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For event planners Laura and Marty, every decision of their wedding was made with sentimental value as a top priority–they wanted their friends and family to be involved in every aspect of their big day. Keeping this in mind, they celebrated their reception in Laura’s parents’ backyard and borrowed as much as they could, including Laura’s gorgeous gown, courtesy of her aunt! Another important piece of their planning revolved around the phrase “All In,” after a song Marty wrote just before he met Laura about how he was looking for someone who was ready to be “all in” a relationship. I’d say he certainly found his girl in Laura!

Hugs to Brooke Bakken for sharing this sweet day with us!

Our top priority for every wedding decision was sentimental value. We really wanted our family and friends to be involved, so we borrowed as much as we could. When I explained the style of dress I was looking for to my mom, she said it reminded her of my aunt’s wedding dress that she wore at her second wedding to my amazing uncle the year after I was born. I was so excited that she allowed me to borrow it and that it fit perfectly, because it made the day that much more special knowing I was wearing my aunt’s dress as I married Marty, for both of our second marriages. There are happy endings… and new beginnings!

My wedding dress and flowers are the two things that got the most recognition! The flowers were gorgeous, and I couldn’t have been more happy with them! I am an event planner, and one of my best friends, Whitney Blair Johnson, does event and floral design. We have worked on several weddings together and know each other’s styles and strengths. When it came time to figure out the flowers, I emailed her the budget, colors, and the items I wanted, and we didn’t have to discuss it again! I completely trust Whitney’s artistic abilities and knew that the flowers would be amazing, and she did not disappoint! Not knowing exactly what flowers and combinations she had chosen was an added element of surprise on our wedding day.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Both Martin and I are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so getting married in the temple was very important and special to us. We had the reception in my parents’ backyard, which meant the world to me! I moved to Utah this past year and didn’t realize how much I missed home and wanted to get married there until I went back for my first visit. We moved around a lot, but my entire extended family is from Virginia and my parents have lived in this house for ten years, so there are a lot of memories and love shared there!

Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! My something borrowed was my aunt’s wedding dress. My something blue were my shoes. My something old was my maternal grandmother’s hairpiece and my paternal grandmother’s ring setting. My something new was my family ring. Marty has three children from his first marriage, so Cheryl Fuller (one of my bridesmaid’s moms) made Marty’s wedding band, as well as spoon rings for our entire family. Since their Daddy was giving me a ring on our wedding day, we thought it’d be sweet to give rings to the children, too!

Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. A song Marty wrote called “All In” played a huge part in our wedding. He finished writing this song an hour before we met, and the main point was that he was ready and looking for someone who was ready to be “All In” a relationship. Both of us had experienced relationships with people who were living out of a place of fear and would not be vulnerable, and we had both usually been the person giving everything to a relationship without getting much in return. Man, does it feel good to be “all in” with someone who is prepared and ready to do the same! We hashtagged every picture on social media with #palmersallin, starting with our post announcing our engagement! We built a stage in my parents’ backyard, and Marty and several groomsmen performed throughout the evening. He obviously sang “All In,” but also convinced me to sing a song with him that he wrote for me! I am not a singer but I adore my husband enough to do something that was WAY out of my comfort zone!

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. Marty’s sister, Darcie Palmer Sanders, has been making wedding cakes for years. She made our cake at my parents’ home, so we were able to smell and taste test it as we were prepping the reception! Marty and I both grew up moving around, so instead of serving a meal to our guests, we served desserts from each place we’ve lived. My mom is an amazing baker and she took on all the food by herself! At the last minute, we added in a few savory items as well.

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? My parents’ backyard looked so magical with the globe lights hanging and candles glowing. There was a moment during someone’s performance (probably Marty’s) when I felt like I just needed to pinch myself because this was real life, MY real life. I just grabbed the closest person to me, who happened to be our photographer! I’m sure she was in vendor mode instead of family mode, because she quickly asked what I needed, and I just said, “I love you!”

