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PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Heather Vreeland ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER & ADVERTISING MANAGER Lisa Alexander

OFFICE MANAGER Jennifer Taylor CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Leanna Adams Kristin Devoto Demarco Williams Katie Golloher

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EDITOR’S NOTE

>>>WRITE ME ANYTIME AT HEATHER@OCCASIONSONLINE.COM

GO WITH YOUR GUT Completing this issue has been quite the task, but like my mother always says, “What doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.” That is a fact. This IS our strongest issue yet and I couldn’t be more excited for you to hurry through this letter and get to the good stuff. New growth and strength seldom comes without its share of challenges though. While putting together the pages of our fourth issue, I experienced the simplest words of advice I’ve always lived by suddenly take on a much stronger meaning and it was during that time I realized that what turned out to be great advice for me, would also be great advice for you... Go with your gut.

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WANT YOUR EVENT FEATURED? Send it my way! I am looking for remarkable weddings, mitzvahs, parties and events to feature. If you have an event that you’d like me to consider, please visit www. OccasionsOnline.com/Submissions to review the event submission procedures. Additionally, I am always willing to consider article ideas and the work of new freelance writers. I will review all submissions for placement consideration.

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This magazine, while comparable in size, weight, and page count to every other publication on newsstands is still so different. We’re not your typical publishing company (not yet, at least). We’re small y’all. With a staff of just three - yours truly, Lisa and Jennifer - I lead the way on instinct alone. While attempting to perfect every margin, match every standard and be like the big boys, I pretty much just chart our course based on what I feel is right for our advertisers and readers. Instinct is what gave me the idea for Occasions Magazine in the first O N T H E C OV E R place and it’s instinct that inspires every article topic, photo shoot and even the way the pages are designed. With this issue, my instinct is what made me stop working with the designers I had originally hired for the layout and build this issue from scratch, all by myself in just 12 days, right before we were set to go to print. During the process, I may have sworn off publishing for good (I took it back, don’t worry), but as I write this letter and cross off the last thing on my to-do list, it’s now apparent to me that the challenges I encountered have ultimately become the glue that binds these pages together. I couldn’t be more Photography by David Christensen pleased with the outcome. Is it magazine industry perfect? Maybe, Styling by Ashley Baber maybe not. Is it perfect for me? You betcha. Cake by Sweet Sensations Floral by Blossoms Atlanta Stationery by Sandi Spells Designs Rentals by Event Rentals Unlimited Linens by I Do Linens.

I encourage you to plan your events on instinct, not on what you see in the pages of a magazine, on a blog or even what your neighbors or friends are doing. The ideas you’ll come across in the next pages See more pictures on Page 31 are meant to be a guide, not a requirement. Don’t get caught up in wanting what someone else has or perhaps thinking what you’ve got isn’t good enough. So many times we find ourselves struggling to keep up with the Jones’, that we become a hybrid of what everyone else thinks we should be and not what we truly are. The same goes for your events. Be the hostess you are in your gut. Whether that’s acting as Ms. Emily Post would envision for us all, or doing and decorating based on your personal style and giving etiquette a swift kick out the door. Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do. I hope you find eons of inspiration and ideas in the pages to follow, but more than anything, I hope you trust your instinct and discover ways to make your occasion, your own. You’ll be a happier hostess because of it. I promise.

Heather Vreeland Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! I bet this letter will find you one of two ways: either recovering from the holiday parties you so perfectly planned or reeling with engagement excitement as you just begin the planning process for your upcoming wedding. Or perhaps both! Whatever the case, let me wish each of you congratulations on great things and many well wishes for the year to come. Photo by Ben Vigil

SUBSCRIBE You can now have all the goodness there is to Occasions Magazine, delivered right to your door step. Subscriptions are now available online at www.OccasionsOnline.com/subscribe for just $16.95 per year.

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I’ve just come off of a year of big parties and lots of planning too. While I spend most of my days working on business strategy with local Atlanta event professionals, this past fall I found myself in unchartered terrirory in my new role as bridesmaid for my dearest friends, McKenzie and Scott. I had to quickly go from account executive to occasions coordinator as my role was soon extended to hostess-with-the-mostest as well and their engagement party and bridal brunch plans shot to the top of my to-do list. The events ended up extraordinary and McKenzie and Scott’s wedding was everything they ever dreamed of. The two biggest lessons I learned while orchestrating the festivities.... First, a wedding planner is not a luxury but a necessity. Second, simplicity can be and will be beautiful. Keep those things in mind when your next special occasion pops up on the calendar.

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES Advertisers make the magazine world go ‘round. Occasions Magazine offers several print and online avenues to connect local businesses to our readers. We love playing matchmaker. For information and a media kit visit www.OccasionsOnline. com/advertising.

Occasions Magazine loves a great party and our ultimate goal is to help you be a happier host/hostess. Our Editor, Heather Vreeland has been working feverishly to bring you exclusive content, inspiring photo shoots, bridal fashions and insight into all things, Atlanta Occasions. With our fourth issue, comes big announcements too. In 2011, we’ll be printing 3 issues instead of just 2. It’s a small step, but a firm commitment to be your ultimate resource for planning celebrations in style. Who knows... maybe you’ll even see a national title soon too?!? There’s lots to learn in the issue so get started! You won’t want to put this issue down until you’ve devoured every little detail. Happy planning!

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Lisa Alexander Associate Publisher

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CONTRIBUTORS ASHLEY BABER wedding planner

DAVID CHRISTENSEN photographer David Christensen  is an international award winning wedding and editorial photographer and travels internationally  to capture beauty and emotion in a still photograph.   He became a photographer to satisfy his need to artistically create and attended Western Kentucky University’s esteemed school of photojournalism to learn how to story tell with the still image.  David works with his wife Paula, based in the Atlanta area, to capture a style that is the fusing of photojournalism, editorial details and high fashion portraiture, that is contemporary and timeless.  

The day that Ashley Baber got married her life changed forever. She not only married the love of her life, but she fell in love with the feeling of creativity, accomplishment and joy associated with planning her first wedding. Eight years later, she continues to plan weddings, each with the same passion with which she planned her own. Ashley Baber Weddings brings a fresh and modern approach to designing, planning and coordinating weddings of all sizes and styles, which has earned Ashley and her team a reputation for excellence in the Atlanta area, Virginia and throughout the Southeast.

RANEY O’KEEFE hair & makeup artist Having spent the last 20+ years performing in musical theater, Raney took her love of the theatrical cosmetic transformation from back stage to center stage and decided to pursue a career in hair and makeup artistry. She attended the Blanche MacDonald Centre for Applied Design in Vancouver, BC earning a Diploma in Makeup Artistry.   Since then she has 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.

DANNY WILSON floral designer Raised in the graceful rolling hills of Kentucky, Danny began his passion for nature’s beauty and a love for creating at a young age. His mother, an artist and avid gardener, inspired seasonal art projects that often combined natural elements from the garden and surrounding countryside with remnants of fabric and paper from her studio. Today, his event designs evoke the rhythms of nature and their seasonal relevance. Lush blends of flowers, branches, fruits and vegetables as well as rich textiles, ribbons, and unique “found” items combine to achieve something both sensual and evocative. 

BEN VIGIL photographer Ben Vigil is an Atlanta-based photographer who specializes in documenting weddings with an eye toward the creation of timeless art while documenting the emotion and details of the day as unobtrusively as possible. His work has been featured in various publications including Occasions Magazine, The Atlantan Brides, Bride’s Atlanta, Atlanta Weddings, The Knot Florida, I Do for Brides, The Miami Herald, The Charlotte Observer and Newsweek. 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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>>> There were many more businesses who contributed items to the editorial photoshoots for this issue as well. We’d like to especially thank Sweet Sensations, I Do Linens, MM Ink Calligraphy, Blossoms Atlanta, Sandi Spells Designs, Priscilla of Boston, Anne Barge at Guffey’s Formalwear, and Etain Bridal Salon.

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EVENT ELEMENT ACCESSORIES TIFFANY LYN CLUTCHES Tiffany Lyn clutch in ring lizard (clockwise from top): gold, Tiffany Blue, natural, silver, $1,800. Photo by: Stephen Lewis

CLUTCH LOVE Tiffany’s takes any girl’s accessory affection to a whole new level with their new line of leather goods.

As if Tiffany & Co. (www.tiffany.com) didn’t already hold enough trinkets and treasures to spend a lifetime drooling over, they have gone and done it again. After pouring their exquisite style and craftsmanship into making what can only be described as “to die for” handbags and leather goods, Richard Lambertson and John Truex found their tiny entrepreneurial enterprise bound for bankruptcy… But don’t feel bad for them, because that was exactly where Tiffany found them. After buying up the line, Tiffany placed their logo on these beautiful bags. Their patented seal of excellence coupled with their access to buyers of the highest standards have Prada, Coach, and Louis Vuitton drooling right along with the rest of us. No matter what your style these talented artisans have designed just the right bag. The bracelet bag in Tiffany blue satin with its classic silver ball and chain handle is like carrying the joy of your first little blue box with you wherever you go. But that same happy blue is featured in suede on a reversible tote with metallic leather. Gorgeous, soft and supple leathers compete for attention with clutches and handle bags in striking crocodile, python, lizard, and giraffe. Yet style competes with the versatility of these bags. Whether it be the Manhattan Satchel, the Channing Shoulder Bag, the Taylor Hobo, or the Hadley Shoulder bag these bags seem to think exactly like a woman. Their straps are precisely the right length, their closures can be opened with one hand, their linings are as beautiful as their exteriors, and there is just the right place for everything. But then again leave it to Tiffany, who always seems to make you feel as if you are as beautiful and put together on the inside as the Tiffany treasure that sparkles on the outside. - Katie Golloher

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EVENT ELEMENT DECORATION ARTEVELAS CANDLES Artevelas candles come in all shapes and sizes as shown here. Photo by: Ben Vigil

WAX RENTALS New candle rental options answer event decor dilemmas.

There’s a new party decor player in town and it’s taking center stage one tea light at a time. Artevelas Candles (www.artevelas.us) are the newest in event decor and the trend started right here in Atlanta. Originating from a small shop in Playa del Carmen Mexico, the handmade candles made their way to the U.S. via Atlanta resident Robin Forbes. “Each time I returned to Mexico, friends would encourage me to bring some back for them. After carrying candles back each time. I decided selling them in the states may actually be a great business.” What initiated as a sales business quickly grew into the rental business when friends started using them as party decor too and it wasn’t long after Forbes introduced the wax rentals that Atlanta event designers quickly began catching on. You might expect the candles to actually have wicks, but instead the center is carved out creating a cylinder of wax. Inside you can place electric candles, tea lights or even oil wicks depending on your preference or venue limitations. Candle rentals range from $5 to $250 depending on the size. They are available in small simple pieces, to pieces just over 3ft. What’s more, Forbes tell us they can even be engraved so customizing them with your monogram or company logo is an extra way you can tie them into your overall event theme. For more information and to see pictures of these candles in use at real events, visit www.artevelas.us - Heather Vreeland

FOUR WAYS we suggest using these candles at your event...

LINE THE AISLE Whether it’s a ceremony aisle or pathway to a party, these candles can be placed on the ground to light the way or have wrought iron bases to elevate them a bit.

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CENTERPIECES Forget typical glass bowls, the wax cylinder and square shapes add really neat texture to centerpieces in various heights.

