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Cake Love: Tufted Wedding Cake with Fabric Flowers

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There are so many things I love about these wedding cakes.  First I love the tufted design. For some reason I feel like the tuft design, although classic, is definitely making their way on the scene a lot more! I also love how great the fabric flowers look as well as the striking contrast between the yellow and blue flowers.

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Atlanta Real Wedding at The Peachtree Club – Kimberly and Joseph

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Back in May we had the pleasure of coordinating Kimberly and Joe’s big day.  Kimberly was a key member to the ellyB team and we are sad to lose her to a whole new state. Kimberly was dubbed our very own Kate Middleton because she was just that regal and fun! The wedding took place at their hometown church in Marietta. Then the guests headed to the city to party on the roof deck of The Peachtree Club overlooking the Atlanta skyline.

Check out her Louboutin’s! Just a perfect pair for someone to wear on their wedding day.

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Style Production Team

Wedding Planner: ellyB Events

Photographer: Moreland Photography

Cinematography: Rodinis Films

Ceremony: St. Ann’s Catholic Church

Reception Venue: The Peachtree Club

Florals: The Savage Garden

Cake: Baker’s Man

Linens: I Do Linens

Photobooth: Shutterbooth

Hair and Makeup: Formal Faces

Rentals: Event Rentals Unlimited

Entertainment: Frank Sinatra Impersonator

Invitations: Sandi Spells Designs

Alternative Ceremony Readings

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There are many couples that are non-traditional and would like to incorporate readings into their ceremony but do not want to do scripture readings.  I was so excited when Alyssa and Brandon told me of their idea of doing Lyric’s of love instead.  What might this be you ask? Each member of the bridal party read a lyric from the couple’s favorite songs during the ceremony to further share with the crowd their words of love.

It further helps that Brandon is a musician and actual sung and wrote a song for his lovely bride during the reception. Stay tuned for the video of that soon.  But for now I would love to share those lyrics with you:

 

Don’t go changing to try and please me
You never let me down before
Don’t imagine you’re too familiar
And I don’t see you anymore
I would not leave you in times of trouble
We never could have come this far
I took the good times, I’ll take the bad times
I love you just the way you are
- Billy Joel, “Just the Way you are”

You say you want diamonds on a ring of gold
You say you want your story to remain untold
But all the promises we make from the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you.
- U2, “All I want is You”

I look and stare so deep in your eyes
I touch on you more and more every time
When you leave i’m beggin you not to go
Call your name two, three times in a row
Such a funny thing for me to try to explain
How i’m feeling and my pride is the one to blame
Yeah, cause i know i don’t understand
Just how your love can do what no one else can
- Beyonce, “Crazy in Love”

And with all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
And I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them
In my life I loved you more
- The Beatles, “In my life”

At last my love has come along,
my lonely days are over
and life is like a song
- Etta James, “At Last”

I’m awake, you’re still sleeping
The sun will rise like yesterday
Everything that we are now
Is everything we can’t let go
Or its gone forever, far away
I hope tomorrow is like today.
- Guster “I hope tomorrow is like today”

However far away, I will always love you
However long I stay, I will always love you
Whatever words I say, I will always love you
- The Cure, “Love Song”

Can’t explain all the feelings that you’re making me feel
My heart’s in overdrive and you’re behind the steering wheel
I believe in a thing called love
Just listen to the rhythm of my heart
- The Darkness, “I believe in a thing called love”

If I wrote you a symphony,
Just to say how much you mean to me, what would you do?
If I told you you were beautiful
Would you date me on the regular, tell me would you?
Well baby I’ve been around the world
But I ain’t seen myself another girl like you
This ring here represents my heart
But there’s just one thing I need from you, say “I do”
- Justin Timberlake, “My love”

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game, it’s easy
All you need is love.
- The Beatles, “All you need is love”

ellyB Sneak Peeks: Alyssa and Brandon

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So I have to start this post to tell you a little bit about my relationship with this uber fun couple.  Brandon I swear is about 7ft tall. Each time we see each other we must do a height check. If you met me in person you would know I don’t even clear 5’5 so it is our little joke to see how much of a midget I am to him!

