Thursday, May 30, 2013

Current Log House Pictures - Inside & Out

Latest pictures of our cozy log home! As you can see, it's not finished yet, but it's much farther along than when I last posted pictures before the wedding. Jordan, my brothers, and many friends who came and helped got an unbelievable amount done the few weeks before the wedding, so that we were able to move into the first story right away.
Lately we've mostly been working on our Dream Come True Miniature Beds business, but hope to start work on the 2nd story very soon!
I think the windows look fabulous! They make the whole house so bright and cheery.
It's the perfect size! I can't wait to move upstairs, but for not I'm having so much fun with our one-room log house!
Our wonderful double porch! Eventually we will have railings, and glass paned doors on the 2nd story.
Right now the doors and window frames are temporary. Jordan won't put in the final ones until the house completely finishes all settling, which might be up to a year.
Now, on to pictures of the inside...
Here is how it looked when we returned from the honeymoon. Yes - quite a mess. But we soon got to work making a place for our belongings.
The soon to be kitchen area.
(eventually the boarded up area is going to lead to a summer kitchen porch and a pantry)
Getting a little neater as we organize.
We move in my lovely hoosier cabinet!
Jordan bought this for me at an Amish auction last spring.
It was so wonderful to unpack all my hopechest dishes!
They have been in storage for so long, and now they will finally be used!
Enjoying the lovely wildflowers. We almost always have a varying bouquet in the house.
Lighting our lamps for the first time. 
First fire in my beloved little woodstove!
The creek floods during a heavy rain...
The first few weeks were hard as we tried to get organized, and I fought off being really sick with a nasty cold - don't know if I was just adjusting to a new climate or what...
Finally we got more of our furniture moved in out of storage and it began to look more like home...
We rearranged everything, and put the bed against one wall
to give us more room to make a sitting area.

Jordan tries out the new couch.
I have to say that I *love* my kitchen. Really love.
 It's so much fun to cook in this bright space.
Although sometimes it's a bit hard - I will be very thankful when we get running water installed!
But for now it's awfully nice to have a creek handy.
Ain't it cute?
The open shelves Jordan builtfor me. I've always been a fan of shallow open shelves as opposed to deep cabinets in a kitchen - I think it forces one to be more clean and tidy, and to keep *only* what you need. Plus you also tend to have prettier storage containers and dishes, because you look at them all the time!
Antique wooden dough box holding my rolling pins, sourdough starter, and a jar of sour milk.
A pitcher full of lilacs and bluebells.
All the chairs are antiques we bought while on our honeymoon.
The icebox! Finally up and running. Really really enjoying having refrigeration of sorts inside the house. Before we were having to store our milk, butter, and veggies in the creek! (see below...) Makes you so appreciative of just being able to reach inside a door to get your items for cooking instead of having to run down to the creek!
I love the glow of lamplight at night. So peaceful.
Just last week I finally made and hung curtains in the living room/bedroom! It gives the room a whole new feel. I used some sheer white cotton swiss dot that I had on hand.
The joist and summer beam system of the ceiling all notched into each other always impresses me. Didn't Jordan do such a good job designing our home?
Curtains inside & out.
It's been so much fun having all of our long-collected furniture in one place, and finally getting to cook and eat with the dishes I've been saving for years. I really do feel like I'm playing house, though. This is way too much fun to be work. :)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Wedding Day (Details and *Lots* of Pictures)

After all the preparation, photos, getting ready to move into our new house, and decorating, the wedding day finally arrived! March 30, 2013. Exactly one year after we became engaged.
After a quick lunch all of us girls were in a flurry of preparation, After finally getting everyone's dresses right and everyone's curls pinned to perfection, we drove to the Forrest House.
Mom was already there, and helped with last minute preparations.
Pink cameo necklace given to my Granny by my Grandad, and given to me after his death.
Finally ready, and starting to get rather nervous.
 It really hadn't seemed real until now...
Can't believe I'm about to walk down the aisle.
Hadn't seen Jordan all day, except for one glimpse out the upstairs window.
When we arrived at the Forrest house, buckets of blossoms and flowers had been placed there for our bouquets. So, just before the ceremony we were all working like mad trying to get ours completed and tied with a bit of vintage lace. My bouquet was a combination of peach blossoms, pear blossoms, and creamy daffodils.  
The ceremony was held at 3 in the afternoon.
The wonderful musicians!  Our song selections were:
-Fairest Lord Jesus
-Clancy's Theme (from The Man From Snowy River)
- Emma (Main Theme from Gweneth Paltrow version)
-Be Though My Vision
Below is some of the text of our ceremony & vows.
(We used the 1871 Book of Common Prayer vows, but did a lot of paring down and rearranging.)

DEARLY beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony ; which is honourable among all men : and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly ; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. If any man can show just cause, why they may not  be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter forever hold his peace.
Jordan, Wilt thou have this Woman to be thy wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony ? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live ?
I will.
Atlanta, Wilt thou have this Man to be thy wedded husband, to live together after Gods ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony ? Wilt thou obey him, and serve him, love, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health ; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live ?

I will.
I Jordan take thee Atlanta to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance ; and thereto I plight thee my troth.
I Atlanta take thee Jordan to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and obey, till death us do part, according to God’s holy ordinance ; and thereto I give thee my troth.
With this Ring I thee wed, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow : In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
{We had our rings engraved inside with messages to each other. They were inspired by 18th and 19th century posy rings. My message to Jordan on his ring reads 'In Christ & Thee My Joy Shall Be', and my ring reads 'Gods Gift Thou Art, My Dearest Heart'}
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, and keep you ; the Lord mercifully with his favour look upon you, and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace ; that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. Amen.
Those whom God hath joined together let no man put asunder.
Forasmuch as Jordan and Atlanta have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a Ring, and by joining hands; I pronounce that they are Man and Wife, In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
You may now kiss the bride. 
And just in case you were wondering. - Yes. This was our very first kiss.
 (it was wonderful.)
As we walked back down the aisle, the musicians burst into "Dixie", and the canon fired!
I think everyone was quite surprised.
The canon was brought by members of Forrest's Battery, Jordan's reenactment group.
 The canon is actually an original Confederate gun!
 Pretty awesome if you ask me.
Signing our Marriage Covenant
Hugs. And cake. Lots of cake.
Family photos!
Stockton insisted we have flowers thrown at us. :) Sweet little brother.
Crazy brothers, Cim and Laredo.
Rebecca and Aspen seemed *quite* affected....
Wonderful friends!
Dearest friends. Rebecca, Desarae, Beth, and Jennifer.

Even though it began misting/lightly raining just a little bit after the ceremony, every still seemed to have a lovely time dancing and visiting!
(in the rain)
As the evening drew on, it was soon time to depart....

Little sis Carolina caught my bouquet!
 Into happily ever after...
So thankful for our wedding day - and so thankful to God who brought us together.
(majority of pictures credit Smile For Sophie Photography)


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