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Behind the Design: Imperial Events

One of our favorite things about Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta is getting to see vendors’ designs come to life with wedding-ready displays. Displays always incorporate the latest trends, and are a way for brides to sit down at a perfectly designed table and envision being at their wedding reception.

Read more for a look behind this design with bold rich hues by Sandy Bell, owner of Imperial Events.

What was your inspiration for this design?  My inspiration for the design I chose to showcase at this fall Bridal Extravaganza bridal show was the change in seasons. I find that some brides are torn between the time of year they should have their wedding and because of those brides I wanted to share a design that could be presented in the spring or summer as well as the fall or winter.  

What color schemes, textures, and themes were included? To ensure that a bride will be able to see that she could use this design any time of the year, I incorporated colors of fuchsia and purple to the color scheme for my design table. While keeping a clean look but creating a modern edge to the design, I selected a gray stain linen accented with gray linen napkins embroidered in black, along with acrylic Chiavari chairs and acrylic place cards. The acrylic place cards made for that extra special detail touch that every bride plans for on their Big Day! 

What’s your design process like? When beginning my design process, I consider the venue or location as well as the time of the day of the event. With this design, I was not familiar with where my design table would be which made designing the tablescape more exciting. When I am on unfamiliar grounds, I always go for more of neutral or diverse color scheme to make sure the design makes a statement and still relay the message of a modern clean design look and feel.   
 
What keeps you inspired? What keeps me inspired as a planner is meeting new people and creating new relationships on a daily and weekly basis. Not to mention I love the creativity my career offers me, not too many people can start their work day off by saying what new will happen today and be really excited about the new things rather it be clients, wedding professionals or learning something new. 
 
 
What is your favorite thing about weddings? My favorite things about weddings are seeing the enthusiasm and excitement when my clients enter the ballroom and see everything that they have spent days, hours, as well as their hard, earn money on come together and exceed their exception. Not to mention at the end of the night when the client leaves and they say thank you for a planning a great wedding, but when their guest is leaving and say thank you for a great time;  It lets me know that I have done my job! 
 
 
Photos by Made You Look Photo
 
Design by Imperial Events
 

Behind the Design: Perfect Petals Design Group

 
The Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta always features gorgeous wedding designs and this August  was one of the most spectacular as Perfect Petals Design Group inspired brides with a beautiful
“walk through” Southern garden.

 

The romantic gallery included greenery, soft pink, and statement white furniture. Read more about the inspiration behind the design from Christine Crowley of Perfect Petals Design Group
 
 
What was your inspiration for this design? The garden archway was inspired by the feel of early Summer breezes through a Southern garden. 
 
 
What colors, textures, and themes were included in the design? Our gallery featured the year’s most popular requests. The color palette was made up of soft blush, baby pinks, vanilla, and champagne. The feel of summer was brought to life with wispy foliage and accents of amaranthus and white cherry blossoms in our archway. 
 
 
Brides couldn’t stay away from the garden-style estate table, tell us more about that design. The wooden estate table had coordinating wooden chairs with an acrylic cut out for a twist on the romantic style. To balance modern with classic, we had garden-style floating centerpieces with roses, ranunculus, gardenia foliage, peonies, phalaenopsis orchids, and lisianthus. 
 
 
 
What keeps you inspired? Brides are always my source of inspiration for a design.
 
 
Photos by Janet Howard Studio and Made You Look Photo
Floral Design by Perfect Petals Design Group
Bridal gown by Ivory Bridal
Venue: The Georgian Terrace Hotel
Linens: Chair Covers & Linens
Planner: Cailee B Events
Rentals: Collection Event Furnishings
Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes
 
 

Behind the Design: Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree

This August, Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta found a new home in the beautiful Southern Exchange at 200 PeachtreeWhite Hall has iconic crystal chandeliers and marble columns that bring natural elegance to any event. As the home of Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta, Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree also had a featured gallery in White Hall for brides to mingle with coordinators, preferred vendors and get a feel for the amazing ideas that can come to life in the space. 

Here’s a look behind the design of the Southern Exchange at 200 Peacthree gallery from the perspective of Tamara Comstock, the gorgeous venue’s marketing coordinator extraordinaire. 

What was the design inspired by? Our design was inspired by our various vendors that we have great relationships with. We wanted them to highlight their work in our gallery space. We worked with AFR for the seating, M&M for the linens, and Chuck Milne Productions for the flowers.

Whitehall is a beautiful canvas for weddings.

What color schemes, textures and themes were included? We started with the Pantone color of the year, Greenery, to inspire brides with a trendy hue. From there, we brought in the popular but classic blush and champagne. Then we handed over to our professional vendors to handle the details!

The iconic chandeliers in Whitehall always take center stage.

What do you love about weddings? We love hosting weddings at 200 Peachtree, and treasure being a part of such an important day for so many brides.