FLOATING IN A POOL Floating flowers are spectacular and when combined with floating candles, the outcome is simply divine.

AFTER-PARTY DECOR Candle light is the ultimate mood setter. Dim the lights and light these candles to create an ultra luxe, low light environment.

EVENT ELEMENT STATIONERY GOING CUSTOM

Skip skimping and opt for stationery pieces that are completely unique. These days, you can get your stationery, invitations and other paper goods online, at a craft store or even at the gas station, if you like. However, the old adage will still be true – you get what you pay for. Why settle for something stock when you can opt for something completely unique - custom invitations & stationery. There’s such a thing, you know. Over the years, the trends in stationery have changed. In days past, there were very few options, and old-school traditions were strictly followed (would you like white, ivory or ecru?). Now, thankfully, there is a large focus on creative components like bold colors, textures, motifs, font combinations, pockets, and enclosures and of course, the DIY movement. Even if a party is in the backyard, it can still have individual touches like custom tags on honey jars or custom cocktail napkins with fanciful sayings that tie in with the theme of the event. “When clients call me, they’ve been window-shopping online or have been to a store and they’ve seen things that are sort of their style, but not exactly,” said Laura Freeman, owner of Ink and Paint (www.inkandpaintonline.com). “They come to me for some tweaking.” Freeman said that clients often have a specific color or motif in mind. Or they want to incorporate a certain flower or pattern into their design. And they need that additional level of customer service that a custom stationery can provide. The process with most stationers involves few steps. After the intial meeting where they determine exactly what the client wants, the stationer estimates the cost of the work and presents a proposal. If the client accepts the estimate, the stationer (usually) will require a 50% down payment. Then another meeting is set up to specifically talk about design inspiration, color and typography. “We’ve had clients who don’t know exactly what they want, but they know what they don’t want. And that’s really helpful,” said Jen Mageau, owner of Miss Pickles Press Design & Fine Paper Goods (www.misspicklespress.com). According to Mageau, one common misconception about going custom is that it’s complicated because it’s custom. But as Mageau explained, the designer does the work. The only thing that the client has to do is have a conversation about what they want. Later, the client looks over design drafts and gives the designer feedback. That’s not so hard. Really, expressing what you want and having someone else use their expertise to create it is the fun part. When you’re working with a custom stationer, you have a direct relationship with the actual designer who is making your paper goods. This ensures that your signature style is incorporated into every single detail. You can’t get that online or from a catalogue. -Leanna Adams

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PICTURED ABOVE Stationery items by Miss Pickles Press (www.misspicklespress.com)

EVENT ELEMENT ENTERTAINMENT ENTERTAINERS THAT AWE

There’s a whole new group of entertainers that break the boundaries between seat and stage for the ultimate interactive event environment. There’s a fine line between whim and wacky. Good events walk the tightrope without ever losing their footing. They play with color. They buck tradition with menus. If said get-together ever wants to go from good to great, however, the live entertainment needs to be special. Done are the days when guests simply mingle over hors d’oeuvres while a boring cellist or cover band performs on stage. As a matter of fact, the coolest entertainers aren’t even on stages anymore. When companies like Event Performance are called upon to keep crowds engaged, the whole venue becomes fair game.

 “We can lead guests from Point A to Point B with strolling musicians,” says Chip Lunsford, Event Performance (www.eventperformance.com) founder. “It could be a bag piper, a horn section, a dixieland band or any other type of attentiongrabbing musical movement. We frequently will create an improvised hallway with performing violinists lined up on both sides as guests walk through. The violinists can later take places on preset pedestals, interspersed throughout the room, for a unified performance that bathes the room in sophisticated background music.” One of the joys of interactive entertainment is that it’s so versatile. If you’re planning an intimate wedding ceremony, human statues could be sprinkled about, giving the venue a Venetian garden feel. On the flipside, if you’re organizing a corporate function, strolling magicians might be the answer for holding employees’ attention during an extended lunch break. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous with things, Lunsford has a few more ideas up his sleeve: “For those who really want to wow their guests for the cocktail party, we also have a cirque-style aerialist that hangs from a chandelier and pours champagne for guests. It is a real eye catcher.” “The critical bottom line of my soap box speech is, ‘It’s all about the guests,’” Lunsford explains about weddings and other special events. “Music selection, for instance, should be focused on what their guests will respond to, what will bring them into the experience. The reception, I think, is really the ‘ThankYou Party’ for the guests that took their time and resources to help celebrate this monumental moment in your life. Their enjoyment needs to be the primary objective.” Of course, if said enjoyment can involve fire-breathing jugglers on stilts, all the better. -Demarco Williams

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PICTURED ABOVE An example of interactive entertainers : Strolling violinist and percussionists by Elan Arists at Engage!10, a luxury wedding business summit. Photography by: Mel Barlow Photography (www.melbarlow.com)

EVENT ELEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY MADE FOR A MAGAZINE Having your picture taken takes on a whole new meaning as traditional ‘sit and smile’ pictures fade in popularity and the ‘styled’ photography session trend emerges.

One of the main reasons we all find magazines so captivating and hold on to them long after their current issue has expired is undoubtedly the exquisite photo shoots. Whether rustic or exotic travel, birthday parties or dinner parties, bridal bliss or baby kisses, evening outings or lazy barefoot afternoons, these glossy photos seem to have channeled the ability to make any moment memorable. We all find ourselves pondering, “Why doesn’t my dinner party go that well?” and “Why don’t my children frolic so joyfully?” and “I’m sorry, but I have never looked that good gardening in the backyard,” to a frustrated “What’s wrong with my camera that it won’t take such fabulous photos?” And yet the reality is that these people are as ordinary as the rest of us, but these photographers have an uncanny ability to catch these rare moments of exceptional beauty and joy that leave the rest of us in awe. Not only do they know how to snap that perfect photo, use the right angle and lens, and find perfect lighting, what gives their photographs such power is their ability to create scenes and styles that evoke the mood and emotion they want protected from time. To put it simply this is more than a story about photographs, it’s a story about artists who love life and love. Too many standard photographers are satisfied catching the right light, forcing your child into an uncomfortable and unnatural smile while waving a neurotic bunny at them, or having you stand statuesque amidst a garden in bloom. But artists, they want more; they want to know and capture your true heart and your true life. For decades we have all had to settle on looking at the magazines and knowing it would never be us, until now. Recently, some unconventional photographers have begun offering these styled photo sessions to the rest of us, and the photographs are funny, breathtaking, precious, and well, wonderful. I don’t know how they do it, but they manage to make us prettier, funnier, and more real than any magazine. They don’t mind if your children pout or pull their sister’s hair; those can be some of the best photos. They don’t mind if your hair gets in your face or you can’t

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stop laughing. What they want is the real moment, the one where you can look into a face and know exactly what they are thinking. They want to put on film that moment that only exists in your mind’s eye, or the one that gives you simple, profound everyday joy. Your far-fetched ideas are their inspiration, a secret whispered to a kindred spirit, and they get to not just style your shoot, but envision your heart and all that makes you, distinctly you.

fun afternoon with their friend, which must be why she can get even men to do the darndest things.

Photographer Hollie Lytle, of Lytle{foto} (www.imageryforlife.com), who joyfully entitles her artistry as “Bohemian Chic,” epitomizes this approach to catching moments of pure la joie de vivre. For Hollie this attitude and intention are behind all of her photo shoots and her passion is infectious.

As Hollie says, “There is a piece of my heart in every one of my photographs and when I look at my pictures I am looking at people who are now my friends. I keep crying at weddings where I am the one taking the pictures!”

As she says, “I am my studio, and everything about my studio is me. I do this because I love it and it makes me happy. What could be better?” She confidently tells her clients to identify what they love and she designs moments filled with flirty, fun breathtaking beauty that is as genuine as it is imaginative. She is not afraid of encouraging her clients to be playful, silly, sensuous, and even hilarious.

All of her photographs have an ethereal quality that leads the observer to believe these must be boudoir or love scenes from long past. She has the uncanny ability to mix nostalgia with whimsy, and the photographs are simply heavenly. But mostly they are art – life, love defined in beauty.

Kristy Dickerson, of Kristy Dickerson Photography (www.kristydickerson.com), is another photographer willing and ready to create captivating scenes to capture moments of serenity, tenderness, and bliss. No matter where she photographs, there is something intensely genuine, as if these couples actually love where they are and who they are with. There is nothing posed about her pictures. She specializes in styling engagement sessions and weddings that have a depth of honesty and maturity that seem to capture not just moments, but the thoughts and emotions of those lost beyond her lens. Her clients repeatedly are drawn to her not just because of her pictures, which are breathtaking, but because they read her blogs and get to understand who she is and the artist’s vision behind her work. Her process involves a deliberate effort to engage with her clients, finding out what they love, what makes them tick, and what they feel beautiful doing and wearing - what is truly them instead of a picture they once cut out of a magazine.

...THESE SCENES ARE EVERYTHING FROM FAIRYTALES TO LOVE STORIES

Certainly her originality is grounded in artistry, but what is etched in each photograph is the fun her clients were undoubtedly having. Lytle reflects, “My inspiration is often found in the unusual, the juxtaposed, the nostalgic, anything that speaks to the beauty and essence of life, which means I can find inspiration anywhere… and I do.” Immense planning goes into every photo shoot to make each one as unique and original as the lives of those she photographs, and nothing is outside her realm of possibilities. To the observer these scenes are everything from fairytales to love stories, but to her clients they are memories. Her patience, vision, and full throttle sense of humor have grooms as giddy and fanciful as their brides, eager to play in the sand, stroll barefoot through fields, and lazily read Sunday’s paper while they helplessly fall in love again on a bed in a river. Her clients seem to forget they are clients and get caught up in a

Kristy notes thoughtfully, “I spend a lot of time just getting to know them so I can tell their unique story. They come in thinking they have to be like someone else, but I show them how they can be themselves.” Then she gets to work, outlining a photo shoot with as much detail as a film shoot, incorporating location, costume, and detailed elements that demonstrate

THIS PAGE AND OPPOSITE: Stephanie and Bo opted for a surfside theme engagement session at a nearby Georgia lake. PHOTOS BY: Lytle{foto} (www.imageryforlife.com)

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her wit as much as her eye for beauty and professionalism. Most of her clients work with Kristy’s recommended stylist who offers expert advice and exquisite styling on the right “looks” for the different shoots. At her photo sessions, she keeps her clients laughing and engaged, encouraging them and teasing them until they are completely lost in the moment. The result is true memories captured on film, and a friend whom they don’t mind hanging around, snapping photos, and being silly with. Kristy says, “When I give my clients photographs, I imagine they are going to live with these pictures and see them everyday, and I want them, when they see that moment, to see and feel that same happiness everyday.

THIS PAGE: Kathryn and Pat opted for a romantic engagement session inspired by the movie ‘The Notebook.’ PHOTOS BY: Kristy Dickerson Photography (www.kristydickerson.com)

To say the photographs are styled is to miss the essence of these moments, for what they really are is visions, and these photographers are visionaries. Unsatisfied with ordinary, they find the places that will capture the hearts and personalities of these couples. And the results are more earnest, honest expressions captured on film, oh yes, and more joy and memories to last a lifetime. From cemeteries, to city streetscapes, gardens, fields, lakes, and barns, these artists can find untold beauty and life in any setting. It is in fact what makes their photos so unique. The attention to tiny details that reflect the mood of the photo shoot and the effort made to create real moments lend these highly gifted photographers the ability to make any event an affair to not just remember, but cherish. Children’s birthdays, quintessential outings, engagement photos, wedding days, thrilling vacations, or lazy days in the backyard, everything becomes camera ready and picture perfect. Dreams - crazy, whimsical, breathtaking dreams and endearing moments filled with honest joy have come true in these daring artists’ hands.. -Katie Golloher

FOUR STEPS to style your own shoot. Don’t forget to relax and have fun!

