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FROM THE EDITOR Preppy Pretty

When I look at the cover of this issue I think of two things: Key Lime Pie and Tequila. I guess both are synonymous with parties but I’d have to say it’s the vibrant green color of limes that really fueled my inspiration for this issue. When we set out to design a Palm Beach preppy feel, I couldn’t help but reminisce of my childhood days in Florida for inspiration. I grew up in Palm Beach County....Wellington, FL to be exact. Between walks on Worth Avenue and the popped collars of the players at the Wellington equestrian fields, preppy was a way of life there. I remember my mom being the cutest, preppy loving lady who always enlightened us on the finer, fashionable things in life (and she still does to this day). From tennis to tea parties, and Ralph Lauren to Lilly Pulitzer she has a keen eye for prep and its practically perfect lifestyle. Preppy can take on several meanings, but for me, it means bright colors paired with crisp white, sunny south Florida, vibrant floral patterns, polo, and anything with stripes and great manors. Preppy is put-together and honestly, I do believe that’s just how all events should be. Well thought-out, well planned and graced with good intention. So you can see, the lime does not fall far from the tree.

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In the following pages you’ll find new insights on event elements, party inspiration, gorgeous Vera Wang gowns paired with our favorite Stella & Dot Jewelry pieces and many marvelous real events. What’s even better is that this party doesn’t end on page 144. We shot so many inspiring spreads and didn’t quite have the room to feature them all here, so there’s more preppy goodness for you online too! Cozy up with this issue and enjoy. And, be sure to pop your collar or slip on a sun dress and toast to the good things in life this summer.

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THIS ISSUE >>> There were many businesses who contributed items & services to the editorial photoshoots for this issue. We’d like to especially thank Event Rentals Unlimited, Perfect Petals Design Group, Sandi Spells Designs, Mint Julep, Priscilla of Boston, Lucky + Lovely, Love Over Logic Makeup Artirstry, and Stella & Dot.

Featured Contributors... RANEY O’KEEFE hair & makeup artist With a background in musical theater, Raney O’Keefe took her love of theatrical cosmetics and pursued a career in hair and makeup artistry at the Blanche MacDonald Centre for Applied Design in Vancouver, BC. She earned a Diploma in Makeup Artistry and has since freelanced for Chanel and Lancome while building a progressive bridal business. She is based in Atlanta and works in studio and on-location. For more information, visit www.raneyokeefe.com.

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BEN VIGIL photographer Ben Vigil is an Atlanta-based photographer who specializes in documenting weddings with an eye toward the creation of timeless art. His work has been featured in Occasions Magazine, The Atlantan Brides, The Knot Florida, The Miami Herald, The Charlotte Observer, Newsweek and many others. Ben and his wife of 11 years, Maria, and their three sons, live north of Atlanta. Find out more at www.benvigil.com.

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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Leanna Adams Kristin Devoto Demarco Williams Nicole Blair

SHARON ALEXANDER cake designer Cookie decorating became an obsession in high school, in California for Sharon. Once friends convinced her to move to Atlanta she delved into the sugar arts, accumulating over twenty certificates in the sugar arts. Custom designing each and every cake is a passion shared with a fantastic staff. Sweet Sensations cakes have been featured in Town & Country Weddings, Brides Atlanta, Atlantan Brides, Occasions, I Do for Brides, Atlanta Weddings, Get Married, and Grace Ormonde’s Wedding Style.

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EVENT ELEMENT ACCESSORIES OLD SCHOOL PARTY ESSENTIALS EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN. There’s nothing more timeless and oh so right now than using vintage items to tie your event’s décor together. Whether it’s a daytime birthday party or a nighttime soiree, accessories from days gone by give any gathering a nostalgic and cohesive feel. Here’s how you can use old-school elements at your next event: PAPER STRAWS MAKE DRINKS TASTE BETTER. There’s just something about sipping a drink through a paper straw that actually makes it taste better whether it’s a Shirley Temple or a Gin Fizz.

OLD GLASS BOTTLES BECOME UNIQUE VASES, DRINK GLASSES, AND DÉCOR. Whether you’re serving chocolate malteds in old milk bottles or showcasing bunches of wildflowers in mismatch vases, glass bottles can add so much easygoing charm to any event’s décor.

TREAT BAGS MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY. No matter if the party favor is ripe red cherries, fresh popcorn or multicolored candies, treat bags will bring a smile to guests’ faces of all ages. And now, with the reemergence of all things vintage, you can get treat bags in everything from blue gingham to classic brown to black damask to those with retro popcorn and peanut logos like you used to find at ballparks, carnivals and fairs.

POLKA DOTS AND STRIPES GO WITH EVERYTHING.

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There’s so much more than your average multi-color balloons, plates and cups available for special events from companies like Shop Sweet Lulu (www.shopsweetlulu.com) and The Sugar Diva (www.thesugardiva.com). There are cupcake liners, treat cups, twine, pillow boxes, party garlands, paper cones and more in all manner of classic colors and designs from polka dots to stripes to toile. There are stickers and labels and tags that come in cute vintage patterns. So why go with same old, same old when you can give your guests a blast from the past? Using accessories from a time gone by can call to mind a day at the soda pop shop or a night at Jay Gatsby’s house. Whatever the effect you’re going for, consider using party essentials from a simpler time, when things were made with care and the little details mattered. -

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EVENT ELEMENT DECOR DECORATE WITH DECALS If you want to radically change the look of a room in your house, you might paint the walls or put in new hardwood floors. In the same way, you can make a dramatic difference in an event space by including a sizeable decal. These creative and custom images significantly add pop and signature style to an event space. THE OPTIONS Decals can be placed on walls or floors and everything in between from ghost chairs to bars to chargers. They can be an image or a mural or a paragraph or graffiti. Decals have endless and completely customizable applications. According to Neal Gollob, one of the owners of I Do Linens, Couture Décor Elements (www. idolinens.com), decals can be nearly anything you want. For instance, I Do Linens typically creates images up to 60 inches by 150 feet, but they recently turned a dance floor into a huge monopoly board at Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta by putting individual squares together to form the whole board.

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Decal images are printed on different types of vinyl stock for their particular application. There are all kinds of materials that stick to different surfaces without damaging those surfaces after use. The ones made for floors can withstand shoe scuffing, but will still peel away easily after an event. To get a custom decal, most people provide an image to the production company. That company then creates the image and mails it to the customer with instructions or brings it to the event while it’s being set up. Production companies like I Do Linens can create custom images or use the ones they are provided. “Our imagery often comes from the stationer,” said Gollob. “If it’s a monogram, it was likely created for the invitations.” SHOWN ABOVE Photo by The Decisive Moment (www.thedecisivemoment.com); Floor decals by I Do Linens (www.idolinens.com). We featured this event online and you can see more pictures of the floor and wall decals incorporated in the decor of the this event online at www.occasionsonline.com. SEARCH: ‘Decal.’

THE PRICING “The beauty of this kind of creative décor is that no matter how many colors are used, the price is the same for a certain size,” said Gollob. “However, the amount of square feet requested will affect the price. And if the image needs to be intricately cut there is a small fee.” Decals are most closely comparable to gobos, or devices that produce patterns of light on various surfaces. But decals have a crisper image and are not erased by shadows like they might be on a crowded dance floor.

THE END RESULT A decal will turn your blank spot into a statement. While most are not reusable, decals are easily removed after an event. Whether it’s the names of the bride and groom in cursive above the head table or sponsor logos displayed in a prominent position, a decal can transform a regular old wall, floor, tabletop, chair and so much more into a signature space. -

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EVENT ELEMENT STATIONERY THE CALLIGRAPHY COMPONENT With its delicate lines and elegant form, calligraphy has become a beautiful element of the wedding and event world. Derived from the Greek word for “beautiful writing,” calligraphy is an art form that requires patience and attention to detail. “Anything that is hand-written shows the extra time and care that someone took to produce it, and stationary is no exception,” says Laura Hooper of Laura Hooper Calligraphy, whom began using calligraphy at the age of 12. Your stationery helps set the initial tone for your event and gives your guests a sense of the event to come.

ARE ALL CALLIGRAPHERS THE SAME? “Calligraphy, like other art forms, is personal and expressive so while you may have calligraphers with similar styles, you will find elements in the design that are unique to each calligrapher,” says Moya Minns of MM Ink (www.mminkstudio.com), who studied under Master Penmen like Sheila Waters and Pat Blair, Chief White House Calligrapher. Calligraphers are artists and I have never met two artists who were just alike. While you will find that many calligraphers have a special niche, experience and the variance of pens will also play a role in the originality of each calligrapher’s design.

WHAT CAN BE HAND WRITTEN FOR MY EVENT?

SHOWN ABOVE Photography by Claudia Lopez Photography; Calligraphy pieces by MM Ink (www.mminkstudio.com).

“I have not found a surface that I could not accentuate with handwritten calligraphy,” says Maren Nicholas of Dreamweaver Calligraphy (www. dreamweavercalligraphy.com), specializing in matching her handwriting style to the various fonts on a bride’s invitation. In addition to your standard stationary items – invitations, place cards, menus, programs – brides are hiring calligraphers to personalize signage, guest books, mirrors, labels, seating charts, aisle runners, and glassware.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? The average cost of envelope calligraphy is about $2.50 - $4.00 per outer envelope, but of course the prices can vary depending on the calligrapher and style. “Pointed pen styles are more difficult and therefore an artist who specializes in pointed pen is going to cost more than someone who uses a flat point pen or felt tip pen,” says Laura Hooper (www.lhcalligraphy. com). As it should, the expense will usually fall in line with the level of your calligrapher’s experience. Stationary is meant to be very personal and should be a reflection of your character and style. Calligraphy is just that. It can transform paper into a vision of who you are and what you want your guests to experience the day of your event. -

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EVENT ELEMENT RENTALS THE LOGISTICS OF OUTDOOR EVENTS When you attend a party under a brilliant white tent, rarely do you think about the chairs, linens, tent or temperature. But these things don’t just appear. When it comes to outdoor occasions, you’ll encounter a bit more pre-planning than you might waltzing into a ballroom. Here are four biggies you need to consider if you want to take your party outside.... We asked Dan Nolan, owner of Tents Unlimited (www.tentsunlimited.com) based in Atlanta. “Sometimes people think of throwing an outdoor event and imagine just putting up a tent and getting a dance floor,” said Nolan. “But really you need a cover, flooring, electricity, climate-control, if you choose that, and the site may require permitting.” Get started by considering these...

TO TENT OR NOT TO TENT? Tents will protect guests from rain and sun and provide the ultimate “plan B” in case of inclement weather. Options range from “pop-up” tents or canopies for smaller events to professionally installed tents for larger scale occasions. If you rent a tent, a building permit may be required depending on the size of the tent and its location so be sure to work with your rental company on this.

HOW’S THE TEMPERATURE? If you opt for a tent, then you’ll probably want to opt for heating, ventilating, and/or air conditioning depending on the season. There is nothing worse than guests jockeying in front of a fan at an event because they are sweating profusely or huddling together because they are cold.

WHERE WILL PEOPLE POTTY?

SHOWN ABOVE Photography by Andy Nolan Photographer; Tent by Tents Unlimited (www.tentsunlimited. com; Portable Restroom from Atlanta Watercloset (www. atlantawatercloset.com).

With many people eating and drinking, you will need bathrooms. If you are going to use a house, beware that any septic issues will intensify with the increased use. It may be necessary to rent portable units. Companies like Atlanta Watercloset (www.atlantawatercloset.com) bring a little bit of class to portable restrooms by keeping them uber clean and decorating their facilities with flowers, air freshener and toiletries.

DO YOU NEED FLOORING? There are many options for outdoor flooring to cover almost all types of surfaces and even uneven ones. The flooring can be for dancing, of course, or for surface protection and decorative enhancement. You can even cover a pool allowing your pool to illuminate the event. Your outdoor event is only going to happen once, so be sure to consider all the important aspects and find a responsive company with proof of outstanding work that will provide you with quality materials. -

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EVENT ELEMENT COCKTAILS COOL SUMMER COCKTAILS Sure to beat the heat this summer, cocktail hour is taking on a new meaning these days. Brides and Grooms everywhere are adding a personal touch to their reception by choosing a signature cocktail. This is a great addition to an open bar or can easily cut the drink tab by offering your guests beer, wine and a signature cocktail. “Creating a cocktail party they can’t miss is as easy as turning on your favorite music, dimming the lights, preparing bite-sized appetizers and to top it all off, stir up a signature cocktail”, says Atlanta’s award-winning event planner Tony Conway of A Legendary Event. Tony Conway’s recommendation that never goes out of style is A Legendary Splash from A Legendary Event.

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SHOWN ABOVE Photography by Melissa Schollaert Photography (www.melissaschollaert.com); a mix of cool cocktails for an outdoor wedding featured on page 116 in this issue.

“Signature cocktails are an excellent way to define your personal style, and will offer your guests a lasting impression of your special day. This martini is the perfect choice for the bride looking for style and elegance...in a glass!” says Carmaleita Lyght of Lyght House Cocktails.

WEDDING CAKE MARTINI (“It’s awesome; it tastes just like a vanilla cake!”) • 1.5 oz Absolut Vanilla Vodka • 1.5 oz Malibu coconut rum • 1.5 oz pineapple juice • Capful of vanilla extract • Splash of grenadine Combine all ingredients in a shaker, with a half cup of ice. Shake well and strain into a frosted martini glass. Drop a maraschino cherry in the bottom of the glass (optional). Maybe you are looking for a cocktail that features your favorite liquor or matches with the color scheme you have set for the event. Even the most ordinary drink can be fashioned into the popular choice of the evening and inspire your guests to have fun and mingle. -

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EVENT ELEMENT CATERING CATERING CONUNDRUM: SEATED VS BUFFET The menu is, quite often, the center of attention at events. But before the salad, entree and dessert are finalized, the reception style should be set. Between seated serve and buffets, there’s much to consider that will affect the flow, style and overall timeline of your event. SEATED SERVE The seated serve dinner is the most traditional and usually more formal. So if you are envisioning black ties and sipping champagne, this may be the way to go. There are a few different ways you can approach a seated served dinner event. You can have a plated service where your guests will be served their entire meal already prepared for them on a plate. Or you can opt for a family style arrangement where food is served in platters and guest pass and serve themselves.

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Managing time and flow of the event is easier, you are less likely to run out of food since plates are planned for each guest, and it’s less work for your guests

The Cons:

Usually more expensive, may not allow for as creative of a presentation, menu cards must be sent prior to the wedding SHOWN ABOVE Photography by Ben Vigil Photographers (www.benvigil.com); Chef attended catering station by Talk of the Town Catering (www.talkofthetownatlanta.com).

BUFFET Taking a non-traditional look, buffet style events are becoming more and more popular because they fit into a smaller budget and give the host and/ or hostess an opportunity to get creative. “You can add décor and other elements to showcase the food, especially if it’s a themed event,” says Libby Terrell of A Divine Event. A trend at buffet style receptions that seem to be taking place of the long buffet tables, are food stations. You can even take it a step further and go for action stations where the chef is actually on-site preparing your menu for your guests as they watch.

The Pros:

Allows for more creativity at the buffet showcase area, guests enjoy the interaction and mingling that buffet style events invite, allows for a tapas style menu so that guests can sample a larger variety of foods

The Cons:

Guests may have to wait in line for their dinner, getting up from the table can be disruptive to other guests, with guests serving themselves, this makes accidents more common -

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Preppy With warmer months comes thoughts of sunny south Florida and the ultimate preppy party setting inspired by the unmistaken capital of prep: Palm Beach. Think bright colors, geometric patterns, and the the sweet flavors of cool key lime.

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Perfectly Pretty Place Setting

Ladies who lunch are invited to dine at this pretty place setting where vibrant colors of the linens and tableware are paired with contrasting clean white accents of classic chivari chairs from Event Rentals Unlimited (www.erultd.com) and a serving tray from Pier 1 Imports (www.pier1imports. com); invitations designed with bold geometric patterns by Sandi Spells Designs (www.sandispells.com).

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Sip & Savor Stripey straws and polka dot glasses make a simple pink lemonade recipe, so much sweeter. Pictured: Etched Drink Dispenser and Polkadot glasses from Pier 1 Imports; Stationery suite designed exclusively for Occasions Magazine by Sandi Spells Designs (www.sandispells.com); White Pedestal Medium Skirted Small Cake Stand by Rosanna.com

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Cake Stand Love Our new found affinity for cake stands astounds us. The perfect way to dress up dessert, we found designs, heights and colors galore at several online retailers. To elevate your cake, check out Rosanna.com and SweetandSaucySupply.com Pictured here: 12� Milk White Antique Glass Stand, $80 from Sweet and Saucy Supply (www. sweetandsaucysupply.com); cake server from Crate and Barrel

Key Lime Cake It’s your favorite pie, but disguised in a pretty cake. Designed exclusively for Occasions Magazine by Sweet Sensations (www.sweet-sensations.com), these preppy confections turn typical pie into cool cake. The options are endless. Try Key Lime cake with cheesecake filling or Vanilla cake with Key Lime curd. Delish!

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Thanks to you Send home a sweet sentiment of thanks with white and yellow striped treat bags filled with white powdered Key Lime cookies. Pictured: Striped Favor Bags and pink labels by Shop Sweet Lulu (www.shopsweetlulu.com)

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VENUE GUIDE WHAT KIND OF OCCASIONS DO YOU ENVISION? IN THE FOLLOWING PAGES YOU’LL DISCOVER 30+ OF ATLANTA’S MOST SOUGHT AFTER SPECIAL EVENT VENUES

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GETTING STARTED

WHAT TYPE OF OCCASION DO YOU ENVISION? IT ALL STARTS WITH YOUR VENUE. In a city like Atlanta, the options are limitless. There are appropriate facilities for parties of all sizes, but when you’re choosing the perfect spot for your next event, all of those options can be overwhelming. The size of the crowd will narrow down your choices, but then there are numerous types of venues to consider. Whatever your particular tastes, when the time comes to throw your special occasion, make sure you know what to look for in a venue before you book.

