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A Time to Remember

Alex and I lived together for a few years and even owned a house before we got married. We had been together through four years of college plus a few years after college and survived that transition into adulthood flawlessly. Because of those big details I didn’t really think that marriage would change our relationship. Boy was I wrong!

People get married for a variety of reasons: love, passion, business, pressure, religion, security, and so on. The reasons we got married were more than just our love and adoration for each other. We chose to get legally married in advance of our wedding day for security purposes. Our love for each other was so strong we were able to put it aside and make a true business decision to provide security and stability in case something happened to one of us. While we hoped this would never happen, we wanted the other person to be able to make the difficult decisions and to be financially secure. 

At the time we made this choice I had recently been laid off and was working a part-time job. I was paying an arm and a leg for health insurance and student loans and we needed a new car. So, truthfully, it just made sense for us to put our dreams of a wedding on hold and elope.

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March 14, 2011 is our official date of marriage, according to our marriage certificate. We had a lovely civil ceremony on a beautiful spring day at the Seattle Courthouse with our witnesses Chris and Carrie, both of whom are very close friends. While that day was special in its own way, it was certainly not the wedding either one of us had in mind, nor is it what we think of when we think of our wedding day. Before our marriage we had talked about when and where we wanted to get married. We decided we wanted to have a small wedding in the mountains that next winter.

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Fast forward six months. We were days away from a trip to Colorado that we had planned to take to scout out wedding venues. We were “married” but not engaged yet {are you lost yet?}. You read that right. There are few traditional things about us and the way we went about getting married and engaged proves that quite well. Thankfully Alex realized it might look silly to wedding planners and venues to have us appear at their site with a ringless bride. He had grand plans of proposing on the top of a mountain, or so he says, but one night he couldn’t wait any longer and when I fell asleep on the sofa in front of the fire in our living room he said it reminded him of all of the days when he would sneak into my freshman dorm room before his 8 a.m. class to kiss me goodmorning. He knew that was his time to pop the question. It was perfect.

We set out to Colorado that very next weekend as a newly engaged couple and found the most incredible venue where our wedding would take place seven months later.

The Donovan Pavilion

The Donovan Pavilion

Today is our anniversary. When people ask us how long we have been married we’ll answer with the number of years we legally have been married, but our anniversary and wedding day is and always will be the day of our wedding in Vail, April 14th. To us, our courthouse wedding was just a formality, but our Vail wedding was the most special day I think either one of us will ever have.

Happy Anniversary, my love!

Happy Anniversary, my love!

I’m not sure how that marriage distinction has changed our relationship but I really feel like it has. It intensified our bond and I think that we both cherish each other and the time we spend together even more than we did before we were husband and wife. While important, our marriage today is far more than our tax status, our joint bank accounts, the health insurance we share together or the piece of paper we have that proves our union. We stood up in front of 90 of our closest friends and family and made a commitment to support each other through it all. That meant something to us. Our wedding day was strictly about love.

It is always fun to think back to our wedding day, but today especially I am reveling in the memories. There were a lot of small moments that made the day and weekend so meaningful……

The groomsmen sure knew how to get ready in style

The groomsmen sure knew how to get ready in style

They clean up nice!

They clean up nice!

A special moment with Nana

A special moment with Nana

Enjoying a laugh with my mom

Enjoying a laugh with my mom

Wedding-day toast!

Wedding-day toast!

Spending a few minutes with the FOB

Spending a few minutes with the FOB – one of my favorite photos from the day

Admiring my dress

Admiring my dress

Final details coming together

Final details coming together

Our "first look"

Our “first look”

Entering Vail Village for our photo shoot

Entering Vail Village for our photo shoot

One of the funniest moments of the day. Someone came out of a shop with a ball and chain that we used as a prop for our photos!

One of the funniest moments of the day. Someone came out of a shop with a ball and chain that we used as a prop for our photos!

The groomsmen and ushers

The groomsmen and ushers

 

Blushing bridesmaids

Blushing bridesmaids

Trying to figure out how to bustle my dress

Trying to figure out how to bustle my dress

Our officiant, also known as Uncle Dave

Our officiant, also known as Uncle Dave. He did a bang-up job presiding over our wedding.

The moment we pulled up to the venue it started to flurry. By the time the ceremony was to start it was a full-on snow storm.

The moment we pulled up to the venue it started to flurry. By the time the ceremony was to start it was a full-on snow storm.

Walking down the aisle

Walking down the aisle

The fathers of the day

The fathers of the day

A special moment with Alex's proud granparents. Papa was in his prime this weekend and we are so thankful for the extraordinary memories of him from our wedding.

A special moment with Alex’s proud granparents. Papa was in his prime this weekend and we are so thankful for the extraordinary memories of him from our wedding.

The best mother/son dance in the history of weddings!

The best mother/son dance in the history of weddings!

Thanks for the great party!

Thanks for the great party!

A weekend of memories

This weekend we are being especially nostalgic. August 17th and 18th both hold special places in Alex’s and my hearts for a number of reasons.

Our first day with Aspen, August 17th, 2012.

Our first day with Aspen, August 17th, 2012.

Last year on August 17th we got to meet our little puppy Aspen. Alex’s mom flew her out from Illinois to come and live with us.

I'm pretty sure Alex fell in love with her the first day we met Aspen.

I’m pretty sure Alex fell in love with her the first day we met Aspen.

My little pup Aspen!

My little pup Aspen!

August 18th comes with some bittersweet memories. On August 18th, 2004, Alex and I met for the first time when we were moving into our dorm at Iowa State University. While we didn’t start dating for over a month, it really a day that opened the door to the rest of our lives.

Freshman year at Iowa State.

Freshman year at Iowa State.

Three years ago today we closed on our first house! We have lived here longer than anywhere in the last 9 years and we are so happy and thankful to be here. Being a homeowner is an enormous responsibility, but we are loving all of the pros and cons that come with the territory.

Our new front door.

Our new front door.

And sadly, last year we said goodbye to Alex’s beloved grandfather “Papa” who passed away on August 18th.

We are so thankful that Papa was able to come to our wedding. We have such fond memories of him there.

We are so thankful that Papa was able to come to our wedding. We have such fond memories of him there.

There are always memories to celebrate and dwell on. This weekend we’re doing just that!

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!