SET A THEME Pull inspiration from your favorite hobby, vacation spot or even movie to determine exactly what kind of shoot you want to have.

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FIND PROPS Once you have a theme, find all the goodies to pull off the look. Blankets, vintage accessories, cars, planes. whatever!

COORDINATE AN OUTFIT Matching makes sense in this case. Find outfits that fit your theme for everyone who will be photographed. Accessories too!

PLAN IT OUT WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER It’s best to set a plan with your photographer so you end up with the pictures and overall look you intended.

EVENT ELEMENT CATERING THE MENU MATTERS Today’s caterers are turning up the temperature on mass quantity meals because, no matter the size of the guest list, catered cuisine can have 5 stars too. When you think of an event, you remember the food. If it was fantastic, if it was terrible or if you can’t quite recall what was served, but it was just meh. At most large gatherings, you find your staple catered fare: boring chicken. But there’s nothing like going to an event and seeing beautiful trays of artistic hors d’oeuvres or having a dish placed in front of you that smells so good it makes your mouth water. Then there’s the taste, one delicious bite that has you looking at the person next to you and saying, “This is amazing!” Catering can be one of the largest line items on an event budget. But it’s also a big opportunity to get creative and treat your guests to a feast of the senses. Going the extra mile with your catering will make for a much more pleasurable experience for you and your guests.

PICTURED ABOVE: Jerk Berkshire Pork Chop Drizzled with Blackberry-Calvados Reduction, over Pink Eye Pea Succotash, & Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Fried Plantain Curls by A Divine Event PICTURED BELOW: Five Spiced duck breast and orange sage demiglace with sweet potato gnocchi by Talk of the Town Catering PHOTOS BY: Ben Vigil (www.benvigil.com)

PICTURED TO THE RIGHT: Crab remoulade profiterole by Talk of the Town Catering

“If you don’t have a huge budget, you don’t have to go with something simple,” said Sandra Moyers, A Divine Event’s (www.adivineevent. com) Chef De Cuisine. “You can get a really great meal without breaking the bank.” Moyers went on to describe serving a rib eye and smoked scallops instead of the expected filet mignon at a recent event. The guests raved that they felt they were sitting at a restaurant table instead of a rehearsal dinner. “You don’t have to be afraid of a little seasoning or a little flavor,” said Moyers. “People like it. And you can get a really dramatic presentation with that – and you get a wow experience for your guests.” “Try duck instead of chicken because it’s so versatile and a better poultry to serve than turkey,” said Andrew Brackner, Executive Chef of Talk of the Town Catering (www. talkofthetownatlanta.com). According to Chris Archer, owner of Talk of the Town Catering, “In the scheme of things, when you consider the cost of an event, it isn’t that much more to do catering the right way.” Archer went on to explain that if you go with a buffet, you’d probably have a vegetable, a starch and a meat. And you don’t want it to look too skimpy since presentation is a big part of any event. “So it may be more cost effective to do

a seated served dinner because you’d serve less food on the plate than you might in a buffet.” Action stations are a creative edition to an event because, as Archer put it, “People want things cooked in front of them. You can’t get anything fresher than that. It’s also entertainment at the event.” Ask any chef and they’ll tell you – they like to work with people to see what dishes they can bring to the table that are creative and that please the client. “Creativity is free,” said Jason Starnes, Executive Chef of Endive (www.endiveatlanta.com). “We can do anything. We’re not restricted to one specific menu so we have the ability to customize to each person’s specific tastes. People are looking for more than just a meat and a veg. They’re looking for entertainment.” Next time you throw a special event, consider choosing the 5-star options you can get from caterers instead of the boring old chicken dish. Because when you host an event, you want everything to be magical. You want your guests to see cuisine coming their way and get excited. You want them to taste a bite of something that has them closing their eyes and groaning with delight. And that’s exactly what they’ll remember. -Leanna Adams

PICTURED: Salt Roasted Bosc Pear with Braised Georgia Pork Cheeks with Lotus Root Chip Garnish by Endive Atlanta Catering

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The flowers on each plate are a David Austin variety garden rose called Maria Theresa

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COLOR INSPIRATION “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

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This bicolor rose is called Chiam Soutine

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ECHO THE DETAILS Our favorite detail from the shoot was how the cross pattern in the linens by I Do Linens was replicated on the cake design by Sweet Sensations.

EDITOR’S NOTE The rose colored macaroons by Crumb Bakery (above) actually tasted like rose too.

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SWEET IDEA Rock candy makes great sweetener for hot tea and carries your party color palette even further.

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Photo couturesy of W Atlanta - Midtown. View from their Altitude Ballroom.

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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.

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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PLUS :: These venues tend to host one event at a time, giving you maximum privacy.

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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. - Leanna Adams

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Pay special attention to the following pages as they outline every important detail of our venue partners. It’s a quick and easy way to find your party location.

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VENUE GUIDE We make finding venues easy-breezy. There are many details to consider when choosing an event venue. To simplify the search for a party location, we’ve compiled a directory of our venue partners and have outlined the very details you’ll need to review to decide which venue is right for you.

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Part of town ‘At A Glance’ section outlines details like catering options, parking, amenities and special features Contact info, website and email

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Beginning on page 79 you’ll find venues of a small, yet mighty kind. Perfect for intimate occasions and dinner parties too.

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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 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.clubcorp.com Dayl.Soll@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 drop-down 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 quickly reset for the reception.

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.

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.

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

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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BUCKHEAD

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 cherrywood 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 and Members Room are rented separately during

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.

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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THE ATRIUM

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

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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MILTON

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 magnificient 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 reflect 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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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 dĂŠcor is rich and warm featuring one of a kind furnishings that lend to its unique charm. The club quarters feature three private event rooms

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

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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GWINNETT

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 banquets.

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

3,175 3 175

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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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-toceiling 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 helps you set the mood and distinguish the occasion like an

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

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.

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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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STOCKBRIDGE

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EAGLES LANDING COUNTRY CLUB

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Eagle’s Landing Country Club is a plantation-style clubhouse that exemplifies Georgian charm and savoir-faire from its warm brick exterior and welcoming verandas to a crowning cupola that

10,000 4 600

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

looks down on some of the most beautiful scenery and wildlife in the state. We offer golf outings, weddings, corporate and social events. Eagle’s Landing is a retreat not only for great rounds with close friends and family, but also for hosting important corporate clients and associates. 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’oeuvres-style reception of up to 400. 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. Our staff is committed to providing the finest food and 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 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? Whether you are planning a week-long retreat or a day meeting, Eagle’s Landing Country Club can host your functions. Get out of the office and have your meetings here! When it’s time for work, we can accommodate your group of 2 to 200 or more. When it’s time to play, we have what you need: golf outings, putting contests, and local shopping. Located 20 minutes

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

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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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.

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

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 awardwinning 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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MIDTOWN

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THE FOX THEATRE

Top left photo by Picture This! Photography, bottom left and main photo by Drew Newman Photographers

AT A GLANCE

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 preshow 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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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. Once you decide where to hold your event, everything else comes together, especially if you decide

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

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 accommodating and romantic.

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

We’re also home to Livingston Restaurant + Bar, a one-of-a-kind venue for private and semi-private 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

BUFORD, MALL OF GEORGIA

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GWINNETT ENVIRONMENTAL & HERITAGE CENTER

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The Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center is a stunningly unique Gold Certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Building which seamlessly marries eco-friendly ideals with striking event spaces. Conveniently located only two miles from the Mall of Georgia, the

Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

7,200 2 75 - 300

Center is the ideal location for your cocktail party, corporate event, banquet, wedding ceremony or reception. Situated on 223 acres of woodlands, the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center offers a

Catering: Offsite catering allowed Includes: Tables, chairs, AV options, set up and breakdown Parking: Complimentary Special Features: Outdoor cascading water feature, outdoor rental area, many beautiful outdoor photo opportunities, unique spaces with window walls overlooking lush wooded areas, close to Mall of Georgia, hotels, and major highways

serene, inspiring environment starting the very moment your guests arrive at our stunning location where the facility, patios, and water feature all blend in gracefully with the rolling landscape. A flowering, vegetative, eco-friendly roof piques interest upon entry where guests are greeted by a 15-foot high water wall in the main lobby. Every room of the facility utilizes natural light and wallto-ceiling windows overlooking the grounds and the majestic outdoor water feature. The freedom to decorate, cater, and entertain guests as you wish allows you to make the Center your own while making an impression on guests. Weddings, religious celebrations, reunions, and corporate parties find an excellent home in our spacious Ivy Room or Blue Planet Theater, accommodating 200+ guests each. But don’t let our “green” side fool you...each of our rooms is well-equipped to “wow” your guests with photo slideshows, tribute videos, or complete presentations

2020 Clean Water Drive Buford, GA 30519 (770) 904-3500 www.gwinnettEHC.org lisa.howell@gwinnettcounty.com

thanks to vibrant large screen projection systems mated with state-of-the art, computer controlled multimedia systems.

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MCDONOUGH

THE HAZLEHURST HOUSE

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.

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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

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

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16,000 4 50 - 250

LAWRENCEVILLE

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LITTLE GARDENS

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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

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

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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ALPHARETTA

THE MANOR GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

The Manor Golf & Country Club – A Talk of the Town Venue – is the ideal location for your wedding or other special occasion in a new and elegant club setting. The venue offers outstanding amenities, including a two-story atrium and 200-seat ballroom, as well as beautiful indoor and outdoor settings for your special day. Award-winning Talk of the Town Catering and Special Events offers event catering from small,

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

3,000 4 200

intimate gatherings to full-scale weddings and corporate parties. Our Special Event Coordinators will work with you every step of the way to ensure that no detail is left undone. Talk of the Town Catering and Special Events’ expert culinary team will work with you to design the menu that meets your special event catering needs, while staying within any budget. Whether you are planning an elaborate, seated dinner or a casual but elegant buffet, the quality of service and cuisine will be unmatched in this gorgeous club setting. Of course, Talk of the Town Catering and Special Events can offer on-site parking, as well as tenting, tables, linens and much more to make your event at The Manor Golf & Country Club perfect. The Manor Golf & Country Club will give you and your guests a chance to experience the beauty of one of the best club settings in the area. The Manor Golf & Country Club offers the private club experience you and your guests will remember. Please contact us today for more information: manor@talkofthetownatlanta.com.