CONFERENCE CENTERS & FUNCTION FACILITIES What makes them so special? A banquet hall, conference center or function facility is often an excellent choice for an event because this venue type offers cost-efficient and hassle-free packages. They were designed with big occasions in mind, so they will have workable layouts, which will translate into easy food and beverage flow. They are also likely to already have tons of wedding and special event experience, making their site coordinators invaluable resources at your disposal.

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Things to remember: Function facilities may host multiple events per day, affecting your starting and ending times. Make sure you and your planner work out your timeline and don’t feel crunched. Often you can book a large block of time (say 10 hours) to avoid feeling squeezed in by another event. Another thing to think about is that a function facility’s ambiance may allow for more accoutrements/florals/imagination to make it your own. Consider it a blank canvas that you can mold into your own personal masterpiece.

PLUS :: These type of venues are designed with big occasions in mind, so they will have workable layouts

COUNTRY CLUBS What makes them so special? Country clubs can be excellent venues because of the extra activities they may offer, like golf and tennis. Country clubs also host events frequently and have experienced staff members who are accustomed to dealing with large groups. The interiors of country clubs will vary, but the grounds will be striking and may include lakes, golf courses, gardens or marinas. ST IVES COUNTRY CLUB

PLUS :: These type of venues can be excellent venues because of the extra activities they may offer.

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Things to remember: Facilities at a country club are not completely private for your event (members will most likely still be on site), and your food options may be more limited than at a restaurant. That said, the food that is offered will be of high quality. Because country clubs regularly accommodate small to large events, they are adept at catering to a crowd. Also keep in mind that you may have to be sponsored by a member to host your event at a country club.

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HOTELS & RESORTS What makes them so special? Hotels and resorts can be fabulous for events because they have onsite accommodations and added amenities like shuttles, spas, restaurants, concierge service, etc. You can choose a hotel for its close proximity to an airport and/or particular destination. Also, hotels may have low or no rental fees for venue space if you book a block of guest rooms. W ATLANTA - BUCKHEAD

PLUS :: Providing everything you could possibly need in one location, these venues make things super easy for you and your guests.

Things to remember: Hotels and resorts often use ballroom dividers, which might not fit in with your vision/theme. Ask to see them in advance. Consider having your own dividers created to match your color scheme if theirs are not what you envisioned. These custom dividers can later wind up in a bedroom or living room as priceless mementos from the event. Another thing to remember is that hotels and resorts host multiple events at once. This means that they know what they’re doing, but it may also means that your block of hotel rooms should be secured early and that you need to let your guests know to book in advance to take advantage of a group rate. Providing everything you could possibly need in one location, these venues make things super easy for you and your guests. Of course, amenities, ambiance and cost can vary greatly depending on the hotel or resort you choose.

HISTORIC & ANTEBELLUM HOUSES What makes them so special? Mansions, antebellum homes and historic houses have impressive architecture, historical significance and manicured grounds, providing distinctive (and memorable) settings. These venues tend to host one event at a time, giving you maximum privacy. Things to remember: One thing to consider at these venues is space. If there is no large ballroom, parties may have to be split into smaller rooms or take place outside. There may be special restrictions to ensure the care of these sacred spots. And these venues are often in gorgeous but secluded locations, so consider transportation, accommodation and ease of access by your guests.

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Libby Terrell, Director of Sales and Marketing for Magic Moments, with four antebellum-style wedding venues across Atlanta, suggests an important question to keep in mind. “Most historic homes have beautiful gardens and ‘outdoor rooms,’ but do they offer a comparable rain plan for the ceremony, and how good of a choice is the alternative? You don’t want to have to settle for a windowless, stuffy room.” Historic houses, mansions and antebellum homes have a high style quotient, but expect to allocate more of your budget for this luxury.

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MUSEUMS & LIBRARIES What makes them so special? Libraries and museums have distinctive architecture and cultural ambiance. They may even have exhibitions on display that can add another element of entertainment to your event. Things to remember: Libraries and museums are open to the public, which means they potentially have particular rules and hours of operation. Know the red tape before choosing this type of venue, and remember that less coordination assistance may be at your disposal at libraries and museums than at other venues. Your guests won’t soon forget these settings, but you will want to hire a professional planner to help with the details.

PLUS :: These type of venues have distinctive architecture and cultural ambiance.

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PUBLIC PARKS & GARDENS What makes them so special? Events at public parks, gardens and beaches solve decorating dilemmas by allowing the manicured landscape and/or Mother Nature do the work. A natural setting like one of these can be a lovely complement to a relaxed event.

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Things to remember: Required permits and other restrictions may apply at these venues. Along with Mother Nature’s wonderful touch come outdoor obstacles like insects, temperature, noises, allergens, dirt and mud. A backup plan including lighting, music, seating, space, etc. will be a must in case of inclement weather. We’re talking about the great outdoors, so remember that everything will probably have to be rented – from tables and chairs to portable restrooms and dance floors.

PLUS :: Outdoor locations often solve decorating dilemmas by allowing the manicured landscape and/or Mother Nature do the work. EVERYWHERE ELSE .... So, whether you’re hosting an event at a zoo, water park, arboretum or planetarium, make sure the space you choose will comfortably house your guests (even if the guest count expands). Consider the venue and ask questions that will cover all of your bases. Ask about special rules and restrictions. Inquire about parking, and be sure the venue can accommodate your production, entertainment, A/V, sound and other technical needs. Asking the right questions will enable you to choose the perfect setting for your perfect event.

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ALPHARETTA

COUNTRY CLUB OF THE SOUTH

Quietly nestled among lush pines, rolling hills, and sparkling streams lies perhaps the most beautiful wedding site in all of Georgia, The Country Club of the South.

Once I stepped foot into the Traditions Ballroom at Country Club of the South, I knew ‘this is it.’ Not only the overall appearance of the club met my expectations, but the staff was very professional and went above and beyond.

The three level stone and cedar clubhouse sets the stage for an unmatched experience of warmth and genuine southern hospitality. With the clubs magnificent ballroom, beautiful patio overlooking the 18th green, and a four-bedroom guest villa it’s no wonder that The Country Club of the South is the new favorite choice of couples in search of the perfect wedding. From an elegant seated dinner to a grilled feast on the terrace, you will experience award-winning cuisine under the close supervision of the Club’s acclaimed chef. You can also plan your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or engagement party in one of the club’s five elegant private dining rooms. In addition to the world–class cuisine and beautiful lodge-like surroundings, you will also experience the ultimate in service-attention paid to your every need. Whether your style is traditional or unique, The Club’s professionals will bring your dream to life. From the first planning consultation to the creation of your one-of–a-kind wedding, you will have a team of talented personal “assistants” at your side every step of the way.

- Kylie Roger

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AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: 55,000 # of Event Spaces: 10 Capacity: 10 - 500

Photography by Duane Store, Kristen Alexander Photographer, and Allen Gunn Studios

All the guests had a wonderful time and are still admiring the delicious food and an amazing staff who made it all happen.

- Anna Meehan

Catering: Onsite catering provided by award winning chef, custom designed menus including organic and vegan Includes: Tables, chairs, linens, glassware, silverware, setup & breakdown, service staff Parking: Complimentary Parking Special Features: Outdoor and indoor ceremony sites, exquisite lodge style clubhouse with stone fireplace, golf course view, onsite 4 bedroom 4 and a half bath villa for fine lodging, outside terrace for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres 4100 Old Alabama Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 (770) 475-1803 www.thecountryclubofthesouth.com Britney.Milam@ourclub.com

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MERLE MANDERS CONFERENCE CENTER

Looking for the perfect meeting or event venue comfortably south of Atlanta? Merle Manders

“Merle Manders Conference Center was the perfect place for our wedding. The staff was very helpful and did everything they could to make our day as special as we hoped it would be. The fireplace is beautiful and was a great focal point for our winter wedding.”

- Cheryl Barker

Conference Center is classy and sophisticated enough for a formal affair, yet cozy and relaxed enough for a fun, laid back type of atmosphere. Whether you host your corporate meeting, conference, wedding, reception or special event at MMCC, you can be rest assured that it will be a special event to remember. The impressive conference center is adjacent to the beautiful and serene Clark Park, which is a city park that has a flowing creek, over 2 miles of walking trails and 2 pavilions. The center has over 14,000 square feet of meeting space, with a 6,000 square-foot fully carpeted ballroom complete with a huge stone fireplace, 30 foot peaked wood ceiling, beautiful chandeliers with several lighting options and a variety of setup options. There are also 5 additional meeting rooms on the lower level that are used for corporate and private functions. A large, usable balcony overlooks the park from the ballroom, while a large patio area provides additional outdoor space on the lower level. The center also has a private bride’s room and ample free parking. We provide competitive pricing for both corporate meetings and private events. We can make your planning easy by either offering complete meeting, event and bridal packages or we can allow you to pick and choose from our item menu and/or let you handle your own items to save on your budget. Merle Manders Conference Center also manages the 2,000 square feet of meeting space at the new Stockbridge Community Center.

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AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: 16,000 # of Event Spaces: 6 Capacity: 20 - 300

Photography by Randall Granier Photography (www.randallgranier..com) Linens by Sit’n Pretty Chairs Covers & Linens (www.sitnprettychairs.com) Floral by Eagles Landing Floral Design (www.eagleslandingfloral.com)

“Everything was so perfect and beautiful, I almost cried when I saw my bride walking down the aisle.”

–Andy Lassiter

Catering: Choose from preferred caterers Includes: Tables, chairs, bridal suite Parking: Complimentary free parking Special Features: Beautiful nature like setting viewed from our large covered veranda. Large windows allow natural light for daytime events and spectacular chandeliers for an evening glow. Stone fireplace from floor to ceiling. Only 20 minutes south of the airport and easily accessible from I-75, I-285 and I-675. 111 Davis Road Stockbridge, GA 30281 (770) 389-5982 www.mmccevents.com mroberts@cityofstockbridge-ga.gov

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1420 ROOM

Located in the heart of Dunwoody, this prestigious venue offers a grand 4,000 square foot ballroom setting complete with an impressive colonnade of Corinthian columns gracing the perimeter walls, crystal chandeliers, dance floor, staging, and state of the art audio/visual technology with a dropdown screen. Along with the ballroom, guests also have access to a 2,000 square foot Lounge area with its long, sleek bar, Brazilian hardwood floors, plasma screen television, black leather sectional offering a cozy nook for intimate conversations, and an outside garden patio for al fresco dining. The outside garden patio offers another private area for guests to gather and still feel connected to the event. Smaller groups may opt to use the Lounge and patio area only – perfect for networking events or rehearsal dinners. The 1420 ROOM has an easy flow and warm ambiance that can be transformed to accommodate a range of styles and events. Enjoy the club-like environment of the space or create your own utilizing the different rooms offering a variety of backdrops for theme development. The 1420 Room also presents a unique option for brides seeking a more urban experience. From the festive entrance guests gather in the Lounge and Garden Patio until the appointed time. As the double doors open, a softly lit, beautifully set ballroom is revealed. After the ceremony, guests are invited to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the lounge area while the ballroom is

AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

6,000 2 350

Catering: Onsite award winning catering company, A Divine Event Catering, serving locally inspired and internationally influenced cuisine. Includes: Dance floor, staging, chairs, tables, in-house audio and video and bridal changing suite Parking: Onsite complimentary parking Special Features: Bridal suite, lounge with Brazilian hardwood floors, granite bar, crystal chandeliers, Corinthian columns, convenient to Perimeter Mall and major highways.

quickly reset for the reception. 1420 Dunwoody Village Parkway Atlanta, GA 30338 (770) 587-9117 www.1420room.com sales@adivineevent.com

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ALPHARETTA ATHLETIC CLUB

Above and top left photo by The Decisive Moment, Lower right photo by Cayce Callaway Photography.

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Located in Alpharetta, minutes away from GA 400, sits the magnificent Tudor-style clubhouse of Alpharetta Athletic Club. This private country club is available for outside events and provides

28,000 2 5-250

Catering: Onsite catering Includes: Dance Floor, Chairs, Tables, Linens, Glassware, Flatware, Plates, Cake Cutting Fee, Servers, Bartenders, Set up and Breakdown Parking: 250 parking spaces, Valet available Special Features: Indoor and Outdoor Space, Golf Course View, Close to hotels, restaurants and mall

superb service and catering. Alpharetta Athletic Club’s East Course clubhouse features rooms beautifully appointed for a wedding ceremony, reception or private event. Guests arrive through a grand foyer complete with a baby grand piano, large southern staircase, cathedral ceiling and impressive chandelier. Proceeding to the charming bar and grille area which features stunning custom hand painted designs, guests make their way to the club’s true feature, the grand ballroom with a large stone fireplace and designer finishes including flowing drapery and Venetian plaster. This exquisite room offers a comfortable and impressive venue for events of all types. The space at AAC can stand on its own, but when you add the expansive outdoor patio overlooking the golf course, a wedding or event at Alpharetta Athletic Club is sure to impress your guests and create cherished memories for years to come. Alpharetta Athletic Club offers an on-staff experienced event coordinator that will help plan event details, as well as, be on site the day of your event. Packages and customizable catering options are available for budgets of all types. Alpharetta Athletic Club also offers golfing options, board room space including AV equipment and luncheon options for event guests. Tours of the property are available for all those interested in hosting an event at Alpharetta Athletic

3430 Highway Nine North Alpharetta, GA 30004 (770) 475-2300 x 104 www.alpharettaac.com events@alpharettaac.com

Club. Contact Lori Jones at 770-475-2300 x 104 today.

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ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER

For a truly unique and unforgettable event, look no further than the Atlanta History Center. Centrally located on 33 acres in the beautiful neighborhood of Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center features historic houses, gardens, event spaces, and award-winning exhibitions. With venues for small daytime corporate meetings to intimate weddings, to 500-person galas, the Atlanta History Center offers the widest variety of special event options at one location. The Grand Overlook’s simple elegance makes it one of the most sought after venues in Atlanta. Featuring a barrel vaulted ceiling, Brazilian cherry-wood floors and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the magnificent wooded Quarry Garden, the Grand Overlook is as versatile as it is breathtaking. Let beauty and serenity set the scene for your event in the glorious Swan House Gardens. Outdoor gatherings at this iconic 1928 mansion with stately columns rise to unforgettable heights on a private lawn with majestic cascading fountains and the beautiful boxwood garden. For a one-of-a-kind experience, host your event in the Atlanta History Museum where guests can explore history through our permanent award-winning and intriguing changing exhibitions. McElreath Hall is one of our most versatile spaces, containing a 400-person auditorium for seminars, a sky-lit atrium for pre-event functions and a boutique ballroom overlooking beautiful wooded gardens. Woodruff Auditorium

AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: 10,000 # of Event Spaces: 7 Capacity: 10 - 2,000 Catering: Approved catering list Includes: Limited tables & chairs, event manager and security Parking: Limited free parking Special Features: Lush gardens and majestic woodlands surround the ultimate unique Atlanta venue that includes the renowned Swan House lawns and Grand Overlook Ballroom located in the heart of Buckhead.

and Members Room are rented separately during the day or can be combined with the adjoining atrium for an entertaining evening function. For down-home country appeal, the Tullie Smith Farm is unrivaled. Our 1860s farmhouse, outbuildings and period gardens give your event a remarkably rustic and charming allure in the heart of bustling Buckhead.

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130 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 814-4090 www.atlantahistorycenter.com specialevents@atlantahistorycenter.com

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ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN

AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: 10,000 # of Event Spaces: 14 Capacity: 10 - 500

Imagine sweeping beds of fragrant flowers, the panorama of the Midtown skyline and a world-class orchid center as the backdrop for your special day. Renowned plant collections, beautiful displays, continually changing seasons and spectacular exhibitions make the Atlanta Botanical Garden the most beautiful place in town to host your event. An urban oasis in Midtown, the Garden includes 30 acres of outdoor gardens, an award-winning children’s garden, the serene Storza Woods with its unique Canopy Walk, and the new innovative

Catering: Select from the best in Atlanta with our approved caterers. Includes: Guests admission and use of the Garden, on-site maintanence and security. Parking: Parking facility managed by Lanier Parking. Pre-paid and valet available. Special Features: Indoor and outdoor event capabilities, beautiful gardens, conservatory housing the country’s foremost permanent orchid collection, spectacular 600 foot long Canopy walk through the trees 1345 Piedmont Avenue Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 591-1585 www.gardenevents.org mvictorio @atlantabotanicalgarden.org

Edible Garden and Outdoor Kitchen. Its “gardens under glass” include the Fuqua Conservatory, an organic biosphere and home to important collections of tropical palms and conifers; and the Fuqua Orchid Center, with the foremost collection of species orchids in the United States. The staff ’s conservation work includes wetland preservation and carnivorous plant bogs across the Southeast as well as endangered species of amphibians from around the world. Rental fees directly support the Garden’s mission to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment. Newly renovated Day Hall, the Garden’s premier event facility boasts a fresh color palette of soft blues and white for a tone of elegance and sophistication. Original free-form sculpted floral pendants designed by Fire Farm add a romantic glow. To be a part of this rich Atlanta history, visit www.gardenevents.org or call 404-591-1585 to schedule a consultation.

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ATLANTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB

We invite you to consider Atlanta National Golf Club in the planning and hosting of your wedding, reception, or rehearsal dinner. Atlanta National is the perfect setting, nestled among rolling hills of Alpharetta in North Fulton County; we offer a clubhouse overlooking a magniďŹ cient golf course and splendidly landscaped grounds. Traditional interior decor provides an elegant atmosphere for a grand reception or an intimate rehearsal dinner.

AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: 15,000 # of Event Spaces: 4 Capacity: 10 - 300

Whether you are planning a small or large wedding, we can accomodate up to 300 people for your reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon or engagement party. The experienced staff at Atlanta National will coordinate everything from creating the perfect menu to cutting the cake. Whether you choose one of our wedding packages or design the menu to reect your own taste, we will be honored to assist you in the planning of all the details. Our Executive Chef, David Guilford, will prepare dazzling culinary delights that your guests will remember long after the reception has ended. Looking for a facility for your wedding ceremony as well as the reception? Imagine exchanging vows overlooking the impressively designed golf course or outside among our beautifully landscaped grounds. Please call us at 770-442-8801 x13 to schedule an appointment for the grand tour. We look forward to working with you to plan the wedding of your dreams!

Catering: Onsite catering Includes: Dance floor, cake cutting, chairs, white or ivory linens, wedding arbor, white folding chairs, champagne toast, tasting for booked weddings Parking: Limited free parking Special Features: Front lawn ceremony, rehearsal dinner space available, outdoor party space available, close to area hotels, view of golf course

350 Tournament Players Drive Milton, GA 30004 (770) 442-8801 x13 www.atlantanationalgolfclub.com kklimko@heritagegolfgroup.com

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THE ATRIUM

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Located in historic Norcross, Georgia, The Atrium is a stunning two-story glass ballroom which provides a unique backdrop for your special event. Neoclassical in style, The Atrium is a modern

4,000 1 170

Catering: Award winning onsite catering Includes: Tables, chairs, flatware, dance floor, professional event planner Parking: Onsite complimentary parking Special Features: Two-story glass ballroom, balcony overlooking the ballroom gives guests a private retreat but with visual access to the celebrations below, nestled in a lush garden filled with flowering perennials, gazebo with lacy iron dome, a romantic three-tiered fountain and grassy courtyards

version of an ancient Greek temple hidden in a lush garden. The soaring columns punctuated by panels of glass allude to the grand space inside while the glass walls allow a visual connection to the outside. Inside, an intimate mezzanine level overlooks the great hall providing a private retreat with overstuffed sofas, chairs and additional guest tables. Downstairs, a larger dance floor dominates the center of the open ballroom. Imposing ornate iron chandeliers add a sense of grandeur suspended from the two story ceiling. Surrounded by views of the garden outside, two courtyards add structure to the landscape design. In the center of the upper courtyard, a three tier fountain provides an enticing focal point. Many brides choose to add floral sprays to the splashing fountain creating an unexpected outdoor centerpiece. A rose-covered arbor shelters a garden bench providing a cozy nook ideal for photographs. Stepping stones placed in a graceful curve lead to the lower courtyard designed for outdoor ceremonies. At the end of the path, a stunning Italian stone gazebo topped with an iron filigree dome wait for the bride and groom. It is here among the azaleas, hydrangeas, daylilies, gardenias, rambling vines, hostas, antique roses and wisteria that promises are made and vows are taken. In this beautiful park-like setting, even our corporate clients can’t help but stop and smell the roses.

139 North Norcross-Tucker Road Norcross, GA 30071 (770) 840-9821 www.the-atrium.com alison.johnson@flinthill.com

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BEAR’S BEST

Located in the upscale gated community of Edinburgh, Bear’s Best is a high-end daily fee course focused on corporate entertaining, golf outings, and providing the experience of a luxurious private club at a public facility. Jack Nicklaus selected 18 holes from his more than 200 course designs worldwide and put them into one extraordinary round of golf at Bear’s Best Atlanta. Bear’s Best Atlanta creates the perfect atmosphere for golf outings, weddings, meetings and

AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

3,175 3 175

banquets. Our contemporary style banquet room features a double-sided granite buffet and a terrace with rocking chairs overlooking the golf range and offering awe-inspiring views of the sunset. Our Star Certified Servers and award winning culinary staff will meet and exceed any expectations that you or your guests may have, and provide you with the latest in menu selections and presentations. Weddings on the golf course are available for intimate events, although certain fees and restrictions do apply. We would be delighted to alleviate a great deal of stress from your hands to ensure your event goes according to plan. Our wedding packages include a variety of menu selections and may be customized to accommodate your specific needs and budget. The package also includes set-up and breakdown, skirted tables, linens, service-ware, flatware, glassware & basic centerpieces. Other options are available at an additional cost to rent.

Catering: Onsite caterer or licensed vendor Includes: Tables, chairs, linens, glassware, setup/breakdown fees, wedgewood china Parking: Ample free parking, valet available Special Features: Golf course view, located in gated community with security, located 35 minutes from Atlanta

Combining quality, design, and unparalleled services, Bear’s Best Atlanta is sure to become your favorite getaway for all of your corporate and leisure gatherings. 5342 Aldeburgh Drive Suwanee, GA 30024 (678) 714-2582 www.bearbest.com mike.selk@ourclub.com

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BERKELEY HILLS COUNTRY CLUB

AT A GLANCE

Founded in 1964, Berkeley Hills is proud of the friendly and relaxed, yet refined and comfortably elegant country club it provides its clients. The club décor is rich and warm featuring one of a kind furnishings that lend to its unique charm. The club quarters feature three private event

Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

6,000 3 10 - 300

Catering: Onsite catering Includes: Tables, chairs, linens, china, silverware, glassware, dancefloor Parking: Ample free parking, valet available for additional fee Special Features: Golf Course views, outdoor terrace seating, outdoor and indoor ceremony site

rooms that may be used separately or combined for your private luncheon, dinner, wedding reception, rehearsal dinner. All three rooms provide access to our covered terrace that overlook our manicured Golf Course. Enjoy your corporate golf outing on a course that was designed into a natural topography of rolling hills and natural ravines and the course’s Bermuda grass fairways that rise and fall through forests of hardwood and pine while bright white bunkers protect what are arguably the best Champion Ultradwarf Bermuda grass greens in North Georgia. Berkeley Hills is committed to providing the finest culinary experience. Our professional staff boasts both an executive chef and executive sous chef along with a professional event planner to help execute your event down to the very last detail.

2300 Pond Road Duluth, GA 30096 (770) 448-8353 www.berkeleyhillscc.org ahoward@berkeleyhillscc.org

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NORTHEAST ATLANTA

BRADFORD HOUSE & GARDENS

This charming Southern Plantation style home, nestled at the back of 7 acres of natural Georgian beauty, is the ultimate destination for your intimate, yet elegant Wedding celebration. Beautiful French doors, on either side of the fireplace, open to a covered porch, where the party can overflow to our picturesque garden. The second floor houses the bride’s and groom’s suites where they and their attendants can dress and relax while waiting for the Big Event. The house is bright

AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

4,200 1 200

and airy and the garden’s outdoor “rooms” provide serene sitting areas with a beautiful, lighted gazebo. A winding landscaped walkway leads to the 1800-square-foot covered Gazebo which will accommodate up to 200 guests. Photo opportunities abound at Bradford House and Gardens. Our award-winning venue is noted for its excellent cuisine and exemplary service. Our service is truly what sets the Bradford House and Gardens apart from the competition. Bradford House and Gardens specializes in creating a worry-free atmosphere for the bride, ensuring she will truly enjoy her wedding day. We do this by offering a wide range of flexible packages that include a team of some of the industry’s best vendors. We also provide “Ala Carte” catering and services to meet any budget. What makes us unique is our attention to the needs of today’s busy brides. We are located approximately 40 minutes from Downtown Atlanta. Just three minutes away from Atlanta’s popular Lake Resort, Lake Lanier Islands, your guests can enjoy all of the amenities this beautiful Resort has to offer, from boating to golf to family fun at the water park. The Mall of Georgia, another popular Atlanta attraction, is a mere 8 miles from our facility with over 225 of the most exciting stores in the Southeast. Appointments are available for you to visit Bradford House and Gardens, by calling 770-967-7821.

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Catering: On-site catering. Offsite caterers allowed under certain circumstances Includes: Use of entire facility, chairs, tables, linens, wedding director Parking: Complimentary paved parking for approximately 100 vehicles Special Features: Indoor and outdoor weddings, covered outdoor wedding gazebo accommodates 200 guests, all-inclusive packages, specialize in meeting the needs of today’s busy bride, secluded, yet located 5 minutes from I-985 6648 McEver Road Flowery Branch, GA 30542 (770) 967-7821 www.BradfordHouseAndGardens.com dknight @bradfordhouseandgardens.com

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THE BUCKHEAD CLUB

Main and top left images by Bob Butler, bottom left image by Sean Randall

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Ideally located in the heart of Buckhead atop the stunning Sovereign Building at 3344 Peachtree, the Buckhead Club offers a rare blend of gourmet cuisine, impeccable service, luxurious settings

7,442 9 400

Catering: Onsite catering by award winning chef. Customed designed menus with regional and global flavors Includes: Tables, chairs, linens, dance floor, glassware/silverware, votives, cake riser, AV equipment, service staff Parking: Valet or Self on Property Special Features: Located on the 26th floor with unparalleled panoramic views. Surrounded by Buckhead hotels and shopping.

and spectacular views of Buckhead and skyline of Atlanta. Our Private Event Department is here to assist you with every aspect of your planning adventure. We are a full service catering facility, offering bar service, a variety of amenity packages, and partnerships with surrounding hotels and other ClubCorp Clubs. We can assist in custom menu creation, decor arrangements, entertainment and complete theme production. The entire Club is available for your exclusive use on Saturday daytime or Sundays. Host your event in a private club setting with breathtaking views and exquisite cuisine. Reference this ad to receive a complimentary champagne toast with your event.

3344 Peachtree Rd NE, 26th Floor Atlanta, GA 30326 (404) 262-2262 www.buckhead-club.com contactus@buckhead-club.com

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THE BUCKHEAD THEATRE

Main and top right image by www.drewnewman.us, bottorm right image by Wittmayer Photographers

Central to Buckhead nightlife for more than 80 years, The Buckhead Theatre is steeped in the lively spirit of its history, yet fully modernized to accommodate today’s multifaceted forms of entertainment and special events. The restored Spanish-Baroque architecture of the original 1930’s movie house jewel is a seamless historical counterpoint to the updated state of the art lighting and sound system, modern catering kitchen, event space and other amenities.

AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

8,000 3 2,000

Beyond the theatre’s 10-foot LED marquee, original Art Deco doorways lead from the lobby and bar lounge in to the 8,000 square foot main theatre and orchestra and loge spaces. The Buckhead Theatre’s revitalized interior plan increases flexibility for a variety of events from intimate dinners and meetings to large receptions.

Catering: Preferred List of Caterers Includes: 20 - 6’ tables, 20 - 60” round tables, 20 - highboys or 36” round tables, 600 chairs Access to the Marquee Flat Screen Tevelvisions Parking: Valet or Self Park Available Special Features: 10’ LED marquee, green room with 3 dressing rooms and 1 bathroom, 2 loading docks, balcony seating, built in bars, flat screen TV’s

3110 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30305 (404) 891-6170 www.novareevents.com kzimmer@novareevents.com

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BILTMORE BALLROOMS

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Built in 1924, The Biltmore Hotel was the focal point of Atlanta’s business and social life for almost sixty years. Once publicized as “The South’s Supreme Hotel”, The Biltmore closed its

17,000 2 2,000

doors in 1982, following changes in ownership and years of steady decline. After sixteen years of neglect and abandonment, The Biltmore underwent a total renovation in 1999. With the renovation of The Georgian and Imperial Ballrooms, and now listed on The National Register of Historic Places, The Biltmore quickly recaptured its standing as one of the social and business

Catering: Preferred catering list, but outside caterers permitted with approval, on site bar service available Includes: Tables, banquet chairs, stage, security, event manager Parking: Parking garage on site, valet available Special Features: Discounted Friday and Sunday rates, hardwood floors, beautifully landscaped courtyard, covered outdoor terraces, original handcrafted plaster ceilings, restored crystal chandeliers, Palladian windows, and Tennessee marble floors.

epicenters of Atlanta. Featuring original handcrafted plaster relief ceilings, restored crystal chandeliers, Palladian windows, hardwood floors, and Tennessee marble floors, the special event spaces can accommodate groups from 50 to 2,000 guests.

817 West Peachtree Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 962-8704 www.novareevents.com chopson@novareevents.com

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DOWNTOWN ATLANTA

THE COMMERCE CLUB

The Commerce Club provides its guests with a distinguished setting conducive to business and social entertaining. The Club is located in the vibrant core of Atlanta’s downtown area in the most prestigious address in metropolitan Atlanta – the award winning One Ninety One Peachtree Tower, with sweeping views of the Atlanta Metro area. The Commerce Club has committed itself to providing the finest dining experience and most

AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: 3,560 # of Event Spaces: 8 Capacity: Up to 500

impeccable service. Whether you are planning a weekly business meeting, a special Board of Directors dinner, a large cocktail reception or even a wedding reception, the staff will assist you in every detail in planning the perfect event. While our professional Chef has created a menu of gourmet selections that highlight American and Continental regional specialties, please keep in mind that we gladly customize menus to fit your personal tastes and desires. Host a fabulous event and enjoy the fruits of your labor along with your guests. Our private event directors help with everything from food to decorations to entertainment, and our staff makes sure your event is truly memorable. No matter what the event, we’ll create the appropriate mood and take the stress out of hosting.

Catering: Onsite food and beverage Includes: Tables, chairs, and house linens Parking: Ample free parking, valet available Special Features: Ballroom located on the 49th floor, Incredible views of Metro Atlanta, luxurious atmosphere, crystal chandeliers, large and small private banquet space, wine room

191 Peachtree Street, 49th floor Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 222-0191 www.commerceclubatlanta.com contactus@commerceclubatlanta.com

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NORTHWEST ATLANTA

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COBB GALLERIA CENTRE & COBB ENERGY CENTRE

AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: 320,000 # of Event Spaces: 27 Capacity: 11 - 11,000 Catering: Exclusive, in-house catering; Kosher-style, organic and vegan cuisine are available. Includes: Dance floor, tables, chairs, china, glasses, silverware, linens Parking: 2,000 complimentary spaces at Cobb Galleria Centre, 1,000 spaces at Cobb Energy Centre Special Features: Cobb Energy Centre stage, lobby and terrace available for special events.

Cobb Galleria Centre and Energy Performing Arts Centre offer a large portfolio of event spaces to suit your needs. May we suggest the John A. Williams Ballroom, a classic, elegant setting for your event, located one level above the Cobb Galleria Centre Grand Rotunda. The beautifully decorated reception area features floor-to-ceiling windows with an open-air terrace, 24-foot-high ceilings and a separate dressing room. The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre’s Kessel D. Stelling Jr. Ballroom is one of metropolitan Atlanta’s most prestigious venues for social events. Uniting to create an ambiance of radiance and warmth are the Ballroom’s rich wood finishes, brilliantly embellished wall coverings and nine shimmering custom chandeliers. The Ballroom boasts a number of features that invite planners to indulge their creativity. LED lights located within ceiling soffits are programmable to emit the glow of 64 different colors. Nothing bespeaks “special occasion” like the majestic Cobb Energy Centre Lobby, with two grand staircases, specially designed Murano-glass chandeliers, and walls of Venetian plaster. The Lobby’s three levels can accommodate cocktail receptions and feature a view of the downtown skyline. For a truly theatrical event, consider the John A. Williams Theatre stage or the Centre’s 3,100-square-foot outdoor Terrace. For the intimate celebration, The Gallery just might be the perfect fit. With its finely appointed décor, inlaid tile floor and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, The Gallery invites you to indulge your romantic flair in radiant, cozy surroundings. The Gallery is mere steps from Cobb Galleria Centre along a tree-lined avenue with direct access to complimentary parking. Nothing

Two Galleria Parkway Atlanta, Georgia 30339 (770) 955-8000 www.atlantagalleriameetings.com events@cobbgalleria.com

helps you set the mood and distinguish the occasion like an accomplished catering partner. Supported by state-of-the-art kitchens, the artistry of experienced culinary maestros, and the services of a crisp-and-polished wait staff, plan your special event supremely confident that the Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Centre will be an extension of your creativity and good taste. MORE ABOUT THIS LOCATION ONLINE AT OCCASIONSONLINE.COM | 55

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STOCKBRIDGE

EAGLES LANDING COUNTRY CLUB

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Eagle’s Landing Country Club is an estately clubhouse specializing in wedding receptions, social occasions, and private events located on the southern crescent of Atlanta in the exclusive Eagles Landing Community. The archietecture exemplifies Georgian charm and savoir-faire from its warm brick exterior and welcoming verandas to a crowning cupola that looks down on some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife in the state. Downtown Atlanta may only be a 20-minute drive away, but the serenity of Eagle’s Landing feels like a world apart. Our Grand Ballroom can accommodate a seated affair of up to 350 guests, and an hors d’oeuvresstyle reception of up to 500. The Landing will accommodate a more intimate gathering. The croquet lawn in front of our magnificent clubhouse is the perfect setting for your wedding ceremony. The challenging 27-hole championship course, designed by Tom Fazio, is the centerpiece of the Club’s outstanding facilities and provides the perfect landscape for golf outings, tournaments and group events. Our staff is committed to providing the finest food and catering service to be found in any private club. Let us create a perfect experience for a perfect day. We will set the stage for your

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Catering: Onsite caterer Includes: All hardware, tables, chairs. linens, service staff, etc. Parking: Complimentary Special Features: Lakeside view of the golf course. Outdoor terrace seating. Outdoor and indoor ceremony sites. Beautiful Plantation Style Club House with interior circular staircase

anniversary, birthday, or graduation party as well as Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, rehearsal dinners, business and holiday functions. What better way to relax and enjoy your guest’s company while you feel the genuine warmth of the South’s famous hospitality? Located 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta and close to Hartsfield International Airport, this is the perfect location to host important corporate clients and associates.

