Our Five Year Anniversary

Celebrating Five Years

It is our five year anniversary!!!! It feels like it has flown by, but it I also can’t remember what it was even like before, best decision I ever made and even though our marriage isn’t perfect (and don’t be fooled because no ones is) I love love love the life we have created and wouldn’t change a thing. I love it soooo much. So in honor of our anniversary I wanted to do a special post for all my readers and of course that had to include taking new photos in a wedding dress and tux!!! I told David every five years I want to wear a wedding dress again, because WHY NOT? Keep reading for a marriage Q&A, wedding tips for the bride and I have also included a few of my favorite wedding photos.

my wedding video

Our Marriage Q&A

If you could sum up our marriage in one word what would it be?

Amber : Our marriage in one word — “adventurous” in the best way.

David : Perfect (with just the right amount of flaw)

What was the best marriage advice you have received?

Amber : I loved the advice of not giving your best to everyone else throughout the day and having nothing left to give your spouse. Be the best version of you to your spouse first, even if that means giving less of your energy to other people. Your husband and family deserve the best of you each and every day.

David : Learn how to give a massage.

Our Favorite Things About Each Other : 

Amber : 

1. He is really selfless especially in our marriage. He goes above and beyond to do sweet things for me and spoil me.

2. My biggest cheerleader. David supports all of my ideas and dreams.. this is something that really means a lot to me.

3. Just as spontaneous as I am! I could talk us both into moving to Germany next week if I really wanted to. We love a good adventure and I don’t know what I would do if he wasn’t as fun as he is!

4. Accepts all of me and all of my flaws and makes me think they are good things. He is really understanding of bad days I have and instead of telling me what I could have done better he is always there to comfort me or just be someone I can talk something through with.

5. Such a great dad! He does such fun things with the kiddos and is the best at taking care of them!

David : 

1.  Her creativity

2. Her love for travel

3. Her love for our kids

4. How much she thinks of others

5. Her love for a good nap

Amber's Favorite Moments

1. Every single night spent in Hawaii…. we dream of having a summer home there one day. Specifically the nights on Backyard’s beach when the sun was setting and Chauncey was running and splashing in the water, Atticus was jumping over waves and Rosie was hanging at my feet with David next to me.

2. The night in Malibu at the airstream with the family.

3. When we clicked “live” and went live with Barefoot Blonde Hair and we were both crying watching sales come in.

4. David rubbing my legs and taking me on walks at 3am while I was crying in discomfort because of restless leg and acid reflux when I was pregnant with Atticus.

5. Our day spent in Japan at the park in Fukuoka when no one
was there but us.

David's Favorite Moments

Excluding the births of our children,

1. Our first night in our NYC apartment.

2. Celebrating buying our lot for our new home.

3. Picking up Chauncey as a puppy.

4. Pressing “launch” together for Barefoot Blonde Hair.

5. The night I proposed to you and eating Indian food on the floor after.

Planning your wedding can be really stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. I learned so much planning and having my wedding, so here are five tips I think every bride should know, so that they can have a special and stress-free wedding day that is memorable for all the right reasons.

1

Be Present

Advice for Brides

Be as present as possible. Make sure everything is good to go before the big day and have people taking care of everything on your actual wedding day, so you aren’t worried about a thing. Assign your mom, best friend, sister, mother in law, cousin, whoever to oversee everything. Really try to stay in the moment throughout the day and leave your phone at home and let other people do pics and videos for you so the next day you can post your favorites.

How to stay Present

2

Don't Pick A New Hairstyle

Advice For Brides

Don’t pick a new hairstyle you have never worn – pick a hairstyle you feel most beautiful with! For me that was with my hair just loosely curled and down. Definitely try a few styles before the big day to experiment and see what you feel prettiest with. Same goes for make up! Definitely have someone do it who you trust and don’t go too over the top.

For Hair Inspiration

3

Remember What Is Most Important

Advice For Brides

What matters on the day is how you feel and not how beautiful the decor is or how good the food is, don’t compare your wedding to the perfect Pinterest wedding! The most beautiful part of a wedding is happy faces on the bride and groom. This advice reminds me of one of my favorite audiobooks I listened to recently called “Present over Perfect,” by Shauna Niequist. It is the perfect book to read to help you understand what is truly important and what really matters, which can really help as you plan your wedding and begin your life as a new married couple.

