Today is our wedding anniversary.
It seems crazy that I have been married to My Handsome Man for two years. In a way, it feels like it was just yesterday that these photos were taken.
There are moments from the wedding that I don't think I will ever forget:
Dane presenting me with personalised shoes after our wedding rehearsal.
The moment the bouquets arrived at my house and the declaration from one of my best friends that she didn't care which bouquet she had, until she found out there were daffodils. She's Welsh - the daffodils were hers!
I remember the panic I felt on the drive to the church, concern that we were going to be late. I really had no need to worry. We had planned to take 'First Look' photographs and had scheduled to arrive half an hour before the ceremony was to begin. I think we had twenty-five minutes to take photographs before hand and I arrived before most of the guests.
One of my favourite moments in my life so far was the look on Dane's face when he saw me for the first time that day. It is a look I can not describe. Seeing that 'first look' was the bit I looked forward to the most as a guest. Part of me feels guilty for keeping that moment private but at the same time I love that we did. I love that the look was just for me.
It was freezing on our wedding day. The year before there had been a heat wave but I think we were lucky not to have snow. I am so grateful that I picked up a cardigan to match the bridesmaids and I am also grateful for the hot water bottle held up to my back as we took photographs in the cold.
There were moments that I love, some of which I didn't even realise existed until we viewed the photographs.
There were also moments not captured physically but are as clear in my memory as if they happened yesterday.
The feeling I had is one that I hope every bride experiences on their wedding day. Regardless of how they view themselves on any other day, I hope that for their wedding day they feel absolutely beautiful.
Another of my favourite moments was because of a little girl in attendance who came up to see me in my wedding dress, as she walked away I overheard the conversation she had with her Mother which started: 'the princess said hello to me'. It is for this reason alone that I will always recommend including children at weddings if you can.
We had talks in the service that left us crying (and Dane snorting) with laughter. They contained a Dr Seuss style story about the two of us and an experience where a man allowed his wife to talk him in to getting a dog, with disastrous but hilarious consequences.
A lego wedding cake topper given to us by a friend as a joke. She had no idea we actually used it until she got to the reception.
Two years seem to have flown by, but at the same time I struggle to remember my life without My Handsome Man. Looking back, it feels like he has always been a part of it. I am grateful to be married to him. He is such a strength and support to me.
Our first two years of marriage have not been easy. We have dealt with and are dealing with: dissolution of marriages close to us, health issues, the final year of university, including dissertation, trips to court, uncertainty about the future, a car crash with the resulting whiplash injury, two house moves and now a move to Vancouver.
I never dreamed that life would be so crazy full. As difficult as the last two years have been, I would not want to have experienced them with anyone else by my side. I am grateful for this incredible man that I married and look forward to the adventures ahead.
I know there will be many.