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10,000 6 600

100 Eagle’s Landing Way Stockbridge, GA 30281 (770) 389-2000 www.eagleslandingcc.com sarah.day@ourclub.com

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FORSYTH CONFERENCE CENTER

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The Forsyth Conference Center is the perfect location for all events north of Atlanta. Newly opened in 2010, The Forsyth Conference Center offers a versatile floor plan to host corporate meetings, expos, conferences, special events and weddings ceremonies and receptions. Located

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14,000 10 750

just 30 miles north of Atlanta off of GA 400, the Forsyth Conference Center is more than a great alternative to downtown Atlanta. Upon entry, the lobby provides an open atrium with comfortable seating areas to host cocktail

Catering: Approved caterers list available Includes: Tables & chairs, setup & breakdown, standard linen, AV options, wifi, event manager Parking: Ample free parking available Special Features: Two story foyer with Italian tile and natural wood accents. Neutral colors to match any event decor. State of the art AV system available.

receptions and receive your guests. The ballroom offers 14,000 square feet that can be divided into as many as eight separate rooms or can be customized to fit your event. An executive boardroom with an attached catering kitchen and additional classrooms offer even more space for corporate events or conferences. Our professional event management team is ready to help assist you in creating a perfect event. Our meeting planners will provide guidance in planning your event and the resources to create your custom look. We provide state of the art audio visual equipment with personnel on-site to assist with your multimedia event needs. A warming kitchen is available for approved caterers to provide you with appetizers, buffets or plated dinners. The Forsyth Conference Center provides a flexible and versatile venue to decorate, cater and

7745 Majors Road Cumming, GA 30041 (770) 781-6974 www.ForsythConferenceCenter.com ForsythConferenceCenter @laniertech.edu

customize to make it your perfect event.

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HISTORIC NORCROSS

FLINT HILL

Flint Hill is a beautifully restored mansion located in historic Norcross, Georgia. Gracious and stately, beautifully decorated and furnished, Flint Hill embodies the warmth and intimacy of the South’s most romantic era. This 175-year old home is a unique blend of old southern charm and modern function. Built in 1835, the mansion captures the antebellum era yet is only minutes from the cosmopolitan, fast-paced city of Atlanta.

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5,000 1 300

Sitting atop a tree-covered hill, Flint Hill offers a breathtaking view of the ever-changing landscape. Inside, rooms flow from one to the next with cozy conversation areas tucked throughout. A spectacular large ballroom overlooking the gardens is encased by glass french doors which create walls that open to a secluded courtyard and patio. Anyone who visits Flint Hill senses that weddings are our first love. From the well appointed venue to the enchanting gardens, all are designed for the bride seeking a romantic setting to showcase her style. Although designed with the bride in mind, Flint Hill also appeals to the corporate client seeking a relaxed retreat. Amid ancient oaks, lush gardens, outdoor rooms and terraces, entertain clients or business associates in a style reminiscent of a private, home setting. Enjoy this charming scenario or, for the more adventurous, allow our award-winning team to personalize your experience with a themed event inspired by the venue itself.

Catering: Award winning onsite catering Includes: Tables, chairs, flatware, dance floor, professional event planner Parking: Onsite complimentary parking Special Features: Grand Ballroom and outdoor garden rooms with ceremony locations both inside and out, exclusive use of the entire facility, grounds and gardens, along with graciously appointed bridal suite

539 South Peachtree Street Norcross, GA 30071 (770) 263-7669 www.flinthill.com alison.johnson@flinthill.com

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THE FOX THEATRE

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Combined with the Fox Theatre’s renowned customer service, the Landmarks Lounge will be the perfect pre- and post-show destination for that very special client. The plush environment will also accommodate private receptions for an entire evening, such as intimate dinners, wine-tastings, or

Total Square Footage: 11,462 # of Event Spaces: 3 Capacity: 25 - 1,100

any other “Arabian Night” your imagination can provide. Step back in time to the opulent splendor of the Egyptian Pharaohs or into the mystique of a Middle Eastern palace. The Egyptian Ballroom and the Grand Salon are lavishly decorated with

Catering: Properly licensed and insured caterers are welcome. Discounts available with use of our preferred or featured caterer. Includes: Support staff for nine consecutive hours, a uniformed police officer for the event, tables, chairs, risers, dance floor and cleaning. Parking: Reserved parking can be arranged, payable in advance, based on availability. Special Features: Historic Landmark, Marquee, Outdoor Terrace, Close to Hotels, Pictures in Theatre

sweeping columns and ornamentation creating the perfect setting for wedding and receptions,

660 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, GA 30308 (404) 881-2100 www.foxtheatre.org

The Landmark Lounge, a 30-person hospitality suite, will provide guests with the ultimate 1929

corporate events and association functions. From a luncheon or dinner for 50 guests, to a pre-show cocktail party, or a post-show dessert extravaganza for 1,100 guests, we have set the stage with elegance and fantasy. The Theatre, Egyptian Ballroom, Grand Salon, and Terrace have been completely renovated to their original grandeur. The Fox provides complete beverage service, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and we can suggest musicians, caterers, and other supporting cast. The Grand Salon includes the use of a beautiful outdoor terrace. Romantically lit and always enjoying a lovely breeze, the terrace provides your guests with both indoor and outdoor areas during your event.

movie palace experience. Red velvet banquets, Moroccan tiled floors and walls, gold leaf, and mosaics all envelop your guests the moment they enter.

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WEST MIDTOWN

THE FOUNDRY AT PURITAN MILL

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The Foundry is an historic warehouse event space which was owned and operated by the Puritan Soap Company from 1921 to 1996. It has since been restored and is now a premiere venue in Atlanta for hosting both large and small events. The Foundry at Puritan Mill has a metropolitan tone with extraordinary window walls on three sides, tall original pine ceilings and exposed brick walls which can be the perfect backdrop for

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12,000 2 800

your event. The Foundry has the flexibility to seat up to 800 guests or can be transformed to accommodate smaller groups. Another benefit is our separate pre-function gallery space. We have an uninterrupted floor plan that can create an open environment or can easily be divided by our airy, sheer ivory curtains. Another bonus of The Foundry is our 250 parking spaces for you to use during evening events or we can bring in valet services.

Catering: List of preferred caterers Includes: Seating for up to 250 guests, 160’ of cream sheer drape, 250 parking spaces, security guard and event manager Parking: Complimentary for up to 250 cars Special Features: Original wood ceilings and concrete floors that have been lovingly restored along with brick walls, windows and cream drape to soften the room

916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd, NW Atlanta, GA 30318 (404) 962-8702 www.novareevents.com ksthilaire@novareevents.com

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GARDENS AT KENNESAW MOUNTAIN

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The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain is North Atlanta’s premier wedding and event facility. Located on four idyllic acres, the venue is a unique and intimate setting perfect for your wedding reception and ceremony. Between our impeccably manicured gardens, outdoor covered pavilion

Total Square Footage: 3,600 # of Event Spaces: 5 Capacity: 200 - 500

and indoor ballroom, your options are endless! Sophisticated and Stylish, the Grand Ballroom is the perfect location for your wedding reception. The Grand Ballroom features: window lined walls, modern sconces, brilliant chandeliers, a large

Catering: Onsite: Parsley’s Catering, a certified Two Star Green Restaurant® featuring local & organic cuisine Includes: Six hour use of the entire venue, garden ceremony, chiavari chairs, ivory linen, uniformed staff, soft bar Parking: Complimentary Parking / Valet Available Special Features: Nestled at the base of Historic Kennesaw Mountain, very private, beautiful garden, covered pavilion, spacious banquet hall, local and organic catering options available

parquet dance floor and is enveloped by two manicured gardens. The Garden and Gazebo area is where we host wedding ceremonies amongst seasonal flowers and under the shade of large trees. The pavilion offers a peaceful and serene setting for any outdoor celebration, cocktail reception or quiet reflection with family and friends. The Hunt House is a charming and rustic tabby style home reminiscent of graceful old Savannah, or Charleston. Built in the late 19th century, it boasts original windows and panes, a double-hung front door, heart-of-pine flooring and two wood-burning fireplaces. The Hunt House is ideal for Rehearsal Dinners, Bridal Parties, Wine Tastings or any intimate gathering. At the Gardens, we offer wedding packages and a la carte services that can be customized for your special occasion. Please call today to see how we can make your wedding Naturally Elegant!

1127 White Cir NW Marietta , GA 30060 (770) 396-5361 www.gardensatkennesaw.com laura@parsleys.com

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MIDTOWN

THE GEORGIAN TERRACE HOTEL

Atlanta’s Modern Classic located in the heart of the city’s business and cultural district, The Georgian Terrace Hotel is a midtown icon familiar to anyone who knows Atlanta. The Georgian Terrace delivers a brand of service rarely found, even in the south. We don’t just fulfill, we anticipate needs, and with a host of new and improved amenities we aim to exceed our guest’s expectations.

AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: 9,000 # of Event Spaces: 3 Capacity: 10 - 750

Once you decide where to hold your event, everything else comes together, especially if you decide on The Georgian Terrace Hotel. Once you take a look at all we have to offer, from our three classic ballrooms to our spacious penthouse suites to our award-winning catering, you’ll start to relax. A midtown icon located across the street from the Fox Theatre and minutes from public transportation and the airport, The Georgian Terrace has been the site of Atlanta celebrations since 1911. In fact, the hotel hosted one of the city’s most memorable events, the premier gala for Gone With the Wind. A modern hotel with a grand history, The Georgian Terrace is

Catering: Onsite custom designed menus including organic and vegan Includes: Chairs, tables, dance floors, staging Parking: Valet or self on property Special Features: Historic property, crystal chandeliers, classic charm, floor to ceiling windows

accommodating and romantic. We’re also home to Livingston Restaurant + Bar, a one-of-a-kind venue for private and semiprivate dining with a kitchen admired for its fresh, innovative American cooking. Romantic, historic, artistic and fun, with wonderful architectural elements, practical amenities and bend-over-backwards service, The Georgian Terrace Hotel has it all. Planning to stay in Atlanta for your celebration or wedding? Our spacious penthouse suites are modern oases, beautifully appointed and offering great cityscapes. You’ll find more information on all The Georgian Terrace offers, including floor plans and room capacities at www.thegeorgianterrace.com.

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659 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30308 404.897.1991 www.thegeorgianterrace.com dkicklighter@ thegeorgianterrace.com

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MCDONOUGH

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THE HAZLEHURST HOUSE

AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: 16,000 # of Event Spaces: 4 Capacity: 50 - 250 Catering: Onsite caterer with organic and vegan options. Full alcohol license Includes: Tables, chairs, linens, chaircovers, sashes, in-house decor, sound system Parking: Attendant provided and valet available Special Features: Beautiful courtyard and gardens, elegant ballroom, turn of century veranda, bridal and groom suite, 20 minutes from airport, convenient lodging, boutique feel

The Hazlehurst House has found its niche in the Atlanta market by taking a historic landmark and turning it into a boutique venue perfect for any celebration! Combine the location with award winning cuisine and trademark Southern hospitality and your guests will remember your event for years to come. Set on three acres of land, abundant with magnolia, oak, and cedar trees, the historic property also includes beautiful gardens, a majestic ballroom and stately verandas that comfortably accommodate up to 250 guests. Marrying history and sophistication with modern luxury, this boutique venue makes the premier location for your next business meeting. The unique space makes for a comfortable setting, while providing all of the latest technology needed to keep your meeting flowing smoothly and professionally. The Hazlehurst House prides itself on more than a decade of satisfied customers. The award winning team of culinary, design and planning professionals behind this establishment set them apart from many. The Hazlehurst House preferred vendor list includes only the finest professionals in the business who are skilled and experienced working with our venue. Rest easy knowing you have the benefit of Atlanta’s premiere boutique venue, but you also have the benefit of an incredible team of professionals behind the scenes of your event. This makes for an excellent recipe for success!! The Hazlehurst House: where elegance meets excellence.

77 Sloan Street McDonough, GA 30253 (770) 898-0776 www.hazlehursthouse.net felicia@hazlehursthouse.net

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LAWRENCEVILLE

LITTLE GARDENS

The newest venue owned and operated by Magic Moments, Little Gardens is a colonial style home nestled in the midst of a 3-acre estate located in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Events at Little Gardens lend you exclusive use of house and grounds including serene waterfall gardens and koi pond, a spectacular ballroom for indoor receptions encased by glass doors that open to a secluded and lush garden, beautifully appointed buffets with a soft halo of light from beneath, adorned with magnificent custom floral displays, and professionally designed and impeccably manicured “garden rooms” for both grand and intimate events. Upstairs, a large bridal suite filled with overstuffed couches, a private restroom and dressing area, floor-to-ceiling-mirror, and fireplace welcomes the bride. Across the hall a groom’s room with a bar, flat screen television, and personal restroom provides the perfect retreat for the groom and his groomsmen. For the ultimate experience in at-home entertaining, Magic Moments offers customized catered events at Little Gardens allowing every client the freedom to play the gracious host. Corporate clients especially appreciate the atmosphere that Little Gardens provides. Guests are able to enjoy the warm ambiance of the house during the cocktail hour and then come together as a group in the ballroom. Because the house and grounds are so varied, the venue adapts beautifully to themed events, allowing corporate clients the flexibility to brand their events for added value. In addition, the professionally trained event planners, floral designers, and uniformed tuxedoed wait staff assures a warm and inviting experience for each guest.

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AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

4,500 1 300

Catering: Award winning onsite catering Includes: Tables, chairs, flatware, dancefloor, professional event planner Parking: Onsite complimentary parking Special Features: Colonial style estate featuring beautifully manicured gardens, a stunning waterfall in the outdoor ceremony site, private ballroom facilities, terrace patio, and a deluxe bridal suite along with a separate groom’s suite complete with a flat screen television. 3571 Lawrenceville Highway NW Lawrenceville, GA 30044 (770) 923-3434 www.littlegardens.com kristin.mintz@littlegardens.com

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ATLANTA MARRIOTT MARQUIS

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Memorable spaces. Unforgettable service. An event they won’t forget. Make your next occasion truly special, and give your guests an experience they won’t forget at the stylish Atlanta Marriott®

160,000 10 2,500

Catering: Catering onsite, custom designed menus Includes: Tables, chairs, linens, flatware, china, stemware, votive candles, dance floor, staging Parking: Valet parking Special Features: Three beautiful ballrooms, 50 story breathtaking atrium, The Spa, 24 hour Fitness Center, indoor/ outdoor pool and terrace, amazing skyline views

Marquis. With flexible, customizable spaces to choose from, it’s easy to find the perfect backdrop, no matter what your event. From weddings, bar/bah mitzvahs, fundraisers, social events and more, our event areas provide options and intimacy. Three elegant ballrooms, each offer a unique design, gorgeous décor and flexible pre-function spaces to add to the experience. The breathtaking Marquis atrium is marked by the 50-foot color changing sail of Pulse, a classically cool cocktail lounge and centerpiece of the hotel. Dining reaches new heights at Sear specializing in fire-inspired steak, seafood and even desserts. Sear private dining rooms are also available. High Velocity, the next generation Sports Bar offers a semi private media room and glass enclosed Sweetwater lounge. If you’re looking for a unique event, Pulse Loft provides spectacular views of the hotel atrium. The 10th floor Skyline level boasts amazing skyline and atrium views. The outside poolside terrace complete with cabana and bar is another great option. Make a day of pampering and blissful indulgences part of the event with our full-service Spa. And don’t forget the guest rooms and suites, which offer incredible views and plenty of space for out-of-town guests, smaller gatherings or a place to get some rest after a day or evening socializing. Whatever venue you choose, leave the details to our experienced planners and attentive staff. Our

265 Peachtree Center Avenue Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 586-6079 www.atlantamarquis.com lauren.m.simmons@marriott.com

Event Specialists will help you customize an event that matches your personal style and meets all of your needs, traditions and wishes. Enjoy exquisite menus, tailored to suit your tastes, by our award-winning culinary team. It’s everything you need for a memorable and flawless event, in the heart of Atlanta, at the Atlanta Marriott® Marquis.

