Photos thanks to Katch Studios
Josh and I celebrated our first anniversary just a little over a week ago and I still can’t believe how fast time flies! October 8th was seriously the happiest day of our lives and I never really knew what people meant by that until we had our wedding. But happy times aside, our first year of marriage has taught me A LOT and it hasn’t always been sunshine and rainbows.
I’m going to be real-our first year as husband and wife has been a combination of both the best and probably one of the toughest years for us as a couple. We’ve gone through a ton of changes, both good and bad, and navigating through those times together hasn’t always been easy. But like I said, we’ve both learned a lot from each other and in the end are a stronger couple for it (pats self on the back).
Here are a few lessons I learned from my first year of marriage…
Being called wife is kinda weird…
I remember the first time Josh called me wife. It was on our honeymoon and as soon as he said it we both looked at each other and smiled. As weird as it was hearing him call me wife and not girlfriend, it was also super special. Cheesy? Extremely.
…But calling him husband, is even weirder
I also remember the first time I called Josh my husband. I was making some changes to our phone plan before leaving on our honeymoon and the lady on the phone asked me who it was for and I totally freaked out. I ended up mixing boyfriend and husband in the same word and it came out something along the lines of busband. I’m now happy to report calling Josh my husband has gotten a lot easier.
Changing your last name is a real pain in the butt
As much as I love being called Mrs. Smith the journey to getting there is a long and annoying one. You don’t realize how many things have your last name on it until you need things changed! On the other hand, Mrs. Smith does have a nice ring to it.
There’s a difference between having a boyfriend and having a husband
You might think this one is pretty obvious but when you’ve been bf/gf for 10 years before getting married, you kinda think that signing a piece of paper won’t change anything. And although there’s a lot in our relationship that has stayed the same, becoming husband and wife is just different. I can’t really explain how it’s different but being married just makes you feel more bonded in a way that dating doesn’t.
You’ll say this to yourself weekly…’OMG, I’m married!?’
That thought will come over me at the most random times. I might be in the grocery store picking up Josh’s favourite snack or folding a pair of his pants and it will hit me. I’m married!? It’s a funny and amazing feeling that I hope never goes away.
Talking about babies actually becomes a thing
Before I get into it, no I’m not pregnant. But for some reason the thought of starting a family seems like more of a possibility and baby fever can creep up on you. But again, no we’re not trying it’s just something that you end up talking about.
If you manage to send out your thank you cards before your first year anniversary you’re winning
There’s no ‘I’ in team
I kind of hate that saying but to make my next point it just works so I’m rolling with it…
I’m an only child and for majority of my life everything has been about me, myself, and I. But when we got married me turned to we and I now have a partner in life which is pretty great. I’ve realized that I can’t do everything on my own and that putting my needs aside for my spouses is sometimes necessary.
Being married doesn’t mean you have to trade your thongs in for granny pantys
As Beyoncé once eloquently said, “I’ve got hot sauce in my bag, swag”, the same goes for your marriage. You have to keep things spicy! Whether you’ve been together for one, twelve, or twenty years, making an effort in the romance department is a something you both have to make time for and it keeps the relationship fun!
Looking at your wedding photos happens ALL THE TIME
As I mentioned earlier, our wedding was the happiest day of my life but getting our wedding photos back was a close second. Seeing all of those special moments captured on film was super special so I decided to create a gallery wall with a few of our favourites. I always catch Josh standing there looking at them and he always shows them to everyone who comes over. It’s actually super cute. I also look at them often and they’re a great reminder of not only an amazing day but the start of an even more amazing journey through life together.
Before I wrap up today’s post I have to say a HUGE shoutout to Katch Studios for capturing these beyond amazing photos of Josh, Henry, and I! Just as we look back on our wedding photos, we both haven’t been able to stop staring at these ones all week! Kat is seriously one of the nicest people and a super talented photographer, I mean…the proof is in the pictures! We had so much fun working with her on this shoot and will cherish these photos forever. Forever ever? Forever ever!
Thanks again Kat for creating photo magic, you’re the best!
Sorry not sorry for the photo overload that’s about to ensue, I honestly couldn’t choose…
I hope you guys enjoyed today’s post! It was a lot of fun for me to write and I’m thinking getting a little more personal in the future might be in the works ;)