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Real Weddings: Meredith Farmer Deal's Elegant Garden Wedding

We love sharing the weddings of our Dixie brides and today's wedding feature is no exception! Meredith and Keaton Deal exchanged vows in the romantic backyard garden of the bride's brother, James Farmer, who is a renowned interior designer, author and speaker as well as one of our Holiday Tastemakers. We've had the pleasure of working with James over the years and witness his creativity first-hand, so we knew this magical garden wedding would enchant us!

We were thrilled when Meredith wanted to work with Dixie artist, Holly Hollon, to develop her wedding paper, knowing it would certainly be a suite everyone would adore. We are so happy to now offer the Georgia Collection, which includes all of Meredith's stunning wedding paper!

Meredith was gracious to share some of her wedding photos with us as well as the thoughtful details from her gorgeous October wedding day. Be sure not to miss the stunning seated dinner arrangement that included blue gingham table linens (which coordinated perfectly with her wedding paper) and twinkle lights strung from the wooden ceiling beams. We couldn't help smiling at the adorable pups that were included in the occasion! 

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.

Keaton and I have known each other since we were 19 years old. We met on my best friend's farm in Cochran, GA. Keaton was there with his best friend, the guy she was currently dating. We knew of each other, but I always thought he was way cooler than me! Ha! We ended up sitting on the tailgate of his truck talking for hours. A few months later he became my boyfriend. During college we dated off and on but always remained great friends, he was always my best friend. After college he moved home for his current job and I was home living with my family recovering from a kidney transplant (thank you Lord and my hero brother)! One day he reached out, asking if I wanted to go out to the river on his new boat and the rest is history!

How did he propose?

It was Keaton’s birthday weekend and we were heading to his family home on Tybee Island, like we always do! He invited his friends and mine too to celebrate. I thought nothing of this since it’s a tradition we go to Tybee for Saint Patricks weekend and his birthday! I had just started my photography business and planned to take pictures of a best couple friend of ours on the beach. At the end of the session Charity asked if she could get a picture of us since we were dressed for dinner and the lighting was so beautiful. When she turned the camera on us, Keaton got down on one knee and pulled the ring box out of his boot. This is still  one the most magical moments! The rest of our friends cheered from the balcony while blaring “Celebrate Good Times” and toasting! My family and more friends were waiting for us at dinner. He thought of everything.

What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did your Dixie paper coordinate with that?

We wanted our wedding to reflect us, our roots and our home. We were married in my brother's garden that is placed behind his home in the middle of the woods. I wanted everything to be intimate and special. When Holly asked me the look I envisioned for our suite, I told her flowers and fruit that reflect us - peaches for where we were raised and his great-grandfather's farm, pomegranates for my maternal family crest, pines which cover our land, palms to represent our love for the low country (and Tybee Island), and my favorite color blue bow to tie it all together. Holly brought all of these ideas together to make the perfect suite for a garden wedding! 

Did you and your husband do a “first look” or did you wait for the first look to take place during your ceremony? 

Keaton and I decided to go the traditional route when it came to the first look. I wanted to share the sweetest moment of my life with my dearest loved ones. Keaton’s face when he first saw me is still one of the things people talk about most when it comes to our day! It was so special to finally see him for the first time that day and walk towards him knowing he was about to become my husband. I loved my family and friends being witnesses to this moment. It was emotional and endearing. I would do it the same way all over again. 

What was the best advice you received as a bride? 

I was told over and over to stop and take it all in! I am so glad this was drilled into my mind. I took multiple moments to look at everyone around me and soak it in. The day still flew by in a flash, but I remember the moments I stopped and really took things in. There’s only so many times in your life where all the most important people of your life are all in the same place. Take it in! We both were missing people whom we loved so dear, but we made a point to remember and reflect on them as well. I think that is so important to do on the most important day of your life. 

Photographer and video: Joy + Everett Photography 
Wedding Paper: Dixie Design Collective
Flowers:  Luella Floral, Dublin, GA
Dress: Jenny Yoo NYC 
Bridesmaids dresses: Azazie 
Venue: Farmdale Cottage 
Brides Hair and makeup: Intensify By Patience 
Bride and groom cakes: Lisa Mae Cakes, Macon GA  

The 2018 Holiday Collection is Finally Here!

Christmas is finally here! Well, at least for the Dixie Design team. Our designers and artists have been working since January to bring you this fabulous collection. Our 2018 holiday cards are brimming with some of our favorite things: from a partridge in a pear tree, to King Charles spaniels, skiers gliding down snowy slopes, and beautiful topiaries, this collection has a little something for everyone! You will find the holiday cards sporting the traditional holiday reds and greens, as well as some pops of pink! Whether you are looking for a traditional style or something with a whimsical holiday flair, you are sure to find a card that suits your Christmas style. And as you are making your list and checking it twice, be sure to check out our newest holiday treat - envelope liners! As one of our team's favorite stationery details, we are excited to help you finish out your envelopes this year with a fun pattern or a bold color! We hope you enjoy a peek into the collection below. 

