It is absolutely crazy to think that Josh and I have been married for one whole year. Honestly, our wedding feels like it was just yesterday (are there any other brides who feel like this too?!) and the memories are so vivid in my mind that when our anniversary came up last Sunday we both were a bit caught off guard.
Has it really been a year? A whole year since we pledged our love together and to God in the sacrament of marriage in front of our friends and family? A year since we danced the night away and felt more love than we ever have before?
Time stops for no one and while it’s crazy to think about, it’s also awesome!
I have loved being Josh’s wife for an entire year. We didn’t live together before getting married so our first year has felt really special and different than life before marriage. We bought our first home together (#CondoDeGoldman), learned to live together, adopted little Oliver (#OliverGoldman), traveled to Hawaii and Alaska and countless friends’ weddings. We have combined finances and insurances and learned to compromise and value each other’s way of doing things. I have learned and laughed so much in our first year together and while I still can’t believe it, I’m so grateful.
To celebrate, we thought about going away for the weekend to a B&B and then realized that all we wanted was to be home, in our own bed with a weekend full of nothing but us. Friday night after work we kicked off anniversary weekend with dinner on our balcony and Saturday we slept until noon which was GLORIOUS!
I awoke to Josh in the kitchen making French toast and we spent the day lazing around and relaxing. Ok, fine, I got a little anxious doing nothing after two hours so I cleaned out under our bathroom sink and reorganized it. But then I took a bubble bath so I went back to relaxing. 🙂
For our big treat, we took ourselves out to a really nice dinner on Saturday night. We went to Blacksalt in DC and it was awesome! It was so refreshing to take time actually putting on make up and getting ready and then sitting and enjoying a nice meal with Josh. (Do yourself a favor and get the mussels!!!) We felt really fancy b/c we Ubered both ways to dinner (happy anniversary to us!) and made it through a bottle of wine and then had another glass each of Rosé! It felt SO FANCY you guys. And so indulgent. And lovely.
On Sunday (our actual anniversary) we went to an early mass and left the day open to exchange presents. Year one is traditionally paper and while we both got creative with our gifts, I think Josh won.
I got him a print (paper) of one of our wedding pictures with our vows on it and tickets to see one of his favorite bands in December (paper). He got me an instant camera with the cutest polaroids (paper) and a bouquet of paper flowers. In our wedding colors. Using the sheet music to our first dance song for some of the flowers. Yeah, he wins. It’s so sweet and now they are on my dresser next to my dried wedding bouquet.
Sunday afternoon we wanted to be outside so we headed up to Butler’s Orchard, our favorite farm in the area, to pick some raspberries. The conditions were perfect and it was really fun.
We finished the day with the moment I had been waiting for – the top layer of our wedding cake! My mom had helped us freeze it and once thawed it was fresh and delicious! The heaven cake from Victoria’s Cakery is my faaaavorite and it was so fun to know we had saved it from our big day. We also had saved a bottle of fancy champagne from Josh’s Bebe. Add in our wedding toasting glasses and cake cutter and it felt really special.
The other thing that was truly amazing was how special all of our family and friends made us feel. We got cards and presents from our parents and grandparents and our siblings reached out and friends texted and it felt just really warm. The love that we felt from everyone one year ago is still here and it’s stronger. We didn’t have to be at our wedding to feel it. And that was a really cool gift to receive.
It was an amazing day and weekend. 🙂
I have to admit that I did get a little sad on Sunday thinking that our wedding was so long ago. I truly loved the day and hate the idea of it being over. But the reality is, that if the wedding wasn’t over, our marriage wouldn’t have begun. You don’t get to be a wife and learn to love someone deeply and challenge each other and grow in faith as a couple until your wedding is over and you step into life. And it’s a good life to be in!
P.S. Thanks to Allison for dressing me! 😉