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Wedding Photo Fabulousness

ImageI’ve been a little busy….with my daughter’s wedding! After all the weddings we have done and I have blogged about, I finally get to share some thoughts and photos from my own, so please indulge me for the next couple of posts.

Abby and Jordan got married on March 24th, only a couple of weeks ago. Later, I will write about the amazing venue and the incredible vendors, and will post pictures of the flowers and decor, but today I want to brag a little bit about the two photographers who photographed it.

Taylor Morgan, Taylor Morgan Photography, and Becky Artrip, Save-the-Date Photography are among the very best photographers, in my opinion, at capturing the emotion of a moment. They are also wonderful at creative shots. This blog post is to highlight a few of them.

The wedding was at The Charles, in Johnson City, Tennessee.  The Charles was a department store back-in-the-day, so it’s three storefront windows created a unique photo op:

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Abby is the PR and Marketing Manager for the Greater Kingsport YMCA.  I LOVE this cute shot of her co-workers at the wedding:

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And this picture of Maria (also my daughter) and Joe (son-in-law) at the reception:

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Your wedding day can be stress-free and fun:

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They had all of their pictures made before the wedding.  They were able to get over the nerves and have fun the rest of the day.  These pictures were taken in a park, down the street from The Charles:

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Jordan and Abby, happy and in love:

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The reception was so fun!  Abby, Beth (another daughter), and Jordan dancing:

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Taylor and Becky captured lots of tender moments.  Beth, Abby, and Maria- SISTERS:

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This one of the men praying touches my heart.  Abby and Jordan are blessed to have these Christian men in their lives:

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I am close to my daughters.  Abby and I had fun sharing plans.  I felt very privileged to be able to do this with my daughter.  Maria, Joe, Beth, Chuck (my husband), the staff at The Charles, and I worked hard to make sure everything went according to plan.  Friends, family, and vendors were very supportive and played an integral part in making everything beautiful and perfect.  Abby and I shared many special moments, but none more tender than realizing the day had arrived:

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It was time to kiss her (never goodbye) and give her my blessing:

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Thank you Taylor and Becky for these beautiful, storytelling photos!!!  You two are simply the BEST!

The next post will feature the venue and the vendors, with the gorgeous decor, cake, and other details of the wedding.  Please visit again soon.  I read all of your comments, so don’t be shy about posting them.

Pam Archer (mother-of-the-bride)

Pamela’s Event Design

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

A Rose Is A Rose

Roses have been a choice for wedding flowers for centuries.  I like them because they come in a myriad of colors.  They are versatile and romantic, and they can be formal or informal.  Different colors have different meanings.  In Victorian times, bouquets of flowers were sent as a way to send a specific message to the receiver of them.  Roses were a primary flower in these bouquets.  Each color had a special meaning:

Red = love and romance

Pink = love, gratitude, and appreciation

Yellow = joy and friendship

White = innocence and purity

Orange = passion, enthusiasm, and desire

Lavender = enchantment, majesty, or love at first sight.

Jason and Nana’s wedding was rose-themed.  The site of the ceremony was Rose Hill Wedding Chapel.  It’s a beautiful little church, perfectly suited to a romantic wedding.

The inside is just as pretty as the outside, as you can see by this awesome photo of Jason and Nana, taken from the balcony of the chapel.  Gary Cable, Cable Photography, did a great job of capturing a special moment.

Nana’s bouquet reflected her enthusiastic personality with its orange roses.  Mango calla lilies and white Bouvardia accented it.  It was a really beautiful bouquet, just like Nana!

We added lots of flowers to the pews, and made urns full of roses and calla lilies for the altar.

The reception was held at MeadowView Hotel and Conference Center.  The new ballroom was gorgeous!  Nana and Jason’s colors went perfectly.  We added more color to the flowers by adding the romance and love of the red roses.

We designed the tall centerpieces to compliment each other.  One design was for the roses to move in a circle.  The other was for the roses to go in a vertical design.  What do you think of these designs?

The wedding cake was pretty, too.  I wonder if it tasted as good as it looked?  I’ll bet it did, because Marji Chambers from Cake Art made it!  The callas are made from icing.  Don’t they look real?

We wish Nana and Jason many years of happiness together.

To see more pictures of this wedding, go to Pamela’s Event Design

Thanks for stopping by!

Pam Archer

Pamela’s Event Design

Once Married-Twice Wed

Isaac and Lindsey didn’t want to wait to be married, but their dreams of a wedding had to be put on hold.  They married a little more than a year ago, and their long awaited wedding became reality in September of this year.  This wedding color palette was one of our very favorite, and perfectly suited to the late-summer/early fall wedding.  Cymbidium orchids, roses, garden roses, and hydrangea were stunning on the gazebo.

The wrought iron garden gates, and the urns of hydrangea and roses,  added old world charm to the setting.

The eggplant bridesmaids dresses and the flower colors were stunning!

The colors and style were carried forward in the reception decor.

For more pictures from this picture-perfect wedding, go to Pamela’s Event Design

Up next, see what we did with a peacock themed wedding.

Thanks for stopping by!

Pam Archer

 

Country Wedding Is Elegant

Whew!  This summer and early fall have been non-stop.  I’ve been so busy with weddings and other events that it’s all been a blur.  The next few posts will catch you up on what we’ve been up to.  They will also give you a look at some of our favorite wedding venues.

Harvest Acres Farm is a new wedding venue in our region.  Locate in Limestone, TN, the acres of rolling hills with the backdrop of the mountains are breathtaking!  There are lots of outdoor spaces to choose from when planning your ceremony site.  The 7,500 square feet barn was completed in 2010.  It can accommodate 200 people on the main (acid stained concrete) floor, with additional seating in the loft area.  You can use the hay wagon to transport your guests from the barn to the ceremony!

The event barn is family owned and operated.  They built it mainly for a place to have functions for their church, but have opened it to use by others as well.  This isn’t just an old barn that has been converted to a venue.  It was specifically built for events, so it has never had the smell of hay, or other usual smells that come with a barn.  The catering kitchen is very nice, as are the restrooms, neither of which will you normally find in a barn.  There are changing rooms for the bridal party.

Above, is a before picture of the barn.  Below are before and after  pictures of the arbor, the huge stone fireplace inside the barn, and what the inside of the barn looked like before we got hold of it.  LOL


(The cute guy in the YMCA shirt is my awesome husband.)

Britney and Logan’s wedding style was casual elegance.  The color scheme of black, white, and green was perfect for the setting.  My talented son-in-law, Joe did the scroll pattern down the aisle.  Give the man a bag of rose petals and he can create magic!  The flower girls were so cute!  They stepped over the petals going down the aisle, which had all the guests laughing.  It was adorable.

To see more pictures from this magazine worthy wedding, go to Pamela’s Event Design.  Coming next…After a year of being married, Lindsey and Isaac finally had their dream wedding.

Thanks for stopping by,

Pam Archer


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