March 18, 2017
Capen House is a gorgeous home nestled in the trees along Osceola Lake. Originally built in 1885, it went through many owners. After its final sale in 2013 it was going to be demolished. That is before the Winter Park community and Preservation Capen raised the money to save it. It joined the Albin Polasek Museum, quiet literally. The home was cut in half and floated across 2 barges to merge with the museum. After perfecting the details over 2 years of renovation, the home now is a perfectly historic Winter Park venue, and the beautiful backdrop of Shelby and Aaron's wedding day.
One of our favorite details from their wedding is the altar arrangement that Shelby requested.
A seven foot tall wreath! Flower No. 5 made it happen.
The bride's words
"Janie is a blessing! She absolutely made our wedding, and I cannot imagine the day without her. I had many guests comment on how stress free I was throughout the weekend, and it was all because of her. She fit seamlessly behind the scenes, taking care of more than I asked her to, and became like family. We are just so thankful for her coordination of our day. She traveled thousands of miles to be there, and we are forever grateful. You simply could not pick a better planner. Thank you Janie!"
one year later
Congratulations Shelby and Aaron on one year of marriage! Cheers to forever!
Ceremony and Reception Location: Capen House | Photography: Ashtin Paige | Catering: Swine & Sons and 4 Rivers Smokehouse | Linens: Linens by the Sea | Flowers: Flower No. 5 | Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rental | Makeup: About Face Design Team | Hair: Tresses Hair | Transportation: The Night Train | Cake: Publix |
October 9, 2016
Hey Y'all! Thanks for coming to read my story! I figured it was time to formally introduce myself and tell you the crazy story of my wedding. While I don’t love to tell this story, I believe this experience has shaped me into a very caring and attentive wedding planner. So here goes…
The back Story
I met my husband in Savannah, Georgia while attending Savannah College of Art and Design. When it came time to plan our wedding, we knew we wanted all of our family and friends to come to the place we met and fell in love, to witness us commit to forever together. We still don't regret that decision... even after the following happened.
The Wedding Week
Much like what any bride might do the week of their wedding, I was checking the weather constantly. All I was focused on was Sunday (the day of our wedding), and the whole time it was 80 degrees and sunny! The days before that though Hurricane Matthew was due to hit Savannah with force. As the week carried on, the wind was picking up. By Thursday morning Savannah was in a voluntary evacuation zone. We visited the venue and they were prepared with generators and they had relatively positive outlook on the days to come. I was still dreaming about the wedding we planned. I could picture the ceremony under the big oak tree, and dinner under string lights on the lawn next to the beautiful barn. By Thursday evening Savannah was under a mandatory evacuation. Thankfully my loving parents, soon to be husband and his family never blinked an eye when I said I wasn't leaving.
Friday morning the rain started and a 5:00 pm curfew was in place. Matthew slammed Savannah through the night at a category 3. We woke up Saturday morning to just a few raindrops falling from the sky but more fallen trees than we expected. One just around the corner from we were staying (photo below). It wasn't until the afternoon that all the news started to come in. With already so many friends and family not able to make it in, the news of our venue being damaged was even harder. We wouldn't have been able to get to it even if it wasn't damaged because of all the flooding. The rehearsal dinner venue, caterer, violinist, photographer, makeup and hair artist, all weren't able to get into city limits due to flooding and the National Guard blocking the road ways to keep people out of the way so cleanup crews could do their job.
To say I was crushed is an understatement. Thankfully Nick came over right away so we could figure out what to do next. After many many tears were shed, we came to the decision that we would still get married the next day. We decided Forsyth Park would be the easiest place.
The Wedding Day
Janie and my mom drove all over downtown Savannah trying to find a place for the reception. I couldn't tell you how many places they stopped to ask, but it wasn't before 1:00 that God finally led them to the Andaz Hotel. He also provided a caterer, a replacement photographer (at least for portraits and the ceremony), and my good friend who was also on her way through road blocks, said she would photograph as well.
The time finally came for me to walk down the aisle. With my dress hiked up over all the debris, I did so at 5:00 on October 9, 2016, just like we’d planned all along. Nick and I were still able to have communion and have a feet washing ceremony like we wanted too.
The reception at the Andaz Hotel was full of life even though 5 hours before that we had no venue. We danced, we ate fried chicken just like we wanted and yes we even got to eat our wedding cake. It was even more special seeing those friends and family that literally sweet talked the National Guard, or drove the most secret back roads in order to make it to our wedding.
Ceremony and Portrait Photos: Ave Nocturna Photography | Reception Photos: Lilly Brown | Reception Venue: Andaz Hotel | Bridesmaids Robes: Alexandra Tyson Florist: Joann's Florist | Cake: Publix | DJ: Island Sound | Bride's Dress: The White Room Murfreesboro | Groomsmen Suits: Men's Warehouse | Officiant: Jim Simpson
June 24, 2017
Morgan and Derek got married on the beautiful beach of Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Morgan grew up spending her summers at the Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort with her family and knew for a long time this is where she would say "I Do".
