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Real Weddings: Meredith Farmer Deal's Elegant Garden Wedding

We love sharing the weddings of our Dixie brides and today's wedding feature is no exception! Meredith and Keaton Deal exchanged vows in the romantic backyard garden of the bride's brother, James Farmer, who is a renowned interior designer, author and speaker as well as one of our Holiday Tastemakers. We've had the pleasure of working with James over the years and witness his creativity first-hand, so we knew this magical garden wedding would enchant us!

We were thrilled when Meredith wanted to work with Dixie artist, Holly Hollon, to develop her wedding paper, knowing it would certainly be a suite everyone would adore. We are so happy to now offer the Georgia Collection, which includes all of Meredith's stunning wedding paper!

Meredith was gracious to share some of her wedding photos with us as well as the thoughtful details from her gorgeous October wedding day. Be sure not to miss the stunning seated dinner arrangement that included blue gingham table linens (which coordinated perfectly with her wedding paper) and twinkle lights strung from the wooden ceiling beams. We couldn't help smiling at the adorable pups that were included in the occasion! 

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.

Keaton and I have known each other since we were 19 years old. We met on my best friend's farm in Cochran, GA. Keaton was there with his best friend, the guy she was currently dating. We knew of each other, but I always thought he was way cooler than me! Ha! We ended up sitting on the tailgate of his truck talking for hours. A few months later he became my boyfriend. During college we dated off and on but always remained great friends, he was always my best friend. After college he moved home for his current job and I was home living with my family recovering from a kidney transplant (thank you Lord and my hero brother)! One day he reached out, asking if I wanted to go out to the river on his new boat and the rest is history!

How did he propose?

It was Keaton’s birthday weekend and we were heading to his family home on Tybee Island, like we always do! He invited his friends and mine too to celebrate. I thought nothing of this since it’s a tradition we go to Tybee for Saint Patricks weekend and his birthday! I had just started my photography business and planned to take pictures of a best couple friend of ours on the beach. At the end of the session Charity asked if she could get a picture of us since we were dressed for dinner and the lighting was so beautiful. When she turned the camera on us, Keaton got down on one knee and pulled the ring box out of his boot. This is still  one the most magical moments! The rest of our friends cheered from the balcony while blaring “Celebrate Good Times” and toasting! My family and more friends were waiting for us at dinner. He thought of everything.

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did your Dixie paper coordinate with that?

We wanted our wedding to reflect us, our roots and our home. We were married in my brother's garden that is placed behind his home in the middle of the woods. I wanted everything to be intimate and special. When Holly asked me the look I envisioned for our suite, I told her flowers and fruit that reflect us - peaches for where we were raised and his great-grandfather's farm, pomegranates for my maternal family crest, pines which cover our land, palms to represent our love for the low country (and Tybee Island), and my favorite color blue bow to tie it all together. Holly brought all of these ideas together to make the perfect suite for a garden wedding! 

Did you and your husband do a “first look” or did you wait for the first look to take place during your ceremony? 

Keaton and I decided to go the traditional route when it came to the first look. I wanted to share the sweetest moment of my life with my dearest loved ones. Keaton’s face when he first saw me is still one of the things people talk about most when it comes to our day! It was so special to finally see him for the first time that day and walk towards him knowing he was about to become my husband. I loved my family and friends being witnesses to this moment. It was emotional and endearing. I would do it the same way all over again. 

What was the best advice you received as a bride? 

I was told over and over to stop and take it all in! I am so glad this was drilled into my mind. I took multiple moments to look at everyone around me and soak it in. The day still flew by in a flash, but I remember the moments I stopped and really took things in. There’s only so many times in your life where all the most important people of your life are all in the same place. Take it in! We both were missing people whom we loved so dear, but we made a point to remember and reflect on them as well. I think that is so important to do on the most important day of your life. 

Photographer and video: Joy + Everett Photography 
Wedding Paper: Dixie Design Collective
Flowers:  Luella Floral, Dublin, GA
Dress: Jenny Yoo NYC 
Bridesmaids dresses: Azazie 
Venue: Farmdale Cottage 
Brides Hair and makeup: Intensify By Patience 
Bride and groom cakes: Lisa Mae Cakes, Macon GA  

Dixie Wedding Mood Board: The Edelweiss Collection

The Dixie team is constantly inspired by the artwork our artists create for each of our semi-custom Wedding Suites, so we wanted to share some of that inspiration with you! 
The romantic wintery scenes that grace our Edelweiss Wedding Suite prompted us to fill a whole Pinterest board with ideas for a wedding inspired by these classic vignettes that were illustrated by Dixie artist Holly Hollon

Below you can find a little taste of our vision, and then you can head to Pinterest for an entire board of our Edelweiss Suite inspired wedding ideas! 

**All images via Pinterest** 

Dixie Wedding Mood Board: The Dumbarton Collection

The Dixie team is constantly inspired by the artwork our artists create for each of our semi-custom Wedding Suites, so we wanted to share some of that inspiration with you! 

The classic tulip and anemone botanicals intertwined with sophisticated typography in our Dumbarton Wedding Suite, featuring beautiful artwork by Dixie artist Erin Hollon, prompted us to fill a whole Pinterest board with ideas for a wedding inspired by this bright floral collection!

Here's a little taste of our vision and head to Pinterest for an entire board of our Dumbarton suite inspired wedding ideas! 

**All images via Pinterest** 

Real Weddings: Leslie Marquez's Elegant Fall Wedding

The process of working with brides to create the perfect paper items for their wedding day is such a joy for the Dixie team. So when our brides share images of their wedding with us, we are thrilled and can hardly wait to share them with you! We are in love with all the details of bride Leslie Cooper Marquez's classic Fall wedding, like our timeless Lavender Wedding Suite with gorgeous artwork created by Dixie artist Lydia Carraway.

Leslie was so generous to share fun details of the couple's love story as well as some of her favorite aspects of their special day. Accompanying these details are beautiful images shot by the talented Mary Margaret Smith. We are happy to give you a behind-the-scenes look into this beautiful and thoughtful wedding! Do not miss the handsome succulent boutonnieres (the groom is from Arizona!) as well as the stunning chapel where the ceremony was held (located at Leslie's Alma Mater!). 

How did the two of you meet?

We have such a fun and unique story! I mean, what are the odds that a guy from Arizona and a girl from Alabama would ever meet let alone overcome 1400+ miles to fall in love and get married?! We thank God’s guidance and a bit of modern technology for our chance meeting. David was on his annual golf trip in December of 2016 and that particular year it was in Birmingham so he and his group could play the Robert Trent Jones courses in the city. At the urging of some friends, I had recently signed up for an app-based dating site many of your readers may be familiar with – Bumble. To be honest, I was not really interested in the app dating thing but I agreed to try it out for two weeks. I had heard all of the success (and horror!!) stories so I was a little interested to see what would happen. Well, as it turns out, one of my first “swipe rights” was on David that first weekend I was on the app! We truly clicked right away and contrary to my usual nature, the fact that he was from the other side of the country didn’t deter me at all! He was different from anyone I had gone out with before and things were just easy between us from the beginning. We decided to give it a go and spent the next year traveling back and forth between AL and AZ, meeting each other’s friends and family, having adventures and in the between times, talking, FaceTiming, writing letters, emailing, snapping and otherwise communicating with each other as often as possible. 

How did David propose?

Fast forward to March 2018 and a surprise proposal in the desert. Marriage had of course been discussed as had my decision to make the move from AL to AZ. I had a trip planned to Phoenix in March with the goal of seeing more of the city, talking more about what the move would look like and hopefully talking more about our marriage goals and plans. David was so good at throwing me off! Little did I know, David had already been working with my sisters for a few months on ring design ideas (though he picked out the final one himself), had already called my parents for their blessing and already had the ring (which was kept hidden from me thanks to the help of one of David’s sneaky friends)! On the third day of my visit, we went for a hike in Cave Creek, AZ, where there are a lot of amazing saguaro cactuses, my favorite kind. About halfway through the hike, we found an awesome and huge saguaro where he lead to some pictures with it. I took a pic of him with the cactus and he took a pic of me, he offered to take a selfie (which should have tipped me off as he is not a fan of selfies!) with the cactus and through the series of selfies, you can see me cheesing it up for the camera and then in the next shot, he has the ring box and in the final shot, I finally see the ring box and the look on my face is priceless! He truly surprised me and I’m so grateful for that special moment! 