Merry Christmas! 

Love, Holly Hollon, Creative Director of Dixie Design

Shanna Master's Dash Topiary and Toile Crest Collection

Evelyn Henson's Holiday Monkey Crest Collection

Arabella June's Christmas Lemon Collection

Rachel Rogers' Nautical Christmas Collection

Jennifer Ashley's Christmas Frames Collection

Vaughan Spanjer's Holiday Partridge and Pear Collection

Inslee Fariss' Alpine Ski Snow Collection

Eden Flora's Front Door Topiary Collection 

Sarah Robins Powell's Watercolor Woodland Collection

Smith Diano's Leaf Print Collection

Gina Langford's Holiday Pears Collection

Holly Hollon's Merry Mid Century Collection

Arabella June's Blue Topiary Collection

Willa Heart's Christmas Zebras Collection

Laurie Anne Gonzalez's Leaf and Berry Collection

Tenn Hen's Tennessee Christmas Collection

Angela Welch's Ribbon Border Collection

In the Studio with Holly Hollon

When Dixie's owner, Jennifer Hunt, first inquired with Holly Hollon in late 2014 to design her Christmas card and Holly was unavailable, Jennifer was inspired to create Dixie Design Collective. She approached Holly to help her with branding and card designs, but Holly's role in Dixie soon became Creative Director, helping Jennifer with selecting artists and building a design team to execute Dixie's beautiful collections of stationery. Holly also contributes her own calligraphy and artwork to Dixie's card designs. 

Holly has invited us inside her studio through the lens of Mary Margaret Smith. Scroll down to see her color filled space and read more about her creative process.

When do you work on your artwork? I am naturally a night owl, I love the creative juices that flow at 2 o’clock in the morning, but now being a mother of two little ones, I have learned to be creative when the babysitter arrives. That has really taken some discipline in my work habits to just get to work when I have the time and not necessarily when I "feel" creative. I have become a lot more efficient at my work now being more limited in time, but interesting enough, these past two years I have created some of my best work, even though more limited on time.

Do you have a particular morning [or nightly] routine you follow to get ready to work? Music is key to working. When I am not feeling creative or in the mood to work, if I can get some music going and an iced coffee drink, that jives me to work. Some of my favorites are Louis Armstrong, Dustin O’Halloran, Andrew Bird and For King and Country.

What is your favorite part of your studio space? The light!!! The light in my studio is amazing and is so key to creativity! I also love to have art by art friends in my environment. I recently added fellow Dixie artist, Willa Heart's “Kitty and the Cats” print above my desk and I just love it.

Where do you turn when you need to be creatively refreshed? Outings really creatively refresh me. When I am in a rut with a project, getting out of the house and not looking at the house really help! I love a trip to Continental Bakery for iced tea and a macaron or visiting an antique shop for some refreshment.

Favorite Instagram account for artistic inspiration? I love following The Frances Flair (@ragancain). She takes fantastic, dreamy trips and it is so fun to travel the world through her Instagram account. I also just got the opportunity to work with her and create a crest for her account. A few other favorite are @mrsalice, @willaheart, @santambroeus, @tulipinadesign, @theglampad, @sommersruthie, @matchbookdiaries and @twissmanor.

Favorite Dixie product you have created? Koi Fish and Foo Dogs are some of my favorites! I love anything chinoiserie. My favorite wedding suite is Naples, I just love birds and all things coastal. I have some mid century modern inspired designs coming out this Holiday season that I am pretty excited about too!

A Colonial Inspired Dinner Party

When the Dixie team began organizing all of the paper suites for our 2017 Holiday Collection earlier this year, the stunning holiday invitation designs were practically begging us to begin planning our holiday parties! We could not help but imagine endless entertaining possibilities with the vast array of invitations our artists had created.

We were able to take all of our dinner party aspirations one step further with the assistance of Registered Dietician and food blogger, Holley Grainger. She kindly contributed three different menu ideas for three separate styles of Dixie holiday invitations. The first menu that Holley created was based off of our Creative Director, Holly Hollon'sColonial Pineapple Invitation

With the Colonial Pineapple invitation design in mind, Holley did her best to stay authentic to the Colonial American time period when choosing her menu items for the dinner. Each menu item's link will direct you to the recipe.

With the menu taken care of, please allow us to share some of the other details we dreamed up for this elegant dinner soirée...

