Anniversary Celebrations

IMG_8004August 1st was our four month anniversary of being married! While four months isn’t a decidely huge milestone or extraordinarily exciting milestone, necessarily, it was definitely cause for celebration. If you know me at all or have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m passionate about celebrating the big and little moments of life, turning anything into a worthy cause for celebration, and finding joy in the little things! Our four month wedding anniversary was no exception, and I know Rob and I both immensely enjoyed our low-key evening together and found much reason to celebrate. I believe it’s deeply important to create new traditions together, to remember the great times (and the hard times) while looking towards the future together, to find any reason to create new and joyful memories, and to simply celebrate all the good in life.

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For our four month anniversary celebration the other evening, we cleared our evening calendar so that we could soak up time together, just the two of us. I set the table using our china, fresh flowers, a bottle of champagne (of course!), and the place cards that I calligraphed for our wedding. Even these simple touches added more meaning to our dinner (tacos!). Rob and I always like any excuse to pop the champagne, and this evening was no exception! We toasted to our wedding day and marriage; to our love for one another; to our hopes and dreams.

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Rob and I plopped down on the couch an watched our wedding ceremony video, which we’d only watched the entirety of once before. Even though it’s 45 minutes long, it is the BEST to have documentation of every single moment of our ceremony. We absolutely love rewatching it together and having this film to look back upon! Remembering and re-living the massive beams on our faces throughout the ceremony, every word from our pastor, hearing us recite our vows again, the way we’re looking at each other, hearing the birds chirp, seeing all of our guests come up for communion, and when we’re pronounced husband and wife… it’s all so perfect! I love having this visual, real-time record of our wedding, and watching it together left me crying the happiest tears (again!). Rob and I then looked through our wedding photos, as we hadn’t looked through them all again (1400 of them!) since we received them back in May. It was also incredibly special to look at these precious, gorgeous images that captured the happiest day of our life! These photos brought back so many memories and are such a treasure. We then curled up in bed with stove-popped popcorn to watch Forrest Gump.

You see, even the most simple of evenings – with a few meaningful, special touches – can become one of those memorable nights that really does celebrate your love!

Seventy Years

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Mag & Don in 1945

Friends, I am so honored to share this story with you today! My darling great aunt and uncle have been married for SEVENTY years. Seventy years!!! Their local newspaper, in Chesapeake, Virginia, wrote a touching, beautiful article about their story and their anniversary (August 5), and I would love for you to read more details here. Mag and Don, my great aunt and uncle, are two of the sweetest, most loving, most generous, and fun people I know, and I am so grateful to know them! Reading this article opened my eyes up to some specifics and details of their love story that I did not already know, and it’s so touching and deeply inspiring to read. At the ages of 92 and 91, and after being married to each other for seventy years, Mag and Don have a wealth of knowledge about building a truly successful foundation for marriage, how to get through the difficult times, what matters most, and what they love most about one another. They are so wise! I love that Aunt Mag said “Our marriage has lasted because we wanted it to last.”

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Mag & Don today

One of the reasons I love working in the wedding industry so much is not simply because of the wedding day. It’s because of THIS. It’s because I believe in true, long-lasting love and inspiring love stories. A wedding is a beautiful day, but a marriage is forever. A strong marriage builds a strong foundation for family, and a strong marriage can be life-changing. I want to help my brides plan their wedding so that they can enjoy the season of their engagement and intentionally plan for their marriage. It’s not easy work, but it’s so incredibly special and worth it. I wholeheartedly believe in committing yourselves to each other day in and day out, and the result can change lives. Love is so worth it, and I can only pray to have a marriage as beautiful and strong as this one day!

Thanks, Aunt Mag & Uncle Don, for sharing your incredible, inspiring, beautiful love story! I sure do love y’all.

PS: I have to brag, because it’s so amazing: My darling grandma & grandpa (Don’s brother and sister-in-law) have surpassed sixty years of marriage themselves!! And my other grandparents are just about to hit sixty years! I am so thankful for all of these family members to look up to.