We just celebrated 12 years of marriage! It’s quite amazing how quickly time flies. We went from sitting at his and her’s lunch tables in our middle school cafeteria and rarely sharing a word between us. To now sitting around our very own dining table with our four kiddos and rarely a quiet moment.
When we got married, we didn’t own a single piece of furniture, let alone a dining table. I didn’t wear a beautiful white dress, and he wasn’t all fresh-and-clean in a tux. I didn’t hold a perfectly arranged bouquet of flowers, and we had no reception complete with great music, yummy food, and a tiered wedding cake. It may sound a bit sad, but we didn’t have a wedding. Thankfully, what we did have was everything we needed. The support of our immediate family surrounding us as we exchanged vows in the bare living room of our newly-built-but-not-yet-finished home. And, although we don’t have a single image to remember that day, we have our love that has not only remained but has become stronger with each and every passing year.
Those years are what inspired us to share our story. I’ve always loved the idea of traditional anniversary gift-giving. And, even as we celebrated our 11th marriage anniversary last year, we had yet to follow this timeless tradition. So this year, we decided to start. But, instead of exchanging gifts, we planned on sharing experiences, and instead of following the corresponding years (since those years have come and gone), we’re celebrating our 12 years of marriage in 12 months, designating each year with a corresponding month. By the time we get to next January, we’ll be on track to celebrate our 13th year of marriage and can continue the rich tradition for years to come. I love it!
We spent a long time planning each date. What would we do? What keepsakes would we collect to remember our special time together? What would we eat? How would it all look? How would we document it?
I must admit, I’m a bit of a cryer. I don’t know how I managed to stay dry for our first date, Year One: Paper. We sat across each other at a beautiful table of eucalyptus, carnations and candlelight in a private calligraphy workshop with Hannah from Ink + Root. It was everything I’d hoped for and more!
Aw. I still can’t get over it.
More than anything, I can’t get over what we have: Young love that has grown and keeps growing and growing.
To top it all off, we get to remember every single bit of it through the most dreamy film and photos. Thank you, Christian and Kimberly, for vividly capturing every beautiful detail, intimate moment and our sincere love for one another. And, thank you, Amy, for making me feel just as beautiful.
And, next month, we’ll be celebrating Year Two: Cotton.
So, the story continues…
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