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did your Dixie paper coordinate with that?

More than anything, we wanted our wedding to have a personal feel and for it to reflect who we are as a couple. We love that Dixie Design provided us with an elegant yet simple design for our invitations and programs that mirrored the fall theme of our day. Fall in Alabama is my favorite season and the beautiful design of our suite helped mirror that.

What made you select your particular ceremony and reception venues?

We wanted to find venues that were beautiful on their own merit and both Reid Chapel and Avon Theater fit the bill. As a graduate of Samford University, the chapel and campus both are very dear to me so it was so special to be able to have our ceremony there. Plus, the chapel is gorgeous with its simple stained glass windows and elegant pipe organ. Avon Theater is a historic gem and the exposed beams and bricks give it a rugged grace that we loved. Also, it’s where my middle sister had her wedding reception so it was doubly special!  

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?

There are hundreds of memories from that day that I will treasure but my favorite moment was waiting behind the church door with just my dad and hearing the first chords of the cello play one of my favorite pieces of music, Bach Cello Suite No. 1. The moment they opened the doors and I saw David at the end of the aisle and the way I felt at that moment is one I will always remember.

How did you find your wedding dress?

As luck would have it, Ivory & White was having a sample sale the week after I got back into Birmingham after our engagement. The team there is so amazing, patient and calming. After trying on several gorgeous dresses, Molly was really listening to what I said I liked/didn’t like and brought in one more gown for me to try on. It was truly that moment you hear about – I put the dress on and my mom started crying, my sisters teared up and once they put the veil on me and I turned around to look, I just knew the simple, classic crepe gown was the one and the tears started flowing. It was a moment I had hoped and prayed I would get to have and just couldn’t believe it was me standing there in my wedding dress!

What was the best advice you received as a bride?

Enjoy every moment. It’s such simple advice but I really took it to heart and tried to enjoy every step of the planning process and enjoy being engaged. It’s such a unique and special time in life and I didn’t want to rush through it in a haze of stress and planning. I’m happy and thankful to say that it really was a wonderful time of joy, expectation, hope and fun.

Dixie Bride: Leslie Cooper Marquez
Wedding Date:  11/17/18
Wedding and Reception Venue: Reid Chapel at Samford University and Avon Theater
Wedding Style: Classic, Southern, Personal
Event Coordinator: Our day-of coordinator at Reid Chapel was Susan Smith, Go-Pro Event Solutions with Avon Theater, and my dear friend and corporate event planner extraordinaire Amber Sloan handled all of the day-of last-minute details
Floral Design: Flowerbuds
Wedding Dress: Martina Liana from Ivory & White
Bride/Groom Cake and custom candies: Sweet Magnolia
Photographer: Mary Margaret Smith Photography
Bridesmaids dresses: Bella Bridesmaid
Bouquet ribbons: Cocoon Silk Ribbon
Hair/Makeup: Boma Beautiful (Kerri Bunn)
Linens: Décor to Adore
Classic Car: “Jack” from Coats Classic Cars
Band: The Respectables Band
Wedding book table signage: Gracefully Made Art
Wedding favor koozies: Humphries Screen Printing
Rehearsal Dinner: John’s City Diner
Registry: Bromberg’s

Real Weddings: Charlotte's Texas Fiesta Wedding

We had a ball working with Charlotte Muennink to design her wedding paper for her Texas fiesta-themed wedding last fall! Dixie artist Gina Langford was commissioned to create the brightly colored crest and accents for Charlotte's custom paper suite. We love how bold colors reflect Charlotte's wedding location.

Charlotte was so kind to share details on her wedding planning process as well as images from her beautiful wedding day. We can't wait to give you a behind-the-scenes look into her beautiful Texas wedding! Be sure not to miss the groom's colorful suspenders, the maracas, and the photography book of Big Bend (located right around the corner from their wedding) that the couple used as their guest book.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.

Kyle and I met through a mutual friend at Texas A&M University, but never got to know each other until we both ended up in Austin after graduation. This is where we reconnected at a backyard bbq and hit it off. He asked me to dinner the next day and the rest is history! We've been inseparable ever since.

What was your venue (church and/or reception) and why did you select it?

