Three Years of Marriage

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that Jody and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary earlier this week! This anniversary was a little different than years past because we weren’t celebrating during our vacation like we did for our first and second anniversary. While, of course, we missed traveling this year, it was a nice change to celebrate close to home and actually take the time to reminisce on our most perfect day.

As a part of our anniversary celebration on Wednesday, Jody and I visited the winery where we held our cocktail hour and reception. We enjoyed chatting through some of these questions while sipping on our wine and thought it would be fun to share our responses with y’all. It was so sweet to think back to that day, moments that I can remember still so clear, moments that we forgot about, and all of the other moments that have happened since.

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What is your most vivid memory from our wedding day?

Jody: When the big church doors opened and seeing Morgan in that beautiful dress, walking towards me.

Morgan: I have two moments that stand out more than any other. When I was in the holding room off of the sanctuary, I distinctly remember the chords of “A Thousand Years”, the song my bridesmaids walked down the aisle to, started and my heart skipped as I was just moments from seeing my groom. As the proceeded in, the large white doors closed and my dad and I moved behind them. I can still feel the catch in my breath in the moment of those doors swinging open to “Canon in D” and I took my first step down the aisle. I didn’t take my eyes off of Jody that entire walk.

The other moment was the last moment of the evening. We shared a last dance with our guests before they made their way outside for our sparkler exit. As they left, Jody and I shared one last dance, just the two of us (and our DJ!) to “From the Ground Up” by Dan + Shay. It was one of the sweetest moments of the entire day as we walked from the dance floor, along the patio walkway, and out of the doors of the winery’s courtyard.

What is your favorite thing about your spouse?

Jody: She puts the greatest emphasis and effort into our relationship, above anything else.

Morgan: I love his spontaneity. He has a way of making the ordinary seem extraordinary and everyday is truly an adventure.

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What is something that most people don’t know about your spouse?

Jody: Morgan used to write her own songs.  I heard some of them in college, and I loved every second of her playing guitar and singing.

Morgan: Jody truly takes to heart the things that people say to him. Most people know that he’s a friend to everybody, but it’s the words of affirmation that creates the strongest bonds in his friendships. He cares deeply about the people he interacts with and would happily offer to be a stranger’s biggest supporter.

What is your favorite thing about marriage?

Jody: In marriage, you see the good, the bad, the gross, the weird, the private and the ongoing change in your partner, and being able to continually love them, if not even more so, is absolutely beautiful.

Morgan: It’s totally a cliche, but I love getting to do life with my best friend. Whether it is the brightest or darkest of days, we are a team, a package deal, and it is truly beautiful share these life experiences with each other.

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What were the highlights for you both as a couple in this year of marriage?

Jody: First, buying a house was awesome! I love sitting out on the porch or looking out the garage in the evening just being purely grateful for everything I have. Second, and I personally thnk has been a marriage “win”, is the fact that we haven’t gotten sick of each other while in quarantine, and miss each other when 5:00pm rolls around, after teleworking a few rooms away.  Adapting and continuing to do fun and novel activities has been a challenge, but one I’ve enjoyed doing with Le Wife.

Morgan: Overwhelmingly, the biggest moment of the past year was the moment when we decided to buy our house. Of course, the day we closed and became homeowners was super sweet, but I cherish the late summer evening the day after we toured the house and we decided to take a leap of faith and submit an offer. Jody played the song “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman soundtrack and we dreamed of all of the memories we could make in our new home. It was the perfect way to calm my fears and make that moment extra special.

What are you most looking forward to in the next three years of our marriage?

Jody: I think the conversation of starting a family will come up more frequently in coming future; that’s very excting to me. I also hope for some more traveling before kids, and the next “new favorite activity/hobby” we find together.

Morgan:  As we transition out of our 20’s, I’m most excited to see how we progress as truly established adults. We hope to start a family in the next few years and I can’t wait to see how our relationship grows by, Lord willing, becoming parents. I’m also hopeful to travel more and explore new sights and maybe revisiting some of our favorite places!

 

Happy Anniversary, J. God knew what He was doing when he picked you to marry me. Love you. 

 

P.S. If you want to read more about our wedding, you can find the recaps linked here.

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