Real Raven J. Event: "40 in the City" Birthday Celebration

Hi everyone!  I'm very excited to share detail pictures from a recent 40th birthday party that I planned and coordinated for a client.  She was an absolute joy to work, the perfect client to be exact.  When she contacted me she explained that she wanted a simple but elegant affair and that is exactly what I produced.  Take a look below.

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How To Use Lounge Seating At Your Next Event

Hi everyone!  So I'm planning a 40th birthday party and my client asks to include lounge seating.  I was so excited because lounge seating is such a fresh take on the traditional seating of tables and chairs, and it adds just the right touch of sophistication.  Another great advantage of using lounge furniture is that it encourages your guests to relax and really take in the evening.  I've put together some examples of how to wow your guests with lounge seating at your next event.

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First Look or First Touch

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably heard of the "First Look" that has been all the buzz the past few years.  If not, the "First Look" is when the bride and groom decide to meet before the ceremony and see each other for the first time.  There are several advantages to doing a "First Look".  Not only does this moment make for beautiful pictures, but it gives the couple the opportunity to embrace each other and allow their emotions to calm before walking down the aisle.  Also, since the wedding day will move so swiftly, this is a good time for the couple to have some alone time before things get busy.
 

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Real Raven J. Event: Sydney's Sip and See

Hi everyone!  Things have been pretty busy around here, but I am excited to share pics from a recent event I planned.  You're probably wondering, what exactly is a Sip and See?  A Sip and See is a southern tradition where parents welcome friends and family into their home to meet their new baby.  Similar to a shower, except the Sip and See takes place after the baby is born.  For my client's Sip and See, we chose a pink and gold color scheme.  There were several "Sips" for the guests to enjoy including pink lemonade, sherbet punch and my favorite, a bubbly bar featuring mango, orange and cranberry mimosas.  The guests nibbled on heavy hors d'oeuvres and spent the rest of the day doting on baby Sydney!  It was such a joy to help this couple plan their first baby's sip and see.  I hope you enjoy some of the detail pictures below.

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Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

Recently, the Pantone Color Institute announced "Radiant Orchid" as the 2014 color of the year.  The color purple has actually been popular in weddings for quite some time now, but I'm sure we will see an increase in the use of this color. Below I've listed a few ways to incorporate purple in your wedding with an added twist.

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5 Things to Do After You Get Engaged

Happy Holidays everyone!  If you didn't know, along with the Holidays comes a bevy of engagements! From Thanksgiving to Christmas, to New Year's to Valentine's Day, you can expect to hear of lots of couples getting engaged. If you happen to be one of those lucky people, read about my tips on what to do after your get engaged. 
 

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Atlanta Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Hi everyone!  A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of touring and enjoying dinner at the

Mandarin Oriental

 in Buckhead.  The Mandarin Oriental is a luxury boutique hotel.  It boasts several event spaces, suitable for weddings, parties, and meetings too.  The hotel carries a residential vibe throughout, which makes for a more personable and intimate gathering.  Check out a few of my snaps below.

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Atlanta Venue: The Roswell Historic Cottage

While outside the Perimeter I had the opportunity the visit the

Roswell Historic Cottage

, near the Roswell Square.  The venue is very unassuming from the outside but quite stunning on the inside.  It features 2 levels, loft style ceilings and stylish brick walls.  It's the perfect setting for a modern wedding reception or party of any kind.  See a few of my snaps below.

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Raven J. Event: 50 Shades of Pink Bridal Shower

I had the pleasure of planning a bridal shower for one of my SWEETEST friends and sorority sisters. Since pink was her primary wedding color, we chose to design the shower using the same color scheme. To coincide with the theme, "50 Shades of Pink", the guests dressed in their favorite shade of pink. To match the brides trendy personality, I chose to line the tables in a fun fuschia and white chevron print table runner, accented with hot pink roses, individually boxed cupcakes and paper fans for favors which her a HUGE hit with the guests. We played fun games and celebrated the bride for the wonderful person that she is. See the pictures below and be inspired!

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