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Catering: Onsite Includes: Tables and chairs Parking: Complimentary Special Features: The unique English architecture is exquisite with breathtaking interior design. Beautiful golf course and lake views from terrace and ballroom. Lovely gardens and lawns for outside ceremonies, receptions and tented events. Guests will enjoy the spectacular scenery from the front gate until they reach the clubhouse. 15951 Manor Club Dr Alpharetta, GA 30004 (678) 867-0222 www.themanorgoldand countryclub.com manor@talkofthetownatlanta.com

MIDTOWN ATLANTA

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MARGARET MITCHELL HOUSE

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Whether you’re planning an outdoor reception on the lawn or dinner and dancing, discover the picturesque ambiance of this unique urban setting. Located in the heart of Midtown, this historic site includes the Margaret Mitchell House and Commercial Row. These versatile venues are perfect

Total Square Footage: 6,000 # of Event Spaces: 3 Capacity: 12 - 300

for wedding ceremonies and receptions, corporate events and meetings, award dinners, lectures and

Catering: Approved catering list Includes: Limited tables & chairs, Event Manager, Security Officer in parking lot Parking: Limited Free Parking Special Features: Centrally located, historic Midtown venue with Margaret Mitchell’s apartment, two exhibitions and gift shop conveniently located within one block of Midtown MARTA station.

Commercial Row, a historic retail building, is a large space featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and an

presentations, birthdays, graduation celebrations, mitzvahs, an evening of dinner and dancing as well as other special occasions.

open loft feel with exposed ceiling beams. The Margaret Mitchell House, birthplace of Gone With the Wind, is listed on the National Register for Historic Sites. This three story Tudor revival home boasts parlor rooms, covered porches and multi-leveled lawns. Enjoy the whole Gone With the Wind experience and invite your guests to explore exhibitions as well as Margaret Mitchell’s Crescent Avenue apartment, which she affectionately nicknamed “The Dump.” The historic space where Mitchell wrote Gone With the Wind provides an apt setting to understand her motives for writing the novel and learn about the lifestyle of the author and her husband, John Marsh, in 1920s Atlanta. The exhibition Margaret Mitchell: A Passion for Character presents the aspiring writer through her girlhood writings, Mitchell’s career

990 Peachtree Street Atlanta GA 30309 (404) 814-2076 www.margaretmitchellhouse.com specialevents@ margaretmitchellhouse.com

as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal newspaper, how the popularity of the book affected her life, and the philanthropy that characterized her later years. The Making of a Film Legend: Gone With the Wind details the transformation of Gone With the Wind from a best-selling novel to a film classic and features the movie’s original doorway to Tara.

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MORROW

THE MORROW CENTER

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 event space is built to the International Association of Conference Center and Marriott standards to accommodate every social and business need.

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

28,000 8 600

We will provide complete concierge service throughout your entire event and we have the flexibility 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

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

and finest selections for food and beverage through the Morrow Center’s preferred list of caterers. We are conveniently located 1 mile off of I-75 (exit 233) next to Southlake Mall.

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

MARIETTA

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OLDE TOWNE ATHLETIC CLUB

AT A GLANCE

Celebrate the most important day in your life at Olde Towne Athletic Club! The highlight of any reception is a memorable dining experience for all of your guests. Let our

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

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 staff is here to provide you with a custom menu that will make your reception a first class success.

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

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 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

PRIMROSE COTTAGE

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

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glass walls and a commanding view of terraced gardens, Primrose Cottage offers an incomparable 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

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.

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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DUNWOODY

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RAVINIA CLUB AND GARDENS

AT A GLANCE

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

concept that is carried throughout the Club in its decor - from the sedate wildlife etchings in the glass

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

The ambiance of the Club, its European charm, and the discerning attention to detail by the

Two Ravinia Drive Suite 100 Atlanta , Georgia 30346 (770) 392-7328 www.raviniaclub.com laurapotts@raviniaclub.com

to the Italian marble foyer and lovely floral artwork. Additionally, the Club is set aside the awardwinning Ravinia gardens . . . A beautiful sanctuary for weddings, social and corporate events.

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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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 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.

AT A GLANCE 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 and

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

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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ST IVES COUNTRY CLUB

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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 the feeling of an 18th Century country English Manor. Full height mahogany paneling, crystal

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

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 room rental fee.

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

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DOWNTOWN ATLANTA, LUCKIE MARIETTA DISTRICT

VENTANAS

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 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 the

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

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

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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VECOMA AT THE YELLOW RIVER

AT A GLANCE

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 for

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.

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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BUCKHEAD

W ATLANTA - BUCKHEAD

Above photo by Picture This! Photography (www.sandraandgreg.com)

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

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historical references that define the rich tradition of Buckhead. 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

Total Square Footage: # of Event Spaces: Capacity:

9,000 4 300

imagined. 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.

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

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W ATLANTA - MIDTOWN

AT A GLANCE

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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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

VENUE GUIDE REHEARSAL DINNER & PRIVATE DINING

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.

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“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

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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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.

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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. Even dine in the mezzanine areas overlooking the main dining room. 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 C K H E A D RE S TAU R A N T S . C O M • ( 4 0 4 ) 237-9070 x2017

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BRADFORD’S ON BISHOP 433 Bishop Street Atlanta, GA 30318 SEATS: Up to 150 Guests CUISINE: Outside Catering Allowed Bradford’s on Bishop is a chef-owned event facility in the hip West Atlanta area. Our space is 5200 square feet including a studio style show kitchen, beautiful granite bar, catering stage area, and meeting rooms. We also offer an outdoor garden area perfect for pre-function gathering. We are conveniently located near Atlantic Station easily accessible from Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, and Vinings. Our goal is to offer a unique interactive culinary experience. We have a state of the art kitchen with Wolf Ovens and Ranges and spacious granite countertops. What’s more, our guests have the opportunity to learn from Atlanta’s finest chefs and foodservice professionals.

BRADFORDSONBISHOP.COM • (404)216-1031

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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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VENI VIDI VICI 41 14th Street NW Atlanta, GA 30318 SEATS: Up to 24 Guests CUISINE: Italian With its artful, country estate décor and awe-inspiring wine list, Veni Vidi Vici represents a true Renaissance in fine Italian dining in Atlanta. Located in the heart of Midtown, it is perfect for pre-theater dining or events, or as a place to unwind and enjoy a relaxing meal. Featuring warm ambiance and attentive service, the intimate dining space is ideal for luncheons, dinners and business meetings. For private dining, the Unique Country Estate Room with a colorful four wall mural set apart from the main dining room is sure to offer the perfect ambiance for your event. Veni Vidi Vici also features a semi-private dining room opening onto an outside patio for cocktails.

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FASHION & FEATURE

Bridal couture, floral fantasies and a sun soaked early fall afternoon spent getting to know one of Atlanta’s most magical venues, The Swan House

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PHOTOGRAPHY Ben Vigil www.benvigil.com LOCATION The Swan House www.atlantahistorycenter.com FLORAL The Savage Garden www.thesavagegarden.net HAIR & MAKEUP Raney O’Keefe www.raneyokeefe.com

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FOR DECADES BRIDES HAVE BLINKED BACK TEARS AS THEY WALK THROUGH THESE GARDENS AND THEIR FAIRY TALE DREAMS COME TRUE. EVENTS AT THE SWAN HOUSE ARE THE ESSENCE OF SOUTHERN GLAMOUR AND GRANDEUR.

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aulkner and Mitchell may have given the rest of the world a glimpse of the South’s old glory, but every good Southerner lives with a piece of that history in their hearts - the old secret to what once was. When azaleas flower under budding trees, oaks tower over windy, quiet roads, or magnolias scent the summer air, they know this is just an accessory, a mere adornment to the glory of the South’s power and pride. For it was actually in the flat plains of a wide vast horizon filled knee high with white gold that cotton became king. King Cotton. The King opened the doors of prosperity and modernity for a region struggling to overcome prejudices, poverty, injustice, and the devastation of a war ravaged region destroyed by Sherman’s famous March to the Sea. For the few left wielding the South’s one economic hope, there must have been a desire to display their renewed pride and power. Few plantations remained and yet, King Cotton ruled the South. And if King Cotton ever built himself a castle, it was nestled in Northwest Atlanta amid 33 acres of lush gardens, known today as the famous Swan House. As heir to a cotton brokerage fortune, Edward Inman and his wife, Emily hired the famed Georgia Tech trained architect, Philip Trammell Schutze to design and build an empty-nest retirement home, indicative of the style and tastes among the affluent of the 1920’s. Schultze did not disappoint and used his extensive European architectural study to construct a castle more than a home. The mansion was completed in 1928 for a mere $106,000, although homes of that day typically sold for $2000. Today it is one of the most photographed landmarks in Atlanta. The home is perfectly situated amidst characteristically European styled gardens with clover leaf pools, symmetrical stone staircases, vast lawns

leading to cascading roses over stone retaining walls and Baroque elements throughout the estate. As an architectural structure, the Swan House incorporates both Italian and English classical styles indicative of Second Renaissance Revival, without mimicking other structures. But the Swan House received its nostalgic name from the swan and bird motif Emily Inman had incorporated throughout the interior of the house. The East entrance bears four large columns upholding the portico in front of a large lawn flanked with dogwoods, pine trees and other Southern treasures, with a decidedly English influence and serves as the main entrance. The West entrance is more lush and elaborate with classic Italian elements, retaining walls, cascading gardens, and the infamous pair of stone stairs leading to the gardens below. It is difficult for any visitor to imagine this heavenly sight is technically the back door. Both the north and south sides of the mansion have beautiful porches overlooking the picturesque grounds. Schutze created a unique mansion with unparalleled elegance, and filled the home with modern amenities of the day, central heat and air with vents cleverly hidden among the hand-cut black and white marbled foyer, a telephone closet, and an overhead shower with a clever faucet at foot level for testing the temperature. But these modern amenities do nothing to distract from the classic features, richly appointed antiques, symmetrical arched entries, colorful decorating, elegant textiles, and captivating views throughout the home. While the entrance vestibule features a towering foyer and winding staircase grand enough for Scarlet to make a magnificent entrance or hysterical, fleeting exit, the other rooms are equal in elegance and grandeur. The Morning Room, Dining Room, Living Room, Library, and four upstairs bedrooms all hold furnishings and opulence reserved for continue page 90

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royalty. While Mr. Inman only lived in the home three years before his death, Mrs. Inman spent years enjoying her grandchildren romp through her grand gardens. She arranged for the Atlanta History Center to purchase the property and furnishings for $500,000 after her death. In 1967 the Swan House was open to the public. Recently a $5.4 million renovation project was completed in order to restore the house to its original historical appearance. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation awarded the renovation the Excellence in Restoration award. The restoration now provides the over 250,000 visitors a year to view five rooms formerly excluded from the tour including the butler’s pantry, powder room, telephone room, guest bedroom and children’s bedroom. Among visitors’ favorite features is the same wonder, mystery, and drama that any old house holds, the secret lives of those who once lived there. Hearing the old tales, the oral histories of a family from decades past, visitors are transported to imagine the lives of those who once called Swan House home, lives epic in their surroundings and opportunities, and yet similar to the joys and trials of any human heart. The Philip Trammel Schutze: Atlanta Classicist, Connoisseur, and Collector exhibition is also available and showcases Shutze’s personal art collection, including furniture, ceramics, rugs, silver, and paintings for Atlanta History Center visitors to view, but what visitors see is the excellence and eye for beauty that lived in the heart of this architectural genius. Since 1967 weddings and illustrious romantic events have been held at the Swan House. These evenings are the essence of Southern glamour and grandeur. I am sure the guests imagine themselves cast in some iconic movie scene as they tour garden grounds through darkened nights and dance in silky ball gowns. Of all the events held at Swan House the annual Swan House Ball is the most anticipated and celebrated among Atlanta’s elite. But the Swan House is not completely illusive for the rest of the adoring public. Romance, intimacy, and a taste of the Old South can be found at continue page 95

