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Author: Emily

When Landon and Jordan sent over the photos for today’s tour, the first thing I said to Lisa was, “I want to move in!!” When I said the same thing to Jordan in an email, she kindly responded that I was welcome to, but that their house was a bit small. I haven’t packed my bags yet; instead, I’ve been inspired to make a few changes in my own home. Because the thing I love most about the space these two share isn’t their beautiful paint choices or white kitchen cabinets (though I do love those things), it’s that it clearly shows who they are, how they live, and what they love.

And, they have chickens!! So obviously they were a natural candidate for our Southern Newlywed At Home series :)

Years married: 7
Tell us your love story in one sentence. Hometown and college sweethearts fall madly in love and save the world.
Do you rent or own? We own a cute bungalow in a historic neighborhood in downtown Columbia, SC.

What is your favorite part of being married? Definitely our friendship! Don’t get me wrong, we are deeply in love with each other, but when life goes to the pits (and it does for everyone at some point), there’s nothing better than coming home to your best friend who loves you unconditionally. We are with each other a lot. I mean… A LOT. Not only do we live together (obviously), but we also work together full-time with our photography business. Thankfully, we really enjoy each other’s company. We make each other laugh almost constantly, which is another favorite part of our marriage.
Tell us about the process of moving in together. If two creative people move in together, there might be some disagreements on decor. Both of us enjoy the art of creating spaces, and we can both be pretty stubborn about it. It didn’t take us long to realize that one person needed to have the final say. So, after about a year of intense decorating battles, I, Landon, relinquished the veto power to Jordan (my wife). This doesn’t mean Jordan won’t ask for my opinion, or that I don’t often give it. It just means I’m okay with her final decision either way. After all, she is incredibly talented. We no longer argue about it, and I love the way our house looks and feels. Guys, if decorating is super important to your wife, there’s nothing wrong with giving in or learning to love and appreciate her taste.

What most makes your house feel like home? I would say the thought and time we’ve put into designing every space in our house. Everything is there for a reason, and was probably given much consideration. This has turned our house into a unique and personal home.
Where do you splurge and where do you save when decorating? It’s a little ironic given how much we love decorating, but we really don’t splurge on much. We’ve always wanted our house to look a certain way, even early on in our marriage, and of course, most newlyweds don’t have tens of thousands of dollars to spend on decor. For our first several years together, almost everything we owned was either bought on clearance, at yard sales, Ikea, thrift stores, traded for, given to us, or built from scratch. It took a lot more time than simply picking out our favorite pieces from a boutique, but in the end, it enabled us to decorate every part of our house the way we wanted. Most inexpensive things don’t last forever (surprise!), so we’ve been in the process of replacing the pieces we use the most with items that will.

Which room in your home is your favorite, and why? Our favorite room would have be our dinning room–it’s where we gather and enjoy delicious meals with all our wonderful friends.
Which items from your wedding registry do you use the most often? None of it :( We were young and had no idea what to register for, so we didn’t register for much. A couple of years ago, I was super sad to see our salt shaker break, because it was one of the few gifts we had from our wedding. I wish we would have registered for heavy duty china and flatware. It’s fun setting up a fancy dinner for guests, so we’ve had to buy a good bit on our own.

Who cooks dinner? I’d say it’s about 50-50. We both love to cook, but also love when the other does as well :)
What is your go-to weeknight meal? Weekend meal? We are both pescetarian (vegetarians who eat fish). During the week, you’ll probably find us eating salmon with corn risotto or rice and beans with homemade tortillas. We travel a lot on the weekends, so Chipotle is our go-to.
What’s your favorite place to find recipes? A cookbook called Happy Herbivore has been super handy. We have a couple great recipes from Kinfolk as well.

What has been the most surprising thing about marriage? Probably that doing something as simple as communicating can be difficult at times. We were probably three years into marriage before we realized that a lot of our arguments only began because we didn’t understand what the other was trying to communicate. Thankfully, as noted above, spending lots of time together has made us much better at understanding each other, as well as (even more importantly) listening.
How does your family handle finances? We set a budget and use the cash system. It helps keep two very non-type-A people in check.
What’s your best tip for balancing your relationship and other life priorities? This can definitely be a tough area. There are lots of things you have to do and lots of things you want to do, and most of the time, they conflict with each other. Our tip is to bounce things off your spouse. They should know you pretty well and can help you balance the have-to’s with the want-to’s.

Do you have children? Does a dog and chickens count? Nope? That’s okay. We love kids and would love to have our own one day!
Do you have a favorite date night idea to share? Typically, we go out to our favorite restaurant, and then skip on over to a local coffee shop to play chess. Landon almost always wins.
What is one small way you love or serve your spouse? From Landon: It’s simple, but whenever Jordan makes a run to the grocery store or goes out to eat with a friend, she’ll often bring me back a little treat. It always makes me feel special. From Jordan: Anytime we are curled up on the sofa watching our favorite TV show, Landon scratches my back. I always think he’s the sweetest!

