One year ago, on August 10, 2012 I married my best friend. We’ve been together for nearly five years (college sweethearts!) but today we celebrate our one year of being together as a married couple. We began dating our senior year of high school and have been together ever since. We’ve been together at the beginning of our adult life and will continue to grow together. I’m so excited about this!
I can’t believe it’s been a year already! We’ve really done a lot in our first year of marriage: we got married in Destin Florida, we each landed a new job in Tallahassee, then we moved to California after my husband received an offer from his dream job, all while still taking college classes. (That’s a lot of stuff!)
While we had a lot of fun during our first year, we also fought here and there. Most of the time it was over silly stuff (I mean, who puts toilet paper facing up? It’s supposed to face down! This is a debate I think we will always have). Through moving in together, moving across the country away from family and friends, coming across unexpected habits of each other, we really have experienced a lot during this past year.
Here is some advice for young couples thinking about tying the knot.
- Don’t let anyone convince you that you are too young to get married. If you want to get married, do it! It’s your life. We received a lot of comments along these lines, but we decided to ignore them. We love each other, and that’s all that really matters.
- Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts. You’re married now, which means there shouldn’t be any secrets between the two of you. If you’re feeling nervous, anxious, mad or even excited, don’t be afraid to share those emotions with your spouse.
- Trust your spouse. Without trust, you really can’t move forward and you absolutely can’t grow as a couple. During the course of your marriage, you may come across something that will cause you to want to put your guard up and to be on the “look out.” But you can’t do that. You must trust your husband/wife and know that they love you.
- Take the time to learn about each others passions and make the effort to participate. Whether it’s playing a game of World of Warcraft, going for a hike on the weekend or taking a cooking class, simply put in the effort to learn more about the other persons hobbies. Who knows, you may even enjoy it yourself!
Here are some photos from our wedding. I hope you enjoy. 🙂
All photos were taken by Russell Wells; check him out here.