About a year ago, we moved from Alaska to Memphis- it was a huge change. Every time our family moves I go through a blue phase; I’m highly sentimental, and I dislike change (both traits are pretty inconvenient if you happen to relocate every few years like we did in the military). A friend recommended that I go one new place each week, so that is what I intend to do; brides, I’m taking you with me! Today, we’re exploring The Dixon Gallery and Gardens off of Park Ave.
This place is a paradise!! In fact, I was going to include The Dixon in a compilation post such as “5 Great Wedding Venues in Memphis,” but I liked it so much that it deserves its own post. The reason I like this venue so much is because it combines Southern charm with that English country feeling that I love so much…. The Dixon is where Tara Plantation meets Pemberly!
Just look at these glimpses of their formal gardens. Wouldn’t this be a breathtaking spot for bridal portraits or a First Look?
On to the the ceremony and reception spaces. The lawns are two beautiful spots for a ceremony. First, there’s the smaller lawn with an elevated, shaded terrace for vows.
The more intimate lawn is flanked by what Miss Austen would call this “fine prospect” of the museum. This expansive green is another ceremony option.
My favorite “nuptial nook” is the reception space at Hughes Pavilion- beautiful, elegant, enveloped by the gardens… it’s perfect!
The grounds are a treasure trove of sweet little places where you can enjoy your surroundings, escape for a kiss or two, and take advantage of the romantic little spots for portraits.
Just look at the woodland trail!! I love this spot for a First Look!!
Also, this is another great portion of the gardens for a First Look. It’s private, there are benches for waiting grooms, it’s shaded… and it looks like a place where Elizabeth and Darcy could be caught strolling.
The lovely, classic, Southern porch for portraits!
…..and, my favorite discovery there!!!! I want to build one of these for our neighborhood.
Thank you so much for taking a turn about the gardens with me!! I hope this was as helpful and uplifting for you as it was for me. I look forward to furthering my acquaintance with you and with Memphis.
P.S. As much as I love the Dixon, I was in a state of turmoil. The grounds are as much a Janeite paradise as they are a Whovian Hell.
P.P.S. If you understand the sentence above, you’re definitely my type of person!