An Anniversary

A year ago yesterday, Ryan and I exchanged vows in front of 98 of our loved ones in a tiny little church in San Francisco. A year ago! So, a year later, some thoughts on our wedding…

I know it sounds silly, but I’m just as excited to see my husband every time he walks in the door as I was in this photo.

What I remember most about our wedding day was the way I felt: present, loved, beautiful, joyful.

I wish I could channel that present mindfulness into my everyday life.

I wish I had a piece of our chocolate hazelnut wedding cake in front of me right now.

The week of our wedding was just as fun and just as important as the day itself.

Sometimes I thought about eloping. Having our friends and family there to witness and celebrate with us made me so glad we didn’t.

Choosing things because we loved them, and not because it was trendy, means I still love every single detail of our wedding, from the invites to my dress. I hope I still feel that way twenty years from now.

I am still overwhelmed by gratitude for our wedding vendors.

San Francisco always held a special place in my heart; after our wedding I love it even more.

I don’t think I could kiss Ryan enough on our wedding day. Thank goodness I have a lifetime of kissing him ahead of me.

 

A Birthday

I’d never thought of it this way, but celebrating our anniversary felt very much like celebrating a birthday, and I love that. Because it’s not just a day to commemorate something that happened a year ago (our wedding); it’s also a day to reflect and celebrate something that began on that day (our marriage).

And I can’t wait to celebrate many, many more of these birthdays in the years to come!

 

If you wanted to read all about our wedding, I created this little page where I could keep track of the posts that I wrote. Or you can just read all of them in one go. Hopefully you’ll be able to glean something helpful for your own planning!

 

Top photo by Elizabeth Messina. Her blog, Kiss the Groom is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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  1. Kristen Nichols

    You are why I love weddings. You’re perspective on love, friendship and individuality is what it’s really all about. xoxo, happy anniversary, mlm*

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  2. Lisa

    Oh, you two are just the sweetest!! So fun to read your little thoughts looking back after a year. May your second year of marriage be even MORE exciting, thrilling, and full of love than the first! :)

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  3. Natalie {Bayside Bride}

    Happy Anniversary! :) This post is so sweet! Reflecting on a relationship is such an important part… wishing you both continued happiness and love!

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  4. erin {a lowcountry wedding}

    this is such a sweet post. i completely agree, having all your closest friends and family under one roof is the most amazing feeling. happy anniversary!

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  5. craftosaurus

    Congratulations and happy anniversary!

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  6. Corrie Anne

    That is tooo sweet!! I love it. Can’t wait for my 1st anniversary. And I love the statement about the week before and thinking about the wedding. So wonderful.

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  7. Koru Kate {Koru Wedding}

    Such lovely thoughts on your anniversary. Happy First Anniversary & Cheers to many, many more~

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  8. redfrizzz

    Mazal Tov. I don’t know you, but I can’t believe it’s been a year. Congrats on the first year, and the many to come. May every step and stone that has brought you to this moment be a blessing, and may every heart that swelled with joy and pride on your wedding day carry you through for the next 50 ‘birthdays.’

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  9. Jennifer @ Eco and Elsie

    You two are so adorable! Happy belated anniversary, Kathryn!

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  10. Jennings & Gates

    Thank you so much for sharing that. How wonderful and romatic!

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  11. Jackie B.

    Congrats on your first year!!! Hubs and I just celebrated ours and it was one of the most amazing feelings ever! Since I started my blog after our wedding, Ive been using our 1 year bench mark as my excuse to share some of the happiest memories. -JB.

    ps- your blog helped me a ton through my engagement and planning months… thanks!

    http://papinee.blogspot.com/2011/12/illustrator-extraordinaire.html

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  12. chandra ~ oh lovely day

    What a sweet post! It is funny how much of what you said is the same way I feel/felt about my own wedding. And now that we have a baby (which try as you might to avoid it, does change your relationship a bit) I cherish those things even more. Plus I look back at those pictures and don’t remember ever looking that young, or thin, or rested :)

    happy anniversary to you and your honey! xx

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  13. Rita

    oh you didn’t save some cake for your first anniversary! That is a shame! Where I come from it’s a tradition to freeze some cake to eat a year later…My husband and I did that but unfortunately we’re moving overseas in a couple of months. Since we won’t be able to take it with us we got it out of the freezer a couple of days ago and started eating it today, three months after our wedding. eheh chocolate cake too! It is supper delicious still. Our cake lady was awesome! :)

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    • KATHRYN

      That’s a tradition here too, but instead of saving it, we decided to eat the top of our cake the night after our wedding, with a bunch of our family who was still in town. We just put the tier on the table, and everyone went at it with forks. So fun, and such a fun memory. Next year, though, I want to remember to order some of that cake for our anniversary, because it was soooooo good.

  14. Janet

    Oh, congratulations! I loved the feeling of our first anniversary. A year full of so much. . . and yet it went by in the blink of an eye. Here’s to many more!

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  15. Karen Wise

    Happy belated Anniversary, Kathryn! Here’s to many, many more! xoxo, Karen

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