How did y’all meet? Tell us your love story. We met at a house show and hit it off immediately! Marty is a musician, and I noticed him from the moment he played his first song. When one of my friends and I got up to leave, the host asked if we could take a group picture. Marty and I started talking while everyone tried to get situated behind us. We were blocking everyone’s view of the photographer, and without saying a word to each other about it, we both started pretending like the pictures were just being taken of us! We kept flirting and being silly while the pictures were being taken. When my friend and I were about to leave, he came straight over and asked for my number. My friend was quickly distracted by other people, so Marty and I continued our conversation, and it went from super silly to super serious. I immediately knew that he was someone worth getting to know!
Tell us all about the proposal! Soon after Marty and I met, he took a long trip to California. I found myself wanting to simply be with him. It was a VERY bold move on my part, but I asked if I could join him, and he picked me up from the San Jose airport a day later. At the end of the trip, we flew home into the Provo Airport, so airports now hold significance to us because of these special memories. The night we got engaged, Marty blindfolded me and took me out to Utah Lake, where the Provo airport is. He took off my blindfold facing the beautiful lake and mountains, and I immediately knew where I was and the significance of the location. We found a spot to sit down, and Marty proceeded to pull out three pages of notes–he was worried that he’d forget some of the things he wanted to say! We laughed and cried as he read/told me how he felt. I absolutely love that he wrote everything out because I can reread it whenever I want! My favorite line was, “You are worthy of the greatest love. The kind you give. And if you want me, I want you forever.” We loved this so much that we made a sign of that quote to hang at our wedding and later in our home.
When did y’all get married? August 30, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 150
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? Less than $10,000
What was one way you saved money or cut costs at your wedding? We were lucky to have amazingly talented friends and family, so we didn’t have to use any vendors that we didn’t know! Another thing that helped cut cost was borrowing items. We spent very little on decor and we were super creative with any of the items we did spend money on.
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? Choose details that give you the biggest bang for your buck. Try to think of larger items to display that will set the tone instead of something small and time-consuming.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? During our wedding planning, we realized how well we work together, so we’ve been talking about possibly purchasing or building a wedding venue!

Photographer: Brooke Bakken / Planner: Martin and Laura Palmer / Ceremony Venue: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Washington DC Temple / Florist: Whitney Blair Johnson / Cake Baker: Darcie Palmer Sanders / Rentals: Party Rental, LTD / Band: Copper Quail / Paper Products: Color Quick Printing / Wedding Band and Family Rings: Cheryl Fuller / Performances: Arete Entertainment

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Brooke Bakken reply

    YAY!!! Absolutely LOVED this day so much!!! Thank you so much for sharing with all of your fabulous followers! XO

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It doesn’t get much more Southern than a front porch, and when said front porch is the namesake of a beautiful farm venue outside of Nashville, Tennessee, it’s safe to say that you have the attention of the Southern Weddings gals! Christine and Drew chose Front Porch Farms as the venue for their spring wedding, and they loved hosting their out of town family members and friends there. One of their most special guests? The pastor who officiated their ceremony–he had predicted Christine and Drew were perfect for each other a year before they met, and even set them up on their first date!

Thank you so much to our dear Blue Ribbon Vendor friends, Landon and Jordan of Landon Jacob, for sharing this lovely day with us!

The pastor who married us had been trying to set us up for over a year. As chance would have it, we were both in other relationships, but that didn’t stop Matt (our pastor) from still trying to get us together. Finally, when the timing was right, we went on a brunch date. After leaving our first date, Drew called his brother and said, “Mark my words, I am going to marry that girl.”

Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? Yes!! I’m a wedding photographer, so I know that the day can already be a bit of a blur. I think the first look can be even more intimate of a moment, and it takes nothing away from walking down the aisle. Drew was not sure about doing a first look, but now that we have done it, he thinks it was the best decision. We got sweet photos before the wedding, and we got to spend more time together by seeing each other before the ceremony. It was a favorite moment of the day!

We chose songs that had personal significance in our relationships with God. The wedding party walked down the aisle to “Before the Throne,” and I walked down the aisle to Phil Wikham’s “Divine Romance.” We also played a bluegrass version of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” They were performed by our talented friends, singer-songwriter Jake Ousley and songwriter Jeff Pardo. After we said our vows, we walked out to “Your Love is Lifting me Higher.”

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The pastor who married us is the man who predicted our marriage a year before we met, and the one who finally got us to go on a date.

What made you choose your ceremony and reception venues? Did they have any special significance to you? Most of our guests were from out of town, so we wanted a venue that allowed our guests to stay in downtown Nashville and experience all that we love about the city. We also wanted a place that had good lighting, was beautiful and didn’t need much additional decor, and was budget friendly.

