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Powers/Parlier Wedding Anniversary April 30

The Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, TN

Monday, April 30, 2007
Kelly Powers and Dempsey Parlier had a 2005 destination wedding in Gatlinburg. While helping her daughter plan the wedding, Kelly's mother Cathie heard about me on The Knot message boards and contacted me about photographing the wedding. I'm so glad that she did!

When I arrived and saw the baker transporting the cake up to the ballroom, I knew that it would be a fun wedding. The cake, like the couple, was really fun and quirky.

I began with photos of the girls getting ready in their suite on the top floor of the Clarion. From the large windows in the room, we could see the chapel across the street. The weather was wet, but it didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits.

For destination weddings, the small chapels in Gatlinburg can offer a great value. They often have inclusive packages at reasonable rates which can be perfect for many couples. However, in order to keep the cost low for each couple, much of the business plan is based on performing a large number of weddings and/or selling add-ons (such as photography). Anything that cuts into their profit (such as an outside photographer) may not be welcome, and as a result I have seen a few brides run into problems on the wedding day.

Fortunately, Kelly & Dempsey were married at Sugarland Wedding Chapel. Unlike some chapels that restrict guest photography so that you have to purchase expensive prints from them if you want to have any photos of your own wedding, Sugarland was much more accomodating. They did allow me to take photos as long as I stayed in one place and did not use flash so that I wouldn't disrupt the ceremony or interfere with their photography.

Afterward, everyone walked across the street to a reception in the Clarion hotel ballroom. Kelly's wedding was my first opportunity to work with one of my favorite DJs - Jim Ogle of Special Notes. DJs, like photographers, are not all the same. A good DJ does make a difference and can even make my job much easier, helping me produce the best reception photos possible.

Here are a few favorite photos from the day. Happy second anniversary, guys!
Powers/Parlier Wedding Anniversary April 30

Powers/Parlier Wedding Anniversary April 30

Powers/Parlier Wedding Anniversary April 30
Powers/Parlier Wedding Anniversary April 30
Powers/Parlier Wedding Anniversary April 30
Powers/Parlier Wedding Anniversary April 30
5/1/2007 10:16:53 PM
Absolutely gorgeous pictures! They were so impressive. I cant say enough about how good they were. And the ones you took of my husband, son and i together were the best pictures I've had taken. If you are ever in the Nashville area, you need to let me know.
Michelle (sister of the bride)
5/3/2007 9:49:41 PM
What a pleasure it was to have you as our photographer.
Your pictures were beautiful and you went above and beyond your responsibilities as a photographer. You were there from early afternoon until the very end of the reception. Thank you so much for all the beautiful memories that you captured on film for us.
Everyone that I have showed my album to has commented on your creativity. I love all the candid photos.
Thanks again.

Cathie (Kelly's mom)
Cathie Powers
5/3/2007 10:40:34 PM
Just wanted to say thank you for such wonderful pictures!!!!!
I couldn't have asked for a better photographer! Not only did you get a picture of everything possible, you spent the whole day and night with us making sure I had everthing I wanted and needed!
You did a terrific job and I am very thankful to have so many great photos of "The Happiest Day Of My Life!!!!!
Thanks again for everything!!!!!!!!
Kelly (Bride)
4/27/2015 7:48:35 PM
I love those picks that's my step mom she looked really pretty I really haven't seen this pics until now and she looked very beautiful great pics ??????????
Makaylah parlier
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