Alyssa my darling dear. I still till this day do not really get all the Bio Chemistry stuff she does, but we had fun meeting at Georgia Tech so I can hear all about the lab, then ask her what she does again! LOL 

We are also planning a trip to Thailand (as you can see this is really on my bucket list!) and I hope to share their pics from their Italian honeymoon where they stayed in a castle with you guys soon.  But for now here is a sneak peek of their wedding day complete with pics from the Thai ceremony.  Will share those traditions as well! The wedding and reception took place here in Atlanta at the Fernbank Museum.  Their first look took place on the patio of the Lowes Atlanta hotel. Thanks to the fabulous Adam from W. Scott Chester for the amazing images.

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Dry Bar is coming to Atlanta

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For the past year I have seen many of my Twitter friends rave about how awesome the Dry Bar is in their city.  Now I am excited that they are coming to Atlanta.  In my opinion this will have a huge impact on the local Atlanta Brides.  There are some brides that like to go to the salon on their wedding day to be pampered.  Also with the Dry Bar offering blowouts and up-dos at $35 per person, this will be a surefire way to make sure everyone in the bridal party is looking their best!

The salon will be located at 100 West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead Village.

 

May Weddings in Atlanta

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All across the country wedding seasons vary. Here in Atlanta May is one of the hottest months to get married and I do not mean temperature wise.  Couples decide to get married in May for quite a few reasons, the three day holiday, the temperature can be just right, it’s the month before everyone decides to go on vacation, and the list goes on and on!

Here are some tips to make sure that your May Wedding goes off without a hitch:

  • Plan early. Yes it is fine to pull off a wedding in six months but the dates here in Atlanta for May Weddings book up over a year in advance.  You will have slim pickings when it comes to your venue selection.
  • Photographers and other in-demand vendors. They go just as fast as the venue!  Couples are looking for photogs before securing their dates because everyone now knows photography is just as important!
  • Decide if you will have any other activities besides the wedding that weekend.  It will be good to scout locations and get an idea of what may be available around town and not conflicting with a parade or conference.
  • Travel! If you have tons of guests coming from out of town (Atlanta is really a hot destination wedding market), don’t be afraid to call the airlines and see if they can give you a group discount or advise as to what weekend will cost your guests the most.

I personally just love the month of May but I am sure that also has a lot to do with the fact that it’s my birthday month!

Happy Hump Day!

Beyonce does bridal!

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Since we never got an opportunity to see Bey on her wedding day, this will just have to do.  Beyonce wears a fashion forward wedding gown as well as her sneak peek in what her undergarments would look like in her new video for her song "Best Thing I Never Had".

What do you think about her gown choice?

Melissa and Thea’s Laos Wedding

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Weddings are special moments that should not only embrace individuality but also traditions that may have been passed down for generations or even go bold and create your own traditions!  I was sad to miss Melissa and Thea’s Laos Wedding but did want to share with you some of the pictures and an article I found on the traditions. Although I missed the wedding there are always opportunities for us to do something fun when I go to Thailand with them very soon.

 

Wondering what goes into a Laos Wedding?

A traditional Laos wedding is usually held at the bride’s family home. The wedding ceremony takes place can either be in the morning or afternoon. In the past it was always in the morning which was believed to be best time for a joyful celebration such as wedding ceremony to take place, whereas the afternoon is considered the time for sad ceremonies like cremations. However, with modern lifestyles convenience has become more important so the time doesn’t really matter any more. Generally, 10:00am and 4:00pm are usually considered the best times because guests are invited to have lunch or dinner after the official ceremony is finished.

The wedding preparations start with the sou khor (bride-price negotiation) procession when both sides negotiate and agree on the bride-price and all other details and set the wedding date. Traditionally, the wedding date has to be on a good day in lunar calendar, so parents of either or both sides usually consult elders or senior ex-monks, who have good knowledge of Lao custom and tradition, before the wedding date is set. One thing most Lao knows is that the wedding is not supposed to take place during the three months khao phansa(Buddhist Lent, late July – late October).

Today this procession has been slightly changed to suit modern lifestyles and sometimes the couple agrees on most of the details (including the bride-price) and they set the date to suit their busy lives. When it comes close to the wedding day, this sou khor procession is organised just for the sake of Lao custom or tradition.

