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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

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

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

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to spread the word about the series and the blog. 

Pam Archer

Pamela’s Event Design


Bristol Train Station

Bristol, TN is the birthplace of country music.  Bristol, VA is the home of the Bristol Train Station.  The current structure was erected in 1902 and is it’s fourth depot.  The first was built in 1856 and burned during Stoneman’s raid in 1864.  After the Civil War a new one was built and opened in early 1866.  Bristol soon outgrew this structure and one was completed in 1882.

Located on the Bristol Virginia/Tennessee line, this depot received goods, news, mail, and new residents via train.  College students came and went by rail.  At one time, more than 72 brothels were located close to the depot.  With it’s illustrious past, it’s no wonder that the train station  has so many permanent residents.  Paranormal readings have identified at least 68 spirits in the building!

Last summer, I was attending a wedding professionals meeting at the depot.  We were asked to go downstairs to the cellar to record some video footage for our businesses.   While waiting my turn, I was talking to a couple of the photographers.  They began to tell stories of photographing engagement sessions and wedding there, and specifically where we were standing.  When they would bring the images up on their computers, there were many orbs in the photos.  After spending hours editing the images out of the pictures, their efforts were futile.  When the pictures printed, the orbs were still there!  I spoke with the current marketing manager who said she knew that was true, because she has had the same thing happen to her with her snapshots.

One of the previous marketing managers told the story of hearing someone walking on the main floor while he was in his office upstairs.  When he went to see who it was, he could still hear the footsteps, but did not see anyone.  The spirit coughed before exiting the building.  It seems the elevator has a mind of it’s own!  It runs up and down the elevator shaft at random times throughout the day and night, transporting invisible passengers.  Others have heard the scream of a lady at 1:00 am on the railraod tracks outside.    There are numerous reports of sightings and sounds coming from various areas of the train station.  Clocks stop at the same time every night, 8:50.  Former manager says that he can’t explain some of the things he has seen and heard there; like laughing and coughing from disembodied spirits.

The building has been restored to it’s 1930’s state.  It is a very nice location with lots of history.  To read more about it and see pictures, click HERE.

To book a wedding or event:

Train Station

101 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Bristol, VA 24201

276-644-1573

Come back tomorrow and read the story of Banq-The Gathering Place.  Though teams have come to measure paranormal activity, the current owners do not have the reports, however I uncovered some interesting history.

Thanks for stopping by!

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

 

DIY Wedding Projects

Being a do-it-yourself person, I understand why many brides are doing a lot of things themselves for their weddings.  My advice to my brides is to choose a couple of things to do yourself.   Your wedding will have a more personal feel to it, plus you will have fun doing the projects.  Don’t take on too many projects, though.  It will only stress you and consume all of your time, leaving you too tired to enjoy your wedding day.

This week, I found some super cute and cool projects for weddings.   They all include tutorials.  I have included the links to them for your convenience.

If you are like me, you are very bored with silver and gold cake stands.  Why not make your own? I love these cake stands!  You can make them any size you want,  and any color you prefer.  You can find the complete tutorial at Bee In Our Bonnet:

Guest favors are optional, but if you want something easy and fun to do how about these thank you bags?  Each guest can fill them with candy from your candy buffet.  The folks at Hey Gorgeous teach you how to make them:

If you are tired of the traditional guest book or picture signing, make one of these keepsake albums.  Your guests write a note to you and put it in one of the envelopes.  How nice is that?  I found this idea over at Martha Stewart Weddings:

And for your outdoor wedding, keep guests cool with the homemade paper fans.  Aren’t they adorable?  Two Shades of Pink has this and other fab ideas:

These ideas send me straight to my workshop to experiment.  How about you?  What are you planning to do for your wedding or party?  I would love to hear from you, and feature your project here.  Submit to pam@pamelaseventdesign.com

Happy Planning!

Pam Archer