Laurie Vance’s Blog

Making Memories!!

August 7th, 2014

Thanks Laurie,  (Engagement Brunch:)

The event went off really well, the staff were so attentive and well-prepared. Nothing but the highest praise.
Will be back soon!
Best,
Reza

Welcome Mat!

July 30th, 2014

We would like to welcome Mat  to the Special Events Team!  With Mat’s support, Dana and I are confident that we will always strive to not only meet, but to exceed our guests’ expectations.  We look forward to working with all of our guests to make their dreams a reality!!

Dana,

Jeff and I both wanted to thank you for your efforts.  We had the most beautiful wedding day in every possible way. Everyone commented how romantic the wedding felt. I walked in to a gentle rain, soft fans, the string quartet and our guests had the best seats in the house.  PERFECTION.

Thank you.

Carmen

Geriatric and Tonic:)

July 8th, 2014
Surprise 50th birthday celebration with a specialty cocktail….cannot believe that he did not have a clue until just walking around the turn to the tent…..yeah…..pulled it off!!
“Thanks to you and Dana and the entire staff for “bringing it” last night. Everyone that I spoke to enjoyed the lovely food and wonderful staff (with a special shoutout to Christine for helping things along).
While e-mail is probably not the best way to plan a party (communication can sometimes be difficult in any situation) YOU were absolutely wonderful. Everything ran so smoothly…Rob and I were able to enjoy the party which is quite a compliment! I’ve attended some parties where the hosts were asked to trouble shoot along the way which is no fun for anyone. So, thank you for making it all appear seamless.
Pass along our regards to your entire staff for making last evening so terrific.
All our best,
Deb”

Makes It All Worthwhile :)

June 10th, 2014

You and Dana did a great job with the reception. The setting was beautiful, the tent and all the arrangements inside all looked great. The food was good (potatoes were amazing) and the wine team pulled off the special wine for the head table thing very well.
Thanks so much to both of you for all your help!
Jeff

Laurie,
Just wanted to thank you and your staff for a very special and memorable evening. The food, service and ambiance were fantastic! Our guests really enjoyed the event and it’s all a credit to you and your team.
Thanks and hope to work together soon!
Best,
Bahar

A perfect wedding IMHO thanks

Dearest Laurie and Dana,

We apologize for not getting back to you sooner, we were traveling. However, we wanted to thank you for the remarkable time we had at Canoe and can’t even begin to thank you for how magical our evening was. Everyone was raving about the food and the staff. You were beyond accommodating! It was an absolute pleasure working with you, and we’ll be sure to keep you in mind for any future celebrations. Thank you for all your help and time! We are so glad we picked Canoe.
Thank you again,
Qurratulain & Nooruddin

Do you want to go to Prom?

February 26th, 2011

Yes, it is prom season again.  I remember those days…really, it was not THAT long ago.  Looking for a new dress that would be unique from all others, happy that I was going with “my guy” to the prom.  Wondering where we were going to be “seen” in my fabulous dress (of course, only worn once!).

I believe that going to dinner was the highlight of the event! Being seen at a great restaurant (like Canoe), not only by my peers, but surrounded by diners of all ages, was the best part. Not sure if I had salmon, but I know that my date had the New York Strip.  I know that I have great pictures and I felt like a princess. 

As we get calls for small and large prom parties, I smile at the great memories and know we are helping others create their own!

Here comes the……Groom!

February 7th, 2011

Hey, everyone’s always talking about the bride and wedding day. Let’s discuss the groom—does he get a day? No, he gets a rehearsal dinner where everyone gets up and talks about him! But seriously- from tailgate to black tie, 30 guests to 170, rehearsal dinners have taken on a life of their own. Not to upstage the wedding, it allows the groom and family to “have the spotlight”.
Traditionally held for out of town guests, the dinner was held after the “walk through” of ceremony and included those who came from afar and bridal party. Now, I have seen everything from intimate to feeding the entire guest list! AV presentations that can be embarrassing to endearing, groom’s cakes of decadent chocolate.
As the bride is always asked “what’s your idea of the perfect wedding day?” Thought I’d pose this question for the groom—“What’s your perfect rehearsal dinner?”

“Destination” Wedding

January 21st, 2011
Welcome to my first blog!  I am excited to be able to share all the special event experiences and update you on my latest ideas (and want you share yours with me).
Ok…so, it is …cold.  I was wishing I was still on vacation, by the water, in Costa Rica.  During my morning walk there, I saw a beautiful wedding, right by the ocean, surrounded by nature-such a unique location!  It reminded me of the remarkable “destination” for weddings right here in Atlanta…Canoe…the river (water), outside, nature…all the destination site expectations, right here in Atlanta. (Minus the expenses ? airfare, hotel, etc.).
So, while I ‘m sitting here in the coldest weather Vinings has seen in sometime, we are busy planning lots of weddings for spring, summer and fall.
I am looking forward to a great 2011.  Hope you will follow me on this journey!

Welcome to my first blog!  I am excited to be able to share all the special event experiences and update you on my latest ideas (and want you share yours with me).

Ok…so, it is …cold.  I was wishing I was still on vacation, by the water, in Costa Rica.  During my morning walk there, I saw a beautiful wedding, right by the ocean, surrounded by nature-such a unique location!  It reminded me of the remarkable “destination” for weddings right here in Atlanta…Canoe…the river (water), outside, nature…all the destination site expectations, right here in Atlanta. (Minus the expenses :) airfare, hotel, etc.).

So, while I ‘m sitting here in the coldest weather Vinings has seen in sometime, we are busy planning lots of weddings for spring, summer and fall.

I am looking forward to a great 2011.  Hope you will follow me on this journey!