Two years ago today, I married the love of my life. I would say he’s the man of my dreams, but to be honest, my dreams of the man I would one day marry never came close to who he is in reality. He makes my world bigger and cozier all at the same time. He encourages me to always be a better version of myself without ever making me feel like I’m not enough as I am. He gets me all twitterpated just by walking in the door. I love you Ryan Grady – Happy Anniversary to us!

 

You can see an index of our wedding posts right here, or just scroll through them all at once right here.

 

Photo by Elizabeth Messina.

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A few weeks ago my little sister, Lora (aka Lora Fedora), came home from France after a year away, and she had a sparkly new accessory with her… I figured after letting her keep it to herself for a little while, I could finally embarrass her good and proper by sending my best wishes across the internet: Lora’s engaged!!!

In her last week in Paris, Lora’s boyfriend, Grant, flew out for a visit, and not only did he propose on the trip, but he managed to get it on camera! They had been taking lots of self-timer shots around Paris, so I’m sure my sister didn’t suspect a thing when they set up the camera for a pic in front of Marie Antoinette’s hamlet… until Grant dropped to one knee! Needless to say, she said yes!

Sorry for all the exclamation points – I’m just so excited for my baby sister to marry such a wonderful guy. She’s my best friend, and she deserves all the happiness in the world. Congratulations Lora and Grant! We love you!

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I’m headed to Alt! My bags are packed with lots of really fun outfits (read: black, black and more black), and since I’m probably the only blogger on the planet who has yet to own an iPad, I’ve got a good book to read on the plane, and a brand clean notebook so I can write down all the brilliant things folks have to say.

If you’ll be at Alt too, stop by my panel tomorrow morning where I’ll be speaking about work/life balance (and hopefully learning how to get even better at it from my fellow panelists!). And if you won’t be there this year but want to hear about what’s going on, my twitter feed is certain to be saturated with #altsummit tweets.

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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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