9 years. It’s been 9 years since I stood in front of my best friend, surrounded by our dearest friends and family at the entrance of a beautifully decorated gazebo on a sunny day in Greenville, South Carolina. 

So a funny story, and still one that stands out when thinking of our wedding day …

When planning our wedding, the idea of doing ‘something’ during the ceremony was brought up. Sure, we could’ve lit a unity candle, but when the thought of releasing doves was brought up, John quickly said, “Sure, that sounds like fun!”. It was later he told me he was being sarcastic. 

Needless to say, we had a dove release. And whenever I think of our ceremony, I can’t help but remember my late mother-in-law, who was loudly whispering in attempt to tell me to hold the dove away from my dress so it didn’t poop on me. While she had good intentions, I’m pretty sure just about everyone could hear her. She was in the front row, just feet from the mic, so all of her bird poop concerns were amplified. 

Thankfully, I’m happy to report that the dove I was holding (which I’m pretty sure was a chicken because of its size), didn’t poop on me. However, the doves did end up flying into each other, but I never let that be an indicator of how our marriage was going to go. 

If anything, it was a nice reminder that nothing is ever going to be perfect. You just make the best out of those situations where things don’t go as planned.

While I’m no marriage expert there is one piece of advice I’d give and that’s to make sure you also take the time to enjoy one another’s company. Oh, and might I add to also keep one another laughing. 

As I sat down on the couch with my computer propped open to write this post,  I couldn’t help but notice John having a conversation with the cat. The conversation was of all things about canoeing. 😆  I couldn’t help but crack up and wish I could’ve captured the actual conversation, but this short video will give you an idea of what was going down. Meanwhile, I still can’t stop cracking up. 

It’s little moments like this that make me realize just how lucky I am. Not because I have a husband-turned-cat whisperer, but because we always find ways to laugh and enjoy each others company every single day. That’s so important in marriage. 

So cheers to us! Two apartments, two houses, one kid, two states, four cats and somewhere around 10 beta fish later, we’ve made it another year!  💕 And I’m pretty sure John will never sit and talk to the cat ever again as long as I’m home. 

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