Present Over Perfect

4

Venue & Lighting

Advice For Brides

Pick a venue that has good lighting and tour them at the time of day your reception or wedding will be. I know that sounds silly but I didn’t even consider that when touring spaces so we toured during the day and at night the lighting in our venue was terrrrible.. which means I didn’t like hardly any of the photos because they were casting really weird shadows on people’s faces.

Finding A Venue

5

Embarrassing Moments

Advice for Brides

If something goes wrong try to remember that one day you will laugh about it. I went to throw my bouquet and accidentally threw it in a chandelier haha! My face actually does still turn red thinking about it, but I mostly just laugh because I was so embarrassed.

My Wedding Blog Posts

Photographs by Brittney Gurr. Wedding dress from Leanne Marshall.

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  1. Absolutely love this post. Gorgeous wedding photos, great advice, and I just love that one of your all time favorite moments is being miserable during pregnancy because you had your dear hubby there to comfort you. What better what to describe how relationships should be?

  2. Omg you’re adorable! Happy anniversary! So happy that you posted this because I’m engaged and getting married in July 2018. It’s sooo stressful to plan because it’s a backyard destination wedding and all my family can do is COMPLAIN. It’s awful! Definitely taking all your advice to heart though!

    Kim
    simplylovebirds.com

  3. Happy anniversary once again! You are such an amazing coupe! I loved reading your favorite things and moments…so emotional!
    You appreciate and love each other so much, it really is wonderful to see! You guys are a great example, love you!
    xxx
    Ksenia

  4. What a beautiful tribute! This might be my favorite post to date. And I ADORE the new blog update!!

  5. this is amazing, happy 5 years to a beautiful couple!!!! you guys are inspiring and lovely… and so is this post!!! i LOVE the layout of the whole thing. taking blogs to the next level!!!! yay!!! xoxoxo http://www.lifeofcharmings.com

  6. I love David’s best given advice -“learn how to give a massage” 😂😂😂 It’s so true though! It’s a done deal after a good massage. Why don’t guys realize that? Lol!
    -Lauren
    thehonestbeautyreview.com

  7. Loved this post!! And it’s funny how many David’s answers are so short compared to yours ahaha he’s the sweetest <3
    Have a great weekend x

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

  8. Aw this is literally so sweet! I love how I’ve read and seen the blog posts from so many of yall’s favorite moments! And your 5 year dress and tux is gorgeous- congrats!! Feels like just yesterday I was watching your honeymoon video. ☺️☺️☺️ #FanForLife
    Xx
    Courtney || https://courtneylivin.com

  9. Happy anniversary David and Amber! Thank you guys for being an inspiration in everything. I’ve been your follower since atticus was born and I’m so loved you guys. Thank you for this tips it helps me a lot because we are planning to get married next year. Hoping to see you guys soon. xx

    Lovelots from Philippines 🙂
    PS: Hoping you also visit here in ph and I’d probably flew away just to meet you guys. Haha
    https://wandersushi.blogspot.com/

  10. Love this post!! Especially the advice for brides! My wedding is coming up in March 2018 and I’m trying very hard to not overwhelm myself 😉

    Hoping this Arizona weather continues to be perfect in March! 🤞🏻

    http://Www.ashleykayy.com

  11. I am way ahead of you in the anniversary numbers, but I love the advice you were given. Need to practice that more. I often give too much of myself away and that includes even to my children. Love the cake toppers ! So sweet! So sweet when your husband is crying during your dance and he looks awesome without a beard.

  12. I totally teared up watching your wedding video. The best part is- seems like nothing has changed and you’re still like newly weds in the honeymoon phase! Congrats!!!

  13. This post is so so sweet. Happy 5 year anniversary! I really liked your advice about saving your best self for your spouse instead of letting all of your energy go to other people all day. Totally taking that to heart. Your original wedding photos are beautiful and your recent photoshoot is gorgeous too. I adore the Leanne Marshall dress <3

  14. When I threw my bouquet, I didn’t even get it close to the crowd! I didn’t realize how far back they were! It was so embarrassing! We will be celebrating 8 years in May and we have a precious 3 year old girl!