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BUCKHEAD

MASON MURER

Mason Murer Fine Art is a gallery and special event space located near Midtown and Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia, representing emerging and established artists from around the United States and

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the world. In May 2004, Atlanta art entrepreneur Mark Mason Karelson and real estate developer Glenn Murer joined forces to form Mason Murer Fine Art, Inc. Situated in a 24,000 square foot AIA

Total Square Footage: 24,000 # of Event Spaces: 1 Capacity: 300 - 400

Award winning space, Mason Murer Fine Art offers a variety of high quality contemporary art from regional, national and international artists. An art destination, Mason Murer can offer a number of distinct art experiences in a single visit. Mason Murer is Atlanta’s largest Art Gallery space and is also a leading venue for special events, corporate parties, social gatherings and charity galas. Outside alcohol is allowed, either by you or your caterer, in our gallery as we do not maintain a liquor license. The Main Gallery space can easily seat 350 people with a stage and dance floor. The entire use of the gallery has a capacity of 1,000 mingling. Gallery parking spaces are available, as is street parking. Nestled conveniently between Buckhead and Midtown, Mason Murer Fine Art is the only contemporary Atlanta art gallery of its kind and a unique space for your upcoming event. Our sleek, expansive gallery space makes us ideal for weddings, corporate gatherings, galas, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, auctions, fashion show and holiday parties. Come and visit today! 199 Armour Drive Atlanta, GA 30324 MasonMurer.com

404.879.1500 www.MasonMurer.com/events

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Catering: Client chosen licensed caterer Includes: Most tables and chairs (please see website for inventory), security and cleaning Parking: Ample free parking, valet available for additional fee Special Features: Elegant, chic contemporary Fine Art Gallery in the heart of Atlanta. Client’s own alcohol permitted with a licensed server. Separate spaces for a wedding and a subsequent reception. Perfect lay out for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah 199 Armour Drive Atlanta, GA 30321 (404) 879-1500 www.masonmurer.com shawn@masonmurer.com

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THE MORROW CENTER

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The Morrow Center is Georgia’s newest conference center. Located just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta and 10 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, The Morrow Center is poised to create your event with affordable elegance. The Morrow Center’s 28,000 sq ft of flexible

Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

28,000 8 600

event space is built to the International Association of Conference Center and Marriott standards to accommodate every social and business need. We will provide complete concierge service throughout your entire event and we have the flexibility

Catering: Choose from our preferred caterers list Includes: Tables, Chairs, in-house sound system, Built in 334 sq. ft. Hardwood Stage, Wi-Fi, Coat Room & Concierge Service Parking: Onsite complimentary parking, valet parking optional Special Features: Dining Lounge with built in Induction Buffet, Designer Axeminster Belgium Carpet, Built in 120” Drop down Screen and LCD Projector, Brazilian Firewood Marble

to work within your budget without compromising your imagination. Event planning options range from the guest supplying their own amenities to a total care package coordinated fully by our team. Guests of The Morrow Center enjoy a host of event amenities including 4,700 sq. ft. ballroommultiple floor plans, hardwood stage for ceremony & dance, state-of-the-art audio sound system, full 120” screen & LCD presentations, movable hardwood dance floor, 18” high ceilings, 2 large (2,000+ sq. ft. ) reception areas, rehearsal dining built-in induction buffet, complimentary wi-fi and 500+ parking spaces, coat room and main desk concierge, wedding planner on staff, and full bar options. Such a variety of planning options make the Morrow Center a smart choice for any budget. The Morrow Center appreciates the importance of quality and service and understands that food and beverage selections can greatly impact the success of any event. You will find only the highest quality and finest selections for food and beverage through the Morrow Center’s preferred list of

1180 Southlake Circle, Ste. 100 Morrow, GA 30260 (678) 489-5161 www.morrowcenter.com ssullivan@cityofmorrow.com

caterers. We are conveniently located 1 mile off of I-75 (exit 233) next to Southlake Mall.

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MARIETTA

OLDE TOWNE ATHLETIC CLUB

Celebrate the most important day in your life at Olde Towne Athletic Club!

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The highlight of any reception is a memorable dining experience for all of your guests. Let our experienced catering staff guide you through all the planning details of your event, from the food and beverages to the hotels, flowers, music or other local vendors. Executive Chef Scott Murtha, a Culinary Institute of America graduate in Hyde Park, New York, along with our in-house culinary

Total Square Footage: 6,000 # of Event Spaces: 1 Capacity: Up to 500

staff is here to provide you with a custom menu that will make your reception a first class success. We will help take the worry out of planning so you can relax and enjoy your very special event. Special Event Director Bob Cooper, who brings over 25 years of experience, will assist you in planning every detail of your wedding reception and will provide suggestions to help make your wedding day absolutely flawless. From the elegant Grand Ballroom with an outside terrace to the oversized gazebo for outdoor garden ceremonies, Olde Towne Athletic Club is truly a MUST SEE before making your venue

Catering: Onsite Includes: Dance floor, china, glassware, and house linens Parking: Onsite complimentary parking, valet parking optional Special Features: Indoor and outdoor ceremony space, large gazebo

decision. Olde Towne Athletic Club would love to have the opportunity to serve you and your guests. We will offer you the detailed attention your event deserves. Please call upon us for a tour of our facility, and the chance to make your event spectacular! 4950 Olde Towne Parkway Marietta, GA 30068 (770) 578-9901 www.otac.net bcooper@otac.net

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ROSWELL

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PRIMROSE COTTAGE

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Primrose Cottage is a captivating antebellum mansion nestled in the heart of the historic district in Roswell, Georgia. With the addition of the new Overlook Ballroom, complete with floor to ceiling glass walls and a commanding view of terraced gardens, Primrose Cottage offers an incomparable

Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

6,000 1 350

Catering: Award winning onsite catering Includes: Tables, chairs, flatware, dancefloor, professional event planner Parking: Onsite complimentary parking Special Features: A captivating antebellum mansion nestled in the heart of the historic district in Roswell featuring the Overlook Ballroom with floor to ceiling glass walls and a commanding view of terraced gardens.

venue for special events. In such a serene setting among ancient oaks and terraced gardens, it is hard to believe that Primrose Cottage is just minutes away from Atlanta’s major thoroughfares and international airport making Primrose easily accessible. During an event, guests enjoy the antebellum mansion exclusively including three acres of alluring gardens accentuated with subtle lighting, brick terraces, charming fountains, and arbors. Inside the three level home with a delightful double veranda overlooking the back courtyard, gracious sitting rooms entice guests to linger and savor the moment. The latest addition to Primrose Cottage, the Overlook Ballroom offers 2800 square feet of event space complimented with hardwood floors, a grand view of the ever-changing gardens, specialty mood lighting, and a custom designed ceremony niche for indoor weddings. Inside the house, the large, open connecting rooms featuring crystal chandeliers and heart-of-pine floors allow an easy flow not found in many historic homes. The charm of this historic home makes Primrose Cottage a gracious and memorable location for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate events, dinners and holiday celebrations. For the bride, Primrose Cottage captures the essence of an elegant at-home wedding that places you at the center of attention.

674 Mimosa Boulevard Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 594-2299 www.primrosecottage.com teri.craton@primrosecottage.com

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VENUE GUIDE

MIDTOWN

PIEDMONT ROOM AND GARDEN TENT

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In the heart of Midtown Atlanta, with Piedmont Park as the backdrop, the Piedmont Room and Piedmont Garden Tent offer two distinctly different settings for memorable occasions. The Piedmont Garden Tent’s flowing white silk ceiling frames spectacular views of Atlanta’s Midtown skyline and Piedmont Park. Crystal chandeliers, Chinese lanterns and hundreds of flickering tea candles provide soft romantic lighting throughout the evening while a classic checkered

AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

10,000 2 300

dance floor invites guests to dance the night away. In the private Meadow reserved exclusively for Garden Tent events, the lush willow trees provide a naturally gorgeous backdrop to a ceremony or intimate cocktail reception. Located on the second floor of the building, the Piedmont Room features soaring thirty-foot ceilings and twelve foot windows overlooking the city’s largest park as well as skyline. With a backdrop alive with color both day and night, the Piedmont Room lends an air of sophistication and glamour to any event. Guests will feast on a menu designed for your event, whether it’s a southern-inspired meal featuring Shrimp & Grits Martinis and Fried Green Tomatoes or a formal, multi-course seated dinner. The choice is yours and our Executive Chef is pleased to tailor our menus to your tastes.

Catering: Onsite, custom designed menus Includes: Gold chavari chairs, variety of tables, ivory linens, tea candles, dance floor, optional staging Parking: Complimentary selfparking Special Features: Two distinct venues for outdoor and indoor events, breathtaking views and truly unique setting, convenient location with proximity to shopping, dining, and accomodations 500 10th Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309 (404) 249-0001 www.piedmontroom.com lauren@piedmontroom.com

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DUNWOODY

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RAVINIA CLUB AND GARDENS

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Established in 1987, the Ravinia Club is an exclusive private club set in Dunwoody’s prestigious Ravinia complex with an ambiance that is conducive to both business ventures and family togetherness alike. Native American for “Magical Gardens,” Ravinia is not just our name, it’s a

Total Square Footage: 6,000 # of Event Spaces: 3 Capacity: Up to 650 Catering: Onsite catering with award winning chef. Offsite catering permitted if minimums are met Includes: Marble dance floor, chateau chairs, standard linens, AV equipment Parking: Free parking, valet optional Special Features: Garden setting with lake, 10 story atrium with water features, city club setting, garden views, on-premise day spa, close to hotels, boutique planning services, onsite floral design Two Ravinia Drive Suite 100 Atlanta , Georgia 30346 (770) 392-7328 www.raviniaclub.com laurapotts@raviniaclub.com

concept that is carried throughout the Club in its decor - from the sedate wildlife etchings in the glass to the Italian marble foyer and lovely floral artwork. Additionally, the Club is set aside the award-winning Ravinia gardens . . . A beautiful sanctuary for weddings, social and corporate events. The ambiance of the Club, its European charm, and the discerning attention to detail by the entire staff, create a warm, welcoming atmosphere not found elsewhere. The Club’s experienced professional catering team handles any size occasion with grace and elegance. Whether menu options, floral arrangements, music or photography, the staff can assist with any or all aspects to ensure a flawless and memorable event. The Ravinia Club’s meeting facilities are, in a word, perfect. Whether the event is an intimate lunch or a gathering of several hundred, it becomes the flawless occasion that you expect. When business is in order, technology-savvy meeting rooms are equipped with the necessary electronics. The Ravinia Club is a traditionally appointed City Club with a cascading spiral staircase and hand painted ceilings. The Gardens at Ravinia provide a tranquil setting for ceremonies of up to 200 guests. Lush wooded areas with two lakes and a stream that runs past an outdoor pagoda. We can accommodate 200 guests in our stately Main Dining Room alone and up to 350 guests by including other private rooms.

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VENUE GUIDE

ATLANTA GALLERIA

RENAISSANCE ATLANTA WAVERLY HOTEL

With a 28 year tradition of hospitality and special event excellence in Atlanta, the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel has just the team and space to create your most memorable event. From the

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moment you enter the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel, you know you are someplace special. Our 14 story sun-drenched atrium lobby offers a unique sense of arrival, and the perfect location for wedding photos, a cocktail reception or just spending time with colleagues, family or friends.

Total Square Footage: 60,000 # of Event Spaces: 5 Capacity: 10 - 1,000

Beyond our atrium you’ll discover 3 beautiful ballrooms, all with individual sound, climate controls and lighting. Our Kennesaw room, complete with contemporary chandeliers and warm décor accented by shades of ivory and browns, offers 5,200 square feet of ballroom space, perfect for dinners, dancing and celebrating of all kinds. Earth tones accented by greens, reds and gold bring the Habersham Ballroom to life. 5,900 square feet of space, accented by airy 19 foot ceilings, offers a distinctive space for any type of event. For maximum impact, our 16,000 square foot Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,000 guests for plated dinners. Air wall flexibility allows creative space design for receptions, dinners and many types of unique sets and décor. Both the Habersham

Catering: Catering onsite, offsite allowed for specialized events Parking: Self Parking is complimentary; Valet parking available Special Features: 14 story atrium lobby, access to Galleria Gardens, spa services available, full fitness center, steam and sauna

and Grand Ballrooms adjoin the spacious Garden Court pre-function area. With high ceilings, natural light and marble columns, the Garden Court is a lovely setting for cocktail receptions or after dinner dessert and coffee gatherings. Compliment the perfect special event with overnight stays in one of our 521 spacious guest rooms and suites. For the ultimate in special treatment, SpaWaverly offers soothing, personalized treatments, or relax in our complimentary Fitness Center, steam and sauna, and indoor salt water swimming pool. Give your next special event the royal treatment at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel!

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2450 Galleria Parkway SE Atlanta, GA 30339 (770) 953-4500 www.renaissancewaverly.com atlrb.leads@renaissancehotels.com

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CLARKESVILLE

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SUTTON MILL

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AT A GLANCE Total Square Footage: 200,000 # of Event Spaces: 1 Capacity: 150 Catering: Selected regional caterers who partner with Sutton Mill Includes: Four hours of exclusive use, onsite event director, a 20’ x 40’ tent, wedding seating, event day officer, and post event cleaning Parking: Complimentary parking with a parking coordinator and shuttle Special Features: Historic grounds, outdoor stone pavilion with antique pews, mill house front lawn for 150 guests, wisteria lawn flanked by lush gardens, and a 100-year-old grist mill water wheel 129 Swain Wood Road Clarkesville, GA 30523 (706) 499-6717 www.suttonmill.com events@suttonmill.com

SUTTON MILL is nestled in the picturesque North Georgia Mountains, located a few miles from the quaint city of Clarkesville and an hour and fifteen minutes from Atlanta. A restored 1890’s grist mill provides a mystical, natural setting perfect for spectacular weddings or your magical mountain event. Sutton Mill’s five acres is graced with three historic buildings, four covered porches, beautifully landscaped grounds, an original water wheel, outdoor stone pavilion with antique pews and manicured flowering gardens all set on the banks of scenic Sutton Creek. Imagine the twinkling of lights, the sound of gentle rushing waters and the fresh scent of flowers as you walk down the aisle or gather with friends and family at your next celebration. Charm and comfort are at the forefront at Sutton Mill. Enjoy refreshments in the full kitchen or cozy up by the fireplace in the Mill House’s sitting area before getting ready in one of four bedrooms. The Miller’s Cottage includes a full kitchen, bathroom and a quaint living room, fully furnished to match the cabin’s rustic charm. The Barn House features a full kitchen, living room, two private suites, iron spiral staircase and large covered porch. Once it is time for the big event, Sutton Mill’s historic grounds can accommodate up to 150 guests. Let us help you with all of your event needs, including catering, florals, tents, photographers and more! Formal or informal, large or more intimate, Sutton Mill offers a venue that will make your event unforgettable; it’s a perfect natural setting for your special and memorable occasion. At Sutton Mill, weddings and special events are our business, and we invite you to experience the difference.

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VENUE GUIDE JOHNS CREEK

ST IVES COUNTRY CLUB

Sitting majestically atop one of the highest points in North Fulton County is St Ives Country Club’s crowning jewel, a 45,000 square foot stone encased clubhouse. Once inside, you experience

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the feeling of an 18th Century country English Manor. Full height mahogany paneling, crystal chandeliers, woven carpets handmade in the Far East, and silk wall coverings are just some of the spectacular appointments. Whether entertaining honored guests, hosting a small private party, throwing a large holiday event or coordinating an executive golf outing, St Ives Country Club provides the perfect combination of private elegance and impeccable service to make your event the talk of the town. Enjoy our culinary artists’ finest creations whether it is one of our menus or a menu that will reflect your own personal style. Our executive chef can help you select the perfect enhancements to make a lasting impression. St Ives Country Club offers deluxe bar services which include a large selection of award winning wines. Let us assist you in teaming the perfect wines with your meal. We would also be pleased to assist in directing you towards some of the finest wedding vendors in the Atlanta area. Let us help you create a special occasion for all to enjoy! Mention this ad and receive 30% off the

Total Square Footage: 3,500 # of Event Spaces: 3 Capacity: 25 - 250 Catering: Onsite caterer with custom menus, vegetarian available Includes: Tables, chairs, linens, glassware, silverware, setup/ breakdown, centerpieces Parking: Complimentary self parking available, valet service available Special Features: Golf course view, outdoor ceremony site, close to hotels, board room and private banquet rooms

room rental fee.

1 St Ives Country Club Drive Johns Creek, Georgia 30097 (770) 623-1239 www.stivescountryclub.org hshell@stivescountryclub.org

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DEKALB, GWINNETT

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VECOMA AT THE YELLOW RIVER

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Vecoma is Atlanta’s most secluded, charming and distinctive special events venue. Guests enjoy PRIVATE use of the lovely romantic lodge hidden in a 70 acre forest oasis. Included on the RIVERSIDE property is a huge back lawn perfect for large gatherings, ceremonies or games.

Total Square Footage: 3,500 # of Event Spaces: 3 Capacity: 50 - 330

Vecoma is a family owned business which specializes in the personal touch. History of Vecoma....As early as 900 B.C. this land formed part of the extensive native American southern trading route. Later it became the place of countless baptisms as well as a bivouac point

Catering: Onsite catering with organic, vegan options, full alcohol license Includes: Chairs, tables, dance floor, centerpieces, decorations, dinnerware Parking: Ample free onsite parking Special Features: Riverside, 70 acre forest oasis in a metropolis with total privacy, fireplace in a lovely lodge, indoor/outdoor events, huge lawn available for outdoor activities, large covered veranda, family owned since 1920’s.

for both Confederate and Union forces during 1864 and 1865. In 1927 Venie and Cotton Mather completed a 6-sided cabin made entirely of stone and wood taken from the property. The lodge was named Vecoma, combining the first two letters of each of their names. The foundation and chimney of this family relic still remain next to the new reception hall built in 1996. The large deck on the back of the hall overlooks the woods, lawn and river. Many couples have chosen this site for their wedding and reception. It is rich in history and natural beauty. Today, the family of Venie and Cotton Mather invite you to enjoy Vecoma as you celebrate your own historic and special event. As you walk the grounds, you can see the foundations of the old farm, the Yellow River; and you might even get a glimpse of deer and other wildlife that inhabit the densely wooded land.