Photos courtesy of Made You Look Photo

Best of Bridal Extravaganza

Over 100 of Atlanta’s wedding professionals pulled out all the stops to inspire Atlanta’s engaged couples at Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on August 13, 2017. 

Galleries featured fresh color palettes, creative cake designs, latest floral trends and amazing installations to inspire couples in the wedding planning process. Brides and vendors voted, and here are the best of the best from the show!

 

Brides Choice Award went to Utopian Events. Positioned directly under one of the beautiful chandeliers at Southern Exchange, the gallery drew from the glam with metallic decor and a pop of yellow flowers. 

Best Booth went to Amp’d Entertainment. Brides loved their lounge-like booth and they kept the energy and mood up all afternoon long. 

Best Gallery Design was awarded to Chuck Milne and Club Corp. The beautiful gallery featured vintage-style place settings, fresh-cut hot pink blooms, cascading greenery with pops of orange, and cakes designed by Perfect Wedding Cake. 

Spirit Award went to Gigi’s Cupcakes at the Forum. These ladies’ energy matched the incredible beauty of their cakes! Brides were flocking to see the amazing cake designs – and taste the treats, too. 

Stay tuned for a closer look Behind the Design of these and other amazing booths and galleries from Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta. 

Photos of Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta courtesy of Janet Howard Studio and Made You Look Photo

 

 

September Bride of the Month | Emily

Meet Emily, our September Bride of the Month. Emily and her fiance James had a beautiful engagement shoot on the Atlanta Beltline and a wedding planned for September 2, 2017, until James found out he was being deployed in August. The couple planned an elopement and was married on May 24, 2017. Read more about this couple’s amazing story!

When did you get married?  We got married on May 24, 2017 at Parish (restaurant on the Beltline in Inman Park).  Our original wedding date was September 2, 2017 to be held at the Hunt’s Barn in Dacula, GA, however on May 5th, we found out my husband was being deployed with the Army in August. Therefore, we decided to elope so we could be married before he left! 

How did you meet? James and I met on January 3, 2016 while serving at a church conference. Both of us were fully embracing our single seasons and not looking to date. However, that afternoon James saw me from across the room and came over to talk to me. We made minimal small talk before I told him that, “I’m sure you’re a very nice person, but I’m just trying to have some introvert time right now.” James replied with, “Great, so what do you do for work?” and we haven’t stopped talking since.

How did he propose?  My birthday is in March, and about three weeks leading up to it, my friends suggested a quick mountain getaway for my birthday weekend. All sounded good to me, and when the day arrived to leave for our trip, they ensured I was dressed up. They told me we were going straight to my birthday dinner restaurant and we would not have time to change. Made sense to me. I put on a new dress I had purchased for the occasion. As we are driving, we had almost reached our destination, and one of my friends suggested that we pull off. The sun was about to set and we could do a champagne toast. They assured me it would allow for great pictures, which is always a good hook. We drove into Tallulah Gorge, and I commented, “Oh, James and I came here last year for my birthday,” but I was still not connecting any dots. We get out of the car, and the temperature has dropped. Fortunately, they were able to convince me to leave my jacket and Uggs behind in the car. We wandered around the trail (in dresses and heels, remember!) for a few minutes until they stopped and handed me a present. I opened it and it was a Bible with my name inscribed on it and a note sticking out where Proverbs 31 is located. The note was from James, and I still did not fully make the connection that I was about to be engaged until mid-way through the note – James is known for his romantic gestures, so it would not have been unusual for him to send a gift with my friends for me to have while I was away. However, I read the note and it said that he had my current name put on the Bible because it would not be my name for long, and wanted to ensure I had one with my maiden name on it first. He ended the note with, “I have one question to ask you, follow the arrows.” I turned around and he had cleared a path and placed marquee arrows to direct me. It was the same path we had hiked last year for my birthday that led to a cliff where we sat and talked for hours. I followed the trail, and eventually made it to James, who had that very spot from the previous year, decorated to perfection. He helped me down to our official “spot” and made a beautiful speech. Then, he got down on one knee and proposed. My response was, “Absolutely, of course!”

What was your overall vision for your wedding? Because our wedding looked different than planned, I’ll give you both visions.  For our elopement, our vision was simple. We wanted to make the experience special and get married by a pastor, while still allowing it to feel like a wedding and not just a quickie ceremony.  Walking the Beltline is one of our favorite activities. Thus getting married at a restaurant on the Beltline was a no-brainer. Because the restaurant already had a rustic-chic vibe, we barely decorated. We put our focus towards what we would each wear and florals.  For our September wedding, our vision was not much different. We wanted something simple that really felt like a big, celebratory dinner party, rather than all the tradition of the wedding. Our goal was to let the vintage barn we were to be married in be the star of the show, complimented by beautiful florals. 

