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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: 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: Gild

Christine Carrier's  Gild Wedding Suite was the inspiration for this lovely table at our Paper Petals Plates event. The Florentine Building, located in Downtown Birmingham and known for its stunning architectural details and light-filled ballroom, set the stage beautifully for our night.  Michael Sanchez, the Florentine's in-house florist, designed this table using an array of gold and pink hues for an overall glamorous look. 

The dramatic stair-stepped floral centerpieces are filled with maidenhair and foxtail fern, an exotic palette of roses, and punctuated with plumes of fuchsia cockscomb. The intricate golden layer of chargers, plates, and flatware echo the delicate "Gilded" greenery vines and wreaths of the inspiration paper (scroll to the bottom to view and shop the Gild Wedding Suite). The soft petal pink linens grounding this table pack the design's final "pretty in pink" punch.  

CREDITS :: Table Lead, The Florentine | Florists, Michael Sanchez for The Florentine | Charger, Event Rentals Unlimited | Dinner Plates, Bernardaud Capucine | Salad Plates, Philippe Deshoulieres Orsay White | Bread & Butter Plates, Herend Golden Laurel | Goblets, Moser | Flutes, Varga  | Wine,  Lalique | Flatware, Event Rentals Unlimited | Linens, BBJ Linen | Photos by Mary Margaret Smith

*Gild suite is available in any color choice.

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 our favorite video of Myka below. 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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