8 years…

Saturday marked my 8 year anniversary with Matt. Our wedding anniversary isn’t until September, but we still celebrate the anniversary that marks the day we met. I actually spent a little time earlier looking through super nerdy Livejournal posts I wrote at the time, the days before and days after Matt found me on Match.com… It’s painfully awkward to read past entries, wondering why I was such a dork (but not before reminding myself that I WAS 18 at the time).. But there is also something cute about the fact that I actually saved the conversations we first had when we started talking… They brought me back to that night, where I first felt butterflies and wondered if this guy was real.

It was made real on June 18th, 2003. I knew, I swear to God I knew that we were going to be together forever. And here we are 8 years later, married, with a house, 2 dogs and a cat… And still so happy. We’ve grown so much both as individuals and as a couple, but it’s remarkable how we haven’t grown apart, but rather much closer. I couldn’t be happier to spend my free time with him, and firmly believe in the Mumford and Sons lyrics, “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” I’m happy to invest my love and share my life with him. Now that we have our own little family, it’s pretty awesome to look forward to such a wonderful future for us.

Anyway, that being said, we had a wonderful anniversary. We woke up Saturday morning, and started off the morning with our weekly weigh-in. We EACH lost a whopping 7 pounds! I was so happy I danced.. and very proud of us both. We got ready, grabbed a quick breakfast at Starbucks, and went to Kent Station to go see Super 8, which we’d both been dying to see.

I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It brought back fond memories of movies like The Goonies and Jurassic Park, and the magic/wonder of movies like E.T. I am looking forward to it coming out on DVD for sure!

There was a dog jumping competition going on for the weekend at Kent Station, so we watched doggies leap in the air and into a big swimming pool. It was actually really cute and fun to watch.

We made our way over to Bath and Body Works for more wallflowers for the house (and Matt had to drag me away from everything since I tend to buy crap tons of stuff in that store every time), then headed out for Alki Beach, which is where Matt proposed and where we got married.

We hadn’t been back since our wedding so the drive over was a totally weird experience for each of us. It brought back such intense memories of the drive over to the bathhouse with my sister and my Dad, and for Matt he remembered coming around the corner and hearing “Awake My Soul” by Mumford and Sons, as he was on his way to marrying little old me.

We parked and had lunch at Pegasus, since we love their pizza (yay cheat meals!) and I had a Livingsocial deal. It was good but SO filling, so we left with tons of leftovers for dinner later. After we dropped off the pizza in the car, we went for a walk on the beach, combing the sand for sea glass, talking about our wedding, and watching seagulls pick away at the low tide leftovers. I eventually found one tiny piece of sea glass, and totally came across a heart-shaped rock… Though when I showed it to Matt, excitedly telling him it was a little heart, he responded with, “…or a kidney bean.” Such a romantic husband, right?

We played around on the sea wall for awhile, walked by the bathhouse where an event was going on, and eventually made our way over to the mini Statue of Liberty. Why it’s there, I do not know but it always amuses me because it’s so miniature.

 

We got in the car, and Matt drove around the bend where he had proposed to me. We got out, and went to the very spot he proposed, the bench we sat on as we hugged and he told me the whole story of how he planned it and how Beefo helped, and then saw a bunch of geese and their little babies, all eating grass. It was really cute and also made me really happy to be back in such a special spot. It blows both of our minds that it was 3 1/2 years ago when he proposed… I swear it seems like yesterday I was bending down to tie my shoelaces on my black Chucks after Matt told me we were going on one of our nighttime adventures… Listening to Silverchair as we drove over the West Seattle bridge. It’s weird how quickly or slowly time can pass by..

We made a little trip to Barnes and Noble and Target, then got hone and took it easy, eating leftovers and watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind (which I’d never seen before)… It was the perfect way to spend our anniversary; fun adventures during the day and staying in and cuddling at night.

I was so happy to celebrate our 8 year anniversary for the first time as husband and wife… Even though it’s felt like we’ve been married for many years. It just feels nice that it’s official and that I can call him my husband. πŸ™‚

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5 responses to “8 years…

  1. awww, i just got so many chills reading that! i love love πŸ™‚

  2. Sounds like the perfect day and I am totes crying at my desk over my lunch reading this. I am SO HAPPY for you both!!!!

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  4. Brittney

    That is such a beautiful story–I too am getting married at Alki Beach Bath House. Please do tell me more about your wedding if you dont mind to share. (ex. how you decorated, ceremony/reception, food etc). I would love to here about it!

    • Wow, thank you for commenting! That is awesome that you are going to get married at the Bath House! I would love to tell you all about our wedding… Actually, it was featured on a wedding blog I love A LOT (especially while planning)… So I’m going to link you to our story over there: http://apracticalwedding.com/2011/02/wedding-graduates-danielle-matt/

      Also, so you can see photos our of wedding, here’s the album my photographer posted on his site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/46467051@N04/5113637960/in/set-72157625111484745/lightbox/

      Hopefully those both give you an idea of the decorations and details of our wedding. We were actually supposed to get married outside of the Bath House by the beach, but it POURED on our wedding day, so we made adjustments and got married inside instead without a hitch.

      Decorations were relatively simple. We bought all of our flowers at Pike Place the day before the wedding. It literally cost us 120 dollars for I think 23 bouquets, AND the women who did them actually made the bouquets for me so for my sunflowers, all I had to do was tape and put ribbon on them. If you can swing it, DEFINITELY go to Pike Place for your flowers. They are stunning and you will save infinite amounts of money!

      The reception had about 75 people total, and worked out perfectly. We also rented the painting room, as that is where we set up a “bar” and all of the food buffet. We went through Jasper’s BBQ, who was EXCELLENT and I cannot suggest enough! Everyone loved the food, the staff was on time and very friendly, and it cost us half the price of even the lower-end places we were looking.

      Our cupcakes were done by Trophy Cupcakes, which is our favorite cupcakes in Seattle. We splurged a little more on these but I cannot tell you how worth it it was. The display was absolutely BEAUTIFUL and everyone was in love with our cupcakes. Trophy is by far the best, in planning from the start to finish, and was worth every single penny.

      We used my Macbook for our dinner and dancing music. I made a few playlists and actually enjoyed doing this a lot! One of Matt’s groomsmen was our emcee which was very helpful in doing announcements for things like first dance, cupcakes, etc.

      The biggest thing I will tell you is that I could not believe how many people who were willing to help us out on that day. Friends and family showed up early to set up and decorate, and stayed late to help take everything down and clean, insisting we head out early and that they’d take care of it. Having your wedding at the bathhouse definitely requires a lot of extra help, but your friends and family will be happy to do it because it’s your special day. πŸ™‚

      Let me know if you have ANY questions about anything at all, because I know I would’ve loved to have someone else who’d had a wedding at the bathhouse to talk with! My personal e-mail is recycledair at gmail dot com, so seriously, if you need to bounce any ideas off of me or have any questions, PLEASE do not hesitate to e-mail me! πŸ™‚

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