Before getting married, I wish someone had told me… that marriage is incredible, but it will expose almost all the areas in your life where you need to grow. And that’s ok, because you’re not a perfect person. Your spouse will know you more intimately than anyone else, and therefore, will notice your weaknesses more than anyone else, and visa versa. Two important things to remember: 1. Let’s just go ahead and assume that your imperfections are abundant, so give your spouse tons and tons of grace when their flaws pop up. 2. Don’t get upset when your spouse exposes a shortcoming of yours. Instead, be thankful. The alternative would be having tons of weaknesses you don’t know about.

Landon and Jordan (otherwise known as Landon Jacob) are great friends of the Southern Weddings family, and we’re so thankful they shared their thoughts and home with us! You can see more of their work on their site here and follow along with their married life on instagram. Until next week!

P.S. As if you needed any more reason to think these two are amazing, they’re traveling to Africa in July to volunteer with an organization called Clothed in Hope. To help fund their trip, they’re currently offering an insane deal ($130) on mini portrait sessions in Columbia, SC on May 18th, June 1st, and June 8th. If you’re interested, email them at hello at to reserve a spot! Great opportunity for engagement photos, anniversary photos, or Christmas card photos :)

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Yup, I am ready to move in, too! Love L&J, their beautiful and purposeful home, and their insightful marriage advice.

  2. avatar Lara reply

    AH!!!! I love every single thing about this — especially the fine feathered friends! L + J, can you please clone your home (including chickens) and bring it to me? I love y’all and your amazing hearts!

  3. avatar Emily Alice reply

    This home is beautiful! My Columbia pride is bursting! :)

  4. avatar L + J reply

    Thanks so much Lara! We’ll definitely get on that. Haha! Love y’all as well!

  5. avatar Kaitlin Holland reply

    Landon & Jordan, this is beautiful!!! I love your hearts for each other and your stunning home.

  6. avatar Nicole reply

    Cutest chicken coop ever? I love every detail of your home, L + J, and reading about how you make it the perfect fit for yourselves!

  7. avatar Abi Losli reply

    Yep, everything about this is adorable! And oh my heart, those chickens! Seeing homes with meaningful, purposeful details gets me all fired up to make our home that way. Thank you for living a great (and inspiring!) story Landon & Jordan! I so appreciate your hearts for each other and the wisdom in your advice.

  8. avatar Erin @ Blue-Eyed Bride reply

    It is so stunning and so comfortable. I love the balance of beauty and comfort!

  9. avatar Occasions In Print reply

    When my kids grow up, this is what I want my house to look like! LOL! Not a toy in sight!

  10. avatar Leanne Caroline reply

    Beautiful home. Beautiful words and wisdom. Thank you for sharing, and thank you Southern Weddings for this new post marriage series. I’m not married yet but do so like the “rest of your life” thoughts, aspirations and goals more than the wedding day ideals already. Love the big picture stuff, can’t wait to read more.

  11. avatar celine reply

    I would love to know the color paint you used for the living room (& the guest room if it is a different color). I’m on the search for the perfect gray….

  12. avatar Sarah reply

    Two of the most beautiful people I have ever known. Love this pair to pieces.

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emily Written with love by Emily

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We just wrapped up our second Southern Weddings Volume 7 editorial shoot on Tuesday, so we thought now might be a good time to check in and report on our first shoot, which took place at the end of April! So many people wonder how, exactly, the magazine comes together with such a small staff. The answer boils down to relationships – we are so lucky to work with such talented folks! This time around we had Landon Jacob on hand for photography, Kelly from Philosophy Flowers on blooms, and LULA Hair & Makeup making everyone look beautiful (just to name a few!). Though everything came together perfectly on the day-of, this shoot was not without its hiccups in the run-up – leading to this (overly dramatic?) instagram photo we shared just days before:

Consider it our best attempt at a Scarlett O’Hara impression. In the end, though, our worries went unfounded, as we were rewarded with an absolutely gorgeous day – probably the prettiest one we’ve ever had for a shoot.

We tried something a little different for the cake this time around – we purchased a simple two-layer beauty from Whole Foods, then added our own decor. It turned out better than we expected, and we’re excited to share this totally doable idea in the magazine! Jordan captured the final result (just out of the frame!) beautifully.

Possibly my favorite moment of the day, though? I returned home, tired after many hours on my feet, only to turn around from putting things away to see my cat gleefully licking our cake!! Her eyes were practically closed, she was so happy. Well, at least we know it was delicious :)

We’ve been sharing snippets of magazine prep with a new hashtag on social media, #MakingSouthernWeddings – we hope y’all will find it fun to follow along! In the meantime, you can pick up past print editions in our shop to tide you over until November!

emily Written with love by Emily

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Moms are a crowd favorite in our office (as they are throughout the South). Though daddies often get top billing on wedding days, between the big walk down the aisle and the father-daughter dance, we love when photographers capture the sweet moments involving mama. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites from the past year and interspersed them with musings on our own moms. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamas out there – we love you and appreciate you!

