Jitney's Journeys : Our First Wedding!!

When Jessica messaged us on Etsy about making 22 centerpiece placemats, I was curious as to what she would use them for. Regardless, I still answered with a resounding, "Yes! We can definitely put 22 centerpiece placemats together for you."

Next message excerpt: "I'm getting married in October..."

My eyes grew wide and my heart started racing with excitement! We get to create something for someone's wedding -- our first wedding that we can actually be a part of through the product line of Jitney's Journeys!!

If you couldn't tell from our previous posts, JD and I love marriage. Love. It. And for us to have the honor of making centerpiece mats for somebody's wedding - their first day of their marriage... we were pumped to say the least. Just like every personalized piece or order we put together, those centerpiece mats were prayed over. All twenty-two of them. Because of Etsy, we are able to pray for people we will most likely never meet. It's a beautiful way to see God at work.

So, here's a few photos of what we sent her, in order of the opening process...

Please note that I blurred out the addresses. :)







The CD : Jitney Jams Year III

We were a few months late getting them out again this year, but the Jitney's Jams is back and ready to blare through your stereo system.

{If you don't know about our annual album, read about the history behind it here.}


The theme for this year's album is: Wake Up

This may come as a surprise to you but months of thought go into our album - 12 months, to be exact - sometimes even more. {We already have a few songs on the 25-year anniversary playlist. CDs probably won't be around by that year though.} Our goal each year is to methodically plan the songs to flow in certain ways. 

This year's mix was planned in such a way to demonstrate our waking up physically and also spiritually throughout this past year. Each song or a few lyrics from each song have a special meaning behind it. Granted "our meaning" behind a lot of the songs are probably way different from the intentional meanings of the lyrics. For instance, some of the lyrics in the song "Lover of the Light" by Mumford & Sons are parallel to our walks with Christ, as He is the Light, but you'll have the chance to read all about those meanings soon. 

There is purpose in every song that we've added to every album, but this is the first year we'll be sharing those purposes with you. We'll post about the explanations in a blog series so that it's not info overload. The first post will explain songs #1-5, the second post #6-10, and you get the point. 

Hope you enjoy!!

OH! And, of course, this year we will be sending CDs out to a few of our blog readers. If you would like a copy, comment below or on our Facebook page. We'd love for you to jam out with us! 






Etsy Product Release : Moustache Burlap Tote


And we've got ANOTHER Etsy Product Release!! 

Find the Moustache Burlap Tote Bag here.


It's oh-so-simple and oh-too-cute. 

To be honest with you, I'm quite unsure of the best way to spell moustache. Regardless of your personal preference in spelling it "moustache" or "mustache", this burlap tote bag is the perfect size to hold all of your valuables or party essentials. You can stock it up with fantastic goodies and give it away as a gift. In fact, we think this would be a fabulous tote to fill with wonderful trinkets for a bridesmaid's gift.

The only thing you can't do with this simple tote is tape it above your lips. 


This was the first time I have posed for any of our shop media. In fact, it was a self-photo on a timer. I hope it doesn't look ridiculous... You would tell me if it did, right?

The vintage scarf is from an amazing collection of scarves my grandmother (whom we refer to as GinGin) so lovingly gave me. Not a day has gone by that I haven't had one in my hair (it's been a couple of weeks). 

Back to the tote...
Here are the specifics:

One black moustache is stenciled in the middle of the front of the bag. If you would like a different colored moustache, we would love for you to message us with your preference and we will customize your order without a problem. The backside of the burlap bag is plain unless you would like us to monogram a name or initial across the back for $3 per tote.

HAPPY WEDNESDAY, EVERYONE!!



Flower Arrangements 101 with JL Designs

Did you see this lovely rustic photo on your Instagram feed last week?


No? Well then, you can follow us here

;)

And guess what? I didn't buy that arrangement... I put it together with my own hands along with a few of these wonderful ladies, all thanks to JL Designs

Me, Mom, Lauren (cousin), Aunt Sonya, Meredith (cousin)

The night offered a delightful time filled with laughter, catching up with old friends and hanging out with our sweet family.