We decided to get married at the Gage Hotel because of it’s laid back yet stylish charm and their accommodating staff. They were incredible, and took away the stress that goes into planning a wedding. Anything we needed or wanted, they could make it happen! Beer donkey, no problem! Fiesta decor - check! They thought of everything. Also, the Gage is the quintessential Texas destination that exudes the history that we as Texans are so proud of.

What about your wedding was unique?

Our wedding was unique because of it’s location and size. We wanted a small wedding with only our closest friends and family there, and having it out in west Texas made it just that. Everyone that truly wanted to be there and love us were there (the only way to get out there is driving) and it made the weekend so special. The scenery didn’t hurt either. The Texas sunsets are one of a kind!

What was your favorite paper detail from your wedding?

My favorite paper detail was our Save the Date. I feel like it really set the mood for the entire wedding. It was colorful, fun, and not too serious. The crest that Gina made for us was so beautiful. It was the perfect first piece for our wedding guests to receive in the mail. You couldn’t receive it and NOT want a margarita!

Do you have any advice for a bride currently planning her wedding?

Plan the wedding of YOUR dreams, not your parents, not your friends, or anyone else. Plan it around you and your fiancé and what y’all like to do and enjoy. The entire wedding vibe is set by the bride and groom, so if y’all are enjoying it and having the time of your lives, your guests will too. Don’t be afraid to break the rules and do things different from the norm. You won't regret it!

Dixie Bride: Charlotte Muennink
Wedding Date: October 14. 2017 
Wedding Venue: The Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas
Wedding Style: West Texas Fiesta
Photography: Lesley Villarreal Photography out of Marfa, TX
Event Coordinator: Michelle West at the Gage
Floral Design: The Gage Hotel
Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Watercolor

This sleek and modern tablescape at our Paper Petals Plates event was inspired by Dixie artist Laura McCarty's Watercolor Wedding Suite. This wedding suite (featured at the bottom of this post) includes soothing blue hues of a modern watercolor wash and wreath motif paired with classic typography.  Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland of Repertoire Assistant Services beautifully translated the unique elements of this suite into a soft and elegant tablescape.

Sarah Elizabeth picked up the cool blue tones in her napkins and then used coordinating gray and white elements throughout the rest of the place setting.  Sarah Elizabeth designed the flower arrangements low in height and loose in structure pairing them with sleek candle votives to echo the minimalistic style of the Watercolor suite. We love the clean lines and fuss-free feel of this table...just right for the bride who wants to achieve a contemporary feel at her wedding!


CREDITS :: Table Lead, Repertoire - Assistant Services | Florist, Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland | Flatware, Ostron Flatware - Ikea | Glassware, Marta Barware - CB2 | Linens, Repertoire - Assistant Services | Charger, Terrain | Dinner Plates, Ikea | Salad Plates, World Market  | Decor Accessories, Hobby Lobby, Homegoods, Joann's, Michael's | Photos, Mary Margaret Smith and Alisha Crossley

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Naples


With Spring Break and warm weather just over the horizon for the Dixie team, we have been dreaming all things tropical. This table from our Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series oozes beach vacation vibes, and its design inspiration began with Holly Hollon's  Naples Wedding Suite (pictured at the bottom of this post). Holly designed this suite with not only a Palmetto Bluff wedding in mind, but also thinks it would be perfectly suited for a Florida tropics wedding.

Kathleen Cook Varner of Edna K. Designs seamlessly transitioned Holly's paper designs onto this tablescape. Kathleen designed a table with the ability to transport guests to their own personal tropical oasis. Also the table's florist, Kathleen incorporated the palms from Holly's designs and mixed them with ferns and a very subtle amount of soft pink and white floral flourishes in the towering centerpiece.

The Heather Chadduck table linen beautifully showcases a palm-like graphic that grounds the handcrafted Susan Gordon Pottery salad and dinner plates. Susan Gordon also creatively utilized the graceful heron crest in the Naples collection onto coasters. The stunning pink glassware finishes off the table with a sophisticated and modern touch.