4400 Vecoma Lane Snellville, GA 30039 (770) 972-6540 www.vecoma1.com vecoma@mindspring.com

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VENUE GUIDE

DOWNTOWN ATLANTA, LUCKIE MARIETTA DISTRICT

VENTANAS

Right image by Alecia Lauren Photography

Ventanas, the Spanish word for windows, is where you’ll find the only sweeping view of the Atlanta skyline that soars from Stone Mountain to Kennesaw Mountain. Perched atop the 14th and 15th

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stories of the Park Pavilion building in the city’s Luckie Marietta District, Ventanas offers 9,547 inspiring square feet of premier indoor and outdoor rooftop space and a helipad across the street from Centennial Olympic Park, The Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. The space is one block from the CNN Center, Philips Arena, Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, American Cancer Society and AmericasMart. Take in breathtaking views of the city high above Downtown Atlanta with our magnificent floor-toceiling windows. From the 14th floor terrace level, step out onto the rooftop patio that features three fire pits and soft seating to enjoy a breath of fresh air or make your grand entrance via our unique spiral staircase that joins the 14th and 15th floors. While you’re enjoying sipping on a cocktail of your choice listen to your favorite band or DJ with clear and crisp sound amidst our oversized acoustical floating ceiling panels. And, you’ll be the talk of the town—when you and your guests make a dramatic entrance and exit by helicopter to Atlanta’s only event space and helipad. For an event that’s as close as possible to heaven, this is the place. From decadent hors d’oeuvres served against the backdrop of Atlanta’s evening skyline by Atlanta’s finest caterers paired with immaculate service, to a corporate lunch high above the daytime rush of

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Catering: Choose from a preferred catering list of Atlanta’s finest caterers Includes: Visit our website for a complete list of our inventory Parking: Valet and self parking available Special Features: Rooftop venue, breathtaking view of the Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead skyline, indoor and outdoor space available, walking distance to the GWCC, helipad, outdoor patio and firepits

the business capital of the south, our numerous food and beverage options can make your signature event unforgettable, whether for 50 people – or 500. Contact our Director of Sales, Donald Mill at 404.766.3867, for your personal tour today.

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9,547 3 50-500

275 Baker Street Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 766-3867 www.ventanasatlanta.com dhm@legacyproperty.com

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BUCKHEAD

VENUE GUIDE

W ATLANTA - BUCKHEAD

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Celebrate in style at W Atlanta – Buckhead, the perfect blend of Southern hospitality and modern chic. Maintaining the grand traditions of the south, we provide a stylish environment infused with the historical references that define the rich tradition of Buckhead.

Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

9,000 4 300

And sensationally styled spaces are just the beginning. When you choose W Hotels, you’ll get to enjoy exclusive Whatever/Whenever® services so your experience is exactly how you always imagined.

Catering: Vegan, vegetarian, custom menu creations, onsite, organic Includes: Dance floor, risers, linens, china, silverware, stemware, votive candles, DJ and cake tables Parking: Valet Special Features: W Signature Wow Vows and W Signature Stylings, celebrity Chef Jean-Georges’ MARKET restaurant, Rande Gerber’s Whiskey Blue rooftop bar, private event spaces, WET deck with individual cabanas, proximity to world-class shopping and over 1400 unique retailers.

Wishing for the intimate wedding of your dreams? W Atlanta – Buckhead’s event spaces are arranged to make a guest feel as if no one else is around. Beginning with our not-your-ordinary Living Room (that’s lobby in W-speak), you’ll be immersed in W’s signature style. Enjoy the country-club cool feel of our Thom Filicia-designed spaces and rooms that awaken the senses with rich, dramatic hues and sultriness. With renowned on-site partners like celebrity Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s MARKET restaurant to nightlife maven Rande Gerber’s Whiskey Blue rooftop bar, we’ve got you covered. Whatever/Whenever® your event needs may be, allow our team to grant your every wish.

3377 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30326 (678) 500-3128 www.watlantabuckhead.com karen.donatelli@whotels.com

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DUNWOODY

W ATLANTA - PERIMETER

Escape to W Atlanta - Perimeter and explore where some of Atlanta’s best influences - upscale shopping, commerce, art and business - connect. Whether it’s a whimsical wedding, a joyful

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commitment ceremony or a regal reception, let W Atlanta – Perimeter add some WOW to your vows. From a cool and customizable cocktail hour to the glitz and glam of a delectable dinner, your wishes are our inspirations at Atlanta’s urban oasis.

Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

10,000 12 500

We’ll take to heart your intimate details, ensuring an endearing celebration for family, friends and fun. Lasting memories are made within our walls – and the mundane is made magical in our exciting and inviting Living Room. Featuring warm and welcoming nooks, plush seating and a nod to whimsy, our Living Room creates an uptown experience with down-home comfort and hospitality. Events at W Hotels are always unexpected and unbelievable. And with infinite possibilities for each and every couple and occasion, what will you dream up? Enjoy intimate, sophisticated style – or a refreshingly chic all-out party – in our Great Room and event space, with wide open spaces for up to 500 guests. Perfect for work and play, W Atlanta – Perimeter offers everything you need to make your affairs alluring and your special events spectacular.

Catering: Vegan, vegetarian, custom menu creations, onsite, organic Includes: Dance floor, chairs, risers, linens, china, silverware, stemware, votive candles Parking: Valet and self parking Special Features: W Signature Stylings, W Signature Wow Vows, WET deck with private cabanas, shuttle bus availability, pet friendly, proximity to Perimeter Mall, major interstates and MARTA

From a swanky soirée to a private night that celebrates just the two of you – and everything in between – we’ll make it your experience of a lifetime. So what are you waiting for? Explore Atlanta’s best scene to be seen.

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111 Perimeter Center West Atlanta, GA 30346 (770) 280-0692 www.watlantaperimeter.com tricia.bethel-sookhoo@whotels.com

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MIDTOWN

VENUE GUIDE

W ATLANTA - MIDTOWN

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Where else can you be steps away from so much to do and see but at W Atlanta - Midtown? This cool oasis in the middle of Atlanta’s hottest and hippest neighborhood is sure to amplify the joy in your commitment ceremony, the rhythm in your reception, and the wow in your vows. Offering

Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

30,000 7 1,500

Catering: Vegan, Vegetarian, Custom Menu Creations, Onsite, Organic Includes: Dance floor, linens, china, silverware, stemware, votive candles, lounge furniture Parking: Valet and self parking Special Features: W Signature Wow Vows, Altitude – 27th floor event space, Spice Market by JeanGeorges, Bliss Spa, Rande Gerber’s Whiskey Park, WET deck with private cabanas, proximity to Piedmont Park, the Midtown Mile, the arts and public transit.

access to an endless array of wonderful dining options, world-class culture, and picturesque Piedmont Park, W Atlanta – Midtown is the perfect pick for your wedding or event. And sensationally styled spaces are just the beginning. When you choose W Hotels, you’ll get to enjoy exclusive Whatever/Whenever® services so your experience is exactly how you always imagined. Accommodating up to 1,500 guests, our 30,000 square feet of event space and studios allow you the flexibility to plan an intimate gathering or a gala event – all surrounded by W Signature stylings with a twist of southern charm. Looking for views that Wow? Take the lift to Altitude, our 27th floor event space with floor-to-ceiling windows that will surround your guests with views of Piedmont Park and the sparkling Atlanta skyline. Or, celebrate in our 10,000 square foot Great Room – the largest ballroom of any W Hotel worldwide. With renowned on-site partners like celebrity Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market and nightlife maven Rande Gerber’s Whiskey Park, we’ve got you covered. Whatever/Whenever® your event needs may be, allow our team to grant your every wish.

188 14th Street NE Atlanta, GA 30361 (404) 733-6944 www.watlantamidtown.com eric.waldron@whotels.com

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REHEARSAL DINNER & PRIVATE DINING GUIDE

The ins and outs of

REHEARSAL DINNERS

and private dining parties A private dinner is a chance for people to gather and get to know each other better and have a shared experience. Whether it’s a rehearsal dinner, a birthday party or a corporate function, if you have a certain look and price point in mind, chances are you can find a restaurant that will suit your needs. Most have experience hosting small to large functions, so planning is relatively painless. Hosting a dinner at a restaurant ensures that your guests will enjoy excellent fare, since good food is their specialty. Plus, they are already fully decorated, allowing for added pizzazz that may be lacking in another venue type’s more basic décor. If you’re foodies, a restaurant can be a place that is as adventurous with its cuisine as you are. These days your personality or that of your business can be reflected in the setting. However, keep in mind that with restaurants, the good food can come with space limitations. Remember that if your group size doesn’t warrant renting the entire place, you may be seated close to regular patrons, which can mean less privacy. Semi-private dining – or dining that is not closed off – can mean that noise and passersby will be out of your control. “At a baseline, you want a restaurant with enough space for your guests to feel comfortable,” said Jennifer Boozer, Director of Marketing for Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, which owns twelve restaurants and private event spaces. Private dinners are the first time a lot of people get to meet each other,” said Boozer. “You want an easy environment for people to talk with each other. So, be sure to ask if the space will be quiet.” If needed, make sure that the establishment you choose is equipped with AV gear that can support slideshows, speeches, toasting, roasting and/or

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announcements so that your entire crowd can easily see and hear. If they do not have the necessary equipment, confirm that they will allow you to bring in your own and that the electrical outlets can support the equipment you bring in.

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Depending on the size of your dinner, it may be helpful to set a pre-determined menu. If you have a smaller group, you could work with the restaurant to provide more choices for your guests. And don’t forget the little touches that make every event unique. Although private dinners tend to be smaller in size, you can still incorporate little details with big impact like centerpieces, tags on gift items, custom napkins and even place cards. Escort cards are often used at large events because they let guests know where they will be seated. In the same way, place cards are an excellent detail for smaller dinners. There are so many opportunities to make a private restaurant experience your own unique creation. Determining your particular needs will enable you to find the perfect place to throw your next party. Whether you choose a quaint bistro or a larger eatery for your event, remember that throwing a private dinner is your chance to make a meal into a memorable experience.

TIP :: Don’t forget the details. Place cards are an excellent detail for smaller dinner parties.

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REHEARSAL DINNER & PRIVATE DINING GUIDE

103 WEST 103 West Paces Ferry Road Atlanta, GA 30305 SEATS: 6 - 300 Guests CUISINE: Continental (though very customizable) Located in the charming residential district of Buckhead, 103 West is among Atlanta’s most impressive full-service event facilities. Steeped in stylish elegance, its exceptional cuisine and immaculate service is unmatched. The venue provides contemporary and stylish ambiance, and is sure to make any event unforgettable. Our chef tailors menus to each party’s tastes, while full-service event coordinators make the presentation flawless. 103 West is ideal for breakfasts, luncheons and dinners, business meetings and events, wedding receptions, bat/bar mitzvahs, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, cocktail receptions, and more.

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ATLANTA FISH MARKET 265 Pharr Road Atlanta, GA 30305 SEATS: Up to 160 Guests CUISINE: Seafood Southern charm and the Southeast’s widest selection of fresh fish and seafood take center stage at this ever-popular Buckhead landmark. With gracious service and a comfortable, neighborhood atmosphere, it is a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of Buckhead. Atlanta Fish Market has something for everyone, and is ideal for luncheons, dinners, business or speaker meetings, and receptions. A Savannah-casual atmosphere for casual to dressy affairs and specialty linens, florals, and decorations allow you to customize your event. With private dining rooms on the restaurant level and on the mezzanine overlooking the restaurant, you can’t go wrong with Atlanta Fish Market for your next private dining experience. B UC K H E A D R E S TA U RA NT S .COM • ( 404) 601- 1333

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BLUEPOINTE 3455 Peachtree Road Atlanta, GA 30326 SEATS: 50 Seated, 80 Reception CUISINE: American/Asian Fusion Sophisticated elegance converges with urban chic in this electric Buckhead hotspot dishing Asian-infused American cuisine with dramatic contemporary flair. The mix of flavors is both spectacular and unique, featuring inventive items from the kitchen as well as Atlanta’s freshest sushi. Bluepointe’s hip bar is home to creative cocktails and is a go-to for Atlanta’s trendsetters. Enjoy the original cuisine, smooth libations, and impeccable service. The Red Room offers the perfect setting for unique private party dinners and events, and full-service event planning and custom menus are available. Bluepointe is ideal for luncheons, dinners, business meetings, and speaker events. B U CK HE A D RE S TAURA N TS . C OM • (4 0 4 ) 237-9070 x 2017

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PRICCI 500 Pharr Road Atlanta, GA 30305 SEATS: Up to 80 (each private room seats 30 to 40) CUISINE: Italian Casual yet classy, Pricci features modern interpretations of quintessential Italian fare, including salads, seafood, meats, and pastas. Pricci offers creative, custom printed menus, dramatic interior and friendly service. It is fun, stylish dining at its best with an upscale casual atmosphere. The space is ideal for luncheons, dinners, receptions, and business meetings. There are also three adjoining dining rooms that open into one large room, and three private rooms creating an event customizable to your liking.

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DRESS: FREIDA, strapless sweetheart neckline Ballgown with asymmetrically draped corset bodice and full draped skirt. Available in ivory. Select salons only $4,900. ACCESSORIES: Stella and Dot Necklace stylist own, Sunset Bangle $69, Paige Enamel Bangle $59, Sloane Enamel Bangle $59, Delicate Drop Earrings $24

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DRESS: ELEANOR, Strapless drop waist full A-line gown with feathered flower embroidery with a horse hair waist sash. Available in Ivory/Black and Ivory/ Ivory. Shown with Priscilla of Boston pink charmeus sash $195. Select Salons Only. $5,850. ACCESSORIES: Stella and Dot Audrey Cluster Bracelet $59; Delicate Drop Earrings $24, Vintage Cluster Ring $39

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DRESS: DELANEY, Strapless soft A-line gown with woven criss-cross bodice and gathered skirt. Shown with crystal belt 12A1010 $650. Available in Ivory/Vanilla, Ivory/Ivory, Ivory/ White, White/Vanilla, White/Ivory, and White/White. Select Salons Only. $3,990. ACCESSORIES: Stella and Dot Delicate Drop Earrings $24,

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DRESS: EMMALINE, V-neck ball gown with illusion corset top and veiled metallic hand painting. Gown available with 3� width sash at waist. Available in Ivory/ Black, Ivory/Ivory, Ivory/White, White/Black, White/Ivory, White/ White, Peach Metallic/Black, Ivory Metallic/Black and Ivory Metallic/ Ivory. Select Salons Only. $5,990. ACCESSORIES: Stella and Dot Delicate Drop Earrings $24,

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DRESS: FIONA, Asymmetrically draped strapless mermaid gown with full skirt with ladder technique. Shown with ivory Courtesan sash $495. Available in Ivory. Select Salons Only. $4,900. ACCESSORIES: Stella and Dot Sophia Pearl Bib Necklace $118, Sloan Enamel Bracelet $59, Pearl Bouquet Earrings $39, Charlotte Pearl Ring $39

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DRESS: 2G119, Strapless modified mermaid gown with full-length multi-layered ruffle tiers. Available in Ivory/Black, Ivory/Ivory, White/Black, and White/Ivory. Select Salons Only. Shown without Sash $2,950. ACCESSORIES: Stella and Dot La Coca Turqoise Bead Necklace $59 with Paradise Broach $39, Sunset Bangle $69, Paige Enamel Bangle $59, Sloane Enamel Bangle $59, Pearl Bouquet Earrings $39, Vintage Charlotte Pearl Ring $39

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REAL EVENTS WEDDINGS, MITZVAHS, BABY SHOWERS AND BIRTHDAY PARTIES TOO THERE’S 43 PAGES OF REAL EVENT INSPIRATION WAITING FOR YOU... PLUS EXPANDED FEATURES OF EACH AND EVERYONE OF THESE EVENTS ONLINE

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Online Exclusive Katrina’s planner, Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events outlines all the etiquette, planning and over “how-to’s” you need to know when planning your own Par-ception. More online>> www.OccasionsOnlline.com SEARCH: ‘Par-ception’

KATRINA + KEINON

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nyone who has met them knows that Keinon and Katrina Johnson love to have fun, and their September wedding was no exception. After dating for seven and a half years, the music industry insiders (she works for a local radio station, he for a record label) got engaged at one of their weekend favorites: a diner near their College Park home. When Keinon surprised Katrina with a gorgeous ring, she said she was so excited she can barely remember anything except crying, saying ‘yes’ and high-fiving the man of her dreams. The two immediately began planning the wedding. The number one objective: making sure this wedding would be fun, a real celebration for them and all of the guests they wanted to include. Knowing that their guest list of 260 would make some of the things she wanted cost-prohibitive, Katrina hatched a genius plan: don’t have a typical reception, have a “par-ception.” If the reception is more like a party, she reasoned, more of their friends would be able to join them in celebrating. As it turned out, she was right.

Theme

Throughout the night, guests were reminded that if one K (Katrina or Keinon) is fun, K2 must be double the fun! The bride and groom used the play of their first names beginning with the same letter to create the K2 logo. It first appeared on their invitations and stamps for their invitations, and was carried throughout the night on their ceremony program and menu card. A gobo light from One Stop Productions also projected the logo onto a wall on the rooftop once the par-ception was underway.

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Savage Garden crafted unbelievable floral arrangements that were suspended in the center of the huge windows overlooking the city, as well as over the bar, entrance and sweetheart table. The breathtaking arrangements managed to enhance, rather than detract, from the magnificent views. Modern, minimalistic centerpieces dotted the lounge tables throughout the venue, while intricate lighting from One Stop Productions kept the nightclub atmosphere going. “It was such a great mix and flow of small and large vases, flowers and branches. It was very cleverly placed and artistic, it was truly like works of art,” Gainey said. “It was perfect for a modern couple like this.”

On September 25, 2010, one hundred of their closest friends and family members joined together to watch Katrina walk down the aisle for their rooftop marriage ceremony at Ventanas. Katrina was a vision in her ivory Priscilla of Boston gown with a dramatic purple sash fastened with a brooch. Following the ceremony, guests moved inside, to the top floor of Ventanas, where they enjoyed passed hors d’ouevres and the sounds of both jazz and modern hits from a friend’s band. After utilizing the site’s helipad for some quick portraits, the newlyweds rejoined their guests for a sit-down dinner featuring a choice of filet mignon, brown sugar and soy glazed salmon or thyme roasted chicken, provided by Endive. Katrina and Keinon were thrilled with the selections, describing all the food that evening as “stunning and amazing.”