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the Swan Coach House. In the 1980’s a group of devoted art enthusiasts turned the Swan House’s Coach House into a elegant, thriving, spot ideal for weddings, luncheons, and tea parties while also exhibiting established and budding local artists in the onsite gallery. For decades brides have blinked back tears as the walk through these gardens and their fairy tale dreams come true. Elegant, regal, classical, and yet, original, the Inman’s home defined Southern royalty at a time when the South was determined to hold its head high. The Swan House can certainly command King Cotton’s crown in any decade past, present, or future. - Katie Golloher

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With the venue decided, it was time to get down to the real work of planning. Luckily, Kaylan and her mother had some professional help, in the form of Teresa Day, a co-owner of Magic Moments, the company that owns Primrose Cottage and the off-site catering company A Divine Event. Day enjoys working with brides with a unique vision for their special day, and Kaylan’s enchanted forest theme certainly fit the bill. To get a solid “I wanted my wedding to have that magical, mystical feel,” Kaylan said.  The understanding of what the bride and her mother had in mind for the event, first step in making it happen was selecting a venue that gave off the right Day spent several hours interviewing them, trying to get as many details as vibe. Kaylan grew up in Roswell, Georgia, and had spent time visiting all possible that would later help her create the perfect day. the historic homes in the area when she was younger. Primrose Cottage, an 1839 antebellum home graced with large, beautiful oak trees, was one of Though Kaylan was set on an enchanted forest theme for the reception, it the first venues she toured as a possible wedding site, and after that, she had turned out that she was picturing a very simple outdoor ceremony. Primrose Cottage offers several outdoor ceremony options, and for her 200 guests, trouble picturing herself getting married anywhere else.

nspiration for a wedding theme can come from just about anywhere. For Kaylan Keeter, it came in the form of Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to be exact. The classic comedy struck a note with the bride-to-be, and resulted in the theme of her May 8, 2010 wedding to Jacob Lewis: an enchanted forest.

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Kaylan elected to be married on the front yard, facing the white picket fence and street. It was decided that Kaylan and Jacob would start with a simple garden ceremony, and the night would progress into the enchanted forest theme. For her colors, Kaylan chose a warm ash (in honor of her grandfather, who founded the Royal Oak Charcoal Company) paired with her favorite color – a refreshing pink melon.  May 8th turned out to be a beautiful, sunny day, the perfect day for Kaylan and Jacob’s wedding. As guests arrived, they were offered honeydew and hibiscus water for a refreshing drink before gathering on the shady front lawn to witness the ceremony. At the yard’s entrance, a delicate gate of iron filigree echoed the beautiful invitation guests had received, which was designed by Naples, Florida company Arabesque.  A series of metallic charcoal-colored columns topped with all white floral displays drew guests’ attention to the romantic, vine-covered arch at the end of the aisle, where the bride and groom were surrounded by their closest friends. After a beautiful ceremony, the new Mr. and Mrs. Lewis entered Primrose Cottage through a grand front door that was adorned with a moss “L” decorated with melon-colored flowers, a tiny foreshadowing of the intricate floral designs to be found inside.   Cocktail hour took place in the main rooms of the gracious antebellum mansion, as well as outside on the back terrace. While the bridal party

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took their pictures, guests enjoyed listening to a string quartet and snacking on delicious passed hors d’oeuvres. In a nod to her grandfather’s charcoal company, there was a Royal Oak Charcoal Grill set up outside, where a chef passed freshly grilled lime shrimp kabobs to guests. Nearby, exquisitely prepared risotto was ladled out of a hollowed Parmesan cheese wheel. On the terrace, mostly white flowers were used, but the decor was accented with coral toile, garden lanterns and peonies. “To get momentum going for the event,” Day explained, “we suggested all the flowers start out white to allow the bridesmaid dresses of melon and ash to pop. As the event went on, the color progressed, and melon flowers appeared on staircases and throughout.”  In the Garden Room, guests found their escort cards placed on an opulently decorated table featuring cascading arrangements of hanging amaranthus, peonies, roses and gardenias, with an oversized ball of grapevine, moss and fanciful butterflies above.  Later, this table held the red velvet Georgia Bulldogs grooms cake, and then the hand-painted chocolates that were offered as favors. Guests also discovered a specialty drink tent off of the Garden Room that was inspired by a French phrase on the couple’s wedding invitation, “Mon A Ma Vie De Coer Entier,” which loosely translates into “My whole heart

for my whole life.”  Once inside, guests found themselves in a modern, Parisian-style tent with its own specialty lighting, black and white decor with coral accents and sleek white furniture.   After cocktail hour, the doors to the Overlook Ballroom opened. Though Kaylan had been a part of the planning all along, she was stunned to see how beautiful, and how true to her inspiration, the ballroom looked. “It was...I was just in awe,” she said. “I had put together hundreds of pictures, but in person...it took my breath away.” To create the enchanted forest look, Day used specialty lighting and grand centerpieces in three sizes that looked like curly willow trees with twinkling candles. More candles on the tables and crystals hanging in front of the room’s many windows only enhanced the magical effect, especially as the lighting, which had started out in a soft pink, slowly deepened to a romantic amber. The crystal beads, sheer fabric, mirror chargers, a custom monogram gobo and intriguing light patterns coupled with unusual color combinations had a mesmerizing effect.  “To see their delight when they saw it was just so fun,” said Day. “I knew the colors and had the ideas in my head, and they made it happen, to a ‘T’,” said the bride, resplendent in a Monique Lluillier gown as she and her groom danced their first dance to Michael Buble’s “Everything.”

For the rest of the night, guests danced to the music of the eleven-piece band, and enjoyed a delicious seated dinner of filet mignon and crab cakes. The couple’s wedding cake, which shone in an amber spotlight all evening, featured three tiers of different flavors and was provided by Frosted Pumpkin.  “Because the wedding slowly progressed to what you saw in the ballroom, the guests just thoroughly enjoyed themselves,” Day said. The bride’s family, she said, also seemed incredibly relaxed and happy. “They had a joy that permeated the event. You could see it on the bride’s face, and in the mother’s face when she looked at her daughter.” Kaylan and Jacob were thrilled with their Primrose Cottage wedding. “I think everything was made so simple because they have everything in house,” Kaylan said. “They can always just make it happen. The lighting was the main thing; it was transforming. It wouldn’t have been the same at all without the intricate lighting and special flowers. It was just amazing.”

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STYLEsource Photography:  Brandelyn Lee Photography www.brandelynlee.com Venue, Floral and Planner: Primrose Cottage www.primrosecottage.com Catering: A Divine Event www.adivineevent.com Rentals: Cort Furniture www.cortevents.com Linens: BBJ Linens www.bbjlinens.com

Lighting: Full Circle Lighting www.fullcirclelighting.com Videography:  CMV Productions www.cmvproductions.com  Invitations & Design:  Ceci New York www.cecinewyork.com Cakes: Frosted Pumpkin www.frostedpumpkin.com

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n 2009, at age 12, Leah Slepian had already visited Israel with her family and completed her bat mitzvah ceremony there. While it was an amazing trip, and she had worked hard to meet the challenges it entailed a year earlier than is customary in the U.S., there was one thing she missed out on: celebrating that accomplishment with all of her friends and relatives. On May 22, 2010, shortly after her 13th birthday, that situation was rectified as her parents, Michele and Eric, threw their daughter a fantastic “Club Leah” themed bat mitzvah/birthday celebration unlike anything Atlanta had seen before! With the help of planner Sharon Fisher of It’s My Party, Inc., the Slepians moved quickly, planning the 130-guest event in only a few short months. They selected one of the city’s newer venues, Ventanas, for a

transformation into Club Leah. “We knew as soon as we saw Ventanas,” Michele said. “It was exactly what we were looking for- very club-like and a fun feel.”  Fisher agreed. “It’s just such a cool venue. At night, you’re looking out over the city and see all the lights.” The evening of Leah’s bat mitzvah was beautiful, she explained, and guests enjoyed both the indoor and outdoor spaces. To encourage the club-like feel, Michele and Fisher worked with Jenny’s Paper, Inc. to craft invitations designed to look like backstage passes, with a twist. The invitations were made of hard, clear plastic, and arrived in big, bubble envelopes to add to the drama. As guests arrived, they walked up a red carpet before stepping into the elevator that would whisk them up to Ventanas. “It was great,” said Michele.

“We played it up like the paparazzi were going to be there. It was the grand opening of Club Leah.” As any star knows, the grand entrance at a club opening should be memorable. Leah’s certainly was. The guest of honor arrived at Ventanas with her father and brother by helicopter, first circling the building as guests were drawn to the rooftop helipad, and then, in a dramatic surprise to those waiting guests, landing right there! She was excited, and, in a bright tie-dye colored dress, quickly made her entrance to Club Leah to the popular Ke$ha song “Tik Tok,” with the very fun and appropriate line “the party don’t start til I walk in.” Club Leah was decorated for the night with lots of bright colors and some tie-dye accents, with undercurrents of recurring purple and black. One of the most eye-catching and memorable elements of the decor was very rare tie-dye roses that Tony Conway and Amy Saltzman of A Legendary Event actually imported from Amsterdam for the bat mitzvah. The gorgeous flowers caused their own behind-the-scenes drama; due to the volcano, air traffic in Europe was severely disrupted, and the flowers didn’t arrive until the morning of the party! “The tiedye roses,” Fisher said, “were so spectacular.” Right after her entrance and introduction, Leah did her candle lighting and cut the topsy-turvy sixlayer cake that she had helped design. A video of her actual bat mitzvah ceremony the year before, in Israel, played alongside her. Shortly after, she disappeared for a quick outfit change, emerging in a more “club-like” purple dress. From that point on, it was time to eat, drink and have fun! “We wanted everyone to eat all night, and just enjoy themselves,” Michele said. In addition to the decor, A Legendary Event also catered the event, arranging a variety of stations throughout the indoor/outdoor event space that stayed open all night long. Each station represented something or someone important to the Slepian family. “It was really personalized, and every detail was taken care of,” said Fisher.  Michele’s maiden name, Noodleman, served as the name of the Asian noodle station, for example. Guests also enjoyed a Latin station,

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sushi bar station, and a build-your-own pasta station they called the “Lamborghini Station.” The Schwartz’s Deli Station served authentic New York deli-style food, like knishes and matzo ball soup. “We organized the flow to make the event feel intimate,” Fisher explained. Casual seating let everyone mix, mingle and enjoy the night without being restricted to any one table. While the adult bars were placed throughout the interior of the venue, there was a juice bar for Leah’s guests set up on the rooftop patio. The bartender became a hit with the kids, mixing up a variety of different juice drinks and shots throughout the evening. The teens also kept busy by getting decorated with airbrush tattoos and making flip-books.  Michele describes the process guests went through to make their own books: “You stand in front of a green screen and move in exaggerated movements with props. Then, a little two-inch by five-inch book prints out, and you can flip through it and see yourself moving!” The flipbooks all had covers customized with Leah’s initial logo. The flip-books, from local company Flippity-Doo Da, actually ended up being a huge hit with everyone at the party, not just the kids. “To this day,” Michele said, “friends still have the books sitting out in their house!” A DJ from Vibe Entertainment also kept the party moving. “From friends with little ones to the kids to the adults, I think every age had a great time. It was lots of fun,” said Michele. “It was an amazing night no one will forget,” she continued. “Most of our guests hadn’t been to an event like that. It was not your typical bat mitzvah! We did the candle lighting and the cake right away and then it was just a fun party.” As the night wrapped up, everyone enjoyed a surprise reveal of a candy bar, as well as passed miniature ice cream cones, cheesecake bites on a stick, and other tasty treats. “All the funky elements that they went above and beyond for made all the difference,” Fisher said. “It was very cool, very different and edgy; it was exactly what they wanted.

