What happens when two amazing artists get married? One fabulous wedding celebration, of course!
When Krisna Goodwin of Tri-Cities wedding photography company Jim Goodwin Photography reached out about featuring Keith and Ren’s amazing wedding on The Pink Bride blog, I was ecstatic to say the least.
“I just adore them,” Krisna states to me via email. “We shared studio space for a year and would not have the studio we have now had it not been for them asking us to collaborate.” She adds on the Jim Goodwin Photography blog, “We could not have had this wedding happen and not shoot it.”
If you don’t know who Ren and Keith are, this amazing duo not only is comprised of two of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, but their talents are simply breathtaking too. Keith captures momentous occasions via Keith Dixon Studios, and Ren works her magic to create flawless beauty and artwork through Faces by Ren. They work together, sharing a studio space in scenic Jonesborough, Tennessee. The Pink Bride’s been lucky to have both as advertising wedding professionals!
Now on to the juicy specifics. This wedding is dripping with artistic class, and I simply love every detail. The intimate ceremony took place at a spot in Erwin along the Nolichucky River, and the reception was hosted at one of Johnson City’s premier venues, VENUE. Read on to get Ren’s perspective about the day, and feel free to ogle their images by Jim Goodwin Photography below, featuring tons shabby-chic goodness. Each detail is amazing!
Bride’s full name: Ren Allen
Groom’s full name: Keith Dixon
Wedding Date: May 13th, 2013 (Because we aren’t superstitious…ha, ha!)
Number of guests: About 25 at the ceremony and 150 at the reception
Tell about your love story!
We originally met at a homeschooling conference! We were friends first and later realized we had a lot in common.
How did you meet? What makes your mate a perfect match? How was the question popped?
We were friends who had been through some major transitions in life; death, divorce etc… and found each other during the healing process. I was not looking for anyone but it became apparent very quickly that we had an amazing connection. Keith being a brilliant photographer and myself working as a makeup artist and body painter meant that our business lives had amazing connections and overlaps as well.
Keith actually popped the question at a body art show I organized at Nelson Fine Art last October. He had secretly gotten my bff Laura Bowman to body paint his torso with gorgeous art and the words “I’ve got a question for you.” While my daughter Sierra and cohort Samuel Bowman sang the song “I’ve got a question for you” on stage, Keith walked up with a print of the art, as photographed by Paul Bishop. It took me a second to realize what was happening and then I started crying. He had to stop at some point and ask me “I take it that this means yes?” and of course that was the answer. They got it all on video too with the help of my oldest son Trevor and another photographer/videographer Jerry Greer.
Recap your big day for us.
It was such a fun day. We weren’t stressed about details…whatever unfolded was fine. We got ready at our studio and the chaos of family and friends swirling in and out was perfect. Krisna and Jim showed up, and she had a purse full of jewelry to share…she just started adorning me with these beautiful pearls, and it was the absolute perfect bling to finish up my vintage/shabby chic look. She has a knack for that sort of thing!
What made you laugh? What made you cry? What were the most memorable moments? What unexpected things happened that weren’t planned for?
Well….Margi of CakeArt had embedded our love letters to each other in edible form on one of the cakes. So right before I put the piece of cake in Keith’s mouth I said “Now you’re going to eat my words,” and he said, “Oh no you didn’t just say that.” We both ended up laughing pretty hard over that one, along with all the guests.
The toasts made me tear up over and over. I think we had the best toasts of any wedding, EVER. Unrehearsed, from-the-heart, even a song. Absolute gems. I just stood there thinking, “How did we get so lucky to have these amazing friends?”
Keith’s 11-year-old nephew even gave a toast and warned, “Ren, you need to keep control of Keith.” Totally hilarious.
Keith had taken all these beautiful pictures of he and the kids prior to the wedding. There were prints strewn all over, a lovely tribute to our new family. It was so thoughtful and really touched me. It was truly the most perfect day I could ever imagine!
What about the details? What was your vision/theme? How did you bring it to life?