Mom and me

Our friend Jeff, owner of JL Designs, taught an amazing flower arrangement class! If you live in Walton County (Georgia), you MUST take one of his classes. 

Before I show you our photos from the class, you have to see some of his work. He was the florist for our wedding...

Read more about our wedding day here

Is this not the loveliest and most whimsical of bouquets you've ever seen?? I love those hydrangeas, feathers and the use of my great-grandmother's broach. 


Jeff helped us carry out our theme of nature, birds and nests. He was such an integral part in making our wedding day special. 

Kike Morales Photography

Back to the class... 

Jeff taught us how to arrange two bouquets in glass vases - all from a freshly-cut bouquet of long-stem flowers and greenery like you would get from a florist or in a grocery store.

I don't want to give away a lot of the details Jeff shared with us (out of respect for him and his business), but I'll share a few key points of basic flower arranging that everyone should know:

(1) Don't just toss that beautiful, aromatic bundle into the vase!! Trim your stems in a way that will add height and dimension to an arrangement. The shortest flowers should line up right above the lip of the vase.

(2) Put the greenery in first and fill in accordingly.

(3) Carry a color theme throughout the bouquet from top to the lip of the vase. Our pop of color was purple.




The second arrangement Jeff taught was this {sigh} absolutely stunning hydrangea and white rose arrangement.

This was honestly the coolest technique I've ever seen for arranging flowers. I will be using it any and every time we have friends over for dinner!!


It's rare to see a business willing to teach details about their profession to their customers. Jeff encouraged us all to make our own arrangements at home (even though most of the class will still run to him for all florist needs - there's no comparison to his work). All that to say, JL Designs is a fantastic company with an awesome willingness and loyalty to go above and beyond for their customers.

Thank you Jeff, Amber and Andrea at JL Designs for hosting this fantastic class!

Check out their Facebook page here and see more photos from the class. 

Newlywed & Business Printables

Have you seen our Etsy shop yet?
 

Normally we have lots of super cute home decor items like this:


...but we're getting ready for an event called Shop with a Purpose supporting For Life Ministries and we're trying to stock up inventory until then.

In the meantime, we still have these lovely printables in our shop for purchase!

We have hourly, daily, weekly and monthly printables like these:








Home and business printables like this:
And our favorite: Newlywed Printables. 

All of our newlywed printables include Mr. & Mrs. as well as "bride" and "groom" highlights.
JD and I found that we have more wants than we have money, so we decided to create a form that prioritizes our wants and needs in long-term and short-term time spans. It really helps to put a lot into perspective. We've bought a lot less too. :)

Print those babies off and place in a family or business binder. 

You can also go by Staples or Office Depot and ask them to bind your printables.

They make awesome wedding gifts! 

Hope you stop by and grab a few here!! 

The Epic Shabby Chic Bridesmaid Luncheon for a Dear, Dear Friend

My mom and I hosted a bridesmaids' luncheon for my first "BFF", Emily Perry. We met at the age of two and have been friends ever since... yeah, 22 years. THAT is sisterhood. Her and her sweet new husband, Brian, dated for eight years and have finally TIED THE KNOT!!

Anyways, I have been so. stinkin. EXCITED. to show you photos of all mom and I put together. Among many other things, Mom (referred to earlier posts as "Mama E") set up all of the centerpieces and decorated the mantel; while I made the chargers, mason jar glasses and table runners. 

Meet Mrs. Gardner...


Mama E: "Tomorrow, call me 'Mrs. Gardner'."
Me: "No mom! We're not going to call you 'Mrs. Gardner'. That's going to be Emmy's new name."
(I was thinking it was a game she was wanting to play.)
Mama E: "Yeah. Call me 'Mrs. Gardner'..."
Me: "No, mom. Seriously, we are not calling you 'Mrs. Gardner' all day."
Mama E: "I'm talking about what you should write on the chalkboard!!"
Me: "Hahaha - oh. Well, maybe we should write, 'Tomorrow we shall call her Mrs. Gardner' instead...?"
Mama E: "Oh yeah. That would be much better."


