Thursday, September 12, 2013

The first year.

Recently Corey and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. First of all, I can't believe how quickly a year flew by! And while it was exciting to have an excuse to look back at our wedding pictures and to receive all sorts of wonderful cards in the mail from our family and friends, it didn't feel like just one year to me. And for good reason. Corey and I have been together for almost 12 years, and I've loved him more and more every day regardless of that number. What was special though, was reliving our memories from that extremely awesome day...

August 31st, 2012

As Corey and I sat eating our anniversary brunch at the same resort our wedding took place at, we looked out to the river and remembered exactly what we were doing on this day one year ago. I was running around town getting my hair and makeup done while he was getting ready with all the guys. I was scarfing down sandwiches and picking from a fruit platter while my sisters and my parents came in and out of the suite preparing for the ceremony. Corey was undoubtedly having a couple drinks trying to calm his nerves. I remember the exact moment I slipped into my dress with the help of my mom and my pregnant big sister (thanks for the assist, Johnny!) and looking into the mirror for the first time... everything turned out perfectly and I couldn't have been more at ease. It was the first day of the next chapter, and what a great day it was. 
The love and laughter that filled the ballroom that night is something I'll never forget. To this day, I still day dream about how awesome it was having all our family and friends in one place, celebrating our love story and having the time of their lives doing it. Once the music started, I didn't sit down once. And it didn't occur to me until several days after, but before the wedding, I had been worried about how I was going to go to the bathroom without messing up my beautiful wedding dress. Turns out, I never had to worry about that because I didn't even go to the bathroom once. I guess I was just too busy having too much fun!

It was also fun to relive our honeymoon in Cancun. And now that I'm typing that here on my blog, I don't believe I ever posted a recap of it! Shoot... I'll have to get to that someday. Maybe on our 10 year anniversary! But it was honestly that last time I went a week without my cellphone, email, and conference calls, and just enjoyed every second of the day with Corey. It was heaven!

August 31st, 2013

As we left the Westin following our anniversary brunch, which was called "Le Rivage" when we got married there, not much more than the name had changed. The beautiful arches still marked the wedding site on the river. The ballroom was being dressed for another wedding with the same tables and the same gold chairs. A bronze easel still noted the day's events, with a new couple on it this time around. And the love I've shared with Corey since I was 15 was still as strong as ever.
Then - August 31, 2012
Now - August 31, 2013
I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. P for so generously cooking us our anniversary dinner. Because we had our league's fantasy football draft on our anniversary, our plans were slightly altered, but it couldn't have been a more wonderful evening. Corey and I will always share a special bond with these tremendous people because coach Vic was the one who married us on our big day. When he told us happy anniversary, we told him it wouldn't have been possible without him (quite literally!). We are so lucky to have such loving and generous people in our lives.
The next morning, Corey and I were able to get away for a day and night of relaxation and anniversary celebrating in Lake Tahoe. Only problem was the Rim Fires had left so much smoke it was hard to breathe and quite overcast. So we spent a day at the beach, gambling in the casinos (neither of us lost, which is a win!), and capped the night with fireworks, a late-night taco truck stop, and some good conversation by the fire. We woke up early the next morning to head home because we had someone very special waiting for us: our little miss Ruby! She is our first (and currently only!) child and she has brought so much happiness to our lives. Now I don't think we could imagine our lives without her!
Lake Tahoe, 2013
It's amazing how much can happen in one year. From finding our perfect home, to raising our perfect puppy (ok, minus the digging!), new careers, brand new nephews, home improvement projects, lessons learned about love and compromise and countless memories made with our loved ones... it's been the perfect year.
Cheers to many more!
xoxo Steph