August 10, 2010

Happy Wedding Anniversary, My Love!



Today we celebrate two years of being married and six years being together.  I sit here SO happy for so many reasons.  Together, we’re making the life we both can find joy and meaning in.  Getting married was the easy part!  I remember clearly taking a walk by myself a month before our wedding pondering how you ‘choose’ the one single person you want to spend your life with?  How do you know it’s for real, for sure, guaranteed?  The only conclusion I came up with is that you’re willing to hold hands, and metaphorically stand on a cliff and jump together into the unknown.  My dad thinks I’m crazy for saying that but that was only thing that made total sense for me.  You’re the one I wanted to jump with.

Through the ups and downs of being married and running a business together, I know you’re the one for me.  We haven’t even touched the surface of what we’re both capable of.  But I know, standing there – holding hands – we’ll both be able to become the people we want for ourselves and for each other.

Although writing a love letter is something that has been around for ages, the simple act of writing one’s feelings down on momentous occasions is a beautiful thing.  We chose to share letters to each other the day of our wedding (thankfully before I put my mascara on!); it became one of the most special things on our day.  Below is my letter to you again, so that the world may know how much you mean to me.

Dearest Byron,

After four years of being together, I know that you are the one.  Through our vows shared today, and this letter, know that I will stand beside you, love you and grow with you always.  We’ve already proved that we are stronger together.

I promise to continue listening – even when I don’t want to, trusting you – even when I don’t fully understand, care for you – even when you’re sick or fall, and have patience – even when I’m frustrated.

I love you because of your ability to communicate well, our electric chemistry, your adventurous spirit and your humor.  Your ability to grow, combined with your positive drive for life, are the qualities in you that I am SO proud of!

The commitments I share with you in marriage will be spoken today and lived out everyday.  I look forward to raising a family and being present for life’s journey with you by my side.

I love you,

Reading Byron’s letter on our wedding day – photo courtesy of Green Door Photography

My sister to the rescue, only to read his letter herself and have us both crying (yes we’re sharing a towel).  Photo courtesy of Green Door Photography

Grammy Ruth

Dearest Wendy, Your letter was the most beautiful one I have ever read. The maturity you showed, the love you vowed was so exceptional it should be mandatory reading for all those contemplating marriage. I believe that you are a reflection of Byron who holds the same feelings and you will build a beautiful life together. I already sent you a love letter for your anniversary and I am happy to add this to it. We surely are proud of you both. Thanks for sharing all the facets of your anniversary. Love from Grammy and Grandpa.

Congrats to the both of you! May you continue to be blessed in all aspects of your lives together.

Oh…I remember that moment. It was chaotic (as normal) in the bridal suite before the wedding. All of a sudden, I looked around and thought to myself “where’s Wendy?” Imagine my surprise when I walk into the bathroom and see you sobbing on the toilet. You handed me the letter, and in less than 10 seconds, I of course was also sobbing. What a great moment. Poor towel.

So, to my sister and brother-in-law: Happy 2nd anniversary. I know you have some of the best years ahead…

Much love, Sis

Wendy and Byron, Your wedding day in the hotel room was both emotional and beautiful for me. Every knock on the hotel door filled me with wonderment as I was seeing my daughter surrounded by friends and family, ready herself for the ceremony. Byron’s letter, the delivery of flowers, more friends arriving, more champagne glasses needed, Ninfi and Jill helping you with your wedding dress, and hearing you say, “I have to pee,” once you were all dressed live in me again today on your two year anniversary. (I heard there was a lot going on in the groom’s hotel room too but I was not privy to that.) Congratulations, enjoy many years together and know that your Mom/Mom-in-law loves you tons.