Which wedding details have you most enjoyed and why? For both the elopement and full wedding, there were two details I was most excited about. First, to carry my grandmother’s handkerchief around my florals at the elopement (she had recently passed, and I was given her monogrammed handkerchief). Second, to gift my groom the prayers I had been praying for him before we even got married. Oh, and I was also very excited about our dinner for our guests: we were going to do a food truck so that the atmosphere was fun, laid back, and ensured everyone was well fed and having a good time. 

What has been the most difficult and most fun part of wedding planning? The most difficult part of the planning was planning something quick for the elopement – we planned our elopement in two weeks. Generally, it was also very difficult to maintain a reasonable budget; finding vendors we trust coupled with budget friendly pricing was difficult.  The most fun was planning the honeymoon – knowing that you’re planning a vacation as newlyweds is almost as blissful as the actual vacation! 

Congratulations, Emily and James! We can’t wait to see more pics from Horn Photography and Design of the post-deployment celebration this fall. 

August Bride of the Month | Tosin

Meet Tosin, our August Bride of the Month! Tosin and her fiance Segun are getting married at the beautiful Southern Exchange at 200 Peachtree with TWO weddings to honor their cultural traditions. Read more about this couple’s amazing story! 

How did you meet? Segun first introduced himself to me on Facebook. We talked for a few months and he eventually crawled his way out of the friend zone and we agreed to meet in New York. We met at JFK and the rest is history. We had an amazing weekend and fell in love. 

How did he propose? The Atlanta Botanical Gardens has always been special to us. When I was living in California, I visited Segun and we went there on a date. It was a special day and made me fall in love with Atlanta, I moved here shortly after. New Year’s Eve of last year,  Segun arranged for us to go to Garden Lights with family and friends. To my knowledge, we were just going to admire the beautiful lights, but he had other plans. We found ourselves alone in the gardens and he started talking about the last time we had visited and the promises we made to each other. He then opened the door to a wall of flowers where our family and friends were (plus more family on FaceTime), and he asked me to marry him. I said YES!

What is your overall vision for your wedding? I want my wedding to be timeless, beautiful and influenced by culture. We are Nigerian, from the Yoruba tribe, so will be having a traditional wedding on Friday while the regular ceremony and reception will be on Saturday. The traditional Yoruba wedding involves kinsmen from the bride and groom. The groom will make an entrance with his friends and family to ask for his bride from the bride’s family. After the family members have accepted, the bride is ushered in and they start a ceremony of marriage. Ultimately, I hope my guests leave the entire wedding weekend feeling the love between Segun and me.

Which wedding details are you most excited about and why? I am most excited about walking down the aisle with my brother and seeing old friends and family. 

What has been the most difficult and most fun part of wedding planning? The most difficult part of planning has been the level of detail that goes into planning a two-day wedding – while working and going to school full time.  The most fun thing about planning a wedding has been having a partner I can laugh with so I don’t sweat the small stuff!

Congrats, Tosin and Segun! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos. 

Engagement photos courtesy of Inije Photography

From the Expert: Cake Trends

Today we’re talking about everyone’s favorite part of weddings: the cake. We spoke with Amanda Karmazin of Gigi’s Cupcakes at the Forum about the latest wedding cake trends. 

What’s one of your favorite cake design trends of the moment? I love the Fondant Rosette Ruffles that are trending, they add great texture to a cake and can work for both rustic and glamorous styles. We have also had a lot of request for Sequin Cake layers, We created a cake in January that had both of these on it and since it was during the ice storm we used snowflake sprinkles as the sequins! 

Which cake trends do you think we’ll see more of this fall? I think we’ll continue to see buttercream cakes with rustic textures and fresh florals. The wooden stumps as cake stands are on-season for fall, and gold accents will stay, too. Flavor wise, I always suggest our Pumpkin White Chocolate flavor. It’s perfect for a cozy fall wedding and also one of my personal favorites. 

What modern shifts are you seeing from the traditional white fondant cake? One of the biggest shifts is away from a tiered cake. We do about 50/50 of a tiered cake for cutting and guests, and then a small cake for cutting and cupcakes, pies or treats for guests. Another interesting shift is toward the fake cake! The fake cake looks like a large tiered cake, but is actually just one real tier, and the rest is cardboard. In the back, we have sheet cake cut to serve. This is a great option for the budget-conscious bride, as it’s easier for the bakers and decorators to prepare the fake cake and sheet cake ahead of time. 

What is the cake selection process like working with your team? Cake tastings/design process is typically pretty simple. Couples schedule an appointment to come in. Our tastings are $25 and include 4 cupcakes from that days case to try and then we sit down and go over design and flavors. They are given a quote before leaving and as long as they book within 30 days of their tasting the $25 goes back towards their final balance. This process is made way easier when a Bride knows what she wants as far as design. I typically suggest that they bring in any pictures they have found for inspiration, and we go based off of what they like. 

