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Vintage Barn Wedding

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Photography by Cable Photography

Weddings After Marriage

Photography by Rainey Day Photography

I see a new trend emerging. More couples are getting married and having their wedding at a later date.  In some cases, the groom is going off to war. In other cases, it isn’t a convenient time to have a wedding, or the expense of it isn’t feasible at the time. More are practicing abstinence and purity until marriage. These couples don’t want to live together before marriage, so they get married and have the wedding later. The desire to make a life-long commitment is taking center stage, placing the wedding lower on the priority list.  This speaks volumes to me about the current generation.  More often than not, today’s brides and grooms are victims of divorce. They know firsthand the pain that comes with that, so they aren’t entering the marriage with the flip attitude that “If it doesn’t work out, we can always get a divorce.” I applaud them for recognizing that marriage is sacred and not to be taken lightly.

Ben and Jen got married a year prior to their wedding.  Ben had taken a job out-of-state, and Jen wanted to go with him. They didn’t feel it was right for them to live together, so they got married. During the following year, Jen planned her dream wedding.  It turned out beautifully, don’t you think?  I loved the bridesmaids’ dresses. They had a southern belle look to them. The girls carried a simple bouquet of white calla lilies. Jen’s bouquet was very elegant, just like Jen! She carried a classic bouquet of white calla lilies with added jeweled adornment on the stems.

We lined the aisle with submerged calla lilies.

The submerged calla lilies and the arrangement of hydrangea, roses, and Callas set an elegant backdrop for the ceremony.

Guests released monogrammed balloons for a fun send-off

Isn’t this a beautiful photo by  Rainey Day Photography?

About her wedding, Jen wrote, “Where do I start?  So much to thank you for! My ceremony and reception were both absolutely breathtaking, perfect in every way! I absolutely loved it. I received so many compliments that it was the most beautiful wedding that they’d ever seen! More importantly, it was the most beautiful wedding I’d ever seen! And, I’ve been to a lot. You left me with wanting absolutely nothing more.  Thank you, Pam! you brought my vision to life! God Bless!”

What more can a designer hope for than to make a bride’s dream come true?

See more photos of Jen and Ben’s wedding at Pamela’s Event Design.

Thank you for stopping by.  Please leave comments. I would like to know who is reading my blog.

Warm wishes!

Pam Archer, President

Pamela’s Exclusive Floral & Event Design

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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

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

 

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

 

Saying I Do at Maple Lane Farm

 Maple Lane Farm in Johnson City, TN lends the perfect backdrop for a summer afternoon wedding.   The gazebo is located beside a pond, where ducks and geese swim.  Beth and Jonathan’s wedding had a casual, but elegant feel to it.

Maple Lane Farm Gazebo

Gerbera daisies have long been a favorite of brides for outdoor weddings, and both bride and groom chose them as their favorite flower.  Beth carried a bouquet of gerbera daisies, roses, and stephanotis.

Bridal boquet of stephanotis, roses, and gerbera daisies

For outdoor weddings, this tropical punch color of the bridesmaids dresses really pop against the background of green grass and trees.

The bride must walk through a barn to get to the gazebo

Bride Enters through a barn

The reception pavilion was decorated with gerbera daisies and brightly colored ribbon.

Other tables had submerged gerbera daisies.


How could you be anything but happy when you look at these huge paper flowers?


Maple Lane  is the perfect venue for an outdoor, relaxed wedding.

Above photos courtesy of Cable Photography


Maple Lane Farm

3134 Cherokee Rd.

Johnson City, TN 37604

423-461-3134

My next few posts will begin a series which features some of the other popular wedding venues in our region.  You don’t want to miss this!  The stories will make the hair the back of your neck stand up as the owners reveal the secrets of the past.

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Pam Archer