June 29, 2014

Our First Anniversary

Happy, happy 1st Anniversary to me and my hubby!

I can't believe a year ago we were celebrating our love with all of our closest friends and family at one of the "best weddings ever" (stated by not only our guests and us but our DJ, caterer and photographer too)!

I loved our wedding. I even loved planning our wedding. I didn't put too much pressure on myself, I had fun with it and if things got too stressful I tried really hard to regroup and refocus and stay calm. Not unlike how I've managed to stay sane during this pregnancy!

We had a budget friendly, rustic/vintage themed smaller wedding in a beautifully renovated barn that has been converted into a reception space called Pat's Barn in Troy, NY. Troy being my hometown, I was thrilled to have such a gem right in our backyard.

Our vendors were incredible. We were left 1 month before the wedding without a reverend due to a friend of my father's backing out of the job, but we found the most amazing woman ever, Rev. Sue, officiated the most beautiful ceremony ever. Our DJ, Mike with CT Productions, was awesome and kept the party going all night. The food, catered by local food truck company Slidin' Dirty, was great and our guests were thrilled with the beverages they kept flowing all night. Our photographer, Janelle, took incredible photos and captured some really beautiful moments.

And then our families. Oh our families and our friends. They were such an integral part of our day. From my Mom who purchased and arranged all of the flowers (centerpieces, bouquets, etc.) and my sister who created all of the paper products including the invitations and fan programs. C's Dad who contributed so much financially as well as my dad and his awesome advice and guidance in planning and the day of. C's mom and grandmom, supported and helped us all along the way and we could not have pulled it off without them. Everyone came together and it was truly a magical day!

 I worked my butt off planning but it was laid-back and care-free and I truly felt like it represented us. All the little details came together and it was so perfect. We made our own EVERYTHING. From the invitations to the favors, including the centerpieces, the mad-libs RSVPs, and my hairpiece. We used Etsy for everything we could and I got each and every piece of glass for the decor at garage sales, thrift stores and relatives. The cake topper was first used 55 years ago on my grandparents' cake. It was exactly as I wanted it to be and we spent just a little less than $15,000. For more pics check out our Wedding Photos page.

At the end of it all I was married to the man of my dreams. He is truly my hero and I love him so much. I am so lucky that he has put up with me this long and we've only just begun. I seriously cannot wait to see him as a Dad.

Today we celebrated a little differently than we originally planned. I remember returning from our honeymoon a year ago and starting to figure out where we would travel to for our anniversary. We talked about going back to Portsmouth, NH, our favorite spot from our honeymoon or back to Boston for the fourth because it was so amazing. Someone mentioned we should go someplace different so we talked about going south, to the city or the cape. And then I got pregnant! With twins! And although I'm only 31 weeks this week, I could go at any time so travel is really not a great idea. Hmm.

So we talked about mini vacations within a few hours. We looked in to going up to Lake Champlain, Lake George or Lake Placid.

And then I just said forget it. As long as we're together who cares. So we spent the day relaxing together, eating brunch late and spending time outside with the cats. Then we went to a beautiful dinner at New World Bistro. We wrote in our Anniversary Book, lit our anniversary candle and, of course, munched on some ridiculously well-preserved, absolutely delicious wedding cake. I barely remember eating it last year so it was so good to have it again. At least a little bit of it. Stupid GD.

Anyway, I'm going to continue to celebrate with my amazing husband. Who knows where we will be a year from now, with 11 month old twins but I know now that it really doesn't matter what you do, as long as we're together.

What are some ways you commemorate your anniversary once kids are in the picture?


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