Friday, July 26, 2013

The Best Day of My Life

Today, we celebrate five years married.

The days my children were born were not the best days of my life. Au contraire. The best day was marrying the best person I'd ever met in my life. The person who knows me better than anyone, supports me, and stands with me when the days seem unbearable. The one that cried on the couch with me day after day month and still loves me in that brokenness.

We usually celebrate specific days with the meals we ate on those days in real life, but we're switching things up a bit and going hibachi tonight. For our first date anniversary on May 28, we go out for Asian food. On June 15, our engagement day, we stay in and make burritos, just like we had the night we got engaged in Ray's Manhattan Beach apartment.

On our wedding day, we had a Mexican buffet complete with beans, steak and chicken fajitas, tortillas, salsas, guacamole, tortillas, and more. When we went to taste and select the menu from our required caterer for our reception location, we kindly asked if we could decline all of the package options and go with Mexican instead. Without hesitation, they were on board and the food was exceptional! I've never had Mexican food at a wedding, before or after our wedding, but it still remains my favorite food ever. And just to be even more cultured, all 100+ of our guests were eating their Mexican feasts at a Japanese garden! If you remember, my mom and I took B back to that garden to feed the Koi fish earlier this year during a visit to the motherland.

To celebrate our 5th anniversary (other than being traditional and actually buying something made of wood for my husband!), I wanted to share five of our favorite wedding photos. There are so many, but here are five...

The doors on the left were open and the breeze from the Pacific was amazing.
Photos after on the side of the church.
Back inside the church for more photos-- it was an Italian-inspired mansion before being sold and converted to a church.
Not sure what the conversation was here, but it made for a pretty fun photo.
Japanese garden reception. Our table was on the dance floor and was removed for lots of dancing later!
Just like losing Andrew, I'm all too aware that these years we have together are precious. I'm so thankful to have them and continue to cherish every moment we spend together. Hoping for many, many, many more.


Melissa @ A Dozen Years Later said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Anniversary!! I love the idea of serving Mexican at your reception - such a fun idea.

Brigitte said... [Reply to comment]

My co-worker was married there too! It was a beautiful venue. You can't beat those views :) congratulations!

Ben and Katie said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Anniversary you love birds! Looks like it was a beautiful day for sure!
Many many more blessed years ahead!!

Natasha said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Anniversary! Beautiful pictures!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Happy anniversary! What a joyous day!

Sneaker Teacher said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Anniversary!

Laura McCannell said... [Reply to comment]

You two are the cutest.

You know, I wish I had known you before these boys and all that. I feel like I should have been at your wedding.

That's weird, right? lol

But seriously, such beautiful pictures and such a lovely post about the best day of your life. <3 you + Ray.

Ps. I'm salivating about the idea of fajitas. yum

Veronica said... [Reply to comment]

Happy anniversary! I want a burrito right now...

Brooke said... [Reply to comment]

Gorgeous pictures. Wish that I could have been at your wedding!

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Wise choices you two made. Happy Anniversary.

Mama Bear said... [Reply to comment]

Happy day! I think we need Mexican food tonight too :)

Darcey said... [Reply to comment]

Happy Anniversary...Beautiful bride!!!

Chrissy said... [Reply to comment]

Happy anniversary - such beautiful photos! xxx

Smack Talkin' Mama said... [Reply to comment]

hope you had a great anniversary! hibachi is good fun! gorgeous pictures.... so many fantastic backdrops for a beautiful couple!

Smack Talkin' Mama said... [Reply to comment]

hope you had a great anniversary! hibachi is good fun! gorgeous pictures.... so many fantastic backdrops for a beautiful couple!

Amelia said... [Reply to comment]

Happy anniversary!!