We had organic bouquets of peach, burgundy, white, and pink Juliet garden roses, ranunculus, anemones with navy centers, peonies, and Queen Anne’s lace, mixed with an assortment of greenery, including seeded eucalyptus and clematis vine. We tied bouquets with a variety of lace and ribbon, and the boutonnières were also all wrapped with different ribbon or gold wire. The table centerpieces were in wooden boxes, and we mixed in wood slices with milk glass, blue mason jars, old books, and brass candle holders. We also had greenery garlands around the menu and bride and groom chairs.

Describe your wedding cake or dessert. This is one area where we saved money, but didn’t feel like we cut corners. We ordered three cakes, all with buttercream icing in different textures, and we added flowers for the decoration. The cakes were delicious, and they were from Publix! Drew LOVES chocolate chip cookies–he is literally a cookie monster! Chocolate chip cookies and milk for the groom’s cake were a no-brainer. We had 2%, skim, and almond milk available for guests to have with the cookies.

Tell us all about the proposal! I love to travel. Early one morning, Drew came to my house and woke me up, Starbucks in hand, and told me to pack my bags while he made us breakfast tacos, because we were headed to a destination that was 70 degrees. I was pretty confused and started to list off the design meetings and engagement session I had scheduled, but he assured me he had contacted all of my clients and taken care of everything. As we scanned our ID’s at the airport, San Diego came up on the screen! Once we arrived, we rented a convertible and headed straight to La Jolla beach, where Drew proposed at sunset. He had made three boxes representing when we met, when he fell in love with me, and then him asking me to be his wife. Each box had journal entries he had written and photos. It was extremely significant and special. After that, we got a glass of wine at Hotel de Coronado, followed by some late night McDonald’s. We were able to stay with some of Drew’s friends in San Diego and spent a few days exploring the city.
When did y’all get married? April 18, 2014
How many friends, family members, and loved ones attended your wedding? 160
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding and why you chose them. Our first dance was to Tristan Prettyman’s “All I Want is You.” One of our favorite memories of the wedding day was our last dance. We had everyone clear out of the reception and we shared our last dance alone to “Wagon Wheel,” which was the first song we ever danced to together.
Did you have something borrowed, blue, old, and new? If so, do tell! I did! My something borrowed was my veil (which I only wore walking down the aisle); it belonged to one of my bridesmaids. My blue was my blue suede Cole Hann wedges. My old was the diamond on my engagement ring; it was my grandmother’s that she gave to me. My new was my Stella York wedding dress!
If you are comfortable responding, what range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000-$25,000
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you most looking forward to about married life? We recently moved to Fort Worth, Texas from Nashville and bought our first house! Drew is working at Watermark Community Church as the director of student ministries, and I’m working on starting my photography company, Declare Photography, and my interior design company, Christine Zeiler Interiors, in Fort Worth.

Photographer: Landon Jacob / Planner and Paper Products: Christine Zeiler / Venue: Front Porch Farms / Florist: Catherine Wilson / Cake Baker: Publix, Catering: Bacon & Caviar / Rentals: The House Nashville / DJ: Tim Hiber / Calligraphy: Four Hats Press / Print Layout: Arboreal paper / Invitation Template: How Lovely Paper / Bride’s Gown: “5703” by Stella York / Bride’s Jewelry: Jessie Jordan / Hair Stylist: Leslie from Katie Russo / Makeup Artist: Katie Russo / Bride’s Shoes: “Nike Air Wedges” by Cole Haan / Menswear: J.Crew / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Karena Dixon reply

    This is such cute wedding!

  2. avatar Loverly reply

    What a stunning ceremony venue!

  3. avatar Dana reply

    love so many details in this wedding!

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I fell in love with this wedding even before I saw the photos from Dixie Pixel. Allison + Scott knew that getting their 70 ceremony guests to the top of a mountain to witness their vows would be a challenge, but their “I do’s” at Max Patch Bald on the Appalachian Trail told their story in a way no other location could.

