Anniversary traditions

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Celebrating milestones is something I am passionate about and always have been, as you may have guessed by now! Long ago, I declared myself a celebration enthusiast, and I am unapologetic about how much a love celebrating life, the big and little moments that make up our days, and establishing meaningful traditions in our own little family. I LOVE traditions… the ones that I grew up with and continue to maintain, the ones that Rob and I have started together, and being inspired by and learning new traditions and celebrations that we hope to make a part of our joyful home life.

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With our second anniversary just a few days ago, I wanted to share some of our personal favorite traditions that have become a part of our annual rituals and celebrations. I have had a Google doc for several years now (but have a Celebrations Binder from Cultivate What Matters on its way to our house right now!), and it’s a compilation of all of the traditions that my family had growing up (my mom, in particular, is the queen of special, sweet little touches and traditions!), the traditions and celebrations that Rob and I have created for us, and the traditions, sweet touches, and culture we’d like to instill in our future children one day. I am incredibly passionate about instilling a sense of magic, play, and wonder in our day-to-day lives, and there are countless ways to make an ordinary event or moment extraordinary. I believe that the meaningful little touches and surprises matter — and this is one of the ways that I show love and thought best. Oh, I have so much to say about creating meaningful, thoughtful, special traditions to celebrate life well!

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For our anniversaries, some of the traditions that are most important to us to commemorate another year of marriage are:

  • watching our wedding ceremony video together (it’s a definite that I bawl throughout the entire thing; it’s so incredibly special to watch our wedding day again!)
  • scrolling through our wedding gallery (I’m a total softie; it’s true — these gorgeous images are our family’s legacy, and they’re such a beautiful depiction of our first day of marriage and all of the enormous love and joy we felt that day!)
  • dancing to our first dance song (Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling in Love! It brings back the happiest memories every time I hear it, and I firmly believe Rob can sing it just as well as Elvis can.)
  • popping our favorite bubbly and toasting to our marriage using the crystal Waterford champagne flutes that we toasted with at our wedding (we also save the corks from year to year!)
  • going on an anniversary weekend celebration, just the two of us (last year, we went to Beaufort, and this year, we went to Charleston. These trips are so, so special!)
  • picking up cupcakes (or for our first year, our anniversary tier) in our wedding cake flavors
  • reading our vows to each other again (I think this is the most important one, for obvious reasons. My favorite line from our vows is: “I vow to pursue your heart and love you the way God does: unconditionally and never-ending.”)

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As much fun it is to have these meaningful traditions to commemorate and celebrate our marriage and anniversary each year, quality time together, reminiscing about our wedding and the past year while dreaming about the coming year(s), is truly the most important thing. I’m endlessly thankful for the past two years of marriage with Rob and a million more together!

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Bride Spotlight: Amy

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Amy and Joel are getting married so soon, and I am over the moon excited for them!! I have been looking forward to this day for over ten years now, actually — Amy is one of my dearest friends from college, and knowing that she is mere days away from marrying the love of her life makes me so incredibly happy for them! Amy and I have been close for many, many years, and Rob and I even attribute us meeting to Amy, so you know she’s someone amazing in every way.

I know how excited Amy and Joel are for their wedding day to be here and to become husband and wife. It’s been so special to not only celebrate Amy and Joel as friends but to also be intimately involved in their wedding planning. Getting to talk with Amy almost every day since they’ve been engaged has been so sweet for me (though I’m sure she’s more than ready to wrap up wedding planning!), and I love getting to know them as a couple more and more. Amy and Joel are such steadfast, thoughtful, wise, and giving people, and they bring out the very best in one another. I love getting to witness a love like theirs, and it brings me the deepest joy knowing that we’ll get to be a part of their ceremony and vows to one another, celebrate such a joyful occasion with their beloved family and friends, and kick off married life for Amy and Joel in such a beautiful, marvelous, romantic way! It’s going to be so special, meaningful, gorgeous, and oh so remarkable in every way for two people who were clearly made for one another.

Amy and Joel, your wedding week is finally HERE, and I hope you feel nothing but an abundance of love, peace, and joy as you two are married and are celebrated with such happiness!

I’m so excited to share Amy’s bride spotlight with you today, where you can learn more about the two of them, their love story, and what they’re most excited about on their wedding day! Also, are they not the most attractive couple just bursting with joy?! Their love and happiness simply radiates in their engagement session by Erin Kranz Photography — swoon!!

EKP-AJ-engaged-371. Tell us a little bit about you and your fiance, Joel!

We met in the fall of 2016 on Match.com, and we both lived happy, busy lives before we met…but we quickly found that life is even better together!  We both share a love for good food, wine, exercise, and information/data (self-proclaimed nerds 😊).  Although we make the most of our time together, maintaining our separate activities and interests has been a large component of our success as a couple.  One of our goals for our marriage is to take at least one trip a year together…Napa and Hawaii are on our short list, and we will spend our honeymoon in St. Lucia.

2. What are you most excited for about your wedding day? Do you have a moment of your wedding day that you’re most anticipating?

Besides the obvious of marrying Joel – seeing everyone I love in one place, getting to enjoy the pay-off of our hard work and planning, and I’m excited about our cake from Whole Foods!

3. What was your biggest inspiration for your wedding design? 

I don’t know because Stephanie and my mom handled all of it for me, which was a godsend to this accountant whose design aptitude leaves much to be desired 😉.

4. Are you doing a first look or saving it for walking down the aisle? 
Saving it for the aisle, but I am doing a first look with my dad.  

 

5. Describe your style in one word. 

Graceful.

 

6. What’s your favorite way to relax and unwind? 

A massage or pedicure, a wine and dessert night in with girlfriends, snuggling on the couch with my sweet boy cat, Simba, and a favorite show or book.  

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7. What is something you’re passionate about? What are some things you and Joel love to do together?

Joel is an avid runner, loves watching sports and is a history and nature buff (based on his Netflix history 😉).  I love to cook and volunteer at the Salud cooking school at Whole Foods.  Together, we both love day trips to wineries, Saturday night church, and eating awesome food in or out.
8. What has been the biggest surprise in the wedding planning process?
How kind and generous people have been in celebrating us – I already knew “our people” were kind and generous, but we have been overwhelmed by all the love! 

9. What is your favorite part of your wedding design? 
Combining all my favorite pastel colors (but the real answer is: Stephanie doing it all for me 😉).   

10. What is your favorite thing about Joel?

His kindness and stability.  From the beginning, our communication has always been strong, and much of that is attributable to Joel’s confidence and affirmation.  I always know he’s on my team, and I’m incredibly lucky to have him for life.

EKP-AJ-engaged-28Stayed tuned this weekend for lots of sneak peeks of their wedding on my Instagram! I already can’t wait to see it all come to life for Amy and Joel as we celebrate this joyous, gorgeous day!

all photos by Erin Kranz Photography

PS: read more bridal spotlights here + here + here + here + here + here!