Last week Chase and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary! You’re probably thinking to yourself “Wow! 8? How old are you?” Yes, I was a young bride. In fact I was 18 when we got married just after my senior year of high-school. We got married in July and I started college the next month! It was pretty awesome going through college together, I honestly couldn’t imagine having done it any other way! I really do believe that God brought us together my junior year of high-school and we simply fell in love and knew that this was who God had for us! I feel so blessed to have spent the past 8 years with my high school sweetheart!
I don’t know what you do for anniversaries, but we don’t do presents. After our first anniversary where we spent an outrageous price on steak and lobster plus exchanging gifts, we decided that gifts weren’t necessary. Instead we have either gone on a trip, gone on a super fun date or had a stay-cation. One of my favorite anniversaries was our 6th when we went to Walt Disney World. We looked at that as our Honeymoon we always wanted but couldn’t afford at 18 and 19. Not every year we can do something that extravagant, but we can do something new and fun!
This year we took Monday and Tuesday off work, enjoyed a four-day weekend as a family. Seeing that our anniversary was on Tuesday we let the first three days be pretty low-key. We took Eli to the movies (Despicable Me 2 is great!), we went shopping and had some movie nights at home. We saved the main “event” for our actual anniversary. When Tuesday rolled around I was so excited. I never had bridal portraits done, we only have a few pictures of me from the day of the wedding. Since my husband does video and photography we decided to finally take my long overdue bridal pictures! I put on my wedding dress, did my hair, put on the necklace I wore for our wedding and we headed downtown to take bridal portraits! I’m pretty sure it was the first time that I ever had a random person discretely take a picture of me on a phone and I would guess tweet they just saw someone taking bridal portraits! There was also the people who congratulated me as we walked by and one woman that just loved hearing we were out on our anniversary taking pictures.
It was so much fun being there with my husband, wearing my wedding dress again, laughing and taking pictures! We ended the evening with an amazing dinner and a fun movie. It was such a great anniversary!