Mostly, I looked at Pinterest a lot and had the very best vendors in the world. Without them, this would never have been so beautiful and perfect.
Did The Pink Bride assist you in any way? What turned out to be your best decision surrounding the big day?
Having advertised in Pink Bride, it was fun to be on the other end and work with vendors who we respect and admire, who also advertise in Pink Bride! We are usually vendors with them at local events, wedding shows etc… so it was really cool to be a patron and see the other side.
The best thing we ever did was to trust the best people in our area with our special day. We didn’t tell them how to do their jobs, we didn’t try to control the process. They each know their own industry so well and it was great to just let them do their thing!
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
Hire the best you can possibly afford. Let them do their thing and let go of the details. Nobody cares if a flower is wrong or if something is out of place. Truly just let the day unfold however it does and enjoy every minute. In 30 years, you won’t care about all those details except that you enjoyed them. Look at the smiling faces around you and recognize that this day is about celebration, connections and love. All else is secondary!
What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
Continuing our journey just as it has been unfolding! This doesn’t change us as a couple, it’s just one more turn. Marriage or not, we are partners both personally and in business.
What has surprised you most during the first few months of marriage?
We lived together for a couple of years already, so we know each other’s quirks. But I have to admit that it’s nice to call him “husband” now! I was a bit cynical before I met Keith, so it has been a surprise how I’ve softened up. A good guy will do that for ya….
Many congratulations, Keith and Ren! We really could not be happier for you
We wish you many happy years together!
Be sure to leave your congratulations to the happy couple in the comments below!
Ren noted special thanks to the following wedding professionals, family and friends for helping to make the day perfect…
Photographer: Jim Goodwin Photography
We had shared space in Jonesborough originally and stayed close after they moved their studio into Johnson City. We love them as friends and as occasional collaborators.
Author, Speaker, Gentle-Spirit and Officiant extraordinaire!!
Bridal Attire: David’s Bridal and Kelli Traaseth
David’s Bridal for dress, shawl handmade by Kelli Traaseth.
Hair: Shanna Nelson-Tate of Enkore Salon
…for whom hair is an ART form. I have never looked more amazing!
Makeup: Faces by Ren
In the end, I had to handle that one myself. 🙂 Control freak and all…
Invitations & Calligraphy: Our daughter took the photo of us and we printed a photography style invite ourselves.
Florist: Mandy Bateman, Beverly Jenkins of Main Street Cafe & Catering, and Kelly Lovejoy
All of the Fabric flowers and hair pieces were handmade and designed by local artist Mandy Bateman who is amazingly talented! For the fresh flowers; Beverly Jenkins of Main Street who ordered the most beautiful roses and Kelly Lovejoy who put them together.
Ceremony Venue: Nolichucky River Gorge Campground
[This is] a very special place for our family, where we spend a lot of time swimming and camping.
Reception Venue: VENUE
[This is] the most beautiful space with the most attentive and organized people running it, Brandi and Travis Woodall.
Cake: Margi Chambers of Cake Art
Margi Chamber of “CakeArt” did not one, but THREE cakes which were each a work of art, all the way down to the personal letters Keith and I wrote each other that were put on a cake in edible form!
Catering: Main Street Cafe and Catering
[They are] the BEST in our region and also our landlords! Everyone raved about the food! The staff was so professional and absolutely on top of every detail.
Rentals and Decor: Main Street Cafe & Catering
Did I mention they do EVERYthing?
DJ: Night Moves mobile DJ
Tina and Tony made the reception so much fun! It wasn’t just about music…they gave it a flavor that just wouldn’t be the same without them.
Videographer: Jerome Cloninger
He already has a highlights video up on YouTube that makes me tear up every time I watch it. He captured our day so eloquently.
Extra special thank you to everyone who helped set up and clean up; Kelly Lovejoy, Anthony Starnes, Gail Higgins, Laura Bowman, Katie Wade-Bradley from Positive Approach Events and many others we deeply appreciate!!