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Engagement Photos-Taylor Morgan Photography

Taylor Morgan

I’ve known Taylor Morgan for about ten years.  She is a beautiful person, inside and out.  She’s generous, kind, compassionate, and has a heart as big as Texas, where she was born and raised.  Along with being a favorite on-air personality on WTFM 98.5.  Taylor maximizes her platform with the radio program to reach out and help those in need and raises awareness for many worthy causes.  Thousands of lives have been touched and impacted by Taylor.  She is just an all-round awesome person!

Adding to her many talents and abilities, Taylor excels in photography.  As the owner of Taylor Morgan Photography, she specializes in family photography and weddings.  I could spend hours looking at her pictures.  What is special about her photography is her eye for capturing emotion.  Her photos tell a story!  So, when it came to trusting someone to take my daughter’s engagement and wedding pictures, she was my first choice.  I was so happy when Abby and Jordan decided that she would be their choice, too.  Okay, I must confess…Taylor is also my niece!!!  Nepotism aside, she quite simply ROCKS!

It’s January, which means it is winter in Tennessee.  Finding a day that is warm enough to take pictures outdoors was a challenge.  These “trial” engagement session images turned out so well, that an additional session wasn’t necessary.  What do you think?  Which one is your favorite?

I can’t choose a favorite!  They are all good.  Taylor took about 500 shots, so to choose one or two from so many fabulous images is impossible!  Thank you, Taylor, for creating these memories for my children, family, and me!  You are awesome!  You can contact Taylor for your photography session through Facebook, or by calling 423.367.2055.

This post is the first in a series of wedding photographers that, in my opinion, some of the best.  They are talented and easy to work with.  Check back soon to read about another talented photographer from the Sunshine State of Florida!

Thanks for stopping by!  Please leave a comment and let me know you were here.  I read all of them.

Pam Archer

Pamela’s Event Design

Wedding Invitations

One of the most difficult decisions a bride and groom have to make is choosing invitations.  Unless you have an unlimited budget you will need to shop around for an invitation that you like, reflects the style or theme of your wedding, and is reasonably priced.  This process can sap hours of your valuable time.  Minted  is a great source for wedding invitations and save-the-date cards, among other products.  I found some really nice invitations with varied styles, colors and textures there, and they are all very reasonably priced.  Here are some of my favorites:

Kim Kardashian’s classic wedding style is sure to bring back black and white weddings.  Pictured here in charcoal grey, this invitation comes in a variety of colors.  I like how it combines traditionalism with a touch of contemporary.

Black and white wedding invitation

The font on this invitation is what captured my attention.  I love the modern/whimsical look of this invitation.  You can get it in a variety of colors, or personalize it.

Contemporary Wedding Invitation

How cute is this one!  Your initials carved in a tree. Wouldn’t this be perfect for your casual, outdoor or barn wedding?

Rustic Wedding Invitation

What I really love about this invitation is the color combination.  In Tiffany style, it comes in pearlescent as well as in recycled or standard paper.  I love the aqua!

Tiffany Blue and lace invitation

Those are just a few of the hundreds of styles available at  Minted.

I also chose a couple of Save-the-Date cards for you to see.  You can order up to 3 sample from their website so you can see what they look like, and the quality of their products.

The colors of this Save-the-Date card are what caught my eye.  It’s different and classy!

Unique colors for a Save-the Date Card

This very nice save-the-date card includes a portfolio of information about your wedding.

Save-the-date card

As you can see, the choices are endless!  I encourage you to check out Minted to find your invitations, save-the-date cards, and keep them in mind when you need to order other event invitations, such as for a baby shower.  The site has a forum, which is always nice, because it allows you to bounce ideas off of other brides.  Here are the links to the invitations and the save-the-date cards:

Wedding Invitations 
Save-the-Date

 

Thanks for stopping by!

Pam Archer

 

Baby’s Breath Experiences Rebirth In Wedding Decor

Baby’s Breath is back and has a new look!

