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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: Classic Cross

Invision Events designed a table that exuded simplicity and elegance at our Paper Petals Plates event. Drawing their inspiration from Sarah Robbins Powell's delicate borders and refined typography in her Classic Cross wedding paper collection, Invision Events kept to a classic and timeless color palette. Florist Buffy Hargett used all white and spring green in the tables' florals leading to a soothing aesthetic. Pops of black details, from the mini champagne bottles to the ribbon edged tailored napkins provided just the right contrast to the table's airiness.

Like the Classic Cross' clean and elegant designs (pictured at the bottom of this post), the various elements of this tablescape harmonize seamlessly. The glass floral vases and the beautiful Waterford crystal stemware make the table seem weightless. The gold flatware and the Royal Crown Derby in Aves Gold chargers give the table a graceful formality. The floral flourishes on the pears is one of our favorite details.

CREDITS :: Table Lead, Invision Events | Florists, Buffy Harget | Charger: Aves Gold by Royal Crown Derby | Dinner & Salad Plates: Gwendolyn by Herend | Stemware, Colleen Essence by Waterford | Flatware, Luxor by Herdmar | Linens, I Do Linens | Photos by Mary Margaret Smith

Paper Petal Plates Tablescape Series: Bougainvillea

This bold and colorful tablescape inspired by our Bougainvillea wedding suite has us ready for paradise! The vibrant mix of bright purple hydrangeas, hot pink and tropicana roses with deep yellow floral accents surrounding a large palm in the centerpiece gives the perfect festive, tropical air to the table. Table designer and Birmingham-based wedding planner Handley McCrory paired Marigold Design’s colorful floral arrangements with equally vivid placesettings. Handley mixes various shades of teal, fuchsia, yellow, and ice blue Herend gold-rimmed chargers with Anna Weatherley’s gold banded dinner plates. Gold flatware and crisp blue linen napkins finish off the place setting and we also loved the bright green glassware that was the final punch of color to top this table.

Dixie artist Gina Langford's Bougainvillea flowering vine illustrations certainly came to life in the design of this table at our Paper Petals Plates event. Bougainvillea pairs Gina's colorful budding floral crest with graphic blue and white stripes throughout the wedding suite alongside clean and classic typography. We love to envision a vivacious bride who has never shied away from making bold, sophisticated statements using this suite as her wedding paper.

CREDITS :: Table Lead, Handley Breaux Designs | Florists, Marigold Designs | Chargers, Silk Ribbon by Herend | Dinner Plates, Simply Anna by Anna Weatherly | Glassware, Pearle by Zafferno | Flatware, Event Rentals Unlimited | Linens, Mallard Velvet from BBJ Linen Rental | Napkins, Bodrum Linen Napkins | Photos by Mary Margaret Smith

Paper Petal Plates Tablescape Series: Campagne

The Dixie Design team certainly has an affinity for all things blue and white. So it was no surprise that we were immediately drawn to this gorgeous tablescape that donned a French blue linen with white lace overlay. A delicate metallic thread woven on top of the overlay emitted the slightest shimmer in the fabric. The table linens' elegance allowed table lead Kalee Baker to carry through a romantic and tailored theme with metallic and ruffled elements throughout her design. The Annieglass gold ruffled chargers beautifully frame the Herend Fish Scale dinner plates and the custom Sasha Nicholas salad plates. The mercury glass vases and the Juliska Florentine Gypsy Gold napkins give the table additional metallic dimensions.

The inspiration for this exquisite table at our Paper Petals Plates event was drawn from designer Holly Hollon's "Campagne” wedding paper collection which features hand-drawn illustrations inspired by vintage French ephemera and a blue and gold color palette accompanied by delicate typography. The Campagne suite may be customized to the bride's color preference.

 

CREDITS :: Table Lead, Kalee Baker | Florist, Laura McCarty | Linens, Decor to Adore | Place Settings, Glassware and Napkins, Bromberg's | Flatware, Event Rentals Unlimited| Photogrpahy by Alisha Crossley and Mary Margaret Smith

"Azalea Romance" Paper Suite in Southern Wedding's 10th Anniversary Issue

The girls behind Southern Weddings magazine had clearly done their homework before they approached Dixie's Creative Director, Holly Hollon, about creating the wedding paper suite for their "Azalea Romance" editorial spread in their 10th Anniversary issue.

Working alongside Invision Events and photographer Anna Shackleford, Holly was tasked with creating paper pieces that were "girly, classic, and full of flowers...striking that delicate balance between girly and youthful, but still classic." This inspiration was loosely based off of the Mobile, Alabama Azalea Trail Maids. As the Southern Weddings ladies well knew, Holly has never shied away from feminine, classic, or floral themes in her designs! Below is the inspiration board Southern Weddings sent Holly to use as creative direction for her designs.

Based off of their inspiration board, Holly designed a paper collection with all things Southern including bright azaleas, bold stripes, whimsy calligraphy and a charming antebellum home. We are so excited to add this suite to our Wedding Collection!  Click here to shop the the suite.

Photography | Anna Shakelford for Southern Weddings Magazine

Paper Petal Plates Tablescape Series: The Beverly Table

This jaw-dropping tablescape has everything little girls' tea party dreams are made of. Incorporating elements of  both afternoon tea and formal dining, table designer Beth Jordan left no feminine or romantic detail untouched.  The table drips with silver, white, and blush pink accents with a towering silver candelabra interwoven with a twirling romantic vine and white and blush-colored garden roses for its centerpiece. The silver theme continues to the stemware, silver trays, a tea pitcher filled with flowers, and into several goblets. Various tiered caddies are graced with delicate tea cups and pastel-hued candies. The mixed fine china ranges from a soft pink with a gold edge to the daintiest pastel floral patterns. The china is paired with soft pink crystal stemware also edged in gold. 

