With all of our focus on how to make your wedding special, we thought it was time to highlight some ways to make your marriage awesome, too. Introducing “Snapshot of a Marriage,” a new series from contributor Emily Westbrooks, who interviews couples on some of their secrets for a strong and successful marriage.
In the four years that they’ve been married, Kristin and Iggy have lived in Chicago, Calgary, New York City and now they’ve just completed a move to Dublin. That’s four cities in three countries on two continents! That’s a lot of change for any couple, but especially so early on in a marriage, but they’ve adjusted to the latest change gracefully by keeping a few things in mind.
Iggy’s mantra for the couple has been to “embrace the change,” embracing each relocation as an opportunity to travel, to meet new people, and to strengthen their own relationship. Iggy explains that it’s important to him that Kristin knows she’s “the absolute first thing” in his life, before anything else. And Kristin echoes this sentiment, explaining that they both try to make the other feel that “no matter what, I have your back.”
I asked Iggy if he had any final advice to offer newlyweds. Sitting in their Dublin apartment with the Packers football game on in the background, he answered, “It’s good to remember that you may not always be in the honeymoon phase – you’ll just be in a different phase.” Kristin shook her attention from the game on television, an equally avid football fan, and sat down beside Iggy to give her husband a dramatic hug. “Oh honey, of course we’re still in the honeymoon phase!” Honeymoon phase or not, it’s clear this team is in it together.