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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How do you celebrate your anniversary with your other half?