Get to Know the Pro | Gillian Marto

Meet Gillian Marto of Events of A Lifetime. You can also view some of Gillian’s amazing events on her blog.

How long have you been working in the industry? 5 years

Where are you originally from? Jamaica

Married? Children? Married with 2 teenagers and dog Biscuit

If married, what was your wedding like? Would you change anything? I’ve been married for 20 years!!! My wedding was magical…still talked about today. We had all our flowers shipped from Jamaica and we released doves at the ceremony.

If you were not working in the wedding industry, you would be…? Fashion Designer ~ Bridal

What do you like to do when you’re not working? Hanging out with my husband and kids, traveling, yoga and lunch with girlfriends.

Favorite place in Atlanta for dinner? Kyma

What is one of the biggest challenges you face in running your business? Balancing my time between my family and work.

Favorite place to vacation? Santorini Greece

What song played at weddings do you never want to hear again? The Electric Slide

Coffee or tea? Tea

Mac or PC? MAC

Favorite social media outlet? Facebook and Instagram

Favorite wedding trend? Grandparents in the bridal party.

Favorite first dance song? John Legend ~ All of Me.

Favorite wedding venue? Villa Vizcaya Miami

Favorite celebrity bride? Celine Dion

Gillian and her amazing team are innovators and trendsetters best known for their creative ideas, unexpected decor and exquisite attention to every last detail. Gillian’s bubbly personality and calm demeanor helps her clients relax as she creates their Event Of A Lifetime!

Find out more about Events For A Lifetime by contacting Gillian at 770.595.9115 or email

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Get to Know the Pro | Peggy Ewing

Meet Peggy Ewing, Catering Event Sales Manager at Artmore Hotel.peggy

How long have you been working in the industry? 20 years

Where are you originally from? I’m an Airforce brat, so a little bit of everywhere.

Married? Children? I am married to a wonderful man named David for almost 20 years. We have four children and three grandchildren between the two of us. 

What was your wedding like? Would you change anything? Because it was our second marriage for both of us we had a small wedding of about 40 people at my brother-in-law’s house. He has a beautiful backyard with a pool and gazebo. My youngest son was six at the time and he walked me down the aisle and gave me away. My daughter was my maiden of honor and my other two boys were our groomsmen. My husband sang to me as I walked down the aisle. It was perfect!

If you were not working in the wedding industry, you would be…? If I wasn’t in the wedding industry, I would be doing marketing for a large company.

What do you like to do when you’re not working? I love spending time with my husband. All of our children are grown and live out of the state, so we love traveling to see them. We also love the mountains and spend a lot of time enjoying God’s beautiful country.

Biggest pet peeve? My biggest pet peeve is rude people. Just be nice that’s it.

Favorite sports team? Alabama Crimson Tide!

Favorite song right now? My favorite right now is “The Prayer” by David Archuleta

Favorite wedding trend? I love that brides are moving away from the large rounds for their reception and going with large rectangle tables or a mixture of squares and rounds. I also love the Rustic Chic look. It brings in so many new elements to the tables. Just beautiful!

Favorite first dance song? Cinderella

Favorite wedding cake flavor? I love that you can pick a couple of different flavors now, allowing something for everyone.

Find out more about Artmore Hotel by contacting Peggy Ewing at or 404-201-7555

Meet {palate} | catering & design

Think you don’t know {palate}? Think again! The Atlanta wedding industry knows this stellar design team and amazing caterer as Glorious Events. After 30 years in the business, Glorious Events has taken on a new persona to reflect their vision of the perfect guest experience.


Meet {palate}

{palate} by Venetian Room is a catering and event design service where exceptional food and sophisticated design converge. Their approach blends years of innovation perfectly with your tastes and style to create one of a kind celebrations throughout Atlanta. They believe simplicity is elegant and their events are made unique with creative haute cuisine, international style and an experience that is second to none.


The {palate} team uses a think-tank recipe bringing all departments together to focus on each and every event detail. They guarantee not only an enjoyable seamless production, but an event that leaves lasting impressions on all who attend.

Explore your palate at {} | | 770.455.FOOD


Get to Know the Pro | Garnet O’Connor

Meet Garnet O’Connor, owner of Garnet O’Connor Photography.garnet

How long have you been working in the industry? Since 2004

Where are you originally from? West Palm Beach, FL

Married? Children? Recently married October 2014

What was your wedding like? Would you change anything? Our wedding was fantastic. We got married at the Marriott Marques Downtown Atlanta. We had friends and family from all over celebrate with us. My biggest concern was I thought after shooting so many weddings that it would feel like just another day at the office. I got so caught up seeing my wife walk down the aisle that photography did not even cross my mind. I really enjoyed the day as a groom.

If you were not working in the wedding industry, you would be…? I would be in the IT field.

