Celebrating Our First Wedding Anniversary

Before COVID-19 took over our lives, Nick and I celebrated our first year of marriage. Looking back at the photos, I’m reminded of a simpler time in our lives. It was right before our (now cancelled) flights to Canada and the start of what would’ve been a new chapter. I wanted to do something memorable rather than exchanging gifts; this day will be forever etched in my memory as one of my favourites.

I’ve known Sophie since she moved to Christchurch from Nelson a couple years ago. I absolutely adore her work (and her personality) and we’ve done a few blog and fashion photoshoots in the past. I wanted to do a couple shoot with her before our move back to Canada and our anniversary was the perfect excuse.

We packed a bottle of champagne (a special wedding gift that we’d waited a year to open) and headed to Godley Head just in time for sunset with Sophie there to capture it all. It was a warm night and we spent the whole time laughing; she’s the best third wheel around! We’re so happy with the photos, which perfectly reflected our relaxed evening sipping champagne while the sun set over the sea. With adventures few and far between these days, we cherish these snaps even more and I thought I’d share my favourites with you.

Nick also surprised me with dinner at our favourite restaurant, Twenty Seven Steps. It was extra special as it was our last meal out before everything closed for lockdown in New Zealand.

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How do you celebrate anniversaries? Are you more of a gift or experience kinda person?

They say you spend your whole life rewriting the first poem you ever loved. Together, we’re working on our novel and every chapter is more beautiful than the last. ⁣⁣

The story of us has spanned our twenties, but it’s not a chronicle that we’ll look back on. There are still so many chapters yet to be written and (now more than ever) we’re dedicating ourselves to filling the pages with love, laughter and adventure. 

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