8 photos in 8 years of marriage

Wedding anniversary
That’s me and Dave eight years ago today.

Young and in love and full to the brim with happiness after tying the knot in front of our family and friends.

I can only remember snippets of the day as it went past in a blur. I remember waking up at the crack of dawn to get my hair done and then racing back home for my makeup (I’d requested sultry Jennifer Love Hewitt eyes). I remember posing for a million photos and dying just dying to get it over and done with so we could get on with the party.

I remember sweating profusely despite it being a bitterly cold winter’s day. I remember clinging on to Dad’s arm shivering as he walked me down the extraordinarily long aisle of the chapel. I remember seeing the proud look on Dave’s face as I approached him and the tears that welled in his eyes as he took my hand. I remember the sun shining on us through the stained glass windows as we stood gripping onto each other’s hands – excited and nervous.

I remember Father Conroy scolding me for trying to kiss Dave too soon and causing our guests to break into fits of laughter. I remember the elation we both felt when we walked out of the chapel as husband and wife with Evermore’s Never let you go blasting through the rafters.

When it comes to celebrating our wedding anniversary, Dave and I like to keep things fairly simple. There’s no fancy gifts or extravagant wining and dining experiences for us. When we wake (today), I’ll most likely say ‘Happy anniversary, Davey,’ and Dave will respond with ‘Happy anniversary, Kid’. If we’re lucky we’ll nab a babysitter for this Saturday night and grab dinner and a movie and reminisce about the last eight years together and the seven and a half before that.

Honeymoon Thailand
We’ll remember our honeymoon in Phuket where we kayaked, snorkeled, ate and drank with not a worry in the world. We’ll talk about the rickety, half sinking boat we ventured out on into the Thai seas. We’ll remember our kayaking tour guide and how he rescued us from a dangerous situation. We’ll talk about how Dave made the Thai massage ladies giggle when he said Kop Khun Kraup to them in his Kiwi accent. We’ll remember a relaxing, fun and sun-kissed honeymoon full of love.

Pre-kids fun
We’ll remember the fun times we had pre-kids when we only had to worry about each other. Our weekends were filled with movie marathons, frozen coke and plenty of chill time. We’ll remember the late nights, parties, and the friendships come and gone.

Prague
We’ll remember our time living in the UK before we were married and all of the backpacking across Europe, the US and Canada we did. We’ll talk about the time Dave couldn’t sleep a wink in Prague because he feared we’d have our kidneys stolen overnight and the times we spent camping in a one-man tent in Spain. We’ll remember with smiles on our faces, our happy memories etched firmly in our hearts and minds. We’ll promise ourselves that we’ll get back there again one day in the future.

us
We’ll talk about our beautiful girls and how we can’t imagine life without them. We’ll talk about their funny little personality traits and speculate over what they’ll be like when they grow up.

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We’ll remember our family holidays, the memories we’ve made, and the traditions we’ve started. We’ll talk about how important it is to spend time together as a family and all of the things we want to do with the kids.

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We’ll remember our successes and failures and talk about the passion and dedication we both put into our work. We’ll chat about our hopes and dreams and wonder what the next eight years will hold for us.

Couple
Most of all we’ll just chat about us – Davey and Naisy – best mates and lifelong loves. As happy today as we were eight years ago and the seven and half years before that.

How do you celebrate your anniversary with your other half?

26 comments on 8 photos in 8 years of marriage

  1. Andrea
    July 27, 2016 at 8:08 am (12 months ago)

    Love you guys. Happy anniversary xxxx

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  2. Druimè
    July 27, 2016 at 8:19 am (12 months ago)

    I’m crying. So beautiful. Congratulations 💗💗

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2016 at 11:54 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Druime xx

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  3. JF Gibson
    July 27, 2016 at 9:29 am (12 months ago)

    Awwww. Goosebumps. You two are gorgeous, and your girls just divine. Happy anniversary. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2016 at 11:54 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Jodi xx

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  4. Simone
    July 27, 2016 at 10:24 am (12 months ago)

    Happy anniversary to my all-time favourite couple. Love you guys, your marriage is an inspiration. Xoxo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2016 at 11:54 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks darling. As is yours xx

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  5. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    July 27, 2016 at 10:53 am (12 months ago)

    Gosh I’m reading this with that fantastic Evermore song playing and I have a wee tear in my eye. Evermore is part of our wedding music too! Love them so much. Thanks for the reminder to be a little kinder to my hubby when I see him tonight, despite all that’s going on, my insomniac exhaustion I need to remember how special he is. Happy anniversary gorgeous girl xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2016 at 11:55 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks Em 🙂 That Evermore song is the perfect wedding song. I love it 🙂 xx

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  6. Kit@lifethroughthehaze
    July 27, 2016 at 2:37 pm (12 months ago)

    Happy anniversary guys.
    We sometimes do something but it usually depends on the babysitter scenario.
    xxo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2016 at 11:56 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks Cathy 🙂 x

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  7. Emily
    July 27, 2016 at 3:10 pm (12 months ago)

    What a beautiful post! We’re minimalist with the anniversaries, too. We started off big – we took turns organising the celebrations, and basically tried to outdo each other every year! – but the ongoing renovations headed that off about six years ago.
    I laughed at your wedding day description. Cameron actually put his hand over his mouth to cover it when I lunged in for a kiss before the ceremony!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2016 at 11:56 am (12 months ago)

      Lol. That is so cute. I bet everyone was laughing at that too 🙂 x

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  8. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    July 27, 2016 at 9:55 pm (12 months ago)

    You two are so adorable! Happy anniversary – enjoy the loveness! I was so desperate not to laugh or cry at the ceremony that I couldn’t stop blinking – so embarrassing. Hope year number eight is totally great!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2016 at 11:57 am (12 months ago)

      I bet I would have looked the same, Sam. I didn’t want to cry. I don’t know why lol.

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  9. Pip
    July 27, 2016 at 11:39 pm (12 months ago)

    Relationship goals. You two make it look so easy. I know it’s not. Good on you – such a gorgeous story brimming with heart xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2016 at 11:57 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks Pip. You’re right. All relationships take hard work, compromise and patience xx

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  10. Denyse
    July 27, 2016 at 11:41 pm (12 months ago)

    Happy Anniversary you two! What a beautiful story and a great couple you make! Add 2 daughters & that’s about perfect!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 29, 2016 at 11:57 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks Denyse 🙂

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  11. Bec Senyard
    July 29, 2016 at 5:37 am (12 months ago)

    AHHH! Got all the feels from reading this post. You guys are just such a gorgeous couple. Love how Dave calls you Kid. Love the photos, love everything! Happy anniversary lovely. xx

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  12. Tash @ Gift Grapevine
    July 29, 2016 at 8:15 pm (12 months ago)

    Happy anniversary! Love these memories Renee – glad you survived Prague with your kidneys in place!! Enjoy celebrating and reminiscing and know you’ll continue to have fun creating more in the many years to come xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm (12 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Tash xx

      Reply

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