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Marriage is by far my hardest undertaking yet. It is a refining process like none other, and Tyler and I have plenty of rough edges. Marriage is also beautiful and comforting and just plain fun, and I can’t imagine life any other way.

1st Anniversary: Honorary Donations

Since our wedding weekend rushed by in a blur, we took time this weekend to look back at pictures and experience the beauty all over again. Just in case you need a recap too, here’s the ceremony and reception crammed into 30 seconds.

And if you want even more wedding fun, check out the video of Day One on Instagram. It’s now available for any blog reader to view through the widget in the right sidebar.

During the planning process, I would have described our wedding as very DIY. As motivation for our do-it-yourself pursuits, we decided that any money left over from our total budget amount would be allocated towards donations and savings. We carefully planned to achieve this financial goal by DIY means.

However, by the time I was in the car headed to the honeymoon, I knew it had in no way been a do-it-yourself kind of affair. Not because we hired anyone last minute, but because, in the end, it was our families and friends who made the whole thing possible. Their manpower enabled us to have a handmade wedding.


The Luckiest

Tyler and I started dating on 11/11/11.  That makes it the luckiest day ever on so many levels.  If you know me well, you may know that I love it when 11:11 flashes on my car/phone/alarm clock screen.  I always make a wish, and I usually remind everyone with me to make a wish as well.  It’s just good luck.

I’ve been looking through photos for our Christmas card this year, and I had to laugh over some of the oldies but goodies.  On this anniversary of the start of our relationship, I thought I’d share some photos from our journey together.  The first few months are sparse with the photographic evidence, but I can tell you they were crazy days with lots of fights and lots of love.  Like most intense new relationships.  The more recent months have increased their count of physical memories, mostly thanks to the advent of The Age of Linda With an Iphone.