled on the date of Friday, October 21st!

With the date set, I began to enlist the assistance of some of my favorite vendors. 

The dress designer was one that I didn’t even have to think a second about, and I was so pleased and honored that Atlanta’s own, Anne Barge, agreed to provide her amazing new designs to show at the event.  The fun part was selecting the gowns at her salon.  While I would have loved to select every single gown she had, we knew that to keep the interest of those attending, we needed to limit our selections and showcase a variety of styles that would suit every taste. 

The next vendor that I got involved early on was none other than Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes.  I knew that showcasing his designs AND his amazing product would be a huge hit to everyone in attendance – whether they were engaged or not.  He did not disappoint.  He provided a beautiful contemporary cake in the colors accenting the venue, black, white and red.  Guests were provided a selection of varieties to enjoy including, chocolate with chocolate ganache, Italian Cream, Vanilla, and a seasonal flavor of Cinnamon Apple. 

Knowing that men would be in the attending audience, we certainly didn’t want to leave them out, so Guffey’s menswear provided tuxedos to coordinate with our bridal gowns.  The styles that were presented are sure to make every man shine on his wedding day. 

Florals were provided by Lauren of Adorned Event Design.  I selected Lauren because of her fresh, creative ideas that are not the typical designs you see for bouquets and boutonnieres.  She did not disappoint.  All of her designs were gorgeous but one that stood out was a bouquet made entirely of cotton. 

I was pleased to have Wedding Angels partner with us to provide bridesmaid attire as well as a few intriguing bridal gowns.  The selections of styles shown were some of the hottest straight off of the New York runways from Fashion Week. 

AnnaBellagio provided our gorgeous jewelry and accessories for our models.  Their selection of jewelry is vast and their pricing is very affordable.  They can provide accessories to coordinate with any color, style, look, etc that can be imagined. 

Stylist Kori Smith and her team produced make-up and hair styles for all of our models.  I asked Kori to showcase not only traditional styles that would be typical for a wedding, but also some more avante gard styles that would be appropriate for a fashion show.  While our models were beautiful before they even received the services, she and her team transformed them into looks that were stunning to say the least. 

Speaking of models, we partnered with Caliber Model Enterprises to provide several of our models for the show and then we supplemented with friends of Wendy and me.  I was so pleased with each and every one of the models as they truly made the designs shine.

Capturing the event as well as providing a behind-the-scenes look, was Ben Vigil of Ben Vigil Photographers.  I knew that with his talent and creativity we would have amazing images and boy did he!!!! 

What would an event be without Door Prizes?  Well, we certainly didn’t want to find out, so our guests were treated to awesome gifts such as Massages from Massage by Pace, jewelry from AnnaBellagio, a Specialty Cake from Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes, gift certificates from Wedding Angels , gift bag from Fab’rik, and a variety of items such as photo frames, toasting flutes and goblets from Janice Blackmon Events.

With an event of this magnitude, it was essential to have a strong media sponsor, and the obvious choice was Modern Luxury, The Atlantan Brides!  Not only did they support us with marketing for the event, they also provided copies of their latest magazine for the Swag Bags.

I must also Thank other media sponsors for helping to get the word out about this amazing event as well as attending, Heather Vreeland of Occasions Magazine and Lei Lydle of AtlantaBridal.com.  With the combination of these three powerhouses, we knew that getting the word out for the event would be an easy and productive task.

Speaking of Swag Bags, the first 100 guests received a gift bag that included some amazing items, such as gourmet candy, gift and discount cards, hair and make-up products, jewelry, lip balm, in addition to two publications; The Atlantan Bride and Occasions magazines. 

This event truly was a dream come true and my deepest appreciation goes out to every vendor that had a part in making the event such a success.  Hopefully, this will be the first of many more exciting events to come that will showcase some of the area’s finest vendors that work together to make every event perfect/flawless!

Thank you as always to my staff for making this event flawless like every one that we produce.  My team is the BEST!!!!!!!!

Please sit back and enjoy the following images.  To truly get the sense of each image, please click on the image to enlarge it for easier viewing. 

 

September 30, 2011

Stay Tuned…..

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information, Weddings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:04 pm by JBEvents

 

Things have been so busy here in the office as I am preparing for several upcoming events, that I haven’t had a chance to post the blog on the latest wedding.  I just didn’t want anyone to think that I wasn’t doing anything…as the complete opposite is the truth!!!!  I promise as soon as time allows, I will post the beautiful story of Whitney & Brett’s wedding.  It was as always fabulous and flawless!!!

I am also super excited about an event that I am producing coming up on October 21st at {three} sheets!  It is going to be an event like no other!  First of all, the venue is an uber cool upscale lounge located in Sandy Springs – so that right there is the first of the differences.  We will be having a fashion show to debut Spring 2012 designs by the wonderful designer, Anne Barge!  I’ll tell you more about her later – but just know, she is AMAZING!!! We will also have men’s formal wear presented by Guffey’s Menswear and bridesmaids dresses by Wedding Angels.  There are many other top-rate vendors involved such as Mark Lotti of Classic Cheesecakes and Cakes who will be providing a custom cake creation, Ben Vigil, one of Atlanta’s top photographers who will be shooting the event including a behind the scenes look at the getting ready portion, Stylist Kori Smith who will be providing the hair and make-up services for our models, Anna Bellagio jewelry who will have our models decked out in sparkling finery, and Adorned Event Design who will be providing unique floral decor.

I am so excited about this event.  It is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time and just can’t wait until the day arrives. 

So, please bear with me as I am delayed on posting my latest wedding but just stay tuned because more wonderful weddings and events are coming up….and QUICK!  Speaking of quick, I’ve got to get back to working on all of the schedules and vendor confirmations…..so until next time!

Wishing YOU Happiness always!

Janice

 

 

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