Beauty and the Beast Party for our 5 year old Princess!
Every year my daughter asks to have a theme birthday party and this year she wanted it to be “Beauty and the Beast.” Like every mom, I checked Pinterest and got to work!
First I found some great ideas and started to get to work. Then my family and I hit the thrift stores to see what treasures awaited us.
We found an old tea pot, silver clock and candlestick holders . The finishing touch was putting a rose in a glass jar and lighting it up with white lights. These props helped bring the movie to life.
Then my daughter dressed as Belle and had a photo shoot.
Our family loves to dress up. We each pick a character from the movie in order to serve our guests.
Once the guest arrived we started games.
Our first game was inspired by Sleeping Beauty. You lay pillows on the floor in a circle and play music as the girls walk around the circle. Then when the music stopped the girls dropped to the floor to sleep on a pillow. If they didn’t get a pillow they were out.
Next was freeze dance to the song “Let it Go” from Frozen.
Finally we pampered the girls with a home spa treatment. We made avocado masks and put cucumbers on their eyes.
This was so much fun and I am so excited to think up a new theme for next year!
When Leigh and Philip were planning their big day they knew they wanted to represent their family heritage by having a Scottish Wedding. They were both very invested in the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games and decided to start their new life together with the old style traditions.
They chose Fox Den Country Club as their venue for the event. It was perfect! The beautiful green golf course provide a divine backdrop for the festivities. Carrie Wrinn, the wedding coordinator for the venue, made sure everything ran smoothly.
Lisa Foster’s flower arrangements were gorgeous. The colors and variety popped and added a beautiful flare.
Philip Kept with tradition and dressed in a kilt equipped with a Scottish Dirk. Leigh found a perfect dress to complement the theme.
Leigh’s hair and makeup were exquisitely done by Susan Clayton.
During the wedding Philip draped his family’s tartan across Leigh signifying her joining his clan.
Fox Den catered the event with a delicious dish of salmon and chicken.
The reception was so much fun as the guests danced the night away thanks to Drew Justice with Ogle Entertainment.
The two left with a beautiful sparkler exit from their family and friends.
Who says you need to be a kid to have your cake and eat it too? Our friend Jessica decide this was the year she would try an Adult Cake Smash. Her youngest child had just turned one and she throw him an amazing birthday party, with the traditional cake smash. It was so much fun and gave her an idea, why can’t an adult just dive in to their cake? She texted us at once asking if she could photograph this crazy event and of course we said “YES!”
So here is our play by play of an amazing celebration!
Every birthday needs a cake and cupcakes are the perfect size to dig in.
Another “must have” is the chalk board. It gives you up-to-date info on our birthday girl.
Since our birthday girl is over 21 she decided to add a drink to the festivity.
No cake is complete with out a candle and a wish!
Frosting on the candle should never go to waste.
Nether should frosting on your fingers.
Now is the time to “DIG IN!!”
Don’t try to be lady like because there is no use.
Noses need a little frosting too.
Our birthday girl has decided to wash it down with a bottle of red wine.
After cake it is time to play with balloons.
Special thanks to the one year old who brought the idea to our birthday girl!
Congratulations to our birthday girl Jessica! Thank you so much for letting us be apart of your special day!!!
Every year people love to come to the Smoky Mountains to see the changing colors of the leaves. This gorgeous fall occurrence has drawn many couples to decide on this location for their wedding. The Smoky Mountain Wedding Association is a wonderful resource for these couples. Swann Plantation is one of several featured venues offered. The rich history of this 130 year old estate gives a wonderful background to display the changing colors. From its barn to its magnificent fields and river, this gorgeous location is a perfect spot for any East Tennessee wedding.
Along with the romantic ambiance, this venue has a remarkable staff. The owners Shari and John are a delight to work with and have wonderful ideas on making your experience unique and beautiful.
We did a styled shoot with our model Sakaylea at Swann Plantation. Maree from Hello Beautiful, made our model shine with lash extensions.
The wedding gown was such a vital part of the shoot. We could not have asked for a more amazing crew then the ladies at Unforgettable Bridal who provided the lovely wedding dress. They used their expertise and helped us select the perfect look. They lavished our model with jewelry for the finishing touch.
Once we dressed our model, we made our way around the property. Shari gave us a grand tour in her ATV, highlighting her favorite photo-op locations.
We started in the front yard of the estate and made our way through the gorgeous pastures.
The creek bed and bridge prove to be gorgeous scenery for a bridal shoot.
Next we went to the historic barn. This beautiful building is a true gem.
From the stunning lofts to the artistic doors, the rustic setting was perfect.
There were so many wonderful props all around that gave us all fun ideas.
By the end of the night we were all laughing and smiling. It was a pleasure working with all the wonderfully creative vendors.
The Smoky Mountain Wedding Association has so many talented vendors who have a vision for the colors of the Smokies. The vibrancy of the trees and mountain landscapes make any wedding unforgettable.
Have you ever dreamed of having your wedding pictures done in the Smoky Mountains National Park but unsure how to make that dream a reality? Well, our couple Skip and Catherine decided they wanted to make this happen. Family and friends joined Skip and Catherine for their wedding ceremony at Heartland Wedding Chapel in Townsend, Tennessee. Following the ceremony, they made their way to Cades Cove with us, ST Photography! We are one of the few licensed and permitted photographers to take your photos in the Smoky Mountains National Park.
The seven mile loop of Cades Cove gave Skip and Catherine so many stunning locations and perfect backdrops for their wedding day photos. They followed our car and we made stops along the way.
We visited a little chapel located on the loop for those sweet, intimate shots. This humble church gave us a few dry minuets till the sun shone once again.
Cute, genuine moments together were easily captured as these two made their way around the park.
Even posed photos were easily made their own just by feeling comfortable and happy in each others arms.
They even brought along some family members with them to share the experience and the beauty around them.
The kids really enjoyed the open spaces and animals around every corner.
We even had a herd of deer grazing behind everyone during the shoot.
So, if you are still thinking about a destination wedding and have considered Cades Cove or anywhere else in the Smoky Mountains National Park for your wedding photos, then look no further than ST Photography to capture those memorable experiences. We love taking photos in our National Park and would like to share this perfect location with you and your loved ones.
We would like to thank Skip and Catherine for letting us be apart of their amazing day!
It is always amazing to see children grow. From the moments they first grace the world they are filled with awe and wonder. That is why I love capturing these early stages. They will never have that look again and there is something so special about a photograph that causes us to remember this precious life in this stage.