The night before the Laos wedding takes place, an informal ceremony is held at the bride-to-be’s home, and sometimes the groom holds the same ceremony at his place as well. This is call an oun dong (wedding or marriage warming) and it only involves close friends and relatives who come to help with wedding preparations as well as to eat and drink. The things to prepare include pha khoun (handmade marigold pyramid made of banana leaves), food for the big day and the new couple’s bedroom. In this room tradition demands the bed must be made by the mother of the bride or an older female who has a good family (with a good husband and good children and who is not divorced, or a widow).

On the big day, the bride is dressed with a traditional Lao silk sinh (Lao skirt), and silk blouse, and has her hair tied up in a special way with gold decoration. This ensemble is finshed off with a gold necklace, bracelets, earrings and a bell.

The groom also gets dressed up usually with white or cream coloured silk shirt and a traditional silk salong (a pair of baggy pants). Sometimes grooms wear normal pants and suits as some find salongs uncomfortable.

Traditionally, on the wedding day a small baci (also spelt basi) or sou khuan (a spirit enhancing) ceremony is held concurrently in both the bride’s house and the groom’s prior to the formal wedding. Now many omit this custom, especially in urban areas where Lao customs and traditions are fading.

Once the small baci is finished, a convoy of the groom is sent ahead to give the bride-price to the bride’s parents. The bride-price could be gold or money. The convoy usually consists of few older men and women, who could be the groom’s parents and relatives who are good and know a lot about Lao customs and traditions. The leader of the convoy would politely say something like “we come with horses, buffaloes, cows, a pile of silver and gold to give to you in exchange for our son coming to live with you” or something similar. While this exchange is taking place the groom’s group is formed and waits somewhere nearby.

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Hae keuy procession in Lao wedding

When the procession is finished, the groom’s group is informed and they begin to walk to the bride’s home, playing musical instruments, singing and dancing along the way. Everybody is laughing, cheering and smiling in the most joyful way. The groom walks under an umbrella carried by his friend. This part of the Laos wedding is supposed to be really fun to join. This procession is called hae keuy.

When they arrive at the bride’s house, the groom and his party are met by the bride’s relatives where a silver door and a gold door are set up and closed. These doors are just lines of silver and gold bells stretched across the door way to prevent the groom entering before he is granted permission. The groom will be allowed to go inside only after he drinks with the bride’s relatives and pays them to open the doors and after their customary questions such as: “Where did you come from? What did you come here for? What did you bring with you?” etc. are answered. So… extensive bargaining, questioning and drinking takes place here which is another fun part of the Laos wedding.

The groom doesn’t have to answer the questions because the elder relatives will do all the talking and answering for him. The elders from both sides talk in a customary, polite and friendly way which doesn’t have to be real. All the groom has to do is to drink his way through and give some money to the door attendants. This is like an entry fee but it doesn’t have to be much and the money would already have been prepared for him by his relatives. When he has paid and they are satisfied with the small money gift they will allow him to step through.

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Baci – the tying of white strings on the wrists of the bride and the groom

However, it’s not finished yet. Before he can enter the house he has to have his feet washed by the bride’s younger sister or the female relative of the bride who is younger than she is. The groom has to give a money gift to the person and then he can enter the house.

The groom is met at the door and led by a female relative of the bride to thepha khoun, where the baci ceremony will be taking place. Once he is settled in, the bride is led to the pha khoun from her room by another elder female relative. She is seated on the left side of the groom with the parents and relatives of both sides sitting nearby. During the seating process the bride’s relatives and friends will give her a slight push to make her to lean on the groom unintentionally, and the other party will try to push the groom the same way. It is believed that the first to touch the other one in this ceremony will have more power over the other party in their married lives.

 

ellyB Sneak Peeks! Melissa and Thea

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I have tried so hard to keep all of these sneak peeks under wraps until I can show you the entire wedding, but weddings like the one below are just too good to not share!  What can I say about Melissa and Thea that you guys may not know already? They are gorgeous, fun, loving, amazing, yadda yadda yadda the list goes on and on!

Take a peek for yourself and be the judge!

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Thanks to the fabulous duo Matt and Kate from Altmix Photography for the killer shots and the amazing time we had at the wedding!

Stay tuned for more…

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