This weekend we will celebrate our first wedding anniversary.

For the past twelve months, we have been creating a home together, sketching out a future, and calling each other husband and wife.

On several occasions I have thought to myself, “Wait a second, we have no clue what we’re doing!”

But somehow, some way, we are growing up.

We don’t have it all figured out, but we are learning (and making it up) as we go.

A year of love, loss, and adventure fills the first blank page in the scrapbook of our crazy lives. It hasn’t been perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but we’ve done it our way.

Everything has been moving unbelievably fast, as life tends to do. We talked about getting married for so long, and now here we are. For better or for worse.

Our young marriage has taught me that love requires a forgiving heart, a sense of humor, a sense of self, trust, and honesty. This is what I know thus far.

I’d do it all over again, the past seven years of our roller coaster ride of a relationship, if it meant I get to stand next to my husband and be his wife for a long, long time to come…

…because when he puts his arms around me and whispers in my ear, “I love you, my wife,” I am safe.

This anniversary toast is “to us”.

One year down. Two hundred and fifty more to go.

{Pictures by Toby Morris Photography except last personal photo}

June 24, 2010



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    June 25, 2010

    I must confess that I just teared up reading this. With 43 days to go until our wedding, I totally feel that "we have no clue" sentiment!

    Marriage means different things to different people, but the number one vow that I plan to make on 7 August is "I promise to always try".

    Congratulations on your first year.

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    My Well Calculated Life

    June 25, 2010

    Congratulations on your first year!

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    June 25, 2010

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I still swoon over your dress every time I see it…so beautiful! 🙂

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    Chic 'n Cheap Living

    June 25, 2010

    Happy anniversary. You were quite the stunning bride my dear and like Katie said, oh your dress was gorgeous!

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    June 25, 2010

    Congratulations, Carly! You and your husband are a gorgeous couple, and it's been a pleasure to read about your journey.

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    June 25, 2010

    Congratulations! Your dress is gorgeous! Have a wonderful anniversary!

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    June 25, 2010

    Happy Anniversary! I love that first photo…your dress looks amazing in it!

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    Creature Gorgeous

    June 25, 2010

    Oh, happy anniversary, Carly and L!!! I teared up a little at the whisper. Love all the beautiful images of you two gorgeous people!

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    Mrs. Hot Cocoa

    June 25, 2010

    Congratulations!!!!! Have a wonderful anniversary.

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    June 25, 2010

    Congrats! Hope you two find a special way to celebrate!

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    Charlene @ Sweetchic

    June 25, 2010

    Congrats!! Time flies, huh? You guys are a beautiful couple 🙂

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    June 25, 2010

    Happy Anniversary!
    What a sweet post 🙂 Congratulations to you and L.

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    honey my heart

    June 25, 2010

    happy anniversary to you and L!!! hope the next year is a great one 🙂

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    June 25, 2010

    Congratulations! Have a wonderful weekend.

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    June 25, 2010

    Congratulations Carly and L!!!
    I love the first photo you posted, so beautiful.

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    brooke @ claremont road

    June 26, 2010

    Happy anniversary! You two are such a beautiful couple.

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    June 26, 2010

    Cheers to you two! I 100% agree with you, especially since my first year anniversary is coming up in less than a month! Time sure does fly…

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    Chicken Wing

    June 28, 2010

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! Cheers!!!

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    M and C

    July 7, 2010

    Congrats!! I'm a little late.