We started by bringing our cake top out of the freezer. I originally had no interest in doing this when we were doing all the wedding planning but Kevin is a sentimental guy and insisted on it and I am so glad we did. It was very special to have something from that very day and seemed to bring the year full circle. It is a really sweet (ha!) tradition and one I am fully behind now.
|The original creation.|
We had four days of wonderful, relaxing, romantic vacation. We took our time getting down there on Saturday and stopped and did a little wine tasting on the way. Then we spent the rest of the time just unwinding and enjoying spending time together. We didn't even leave the property until about 2:00 on Tuesday afternoon. Drinks were consumed, pedicures enjoyed (by me with wine and Willie Nelson and the Clash - Best. Spa. Ever), food was eaten, naps and soaks were taken, Grateful Dead was listened to, more drinks were consumed, books were read, plants were purchased and new memories were added to our already overflowing Edgefield memory bank.
|Wine and Kindle at 11:30 a.m. Vacation is good.|
We went back to the room to exchange presents and get ready to read our vows to each other and I opened the door to this...
Armed with our nicely bound vows we headed out to the vineyard to read them to each other again. Shh, dork alert....for the first year we were reading them to each other on the 14th of every month. Sappy I know. Yearly is just fine by us now.
We reminisced about our wedding and how a year after the fact after the rush of the day has faded we would still do everything exactly the same (minor technical tweaks notwithstanding). There were no regrets regarding time or money spent. We put our hearts and souls into that day and even though we drove ourselves crazy with stress, needlessly at times with the amount of tiny little details we obsessed for hours upon hours over (you really have NO idea), it was 100% completely worth it (although with hindsight we would have started fluffing pom poms waaay earlier). For the rest of our lives we will have the memory of a truly special, truly amazing day that was authentically us and that hopefully our friends and family will remember forever as being unique and special. Now if we could just get that photo album put together.
We also marveled at the paradox of how our wedding seems like both a few days ago and a lifetime ago. Neither of us can quite wrap our heads around that. I can't even imagine my life before I met Kevin but we only met six years ago. We talked about how it wasn't weird to say "husband" or "wife" anymore and how the word "wife" doesn't make me want to run screaming away from it. I did what I had hoped to do which was define "wife" for myself and it doesn't have all those negative connotations I wrestled with so strongly before the wedding.
Happy first year my sweet (that is the equivalent of 5.07 Kardashians)! I am looking forward to whatever adventures life holds for us. I love you very much and, well, ....I fink you freaky and I like you a lot!
p.s. What the hell kind of jacked -up spell-check doesn't recognize the word "ganache?"