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Style Source PHOTOGRAPHY: Project Duo Photography EVENT PLANNER: Lemiga Events VENUE: Ventanas CATERING: Endive LIGHTING: One Stop Production DRAPING: Event Drapery RENTALS: Event Rentals Unlimited, Premier Rentals MUSIC: Kazanetti String, Knoterized & DJ Mars FLORAL: The Savage Garden LINEN: Connie Duglin LInens RENTALS: Classic Party Rentals STATIONERY: Luxe Expressions VIDEOGRAPHER: One Chance Wedding Video CAKE: Sweet Sensations

At 8 p.m., the “par-ception” began, with an additional 160 guests arriving at Ventanas. Photos of the wedding ceremony, taken just hours before, were projected onto the walls to share the experience with the new guests. The modern venue was decked out in the couple’s wedding colors of purple, silver and white, and looked like an upscale nightclub. Many of the traditional reception elements were incorporated into the par-ception, including the introduction of the bride and groom, their first dance and cutting the delicious cake from Sweet Sensations. “It’s a unique way to have the big party and still have the intimate, served dinner,” planner Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Events said. “They didn’t want to exclude their friends, so this gave them a way to celebrate with family the way they wanted and also with friends.” Ventanas, Gainey explained, was the perfect venue for their unique par-ception. They maximized the space by using each section as the evening progressed. The ceremony rooftop space was transformed into a lounge and bar area while guests ate dinner on Ventanas’ second floor. When more guests arrived at 8p.m., they found the first floor decked out for a party with lounge furniture, a dance floor and bars. The couple’s custom logo which appeared on nearly all the event elements also appeared on favors that the guests took home, twin candles, one peach scented, in a nod to the bride’s Georgia roots, and one with a more modern scent, in honor of the groom’s hometown of NYC. In fact, Gainey said, that North/South contrast was another slight theme throughout the night. “He’s from New York, and she has more Southern flair, so we blended the dichotomies of the North and South all night,” she said. Aside from the candles, guests may have also noticed this with the mix of hors d’oeuvres that were served continuously throughout the night. Guests snacked on turkey bacon wrapped skewers of BBQ shrimp, duck confit and caramelized onion pizzas and petit potatoes filled with asiago and chive soufflé, among other bites. When they weren’t snacking, guests spent most of their time on the dance floor, which remained packed all night long. “It wasn’t a normal wedding DJ,” Gainey said. Putting their industry connections to work, the bride and groom had secured DJ Mars for their par-ception, a well-known DJ famous for touring with stars like Ciara and Neyo. “No one sat down the whole time,” said Katrina. “They had to kick us out! Everyone was dancing and there was such a beautiful energy in the air. We couldn’t have made the night any better.” Gainey agreed. “They are such a fun couple, and their wedding reflected that,” she said. “They are the perfect example of throwing out the book and having a wedding that’s all about them!”

From the Bride...

“I really wanted it to be modern with a splash of tradition, but also wanted it to be sexy.” She and Lemiga Events brought that vision to life with creative floral and lighting designs, as well as memorable personal touches.

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TEENA PATEL

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urning sixteen opens many doors for a young lady...unfortunately, it does not open the doors to most nightclubs. And so, when Teena Bianca Patel turned sweet sixteen, her parents Ragini and Yogesh threw her the kind of party she dreamed of, creating a signature nightclub and lounge. On the night of her August 21, 2010 event, the W Hotel Perimeter was the hottest club in town for her 150 guests. Teena’s mother, Ragini Patel owns the acclaimed design and decor company Weddings InStyle. That she would plan and design her daughter’s birthday party was a foregone conclusion; that it would be fabulous was a given. Ragini started with the event space at the W, and crafted a contemporary club replete with touches of girly glamor. As they entered, club patrons signed a picture guest book that Teena had created for the occasion. The talented birthday girl also designed her own dress for the event.

Decor

Pink was the color of the night. Lighting and lounge seating created a club-like space, and Ragini brought on the girly glamour with enhancements like crystal candelabras, hot pink phaleonopsis orchids and other flowers in shades of pink, as well as elaborately bejeweled and styled mannequins. Edible pink and silver glitter bonbons lent a bit of bling to each table.

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Entertainment

When Teena’s friends arrived after being transported in the Atlanta Party Bus, they were granted access to the most exclusive club in town, featuring DJ Kumar of POHP. The DJ kept the dance floor rocking from start to finish, just like the birthday girl requested.

Cake & Dessert

An elaborate dessert bar featuring tortes, tarts, brownies, cookies, eclairs, truffles, cannolis, mousse cups and birthday cake fed those with a sweet tooth. The cake, from Cakes by Caryn, was a whimsical, jeweled creation with a cake rhinestone tiara on top that Teena had helped design. In keeping with the club theme, a Lady Gaga impersonator staffed the candy bar.

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Decisive Moment, VENUE: W Hotel Perimeter, CATERER: Palace Restaraunt & W Hotel, FLORAL & DECOR: Weddings InStyle, DJ: DJ Kumar - POHP, TRANSPORTATION: Atlanta Party Bus, CAKES: Cakes By Caryn, OTHER DESSERT: W Hotel

For dinner, guests helped themselves to innovative food from a variety of stations, including Indian food, fusion Indo-Chinese, and a kebab station. The presentation of the Indo-Chinese food was a hit, as the Chinese takeout containers with chopsticks and fortune cookies delighted the guests. A slider and made-to-order pomme frites station was also popular. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed watching a slide show of Teena growing up, as well as watching the birthday girl and three friends perform a dance routine. The dance floor never emptied and Teena was very happy with her signature club, only wishing that the party could continue! As the night finally came to a close, Teena’s friends left very happy, with favors (Ed Hardy dog tags for the boys and rhinestone bracelets for the girls) presented in jeweled boxes that matched the invitations.

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LAURIE + GREG

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s an interior designer, Laurie Burns pays special attention to detail, a quality that helped immensely as she planned her own November wedding to childhood sweetheart Greg Burns. Laurie and Greg share a history that goes all the way back to a school dance date in the seventh grade. Attending different high schools led the two to grow apart until they met again through a mutual friend in 2003. This time, the relationship stuck, and the couple dated for the next six years. In March 2010, Greg took Laurie for a walk through the Atlanta Botanical Garden, something they did frequently on weekend mornings. She didn’t have a clue that he was about to propose until he went down on one knee and removed the ring from a Moroccan lantern a close friend had been surreptitiously guarding. Laurie said yes, and the planning process began. Laurie had always loved visiting the Fox Theatre, and quickly decided that it would be just right for their

Decor

When designer Amy Osaba saw the lantern Greg had used in his proposal, she suggested purchasing more and using them in the tabletop decor. Laurie loved the sentiment the lantern embodied and selected ivory and bronze linens, along with gold chargers and gold rimmed ivory china to accent their display. A Moroccan fountain with floating candles completed the look.

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Cake & Dessert

Sweet N’ Sinful provided a pumpkin spice wedding cake that everyone enjoyed and the bride and groom were surprised by a delicious treat from their caterer at the end of the night: s’mores popcorn served with chocolate-peanut butter spoons.

Entertainment

Avalanche Entertainment’s DJ Joel did as the bride and groom requested and kept the guests dancing with a mix of classic jazz standards, 80’s rock and contemporary hits.

ceremony and reception. “Nothing compared.” she said. “It just speaks to you and demands you be a little dramatic.” The intricate architecture and detailing of the Fox helped Laurie set the theme for her wedding. “I knew everything had to have an Old Hollywood feel, very ornate and lavish, to go with the space,” she said. The ceremony took place on the terrace, and Laurie and Greg were blown away by the hundreds of candles and thousands of rose petals that carpeted their aisle. Following the ceremony, the 175 guests snacked on crab cakes and baked brie tartlets from caterer Affairs to Remember during a cocktail hour on the terrace before entering the Fox’s ballroom. The bride and groom spent their wedding night at the Hotel Palomar, before moving cross-country to Santa Monica, CA, the next week. Living five blocks from the beach, Laurie said, has felt like a honeymoon, though they’re also planning a trip to Hong Kong and Bali later this year.

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Style Source PHOTOGRAPHER: Anna & Spencer Photography VENUE: The Fox Theatre CATERER: Affairs To Remember FLORAL: Amy Osaba Event Design DJ: Avalanche Entertainment PIANIST: Paige Watkins VOICE & VIOLIN: Anna Boetger PROGRAM & TABLE NUMBERS: Lily Pad Paper STATIONERY: Paper Affair CAKE: Sweet N’ Sinful WEDDING GOWN: Kelly’s Closet BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Bridals by Lori

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DANIELLE WEST-LANE

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anielle West-Lane and her husband Bernard Lane are patiently awaiting the birth of their second child, a daughter to be named Chloe Danielle. When Danielle was pregnant with her son, her baby shower was a huge backyard bbq bash. This time around, her brother Scoobie West thought she deserved something utterly feminine. He enlisted the help of a former Delta Sigma Theta sister of Danielle’s, and the two worked together to plan an ultra girly celebration fit for a queen on September 25, 2010 at StudioWed. For this occasion, Scoobie was after a decadent look, with tables covered in silk table linens, china and crystal. I Do Linens, Event Rentals Unlimited and Aesthetic Floral & Event Artistry helped him achieve his goal. Private chef James McPherson whipped up a feast for the mommyto-be and her 30 guests, serving turkey tetrazzini, chicken alfredo, she crab dip, a selection of fresh fruit and two different types of pan-seared shrimp.

Decor

Scoobie based the party’s color scheme on a dress their maternal grandmother, Madear, had given Danielle when she was a child. The dress was a unique shade of pink/ purple, a color they tried to use throughout the party.

Dessert

The Cake Closet’s Aisha Cheeks created a dessert buffet to die for, including a dual flavored cake (red velvet on the bottom and lemon cake on the top), chocolate cupcakes, sugar cookies and brownie pops.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Thirty Five Atlanta, VENUE: StudioWed, RENTALS: Event Rentals Unlimited, CATERING: Chef James McPherson, LINENS: I Do Linens, FLORAL: Aesthetic Floral & Event Artistry, HAIR AND MAKEUP: H.S. West Hair & Makeup, CALLIGRAPHY: Kysha K., BARTENDER: The Perfect Bartender, DESSERT: Cake Closet, FAVORS: Candy Creations

The Cake Closet’s Aisha Cheeks created a dessert buffet to die for, including a dual flavored cake (red velvet on the bottom and lemon cake on the top), chocolate cupcakes, sugar cookies and brownie pops. Danielle’s mother Annie and her niece, Cordelia, also spent some time in the kitchen baking up a sentimental family treat: miniature coconut and lemon supreme bundt cakes using recipes passed down from Danielle’s grandmothers, Madear and Annie Kate. The desserts were such a hit that Danielle later requested another batch for a shower four hours away. The biggest hit of the shower, however, was simply spending time with all of her sorority sisters and loved ones who were able to surprise her at her ultra feminine baby shower.

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Online Exclusive Lindsey of TOAST Events orchestrated this outdoor occasion for Joslyn & Austin’s wedding. Online she tells you just what’s involved in an event like this. More online >> www.OccasionsOnlline.com SEARCH: ‘Outdoor Occasion’

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JOSLYN + AUSTIN

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oslyn and Austin Lawhead adore the beach. So, what are a sun-and-sand-loving bride and groom to do in the landlocked city of Atlanta? Create their own “beach” wedding in her parents’ Dunwoody backyard, of course! With the help of Toast Events planner Lindsay Pitt, they did just that for their June 12, 2010 nuptials. Though the sand was missing, the fun, carefree atmosphere of a beach vacation was in full effect, just as the bride and groom intended. The beach atmosphere began long before the wedding, when Austin surprised Joslyn with a proposal while vacationing with her family at their summer home in Bay Head, NJ.

Theme

Joslyn and Austin’s beach wedding theme was carried out in all the divine details. Palm trees, sand dollars, star fish and seashells were found in their invitations, centerpieces, and party favors. They opted for a cool color combination of soft blue and khaki tones.

On a beautiful Saturday in June, the wedding day began with a traditional Catholic ceremony at All Saints Church. The bride was glowing with happiness in a strapless, ivory lace gown by MoriLee. Bridesmaids wore knee-length, strapless dresses in the color Glacier from Bill Levkoff. The color was mirrored in the ties worn by the groom and groomsmen, who sported classic, beach-casual

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Entertainment

A Jimmy Buffett cover band, A1A, kept the crowd entertained. Most guests helped themselves to pairs of colorful flip-flops from baskets lining the dance floor. High heels and sore feet were no reason to stop grooving at this beach-themed wedding!

Menu

The food was provided by Bold American Events & Catering and included classic Southern fare like fried chicken and shrimp and grits, as well as more international tastes from sushi and flat bread pizza bars.

tan suits. Following the ceremony, the 215 guests were invited to a reception at the bride’s parents’ Dunwoody home beginning with an outdoor cocktail hour overlooking the Chattahoochee River. For the reception, guests were invited into an expansive tent that covered the family’s tennis court. The structure was draped throughout, illuminated with soft blue uplighting and a custom gobo that lit up the white dance floor. The tent turned ballroom was cooled to the perfect temperature as it was 90 degrees on the day of the wedding! Joslyn and Austin believe that the beach is always the perfect backdrop for a good time, and credit Pitt with bringing that feeling to life. As the tide came in, guests were pleased to find the Varsity catering truck there to provide a little snack before the celebration officially ended.

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Style Source PHOTOGRAPHY: Melissa Schollaert Photography EVENT PLANNER: Toast Events VENUE: Private Home CATERING AND DECOR: Bold American ADDITIONAL CATERING: The Varsity LIGHTING: Full Circle Lighting MUSIC: A1A Band RENTALS: Classic Party Rentals STATIONERY: DecoMarj VIDEOGRAPHER: One Chance Wedding Video

DANA WEINER

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heri and Ron Weiner were very proud of their daughter, Dana, for completing a rigorous series of 13 Mitzvot during the year of her bat mitzvah. Dana worked diligently to complete mitzvot in three categories: Avodah (worship), Torah (study), and G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness), taking part in acts like fasting on Yom Kippur, watching Fiddler on the Roof with her family and volunteering at a local shelter. After learning a lot about herself and her faith, it was time to celebrate with close friends and family members, including her brother, Eli, and sister, Kate. On April 24, 2010, the Weiner family hosted 250 guests at Dana’s bat mitzvah celebration at The Westin Buckhead. Kelli’s Paper and Gifts helped craft two different invitations for the invited children and adults, both featuring hot pink ink. Guests had fun taking photos in a photo area with several candy-themed backgrounds to choose from, by Button-it-Up. When Dana’s friends needed a break from the dance floor, where DJ Jazz of EO Entertainment kept the party rocking, they headed to contemporary lounge area, appropriately called “Dana’s Suite.”

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Theme

With the help of Your Party By Karen and planner Karen Segal, Dana’s dream of a party full of bright color, loud music and lots of candy came true. The theme became Dana’s Sweet Celebration, and was evident in every aspect of the event, starting with invitations.

Favors

The candy theme, of course, continued with a candy cart, or “Dana’s Sweet Shop,” where guests were welcome to fill bags with sweet treats as they left the party.

Style Source PHOTOGRAPHY: Chuck Robertson Photography EVENT PLANNER: Your Party by Karen VENUE AND CATERING: The Westin Buckhead DECOR: Event Savvy ENTERTAINMENT: EO Entertainment MUSIC: Banks and Shane SPECIALTY VENDORS: Button It Up VIDEOGRAPHY: Dewitt Smith Video Productions STATIONERY: Kelli’s Paper & Gifts TRANSPORTATION: Cooper Atlanta

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MARISSA + BRANT

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arissa and Brant Stephens’ October 2010 wedding was a shining example of Southern charm. The high-school sweethearts got together their senior year and dated throughout college, until Brant asked Marissa to spend the rest of her life as his wife. She happily accepted and the couple celebrated their marriage with 150 guests at the Thompson House and Gardens in Bogart, GA. As the bride walked down the aisle to the sounds of a string quartet playing Beauty and the Beast’s “Tale as Old as Time” and James Blunt’s “You Are Beautiful,” guests were wowed by the contrast between her lovely gown and the seasonal beauty of colorful orange and fuchsia roses. Marissa wanted a Fall themed wedding with Southern and Victorian charm, which led her to chose the antebellum venue for her big day. Centerpieces crafted by Flowers By On included Victorian teapots and pearls amongst the vibrantly hued roses, all set on beautiful lace. To carry the signature color throughout the event, the bridesmaids all wore fuchsia dresses and shawls, while the bride looked radiant in a strapless, ivory gown with ruching and flower details, topped off by a veil and tiara. As the couple made their exit, guests held lit sparklers aloft, creating a tunnel for Marissa and Brant to run through.

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Menu

Traditional Southern cuisine, catered by Hallie Jane’s, gave the guests energy to dance into the night and included mac and cheese, green beans, and barbecue brisket. For dessert, everyone enjoyed the delicious strawberry and lemon wedding cake from Cecilia’s Cakes.

Favors

Guests were pleased to discover that they’d be taking home heart shaped Krispy Kreme donuts as favors. The donuts were chosen to thank guests for celebrating with the couple, and were accompanied by a tag reading “Sweet Dreams, Love Marissa and Brant.”