“When we first started dating, Scott left to hike the Continental Divide Trail and we made no plans to stay together. I wasn’t sure if I would hear from him at all while he was gone, but every town that he hiked to along the trail, Scott would stop at a payphone and call me, so I felt like I was with him on his journey. About 2 months into the his hike, I flew from Knoxville to Montana on to see him for about 30 hours. Upon arriving in Montana I had to drive two hours to a place called “bench mark wilderness” and try and find him since there was no way to communicate with each other. In the pitch black on a gravel road, I traveled for over an hour having no clue if I was going the right direction. I found Scott on the side of the road where he had been for over eight hours waiting for me to arrive (having just hiked about 30-35 miles per day for a week to get to a place where we could meet). I dropped him back on the trail a day and a half later. We have been together ever since.”

The most memorable part of the day was hiking up the mountain with my nine bridesmaids enjoying the panoramic views of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains and being on top of the mountain with Scott and looking out at our family and loved ones, seeing everyone just being truly happy and emotional. It was a very magical experience.

Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? We didn’t but Scott is a thru hiker and has hiked the ECT, the PCT, the AT and has attempted to hike the Continental Divide trail on two occasions. Part of my vows to him was to support his dreams, including his hiking.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? We didn’t have any, but our officiant, Lynda Evans led the our mountain top guests in a group meditation, followed by the vows and the ring ceremony.
Tell us about some of the songs you used throughout your wedding. There was only one song played at the actual wedding on top of the mountain. Dave Campbell played the guitar and he and his wife Katie sang “Home” by Edward Sharp by the Magnetic Zeroes as I walked up. The music at the brunch reception was bluegrass music played by the band Y’uns.

The shot above and below have me torn. Both sum up the day perfectly, in my opinion!

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? The décor of the ceremony was the panoramic view of the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains and the wild buttercup flowers. At the reception, drinks were served in mason jars, farm tables were used for dining, the flowers were roses and hydrangeas mixed with sunflowers significant to the couple in mason jars. Vintage plates and napkins were used, little jars of local Tennessee Wildflower honey and dippers were at each table setting as a party favor, and the columns of the old George Barber home were wrapped in a garland of roses.

Our wedding flowers were hydrangeas and wild flowers, roses and sunflowers. For the cake, I ordered three regular cakes from Magpies: one strawberry shortcake, one pineapple upside down and one chocolate.

How did the two of you meet? Scott was bartending at the Crown & Goose and I lived a block away and frequented the pub. He was pretty clueless, and I had to overtly hit on him for him to get the picture!
Describe the proposal. There wasn’t one. We just decided it was time.
In what month did you get married? May
How many guests attended your wedding? About 70 on the mountain and 150 at the reception
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: “Home” by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes is significant to us because the first time I heard these lyrics, I thought of Scott. “Moats and boats and waterfalls, alleyways and payphone calls, I been everywhere with you.”
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Getting the guests up the mountain and having a bathroom for them to use!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $10,000 – $15,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? Photography
What advice do you have for folks currently planning a wedding? We decided to get married on April 8 and had the wedding the next month on May 20. I totally recommend a quick engagement. It was less stress and it was a super special and exciting month.
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We’re continuing to renovate our home and will someday have kids.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar MacKenzie reply

    One of my favorite weddings! Beautiful images and LOVE LOVE LOVE that they tied the knot in the morning and enjoyed a brunch after the ceremony. Also, how cute are those little pancake appetizers!? I really adore the creativity of this couple in making their wedding so “them”!

    • avatar Nicole reply

      MacKenzie, I SO agree. I love that they ignored everyone’s advice not to have a mountaintop ceremony — it was so special and meaningful.

  2. avatar Emily reply

    Your whole wedding seems like it was so beautiful, but I just had to specifically comment because I LOVE the song you used in your ceremony. “Home” by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes is one of my favorite songs, but I never thought of it for a wedding until now – its perfect!

  3. avatar susan reply

    i am the very proud mother of the groom, it was a beautiful wedding and scott and allison are the absolute best!!

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  5. avatar Emily reply

    I love this wedding for so many reasons, but one of them is because I’ve hiked on Max Patch Bald! Absolutely beautiful, and perfect for a breathtaking ceremony!

  6. avatar Sarah Der reply

    I love this wedding/couple/photographer/mountaintop so, so much.

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  11. avatar Amy reply

    I am actually considering having my wedding at Max Patch bald although I am getting some resistance from guests concerned about the hike to the top of the mountain. Any suggestions or feedback on how to get an elderly person to the top? Love your wedding!

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