CREDITS :: Table Lead, Kathleen Cook Varner | Florist, Edna K. Design | Flatware, Vintage Bamboo  | Glassware, Anthropologie | Linens, Heather Chadduck Textiles and La Tavola Fine Linen | Pottery, Susan Gordon Pottery | Photos, Mary Margaret SmithAlicia Crossley

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Wildflower

Gina Langford's Wildflower wedding suite, with its watercolor florals blooming from the top of a classic French blue crest, was the inspiration behind this show-stopping tablescape designed by Meghan Elizabeth Cease of M. Elizabeth Events.

As in the Wildflower wedding paper, the flowers had to be the showcase of the table. Florist Britt Wood designed a loose, yet stately arrangement of petal pink roses, spring green hydrangeas with wispy English Ivy draping the table as the base of this piece. Green orchids popped throughout this floral centerpiece, while tall spires of white crowned the top adding height.

The french blue table cloth seamlessly coordinated with the French blue border on the table's menu cards. The elegant place settings were kept to a simple and refined palette with the beautiful gold-rimmed glass chargers and vintage baroque white dinner and dessert plates. We love the mini champagne bottles included at each place setting - perfect for that first toast to the newly married couple!


CREDITS :: Table Lead, M. Elizabeth Events | Florist, Britt Wood Designs | China, Vintage Baroque from Neiman Marcus | Glassware and Flatware, Event Rentals Unlimited | Linens and Napkins, BBJ Linen  | Photos by Mary Margaret SmithAlicia Crossley, Rachel and Noah Ray.

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Rosalie

Decked out in the blush tones of a soft muted sunrise, the Rosalie table at our Paper Petals Plates event was every bit as beautiful as the wedding paper collection that inspired this tablescape. Dixie artist Gina Langford's  graceful watercolored blossoms that border the invitations of the Rosalie collection (pictured at the bottom of this post) are echoed in the blooms of the stunning topiary centerpiece on this table.

This table's designer and florist, Melanie Hughes of The Pink Pear, incorporated an array of creamy hydrangeas, blush garden roses, bunches of pink miniature sweetheart roses, melon Gerber Daisies, spires of deep pink Snapdragons, silver and gray greenery, Elaeagnus, and Eucalyptus throughout this stunning arrangement. The topiary's trunk rested in a bed of Dusty Miller. We love the pink ribbon streamers Melanie tied to the lower flowers of the arrangement - they remind us of a May Pole!

Melanie was able to continue the blush pink tones throughout the table in several other lovely aspects such as the spectacular rosette patterned table cloth and the beautiful Anthropologie dinner plates. We adore how she included a melon-hued Gerber Daisy at each place setting for napkin rings. 

CREDITS :: Table Lead & Florist, Melanie Hughes of The Pink Pear | Charger, Greystone Marketplace | Dinner Plates, Anthropologie (Discontinued) | Glassware & Flatware, Private Collection | Linens, Wildflower Linen | Napkins, Coccon Silk Ribbon | Photos by Mary Margaret Smith and Alicia Crossley

Paper Petals Plates Tablescape Series: Laurel

The inspiration for this elegant table at our Paper Petals and Plates event was drawn from designer Lydia Carraway’s “Laurel” wedding paper collection. This collection (pictured at the bottom of this post) features a calming blue-gray palette and buds ready to bloom. The natural and soothing feel of this paper is carried over effortlessly into this table's design. Bromberg's, the table's designer, worked to ensure the table's linens, china, and floral arrangements all emitted a traditional, yet tranquil feel.

The Garnier Thiebaut Palazzina Fusain tablecloth and napkins transported guests to another world with their romantic silver illustrations of a stunning Tuscan palace. The Tuscany theme continues on the Richard Ginori Fiesole dinner plates which also picture an Italian-setting, but this time in the countryside.

Mandy Busby, the table's florist, used only five different florals in her centerpiece to keep the color palette simplistic. The flowers included Tibet stem roses, Majolica spray roses, Calcynia (the small white flowers), and various greenery. It was very important to Mandy that the piece felt very organic, as if the flowers and the greens naturally grew from the iron form. The hanging glass votives added the final touch of elegance to the piece.

CREDITS :: Table Lead, Bromberg's | Florist, Mandy Busby | Charger, Annieglass - Edgey Gold | Dinner & Salad Plates, Richard Ginori Fiesole | Glassware, Willam Yeoward Gloria | Flatware, Assorted Sterling | Linens, Garnier Thiebaut Palazzina Fusain | Photos by Mary Margaret Smith

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