What do you like to do when you’re not working? Watching the latest comedy or action movie.

Favorite place for dinner? J Alexander’s

Favorite place to vacation? Dominican Republic. We went there on our honeymoon.

Favorite cocktail or drink? Vodka & Cranberry

Favorite TV show? Shark Tank

Morning or night person? Without a doubt a night person

Favorite wedding trend? Bride & Groom first look

Favorite cake flavor?  Red Velvet

Favorite first dance song? Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

Find out more about Garnet O’Conner Photography by contacting Garnet at or 678-478-5670

Spring 2017 Bridal Trends

sp17-bridal-fashionNew York International Bridal Week just took place this past weekend. It is the premiere bridal trade show attracting the very best and brightest. As we know, a lot of wedding design trends start with fashion so we rounded up some of the latest looks coming for spring!

Jennifer Rovansek, owner of Bride Beautiful of Atlanta, just got back from market buying gowns for their 2017 brides. “Upcoming trends include beaded mermaids, lace ballgowns and sexy crepe gowns to pull off that European look that is so popular right now.  One of our favorite upcoming trends is the use of different variations of lace, layered on top of each other to create a unique pattern and vintage feel.  We cannot wait for these new gowns to come in!” she said.

“Our designers were clearly inspired by romance of epic proportions for the Spring 2017 season!” said Jacqueline Westney, owner of Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique. “We saw crepe featured in every fashion show, paired with exquisite beadwork or timeless lace for the ultimate sophisticated look. Silhouettes to flatter a woman’s figure were covered in beadwork to die for! Hayley Paige used cosmic-inspired star shaped sequins on several of her gowns. Removable trains of organza or lace made their fashion debut for this season, a convertible feature giving brides the option to wow their guests with cathedral length trains for the ceremony and remove them at the reception. By far the most exceptional emerging trend was the sheer, unlined side cutouts on gown bodices. We were wowed at every turn as we discovered all this season had to offer! We can’t wait to invite brides into our boutique as these gowns begin to arrive. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram!”


Silhouettes that are flowy and lightweight. Simplistic and elegant designs match the mood for a sunset beach wedding.

Enchanted garden

Whimsical and romantic gowns, with lace applique or floral embellishments. Think secret garden meets princess.

Nouveau classic

Classic silhouettes are updated with a modern twist, such as peplum or cutouts.

Upcoming trunk shows: 

Calla Blanche Trunk Show at Bride Beautiful of Atlanta 10/14-10/16

Essence of Australia Designer Preview Show at Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique 10/21-10/23

Allure Bridals Trunk Show at Bride Beautiful of Atlanta 10/28-10/30

Best of Joy by Eugenia Couture Trunk Show at Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique 11/5

Ashley & Justin Bridal Trunk Show at Impression Bridal Store 11/11-11/13

White Friday Sale-15% off select special order bridal gowns at Wedding Angels Bridal Boutique 11/26

P.S. Register to exhibit at Bridal Extravaganza of Atlanta on January 29, 2017! We’ll have gorgeous dresses on the runway in two fashion shows! 

Get to Know the Pro | TaWanna Ray

Meet TaWanna Ray, Executive Pastry Chef/Bakery Manager at 2B Whole Gluten Free Bakery.tawanna-cake

How long have you been working in the industry? 11 years

Where are you originally from? Indianapolis, IN

Married? Children? I am single and no children, but I am a pet mom! I have 2 Chihuahuas and 2 parakeets.

If single, what do you want your wedding to be like? I would love to get married on an island while the sun sets. Nothing big, just intimate.

If you were not working in the wedding industry, you would be…? I would be a health inspector! Maybe! Lol…being a chef is everything.

What do you like to do when you’re not working? I love hanging with my boyfriend’s children. I love those little munchkins. I also love hanging with friends and family.

Favorite place for dinner? Chow baby! YUMMY!

Favorite place to vacation? Any place with blue water and sandy beaches.

A tip you would share with other wedding professionals? Stay passionate and it will shine in your work.

Favorite Pandora station? The Doo-wop station.

Coffee or tea? Coffee. I love supporting local coffee shops. Starbucks is awesome too.

Favorite wedding trend? Rustic/chic is beautiful.

Favorite wedding tradition? Jumping the broom (old school)

2B Whole is a European-style organic bakery that specializes in both gluten free and allergen friendly desserts with a European flavor, catering to customers who have gluten and allergen-related dietary requirements. We focus on the quality of our baked products by using over 80% organic ingredients, and local ingredients when available depending on the season. We use no artificial sweeteners, additives or preservatives. We are soy free, peanut free and dairy/casein free for all of our dessert and bread products.

Find out more about 2B Whole Gluten Free Bakery by contacting Chef TaWanna at (470) 395-5248 or 2B Whole Gluten Free Bakery, 42 Milton Ave, Alpharetta, GA 30009.