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Vintage Barn Wedding

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Photography by Cable Photography

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Tiffany Blue Wedding Photos

I apologize for being absent for so long.  Abby’s wedding and a 20th wedding anniversary trip to Europe, along with designing weddings for other brides has kept me from having time to write any new posts.  I’ve also been waiting for the images from the photographers.  I promised some pictures of Abby and Jordan’s flowers and decorations.  Becky Artip from Save the Date Photography did a great job of catching some of the details, don’t you think?

Abby and Jordan saw each other before the wedding in a private moment.  This is their ceremony decor. (You can click on the picture for a closer look):

The aisle markers are Dendrobium orchids submerged in water.

The glass balls hanging from the arch have peonies and orchids in them; some have floating candles.

The flowers at the top of the columns were hydrangea, garden roses, peonies, and orchids:

Abby had a few minutes to go up to the reception hall and look at the decorations.  This table has cherry blossom on it:

Submerged Cymbidium orchids were on other tables:

Other guest tables had vases of roses or peonies.  This one had white hydrangea:

Maria and I made all of the napkin rings from diamond wrap, and I put all the diamond wrap on the vases.  The Tiffany Blue linens were by Cloth Connection:

The wedding cake was made by Jane Butcher.  The specialty linen was by Nuage Designs, in Miami:

Jordan had red velvet cupcakes. They were on vase pedestals with submerged orchids:

The Sweetheart table was flanked with urns of cherry blossom.  Peonies, tulips, garden roses, and lots of candles looked so pretty:

Maria and Beth’s bouquets were all garden roses:

Abby’s bouquet was all peonies, with brooches on the handle:

The couple signed a marriage covenant to hang in their home as a reminder of their wedding vows. (I’m the blonde sitting behind Jordan.):

Guests signed the letter of their last name as an alternative for a guest book.  They will hang this letter in their home.

Jordan’s boutonniere had mini-calla lilies and lily grass; wrapped with bling:

The Longevity Dance winners received a bouquet from Abby.  My in-laws, Lonnie and Ella Mae Archer won with 64 years of marriage! In 2nd place were my brother and sister-in-law, Reva and Sonny Payne, with 53 years, and my dear friends Ron and Peggy Leonard took 3rd place with 43 years of wedded bliss:

Abby and Jordan had their first dance as husband and wife, “There’s Nothing Fancy About the Way I Love You” I had their names projected onto the dance floor:

They wanted to enjoy every moment of their reception, so they were just about the last ones to leave.  William Bailey and his staff at The Charles made everything so perfect for them!

Thank you for taking the time to look at these wedding photos.  It was a very special day in our lives and I am so thrilled to share it with you.  Please come back and visit again, as you gather ideas for your wedding, or if you would like to hire us to design yours.

Pam Archer

Pamela’s Exclusive Floral and Event Design

423-323-1413

pam@pamelaseventdesign.com

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

Through a Photographer’s Eyes

Stan Crabtree is an artist who found his true passion the first time he picked up a camera.  Since he started Crabtree Photography he has photographed more than 300 weddings.  Ever improving his craft and staying current with the trends, he uses some of the best equipment available.  He said that when he first started, he made a portfolio of all of his pictures.  He took this to all the women he knew and asked for their honest feedback.  He received all positive reviews.  Of this experience he says, “Just because your friends say they love your work and that you are a good photographer only means that you have good friends.”  He is way too modest!  I have known Stan for several years.  He is a very kind, honest, and caring man, devoted husband and father, and a wedding vendor that I am completely comfortable referring a bride to.  He loves what he does, and he is good at it!

Stan’s photography is good, no matter what the occasion, but I am particularly impressed with his rural style.  He has been generous enough to allow me to share a few of my favorite images on this blog.

I’m a pushover for any photo of children, so I chose these two precious pictures:

What country wedding would be complete without boots?  I love this shot of the boots, bouquet, and veil.  I am going to pin this on Pinterest…another obsession of mine!

Candid shots are my favorite!  I wonder what’s going through their heads as they sit and enjoy each others company and the scenery?

I think this photo is stunning!  Can you see the reflection of the bride and her bouquet in the mirror across from her?

Brides, don’t walk to the phone to call Stan…RUN!!!  You can trust him with your wedding day and any other special event in your life.  Check out his website, too at Crabtree Photography.  Stan primarily serves the Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee area, but will travel upon request.

