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Kathy Jonas
July 13, 2016

mixing it up: A Creative Couple Throws an Urban Garden Party

Rebecca Elayne Dixon met Daniel Jacobson while working on a digital magazine for a class at Ball State University. She wanted to use one of his videos in her project. After graduation, she ran into him at a concert in Indianapolis. “I recognized him by his camera and dark-rimmed glasses.” Rebecca says. “We hit it off right away.” But he was moving to England and she was moving to Florida. But in 2011, he moved back and asked her for help with a website for his video work and romance developed.



The two went to a Real Estate concert in St. Louis, Rebecca’s hometown. The couple’s first date had been to see that group perform. During the break before the encore, she asked him if he had gotten any great photos. He put his camera in front of her and began playing a video including footage from the first concert they attended together with text between each video clip telling their story. The final slide said: I love you. He then presented a ring, proposed and she “cried like a baby amongst a few hundred people in the crowd.”




Rebecca did some online research, discovering designer Love Marley. She ordered a light, flowy dress with vintage-inspired silver beading. Once it arrived, it was love at first sight. “When I tried it on, it made me feel like a boho, ballerina gypsy, which was a dream come true,” she says. 


THE Colors

Rebecca wanted a color palette that was timeless and classic and complemented the late spring/early summer season so she picked natural colors such as champagne, white, and sage green, accented with gold and natural textures.


The DÉcor

The urban summer garden party came together using long farm tables as head tables, accent tables for displaying décor and standing chalk boards for guest messaging, provided by Violet Vintage. 


Favorite Memory

Rebecca says there are quite a few, but she likes thinking about pausing to look at guests during the dinner with the music of Sam Cooke playing in the background.



The bride and groom wanted to throw an urban garden party and The Indianapolis Arts Center provided the perfect location to see their particular vision become a reality. Rebecca described the setting as intimate and non-traditional with lots of natural greenery and shade. The weather cooperated, allowing an outside reception with access to art galleries and air conditioning. 


THE Cake

The Scholars Inn Bakehouse in Bloomington created a simple, one-tier carrot cake with buttercream frosting along with red and white velvet cupcakes.



The Floral

Amanda at White Heart Blooms foraged a lot of greenery and created centerpieces filled with nigella succulents. The bouquets and arrangements also included white peonies, white spray roses, white lisianthus, poppy pods, dusty miller, hydrangea and various greens. The head tables were adorned with eucalyptus running down the center of the tables. 


Best Part of the Reception

With both the bride and groom being wedding photographers, they wanted a reception that differed from the others they had seen. Daniel built a custom dance mix with transitions so every song could be enjoyed from beginning to end. 


Funniest Moment

In a quick speech to guests, Daniel thanked both sets of parents and paid tribute to his mom and dad’s 27 years of marriage. One problem – it actually was 32 years. “His younger sister made sure to call him out on the error!”


What We Love

The bride and groom gave handwritten letters to their parents. “It was very special and emotional moment for us because both sets of parents provide such strong examples of marriage and support for one another,” says Rebecca. 


Advice From the Bride

“Hire a day-of coordinator if you’re planning a larger event. She worked with Sarah from Plum and Poppy. “Sarah kept everything moving and on schedule, and we ended up having 30 extra minutes for dancing at the end of the night because of their hard work and support.”




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