For years, we have rolled our eyes at the tired look that some florists still use in all of their floral designs.  Leading designers put it aside a decade ago.   You know what I’m talking about; the flowers perfectly spaced and the Baby’s Breath stuffed in between.  We saw it a lot in the ’60’s, 70’s, and ’80’s, but not for a long time in wedding design work.  It is a very dated and undesired look:

However, Baby’s Breath is back!  Not in the use pictured above, but in fresh new ways, from vintage look to contemporary.  So what makes it look so different and current?  Let it stand alone!  Baby’s Breath is a lovely, delicate flower.  When used in bunches, it takes on a whole new look.   I have been known to be  a Baby’s Breath snob, but I am loving the new look.  It’s clean, fresh, and romantic.  It can be used to create a casual tablescape as in the vintage look here:

It’s also a very versatile flower.  For a completely different look, pair it with a sleek, contemporary container:

You will be seeing it pop up more frequently in weddings in 2012 and beyond.  I’m in love with this pew/aisle marker!  The doily wrapped around a paper cone adds an element that compliments the softness of the fluffy flower:

Even bridesmaids are carrying bouquets of it.  It’s light as a feather, inexpensive, and you don’t have to worry about it wilting.  It will dry exactly like it is, so you can keep it forever!  I found these pictures on Pinterest.  You should visit THAT website!  It’s addictive, but you will find some awesome things there.

What’s your take on Baby’s Breath?  Do you like it?  Are you happy that it is an in product for wedding decor again?  What’s your favorite wedding flower?

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a beautiful day!

Pam Archer

 

Planning Tips At Your Fingertips

During a consultation with a bride and groom this week, the groom bowled me over when he told me the exact time that sunset would be on their wedding day!  Astonished, I inquired as to how he knew that and he told me about a web site that gives sunrise and sunset times for any given day, for a full year.  That site is http://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneYear.php  This is great information for your photographer and for you, if you want to use a lot of candlelight.

This groom was a virtual wealth of helpful information.  He also told me about a web site to find a band.  http://www.gigmasters.com allows you to hear bands from all over the nation and bid for their services.  Talk about a time saver!  If you are tired of hearing the same, tired, tunes played at weddings, then this is the place to go.

I learn so much from my consultations with brides and grooms!

Linens and Chair Covers

Choosing decorations for your reception can be as simple as selecting a few floral centerpieces.  For those with discriminating tastes, and who want something different and a little extraordinary, linens will fill the bill.  Linens can completly transform a room and add the color that you need to make your wedding look elegant.   Chair covers or special ballroom chairs, such as the chivary chairs, will add the finishing touch and bring it all together. 

More Photography Tips

Recently, we had a bride who was very upset over her wedding pictures.  She made the comment that the photographer only got a picture of her back, going down the aisle.  I inquired if he had an assistant and she said no.  “Well, I guess he couldn’t be two places at one time.”, I replied.

This is another example of not communicating with your photographer about what you specifically want.  It is also a good example of the advantage of hiring a photographer who uses at least one assistant.  Gone are the days when the wedding photos all look the same, all posed shots of the bridal party.  While you will probably still want those pictures, the best (and least boring) are the candid shots.  A good photographer will capture moments at your wedding that you will never see, things that are going on that you might not know about otherwise. 

Another bride was extremely disappointed, because she let a friend do the photography for her wedding.  The friend usually captures images of  butterflies and close-ups of individual flowers.  They assumed that because she was so good at this, that she would do an awesome job with the wedding, and they could save money.  The pictures were terrible, and this is all the bride has to show for her beautiful wedding.  She immediately regreted the decision, but  it was too late.  She had no pictures of her wedding that were clear, focused, or did any justice to the bridal party, or the decor.

Before hiring a photographer, look at portfolios from at least five.  Don’t  hire based on price alone, or because they seem nice.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  In the wedding industry you get exactly what you pay for.  If you want quality photos, hire a quality photographer.