What’s your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry? My favorite thing is getting to meet all the different couples and vendors. I particularly love seeing some of the venues – there are tons of places I would have no idea existed until I delivered a cake there. 

For more information on Gigi’s custom cakes, visit https://gigiscupcakesusa.com/location/norcross-georgia-ga/. 

 

Currently Coveting: Puppy Pics

We can’t resist a pup in a bowtie or a tuxedo. More couples are incorporating their furry friends in their wedding festivities and not only does it add a special  element to the day, it makes for some great pics!

Whether you have a shared pet with your fiance or your pet is your BFF/baby, there are plenty of ways to include your furry friend in your big day.

Photo by Cottrell Photography

Engagement shoots are a great way to include your pet. To keep them calm (and photogenic), opt for an open outdoor setting and keep it to just you and the photographer. 

If you want your pet to a part of your wedding day but you’re not keen on your them being a part of the big show, keep them with you for those priceless getting ready photos. Plus, having your pet by your side will rid you of any wedding day jitters.

If holding a dog in your pristine white dress isn’t your thing, you can still let the boys have a little photo fun with man’s best friend. 

Don’t leave your pup without the proper attire, coordinate their bowtie or tutu with wedding colors. A small dog in a tutu: swoon. 

Including your pet in the ceremony is an extra special way to have to them a part of your day, just don’t be surprised if they come in for a hug during the vows! They love you, and that makes for a picture-perfect moment. 

Photography credits:

Cottrell Photography

Craig O Brist

Peter Togel 

July Bride of the Month | Melissa

Meet Melissa, our July Bride of the Month! Melissa and her fiancé Boo are getting married on September 16, 2017 at the Biltmore in Atlanta, GA. Melissa and Boo’s Atlanta engagement session took them for a stroll along the Beltline, a stop at Ponce City Market, and fun in the park. 

How did you meet? We met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in 2013 and began dating a month later. 

How did he propose? Boo’s cousin asked me to attend a work event with her at Piedmont Park.  When we walked through the Charles Allen drive gate entrance, I noticed many people lined up along the walkway and people with signs near the lake.  Honestly, I thought it was the finish line for a 5k.  When I got closer, I realized the people holding up the signs were my parents and his family members.  The signs had photos of my Boo and me throughout our relationship on one side, and on the other side the signs spelled out: “Will you marry me?” He proposed to me in front of the lake with the Atlanta skyline providing a beautiful backdrop.  Of course, I said yes!

What is your overall vision for your wedding? Our vision is a Filipino/Catholic and Inidian/Hindu fusion wedding that is sophisticated, fun and colorful. Think Kate Spade styling Rita Hayworth on the set of a Bollywood movie. 

What has been the most difficult and most fun part of wedding planning? The most difficult but equally most fun part of wedding planning has been creating an interfaith ceremony that is meaningful to us, respectful to our families’ cultures and traditions, and enjoyable for our guests that will come from all religions and backgrounds. 

Which wedding details are you most excited about and why? I’m most excited about what I’ll be wearing. I’ll be wearing a traditional white wedding dress, mixing it with 1940s hair and makeup, henna on my hands and feet, and Indian bracelets and head jewelry. 

Congrats Melissa and Boo! We can’t wait to see the wedding photos. 

Engagement photos by Peter Togel Photography

Behind the Design: Millennium Chic

Atlanta’s skyline is a coveted backdrop for any venue. At the January 2017 Bridal Extravaganza Show it provided a source of inspiration for the Designs by TTOC display with City Club of Buckhead and Imperial Events.

Keep reading for a look behind the millennium chic design with Antionette Smith Jones of Designs by TTOC.

What was your inspiration for this design?  We met at the City of Club of Buckhead and immediately were inspired by the windows and city view. Our display at the show was in front of a window so it was a perfect tie-in. We wanted to incorporate the windows and create a clean, millennium, upbeat look.

What color schemes, textures and themes were included?  We included soft traditional elements with white and pastel blooms, but had a pop of fuchsia in the napkins that brought in a youthful element. We also used clear acrylic chairs to become a part of the decor, rather than take away from it. The acrylic aids the clean look and doesn’t engage too much chair, like a wood chair might, it’s just enough.

What’s your design process like? I always start with the space. You want to work with the venue and not against it. We had one thing in mind for this display then saw the windows and were inspired to adjust the design – sometimes you have to do that, even with brides. I start with sketching the space and then thinking through the different pieces I want to design to complement it.

 

What is your favorite thing about weddings? My aha moment of why we do what we do is always when a bride walks into the room. I love seeing a bride’s face light up because you have created something that beautiful and exceeded her expectation.

 

Display Contributors:

Floral Design: Designs By TTOC

Planning: Imperial Events

Venue: City Club of Buckhead

Photography: Janet Howard Studio