Monday, 11/10, marked seven years with Christian and two years of marriage. He’s my best friend and partner in this roller coaster of life.  I stole the words of Carrie Bradshaw (and had them embroidered on our wedding day handkerchiefs), “it’s just me and you.”  I try to remember that along with what our minister shared with us during our pre-marital counseling, “remember to be kind to one another.” Simple words but always a good reminder.

I’ve shared bits of our wedding here, but I wanted to share with you guys some photos that I haven’t shared publicly before – some of my favorites.  Thanks for sharing the trip down memory lane with me!

While Christian and I have been together for many years, we didn’t live together until we got married and this has brought along some new lessons.  I actually realized a few weeks ago how much Christian really knows me when I called him while I was sitting in an hour of traffic to go just 15 miles from my work to our home (we recently moved closer to the hospital now that he takes home call and it’s made my commute a devil).  Christian patiently listened to me vent, told me he understood how frustrated I was and why I was angry and talked to me the entire way home so the drive would go by faster.  When I got home he had a glass of wine ready for me on the patio from a bottle we picked up on a trip to Santa Barbara and told me we were going to ride bikes to the circle to have dinner at Gabbi’s.  Now that’s a man I’m lucky to call my husband!  Now if only I could learn to be more patient and calm like him.

As our dear friends read at our wedding, Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12: 9-18

To my love – let the breakfast in bed, late night swims, drinks on the patio under the bistro lights, kitchen dance parties and early morning coffee dates continue. Love ya boo –

You can also take a peek at some of our first year anniversary photos here. Thanks for reading and to you married gals, what have you learned in your first few years of marriage?  I would love to hear! XO –
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28 thoughts on “Anniversary: Two Years

  1. This is the sweetest, most loveliness post ever. What amazing photos you have from your very special days, ones you’ll no doubt treasure forever and ever. We are getting married next year in October (spring time in Australia) and we can’t wait! Still in the planning stages but it’s all so much fun!

    Carly xo

    1. What a beautiful time to get married! I can’t wait to see YOUR photos!

  2. I loved seeing these photos! You were such a beautiful bride. In my first few years of marriage, I’ve learned that open communication is key. Sometimes it’s hard to say how you feel or what’s on your mind in the moment, but it’s so worth it in the long run. Happy Anniversary to you two, and here’s to many many more!

  3. Such a beautiful post and loved seeing more of your wedding photos!!! You had such a beautiful wedding, but more importantly a beautiful life together!! Wishing you many many more years of happiness!!

  4. These are absolutely wonderful!!! I am having much fun planning my own wedding and honeymoon and am SOO looking forward to my own nuptials. Looking at the picture of you holding up your niece, YOUR ARMS!!! Oh My God…I’m realizing I need to start working with a trainer…NOW!!!

  5. Love these pictures! You are both too pretty for words… we are going on three and half years now and the biggest advice seems like something you guys already practice. Communication and leaning on each other. I think moving away from family and really learning to solve all of life’s issues together forms a strong couple. The biggest thing I try to do is tell Chad I love him and acknowledge the little things he does out of the blue and as often as possible. I notice when he scrubs the bathtub and tell him thank you and how much that means to me. Those small daily things that let him know how much I appreciate him because I’m the crazy impatient one and the first to start stomping around yelling. Gotta balance this crazy out with sweet or all hope would be lost haha. It’s a the best thing when girls like us marry calm and patient men – they are the only ones that can help us grow into better people and that’s what love and good relationships should do in my – make each partner a better person than they would be alone. 🙂 Lots of love and good wishes your way!

    1. Totally agree with you. I think appreciating the small things is SO great to do and something we so often forget to do. Preach! Thank you for your words of advice and for sharing, Terri! Lots of love to you and yours.

  6. Aww, we share the same anniversary! We just celebrated our first, and so far I’ve learned that a little effort goes a long way. Whether it’s leaving a note in his lunch, surprising him with his favorite dessert or just being extra flirtatious when he looks particularly handsome, I know those things give him a boost and in turn make him want to give the same love to me and our marriage. Btw, gorgeous wedding photos!

    1. I love that! So many great suggestions – thank you for sharing. Love the part about being flirtatious – something that is so easily lost over time but still so beneficial to a healthy relationship.

    1. I have Old Waverly to thank for that!! And your blog name & design – obsessed.

  7. Happy Anniversary! So happy for you two! My husband and I have been together seven years and are coming up to our two year wedding anniversary in April. Marriage is the best and hardest part of life. I adore having my best friend with me at all times and he knows me so well! Just like you mentioned Christian knows you! The hard part of marriage is that because he knows me so well, he can see my flaws and pushes me to better myself everyday. It is hard having a mirror of where you need to grow, but it is so worth it if you can grow with the person you love!

    1. 100% agree with you. In fact, that was one of the things I was a little scared about before we got married and lived together – Christian seeing all of my ugly. Those temper tantrums, crying fits, down in the dumps moments that I was so used to having in private. Such a great quote – “it’s hard having a mirror of where you need to grow.” Thank you for sharing!

  8. Your wedding photos are gorgeous. Happy Anniversary!
    After 4 years of marriage I have learnt you really need to know the person before you marry. We lived together for 2 years before our wedding and i think we got rid of all the bugs of living together then as we really havent had many fights in 4 years. I think the only thing we fight about is money and its usually IVF related – paying for the next cycle. I adore my husband and I know its silly but watching him with our puppy (who is 2) makes my heart swell. We call each other mummy & daddy to her and she is just the light of our lives so I know if we ever do manage to have a baby what sort of daddy he will be.

  9. I realize that getting married is exciting and all that but come on. This is WAY overload city and it’s not like you are still a starry eyed newlywed. Geez. My husband and I took the afternoon off from work, went to the courthouse and were back at work the next day. Too much emphasis on color schemes, silly pictures of rings and grooms holding bridal bouquets. We didn’t have the money for this sort of nonsense and I woud never, ever expect my parents to shell out money for something like this, especially when 50% of marriages end in divorce. Also, cool it on the “I marred a doctor-to-be” b.s. Get back to me in 10 years when he’s chasing every nurse and lab tech in the hospital and stays out all night with “emergencies”.

    1. Thanks for your honesty. I think everyone celebrates their own way and regardless of how you choose to celebrate or express your love for your partner, it’s something to be cherished. Best wishes to you and your husband. Also, thanks for your prediction of my marriage – I’ll be sure to let you know how it’s going in 10 years. Cheers!

  10. Your wedding was magical! Absolutely Beautiful!!!! Thank you for sharing. I’ve been married 37 years. Besides love and loyalty, I would put humor and respect as must-haves. Looks like yall have all of that already. Happy Anniversary and wishing you a lifetime of happy years together.

  11. Loved your wedding photos Kathleen! Your wedding was gorgeous. I’d say my wedding advice is communication, compromise and schedule dates! A glass of wine together is so simple yet so needed between couples in this busy world. XOXO – Donna

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