Our Wedding...1 Year and Counting


It's crazy to think that we have already been married for one whole year! It feels like I blinked and and this year was over, we built a new home, did a little bit of traveling, and we've started to settle into our life together. I honestly feel like every day I am so blessed to have my best friend living this crazy life with me and I know that we have so much more ahead of us! Since last year was such a blur and we immediately threw ourselves back into life and building our new home right after the wedding I thought I would share some of the gorgeous photos Marissa Cribbs Photography captured from our special day!

10 Things I've learned during our first year of marriage

1. Communication is key. Learning to discuss everything and having open conversations without assuming anything makes things so much smoother. We are always changing, there is always something new to learn about each other and I have really learned to value sharing our time in the evenings discussing our day, our goals, and things we have going on with one another.

2. Have the Money talk early. One of the things I am really glad we got out of the way early (before we even said our vows) was to discuss our financial situations. If you are going to be in a marriage with someone, you have to be open and honest about your income, debt, student loans, and any other significant financial information. We understood that after we were married we would be sharing that responsibility and we made a plan for going forward.

3. Work as a Team and for each other. Something that I didn't realize would hit me so late was the moment he said "let me help you figure this out, we are a team." I realized 'hey, I'm not on my own anymore', I have someone here to support me and help me through anything. It's really comforting and I try everyday to be just as supportive for him as he is to me.

4. Do not have unrealistic expectations. Don’t expect your spouse to know what is in your head or read your mind. -- this kind of goes along with communication, but voice how you feel, what your thinking, and if something is bothering you -- just say it.


5. Find Balance in your different personalities. We have different strengths and weaknesses but I know him and he knows me. The fact that we've been in each other's lives for over a decade prior to getting married gives me a lot of insight into how he handles things. He never overthinks, I overthink everything. He never notices small details, I obsess over them. He loves public settings and social situations, I'd rather be at home on the couch with my pup and a movie. But, we share a lot of common passions, family values, and core beliefs, so we take our differences as opportunities to help each other and we've learned to balance each other out.

At the end of the day we love each other, and when things don't go as planned or we have an off day, I've learned to just have patience, take it one day and a time, and trust.




















Our wedding and a glimpse into our story was published in KC Weddings Magazine! Read all the details HERE!

I also wrote several blog post leading up to the wedding for KCWeddings.com  Read those HERE


Thank you to everyone who helped make the happiest day of our lives possible!

Ceremony and Reception Site: Stonehaus Farms Winery
Caterer, Cake and Flowers: Cosentino’s Price Chopper, Lee’s Summit
Photographer: Marissa Cribbs Photography
Gown: Watters Wtoo, Altar Bridal Altar Bridal Jacket: Lea-Ann Belter Bridal
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Alfred Sung from Bella Bridesmaids 
Hair Stylist: Roxana Dolson
Makeup Artists: Dani Jo Bellomy of Dani Jo Bell Makeup Artistry and Hillary Rehms
Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
DJ: Danny Collins - DC Entertainment
Decor, drapery and uplighting: Ultrapom






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22 comments:

  1. This post was BEAUTIFUL LADY!

    my fav part:

    . Work as a Team and for each other. Something that I didn't realize would hit me so late was the moment he said "let me help you figure this out, we are a team." I realized 'hey, I'm not on my own anymore', I have someone here to support me and help me through anything. It's really comforting and I try everyday to be just as supportive for him as he is to me.

    so into that!

    love it!
    xo
    Krista
    www.hundredblog.com

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    1. Awww! Thank you Krista!! It makes me cry reading it again, lol! Hope you have a great day girlfriend! xo

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  2. Gorgeous photos, girl and great tips! I'm 2 years in and totally agree :)

    xx Rebecca
    http://www.thecrystalpress.com/solar-eclipse-shopping-inspiration/

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    1. Hi Rebecca! Thanks so much! Congrats to you on two years! xo

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing - the photos are absolutely stunning! Congratulations, cheers to many-many more!
    xx,
    Dina
    www.ModnitsaStyling.com

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    1. Hi Dina! Thanks girl, Marissa Cribbs Photography is the best, she is my go to photo gal!

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  4. Beautiful wedding photos! Great post :)

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  5. Happy one year and many more to come! These photos are beautiful!

    Linda
    https://lindatenchitran.com/home/2017/8/22/dressing-up-with-unitiques

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  6. Happy Anniversary! Number 4 is so true!

    Emily
    withstyleandgrace.net

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    1. Hello Emily! Yes, that's a big lesson for sure! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

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  7. You look absolutely gorgeous! Communications and having healthy expectations are so important. I completely agree!

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    1. Thank you Debbie! Yes, couldn't be more true!

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  8. these are the sweetest photos and you look gorgeous! definitely some great tips!

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    1. Hey Shannon! I appreciate that so much! xo

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  9. Your wedding photos are breathtaking!! Thanks for sharing your advice - this is so important to keep in mind in marriage, and even in a relationship! Solid advice!

    Gisel | mintandthrift.com

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  10. Thank you Gisel! Yes, marriage or relationships for sure! Have a great day!

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  11. Congratulations on your first year! Looks like it was beautiful. Makes me want to redo mine all over again and change everything! Maybe in two more years for our 10th anniversary.....

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    1. Hey Jamie! Thank you so much! Yes, I already think of things I would like to do again! Happy almost 10!!! That's so exciting!

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  12. Wow, Stonehaus Farms looks like a GORGEOUS place to get married. I had never heard of it before - now I have to check it out!

    I'm a Kansas City girl also - so glad to have stumbled across another KC blogger :)

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    1. Hi Lindsey! Yes, you have to check it out, they have a beautiful patio for sitting and sipping and a great view of the vineyards! So glad you found me too!!! Thanks so much for following :) xo

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