One year ago… this amazing man became my husband. I couldn’t ask for a more loyal, giving, supportive, devoted, funny, handsome partner, and I love him more each day. I can’t wait to see him hold our baby – what a perfect anniversary present that will be!
One year later, we spent our anniversary weekend by a different lake, celebrating more love! Our friends Andrus and Susan tied the knot at Smith Mountain Lake on Saturday. There was a little bit of a question of whether or not we could go when I found out the closest hospital was about an hour drive from where we were staying. But my doctor gave us the go ahead, and we brought our hospital bags and car seat with us – just in case!
We rented a condo at Bernard’s Landing for the weekend. A ton of Thomas’s friends from growing up rented condos nearby, so we had a great time hanging out all weekend. The wedding was held just across this field.
On Friday night we went as a party of about 20 to a Mexican restaurant at one of the marinas. It was a good time with lots of laughs and a big ole virgin margarita for me!
Saturday was spent mostly relaxing. We had coffee and PB banana toast for breakfast, went for a power walk, and hung out down by the water.
T played four games of volleyball while I did my best to get comfortable in an old hammock = impossible this pregnant.
I didn’t have much of a lunch because the one restaurant was closed and we didn’t feel like driving out for anything, so I had an apple, a Dang bar, and a handful of snacks throughout the day. The ceremony was at 4:30, so we knew we wouldn’t have to wait long to eat.
After showers and curling irons, we made our way to the ceremony!
They had such beautiful flowers that reminded me so much of our own wedding with all the eucalyptus and muted colors!
Husband and wife!
Husband and wife, one year in!
The appetizers were so delicious, especially because hunger is the best sauce.
We had a seated salad with dates, fresh corn, and spiced nuts and then a buffet of delicious food after dark that I didn’t capture in the dim lighting.
Was one of the best wedding cakes I’ve ever had. It tasted homemade in the best way!
By the end of the night my feet were so swollen (note the emergency shoe change!) and my whole core ached – back and front. It was not my dancing-ist wedding! However T got me on the dance floor for some Despacito 😉 He and his buddies tore it up out there.
We sent off the bride and groom through a sea of sparklers.
I want to end with this quote that we used in our wedding ceremony a year ago <3
Serving each other is integral to love.
‘Love is mutually feeding each other, not one parasitically living on another.’
Love calls us to abandon ‘the scales that obscure our vision,’ scales of selfishness that obscure ‘our equal humanity.’
Love rejects ‘the notion that we’re ranked rather than linked.’
Love says, ‘I’ll walk with you.’
Love does not keep score and demand, ‘Pay me that thou owest.’
Rather it invites us to say, ‘Please tell me how I can love you better.’
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog says
These photos are truly so beautiful, Kath! Y’all look so happy and sweet 🙂
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
Obviously swelling is common in pregnancy, but I wanted to encourage you to check your blood pressure just in case it’s high.
Thanks for the head’s up because I know sudden extreme swelling can be a big warning sign. It was 100/68 as of Thursday so I think ok.
Glad you are monitoring! I was resistant to trying compression stockings, but they helped so much!
Happy anniversary! I just love all of your wedding photos and dress!
The wedding you attended was stunning! I too love the flower arrangements, and the location looks beautiful.
Happy Anniversary!!! So happy for you!
Kath your wedding pics are making me feel all the emotions! I’m trying to pick readings for my vow renewal. What Blake poem is that that you read at yours?
I don’t know actually – I believe I found it while researching ideas last year. I hope it’s not misquoted or wrongly attributed! Anyone know?
Um, hate to be the one to debunk but that’s not a poem by Blake. It looks like its a bit of someones ceremony that got posted here: https://offbeatbride.com/feminist-pluralistic-ceremony-script/
and was meant to follow a reading of Blake’s poem “The Clod and the Pebble”:
“Love seeketh not itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care,
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hell’s despair.”
So sung a little Clod of Clay
Trodden with the cattle’s feet,
But a Pebble of the brook
Warbled out these metres meet:
“Love seeketh only self to please,
To bind another to its delight,
Joys in another’s loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heaven’s despite.”
Haha, I think the part you chose probably fit better than Blake’s poem wood have!
Well then, no harm, no foul! I just took the Blake attribution out. Do we know who wrote the part I quoted? Maybe just their minister?
Um, doesn’t say. Looks like it came from whoever owns this blog: https://wunende.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/ecdaws/ but they don’t put their name anywhere.
Well it’s beautifully written nonetheless. Thanks for doing the digging.
Where did you purchase the case for your phone?
It’s from Casery! It’s been the best case I’ve ever had.
Happy 1st Anniversary!
What a great way to spend your anniversary. It looked like you had a wonderful time at the wedding, and the quote at the end was perfect. More love … that’s what the world needs.
You have an exciting month ahead! Enjoy!
Jill Hampton says
Beautiful pictures! The picture of you and the and the two girls at the wedding- are these Thomas’s sisters? Do you know where the print dress dress on the far right is from? It’s really pretty and different. Thanks and Happy anniversary!
Nope, just friends! I don’t have the dress source but maybe she can chime in?
Ha, I was going to comment on the other woman’s cute, short, wavy haircut! Definitely remembering that for myself. 🙂
Looks like a gorgeous wedding!
Happy anniversary! I love all of your wedding photos, and they look so elegant in black and white. The poem you included is beautiful.
The wedding you attended looked absolutely stunning! I love the floral and the decorations. Glad you were able to have a nice getaway before baby arrives!
Happy anniversary to you! The wedding looks lovely.
Love SML. I lived in Bedford prior to moving to WV 2 years ago. The condo you rented must be in the same building as the one I rented in May for my sons college graduation. I have a picture with the very same view. Looks like a fun weekend.