The bride and bridesmaids' table. 
Notice there is an old school desk to the bottom left-hand corner. That's what you throw in when you miscount the number of guests coming. 


Mom used kitchen towels for the napkins to provide a more aesthetically pleasing presentation.

The bridesmaids and bride sat at the "groom" table, and the families of the grom and bride sat at the "bride" table. Thank you, Scrabble.


These lovely monogrammed jars with a chalkboard lid will be sold in our Etsy shop SOON!!


Drink Options:
Cucumber Water 
water with slices of cucumbers and branches of mint and rosemary - this refreshing water ran out QUICKLY
Virgin Mimosas
orange juice and sparkling grape cider
Coffee


The "marriage" mantel. Mom set all of this up. Isn't it lovely? We threw the vintage book wreath together in no time!


Menu Options:
Various flavored muffins
Mini pecan pie muffins
Heart-shaped fruit with dip
Egg & bacon casserole
Egg & sausage mini casseroles
French toast casserole
Italian cream cheese cake

My parents' neighbor, Amy, helped out with some of the delicious menu options!



The entire luncheon was a HUGE hit! 
Brian & Emily's wedding took place Sunday night. 
The wedding was beautiful and flashbacks of our childhood created kiddie pools of tears in my eyes.
Emily is such a blessing to my life. 
JD and I wish them both a lifetime of pure bliss!!


"This way... to happily ever after."


Friday Favesies: Weddings Edition

This week has been beautiful chaos, as my mom and I have been in a mad dash to get everything prepared for Emily's bridesmaid luncheon tomorrow. Emily and I have known each other since we were 2 years old and we've been best friends ever since. I am sooo stinkin' excited to post photos of the prep work for this party but I guess you will just have to wait until Monday. ;)

However, today is Friday Favesies over at Discovery Street...



and even though I didn't make much time to browse around the web this week, I feel it is only appropriate to include my all-time favorite this week: Photo Recap of our friends' (Matt & Julie) wedding. Check out Rachel Stricklin's blog. She is a wonderful photographer... and these photos... they're fantastic. Please, please, PLEASE scroll down to the photo of Julie, her mother and her two grandmothers all holding their wedding rings out. This picture nearly brought tears to my eyes when I saw it. Her dad said something like, "Matt and Julie... Your family has set high expectations for you, as we have (something like 200 generations) worth of marriages that have stayed together till death. We expect the same from y'all." Then he went into an epic speech about marriage, Matt and Julie. In reality, the photo of the generations of wedding rings truly spoke the same words Julie's dad said to her during the lovely little wedding reception. That, my friend, is the beauty of photography.

We're Proud to Be Newlyweds... Our Wedding Day 2010

Coming up on our two-year anniversary in May, we decided that it was about time to take a break from our travels and write a post about our wedding day. This post will take place on "The Wedding" tab for easy access if you would like to come back and reminisce or get ideas for your future events. Most of these photos were taken by Kike Morales, and a few were taken by our wonderful friends and family present at the wedding. If you have any questions or need references for your own event or wedding, email us at jitneysjourneys@gmail.com. We will be more than happy to share all of our info with you! Have fun browsing!! 

























Video by JD and Whitney Todd
Songs in the video:
You're Beautiful - Phil Wickham
You're All I Have - Snow Patrol



*Photo Credit on all wedding and trash the dress photos goes to Kike Morales Photography.

To live by these promises for all eternity...

For JD's birthday this year (Feb 17th), I decided to finally paint him something special. It was unbearably difficult for me to keep it a secret. I ended up surprising him with the paintings the night before his birthday because I was about to burst!!

As we wrote our own vows for our wedding, I thought it would be cool to paint them in celebration of all that has come and will come! The tree is meant to be a replica of the tree growing elegantly beside the aisle in the garden where our wedding ceremony took place (at the Carl House). And the birds on my vows are a replica of the sign we have hanging on our armoire (Love Birds Nesting).

Work in Progress:



The finished product:



I, James Darwin Todd, take you, Whitney Taylor Adams, to be my wife. I am exponentially excited that I will be enjoying the rest of my life with the most beautiful woman that I know on both the inside and out. I cannot wait to show you love and adoration every second of every day. I promise to encourage you and support you in all of your goals and to strengthen you in your walk with Christ daily as we glorify Him in all that we do. I promise by God's Grace, as He enables me, to love you as Christ loved the church; to daily make sacrifices for you and to speak the Truth to you in Love; and to show you Love and Grace as He has shown me Love and Grace. I will trust Him with all of my heart and lean not on my own understanding. I will acknowledge Him in all things, for I know He will direct our paths. I will be peaceful, content and joyful in every situation, knowing that He is guiding our paths and that He will strengthen us at all times. Gosh, I love you, Whitney... I am so thankful for this moment, moments passed and moments that will be. Knowing that I will be spending every precious moment with you forever makes me the most joyful and jubilant man. It is an honor and a joy to live be these promises for all eternity.
You can imagine my heart was about to beat out of my chest when he said those words - yes, from memory. I am daily baffled and blown away by the man God has set in my life to be my sweet husband. A man of God's Word and desire to follow His will. What more could a woman ask for?
I, Whitney Taylor Adams, take you, James Darwin Todd, my man, as my husband. I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with my soulmate who I truly find is the most attractive man I know on both the inside and out. I promise to shower you with Love and Respect every step of this journey we are about to embark on together. I will try to speak beyond my sassy-ness and instead speak to you only in Truth and in Love. I promise to encourage you and support you in all of your goals and to strengthen you as you walk with Christ daily, and to honor Him together. With our Savior's Strength, I'm putting my full trust in you, knowing that you will guide me and our family in the way of the Lord and the directions that He gives us. I promise to honor you be being Faithful, Trustworthy, Serving and Submissive, while especially honoring you in my speech. It's my utmost goal that people see just how beautiful and incredible you are and how incredible our marriage is just by the words that come out of my mouth. I love you. I cherish you. And after that past ten years of praying and knowing that God would provide me with an amazing husband, I can't imagine standing up here with any other man but you... and I am so thankful it's you. It's an absolute honor to promise you all of these things and to live by them for all eternity.

An Evening of Pure Charm and Sophistication


This past weekend, we did one of our most favorite things to do together: attend a wedding. We love seeing two people in love embarking on the greatest adventure in their lives; families and friends being brought together because of a Holy Union; and most of all, reminiscing on the memories of our own wedding day. The groom was one of JD's good friends {Brandon Cavell} from Beach Project. It was such a blessing to finally meet all of the people he talks about from Beach Project and put a face to all of the names. :)

This particular wedding was in Foley, AL, which is located about 6.5 hours south of Huntsville. We do love our road trips!

We also found out a new favorite thing we love to do as a married couple: spend the night at a Bed & Breakfast. This particular one, The Hotel Magnolia, was referred to us by our friend Amanda Younce at The Tasty Teaspoon. This place was absolutely exquisite, serene and charming. We don't have video footage but I hope these photos will suffice!


We stayed in the Swan Song room... also known as "Room Nine."


So this was the coolest part of the hotel: the old chandeliers! The one on the right was massive and hung right where the sun was shining through. Breathtaking.

By the way, we wrote "jitneysjourneys.blogspot.com" on the beam while we were putting together the spread... we didn't want you to think it was really on there. :)


Isn't the dragonfly perched on the sign so precious? These are a few photos of the interior and exterior. The dining room was delightful and the breakfast was scrumptious! There are also two outdoor fireplaces they have burning during the Autumn nights.


Here are a couple of shots from the bedroom and bathroom. {sigh.} It was delightful! I loved the swans acting as the posts for the bed and especially the faucet on the jacuzzi.


This was JD's favorite part of the room... the TV!!


Haha - Kidding. The only reason it was really one of his favorite parts of the room is because we laughed so hard when we saw how small it was. When I was getting ready for the wedding, I walked in the bedroom and he was standing about 5 inches away from the TV watching Alabama football. It was so funny!!

Even the TV made for a charming stay though. The staff was fantastic, knowledgeable and so excited to tell us the history behind Foley and The Hotel Magnolia. If you make it down that way, be sure to make your rounds through this sweet little hotel with tons of history hidden within it.