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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


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

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


New Canton Plantation

Lana Kiser Photography

New Canton Plantation found its beginnings before the Declaration of Independence was a twinkle in Jefferson’s eye.  In the mid 1700’s, His Majesty King George II deeded the original tract of 3,000 acres to British loyal subjects Eldridge and Hannibal Hord.  At that time, Tennessee was the western frontier, English settlers were surging westward into the new world, warring Indians were poised to the west.  Historical accounts do not offer, but one must wonder how The Hord family  must have felt as they were  just entrusted  with a large land grant  from King George, and then  suddenly finding themselves with George Washington at the helm,  neck-deep in  the revolutionary conflict  against that same king.  Apparently the Hord family chose the right side and lived to produce another generation.

Little is known in this relatively quiet period but,  a half a century later in 1840, Eldridge and Hannibal utilized  twenty-seven slaves to build a pair of 4,500 sq. ft. brick homes, a 7500 sq.ft. Grist mill, a general hardware store, and numerous barns and out buildings.  At that time slave holding was not only legal, but was a worldwide commodity.  Black and mulatto slaves tended the fields raising corn, tobacco, cutting timber, and running livestock.   Water was hand pumped from Hord creek up to a large cistern above the house which provided a crude form of cool running water to those inside the mansion.  Interestingly, this cool water supply was used primarily for cooling instead of drinking.

Those servants  favored by Mr. Hord held quarters in the basement of the house.  Others who tended to the fields or were involved in milling operations, lived in small cabins near the mill.

Back at the mansion, a bedroom above the kitchen with only an outside door is thought to be the house servant’s quarters.  Those holding these quarters did the cooking, cleaning and day-to-day tasks associated with the mansion.  Immediately below them, the kitchen was the center of constant activity.  Cooking, hospitality, butler’s duties, and any duties associated with the mansion itself were executed around the clock.  Until 1990 the kitchen was actually bricked off from the living quarters of the mansion because of the enormous heat generated there.  Down below at Hord Creek, the mill bustled with trade, milling, locals visiting the local post office and a general store kept patrons supplied with hard to get items such as tools and gunpowder.  People traveled from miles around to trade, barter, catch up on happenings, and grind meal; activity was everywhere.

Slave quarters in the basement

Slave quarters are now groom's dressing room.

The old dinner bell rang at 12 noon for over 100 years.

The home’s architecture would be a twinkle in Jefferson’s eye. The style is Federal, whose specific style arrived from across the pond along with our beloved founders. It is of deep European roots and Jefferson’s own Monticello was fashioned in it. The Palladian style is very strict in its use of space and balance, (some suggest even over use and practicality).  Jefferson’s extensive travels to France and Italy apparently gave him a deep appreciation for this stately form he found across the Atlantic. Now, back in his beloved America, he loved, built, drew, and promoted this style of architecture. Many examples can still be found from northern Tennessee to Virginia to the many white marble state buildings erected in the capital before the War Between the States.


It is often asked, how did the house survive the war of northern aggression? Union troops did indeed occupy the plantation for an extended time.  As Union troops descended on the Kingsport area The Hord family hurriedly hid their valuables in nearby caves and sink holes.  Union commanders  allowed the family to remain in their home while the troops utilized the plantations many facilities.  The story is told of a union corporal who demanded the plantation blacksmith re-shoe his horse.  Apparently the blacksmith was just as sarcastic as the corporal was arrogant.  The blacksmith’s unwelcome comment resulted in him being bayoneted by the angry corporal.  The soldier’s commander upon hearing of the wounded blacksmith, assigned his personal doctor to oversee the man’s recovery.  It is told that the corporal’s treatment was not so kind.  Apparently Mr. Hord’s cooperation with union commanders in offering the plantations facilities to the battle weary troops helped to save the plantation and its assets for future generations.  After the union troops continued their march south to Atlanta, valuables were removed from their hiding places and returned to the home.  Plantation life would carry on much as it had before.

The plantation home is estimated to have more than a million bricks, each handmade and kiln fired. Even the interior walls are a full 18 inches thick.  In response to a challenge from Mr. Hord, the head slave, thought to be Abraham D,  oversaw completion of the house in just over a year.  His reward was a gold coin and first dance at the annual Christmas party. Interestingly, stories suggest that Abraham chose Mrs. Hord as his dancing partner.  Abrahams signature still remains today, carved into the old brick wall near the entrance to his quarters. Abraham’s legend lives long after his passing and he was apparently a wise and faithful servant.

Mr. Hord according to all accounts was a benevolent and decent man. This observation in galvanized into history  by the fact that not only did the Hord family agree to the decree of emancipation but land plots  were provided for those families  whose fates he governed  in that bloodiest of civil  battles. It should not go unmentioned that the American founders were those who first put a stop to this form of human trafficking.  It could not be counted the number of times those close to the history of The Plantation have remarked, “if only walls could talk… what they would say”.   Then, in 1864 after two years of grim war, and almost two million casualties General Lee and Grant agreed to articles of surrender ending the America’s bloodiest chapter. At the proffer of President Lincoln, those indentured servants caught in the middle of this bloody conflict were granted freedom. Some moved to New Canton where Mr. Hord provided property. Some of these newest American citizens took the Hord name and many of their descendants still live in New Canton today.  It is with the upmost respect and honor for all those, indentured or free, remembered and forgotten, those who prospered and those who lay slain in obscurity, that New Canton Plantation still stands to exist as it does today.

