Yesterday was our 8th wedding anniversary. 8 years!
Sometimes it feels like just yesterday, while at other times it seems so long ago. We’ve moved 3 times, had 3 babies, each had a number of jobs, been on a dozen or so road trips, and had a lot of crazy adventures. We’ve had some really difficult times, and it’s been a lot of work, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I love our family, and of course, my husband. I couldn’t imagine this journey without him.
A look Back
While I was wracking my brain at what to get my husband for our wedding anniversary, I started looking back through all our old wedding photos.
We got married on a beautiful Friday in October, 2008. I think it was the last nice weekend before it turned super cold here in WI. We were even able to have our ceremony and pictures outside.
After getting engaged in New Orleans, we had first toyed with the idea of a destination wedding. We thought it would be fun to be somewhere warm and exotic to tie the knot. Unfortunately, it wasn’t going to work for all of our family, so we had a change of plans. It was definitely more important to have our family there than anything else.
Instead, we found a place about an hour away in Lake Geneva. It was a beautiful resort with a gold course called Geneva National. There was a wedding coordinator on site, and I did the rest of the wedding planning myself. We were able to book a bunch of rooms, so no one had to worry about driving home.
A lot of the guests arrived on Thursday night, we had our rehearsal dinner right at the resort, and a quick rehearsal under the tent outside. I then said goodbye and goodnight to my “fiance” for the last time. I have to admit, I don’t think I slept at all the night before the wedding.
My and my future husband kept the tradition of not seeing each other until I walked down the aisle, so we had to be careful about where we went up until the ceremony. Everyone helped keep us apart too!
Me and my bridesmaids went and got our hair and make-up done, and then my mom helped me get ready.
I got a sneak peak at the reception area, and it was just as I imagined….so beautiful. We then went to wait in a private area until the ceremony.
My Dad came to collect me, and we took a golf cart to the wedding tent. I remember having to take a moment and some deep breathes. Walking down the aisle, I was still really nervous, but once I saw my husband, I knew everything was going to be OK.
The Ceremony and Reception
We didn’t want a very religious ceremony, as we come from mixed religious backgrounds, so we found a wonderful Reverend to marry us. She was so kind and easy to work with. We had friends read some special words, and then it was time to kiss as husband and wife. It went by in a blur.
We got our group pictures taken, while the rest of the guests went to the lobby for drinks. After greeting everyone, we cut the cake, had speeches, a slide show, and dinner. We had our wedding dance to Ryan Adam’s Two, and then our Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance.
Then, the party got started. There was dancing, lots of drinks, more dancing, and more drinks. It was a really fun night!
There are so many other details, but I’m sure you’d rather see some pictures. So, here’s a little look back at our wedding eight years ago in honor of our wedding anniversary. All photos in this post were done by Olga Thomas Photography. Thank you Olga!
PS I finally decided to get my husband copper Moscow Mule mugs (and all the stuff to make them!) since the 8th wedding anniversary gift is copper.
Hope you enjoyed a look back at our wedding!
PPS Yes, our cake topper was Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel. When you put them together they make a kissing sound. Awe.