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STYLEsource Photography: Wittmayer Photographers www.wittmayerphotographers.com Venue: Ventanas www.ventanasatlanta.com Event Planner: It’s My Party, Inc. www.itsmypartyinc.com Flip Books: Flippity Doo Da www.flippitydooda.com Decor and Catering: A Legendary Event, www.legendaryevents.com Videography: Dewitt Smith Video www.dsvp.com DJ: Vibe Entertainment www.vibeentertainmentinc.com Invitations: Jenny’s Paper Inc. www.jennyspaperinc.com

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s bride-to-be Alberta Watkins planned her September 4, 2010 wedding, she and fiance Chris Waller struggled with deciding on an event theme. Over all, they both knew they wanted their wedding to have a classic and elegant feel. When they looked at Atlanta’s Biltmore Ballrooms as a possible reception venue, though, it all began to fall into place. Both bride and groom were charmed by the elegant interiors of the Georgian Ballroom, though Alberta returned for several more visits before making a final decision. When she fell in love with the space a little more with each visit, she knew the Biltmore Ballrooms would be just right for their ceremony and reception. The intricate detailing in the Georgian Ballroom is beautiful on its own, and Alberta didn’t want to hide the lovely

space she and her groom had chosen, so they decided to stick with minimal decoration for the reception. The traditional ceremony took place in the Imperial Ballroom, and was presided over by a Reverend that was a lifelong friend of the groom’s family. EllyB Events worked with the bride to bring all the details together and ensure a smooth planning process. With her help, the couple decided on a color scheme of wine red and silver-grey. The colors were incorporated into the linens, flowers and other aspects of the event, including the bride’s shoes! For their first dance, she changed into a show-stopping pair of sparkling silver stilettos.  Floral arrangements by Jackson/Durham Flowers and Events added just

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the right pop of color to the ballroom, and kept to the classic and elegant theme. With the help of Paper Daisies Stationary, the couple designed a monogram that also appeared throughout the event. Lighting and music were provided by One Sound Entertainment,  allowing the couple to illuminate the dance floor with the couple’s new monogram. Endive Catering provided delicious bites all evening, ending with a dessert bar full of items selected by the bride and groom. Both Alberta and Chris share a love of desserts, and used the dessert bar to encourage their 200 guests to indulge as well. Chocolate-filled strawberries and old-fashioned lemon tart bars were big hits, along with the wedding cake provided by Couture Cakes. Alberta and Chris also share a passion for Georgia Tech, where they were both attending school when they first met. That the Biltmore Ballrooms are located so close to their alma-mater was something that pleased them both. The couple met during Alberta’s junior year, which was Chris’s senior year. Though he had asked a track teammate of hers to set them up, they two didn’t actually end up meeting for several months. When they finally did, it turned out they had quite a bit in common and really seemed to click. After six years of dating, the two were vacationing in South Florida over New Year’s when Chris proposed to Alberta on the beach one day. Of course, she said yes!

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Photography: Melissa Hume Photography www.momentsbymissy.com Venue: The Biltmore Ballrooms www.novareevents.com Catering: Endive www.endiveatlanta.com Flowers: Jackson Durham Flowers and Events www.jacksondurham.com Music and Lighting: One Sound and Entertainment www.onesoundandent.com Stationery: Paper Daisies Stationery www.paperdaisiesstationery.com   Event Planner: ellyB Events www.ellybevents.com Cake: Couture Cakes www.couturecakesinc.com Favor: Oriental Trading, www.orientaltrading.com Transportation: Atlanta Express Limo, www.atlantaexpresslimo.com

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hen one of the city’s top wedding photographers turns the tables and starts planning events instead of photographing them, amazing things can happen, as Sarah Schmitz found out at her November 7, 2010, baby shower. Sarah is both an associate photographer and a good friend of Christine Gallagher, of Christine Gallagher Photography. When the camera-toting mama-to-be announced her pregnancy, Gallagher immediately offered to throw the shower and set to planning. Since she works with wedding and event professionals on a regular basis,

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Gallagher has tons of contacts in the industry, and knew just who she wanted to work with for this very special event. “The florist, the cake designer and the photographer were all people who I admire and knew would create works of art for the event,” she said. Gallagher hosted the baby shower at her own house, inviting Sarah’s family and friends over for brunch to celebrate the pregnancy. Sarah is keeping the sex of the baby (and possible names) under wraps, so Christine knew she didn’t want to focus the party on traditional pinks and blues. Instead, she chose a bright and cheerful palette of aqua, mustard and white. As for

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a theme, Christine was after something light-hearted and whimsical. She eventually found an invitation that featured a play on words about having a baby. Knowing that Sarah was an English major in college, and still considers herself something of a book-worm, the wordy theme was set! Christine set the scene with pom-pom balls she ordered from Etsy in varying sizes in white, aqua and mustard. An Atlanta floral design company, Boukates, then stepped in to create fun arrangements using blue-toned mason jars and milk glass instead of simple vases, to give the florals a bit of a vintage feel. In a whimsical twist, some of the arrangements used an unexpected bit of fruity flair: kumquats.  Guests snacked on a variety of brunch staples from a local Whole Foods, including quiche, pastries, assorted cheeses and yogurt & fruit. For a pop of color, Gallagher served mimosas (and non-alcoholic mama-osas) and Izzie Sodas. Sweet Sensations crafted a show-stopping cake after a design Gallagher sketched, featuring Sarah’s favorite flowers and embellished with stylized versions of her name. As the event wrapped up, guests picked up their sweet favors: jars mimicking the look of the flower arrangements, filled with aqua, mustard and white M&M’s. Rather then the standard “thank you” on the favor labels, Gallagher worked with Lucky and Lovely to decorate them with words like sweet, lovely, joy, and laugh, in a nod to the word-play invites. Photographer Kristen Alexander was on hand throughout to capture memories for the happy guest of honor.

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STYLEsource Photography: Kristen Alexander Photography, www.kristenphoto.com Venue: Private Home Flowers: Boukates, www.boukates.com Other Decor: Pom Pom’s www.etsy.com/shop/prosttothehost, Paper Source www.papersource.com Invitations: Tiny Prints www. tinyprints.com  Planner: Christine Gallagher, www.christinegallagher.net  Cake: Sweet Sensations, www.sweetsensations.com Favors: Beau Coup & M & M’s, www.beau-coup.com Labels and Favor Tags: Lucky & Lovely, www.luckyandlovely.com

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Attire Chaos Couture Bridal • chaoscouture.etsy.com Erica Angeline • ericaangeline.com Stella & Dot • stelladot.com/luckyandlovely Beauty and Spa Scoobie West • scoobiewest.com The Moore Agency •.themooreagency.net Caterers Endive • endiveatlanta.com Custom Wine Boutier Wine and Design • boutierwine.com DJ Lethal Rhythms • lethalrhythms.com Event Drapery Event Drapery • eventdrapery.com Floral Designers Aesthetic Floral & Event Artistry • myaesthetic.com Le Jardin Francais • lejardinfrancais.com The Savage Garden • thesavagegarden.net

Linen and Event Rentals Event Rentals Unlimited • erultd.com I Do Linens • idolinens.com Live Entertainment Livin' Large Productions • livinlarge.net Officiants Rev. Deanna Lancaster • RevDeanna@charter.net Photographers Andrea Taylor Studio • andreataylorstudio.com Blue World Studios • BlueWorldStudios.com Eli Silva Photography • elisilvaphotography.com Jamie Howell • jamiehowell.net Project Duo Photography • projectduo.com Rehearsal Dinner Venue Endive • endiveatlanta.com ‘ Stationery Ink & Paint • inkandpaintonline.com Luxe Expressions • luxeexpressions.com

Sweet Treats & Favors A Tasty Pastry • tastypastry.com Dreamy Gelato & Chocolates • dreamygelato.com Peachy Treats Candy Buffets • peachytreats.com Travel LTTravel Connection, Inc.• lttravelconnection.com Video & Cinema Legacy Pictures • mylegacywedding.com Orphan Studios • osweddings.com Wedding Cakes Sugarplum Visions • sugarplum-visions.com Sweet Sensations • sweet-sensations.com Wedding Planners Lemiga Events • lemiga.com The Wedding Box Atlanta theweddingboxatlanta.com Love Spun Events • lovespunevents.com Wedding Sitters Elegant Event Sitters • eleganteventsitters.com

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lana Golder and Leslie Law imagined an elegant, southern, Atlanta celebration for their July 17, 2010 wedding. After a year’s worth of planning, and help from event planner Lauri Hintz, their dream wedding became a reality. The high school sweethearts who have known each other since they were 16 got engaged during a walk through New York City’s Central Park, and immediately began planning their Atlanta wedding. They chose the Four Seasons for their reception because it would be convenient for guests, as well as because it offers a stunning view of the city skyline. Their ceremony was held at Peachtree Christian Church, which Elana described as the ideal ceremony

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spot, due to its large center aisle and beautiful stained glass windows.  Family is very important to both the bride and groom, and they found some unique ways to incorporate family into their plans. Elana wore her mother’s garter and had a broach of her grandmother’s pinned to her bouquet, while the ring bearer carried the couple’s rings on the pillow used in her parents’ wedding. After the reception, the couple drove off in a 1930 Ford that Elana’s father had painstakingly restored over the preceding year. In order to welcome their friends and family to Atlanta, the couple provided gift bags filled with Atlanta goodies, like peanuts, peach flavored candy and Coca-Cola© drinks. Platinum Band Atlanta kept the 150 guests dancing all night, which thrilled Les and Elana. They considered the band their splurge item, and were glad to see everyone on the dance floor having fun throughout the night.

STYLEsource Venue, Catering and Wedding Cake: Four Seasons, www.fourseasons.com  Flowers: Darryl Wiseman, www.darrylwisemanflowers.com  Other Decor: J.C. Event Drapery, www.jceventdrapery.com    Music: Platinum Band Atlanta, www.platinumbandatlanta.com  Photography: 6 of Four, www.6offour.com  Videography: Ambience, www.ambienceventservices.com  Stationery: Paper Affair, www.paperaffair.com  Favor: Barry Promos, www.barrypromos.com 

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lison Ascani and John Yam’s August 21, 2010 wedding fit the bill for “urban contemporary” from every angle. The two had known each other for 10 years, and dated for five, before John proposed to Alison on a bridge overlooking the Atlanta skyline in December 2009.  An excited Alison, who had already been surprised with dinner at a French restaurant and a show at Atlantic Station, said yes. Settling on an August date less than a year away for their wedding, the couple quickly got moving with the planning! For their urban contemporary event, Alison booked Summerour, a refurbished industrial loft on Atlanta’s Westside, run by Novare Events. The couple chose yellow and blue for their colors, and worked with Juli Vaughn Designs to personalize the space. Rustic farm tables and elegant chivari chairs set the scene and global lanterns and modern tulle curtains added some extra personality to the loft.  Yellow flowers everywhere seemed to  light up the space as well.  

