Independence Day Inspiration

Ben Finch of Finch Photo recently collaborated with Castleton Farms to create an amazing wedding photo shoot inspired by the 4th of July. Castleton Farms, established in 2009, is the premier wedding venue in East Tennessee.

The photo shoot took place at the Woodland Gardens. With a stone aisle surrounded by tall trees strung together with lights, it is the perfect place to say “I do”! Ben shot Rachel wearing a beautiful, sleeveless gown accented with an ornate, jeweled belt. Her style was created by Rachel Ridner and Kelly Schmid, and her hair was styled by Bangs and Blush.

The couple kissed under a natural wooden arbor decorated with white fabric and surrounded by lit candles. Sarah’s bouquet of red peonies was matched by the flowers hung over the arbor, arranged by The Katelier Florist.

The shoot continued with several pictures of the couple with an American Flag, facing each other in a vintage rowboat, and sharing a kiss on a beach bicycle. For the inspirational reception, Cakery Bakery featured a tiered cake decorated in strawberries and blueberries, paired with ice cold lemonade in mason jars.

Bliss, Coldstream Market and All Occasions Party Rentals collaborated to turn Woodland Gardens into a patriotic reception, including a cozy couch between antique wing-backed chairs. Carnations sat in vases of glass bottles and refreshments were served on a reclaimed wooden table. Creative invitations were provided by Liddabits Products.

Ben’s children, Brennan, Knox and Molly Finch, are featured with Rachel and Joey, and added some family fun to the inspirational shoot. Through the collaboration of Finch Photo, Castleton Farms, and many others, the photo shoot was a big success!

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Rural Metro Fire & Rescue: On Northshore Drive/Choto Road

The Knox County Commission refers to us as the South West Sector. We here in the South West Sector, fought our battles with the County and the Metropolitan Planning Commission as relates to the growth and their allowance of the developments around us. Most of those battles were lost to the developers with the exception of having our own fire and rescue facility at our doorsteps. We won that one after many meetings with the County and Rural Metro. For a little over a year we have had the protection of Rural Metro through the new facility at the corner of Northshore Drive and Choto Road which can provide the Choto peninsula and surrounding communities with rescue and fire protection.

Between the management of Larry Wilder, Fire Prevention Specialist with Knox County and Jeff Devlin, Battalion Chief with Rural Metro, approving the building of this facility, and the professionalism and experience of the men and women that stay on alert at that fire station on our behalf, our comfort level has risen above our expectations.

The personnel that provide protection for us are made up of three “platoons”; Blue, Red and Green, of two men each. Although this writer has only been able to meet with two of these professionals they certainly exemplify the others.

John Whited, Deputy Chief of the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad, devotes 10 days a month to the Farragut RM Station as well as additional time with the KVERS, which is trained in various rescue missions. John also is a tactical advisor to the Knoxville SWAT team as an instructor. He is a graduate of Farragut High School and has been affiliated with RM for 27 years. John is married to Pam who is also employed by RM.

Chris Caywood has been with RM for 16 years and is a paramedic. Chris is married to April and has 3 children, Caitlyn 19 years old, Hunter 13 and Autumn 12. He is a graduate of Kirby High School in Memphis, TN.

John and Chris make up the Blue Team. The other members of the teams are: Arnold Pena and Gary Godfrey both of whom are long time employees of Rural Metro. They make up the Red Team. Wayne Teeters, also a paramedic, and Jacob Riggs make up the Green Team.

We welcome these wonderful First Responders to our neighborhood. You might find time to stop by and pay your respects because: “In your most critical hour…we are there.”

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Meet Brittany: Studio 135’s Newest Stylist

Studio 135 has had incredible success since its doors opened in 2014. Owners Jessica and Kevin Moore plan to add two more stylists in the coming months since they are continuing to grow so fast. One of the newest members of the Studio 135 team is Knoxville native Brittany Mullins. She graduated from the TN School of Beauty and has over 10 years of experience being a hair artist. People often come into the salon with a picture of a celebrity whose hair style they wish to have. When asked which hairstyle clients ask for the most, Brittany says Julianne Hough. Hough, an actress who has been in several movies and television shows such as Dancing With the Stars, has a blonde bob, a hairstyle that is very popular. Many clients also bring in pictures from Pinterest to show their dream look. Brittany says her favorite part of being a stylist and working at Studio 135 is connecting with her clients. “I love the relationship with my clients and making them feel beautiful.” Sometimes going to a new hair stylist can be nerve wracking, but Brittany’s friendly personality will put all your concerns at ease. Brittany is trained in all aspects of hair styling including color, cut, and waxing. She also knows all of the latest hair trends including bobs, lobs, ombre, and pastel colors. Brittany has three children, eleven-year-old-twins and an eight-year-old. They all love playing basketball. Brittany also enjoys decorating her house and describes herself as having a very Boho style. When asked how she feels about working at Studio 135 Brittany replied, “I feel truly blessed to be here. We have so much fun, and it has the coolest, most laid-back atmosphere. We are like a family.”Studio 135 uses only Kevin Murphy products which are cruelty free and free of sulfates, parabens, and ammonia. They are high-quality products that are environmentally friendly by using only “organic growing practices, or ecologically sound wild harvesting techniques to ensure the very highest natural quality.”Kevin is still collecting unique, vintage pieces to decorate the unique gift shop.Pieces such as oversized artisan lamps and a floor-to-ceiling metal horse make for a show stopping first impression as you walk through the doors. The studio interior is very elegant and welcoming due to Kevin’s extraordinary interior design skills. It seamlessly blends rustic charm and modern elegance with pieces like a wood and iron coffee table and sleek white chairs with metallic pillows.Studio 135 has many great features for a truly wonderful experience. Everything from color and cuts to waxing to hair extensions, this salon can do it all! So if you are looking for a truly exceptional hair salon experience, look no further than Studio 135.Studio 135 is located at 135 West End Avenue in Knoxville. Book an appointment today by calling 865-671-2342 and relay that you saw this article in Farragut Life magazine. Visit their webite at

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