Today, my husband and I celebrate three years of marriage. This year is by far vastly different from our first - we are now a family of three and blessed with a beautiful, loving daughter.
As much as I love the life we have created now, I'm just as equally grateful for the time we had together, just the two of us, during our first year. So I'm taking a little trip down memory lane to our first anniversary, where our season as husband and wife was so beautifully captured by Jodi & Kurt Photography.
We share our anniversary with my parents so this day is beyond special to me for many reasons. Prior to meeting my husband, I lost my father in a tragic accident and the time during our engagement was a little bittersweet as I ultimately knew I would not get the father/daughter dance so many brides experience.
We picked July 12th for our big day - we knew we wanted to marry in the summer and it was the day that seemed to work best with the church, venue and everyone's schedule. Caught up in the rush and details of wedding planning, I initially did not realize it was the same day my parents were married (only 34 years before). Once my mother reminded me, I felt comforted by the notion that my father would in a way be part of our day.
July 12th will forever be special to me and I knew for our first anniversary I wanted to pay tribute to it. To document all the love this day brings my life. To honor not only our marriage, but also my parents. We celebrated by spending time at one of the most beautiful gardens nearby, The Hermitage Museum & Gardens. We sat by the water, sharing cake and champagne.
I included sentimental details to honor both wedding days, from the original Polaroid photos of my parent's big day to the ribbon streamer/garland we used for ours.
Our first would have been my parents' 35th anniversary. The traditional gift for that year is coral and so we were inspired by the color. My favorite detail however, was my mother's wedding dress. It is a simple summer dress and yet one of my most prized possessions.
This past year hasn't been without it's challenges - more specifically learning to balance our roles as parents with our relationship as husband and wife. I appreciate more than ever now having documented our first year to look back on as it is a beautiful reminder to continue making time for just the two of us.