Second Wedding Anniversary

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Today is the day! Two years since THE BIG DAY. What a day it was, with friends gathered and hashtagging away, and families celebrating their new link to each other. While the last year didn’t bring as much change as the first, I have a feeling that yet again, we have a lot of change on the horizon. Seems like “lots of changes” may end up being an every-other-year theme for us… My “gifts of cotton” were not as creative as last year’s “gifts of paper,” (think: nice clothes from Banana Republic), but hey, we can’t all be awesome year over year, right?

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Everyone says that marriage is hard. But here’s the thing you guys…I don’t think it’s so much that marriage is hard as it is that LIFE is hard. LIFE is really nutty sometimes! It’s stressful, it’s nerve wracking. People get sick and pass away. Relationships of all kinds ebb and flow. Jobs change. Money sucks. NO TWO PEOPLE see things exactly the same way, whether it’s parent and child, roommate and roommate, or husband and wife.

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Sometimes you’re all like, “OMG YOU ARE THE MOST AMAZING HUMAN I’VE EVER KNOWN.”

And sometimes, you’re all like, “bye felicia.”

But isn’t that true of EVERY relationship? Marriage is special, though, because it’s a choice. I’ve chosen to go through all of that stuff WITH YOU. And because of that, no matter how much the years go up and down, neither of us are going anywhere.

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So happy anniversary to the one I love! Two years looks good on you.

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A Fun Wedding Weekend

In college, one of my main friend groups formed out of our campus’s Presbyterian Student Fellowship. I found this group early in my Freshman year, and I can’t begin to explain the life-long relationships I formed from it. So naturally, it’s pretty exciting when any of us have exciting life events, especially weddings when we all get to see each other!!

our PSF alumni!

our PSF alumni!

This year has been THE YEAR of weddings. With nine invitations, we have very sadly not been able to afford to go to all of them. Seeing friends and celebrating new marriages are two of my favorite things in the whole world, and it makes me so sad to miss some of them. Because of this, I am also grateful to be present at the ones I’m able to be present at!

Love these ladies!

Love these ladies!

This weekend also had the added bonus of being in Nashville, which is always extra fun for the Hubster and me. Just love getting dressed up with this man! Hope you all had a great weekend too!

Me and my man!

Me and my man!

A Sweet Family Wedding

I just have to share a few photos and words about the sweetest family wedding that the hubs and I attended in Nashville last weekend. Jonathan’s aunt Kathy (sister to his mama) got married over the weekend, to a wonderful man and family. It was just about 25 people or so – immediate family – at the newlyweds new gorgeous home in Murfreesboro.

Everything was so perfect! God is good, and it was so clear on Saturday that He brings people together precisely when they need to be put together. It’s a beautiful thing!

A Lovely Little Story About Cake

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Our wedding cake was AWESOME. It was from the hubster’s favorite bakery in Nashville, Sweet and Sassy. Biggest layer was chocolate, middle was strawberry (hubster’s absolute favorite), and the top was almond. And you just cannot beat their buttercream. YUM TIMES A MILLION.

Well, we didn’t save our wedding top (we surprised our family the night after the wedding by showing up with it at the restaurant where they were all having diner). So I tried to think of a million different ways I could have Sweet and Sassy make us a strawberry cake and get it to Columbus without my husband knowing. I couldn’t think of a way, so I decided to make him a strawberry cake instead. It turned out so-so (more on this later), but hey, I tried.

When I went to pick him up at the airport the night before our anniversary (he’s in Nashville for a summer internship) he walked out of the airport with a cake box!! Not only had he had them make us a strawberry cake, but he had them decorate it just like our wedding cake, and then he FLEW with it. I mean, that is love. Sweet, delicious love.

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Three Years Since the BEGINNING

Last night, Jonathan and I had a mini-celebration in honor of our first date, which was January 14, 2011. First of all, I can’t believe that 2011 was three years ago. Second, I can’t believe how long we’ve been together. On one hand, it has flown by. But on the other hand, I feel like we’ve always known each other.

So much has happened in three years. Our first year together, I got a new job and finished grad school. Our second year together, we got engaged. Our third year together, we got married, moved, quit our jobs, started new jobs / grad school, and got a puppy. PHEW. All along the way, we have traveled, made new friends, learned about each other, and formed the foundation of a lifelong partnership.

First picture: A few weeks after our first date (1.14.11), when the Packers one the SUPERBOWL (2.6.11). (When he wore a cheesehead for me, I knew he was the one.)

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A favorite engagement photo (11.10.12):Nashville 2

A favorite wedding photo (6.29.13):

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A Wedding Glimpse

I selfishly must share a sneak peak of some of my favorite wedding photos! I loved so many of them, and going through them and making choices is tough. And so, I give you my top twenty favorites… A huge shout out to my fabulous photographers, Divine Images. Bill and Lesli made the day so fabulous!!

For those who want to know, the ceremony was at Lockeland Baptist Church, and the reception was at Two Rivers Mansion.

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Wisconsin Wedding Reception {Round Two}

We were so lucky to have not one but TWO wedding celebrations. Four weeks after getting married in Nashville, and celebrating a beautiful day with our family and friends, my family hosted a second party in my home state of Wisconsin. It was such a fun way to celebrate with friends and family who would not have made the trip to Nashville, but who have been such an important part of my life and my parents’ lives over the years. You may not know who these people are…but I’m sharing a few pictures anyway! (And stay tuned for a look at our wedding pictures tomorrow!!)

One of the biggest treats of the weekend was to stay at the most classic Bed and Breakfast in my home town. I have always wanted to stay there, and it was so special to have a mini-honeymoon there!

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They were so sweet, and even had a chilled bottle of champagne waiting for us in our room!

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And can you beat this view of my favorite little town?

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Then, at the party, we used many of the decorations from our wedding to decorate the space. We had great food, gorgeous weather, and so much fun dancing and chit chatting with everyone! We even got my grandma out on the dance floor in her wheelchair. All in all, a great night! DSC_0019 DSC_0020{Welcoming my grandparents}

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DSC_0046{Families meeting each other!}

DSC_0051 {The Pink Ladies 🙂 }

DSC_0061{So many sweet and special words were shared…}

DSC_0076{Dad even got a little teary-eyed sharing stories from my youth}

DSC_0090{It was such a treat to have my mom sing with her old singing buddies!!}

DSC_0101{My silly friends!}

DSC_0105{Happy reuniting!}

DSC_0114  DSC_0125{My sweet daddy}

DSC_0128{My sweet grandpa!}

DSC_0155{Grandma on the dance floor!!}

DSC_0190{Dad, Annette, Jonathan and me}

DSC_0196{Mama, Jonathan, and me!}