May 24, 2017

Once Upon a Time…The Fairytale of Jenny & Ben

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It was such a magical wedding weekend for Jenny & Ben!  Short back story – they are avid Disney fans and became engaged at Disney World in front of the castle.  Ben works as a writer in the film industry in L.A. and they are both very much into “geeky” things.  The hashtag for the wedding was a nod to one of their favorite trilogy’s, “The Lord of the Rings” as well as a play on the groom’s last name – #FellowshipoftheStrings!

On the morning of the wedding, the ladies had a Disney themed Bridal Brunch.  Musicians welcomed the guests with strains of Disney songs.  Guests were given Mouse Ears as they entered with a special pair of a sparkly Bride ears for the Guest of Honor.  The decor around the room and on the tables was adorable Disney themed items including letters for the Bride’s new last name. 

While the ladies were brunching, the guys were lunching.  The guys had their gathering at Paddy’s Pub right onsite.  Good food and laughter (and a beverage or two) was abundant as all the special men in Ben’s life surrounded him on his wedding day.

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When the ladies finished their brunch, they retreated to a private room to begin their hair and make-up appointments, provided by Brushworx On Location Hair and Make-up.  These ladies had so much fun and were so relaxed, which is exactly our goal. Of course, they all looked beautiful!  

There was one very special addition to the wedding gown.  Sewn into the dress, right where it would rest upon her heart, was a small, heart-shaped portion from the Bride’s favorite baby blankie.  I love details like this!!

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Brenda of Brenda Upton Photography was onsite capturing all of the memories of the day.  Brenda had a vision in mind and wanted to make sure not to miss the opportunity of some amazing sunset photos.  She took the couple out through the vineyard, across a field and up a hill to an old tree that provided a view of the sun setting with mountains in the background.  During the trek with the couple her mantra was “follow the light”.  The result was a series of photos that are some of my favorites ever!!! {See photos in collage at bottom}.  Special thanks to Brenda for providing the beautiful images for this post.

The couple shared a First Look in the ceremony area and watching the look on their faces as they saw each other for the first time was magical.

Edge Design Group created the stunning decor.  The Chuppah was dreamy, with soft flowing fabrics and magnificent floral arrangements.  They had a Wine Box unity ceremony.  Personal letters from the bride and groom were placed inside a wooden box with a bottle of their favorite wine.  During the ceremony, they sealed the box and they won’t open it until their 1st Anniversary.

For Guest Registration, there were two antique typewriters available so guests could type a message to the couple.  There was also a custom wood puzzle made which guests would select a piece to sign a note and then place the piece on the display to put the puzzle together.

In keeping with the winery location, the mother hand-made a set of wine charms for each guest.  The charms had beads in the color of the wedding as well as a crab and a peach giving nod to the hometown states the couple’s families are from, Maryland and Georgia.

The ballroom was gorgeous!  Edge Design Group created a romantic and elegant setting.  The tables were draped with lovely champagne satin linens while the sweetheart table had an exquisite beaded overlay on top of the champagne.  The couple’s table was then adorned with a lush floral piece and a variety of candles providing a glowing sparkle. Throughout the rest of the room, there were combination of tall arrangements as well as low arrangements with varying heights of candles creating a romantic glow in the room. Softening the look of the wall behind the band were soft, flowing blush drapery creating a beautiful backdrop.

The cake table had a navy sequin linen that added to the presentation of the dramatic cake – created by a family friend for the couple.

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Guests were entertained all evening by the sounds of U.S. Beat with their always amazing performance.

This wedding  was fun from beginning to end and when it was time for the party to end, guests were begging for more.

The couple departed through a ribbon fanfare to begin their new life together.

We wish Jenny & Ben a lifetime of Happiness of their own fairy tale.

The amazing vendor team contributing to this wedding:

Venue ~ Chateau Elan

Bride’s Dress ~ New Natalie’s

Bridesmaids Dresses ~ New Natalie’s

Groom and Groomsmen Attire ~ Jos. A Banks

Hair and Make-up ~ Brushworx On Location Hair and Make-up

Photography ~ Brenda Upton Photography

Videography ~ Matt G Video

Floral Design ~ Edge Design Group

Ceremony Musicians ~ Pianist and Flutist from U.S. Beat

Reception Entertainment ~ U.S. Beat

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

 

April 12, 2017

Wedding Budget Tips

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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.  

 

December 7, 2016

Meggie & Matt Get Married!

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A lovely day in a picturesque location was the perfect setting for Meggie & Matt to exchange vows in front of their family and friends. 

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The vision for the ceremony was to feel like you were in the woods.   Varying sizes of tree trunks were brought in to create an altar which was then accented with Lanterns and flowers.  Gracing the aisle were wood slices adorned with vases of white flowers with just a touch of soft pink flowers. With the surrounding trees and grassy knolls, the setting was magical.

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A close friend of the couple designed and created other original items for the wedding.  One of the featured designs was a large, free-standing wooden sign crafted with an aluminum center held the table assignments for the reception.  The name of the couple was burned into the bottom for a lasting memory of their special day.  

There were also wooden signs created for the Bar and the Menu for the evening.