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The couple personalized their wedding with several unique touches: the ring pillow and garter were crafted with lace from Alison’s mother’s wedding gown, and the cake topper was made by a friend. The signature drink, the Yamscani, was a play on their last names and it was a mixture of lemonade, limoncello and vodka, garnished with blueberries. The couple’s wedding also included a Chinese Tea Ceremony in the middle of the Christian ceremony. Lethal Rhythms provided the entertainment, and kept the 250 guests having a great time while they enjoyed food from Endive Catering and wedding cake from Celso’s Cakes.

STYLEsource Photography: AltMix Photography, www.altmixphotography.com Venue: Summerour, www.novareevents.com Catering: Endive Catering, www.endiveatlanta.com  Flowers: Juli Vaughn Designs, www.julivaughn.com  Music: Lethal Rhythms, www.lethalrhythms.com 

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Other Entertainment: Sparklers for getaway, www.captainboom.com Stationery: Papersource, www.paper-source.com    Cakes: Celso’s Cakes, www.celsoscakesgallery.com Favor: Peach Oolong Tea, www.adagio.com   Dresses: Priscilla of Boston, www.priscillaofboston.com 

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hirteen-year-old Katie Stanwick loves the color pink so much that it became the theme for her September 4, 2010 Bat Mitzvah. Hosted by her parents, George and Julie Stanwick, the Bat Mitzvah was held at the prestigious Standard Club in John’s Creek. The Standard Club is one of the metro area’s most established country clubs, and has been around for well over 100 years. With the help of Flower Buds and Spectrum Entertainment, the Club was transformed into a pink paradise for Katie’s Bat Mitzvah.

Before Katie had a chance to see the decor at the Standard Club, however, her mom picked her up, along with a few friends, and surprised them with a private salon-style pre-party at the Pink Pastry Parlor, where they had a chance to get fabulously dolled up before making a big entrance. Once the guest of honor arrived at the Standard Club, the fun really began! Dinner was catered by the Standard Club, with an amazing, over-the-top dessert bar provided by Pink Pastry Parlor. Decadent desserts included signature cupcakes, a pink chocolate fountain, and pink truffles. If guests didn’t enjoy enough sweetness at the party, they were also treated to delicious favors from the Sweet Factory.  Between the amazing dinner and spectacular dessert bar, Katie’s guests got down to the sounds of Spectrum Entertainment DJ Lou Guzzo, and had their images captured for posterity by Joseph Aczel Photography. In an interesting twist, the planning and the entire event was also captured by a video crew shooting for a reality show!

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STYLEsource Photography: Joseph Aczel Photography www.mitzvahmanphoto.com Venue and Catering: The Standard Club www.standardclub.org Flowers: The Flower Buds www.theflowerbuds.com Other Decor: SE Events www.spectrum-ent.com Music: SE Events www.spectrum-ent.com Stationery: PartystuffGifts.com Cakes: Pink Pastry Parlor www.pinkpastryparlor.com Favors: Sweet Factory www.sweetfactory.com

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ince first laying eyes on each other across a crowded room on New Year’s Eve in 2008, Andrea and Rob Medford knew they had something special. That feeling was confirmed when Rob surprised Andrea with an engagement ring during a weekend trip where he was teaching her how to fly-fish. When she opened a box of flies, she found a gorgeous diamond ring nestled among them, with Rob suddenly on his knee as he proposed.  The couple selected Dahlonega’s Montaluce Winery and Estates for their wedding and reception. They were inspired by the Tuscan feel of the winery itself, as well as the mountains and vineyards that surround it. They carried that feel throughout their wedding by enhancing the location’s natural charms with sunflowers and wine-inspired details, like using wine corks for table numbers and place settings. Lovely floral centerpieces from Gardenia Floral Designs complimented the rustic theme by incorporating sunflowers in the centerpieces. A sunflower motif was also used on all wedding stationery, which was designed by Alvin Diec. The bride and groom wanted an intimate ceremony and reception, and were very pleased when they ended up sharing their day, July 31, 2010, with 85 of their closest friends and family. A special moment occurred when the pastor asked all the guests in attendance to confirm their commitment to Andrea and Rob’s union. The wedding also incorporated several other personal touches. A DJ worked closely from a list the couple provided of their favorite songs, and the scrumptious wedding cake was crafted by a friend of the family. 

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STYLEsource Photography: Christine Gallagher Photography, www.christinegallagher.net Venue and Catering: Montaluce Winery and Estates, www.montaluce.com Flowers: Gardenia Floral Design, www.gardeniafloral.com Music: Atlanta Bands & DJ’s, www.atlantabands.com Stationery: Alvin Diec, www.alvindiec.com Favor: Beaucoup, www.beau-coup.com Hair and Makeup: Raney O’Keefe, www.raneyokeefe.com Dress: La Raine’s Boutique, www.larainesboutique.com

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or his eighth birthday, Hayden Weiss requested a magic show. What he received was more than any eight-yearold could have imagined! His parents, Bert and Stacy, worked with Posh Tots Events to create  “Hayden’s Magic Club” in their garage. The entire space was draped in heavy black and red drapery, and came complete with a stage, admissions tickets to enter and a unique concession stand.  Party Planner, Jennifer Shields of Posh Tot Events has a nack for making the tiniest details shine. As a nod to the birthday boy’s age and the magic show, Shields chose the nostalgic Magic 8 Ball for the theme of the party. She featured the iconic design on the invitations, cupcakes, drink labels, and straws. It even inspired the sign for the concession stand. Using the Magic 8 Ball theme wherever possible turned out to be a great way to make this party over the top. Actual Magic 8 Balls were even given to all the children as party favors.  As the guests settled into the black padded chairs at small round tables, Ken Scott Magic put on an amazing show that ended with the birthday boy floating in the air. Dots Delights provided the popcorn and other concession stand treats that guests enjoyed. Photographer Ben Vigil captured all the magic, making sure that this fantastic eighth birthday party would not be forgotten.  

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STYLEsource Photography: Ben Vigil Photographers, www.benvigil.com Rental: Suburban Rentals, www.suburbanrental.net Entertainment: Ken Scott Magic, www.Kenscottmagic.com Event Planner: Posh Tot Events:  www.poshtotevents.com Cakes / Dessert: Dorothy Norris, www.facebook.com/DotsDelights Favor / Gifts: Magic 8 Balls, www.toysrus.com

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any wedding themes sound like a contradiction, and Erin Nolan Rosenkranz and Sean William Patrick’s theme for their June 5, 2010 wedding was no exception: classic with a modern twist. With the assistance of planner Susan Graham of Susan Graham Signature Events, the contradicting description turned into an amazing celebration featuring a little bit of old and a little bit of new in a way that felt just right to the happy couple. Erin and Sean ended up with 140 guests, mostly out-of-towners that stayed at the sleek Hotel Palomar in Midtown. The ceremony and reception took place at the King Plow Arts Center, which the couple felt embodied their classic and modern theme. Their colors were black and white, with lemon yellow accents.  The tables were decorated with four different arrangements including yellow spider mums, tulips and carnations and tiered stemmed candle sticks with floating candles.   The dance floor was highlighted with amber up-lighting and white lanterns.  Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed passed hor d’oeuvres and a variety of dinner stations including an Asian Influence chef-assisted noodle bar and Mediterranean-inspired Market station, all from Bold American Catering.   Jeff Gilman of Event Performance  played acoustic guitar during the cocktail hour then turned it up by DJing the reception as well. The couple was thrilled with their classic, modern wedding and said they wouldn’t change a thing about the day. Their biggest splurge was photography; they selected Picture This! Photography to capture all the amazing moments that made up their special day.

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STYLEsource Photography: Picture This! Photography, www.ptproofs.com  Venue: King Plow Arts Center, www.kingplow.com  Catering: Bold American Events & Catering, www.boldamerican.com  Flowers and Decor: Tulip, www.bytulip.com  Music: Event Performance, www.eventperformance.com   Stationery: The American Wedding, www.theamericanwedding.com Planner: Susan Graham Signature Events, www.susangrahamevents.com  Cake: Caryn’s Cakes, www.carynscakes.com  Transportation: The Historic Marietta Trolley Company, www.mariettatrolley.com 

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SIMRYN PATEL | REAL BIRTHDAY PARTY

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n April 25, 2010, Sonali Patel hosted an unforgettable fifth birthday party for her daughter, Simryn. The Alice in Wonderland themed Tea Party was held at Midtown’s Kai Lin, an art gallery that focuses on new, emerging artists.  With help from planner Ragini Patel of Weddings In Style, Sonali organized a variety of activities for the children and delicious food and cocktails for the adults. Inspired by the art gallery setting, the children enjoyed a painting station, where they all painted teacup planters as favors. They also had a ball creating their own ice cream sundaes at an ice cream station. Meanwhile, adults nibbled on catering provided by Bukharaa Indian Restaurant, and sipped cocktails from Lucky’s Beverage World. Specialty drinks at the birthday party included Sim-tinis and Mad-Hatters. Caryn’s Cakes provided the birthday cake, which all guests enjoyed. Dimaginex photographed the party, capturing all of the enchanting moments at this Alice in Wonderland Tea Party.

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STYLEsource Photography: Dimaginex Venue: Kai Lin Art Gallery Catering: Bukharaa Indian Restaurant Luckys Beverage World Planner and Decor: Weddings Instyle Entertainment: Copy Cats for Kids Cake: Caryn’s Cakes

ELIJAH SHEFT | REAL BAR MITZVAH

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lijah Sheft’s bar mitzvah, hosted by his parents Hope and Robert, was an adventure straight out of the Far East. The November 1, 2009 event was held at Aja, Here To Serve’s popular Asian restaurant located in Buckhead, and utilized the event planning services of Sharon Fisher of It’s My Party, Inc. The Shefts wanted to embrace the personality of the restaurant and build upon it while still maintaining a club-like atmosphere for their guests.  Creating separate spaces for the kids to dance, eat and mingle allowed the adults in attendance plenty of time for dining and socializing amongst themselves.  Aja has so much personality on its own that it was easy for A Legendary Event to accent the space, using mostly succulents. The dramatic 10-foot brass Buddha that Aja imported from Thailand remained a major focus. DJ Ralph Perez of Fuse Entertainment kept the party moving, and guests also enjoyed selecting airbrush tattoos, creating their own airbrush t-shirts & trucker hats, and vamping it up in front of a green screen for fun photos. Guests took home bling cosmetic bags and a selection of candy from the very popular candy and dessert display revealed towards the end of the night.

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STYLEsource Venue & Catering:  Aja Restaurant Flowers:  A Legendary Event Photography: Ric Mershon Videography: Dewitt Smith Video Event Planner:  It’s My Party, Inc. Music:  Fuse Entertainment Other Entertainment: Button It Up

VIOLAINE & JOHN DIOGENE | REAL HIS & HER BIRTHDAY PARTY

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ike most women, Violaine Diogene has a deep and abiding love for shoes (the higher the stiletto the better, she says), jewelry and hand bags. At a birthday celebration for her and her husband in October 2010, that accessory love escaped, taking over the private pavilion and dining room at the St. Regis Atlanta.  With the help of André Winfrye Events and Perfect Petals, Violaine arranged for the centerpieces on each table to be made up of shoes, jewelry and purses, with some natural elements like wheat grass tied in as well. The color palette for the evening included orange, gold and blue, with a touch of ivory. A saxophone player  from the Uptown Entertainment Band serenaded the party while they sipped cocktails and tasted passed hors d’oeuvres on the pavilion, which was beautifully lit by a large fireplace and handmade custom candles from Artevelas Candles.  Before dinner, the guests enjoyed a dramatic champagne bottle saber during a toast to another year with good friends.   In the dining room, guests found their seats indicated by miniature cakes engraved with their names, provided by Sugar Plum Visions. Over the next few hours, the party enjoyed a five-course meal with wine pairing, and celebrated the birthdays of their good friends.

