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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 landonjacob.com to reserve a spot! Great opportunity for engagement photos, anniversary photos, or Christmas card photos :)

emily Written with love by Emily
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  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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    Just curious about the mirror in your living room I believe. Did you make that? Can you tell me the dimensions?
    Thank you

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    Hello.
    Can you tell me where you found the hanging wall baskets in your entryway?
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    do you share paint colors?

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Banana pudding is a Southern Delicacy we have yet to tackle, but I’d say we’re about due, wouldn’t you? Perhaps Marissa will indulge us with a bit of history in a future column! In the meantime, enjoy these diminuitive scoops of this old-school Southern favorite. Yum!

Thanks so much to Landon Jacob for sharing!

P.S. Banana pudding instead of wedding cake

Landon Jacob is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
6 Comments
  1. avatar Emily reply

    These are adorable! As a huge banana pudding fan, it’s great to see this delicious treat so adorably shared. Thanks for posting this!

  2. avatar Ashley reply

    We’re serving mini banana puddings at our wedding next May! I’m so excited about it :)

  3. avatar Desiree reply

    Oh my goodness, my cousin was JUST talking about doing this for her wedding in Alabama…way cute! We need to create a recipe for banana nutella pudding…i die.

  4. avatar Heather reply

    We had mini banana puddings at our wedding! Banana pudding is my husband’s all-time favorite dessert, and he’s not a big cake fan, so that was his “groom’s cake” – we brought out the mini puddings and a few other mini treats toward the end of the night. They disappeared very quickly!

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    What is the recipe for these mini puddings?

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I think it says a lot about couples when they plan their wedding in the South, despite the fact that they’re located much farther. Take Casey + Wojtek. They planned their wedding all the way from Canada! We love that they decided to keep their wedding small and intimate, choosing the rooftop of Reata Restaurant to celebrate. What a romantic view! When we asked Casey what advice she has for brides currently planning their weddings, she said, “Enjoy the details. It is really what makes all the difference.” We couldn’t agree more, which is why we’re gobbling up C + W’s thumbprint guest book, balloon getaway, and their cake stand which was made from a tree from Casey’s family farm. Big thanks to Landon Jacob for sharing this Texas wedding!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Marietta with Patsy’s Bridal in Dallas was the best guidance a girl could wish for. The first day I met with her, she asked me to describe the feeling of my wedding. I told her it was a romantic-country and traditional wedding and that I loved lace. She brought over 4 dresses that she felt were appropriate and I fell in love with a romantic, all lace, sweetheart dress and cathedral veil trimmed in matching lace. She covered every intricate detail from accessories to time needed to button the hundred buttons up the back.
Describe your wedding flowers: Bryna with Dr. Delphinium in Dallas helped me design simple and sweet floral arrangements including white and blush garden roses, miniature roses and dahlias, blush snow berries, white hydrangeas, dusty miller and brunia berries.
Did you decide to do a “first look”? Why or why not? No, I wanted to have the special first look moment coming down the aisle. It just seems really symbolic of the commitment you are making to one another. The first sight of each other is always emotional and special, I wanted that to be shared with family and friends, not take that moment away from everyone.

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The Tony Hikam Trio out of Dallas was a highlight. They were wonderful and we could’ve listened to them croon all night! The little details, like our guest sign-in tree, the cake topper that was designed to look just like us, the guest names handwritten on pieces of wood and the cake stand made from a tree off my family’s farm were details that made it uniquely special.

What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration? What was Southern about your wedding? We combined our Southern menu with the Polish tradition of breaking bread. We kept it small and intimate, allowing us to go all out on great Southern comfort foods like jalapeno-cheddar grits, smoked quail, field greens with Texas goat cheese, pan-seared peppercorn tenderloin, calamari with cowboy cocktail sauce, personal oven-fresh pecan pies and more. The rooftop of Reata had great Southern design, with wrought iron chairs bearing the lone star design and cowboy murals. The breezy rooftop venue elevates your event four stories above the sights and sounds of Sundance Square.
Describe your wedding cake or dessert: It was a three-tiered classic hummingbird cake with organic buttercream.

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met on eHarmony in 2008.
Describe the proposal. The first beautiful day of spring in Ottawa, Canada came April 9th 2011. The snow was gone and the sunshine was back! We had lunch on the patio downtown and on the way home I spotted an easel for sale in the window of the local art shop. I was so excited to get it home and paint! Wojtek eagerly put my easel together and we spent the evening painting together and just being silly. After the canvas was covered in all shades of blue, he asked me to leave the room. When he called me back in, I saw written across the canvas “I love you, Will you marry Me?” Wojtek was already on one knee with the ring in hand! Obviously, I said YES! That sunny day ended even brighter than it started!
In what month did you get married? October
How many guests attended your wedding? 80
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? Planning a wedding in Texas while living in Canada!
What range did your wedding budget fall into? $25,000-$50,000
What is the one thing you are most happy you splurged on? The Tony Hikam Trio. The live intimate trio really set the mood for a classy romantic evening. Everyone danced the night away. The cigar bar was a hit, too!
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The ceremony in the beautiful Cathedral Guadalupe.
What readings, if any, did you have at your ceremony? A reading from the Book of Sirach, Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16 and a reading from the Book of Genesis, Genesis 2:18-24
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We just returned from our gorgeous month-long honeymoon in Thailand and Bali and we’re looking forward to moving from Canada to Texas. We are most looking forward to having children and traveling the world as a family! So many beautiful places to go and wonderful people to meet!

Photographer: Landon Jacob Produductions // Videographer: Landon Jacob Productions // Ceremony venue: Cathedral Guadalupe // Reception venue: Reata Restaurant, Fort Worth, TX // Florist: Dr Delphinium Designs & Events // Wedding Cake or Dessert Baker: Frosted Art // Caterer: Reata Restaurant // Bride’s Dress: Patsy’s Bridal // Veil: Patsy’s Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti Design // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN // Accessories: BHLDN

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nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Madelynne Miller reply

    STUNNING church, reception venue, flowers, and bride! Wow! Love that you all included the readings from your ceremony – that is something many couples struggle to pinpoint, so it is very helpful!

  2. avatar Megan reply

    Her dress is absolutely beautiful! Love the soft colors, too.

  3. avatar Alexandra {Heart Love Weddings} reply

    Gorgeous wedding! Can’t wait for you to pin this one so I can repin!!! :)

  4. avatar Alison reply

    What a beautiful wedding! Could you let us know the designer of the dress? I just love it!

  5. avatar mollystillman reply

    oh wow. so gorgeous and beautiful and classic. i love this! (i also LOVE texas – so you can’t go wrong there)

  6. avatar Melanie reply

    I love the mercury glass vases. Where r they from.

  7. avatar Lisa reply

    This is so lovely and romantic! I love their balloon sendoff, and those gorgeous centerpieces!

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  9. avatar Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie reply

    Love, love everything about this wedding!!! Such a beautiful cake!

    xo

  10. avatar candice reply

    Just beautiful! Where is the flower girl dress from?

  11. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Love love love the photos with the balloons!

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  13. avatar amanda reply

    was wondering if anyone knew what kind of tree was used for the cake base and where they found it? thank you, really beautiful wedding!

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  16. avatar Idalia reply

    What a beautiful wedding! I am in love with the wedding topper. Where is it from?

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