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The reception decor inside the ballroom was a classic and elegant look with a mixture of low and high centerpieces creating visual interest and beauty.  A long Estate Table provided seating for the couple and their wedding party and was a focal point of the room. 

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Guests were highly entertained by a special toast from the Bride’s father — he welcomed Matt into the family providing a variety of props including a steer harness and branding iron.  The story that he gave during the toast had everyone in hysterics.

We wish Meggie & Matt a lifetime of happiness!!

We were pleased to be a part of this couple’s wedding and enjoyed working with the other vendors involved to create another flawless event!

Venue ~ Chateau Elan

Bride’s Dress ~ Bride’s by Demetrios

Bridesmaids Dresses ~ Vera Wang

Groom’s Tux ~ Jos. A Banks

Groomsmen Attire ~ Jos. A. Banks

Photographer ~ Evie Perez for Scobey Photography

Floral Designer ~ Kasey Currie

DJ ~ SE Entertainment

Cake ~ Publix

 

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

December 2, 2016

Mazel Tov … Jessica & Avi

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It was a beautiful summer day in the city appropriately named HOTlanta for the wedding of Jessica & Avi.  

The couple met when Jessica took a job in Israel.  They met shortly after she arrived and from there, the relationship developed and blossomed.  When they decided to get married,  the obvious location was Jessica’s hometown of Atlanta.  Avi and his family live in Israel so this would mean a destination wedding for his family. Even though the couple are both Jewish, there were still differences in the traditions observed, so blending them was the first step in the blending of the two families. 

Wanting to offer true hospitality and a wonderful experience not only to the groom’s family but to all guests in attendance, the venue, the Westin Buckead was selected.  The Hotel being centrally located in the heart of Buckhead provided many activities for out-of-town guests to enjoy.  

Jim White Designs provided a soft, romantic and elegant setting for the Ceremony using various shades of white and soft pink with subtle touches of green.  The Chuppah doubled as a canopy during the reception giving a beautiful focal point for the cake presentation. I think you will agree it was gorgeous.

The romantic and elegant theme continued for the reception.  There were touches of contemporary accents with the floral design along with a lot of flickering candles.  A mix of tables including two long Estate tables framing the dance floor, as well as round guest tables provided visual interest in the room.  A Sweetheart Table placed at the edge of the dance floor with a lush centerpiece, completed the design.

The menu for the evening included Mediterranean, Pasta, Salmon and Flatbread Stations. Guests were able to mingle as they visited the different stations filling their plates and bellies before they hit the dance floor.

Our favorite Pastry Chef, Mark Lotti, created the gorgeous wedding cake.  The square cake featured the couples monogram on the center tier and consisted of Vanilla Bean and Oreo cheesecake.  Guests were seen going back for seconds {even thirds}.

One of Atlanta’s premier party bands, US Beat, kept the crowd entertained and energized throughout the evening.  We always love working with them!

Laura Stone captured the excellent images from the day which I’m sure you will enjoy {see below}!  Special thanks to her for sharing them with us. 

It’s always a pleasure working with a seasoned, professional team to ensure that the clients event exceeds their expectations and this wedding was one of those fabulous events! 

We wish Jessica & Avi a lifetime of Happiness!!!  Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!

 

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

September 26, 2016

Venue Spotlight ~ Selby Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

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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.  

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

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

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View of the Great Lawn while standing in the Gazebo

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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

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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.

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Photo by Cat Pennenga Magical setting under the trees.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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. 

 

September 16, 2016

Next in the Series…From Planner to MOB!!

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Continuing the series “From Planner to MOB” takes us now to what has transpired since the last post.  

Jessica has selected her wedding party!!  She created these adorable boxes filled with goodies that had a message asking each to be a part of her bridal party.  She did a great job on the gifts!

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Once the bridal party was selected, next came DRESS SHOPPING!  

We visited a few bridal salons and Jessica enjoyed the process of trying on dresses.  We had appointments at each store – so we were not just walk-in customers.  I must interject one thing here, as a Planner, my clients through the years have used some of these same stores for their wedding gown, but experiencing it on the other side was somewhat eye-opening.  Probably the biggest difference between our appointments was how we were treated. At one store, which happened to be the first we visited, we were constantly being reminded of how much time we had left for our appointment.  I thought this was very interesting in that the stylist made a comment one time when we still had over 45 minutes left – which should be plenty of time to try on dresses – however, she truly made us feel that our time wasn’t as important as her time or that we were just a “number”.  In addition, as with all bridal salons, you are instructed to go through and pick out dresses that you are interested in trying so that the stylist can determine your interest.  It is their job to make recommendations on other styles that they feel will best fit your body type (and budget) – however, with the first appointment, of the group of dresses Jessica initially selected (which by the way were available in her size and budget), she only tried on one, whereas the stylist pulled a few other dresses that were not even close to what she had chosen. When we asked about when we would get to other dresses she was interested in, basically she ignored out inquiry or reminded us of how much time we had left.  I felt bad for Jessica, and left wondering if this truly is how all of my other clients have been treated in this particular store.  