For close to two hundred years, the 9 fireplaces churned out heat for those inside, but the dilapidated outbuildings and ruins surrounding the stately old mansion allude to times long since passed. As one walks the property, its trees appear monstrous, their clinging vines, Jurassic. Abandoned roadbeds plead to a curiosity of travels they must have seen, questions left unanswered.  New Canton Plantation is not only a home, but a mysterious time all but gone now, just a haunting curiosity, but such is the mystery of history.

The picture of all the old buildings shows the Plantation in full operation around 1900.  Interestingly,  the difference between a plantation and a farm is that a plantation is 100% self-sufficient, a farm is not. This picture shows the mill, blacksmith’s shop, tannery, and numerous other unidentified buildings.  New Canton Plantation was indeed a center of commerce.

Old Mill, Blacksmith Shop, and Tannery

As far as ghosts, we had heard stories from the previous owners about a soldier in the parlor that had badly frightened the house painter.  He would not come back.  While visiting, a friend of ours, (and we had told him nothing), saw a soldier pacing between the windows in the parlor.  He was wearing an officer’s jacket with buttons, a hat, and a beard.  One night at a wedding, a woman from Kingsport  approached me quite upset and asked if there was anything peculiar about the parlor.  I inquired as to the specifics of her comment and she replied that there was a man in there.  I asked her what he was wearing and she said a long dark jacket with buttons up the front,  a beard and some kind of hat, like the kind a civil war soldier would wear.   She said he was pacing back and forth and was extremely anxious about something.  As we stood there, I asked “Where is he now?”  She said “Right behind you!

The Library where the soldier has been seen pacing.

We also heard stories of a woman in a white dress. Never thought too much about it until I took the  picture attached here. I took 3 or 4 pictures and this is the only one with this girl in the window.  I have walked into that house at 2 am and never think twice about it. I think if you want to see a ghost, you’ll see a ghost, if you don’t, you won’t. The only thing I find odd is why do people see the same man in the same room doing the same thing. O well,  I’m too busy to worry about it.”  – Bill Birdsong, Owner

Picture of a girl seen through a window show up in a photo

New Canton Plantation

826 WEst Main Blvd.

Church Hill, TN 37642


Wasn’t that fascinating?  What do you think of the girl in the window?

Thanks for stopping by!  Tomorrow, come back to read about the historic Martha Washington Inn in Abingdon, Virginia.

Pam Archer

Wedding Linens

Whew!  I apologize for the lengthy absence.  It is wedding season, so we have been busyyyyyyyyyy!.  We are finding that more brides these days have short engagements.  We thought we had our year all scheduled out, but have had some short notice weddings.  Wedding design requires many hours of planning, calculating, and shopping.  That’s what I have been doing.

One of the aspects of wedding design that I really enjoy is helping the bride select the linens for the reception guest tables.  As much as I love flowers, and think that every bride should have plenty of them, when I consult with clients, I advise them that what will bring them the most value for their dollar are beautiful linens.  The linens bring life to the table and add color where it is most needed.  Centerpieces and tablescapes are enhanced with the right tabletopper .  I do know that expensive linens aren’t in every budget, but even the basic colored linens can create a put-together look for your wedding.  If you can’t do them on all the tables, do the head table or cake table in a spectacular linen.

Take a look at some of my favorites:

The soft lavender color of these linens from Wildflower Linens compliment the bold reds and deep purples of the flowers.

Lavender tablecloth

Don’t you just love the ruffles on this organza and satin ensemble?  It’s so lush, another beauty from Wildflower Linens:

The muted colors in these linens make the vibrant fall colors of the blooms pop:

Purple and white are hot colors for 2011 and 2012:

Here is another option for a purple and green color scheme:

I think I have an orange crush:

I can’t imagine using a boring white, 3/4 length linen under these pretty centerpieces:

Here are some other great resources for linens for your wedding or special event:

BBJ Linen

Cloth Connection


Wildflower Linens

Which one of the linens above is your favorite?  What colors are you using for your wedding?  Write to me and I will give you ideas for your wedding!

Happy planning,

Pam Archer, President

Pamela’s Exclusive Floral & Event Design

Flower Girls Steal the Show

Let’s face it.  While the bride is the star of the show, it’s the flower girl who is the scene stealer.  After all, girls will be girls.  Flower girls are darling, they bring an innocence to the ceremony.  There are so many on-line sources for dresses for them that it is almost too hard to pick just one.  I found some really adorable ones for our 2011 starlets.  But before we get to that, take a look at these cuties:

I’m still laughing at this next one. It took a few seconds for me to realize what they had done:

You can practice all you want, but flower girls have their own way of doing things:

Flower girls aren’t limited to wearing white.  They can wear a contrasting color to the bridesmaids, or the same color as the bridesmaids.  Here are a few examples that won’t break the bank.  All of these are under $75!  The first one is from The Wooden Soldier:

I found lots of beautiful, inexpensive dresses at Pink Princess:

A flower girl’s dress doesn’t have to be a solid color.  Plaids and prints are very sweet and pretty, particularly for an outdoor wedding.  This one is from Cutie Clothes

Which dress is your favorite?  Why?  Please share your funny flower girl story in the Comments below.