From Lara:
What is your favorite trait you got from your mom? I am so grateful to have mirrored my mom in many ways, but recently her love for gardening has taken root in me. This took 34 years to sprout, but I am having so much fun following in her horticultural footsteps!
What trait of your mom’s do you WISH you had gotten? I wish I had my mom’s cooking skills. I am working on it, but I don’t think I can catch up to her Cordon Bleu degree!

Photo by Kristin Sweeting from Hannah + Andy’s wedding

From Nicole:
What is your favorite trait you got from your mom? Our emotions [enter Anchorman joke here!] We’re both pretty in touch with them. While it’s not always a flattering trait (hello fellow ugly criers who weep at Google commercials!), I think it’s made us both really appreciative of the people we’re around and the places we’re in.
What trait of your mom’s do you WISH you had gotten? Her cooking skills (which I am trying to get to rub off on me)! My mom can glance at a recipe once or taste a really good meal and then whip it up at home without a hitch. She’s totally at home in the kitchen and therefore notorious in our family for handing down recipes that are totally vague and mysterious because of this skill: “Mix a little bit of this with a little bit of that to taste. Bake until it’s done.” I love her regardless :)

From Morgan:
What is your favorite trait you got from your mom? My twin sister and I love to talk about which parent we are more alike. We always conclude that I’m just like my mom and I pride myself on that because I think she’s super! My mom passed down to me a love for reading. I’m so glad she did because we love nothing more than reading a good book all day at the beach.
What trait of your mom’s do you WISH you had gotten? My mom is great at many things but she is especially fantastic at cooking! She’s a sweet and thoughtful host who always makes delicious meals for her friends and family. I wish I inherited those great cooking skills!

Photo by Amy Arrington from Hannah + Graham’s wedding

From Lisa:
What is your favorite trait you got from your mom? There are so many ways my mom and I are alike, but one of my favorite traits she’s given me is her love of stories. She worked in publishing before I was born and read to my siblings and I constantly when we were growing up. Her love of reading was passed on to me, and it is the reason I wanted to be a writer, ever since first grade. On another note, I also inherited my mom’s tendency to cry at the drop of a hat, especially during weddings or anything having to do with military homecomings!
What trait of your mom’s do you WISH you had gotten? I wish I had gotten my mom’s heroic patience — a trait that came in handy when she had four teenagers at home, especially! She is gracious and compassionate, no matter how difficult of a situation she is dealing with, and she always sees the best in people.

Photo by Dixie Pixel from Jessica + Burton’s wedding

From Marissa:
What is your favorite trait you got from your mom? My favorite trait I got from my mom is the way she values family. My mom truly knows the meaning of what matters most, and has always placed my sister and I above all else. With my first little one just four months old, my husband are now seeing how fast time flies, and the incredible importance of family time.
What trait of your mom’s do you WISH you had gotten? Her eternal optimism. I think I’m a relatively optimistic girl – until I talk to my mom. While we may tease her (sometimes) to remove her rose–colored glasses, life is way more fun when the glass is half full!

Photo by Tanja Lippert from Emily + John’s wedding

From Emily:
What is your favorite trait you got from your mom? My Mom makes these things called peanut butter balls – they are legend in our circle (John and I even served them at our wedding). Mine are not quite as good as hers, but they’re close. That’s more of a skill, but I’m grateful for it! :)
What trait of your mom’s do you WISH you had gotten? Oh my, so many things. I wish I had her natural ability to chat up random passersby and put people at ease. I also wish I was as skilled as she is at handling children — but, considering she has 20+ years as a preschool teacher/administrator behind her (and thirty years of raising three girls), maybe there’s hope for me yet.

Photo by Jess Barfield from Abby + Cameron’s wedding

From Kristin:
What is your favorite trait you got from your mom? My ability to talk to strangers in the grocery store! When I was younger my mama’s ‘over-friendliness’ used to embarrass me because she would strike up conversations with people EVERYWHERE — she could make friends in the grocery store or waiting for a doctor’s appointment. Now, I find myself so very grateful that I inherited her ability to never meet a stranger — the transfer of her friendly and outgoing personality has severed me well.
What trait of your mom’s do you WISH you had gotten? Her Selflessness! She puts others needs in front of her own, and is always willing to give her time, resources, gifts and talents. She is a special education teacher by day (the ultimate selfless career — I spend an hour with her at school and need to go home and take a nap) and spends her free time serving the community and her friends in need. She would make Mother Theresa proud.

Your turn, gals: what traits did you get from your mom, and what traits did you WISH you got from your mom?

emily Written with love by Emily
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