“ Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.”- Robert Browning
Today is our 20th year anniversary, so I thought it was a good idea to share something personal.
Our story began when we met in Los Angeles in 1997, we very young (I was 17 years old, and he was 20) we had absolutely no money and no idea what we were getting into when we decided to get married at the Orange County Courthouse on, October 1, 1998. But we were sure that we wanted to be married. Because we loved each other and we were ready to start our life together. That day we didn’t think about bringing a camera, luckily his brother in law brought a video camera and recorded our small and simple ceremony. But other than that VHS video we have absolutely no pictures of our wedding day. Which is sad when you think that’s my passion. I love to be there to capture the moment a couple says I do, their first kiss, their first dance. Well, the whole day.
So today my husband surprised me by taking me back to take pictures outside the courthouse. I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of doing this myself. He packed up all the gear we would need, and he set it all up so we can pose in front of the camera. It’s one of the sweetest things he’s ever done for me. I’m so grateful because now we have pictures of the place where we got married and where it all started. 20 years seems like a long time but it flys by. We raised 4 kids together and have been there for each other through the most challenging times, but all of those experiences have made us a stronger couple.
My advice to newlyweds is to remember that marriage is choosing someone, again and again, to love and to cherish with each new day no matter what. It’s not easy but if it was then it wouldn’t mean as much. We continue to work hard at our love every single day because that’s what marriage is, it’s taking the good and the bad and making a living out of it.
So here are a few of our pictures, we wanted to share them with you our family, friends, past and future brides and grooms. Thank you for being part of our marriage.
“And the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”