One Year Wedding Anniversary!

One year ago Ben and I knelt across an altar from each other, and made promises to God.
One year ago we were sealed for time, and for all eternity, as a family.
One year ago we also got to share that moment, and the whole day, with so many people we love.

So a year ago today was our wedding, a beautiful ceremony, a fantastic party – and what marked the start of a marriage. It was the start of a marriage that so many cautioned against. It began with roommates who didn’t think we’d last more than two weeks as a dating couple. It continued to friends back east who couldn’t fathom why anyone would want to “settle down” ate age twenty. It stretched all the way to my dentist, who had the audacity to lecture me on marriage and the proper timing of children.

They cautioned against their misconceptions and mistakes. They worried I’d “throw my life away.” And you know, I’m grateful that I have so many people in my life looking out for me. I’m also grateful that I chose to marry Ben on August 6, 2011 – when I was twenty years old.

After one year of marriage, I can tell you it certainly isn’t “throwing my life away” or growing up to fast. Marriage means having my best friend there for me, totally invested, and always supportive. It means talking late into the night and cuddling too late in the morning. It means a constant encouragement to be better and a new perspective on the things that matter. It means getting over myself when I’d rather not – because there is no place for selfishness in marriage. Its means trying, and failing, but continuing to try anyway. It means a happiness I didn’t imagine and a love that would make Cinderella jealous. It means forever, always, no matter what.

So today we celebrate marriage, but we also remember the party of a lifetime –
Here are some of my wedding favorites πŸ™‚

The Little Things:
Bridesmaid bouquets// sign in cards// our cake// personalized wedding favors// the head table
Just as we came out of the tempe after the ceremony: 

The reception in Bedford, NH: 

The wedding party: 

So much happiness: 
 Want more? No worries, I think I wrote like 200 posts on my wedding – here are the top ones πŸ™‚ 
And you can see a new updated facebook album I’m sharing today with some favorite pictures.
Here’s to many more years of growth, love, and joy. 

30 Comments

  1. Awww love looking at these pictures. It is obvious how happy you were then, and after reading your post nothing has changed. Happy Anniversary!
    Dalayna

  2. This is beautifully written. Congratulations on your first year and I hope you have many more to come!

  3. Beautiful photos on FB! I love the brown suits and red dresses πŸ™‚

  4. You two are the cutest! This totally makes me look forward to my wedding….whenever that ends up being. I'm definitely going to be reading more wedding posts of yours!
    Happy anniversary:)

  5. I'm getting married in two months, so I love reading about your wedding and marriage. Congrats on one year!

  6. Happy Anniversary!!! Your pictures are gorgeous!

  7. You are seriously the most beautiful bride ever!!! You are so gorgeous! Congrats on your anniversary love. Here's to an eternity more :]

  8. Happy Anniversary! Your wedding pictures are gorgeous. I hope you two enjoy your day!

  9. You looked beautiful. And what a beautiful reception as well. Congratulations to the both of you. Darling darling couple!

  10. You two are really the cutest ever πŸ™‚

    Happy anniversary!!

  11. The first line of an old song we have at my camp goes, "August the sixth is a very special day." Seems like this will hold true in your family as the years go by, too. Wishing you so much happiness and many, many more happy anniversaries! πŸ™‚

  12. Happy anniversary to you! May you be blessed with many more years filled with love and laughter!

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  14. Happy Anniversary!! I got married at 20 too. It was the best decision I have ever made.

  15. Can you get any prettier? Nope. I don't think so.
    Happy Anniversary, lovelies.

    Amanda @ weandserendipity.blogspot.com

  16. Happy one year, you were a beautiful bride!

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  17. Looks like it was a beautiful wedding. πŸ™‚

    And I totally agree with you about how there is no room for selfishness in a marriage. I never thought of myself as a selfish person… until I got married. Now I see how selfish I can be every day! Sigh… Lord, help me. πŸ™‚

    the brayn of chalayn

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  18. Wedding anniversary is one of the most important days in your life. The day marks celebration of love and affection between couple’s intimate companions. On this day, lovers express their love and affection for each other by giving gifts, chocolates, flowers, greeting cards and other kind of presents.

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