"He proposed where my parents got married, and where we spread my moms ashes in San Diego. He pretended like we were taking a photo but recorded the whole thing without me knowing!"
"I knew it was THE dress when I looked at my dad and saw how it made him feel."
Partly cloudy skies provided a beautiful stream of sunshine and a cool breeze for the ocean side ceremony. Under a grand arched alter Morgan and Derek chose to participate in a "Blending of the Sands". The meaning of a sand ceremony symbolizes the two separate jars of sand, as their separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends.
As they poured the two jars of sand into the third container, the individual jars no longer existed, but were joined together as one. Just as the grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so their marriage will be also.
Your Favorite Moment
"The moments with my dad and family, but my favorite was standing at the end of the aisle and seeing Derek for the first time."
Just steps away from the sand everyone enjoyed a Lowcountry biscuit bar and crab cakes with fried green tomatoes. Morgan and Derek also chose an assortment of cakes from a local bakery that included Caramel Pecan, German Chocolate, Coconut, Key Lime Pie and Red Velvet Cake.
Your Advice to couple's planning their wedding
"As crazy as this sounds.. but don't stress!! Be present."
Photography: Paula Player Photography | Venue: Litchfield by the Sea | Videography: Surprise Visuals | Florist: Nature's Garden | Bridal Cake: Pawley's Island Bakery | Groom's Cakes: Kudzu Bakery | DJ: Paul Matthews Entertainment | Catering: Inlet Affairs Catering | Bride's Dress: Arzelle's Bridal Chic | Groomsmen Suits: Men's Warehouse | Rentals: EventWorks Rentals | Bride Hair and Make Up: Natalie Gallegos
september 24, 2017
Emily and Joseph chose the Barn at Loveless Cafe for their wedding day nuptials. One thing the groom absolutely wanted was to get married in a barn, and Loveless has a pretty darn awesome one! Not to mention, their iconic food is an easy "Yes!" for a wedding day feast.
how did you know your wedding dress was THE dress?
"I feel like most brides have somewhat of an idea of what they want their wedding dress to look like. I kind of had an idea of the style I wanted. The very first dress I tried on I fell in love with. After trying on different styles that same day I kept going back to the very first one I tried on. It’s this feeling you get when wearing it and seeing yourself in the mirror that you know it’s the right dress for you."
"We had met at Big Bend National park a year before he had proposed. Joseph had planned a trip with all of our friends for our anniversary. We went hiking to Emory peak, which happens to be the tallest point in Big Bend. It was there where he got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever."
What was your favorite part about planning?
"Seeing everything that I have “pinned” and/or wanted in my wedding come to reality. Specifically the decorations in the barn and the bouquets."
favorite part of your wedding day?
"Without sounding conceded, looking in the mirror right before I walked down the isle and seeing how beautiful I looked. You always see your dress on the hanger but actually taking the time to look at the hair, the make up, the dress, the vail all come together is truly special. Oh yeah... and actually marring the man of my dreams ;)"
a word from the bride
"I don’t know what I would have done without Events by Janie there by my side. From the wonderful recommendations of alterations to flowers, Events by Janie made my dream wedding come to life. I feel like the wonderful ladies of Events by Janie truly cared about my wedding. I knew I could trust and rely on them to get all the little details (that I didn’t even know needed to happen) accomplished."
Any advice to future brides and grooms?
"Don’t rush. Always schedule your meetings and planning around your schedule and when you want to plan. We had a whole year to plan so nothing felt rushed. It’s a good way to keep planning and the whole experience fun and less stressful."
Ceremony & Reception Location: Loveless Cafe | Photographer: High Gravity Photography | Transportation: FADDS Party Bus | Florist: Joanna Cranford | Lighting/Draping: Southern Sky Event Lighting | Stationery: Lightbulb City | Cupcakes: Ivey Cake | Cake: Publix
Wedding Day: November 7, 2015
Ceremony Location: First United Methodist Church
Reception Location: Carnton Plantation
Photographer: Jenny Lindsey Photography
A word from the bride...
"There are so many decisions that go into planning a wedding- after all, you only have one shot at a day you've spent most of your life dreaming about. There's not a doubt in my mind that the best decision I made through the whole process (after the decision to "say yes," ) was asking Janie to be our wedding planner. Janie spent countless hours making sure our day was better than we even imagined. As someone who wants things exactly how I envision, but is terrible at articulating what exactly that is, bringing my dream day to life was certainly no easy task, but Janie did so while exuding such happiness and positivity that always kept me at ease. I was able to enjoy our day without stress, because I knew whatever may come, Janie would take care of it. She takes such a personal and loving interest in her brides and their families. In planning a wedding with Janie, you are not her client, but truly become her friend. Having Janie by my side while planning our wedding was a tremendous blessing. She truly is the fairy godmother who makes all your fairytale dreams come true- and for that, we will be forever grateful."