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Banq-The Gathering Place

First National Bank-1927

John and Angela Vachon are passionate about the revitalization of downtown Kingsport, Tennessee.   They have purchased several of the buildings in downtown  for the purpose of restoring them to their former glory days.  They have done a fantastic job of doing so.   Banq is the result of one of their endeavors.

Banq is located on the second floor of the three-story structure.  The building was originally the  First National Bank.   The bank opened in 1927, and was considered to be one of East Tennessee’s finest buildings.  It boasts white marble walls and windows that spanned two stories; something of a novelty back in the day.

First National Bank

John was unaware of any ghosts in the building, but said that it has been investigated for paranormal activity.  I did a little digging of my own to research this building.  While I didn’t uncover any stories of ghosts, I did discover another interesting fact.  First National Bank was the site of Kingsport’s first bank robbery!  The year the bank opened, a 22 year old Paul Jones entered a rear door in the building and demanded that a cashier put all the silver and currency in a bag.  It amounted to $1,000.00.  He attempted to hotwire a car outside the building, but when that failed he took off on foot.  He was forced into submission by police officers in front of Kingsport Feed and Produce Company.  After a mere 33 minutes of deliberation, the jury found him guilty.  He was sentenced to 20 years and one day in the penitentiary.

Today, Banq is host to many wedding receptions, parties, corporate dinners, and other events.  It can accommodate up to 300 guests.  It has a rooftop area that is a gorgeous place for an event.  I love how it lights up and one can see from the street outside many of it’s features.

After the Renovations

If you would like to see a video tour of the space, you can click HERE.

I would wager a guess that since this building remained empty for a number of years, that it does indeed house it’s own creatures of the night, but I’m not volunteering to validate the claim.  Regardless, it is a lovely venue for your wedding ceremony and/or reception.  Here is a yummy desert display for an event there.

Call Banq today for your personal tour.

contact@urbansynergy.net

423-245-2408

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Pam Archer

Pamela’s Event Design


Flower Girls Steal the Show

Let’s face it.  While the bride is the star of the show, it’s the flower girl who is the scene stealer.  After all, girls will be girls.  Flower girls are darling, they bring an innocence to the ceremony.  There are so many on-line sources for dresses for them that it is almost too hard to pick just one.  I found some really adorable ones for our 2011 starlets.  But before we get to that, take a look at these cuties:

I’m still laughing at this next one. It took a few seconds for me to realize what they had done:

You can practice all you want, but flower girls have their own way of doing things:

Flower girls aren’t limited to wearing white.  They can wear a contrasting color to the bridesmaids, or the same color as the bridesmaids.  Here are a few examples that won’t break the bank.  All of these are under $75!  The first one is from The Wooden Soldier:

I found lots of beautiful, inexpensive dresses at Pink Princess:


A flower girl’s dress doesn’t have to be a solid color.  Plaids and prints are very sweet and pretty, particularly for an outdoor wedding.  This one is from Cutie Clothes

Which dress is your favorite?  Why?  Please share your funny flower girl story in the Comments below.

The Royal’s Wedding Shoes

We are counting down to the wedding day of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  It’s only a week away.  The entire world is focused on that day, wondering what Kate is going to wear, and all about the ceremony, flowers, cake, reception, guests, and every other ado that surrounds the royal affair.  Designers are sketching what her dress should look like, and what style shoes she should wear.  Why all the fuss?

The answer is easy.  Prince William is heir to the British throne!  He is of the lineage of a long and exhaustive list of royals before him.  He was born into royalty.  He wasn’t elected, he was born to it.  That makes him and all of the other royals very special.  He is of a different breed.  This fact alone commands respect and honor.

It isn’t every day that we get to witness a royal wedding.  There is something very fairytale-ish about it.  The handsome prince and his princess, living  happily ever after, or at least we hope so.

With all the ado, I did a little digging to find out what shoes previous royals have worn on their wedding day.  They have several things in common.  They were designed and specially made for them and are fairly classic Victorian in style.

Let’s take a look at them:

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria was a fascinating woman.  She ascended the throne when she was only 18 years old and ruled for 63 years, 7 months, and 3 days, the longest monarch in history until Queen Elizabeth II.  She wrote 2500 words per day, and kept a detailed journal from 1832 until the time of her death in 1901.  There were 122 volumes, which were later edited by her daughter Beatrice, who destroyed many of them.  However, many of the diaries are still in existence.