  15. This was absolutely lovely to read! Your advice about not giving the best of you away throughout the day really resonated…might have to be a New Year’s resolution for me! I would love to read more posts about your ideas for having a healthy marriage…it seems that you two have really built a solid foundation together!

  16. I love this so much. Thank you for sharing your beautiful life and marriage with the world. So excited for you guys and your amazing five years!

  17. That last tip is so spot-on! I completely blacked out and forgot the vows when we were reciting them to one another. Like completely blank face and after standing there for what felt like forever, the priest finally stood in and told me the lines hahaha. And then like five minutes later my veil fell out! When my dad handed me off and gave me a big hug, it got tugged down and I hadn’t noticed, but trust me I noticed when it was suddenly sitting there on the floor. We all laugh about those moments now and it spurs a conversation of everyone telling their best moments from our wedding, which always puts a huge smile on my face!

    Oh also, I feel like I should mention this: we are the same age and you got married just a few months before me so I totally related to all your wedding content and remember loving your pictures so much that I printed one (it’s you and David in the car with your faces close looking all romantic and into each other haha) and brought it to my photographer saying I wanted one like that, and it is HANDS-DOWN my favorite photo from our wedding! So thanks for that haha!

    xo Mary-Katherine
    http://www.goldhattedlover.com

  18. I LOVE this! I have followed your blog since the very beginning and I love watching your family grow together. Best wishes on your wedding anniversary! xx, Beth

  19. Such a great post, I’m not married or in a relationships but thought this was awesome and helpful even for being single. I can’t wait to share your post with my married friends and my soon to be married ones. You looks beautiful and the love you and your husband share is just a breath of fresh air to see.

  20. Congrats to you and David!! I love your tips and will use them for when I get married. I also love y’alls answers and how David has simple answers but they’re still very sweet.

  21. I can’t stop crying! You two are my vision of true bliss. I️ love you guys so much

  22. This makes me feel so much happier and more blissful about planning our wedding. Thank you for the effortless advice Amber. I look up to you so much and I’m grateful for your wisdom!! Congratulations on the anny! 😘

  23. Happy Anniversary you two!! What a wonderful milestone – half a decade of what looks like some amazing memories and adventures!
    We celebrated our 5th year wedding anniversary this summer as well. We have one baby girl and another baby on the way:) I just LOVE your idea of wearing a wedding dress and David dressing up in a suit for some pictures to celebrate! I so wish I thought of that too, because…..why not?! Maybe I’ll dust mine off and see if I can still do it up. Stay tuned…;)
    Do you still have your wedding dress?
    What are your goals for the next 5 years?
    xoxo
    http://www.happygobliss.com

  24. Ohhh I just love this post. (:
    I’m getting married next October and these tips are very g r e a t!!! So thank you!! If you have any more tips and tricks I would loveee to hear them.
    And this dress is stunning. I also wanted to just say thank you for being you. Both of you. For being real and sharing the truth about life and what goes on. You have been one of my favorite bloggers for a long while now and I feel like every time I read your posts or look at your Instagram, nothing is ever forced or fake. I really appreciate that about you guys. (:
    Love you both!

  25. I JUST got married one month ago, so this post is extra special to me! I love to see a happy, faithful couple. It’s so inspiring to see how you and David have grown together. PS: GORGEOUS dresses! My dress was long-sleeved too 🙂

    xx http://www.qustomquinns.com/blog

  26. David’s marriage advice is the best! Congratulations on five years, you two are so happy together and it shows!!

  27. Amber, what a beautiful post!! Made me tear up and laugh. I feel like I’ve been a part of this journey with y’all and I wish you so many more wonderful happy years together! You’re both my role models. Love you! xoxo

  28. Happy Anniversary to you both! I’ve watched you two grow together the last 4 1/2 years and your love for each other, watching you both be amazing parents and the love of LIFE you share is so special. What you two have is beyond precious and it’s so rare, your love is so RARE. To many, many more , thank you for sharing your life with all of us. You two make my heart smile. Best wishes, Tiffany

  29. We just celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary in October and also had our first baby in October! This is such a great post!

  30. I LOVE this so much Amber!! You and David are an AMAZING couple and parents & just really good people with big hearts!! Love you Amber!! Congratulations on 5 years!!