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On This Day 3 Years Ago…

After working nonstop last week and through the weekend (reason for only one post last week), I finally finished my last project of my grad school career. I don’t want to jinx myself, but hopefully pending me passing all my classes, I am done with grad school!! Wahoo!!! This past weekend was especially difficult with no sleep and no showering (Gross, but you come to my site for my honesty, right? haha). My poor husband had to put up with moodiness from the stress and my frizzy hair staging a revolt on my head all weekend long. I swear, he must really love me.

Which brings me to the subject of today’s post… Today is our 3rd wedding anniversary for our first wedding. I’m not talking about our wedding at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC when my dramatic vail was attacking everything in sight from a little over a year ago…


I’m talking about our courthouse shindig in Tucson 3 years ago. You see, the hubs, then boyfriend of 3 1/2 years, received orders to Germany that literally gave us a one month notice. We had to make a decision about what we were going to do with our relationship in a hurry.

Our options were: breakup (neither of us wanted to do this), commit to a long distance relationship for 3 years between Germany and the U.S. (we had done this for a year and a half between AZ and NM before), or get married.

I wasn’t particularly keen on getting married at 24 years old. Personally, I felt like 24 years old was WAY TOO YOUNG to get married…but things aren’t always black and white.

Thank goodness, the hubs sucked it up and proposed even though I know we were both scared to take that leap of faith with each other. Let me tell you, it has been an adventure ever since.

Our justice of the peace wedding was so rushed we didn’t even think about cameras (we got these from a family member with a disposable camera).



Even though it wasn’t as extravagant as our second wedding, I still cherish every aspect of it.

  • My bobby pins in my hair set off the metal detector in the courthouse. I told the security guard that I was NOT taking my bobby pins out. This was my wedding day! He obliged.
  • The courthouse smelled of urine, fast food, and the car exhaust from downtown traffic. Romantic, eh?
  • A chain gang passed us and our wedding guests in the hallway right before the ceremony complete with bright orange jumpsuits.
  • We had our reception at our favorite hole-in-th-wall Ethiopian restaurant that you could bring your own wine to since they didn’t have a liquor license. My mother was appalled with the fact that we had to eat our food with our hands, but we all had a great time. Plus, we fed all 25 guests including great wine for less than $10 each! Who can say that about their wedding?!


Moving to Europe was the best way to test our relationship, and oh it did. We faced being in crazy scary environments together that we wouldn’t have been faced with in the U.S. My husband was used to traveling all over the world, and my experience at a Jamaican resort and the border of Mexico did not count in my mind as experiencing other cultures. Steve got to see me at my worst stressing over traveling. Don’t get me wrong, I love traveling, but did have some anxiety when we first got there!

For instance, our trip to Morocco was wonderful and enlightening but scary as hell when we first got there since I had just seen the movie Taken and was afraid of being kidnapped for some human trafficking ring.


The hubs calmed me down, and accepted my paranoid crazy side.

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In fact, I think we complement each other very well. We never have a dull time wherever we go, and being put into different situations (traveling, military deployments, school for both of us, volunteering, working, deaths in family, a new puppy, etc.) over the past 3 years have only served to enhance our 6 1/2 year relationship. It hasn’t always been peaches and cream, but I feel like we have grown so much as a couple in our time being married, and I’m ecstatic about what the future holds for us.


Babe, I love you. Thank you for always making me laugh, loving me despite my craziness, and accepting me and all my faults. I can’t imagine my life without you!!

{ 22 comments… add one }
  • Joanna Burgraf December 7, 2010, 11:10 am

    What a great story! Thanks so much for sharing it. You have such a unique take on life, you just go for it! I love the sense of adventure even with the way you went about getting married. You looked just as beautiful in the courthouse and you did in your professional wedding pics.

    • Nicole December 7, 2010, 11:19 am

      Thank you! A lot of things scare me, but I do them anyway. That can be good and bad sometimes. Thankfully, this risk was worth taking. 😉

  • lindsay December 7, 2010, 11:12 am

    happy anniversary!! OUr 3year wedding anniversay is in a month. So close to yours, very cool! What a great journey you’ve been on thus far!
    Hope you all have a wonderful evening together. 🙂

    • Nicole December 7, 2010, 11:17 am

      Thanks!! Congrats to you too!

  • kia December 7, 2010, 11:15 am

    Happy Anniversary. Enjoy 🙂 My 3rd is next month, also very close to Lindsay.

  • Lisa December 7, 2010, 11:25 am

    What a romantic story! I love it! And you look gorgeous. 🙂

  • Kim December 7, 2010, 11:39 am

    I love it! Congratulations on your anniversary!

  • Liz December 7, 2010, 11:43 am

    Congratulations !

  • Heather (Where's the Beach) December 7, 2010, 11:44 am

    Congrats to you both. What a great story. Thanks for sharing and sharing the pics too!

  • Andrea December 7, 2010, 12:06 pm

    The last few lines in this post perfectly sums up exactly what marriage is all about. Happy Anniversary!

  • Julie @SavvyEats December 7, 2010, 12:23 pm

    Aww, happy anniversary! xoxo

  • Sarah for Real December 7, 2010, 12:27 pm

    Congratulations on BOTH achievements!

    I think it’s super romantic to get married in a hurry so you can be together in a faraway land. Sounds like a fairy tale beginning to me!

  • Erica December 7, 2010, 12:35 pm

    aw 🙂 I bet you two could not be HAPPIER that you made the decision. You seem so happy together 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet December 7, 2010, 1:58 pm

    Happy anniversary to one of the most gorgeous couples ever!

  • Kacy December 7, 2010, 3:50 pm

    Happy Anniversary! You guys are a HOT couple!

  • Melie December 7, 2010, 6:48 pm

    Happy anniversary! And congratulations on your impeding graduation! 🙂

  • Toronto Girl West December 7, 2010, 6:59 pm

    Oh see you know I’m a big fan of double weddings! 😉 Although I can’t say our courthouse one was nearly as colourful as yours! lol

    Anywho – I think you two are an absolutely lovely couple! And I wish you many more years of bliss!!!!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather December 8, 2010, 11:35 am

    So sweet! Happy anniversary to both of you!

  • Jess December 8, 2010, 1:51 pm

    Oh wow! I didn’t realize all of that was behind your “first” wedding. how very cool. And for the record -for *some* 24 “feels” young to be married but that’s exactly when my hubs and I tied the knot and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. We’re coming up on seven years of marriage and are stronger and more in love than ever. It can work, you and I are both testament to that, for sure! Congrats!!

  • Jes (Self Motivation) December 9, 2010, 11:48 am

    Congratulations on both your anniversary and on being done with grad school!!!

  • Gena December 10, 2010, 12:11 pm

    What a lovely tribute post, Nicole! And what beautiful wedding photos.


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