According to Wikipedia, “She spent the evening after their wedding lying down with a headache, but wrote in her diary:

I NEVER, NEVER spent such an evening!!! MY DEAREST DEAREST DEAR Albert … his excessive love & affection gave me feelings of heavenly love & happiness I never could have hoped to have felt before! He clasped me in his arms, & we kissed each other again & again! His beauty, his sweetness & gentleness – really how can I ever be thankful enough to have such a Husband! … to be called by names of tenderness, I have never yet heard used to me before – was bliss beyond belief! Oh! This was the happiest day of my life!

Queen Victoria's Wedding Shoes

Elizabeth-Queen Mother

After refusing his proposal twice, Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon agreed to marry Prince Albert, later to become King George VI.  He was the king that the movie, The King’s Speech is about.  When they had their first daughter, they named her Elizabeth, but called her “Lilibet”.  When she became Queen Elizabeth II,  the Queen became known as Queen Mother.  She was a warm and friendly person, with a great sense-of-humor.  A very strong and independent woman she was.  She died in 2002 at the age of 101!

On her wedding day, she wore these shoes:

Queen Mother's Wedding Shoes

Queen Mother & Prince Albert

I also ran across a silent video of the wedding of the Queen Mother and Prince  Albert.  I thought you might enjoy seeing it as well:

Queen Elizabeth II & Prince William

Queen Elizabeth fell in love with Prince Phillip at age 13.   She married him in 1947 at age 21.  She is the mother of Prince Charles, grandmother to Prince William.

Here are the shoes she wore:

Queen Elizabeth II Wedding Shoes

You can watch rare footage of the queen’s and Prince Phillips wedding:

Princess Diana & Prince Charles

The most romanticized and public royal wedding of all time, was that of Lady Diana/Princess Diana to Prince Charles.  I remember watching it live on TV.  She was a beautiful woman, and looked every bit the princess.  She was the most beloved royal.  She was compassionate and caring and really loved children.  Every woman wanted to look like her and dress like her.  She had impeccable style.

She was only 19 years old when she married the Prince.

Her shoes had an inscription “Charles & Diana”  around a small heart.  They were low-heeled, so that she wouldn’t be taller than Prince Charles.  She was 5’10” tall:

Princess Diana's Shoes

This video of her emerging from the centuries-old, horse-drawn carriage, in her satin and silk wedding gown, with the legendary 25 foot train will take your breath away.  She is radiant!  The diamonds in her tiara and on her dress sparkle.  Notice the ring she is wearing.  Kate Middleton will be receiving this ring! There will never be another like Princess Diana.  750 million people watched the wedding on live TV:

Prince William & Kate Middleton

Here we are, just one week away from the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.  There is much speculation as to what the wedding will be like.  As for her shoes, here ares some of the contenders.  We will find out for sure on April 29th:

Kate Middleton's Wedding Shoes?

Many questions remained unanswered.   What will her dress look like?  What kinds of flowers will be in her bouquet?  Did she choose her bridesmaids and flower girls, or were they chosen for her, as in Diana’s case?  Will Kate be as popular as Princess Diana, as beloved?

What intrigues you about the royals, or the upcoming royal wedding?  What is your idea of a fairytale wedding? Are you going to get up early and watch the wedding live?

If I were choosing Kate’s shoes, I would be inclined to have Prince William slip this onto her foot:

Fit for a Princess

James & Julie’s November Wedding

Pamela’s Event Design Awarded Bride’s Choice Award for 2011

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2011 Bride's Choice Awards | Best Wedding Photographers, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Florists, Wedding Planners & More

We are excited to announce that WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, has  selected Pamela’s Exclusive Floral & Event Design to receive the prestigious annual Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 for Top Wedding Planners/Designers in the U.S. and  Canada!  We also won the award in 2010!

Recognition for the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Pamela’s stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

We are happy to announce that we are among the very best Wedding and Event Designers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites Wedding Wire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Wedding Bee.

We would like to thank our past clients for nominating us to receive the Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2011.

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