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STYLEsource Venue & catering: St. Regis Flowers: Perfect Petals Other Decor: Artevelas Candles Music:  Uptown Entertainment Band Photography: Fotographa Stationery: Praez Occasions Couture Invitations Planner: André Winfrye Events Dessert: Sugarplum Visions

BRANDON AND JAKE KWATNEZ | REAL B’NEI MITZVAH

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or sports fanatics Brandon and Jake Kwatnez, choosing a theme for their B’Nei Mitzvah was a no-brainer. For their parents, and planner Karen Segal of Your Party by Karen, making it happen was slightly more challenging. The “SportsCenter” themed event took place on a Saturday night in October 2010, at The Foundry at Puritan Mill and was branded “Kwatnez Sportz.” Sports gear, jerseys and equipment that Jake and Brandon had collected over the years was displayed throughout the evening, along with custom photo gobo-lights of Brandon and Jake, projected on various walls in the main room and custom fabric photo panels of the boys displayed on the front and backsides of the structural columns. The clever “Story of Jake and Brandon” was developed and written by videographers Donna and Paul Grady of Dewitt Smith Video Productions, in the style of a scripted video montage formatted after ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”  Brandon and Jake’s guests munched on snacks from a custom hot-dog cart with individual logo-wrap liners, as the adults began their meal with a Chef-attended “snack bar” featuring specials written up on a chalkboard. Of course, no sporting event is complete without the game, so a satellite dish was set up to enable live feed of the Florida v. Alabama football game throughout the party.

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STYLEsource Photography: Chuck Robertson Photography Planner: Your Party by Karen Venue: The Foundry at Puritan Mill Caterer: Added Touch Catering Decor: Event Savvy Videography: Dewitt Smith Video Productions Lighting: Active Production and Design Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited

AMY AGAMI | REAL BIRTHDAY PARTY

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hen the birthday party guest of honor is 7-months pregnant, there’s really only one thing on her mind: babies! For a June 5, 2010 birthday party, Added Touch Catering served double duty, both planning and catering a delightful afternoon celebration in honor of Amy Agami’s 30th birthday and her pregnancy. Hosted by her parents, Lila & Doug Hertz, at their home, the party featured a palette of soft greens and pale pinks. All the elements of the party were designed with the pregnancy theme in mind. Guests started out with a “Barefoot and Pregnant Cocktail,” a unique concoction made up of mango, pineapple and lime juice, a splash of grenadine and ginger ale or champagne, served in a champagne flute & topped off with a dash of Pop Rocks, before moving on to the “‘Build a Baby Burger Bar.” An elaborate “Trimester Taster, Pickle Bar” served the perennial southern treat, fried pickles, along with a selection of different chips and toppings, and a “Knocked Up Salad Bar” offered the makings for elaborate salads. Finally, no birthday party or baby shower is complete without dessert, and Added Touch Catering did not disappoint here! A “Satisfy Your Craving, Ice Cream and Cereal Bar” was a fun way to end the afternoon’s celebration on a sweet note.

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STYLEsource Venue: Private Residence Catering, Decor and Planning: Added Touch Catering Rental: Suburban Rental Photography: Anna and Spencer Photography

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the PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

THIS PAGE: The Breakers main drive OPPOSITE: Wedding ceremony set up on lawn overlooking the ocean • Photo by Nancy Cohn Photography

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WITH JUST AN HOUR AND HALF’S FLIGHT TO PALM BEACH, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE FOR YOU TO KEEP YOUR NEXT DESTINATION PRIVATE OR PROFESSIONAL FUNCTION FROM OCCURRING AT THE BREAKERS. BEYOND THE PHYSICAL BEAUTY, THE CHIC ADDRESS CARRIES ITSELF WITH AN AIR OF HISTORY, FLEXIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

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n utterly forgettable movie about a grifting mother-daughter team called Heartbreakers was released in 2001. The film credits insist Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt are its stars. We beg to differ, seeing as how The Breakers luxury hotel served as a backdrop in the production. A hotel so refined the term “luxury” could be deemed an insult, The Breakers is easily the picture’s most memorable character. All the while cameras follow two ladies as they scheme their way around the resort, you can’t help but gawk at the surroundings. Every custom drape and Mediterranean-style column sits ever so perfectly. When the movie ends, you’ll have no idea why the director chose to work with this script, but you will fully understand why the cinematographer is still smiling to this day. The true joy of The Breakers is that, unlike with motion picture starlets, this statuesque beauty holds her own even when she isn’t dolled up for the camera. In fact, when you approach the resort from the main street, you’re welcomed by an imposing 1,040-foot main drive. Think of it like a red carpet, only this time it’s paved. Don’t stare long though; you’ll come off looking like an obsessed fan. But play it too cool and you’re not truly appreciative of what you’re experiencing. The grounds are manicured to perfection. And the Florentine Fountain, which is constructed in the mold of a fountain at Italy’s Boboli Gardens, is the reason Nikon cameras were ever invented. The star attraction’s outer appearance is only surpassed by its inner radiance. Tapestries above. The finest marbles below. Gold leaf embellishments everywhere else you turn. Wait, why

aren’t the Golden Globes held here again? Right. We’re in the Sunshine State. Tinseltown wouldn’t dream of packing up shop for coastal Florida. Still, there is absolutely no excuse for you to keep your next private or professional function from occurring at The Breakers. Beyond the physical beauty, the chic address carries itself with an air of history, flexibility and sustainability that’s virtually unrivaled in Hollywood or the lavish hotel market. Bask in Past Glory When the name Henry Morrison Flagler would come up in conversation, a few words would often sprinkle about the chatter. Some called the 19th century businessman an “entrepreneur.” Others referred to him as “hard working and tireless.” And yet, when the successful oil and railroad tycoon visited Florida in the late 1870s, “visionary” would have arguably been the most fitting tag to use for the man. Long before Mickey and Minnie were ever concocted, Florida was a subdued, largely untarnished section of the country. The unsullied feel (not to mention the superb weather) caught Flagler’s attention, so he decided to build a hotel in St. Augustine. Instead of being content with his north Florida expansion, Flagler’s hotels and railroads ventured further south. The Royal Poinciana, a massive, six-story, Georgian style hotel, was Flagler’s first Palm Beach address. His second foray was the Palm Beach Inn, a sparkling number that sat closer to the water (you know, near “the

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THIS PAGE: Large Photo of Ponce de Leon Ballroom • Top Photo of Magnolia Room • Middle Photo of Gold Room • Bottom photo of main lobby

breakers”) and became even more of a must-visit for America’s elite. Sadly, in 1903, the Palm Beach Inn, which would be renamed The Breakers, burned down. Its reincarnate, The Breakers II, suffered a similar fate in 1925. Unbroken by the tragedies, the Flagler family (Henry passed away in 1913) decided to erect an even grander version of The Breakers. Working countless hours and sparing no expense, the masterpiece visitors behold today was erected in late 1926. Admirers from yesteryear called The Breakers the finest resort hotel in America. Patrons today would be foolish to say anything to the contrary. With its 200-footlong main lobby, marvelously-adorned beamed ceiling and breathtaking architecture throughout, there’s a sense of regality unsurpassed at this Palm Beach institution. And while most of the credit goes to Mr. Flagler for his early vision and execution, a shower of praise should also be given to his heirs for the wise spending of $250 million over the past decade that help maintain standards of elegance while keeping an eye on the future. Admire Its Dexterity Let’s say you’ve brought a group down to charming Palm Beach for the week. With The Breakers’ 65,000 sq. feet of adaptable indoor and outdoor event space, it makes perfect sense. Of course, some in your set will be fascinated by stories of Flagler and folks like John D. Rockefeller. Others will pretend to be interested, but they truly only want to learn more about the two 18-hole championship golf courses and 20,000 sq. feet oceanfront spa they peeked at on the way in. Now, if your group looks a lot less like a work bunch and more like your two children and spouse, the multi-faceted Breakers works wonders for you too. The young ones won’t care much about the Italian Renaissance-inspired furnishings, but if they can’t find Super Mario Bros. for the Wii down in the decked-out Family

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Entertainment Center, you may have an issue. Your significant other isn’t much better. Sure, they’ll nod passionately as you point towards another piece of art, but their head will be somewhere else amongst the 140 glorious acres. Amazingly, in the midst of all the nonstop excitement, The Breakers still manages to remain one of Florida’s most romantic addresses. Love birds, empty nesters and soon-to-be brides and grooms flock to the place. With the latter, The Breakers just makes all the sense in the world. From the nuptial site (hmmm, should we go ocean view or museum-style ballroom?), to the décor (Design Studio), wedding cake (Sylvia Weinstock’s custom creations) and last-minute items from the on-site boutique, everything necessary for an unforgettable big day is literally within a few steps. If there’s a luxury resort that mixes tireless elegance and an accommodating nature and modern adornments better than The Breakers, we have yet to receive the press release about the place opening its doors yet. Appreciate the Sustainability All while the iconic, 540-room estate’s manicured grounds and magnificent back story are passionately praised, the accolades can’t help but spark a sense of staunch wealth and pretense. However, when you get to know the facility and its people for just a few minutes, you see something much deeper. While the resort may wear only the finest in Ralph Lauren and Burberry, its heart is consistently in the right place. Fancy threads or not, The Breakers doesn’t have a problem with getting its clothes dirty for the environment either. One of the luxury hotel industry’s pioneers in earth initiatives, this Palm Beach palace has promoted ecological responsibility for over a decade. Only now, proud employees like Geoffrey Sagrans and Rick Hawkins have included programs like an organic herb and vegetable garden, the employeefocused Green Market and Localecopia, a wonderful non-profit organization matching local farmers with area restaurants to promote food-sourcing. The extra efforts taken in the gardens are enjoyed in the cuisine at all of The Breakers’ nine dining experiences. Ranging from the family friendly (The Italian Restaurant) to the swanky (the Asian-slanted Echo and the AAA Five Diamondawarded L’Escalier), Kevin Walters, The Breakers’ vice president of food and beverage, assures every meal is special. The Seafood Bar and Flagler Steakhouse may have rudimentary handles, but their menus and presentation are beyond description. Still, no experience on the grounds –in the entire city, for that matterquite matches Sunday brunch at The Circle. A Palm Beach tradition for years, the only thing more unbelievable than the extensive breakfast spread is the expansive Atlantic Ocean views in the sun-drenched dining room. Beyond using homegrown herbs in the kitchen and becoming the first hotel in the world to serve Rainforest Alliance-certified coffee, The Breakers also goes above and well beyond with its efforts in water conservation, energy efficiency and waste reduction. So, in a way, staying here does more for the environment than it does for yourself. No? Well, guess you’ll just have to come up with some other clever reason for redirecting your next event down towards this enchanting slice of Palm Beach heaven… Maybe you could say you’re doing some location scouting for Heartbreakers 2. - Demarco Williams

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