Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Taste of Crescent Bend | Vendor Event | March 23, 2014

Gorgeous views. Spectacular grounds. Beautiful building.

Crescent Bend House and Gardens is a historical property located on Kingston Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee that is now a fabulous wedding and event venue. It's history is fascinating and can be found here. Allan and I have had the pleasure of photographing Crescent Bend's Derby Day event for the last few years and we will be back again this year on May 3rd. We've also been invited to participate in 'A Taste of Crescent Bend' event featuring vendors such as photographers, videographers, tuxedo rental, entertainment bookers, florists, officiants, local hotels and caterers. Mast General Store was there with a candy display too! Who doesn't love a "candy bar" at a wedding? Couples who have booked the venue for their nuptials are invited to meet the vendors and ask questions to help make some of the most important decisions for their special day. It's the perfect opportunity for them to 'sample' the people offering their services as well as the food. And yes, there was cake!


We enjoyed being a part of this event that featured lively music from Ogle Entertainment, stunning floral decorations by Always in Bloom {the peachy orange and violet combination was gorgeous!}, delicious food by All Occasion Catering and wine from Corks Wine and Spirits. {Side note: I'm not much a wine drinker but the Moscato they were serving as divine!}




One of our favorite parts of the event is seeing our fellow photographers and getting to catch up with them in a relaxing environment. It's always fun to see Joe and Kathleen Atkins of JoPhoto, one of the few husband and wife photography teams in Knoxville besides Allan and I. Meeting Ben Moser of Knox Wedding Creative in person was a highlight of the day, as was chatting with Bill Waldorf of Waldorf Photographic Art. Bill's an inspiration and an appreciator of art. And I'm not just saying that because he commissioned me to create a fused glass bowl for his wife.

Joe Atkins, Kathleen Atkins, Jo Photo, Knoxville photographers

Bill Waldorf, Waldorf Photographic Arts, Knoxville photographer

Ben Moser, Knox Wedding Creative, Knoxville photographer

Crescent Bend House and Gardens >> event venue

aerial view, Crescent Bend, wedding venue, Knoxville, Tennessee

Judy MacMillan, Crescent Bend, wedding venue, Knoxville, Tennessee




{Vendors}
Special Notes >> custom event entertainment
Ogle Entertainment >> DJ, video and lighting
Always in Bloom >> florist
All Occasion Catering >> catering and wedding cakes
All Occasions Party Rentals >> seating and tables
Corks Wine and Spirits >> wine and spirits
Savvi Formalwear >> tuxedo rental
Random Acts of Flowers >> flower recycling
Rings of Life Ministry >> officiant
Celebrations by Celeste >> officiant
Ceremonies by SpiritEssence >> officiant
Cedar Bluff Hilton >> hotel
Courtyard Marriott Knoxville West/Bearden >> hotel
Downtown Hilton >> Hotel
Mast General Store >> candy bar

{scroll down for list of photographers represented}










 

{Photographers}
Sullivan Photography
JoPhoto
Knox Wedding Creative
Waldorf Photographic Art
ALM Photo



View all photos from the event here.
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring Fling | Ober Gatlinburg | March 9, 2014

As you know, it's usually Allan that heads up to Ober Gatlinburg to photograph their skiing and snowboarding events, and that's fine with me because I don't ski or snowboard, the idea of hurtling down a snow-covered mountain isn't all that appealing. I'm good at finding a place to hang out, sit in the sun and read a book. Or enjoy a Bloody Mary. {Not a Ober Gatlinburg, but at Beaver Creek in CO. Perfect way to enjoy a day on the slopes as far as I'm concerned!}

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee
Allan is ready to ski!
Well, Allan asked me to come along to photograph the Spring Fling on Sunday, March 9th and I gave in. And I am glad I did! It was a lot of fun, the weather was amazing and everyone had a great time competing in the various events and participating in the much anticipated pond skimming. Yes, pond skimming. The idea was to skim across the pond {more like a small pool} and get to the other side without taking a dip. The majority of the participants made it across. A few, not so much.
Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

We arrived early in order to get a good parking spot so we didn't have to lug our photography gear uphill then we set about figuring out where all the events would be held and what time they would begin. Then we ran into our friend Joe Thompson. Joe, along with his awesome wife Kelli, is instrumental in organizing one of our favorite charities to photograph, Eskimo Escapades. Joe had brought along a couple of SnowBikes to ride and talked Allan into taking one for a spin. It didn't take much to convince Allan to do this because he loves anything fast and kind of sketchy. Think mountain biking meets motorcycle racing...

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee, snowbike, snowbikes

Allan had skied up to the photograph first event of the day, Giant Slalom, while I stayed at the bottom and chatted with Joe. Then it was time for the Big Air contest and I trudged up the mountain {carrying Allan's heavy equipment bag just in case he took a break from snowbiking for photography} and captured most of the event. I wasn't paying attention to the schedule and missed some of the competitors. The last event we shot was the pond skimming. You have to see the photos to appreciate this event! In between events there was some lively competition between the ski school instructors and the ski patrol. The ski school instructors won the overall competition and were awarded a golden ski boot at the awards ceremony where Ober Gatlinburg was excited to announce they had been open 100 days this season. Sweet!
Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

We will be back next year to shoot the events in the Terrain Park and Spring Fling. Yes, we. I loved it and it was kind of like a date for Allan and I, spending the day together doing something we both love. Here are some photos from the day and you can also find all of the images available for free download here and on our Facebook page here and via the box below. There is a listing of winners below as well.

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee

 Ober Gatlinburg, Spring Fling, snowboarding, skiing, Tennessee





Here are the top finishers from the Spring Fling:

Overall Combined (GS and Big Air)

Skiers Adult Division

1. Chad Jensen
2. Sean Pross
3. Jimmy Kuneman

Snowboarders Adult Division

1. Daniel Holtkamp
2. Brian Beauchene
3. Jesse Hudleston

Skiers Grom Division

1. Garret Soehn
2. Derele Martin
3. Colin Kuneman

Snowboarders Grom Division

1. Bailey Allo
2. Karsen Cramerhack
3. Parker Vance

Best GS Time

Skiers Adult Male – Chad Jensen
Skiers Adult Female – Stacey Henderson

Snowboarders Adult Male – Daniel Holtkamp
Snowboarders Adult Female – Hannah Denny

Skier Grom – Garret Soehn
Snowboarder Grom – Bailey Allo
Skier Grom Female – Felecity Fulcher

Best Big Air Score

Skier – Sean Pross
Snowboarder – Tyler Catlett
Lady – Stacey Henderson

See you next season!!
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