My husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary at the end of October, and it was the celebration that kept going and going (no complaints here!). I’ve been meaning to document everything we did but… #life and… #holidays! But before I forget, it’s time to record the event that was our 10 year anniversary celebration!
First, and probably best, my husband gave me an incredible surprise a few weeks before our special day. For ten years I’ve regretted my decision to not purchase my wedding dress. There was no real reason for renting and not buying, but that’s what I did then. I even wrote a post back in 2012 about how I regretted it!
It has always been in the back of my mind to try to track down the dress. I remembered the name of the business I rented from and the lady who ran it. I still had the receipt with all of the information of the various pieces I rented. Well, my husband took that receipt and went on a mission! He hit several dead ends and even pulled out the white pages and made cold calls, but in the end he was successful!
One afternoon he called me out into the living room, and there was my dress! It had gone through the hands of at least three different business owners, potentially worn by many brides, but here it was, finally, mine.
I was, and still am, thrilled. The dress that I was married in is finally in my closet! He got the split skirt, the panel that went with the skirt, and the bodice. All of the important parts! Now I’m thinking about contacting the lady who sold it to him and seeing if I can get the rest of the pieces (the petticoat, veil, and tiara, and maybe even the train and bow).
That was a fantastic day, and Vanessa even told me that she would wear the dress when she gets married. I won’t be upset if she changes her mind, but just having the option is really special.
The next way we celebrated is that we took a major trip! We originally had considered driving the Pacific Highway, along the coast of California, and possibly visiting San Francisco, Portland, and/or Seattle, all places we have yet to visit. We also thought about taking a cruise or traveling to Key West, but in the end our trip plans fell into our lap! I got invited to the Social Media on the Sand conference at Beaches in the Turks and Caicos, which was held just a few days before our big day. We didn’t hesitate!
I already wrote about our amazing time at Beaches, but I saved one thing to talk about in this post- our romantic candlelight dinner!
Most of the food and activities at Beaches are free with your stay, but we opted to do a special candlelight dinner on the beach. We had our own personal white-gloved waiter who served us a five course dinner, and we ate while listening to the waves roll in and watching the sun set.
And because we are, well, “us,” we made a silly video too…
Hang on while I just check that one off the bucket list. Annnnd let’s move on!
After our perfect Caribbean getaway, we returned home and celebrated our anniversary on the actual day (the 29th) with an evening date of dinner and seeing the touring Book of Mormon musical. But that morning, Daniel had an extra special surprise for me.
When it was almost time for him to leave to get to school in the morning, he asked me to come outside with him. As soon as he opened our front door, I heard singing, and saw a couple girls with phones, filming us. I walked out to a group of his choir students singing “Fields of Gold” in my driveway! I’m not going to lie, it was an ugly cry moment! I was so touched and absolutely loved the surprise. Even though I don’t get to work with Daniel’s students every day like he does, I love them like he does, and I was so moved that they showed up for me that morning.
Yay, I finally got it all down on (blog) paper! It was definitely an anniversary to remember, and it’s been a fantastic 10 years. I can’t wait to see what the next decade holds, even if it means I’ll be (gasp heave gasp heave) 40 at the end of it (okay 41).
I love my family, I love my husband, and I love my life.
“Will you share your life with me, for the next ten minutes? For a million summers?”