First Anniversary Celebration(s)

We pretty much celebrated our anniversary all weekend long :)
Friday night was Michael Jackson "The Immortal" Cirque du soleil, and I WISH I could put into words how amazing it was. I was blown away, seriously. Those dancers, performers, acrobats, musicians, etc etc... are SO talented! The show was awesome-- but zero cameras allowed in there, so you'll just have to go see it yourself! (Or check out youtube!) ;)

Saturday my cousin Whitney got married. Something about being at a wedding after you're recently married, and especially on your anniversary makes me turn into a ball of sap.

The newlyweds!

Sunday we enjoyed some treats from our favorite local bakery....

Later that afternoon we thought the 93 degree weather was the perfect time to work in our yard ;) There was a TON of overgrown flowers, plants, weeds etc that we inherited when we bought the house-- and sadly had put off for far too long! We spent a few hours working on our tans and pulling up just about everything in our front yard!

I wish I'd taken the VERY before picture because at this point we'd already ripped out a ton of dead stuff and trimmed down the few things we are keeping!
Progress!! But still lots more to do, obviously.

Our in-laws stopped by while we were out working in the yard and apparently our fresh start gave them an idea.... Because the next day, for our anniversary they dropped these beautiful orange flowers off for us to plant! They know I love my orange!!! :)

Monday, May 28 was the official 1-year mark of our marriage! We knew we wanted a low-key day, because the big vacation we just took was our "gift" to celebrate. That morning we exchanged just small, personal gifts and cards and enjoyed a lazy morning together. J surprised me by saying he wanted to drive us out to the church we got married at, just to be sentimental and take some pictures. Swooooon! :)

Monday was beautiful, so it was a nice, sunny 30-minute drive out to the church. We hadn't been there since our actual wedding (we attend somewhere else!), so it brought back a flood of wonderful memories.
We took some pictures at the covered bridge where we did our first look on our wedding day :)

Enjoying our day together, so much!

We spent the rest of the day just flying by the seat of our pants! We didn't have any plans, and that's how we wanted the day to be... carefree and fun. We tried a new restaurant J had never been too - delicious. We stopped in at a fun bookstore in the area and explored the shelves for way too long ;) We used giftcards we'd long forgotten about and took our time getting back to our side of town.

I forgot we'd wanted a picture with a "1 year" sign, so excuse the sweaty, tired looks on our faces at this point. And my lack of makeup & flat hair as well! It was a scorcher yesterday!!

That night we ordered pizza -- like we did on our wedding night -- rented movies, made lists of what we want to do/see in our 2nd year of marriage, danced to our wedding song, and last but CERTAINLY not least we ate our cake topper!

Well, what was left of it... The reception site was cutting GINORMOUS pieces for our guests and almost ran out because of this! So we had a piece of our topper left-- but it was plenty!

My mom was the one who had wrapped it and stored it for us while we were on our honeymoon- and she did a phenomenal job!! Note to future brides: she wrapped it in 2 layers of plastic wrap, then two layers of aluminum foil I believe, and then it was in a zipped plastic bag.

It was so delicious, I was really shocked it tasted this good after an entire year!!

Cake for a bedtime snack?! Sure, why not!??

I've got to say--- marriage is pretty incredible. The things we've learned and experienced together in our first year will never be forgotten. I'm excited to know that I've got my best friend by my side for a lifetime of anniversaries together.
Love you, J!!!



  1. Looks like a great anniversary weekend!! :) I can't wait for ours!!

  2. Congrats! It looks like you both had an awesome anniversary weekend!

  3. So so so so so sweet! And your day sounds perfect :)

  4. Your friend looks beautiful. I'm a sap when it comes to weddings and love too. Especially since Brian and I got engaged.

    Sounds like a great anniversery weekend :) And I've heard a lot of people saving their wedding cakes to eat for anniverseries, but does it last?/is it still good?

    Hope you have a great week! And happy anniversery, again!


  5. AWH! :) You guys are so cute! I love how you went back to the bridge! I hope our cake still tastes good!


  6. It sounds like y'all had a great anniversary! =) (We'll be attending a wedding on our one-year, too!) But it all sounds perfect....even down to the orange flowers. :)

  7. sooo sweet! and i completely agree... i never used to cry at weddings... but now, its totally different... i am SUCH a sap and all weepy!

    happy anniversary!

  8. What a sweet post!! Love your pics and how you guys spent your day!! Congrats!!! :)

  9. So many sweet things. Sounds like you 2 made the most of your anniversary weekend! I love that he wanted to go back to the church. Cute pictures.

  10. and why shouldn't you celebrate all weekend long! i love that you did. you guys truly look SO happy!

  11. i love that you two went back to take pics on your 1 year! I hope you two had a such a great weekend of just each other!

  12. Love that you guys danced and ate pizza. congrats on one year

  13. What a perfect perfect way to celebrate!! Love that y'all went back and took pictures at the same place! So sweet!


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