on october 11th, the husband + I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary.
a year ago, we were in the dominican republic. just married. surrounded by 28 of our closet friends + family members. our first year of marriage has flown by, in the best way possible. just us settling into life with the same last name. (oh, and adding a puppy to the mix). speaking of flying, the day of your wedding goes by even faster than your first year of marriage. and for a day that most people never want to end, it’s sad. the pressure is great for how you will celebrate an anniversary. so let me tell you what we did ..
how to celebrate your first anniversary.
top tier of the wedding cake.
we didn’t find it very practical to stuff the top tier of our wedding cake into our suitcase and bring it back to the states. even in the name of first anniversary traditions. so I called creme, a local bakery, and asked if they could re-create our vanilla cake, with a caramel filling. it was so delicious! (and I’d guess, much better than a cake that was in the freezer for a year).
reliving the big day.
when preparing for our wedding ceremony, we talked a lot about traditional + personal elements. (as everyone should). I always liked the meaning + purpose behind the unity candle. the joining of two families, to become one. I opted out of the
standard sand ceremony for destination weddings. and created something of my own.
the husband + I gave each of our guests a card + envelope in their welcome bags. we asked them to write a message for us to read on our one year anniversary. when they arrived at the ceremony, there would be a chest on the altar for them to place their cards into. we had each of our parents read their notes during the ceremony and place them into the chest. it was then sealed.
for our anniversary, we watched our wedding video + opened the chest. it was so much fun to read through the notes our friends + family left for us on our big day.
first anniversary “paper” gifts.
in the name of tradition, the husband + I gifted each other two plane tickets back to our wedding destination. we will be flying to the dominican republic in january, for a week-long getaway for two. it will be so great to go back + see where we said “I do”. but even more to just relax, unplug, and enjoy each other’s company.