Sources: Gift tag | Dixie Design. China | Mottahedeh Duke of Gloucester from Bromberg's. Silver | Antique. Monogramed Napkins | Bromberg's. Candlesticks | Christine's in Mountain Brook, AL.

Please contact us for menu and place card pricing.

The Etiquette Expert's Advice on how to be a Gracious Host this Holiday Season

We are thrilled to re-introduce you to on one of our 2017 Holiday Tastemakers, Beaumont Etiquette Founder, Myka Meier. You'll remember her as the guest speaker at our Paper Petals Plates events in August.  We loved working with Myka then and it was a true pleasure working with her to design her stunning Park Avenue card collection with the our talented Creative Director and designer, Holly Hollon.  The artwork was inspired by the architecture in Myka's in New York City neighborhood and her love of French crests, garland and candy canes.  Shop Myka's cards here.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought you might like some advice from the Etiquette Guru herself on how to be a gracious hostess. Whether you are a first time host or you have done it for more years than you can count, we believe everyone can glean a few useful insights from this thorough list of tips Myka has passed on to us. 

We love her advice on how to graciously dispel any heated political discussions that could crop up at the dinner table! According to Myka... 

  • If you are the host, then it's your job to be the conversation moderator at the table. If Uncle Harry starts a political debate at the table, you can try one of two approaches to end the politi-chat:
    • First - Try the "Honest Abe" approach: Be direct, straightforward and honest from the start. From the very beginning of the conversation, it’s okay to simply say, "Uncle Harry, I respect you are passionate about your beliefs, however, as we share different ones, I think it’s best you and I don’t talk about politics and just enjoy family time.”
    • Second - Agree to Disagree - Change the subject to something everyone agrees on. Simply saying, "I understand you have a perspective on this and thanks for wanting to share, however I think we’ll need to agree to disagree on this one. Now, I know we can agree on XX... how about we chat about that." Remember, you can’t help what other people think or say, but you are in charge of your response and reaction. Avoid raising your voice. It’s easy to do, but also one sure way to escalate any situation. 

Some of Myka's other hosting tips follow...

Make sure you do not to miss Part Two of this series, Myka's Advice on How to be a Gracious Guest this Holiday Season.

"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

Myka Meier's Takeaways from Dixie's Etiquette & Entrepreneurship Luncheon

Dixie's Creative Director Holly Hollon and Dixie Founder Jennifer Hunt with Etiquette Expert Myka Meier

The Dixie Design team is still on cloud nine from the fabulous two-day event series we hosted featuring modern-day etiquette expert Myka Meier. Be sure to scroll through our latest blog post and our Instagram page to experience the amazing Paper Petals Plates evening event. The next day we hosted an Etiquette & Entrepreneurship luncheon focused on the creative career woman.  We enjoyed the gorgeous space at the John Hand Club and delicious food by Kathy G & Co. on stunning Tea and Old Roses china while Myka led us in a fun and interactive discussion about etiquette in the modern day workplace. 

Just in case you were unable to make our etiquette luncheon, we wanted to share with you some of our most memorable takeaways from Myka.

To all of the entrepreneurs at the luncheon, Myka firmly insisted on the necessity of making a lasting first impression. Someone’s first impression of you is formed in the first seven seconds of your time together…that’s it!

So, whether you are facing a job interview or you have a career-launching presentation to make, you will want to make those seven seconds really count! Here is what Myka recommends:

  • Know the room before you walk in!  Be sure to thoroughly research your audience, so you can easily maneuver conversations towards individuals’ interests and skills, as well as avoid any potentially uncomfortable topics.
  • Small details count!  Be sure to make sure that all of your accessories (i.e. notepad, pen, cell phone case) portray a professional appearance.
  • Social media sweep!  Myka gave the statistic that 65 percent of people google you the minute you call them or email them! Be sure that your online presence is something that you would be comfortable with a potential boss or potential client seeing.
  • Check your voice!  Myka taught us that everyone needs to work on either their pitch, their pace, or their pauses when engaged in verbal communication.
  • Shoulders back!  Does anybody else hear their mother’s insistent voice in their head when “posture” is mentioned? Myka taught us that people who stand up straight exude more confidence than their slouching neighbors. She also taught us to look at people in the left eye if you want to show them compassion or in the right eye if you want to appear authoritative.

If you were able to join us for our Paper Petals Plates evening event or for this luncheon, we want to sincerely say THANK YOU for making the both events so successful and delightful! We hope to see you again really soon.

Also, a huge thank you to our luncheon event sponsors, Regions HerVision HerLegacy and Birmingham MagazineAnd to Alisha Crossley for these beautiful images!