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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.

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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.

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Pam Archer, President

Pamela’s Event Design

423-323-1413

 

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

Crystals and Bling add Sparkle to a Winter Wedding

I love it when my team and I are able to bring a bride’s vision to life!  When I first met with Lindsey, she said she was obsessed with bling and pearls.  I understood that, because I am obsessed with them, too. 🙂  Taking her ideas and colors, I started my research to find some unique things to use at her reception.  We didn’t disappoint.  Lindsey’s mom said that she felt like she was at a celebrity event at the reception.  It certainly looked like a celebrity event.

We made bouquets of cream and cobalt blue roses and Blue Bombay Dendrobium orchids to accent the bridesmaids dresses:

We accented the pews with the same color combination and flowers:

Lindsey’s bouquet was made up of cream roses, stephanotis with Swarovski jewels, and freesia:

The ballroom looked spectacular.  I would have been excited to spend the evening here, were I a guest:

Joe is an expert at making dance floors look amazing.  He flanked this one with crystal beaded columns and up-lit them with lavender lighting.  Crystal curtains above the dance floor added to the look.  The result was dramatic and romantic, just what the bride and groom asked for:

Lindsey’s dream was to have some tall flower arrangements on some of her tables.  This one has more than 40 Dendrobium orchids and about 75 roses in it.  The linens were simply spectacular:

We are known for attending to every little detail of an event.  The napkin rings are made from the same diamond wrap that was used around the vases:

Don’t you love these crystal trees I found?  We wove lavender crystal and pearl strands into them to add her color and up-lit them for soft lighting:

Lindsey and her new husband, Trevor, made a grand entrance through a baseball bat arch.  Why?  Trevor is a professional baseball player!

You know how I love wedding cakes!  This was a very pretty one.  I had never seen a lavender cake before.  It was very nice.

Gary and LaDonna Cable from Cable Photography did an awesome job of capturing the magic of this wedding.   Hannah Meade made the wedding cake.  What a beautiful couple and wedding!

What was your favorite detail of this wedding?

Thanks for stopping by.  Come back soon!

Pam Archer, President

Pamela’s Event Design

 

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


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