First Wedding Anniversary

It is hard to believe it has already been a year since our wedding! Alex and I talk often of the memories we have from the wedding and our whole celebration. What we remember most of all is how much fun we had.

So excited for the sudden snowfall. Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphoto.com

So excited for the sudden snowfall. Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphoto.com

 

It has been really fun to look back through photos from the occasion and remember some of the exciting things that happened, like our pit stop in Snowbird to ski for a day where we both got more sunburned than ever before {less than a week before our wedding!}, the jam packed car after our trip to Costco with my mom and brother, both of us forgetting how much the altitude affects your alcohol intake, learning that our dear friends Ali & Tyler were pregnant, the best mother/son dance in the history of weddings, almost hitting a buffalo on our drive back through Yellowstone, getting a speeding ticket in Wyoming {ok, not so exciting!} and making lasting memories in the process.

Snowy photo session. Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

Snowy photo session. Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

The time we spent with our family and friends together was something we will probably never get to experience again, so we are thankful for the photos and the memories we have. The best part about a destination wedding is the amount of time you can spend with your family and friends and that the festivities can linger on for a couple of days.

Vail Covered Bridge. Photo Credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

Vail Covered Bridge. Photo Credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

Our wedding was perfect for us in every imaginable way. The venue {Donovan Pavilion in Vail, CO} couldn’t have been better for us, the food was incredible, we had a great DJ who made sure we all had a great time, and the mini-blizzard that came right on cue as the ceremony began couldn’t have been timed better if it was planned. The mountain setting was idyllic; it captured our lifestyle and hopes for the future. If we could go back and do it again there truly isn’t a thing we would change.

The blizzard started just as we were about to walk around the building to the front door to make our entrance. Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

The blizzard started just as we were about to walk around the building to the front door to make our entrance. Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

We are so thankful for all of our family and friends who were able to come to Vail to celebrate our wedding. It was so special to have so many close friends and dear family members in attendance. Our officiant, Alex’s Uncle Dave, personalized the ceremony and was able to convey our love for each other so eloquently. We had two of our best friends from college, Rachel and Sammy, share a story about us, in addition to my Spain travel partner and senior year roommate, Julie, who did a beautiful reading for us.

The Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado. Picture credit: www.mattalbertsphoto.com

The Donovan Pavilion in Vail, Colorado. Picture credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

This past year has been full of ups and downs. Of course our wedding was the greatest highlight of the year, and perhaps our lives, but we were also blessed with a puppy, two fantastic ski trips to Whistler, a memorable August spent traveling the state and having fun, and me recently getting a new job. We also said goodbye to three members of our family, Alex’s beloved grandpa “Papa,” our sweet puppy Aspen, and my adorable grandma Mor Mor, all passed away within the last year; I lost my job; and the trials and tribulations of having a puppy put a lot of strain on us. All of the ups and downs helped to solidify our marriage and really made it stronger. We’re looking forward to another great year together.

Pictures in Vail Village - before the snow came in! Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

Pictures in Vail Village – before the snow came in! Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

Walking down the aisle. Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

Walking down the aisle. Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

The groomsmen hanging out. Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

The groomsmen hanging out. Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

Bridesmaids. Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

Bridesmaids. Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

Stan the man! Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

Stan the man! Photo credit: www.mattalbertsphotography.com

Thank you to our friends and family for your support of us and the situations that presented themselves to us over the last year. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful friends and a very supportive family. And for those who made the trip to Vail to celebrate with us, I want to thank you again. It was so memorable having each and every one of you there. Finally, thanks to our wonderful wedding photographer Matt Alberts {www.mattalbertsphotography.com} for getting some fantastic shots that allow us to remember the day for all it was, as well as my maid of honor Sarah Tracy for capturing our “Apres Ski Party” on film and helping us to remember that event too.

Here’s to another great year, kicked off by our upcoming trip to Hawaii!