Style Source PHOTOGRAPHY: Courtney Goldman VENUE: The Thompson House & Gardens CATERING: Hallie Jane’s Catering FLORAL: Flowers by On FAVORS: Krispy Kreme CAKE: Cecilia’s Cakes MUSIC: Classic City Strings DJ: Dj Osborne

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ROSEMARY TORRES

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hris and Katie Torres were thrilled to celebrate their daughter Rosemary’s first birthday on December 5, 2010 with an adorable vintage themed party. Though Rosemary herself surely appreciated the smiles and birthday cake more than the decor, Katie put together a gorgeous at-home event filled with pinwheels and vintage details. She wanted to create an atmosphere of celebration without any character theme, and found inspiration shopping on sites like Etsy. Rather than being character based or designed around a specific themed party, Katie wanted just a simple party for a little girl where the emphasis would be on the celebration of their first child. Katie says, “I just wanted it to be a sweet celebration of the incredible love that has multiplied in our family over the last year. It wasn’t just a celebration of her first year it was a celebration of our family turning one as well.” Guests were invited to fill out memory cards that Katie had personally letterpressed. These cards gave friends and family a place to share their favorite memories of Rosemary from the past year and will provide a fabulous memento as Chris and Katie look back on their daughter’s first birthday in the future.

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Decor

In true DIY fashion, Katie crafted all the party’s details except for the flower arrangements, for which she turned to Darryl Wiseman Flowers. To enhance the theme, Katie sewed vintage fabric garland and even made Rosemary’s baby doll a blanket out of the same fabric.

Dessert

Katie baked a homemade cake, using a recipe her cousin had made for her own daughter’s first birthday. The cake was topped with a Christmas ornament in the shape of a bunny; it was a perfect choice, considering Chris’s nickname for Rosemary is “sugar bunny.”

Style Source PHOTOGRAPHY: 6 of Four VENUE: Private Home FLORAL: Darryl Wiseman Flowers STATIONERY: Farmwood Press DRINKS: IZZE Sodas

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LAURIE + KEVIN

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f 10/10/10 was destined to be an auspicious day, Laurie Morgan and Kevin Patrick hit the jackpot. That Sunday afternoon, the couple held their wedding ceremony and reception at the popular Atlanta restaurant JCT Kitchen. It turned out to be a sunny, cloud-free day, just right for the outdoor ceremony in JCT’s courtyard, where Laurie and Kevin were attended by both of their sisters. Following the ceremony, guests mingled at the rooftop bar and nibbled on unique hors d’oeuvres like fried chicken lollipops and smoked salmon on fried hashbrown cakes with sour cream and chives. Guests enjoyed a traditional Sunday supper, noshing on classics like roasted chicken, roast beef tenderloin, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes, garlicky green beans and farmstand salad. Later on, guests had their choice of seven different cupcake flavors including pumpkin, Guinness, mint chocolate chip or turtle from Miss Mamie’s, as well as a chocolate wedding cake. As the perfect evening came to a close, Laurie and Kevin were thrilled to have been able to share their Atlanta lifestyle with all their guests before being whisked off to The Mansion on Peachtree in a replica 1950’s classic Porsche. As Laurie described it, their modern wedding made them “the two happiest freckled kids you’ll ever meet.”

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Decor

The urban setting and modern architecture of JCT Kitchen inspired the rest of the wedding’s decor, with heavy use of Fall colors and metallics. Florist Kathy King of King Design Studio transformed the restaurant using sunflowers, roses, Belles of Ireland and different colored mums, many of them displayed in ribbon covered soup cans.

Entertainment

DJ Josh Whitlock played a mix of classics plus new school rock, hip hop, pop and a little R & B. Kevin’s fraternity brothers surprised the bride with a serenade and choreographed dance to “My Girl.”

Style Source PHOTOGRAPHY: Achor & Eden VENUE & CATERING: JCT Kitchen FLORAL: King Design Studio MUSIC: DJ Josh Whitlock FAVORS: Discount Favors VIDEOGRAPHY: Achor & Eden STATIONERY: Paper Affair CAKE & DESSERT: Miss Mamie’s Cupcakes

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JOHN OXENDINE

real retirement party

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hen well-known politician John Oxendine retired after serving four elected terms as a Georgia Constitutional Officer, his wife Ivy started making plans to celebrate his years of service and retirement. By the time she reached out to Toast Events for help planning the party, which was to be a surprise, she had already assembled a guest list of 400, many of them among Atlanta’s who’s who society. In Ivy Oxendine’s hands, however, what could have been a staid affair took on an energy of its own, becoming, as she described it, “Not Your Granddaddy’s Retirement Celebration.” The bars were decorated with burlap skirting and floral arrangements from Robert Long Floral Design and included both elegant white orchids & simple wheat. The rough hewn farm tables that Ivy had loved from the beginning were surrounded by gold chiavari chairs, further emphasizing the farm chic look. Many of John’s favorite things were incorporated throughout the evening, including a Malbec at the bar and having the bartenders craft drinks from his favorite martini recipe from Katsua in Los Angeles. Banks and Shane kept guests entertained with southern rock and country tunes while a running slideshow that highlighted key points from John’s career played. At the end, both John and Ivy were thrilled with the event, which Ivy said “marked an end to a life in politics and public eye and a beginning as John and our family write a new chapter.” 128 | THE MAGAZINE FOR CELEBRATING IN STYLE

Theme

The farmhouse chic look of the venue, combined with John’s nickname “Ox,” made the theme of the party obvious: The Ox goes out to pasture. Creative invitations from Hi Note cemented the theme, and decor at the party followed suit. An event logo showing an ox turning to leave, as if headed out to pasture, appeared throughout.

Menu

The menu included local farm-to-table items, like Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese and Georgia Mountain Trout, from Bold American Catering, and peanut butter cups for dessert.

Style Source PHOTOGRAPHY: Alecia Lauren Photography EVENT PLANNER: Toast Events VENUE: Summerour Studio CATERING: Bold American FLOWERS: Robert Long Floral A/V: Production People MUSIC: Banks and Shane PHOTO BOOTH: Button It Up VIDEOGRAPHY: One Chance Video STATIONERY: Hi Note

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EMILY + WES

real wedding

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outhern Tree Plantation in the mountains of Blairsville, GA, is the perfect wedding venue for a down-to-earth, outdoorsy couple. Emily and Wes Daniel found it to be just right for their country-chic October wedding. The couple held their ceremony on a hill overlooking the north Georgia mountains and a small country road, where their fathers and a family friend performed the wedding to the sounds of a string quartet. Emily and Wes wrote their own vows, and their fathers shared stories of their childhoods with guests as seven bridesmaids and seven groomsmen looked on. The newlyweds then invited their 150 guests into an old restored barn with lights hung from the rafters of the incredibly high ceiling for the reception. Emily filled the space with subtle, simple and classy decor designed to highlight the natural beauty of the space, like mason jars filled with freshly picked flowers from Adrianna’s Interiors and centerpiece bases crafted from a tree cut from the bride’s family’s backyard. Southern Tree Plantation catered the event, and the red velvet and vanilla cake was homemade by a family friend. Atlanta Sound and Fury provided entertainment, and helped the bridal party and newlyweds show off some choreographed moves.

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Style Source PHOTOGRAPHY: Scobey Photography VENUE: Southern Tree Plantation MUSIC: GA Stringl Ensemble DJ: Atlanta Sound and Fury

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ELLYB EVENTS

real customer appreciation party

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here’s this thing in an event professional’s blood that makes throwing parties something of a regular occasion. Outside of client work, any time there’s an excuse to show off their event skills, any pro will take on the challenge. For Eliana Baucicault of ellyb Events, 2010 was a big year and to show appreciation for her clients, both past, present and even future, she partnered with some of her favorite wedding vendors and hosted the ultimate appreciation event at Bradford Gallery the night before Valentine’s Day. Using the colors of the ellyb Events brand, she and her team worked to transform the blank event space into a color modern setting that a client might expect to see at their own event. Proof of the Pudding and Endive Catering provided a delectable array of interactive catering stations and dessert gurus Couture Cakes, Dreamy Gelato and Chocolates and Candy Cake Company created a sweet shop environment for party patrons with a sweet tooth. Belly dancers worked the room to encourage guests to dance the night away. For guests who don’t particularly enjoy the dance floor, the cigar lounge was the place to be. The event surely showed the love to clients of all the participating event vendors and everyone had a blast.

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Style Source PHOTOGRAPHY: Scobey Photography EVENT PLANNER & DECOR: ellyb Events VENUE: Bradford Gallery CATERING: Endive and Proof of the Pudding LIGHTING & DRAPING: Unique Event Management MUSIC: A&R SOUNDS, Celebrations String Quartet RENTALS: Event Rentals Unlimited PHOTO BOOTH: Button It Up VIDEOGRAPHY: Three Ring Media DESSERTS & CAKE: Couture Cakes, Candy Cake Company, Dreamy Gelato & Chocolates LINENS: Connie Duglin Linens

MEREDITH GALANTI

real bat mitzvah

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eredith Galanti’s November 2010 bat mitzvah had a theme as effervescent as Meredith herself. The energetic teen’s personality can be described as fun, colorful and whimsical, and those were the attributes that also defined her bat mitzvah celebration that Your Party by Karen worked so closely with Meredith’s parents, Charlene and Irwin, to achieve. Decor included Meredith’s favorite colors of pink, lime and chocolate brown and helped accentuate the fun and whimsical feel. Meredith loved the set-up and was thrilled when she first saw the ballroom decorated in all her favorite colors. To kick off the evening of dinner and dancing, guests enjoyed a variety of passed and station hors d’ouevres. While sushi was a hit for all ages, the kids also snacked on mac and cheese balls, while the adults sampled hot-passed canapés and a delicious Mediterranean station. For dessert, all guests reveled in decadent homemade S’mores, served alongside a variety of tempting cakes, pies, and peach cobbler. Of course, after such a high energy evening, The Galantis anticipated that guests might need a little sugar-filled treat as a pick-me-up before heading home, and thoughtfully provided to-go boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts and milk.

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Style Source PHOTOGRAPHY: Chuck Robertson Photography EVENT PLANNER: Your Party by Karen VENUE: The Westin Buckhead DECOR: Event Savvy TRANSPORTATION: Cooper Atlanta MUSIC: EO Entertainment FAVORS: Krispy Kreme VIDEOGRAPHY: Point of View Video STATIONERY: JoAnn Coburn Design SPECIALTY VENDORS: DJR Photo Keepsakes, Phoenix Amusements for Pop-Noggins

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NATALIE + BRANFORD

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atalie and Branford were married on May 22, 2010. Their wedding was just as any Georgia native couple would envision: sweet and southern to the core. On a spring night in May, the couple exchanged vows at St. Paul Church. The Bride wore an ivory French Alencon lace Monique Lhuillier gown with her mother’s cathedral length veil, and carried a bouquet of ivory peonies and pink roses tied with a French lace handkerchief that belonged to Branford’s late grandmother. Afterwards guests were invited to the home of Natalie’s parents for an extravagant tented reception where Epting Events had brought the outside in and filled the space with floral sprays of peonies, roses, hydrangeas and calla lilies in soft shades of pink and ivory. Guests dined on a southern menu of fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and homemade peach cobbler. Rhythm Nation played a great mix of Motown, beach music, oldies, and current music and brought lots of energy to the reception. As a parting favor, guests snacked on old-fashioned pecan pralines packaged and sealed with a custom monogrammed sticker.

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Style Source PHOTOGRAPHY: Christine Gallagher Photography VENUE: Private Home EVENT PLANNER, CATERING, DECOR & FLORAL: Epting Events OTHER FLOWERS: Design Solutions MUSIC: Rhythm Nation PHOTO BOOTH: Button It Up VIDEOGRAPHY: PT Video, Inc. STATIONERY: The White Crane CAKE: Cecilia’s Cakes GROOM’S CAKE: Red Top Cake Shop MAKEUP: La Dolce Vita Salon & Spa OUTDOOR LIGHTING: Christmas & Nite Time Decors

HALEY & SAMANTHA HASEN

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real b'nei mitzvah

n a New York state of mind, Phylliss Hasen threw her daughters Haley and Samantha an urban graffiti themed b’nei mitzvah. The November 6, 2010 event was attended by 150 friends and family members and took place at the galleries of the King Plow Center. Christina Zubowicz of Magnolia Events and Steve Bales of Bold American Event Design coordinated the details and crafted a New York style urban art zone in the midst of Atlanta. The space was covered with chain link fences and specially erected walls. Throughout the night, on-site graffiti artists were hard at work transforming those walls into their own works of art. DJ Philly from Vibe Entertainment Inc created just the right high energy atmosphere the urban landscape required. When they took a break from the dance floor, guests visited a fun photobooth to have some souvenir shots taken, courtesy of Smilebooth, or scored some of their own artwork, via temporary tattoos from two airbrush tattoo artists. In keeping with the urban theme, Haley and Samantha’s guests left with new basketballs and sweats, while adult guests took home cookies from Flour Shoppe Milk.

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Style Source PHOTOGRAPHY: Lynn Crow Photography EVENT PLANNER: Magnolia Events VENUE: King Plow Arts Center CATERING & DECOR: Bold American MUSIC: Vibe Entertainment PHOTO BOOTH: Smilebooth FAVORS: Flour Shoppe Milk

DESTINATION OCCASIONS

Up Close & COMFORTABLE

ALL PHOTOS: Courtesy of Mountain Top Cabin Rentals

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THE BLUISH HAZE IS SO VIBRANT IN THIS NECK OF THE WOODS THAT THE LANDSCAPE LOOKS AS IF IT’S BEEN PAINTED BY SMURFS. IT’S A TRULY MARVELOUS SIGHT TO BEHOLD. NOW, IMAGINE THAT ALREADY-MAJESTIC CANVAS WITH THICK, VIBRANT GREENERY, MEANDERING STREAMS AND WILD DEER SPECKLED ABOUT. THAT’S THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS,

AND THE SNAPSHOT OF PARADISE IS ONLY A 90-MINUTE DRIVE FROM ATLANTA.

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few things are thought to come standard with honeymoons: an intimate setting, tasty food and some fun outdoor activities. Intricate lessons in botanical sciences, however, aren’t on most itineraries. But when newlyweds venture into North Georgia’s magical Blue Ridge Mountains, that’s precisely what they get on top of all the usual vacation goodies. An isoprene is an organic compound some trees release into the atmosphere. The bluish haze is so vibrant in this neck of the woods that the landscape looks as if it’s been painted by Smurfs. It’s a truly marvelous sight to behold. Now, imagine that already-majestic canvas with thick, vibrant greenery, meandering streams and wild deer speckled about. That’s the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the snapshot of paradise is only a 90-minute drive from Atlanta. In-the-know city slickers have adored these mountains for decades. Some come up for the views. Others come for the fishing and the great antiquing. And with thousands of rental cabins and vacation homes readily available, many choose not to go home. Why would they? There are spaces for groups, scout troops and your everyday, hard-working couple who just needs to recoup from the bustle of the city. For Mountain Top Cabin Rentals, it’s newlyweds who get the royal treatment. Like wedding coordinators with an affinity for bait and tackle over bridal cake and Tiffany’s, Mountain Top can set you up

with a getaway that’s super relaxing or one that requires a life vest. From start to finish, your wish is their wood-scented command. Just by nature, cabins and canoodling go hand in hand. Cozy fireplaces. Rocking chairs. S’mores by the fire pit. It’s all just so darn inviting. Mountain Top’s numerous properties are no exception. Numbers like the “Just the Two of Us” cabin are charming chalets. “Absolutely Fab-View-Us” offers jawdropping sunrises. Still, it’s the precious “Sadbe” that may prove the most magical out of the whole lot. Three stories of cedar-planked luxury await in this rental. There are three bedrooms and three baths. It has a pool table and hot tub too. And on top of all of that, the wraparound porch offers all the isoprene your eyes can stand. You’ll come for a five-day honeymoon. You’ll want to stay until the seasons change. But do you recall how we said Mountain Top knew how to charm the wooly socks off newlyweds? We weren’t merely talking about the romantic views or bottles of chilled Moscato in the kitchen. The company also has two friends with very distinct skills—massages and cooking. TeaTrees Boutique Spa handles the former. For $95 a person, the Blue Ridge-based outfit will send two masseuses to your cabin, transform your temporary home into a woodsy oasis and give you a 50-minute rubdown you never knew could happen at a 4,000-feet altitude.

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While you're in town try... Moutain Top Cabin Rentals www.mountaintopcabinrentals.com TeaTrees Spa www.teatreesmassage.com Cabin Cuisine www.cabincuisine.com L & L Beanery 706.632.3242

After that revitalizing experience, you can have Cabin Cuisine’s Chef Douglas complete the evening with a scrumptious, in-cabin meal. A master of precision in front of the stove, Chef Douglas has wowed North Georgia’s taste buds for over eight years. No matter your tastes or dietary concerns, he can skew the menu to your palate. Dinners are four-course masterpieces that revolve around steaks, seafood and poultry, and range in cost from $65 to $95. For $55 a guest, he can prepare a flavor-bursting brunch of frittata, sausages, French toast, potatoes, freshly-squeezed juice and homemade desserts. As tempting as Cabin Cuisine and TeaTrees Spa make it all sound though, lovebirds cannot fully experience the Blue Ridge Mountains from their cabin alone. What Fannin County and surrounding areas lack in size, they more than make up for in hiking and bargain hunting. The area’s vast outdoor activities (horseback riding, canoeing and trout fishing in the Toccoa River) and quaint downtown shopping (High Country Art and Antiques, Multitudes) are almost as famous as its postcard-perfect landscapes, and should be explored. Of course, when you’ve completed all of these activities, you’ll need to replenish. L & L Beanery is a cute café that prepares breakfast and light lunch fare. Harvest on Main is more upscale in its appearance and its commitment to sustainable eating. The Blue Orleans Bistro sits somewhere comfortably in between. The menu is Cajun. The shrimp etouffee is exquisite. The live entertainment on Saturdays is a treat. But that’s sort of the feeling you get at every turn up in these parts. Be it the music, the munchies, the massages or the magical views, the Blue Ridge Mountains simply feel like a big, warm hug. And when it comes to planning an affordable honeymoon escape, doesn’t it just make good sense to go somewhere you know you’ll feel loved? - Demarco Williams

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