The next day we had two appointments and they were drastically different from our first experience.  In both stores, Jessica selected dresses that she had an interest in which the stylist did pull, however, the stylist worked with Jessica and pulled several others based upon her criteria.  Both of the stylists spent time with her answering questions, suggesting options and made her feel special.  THIS is how every store should make you feel. She did select her DRESS.  It was a hard decision for her because she really had 2 that she fell in love with, but she made the decision on the one that she felt matched her style and theme.  We have checked off selecting a dress on our Check List.  I won’t share any details about the dress other than she said she felt like Cinderella…you will have to wait until the wedding to see that photo!  :o)

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Next up — the date and venue and vendor selection!!!

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

 

September 5, 2016

From Planner to MOB {Mother of the Bride}

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I have been planning and producing weddings for MANY years but I now am taking on a new role as MOB {Mother of the Bride}!  I must say, it is a different perspective, but I look forward to the role and process.

As the plans unfold, I will be sharing information here about the process.  I hope you will follow along on this journey.

Let’s start at the beginning!  The groom-to-be, came to ask for my blessings to marry my oldest daughter (Jessica) on a Wednesday.  We had a nice chat and talked about quite a few things.  He showed me the ring!!!  GORGEOUS!  He did a great job selecting it AND keeping it a secret from my daughter until he asked her to marry him the following Saturday.

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Coincidently, my daughter had already planned to attend a bridal show the following day. {Insert plug for Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta – the BEST Bridal Show around.  Held twice a year, in January and August.  Check it out by clicking here!} Since I was working at the show, she had fun with her sister and best friend getting inspiration from the many beautiful designs seen at the show.

We initially planned to have a beach wedding in Sarasota followed by a celebration in Georgia, however once we discussed the realities of the budget, it was decided that we will have the whole wedding in Georgia.  We are still waiting to get confirmation on the date and venue.

Jessica has selected the color palette for the wedding, Navy, Coral and Gold.  I know it will be beautiful.  We have also determined the theme of the decor style and I have already been out scouring Antique and Thrift stores for items that will be incorporated.  The fun has just begun!!!!

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Next in the series — wedding party selection, venue, date and THE DRESS!!!!!!

 

Janice Blackmon Events is a planning and consulting firm for special events specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution!

July 12, 2016

Rachel & Felipe’s Gorgeous, Elegant Wedding

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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.

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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 27, 2016

Jennifer & Brooks Sarasota/Manatee County Wedding!

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One very important attribute when planning a wedding is flexibility.  Jennifer certainly had to exercise her flexibility while planning her wedding.

The original venue selected contacted her a few months before the wedding to inform Jennifer that they would no longer be hosting weddings, so she had to select a new venue.  Once the new venue was selected, it was then time to revise the decor theme.  She wanted the theme to be vintage, so she set out visiting antique stores and thrift shops in search of all kinds of lace doily’s.   These looked so pretty on top of the purple table cloths.  She also found purple mason jars which were filled with Baby’s Breath creating a soft and elegant look.  Candles were scattered about to create a romantic glow. We adorned the Sweet Heart table with a large lace overlay and glass cylinder vases trimmed with a vintage styled lace cuff to hold the brides bouquet as well as more candles.

Another thing that Jennifer had to be flexible about was the site for the ceremony.  As I tell all of my clients who plan for an outdoor ceremony (or reception), you have to be flexible and understand that should weather be inclimate, Plan B will have to be put in motion.  That is exactly what happened in this case.  A huge storm developed {typical in Florida} just as guests were arriving and so we had to very quickly move all of the chairs and some of the decor inside the screened lanai.  If you look at the ceremony photos closely, you can see if was raining heavily complete with thunder and lightening all throughout the ceremony.  After the ceremony was over, we didn’t let the rain stop us from getting some adorable photos.  I especially love the ones with the umbrella.

 

It was such an honor planning and producing Jennifer and Brooks wedding.  We wish them a lifetime of Happiness!!!!

Enjoy the photos below!!

 

Venue:  Manatee River Garden Club

DJ:  Rick Pegram

Caterer:  Sonny’s BBQ

Photographer:  Samantha Christie

Janice Blackmon Events is an award winning special event planning firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Sarasota, Florida.  We assist our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution of their event. 

June 22, 2016

Celebrating the Nuptials of Kristin & Ryan

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

 

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

Ceremony Venue:  Northside United Methodist Church

Reception Venue:  The Georgian Terrace Hotel

Brides Dress:  Vera Wang

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Dessy

Groom and Groomsmen Attire:  Jos. A. Banks

Floral Design:  Chelsea Floral Design Studio

Photographer:  Michelle Landreau of Morning Light by Michelle Landreau

Reception Entertainment:  DJ Suspense

Photo Booth:  ShutterBooth

Cake:  Frosted Pumpkin

Hair and Make-up:  Formal Faces 

Transportation:  Atlantic Limousine and Transportation

Wishing Kristin & Ryan a lifetime of Happiness!!!!

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award winning event planning firm specializing in assisting our clients with innovative concepts, creative design and flawless execution of their event.  Offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Sarasota/Tampa Bay, Florida.

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