The inspiration for this exquisite table at our Paper Petals Plates event was drawn from designer Vaughan Spanjer's "Beverly” wedding paper collection (see below) which features classic stripes, delicate floral illustrations and flowing script. This suite is perfect for a bride with feminine style but who wants a classic wedding with soft elegance. The suite is available in soft pink or blue-grey tones.

 

CREDITS :: Table Lead, Beth Jordan | Florists, Beth Jordan, Susan Huff, Elizabeth Jordan and Catherine Godwin | Linens, Vintage Tablecloths and Handkerchiefs | China, Vintage Warwick | Crystal, Vintage. | Flatware, Sterling Silver Mix of Different Patterns | Sweets, Edgars | Photos by Alisha Crossley and Mary Margaret Smith

Paper Petals Plates: The Loveliest Evening

Our Paper Petals Plates event has come and gone and now all of the sterling silver, crystal, vintage china and delicate serving ware have been carefully put away. The jaw-dropping floral centerpieces have been deconstructed. And the fabulous Myka Meier has flown back home to the Big Apple. But we still cannot stop gushing about all of the fun from that evening!

The night began with guests enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from Coretti Catering while they toured the 12 different tablescapes, each inspired by one of Dixie’s new wedding stationery suites. Bromberg's partnered with us to provide gorgeous china place settings for some of the tables. Guests were also invited to a calligraphy bar to have their name penned by Jan Pruitt and Vaughan Pursell to be ordered on stationery. Myka Meier then gave her presentation on “Wedding Etiquette for a Gracious Couple,” which even included advice for the appropriate attire for different wedding start times. The evening concluded with the door prize giveaways and scrumptious slices of Early Grey and Lemon Lavender wedding cake from The Cakerie served on vintage china from Tea and Old Roses rental company.

Thankfully, we have Mary Margaret Smith’s stunning photographs of the evening to look back on when we start feeling nostalgic. We are reminded of all of the lovely, generous and talented people who made our Paper Petals Plates evening not only possible, but positively spectacular! Please allow us to show off just how very hard they all worked to make this night a success.


The Florentine Event Center ballroom

Corretti Catering food

Rebekah Fowler Miller of Fists Full Designs florals

BBJ Linen Rentals table linens | Event Rentals Unlimited tables

PropHouse chinoiserie vessels and cake stand

Cookie FixAugusta Cole photography styling | Cocoon Silk Ribbon | Hazen Jewelry | Susan Gordon Pottery | Tea and Old Roses vintage china

Bella Bridesmaids dresses | Hartbrook Clothier suits | Glow App makeup and hair styling

Pursuit Gifts gift boxes

Piper and Leaf Tea Company artisan tea

Swag Bag vendors: Southern Weddings | Birmingham Magazine | Olio Olive Oil | Merry Cheese Crisps | Elisabeth & Butter | Honeycreeper Chocolate                               

Not Pictured: A.M. Bakery | Chocolata | Cookie Fix | Creative Sweets N Treats | Reabakes  | Regions Bank

And we would absolutely be remiss if we did not introduce you to the fabulous event planner who executed the night flawlessly! Kalee Baker of Kalee Baker Events not only effectively coordinated with more than 50 different vendors, but she also perfectly carried out our vision for the event. We are tremendously grateful for her expertise throughout the planning of Paper Petals Plates.

Stay tuned for future features on each tablescape and the vendors involved who made each table truly stunning.  Birmingham, Alabama is full of incredible talent and we're excited to share them with you!

The Etiquette Expert on Harmonizing Modern-Day Wedding Planning with Age-Old Traditions

Wedding traditions and etiquette span hundreds of years. How does a 2017 bride meet modern day social requirements while still honoring the beautiful wedding traditions of the past? What would Emily Post have to say upon receiving an emailed Save the Date?

If this is something you have been pondering, breathe a sigh of relief because Modern Day Etiquette Guru, Myka Meier, has put her stamp of approval on emailed save the dates! Myka gave her two cents in an online interview with Harper’s Bazaar,

As long as it includes the important details, these can be sent by mail or email. However, paper invitations are still more sophisticated. You can (…) have a graphic designer create something that you can mail from your email account, or opt for an email service like Mailchimp. Also, your save the date does not have to match the design of your wedding invitation. A save the date should always include the date of the wedding and the city, state (or country if it's a destination wedding). You can also include a link to your wedding website. For destination weddings, you may want to include additional travel details, such as the name to use on the room block at the resort. NEVER include the gift registry on the wedding save the date or invitation. The only appropriate place to include the gift registry details is on the wedding website.

Even though Myka gives the go-ahead to not match your save the date to your wedding invitation, we do love it when the two items coordinate! Dixie’s designers are happy to accommodate brides who wish to use emailed save the dates with digital versions of our cards available for purchase.

Myka’s expertise extends beyond the wedding world and works to infuse modern-day manners into all aspects of social and business realms. She is the founder of Beaumont Etiquette, which partners with The Plaza Hotel’s finishing school programs. She will be the evening’s guest speaker for our Paper Petals Plates event on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. We will attempt to dazzle her with all of our Southern manners, but we are sure she will have plenty of material to teach us!

In the meantime, you simply must watch this video of Myka below to see her graceful advice on some everday etiquette scenarios. Also be sure to follow her Instagram page to keep up with her everyday lessons on all things manners, style, and grace.


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