One Year Anniversary || Shenandoah Valley, VA
We packed our things on Friday and headed to the mountains in Shenandoah Valley to celebrate one year of being married. It all started in our church youth group when I was 15 – he noticed my laugh and asked me out soon after. I said no. I thought he still had some growing up to do, which we both laughingly recall because I was two years younger than him and 15. But he still admits I was right :). We got married on October 26, 2014 – 6 years into our adventure together. Like most adventures it’s fun, sometimes scary, and worthwhile. Without being mushy, we have grown to love each other more as time has carried on. Along that path we’ve discovered new interests to explore together – I mean hey, we didn’t know we were going to love taking photos until years into our relationship. And now we are wedding photographers!
When we first married we were asked the question “how’s being married?” fairly often. Both of us attempted to answer, taking turns piecing sentences together to describe something so broad and elusive. Then, on the car ride home we would talk about how strange each other’s answers were. We thought about it one night and decided to actually come up with a good answer so that we’d be prepared the next time that question popped up. We didn’t come up with much. It’s fun? Hmm.. it’s __? I don’t know. We realized after laughing at our lack of answers that the answer was that being married, for us, has just been simple. We no longer had to travel states to see each other, make extravagant plans on weekends, let arguments last too long because we weren’t around, and make two separate trips to the grocery store to stock our separate refrigerators. Being married has been the most simplifying change in our lives. There are hilarious, no-fun, frustrating, & wonderful moments (daily) – all made simple through marriage. After dating and being together for 6 years, our first year of marriage wasn’t going through the nitty-gritty process of getting to know each other and having those big conversations about our dreams and goals. We knew each other well, loved each other deeply, and made a commitment to God to do that forever.
We took a deep breath this weekend and just set out to enjoy Creation + each other’s company. We explored caverns, soaked up views atop the Appalachian Trail, and paddled a canoe 7 miles down the Shenandoah River. We think you’ll enjoy some of the photos we took along the way: