It’s wedding season! Wedding season is easily one of my favorite times of the year. There’s something special about witnessing two people who love each other make a lifelong commitment. As you get older, it seems like the fridge is constantly papered with invitations. From weddings to baby showers to BBQs, there is always an event to attend.
Attending a wedding after you’re married is very different than attending while dating or single. With every wedding, I find myself reflecting on the vows Patrick and I took just a year ago and focusing on how we’ve upheld those vows since. This past weekend, one of my closest law school friends, Sarah, got married. Her wedding was one of the most beautiful, classy weddings I’ve even been to-mine included! The ceremony was short and sweet, very indicative of who they were as a couple. Of course, the bride looked gorgeous in her dress and the groom nearly cried as she walked down the aisle.
Sarah’s wedding made me think about the promises you make to others and the promises you make to yourself. In the past year, keeping my marriage vows hasn’t always been easy but it’s always been worth it. I’ve done my best to honor my husband and to keep our marriage first. I’ve done my best to always be the kind of wife I wanted to be and work everyday to make our marriage better. Marriage is hard work and anyone that says otherwise is a big, fat liar. But, in the end, it’s always worth it.
Every wedding you attend as a married couple will make you think about your wedding day and reflect on how you’ve grown and changed since then. I’m not the same person I was a year ago and I’m incredibly grateful for everything the year has brought me. Seeing the love another couple has and watching them make the same promises Patrick and I made reaffirms, at least for me, the choice I made in marrying my husband and think of ways I can improve on those promises going forward.
Congratulations Sarah and Nathan! Here’s to many more years!