Thanks for stopping by.  I read and appreciate all of your comments, so please post one.  Tell all your friends about this blog and encourage them to visit, too.
Have a blessed day!
Pam Archer

Peacock’s Rule the Roost at Chateau Selah Wedding

Chateau Selah is located in Blountville, Tennessee.  You may not be able to touch the clouds from there, but you certainly are a lot closer to them.  The views are spectacular!  This is what makes it a popular choice for weddings.   The green, purple, and blue color palette of nature was the perfect companion to James and Metha’s peacock wedding theme.  I posted a teaser a while back, but here are more photos by Life Winds Photography

Inside the four-story French Chateau, is a quaint, stone, spiral staircase.  Isn’t Metha’s dress amazing?  There is a wine cellar beneath the staircase.

I totally loved working on this wedding.  Green Cymbidium Orchids, Blue Bombay Dendrobium Orchids, Fiddlehead Fern Curls, and Peacock feathers made vibrant display in the bouquets.

Isn’t this flower girl’s dress adorable?  It’s all just a little bit exotic, don’t you think?

 

Check out this spectacular view of the mountains.  There are several fire pits on the property.  You can see one in the picture below, in the right hand corner.

 

How about this special guest?  He looks like he belongs there.  It looks real, but it is metal.

 

The fascinators from the  Royal Wedding inspired these one-of-a-kind aisle markers.

 

The bridesmaids wore different colors.  The groomsmen’s ties matched their dresses.

How about these shoes!  Can you pick a favorite?

The theme was carried forward to the reception.  These shimmer linens complimented the centerpieces.  Isn’t that Fiddlehead Fern Curl fun?

Pier 1 had all the decorative accessories we needed to complete the look.  I couldn’t pass up the large vases.

I found these little mirrors there, too.  We used these on the cocktail tables.

I found the placemats, napkin rings, and votive holders for the bride and groom’s sweetheart table at Pier 1 also.

I might have gone a little crazy at Pier 1.  I went there to purchase this peacock feather wreath that Metha wanted.  I came out with a whole lot more than that!

Chateau Selah is as breathtaking inside as it is outside.  It boasts a catering kitchen, complete with a dumb-waiter.  There are two bedrooms on the second floor for the attendants and bride to get dressed, and a media room for the groom and groomsmen.  The outdoor kitchen and fireplace are a bonus, and are fabulous for a rehearsal dinner cookout.  The biggest surprise is the honeymoon suite on the fourth floor.  If it were rated, I would give it ten stars!  The walk-in shower could fit the entire bridal party…not that you would want to do that! HA!  Seriously, it is absolutely beyond your wildest imagination.  There are balconies, a soaking tub, a huge bed with a ruffled comforter, and a flat screen TV.  It has all the amenities you could ask for.  If you are looking for that extraordinary venue, this place has it all.  Contact them at 423.323.3157, or info@chateauselah.com.

To see more pictures from this and other of our weddings, visit our website at Pamela’s Event Design.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please take time to leave a comment.  I read all of them, and I would like to get to know you.

Pam Archer, President

Pamela’s Event Design

423-323-1413

 

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

Fall Weddings

We love doing Fall weddings.  The colors of the flowers are so much more vibrant, due to the cooler weather.  Meagan and Aaron’s wedding color palette played to the colors of autumn so beautifully.  They chose teal and red, but in much more muted tones than what we normally see.  The end result was breathtaking!  Jim Goodwin did a great job of capturing this picture of the bridesmaids:

The reception was in  the Grand Soldier’s Ballroom, at The Carnegie Hotel.  The ballroom is a replica of the dining room on the Titanic:

The room needed very little added decoration.  We chose the neutral linen so it wouldn’t compete with the elegance of the room.   The couple’s colors were brought in with the flowers:

Lots of candles made it very romantic:

Meagan enjoyed some time with her guests.  Notice the water in the vases on the mantle:

Don’t you just love this peek of the wedding cake, by Marji Chambers?

Meagan and her mom, Teri, were a delight to work with.  It wasn’t like work at all!  I think the wedding was exquisite and everything turned out so perfectly.  Now that’s a success!

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back soon to see another lovely Fall wedding.

Pam Archer, President

Pamela’s Event Design