Anniversaries
Joanna & Jason • 8 years

Jun 23, 2014
Joanna & Jason • 8 years kathleenamelia017kathleenamelia001 kathleenamelia003 kathleenamelia005 kathleenamelia006 1kathleenamelia0153 kathleenamelia018 kathleenamelia020 2kathleenamelia024 kathleenamelia025 kathleenamelia031 kathleenamelia037 kathleenamelia045

We asked:

How did you two meet? Tell us your story.

While stationed in Virginia for MOS school during his time in the Marine Corps, Jason’s roommate was a good friend of mine. During a college break I went to Virginia to visit my friend. I remember I  was resting from the days travel when Jason walked into his room and then immediately walked back out. Jason explained later that he was confused by seeing a girl in his room. He realized he did have the correct room and came back in. I introduced myself. My friend had a girlfriend so instead of being the third wheel Jason was kind of put “in charge” to keep me company. I grew up with three brothers and was very much a tomboy; so after hanging out with me for a long weekend- watching football, talking about our favorite teams and a little pick up game with other Marines, I think Jason was impressed. We exchanged numbers and causally talked over the next few months. Little did we know that he was soon going to be stationed in San Diego. I was living in Los Angeles so we started dating and commuting from Los Angeles to San Diego to see each other. A year later we were engaged. The thought of planning a wedding was overwhelming so we decided to elope.

What do you love most about each other?

She said: What I love most about Jason is his selflessness. He puts our marriage and family before his needs.  I believe it’s natural for everyone to be a little selfish so Jason putting me first is something I fall in love with over and over again.

He said: What I love most about Joanna is her genuineness. It’s not very common you find a friend that will highlight reality, no matter how painful or great. While not wanting to hurt people is a good quality, sometimes we forget that not being truthful about the bad things hurt people worse in the end. She always tells it how it is. To be honest, I really think my standards for everything have risen since meeting her. Even when I’m cooking, which is not often, her simple satisfaction is the best feeling. All production aside, though, the best part about this quality of hers is that when she says, “I love you”, I know she means it.

What have you learned in your years of marriage?

There’s many things we have learned but the most important thing we would say has been to shower each other with grace. Almost every marriage has it’s ups and downs but by showing each other grace we reap the benefits of our commitment. We have realized that a commitment is more then something we embrace when things are going great. We grew up in a world that teaches us to do what we think is best for us; If that means breaking off a commitment as sacred as marriage because we are unhappy then it’s ok. Jason and I chose to do something else. We chose to not focus on ourselves but on our marriage and children and in return have been blessed.

Anniversaries
Jaclyn & Shawn • 1 Year

Jun 13, 2014
Jaclyn & Shawn • 1 Year ©DanielleWoodall_JaclynShawn2©DanielleWoodall_JaclynShawn9©DanielleWoodall_JaclynShawn14©DanielleWoodall_JaclynShawn11©DanielleWoodall_JaclynShawn12©DanielleWoodall_JaclynShawn22©DanielleWoodall_JaclynShawn15©DanielleWoodall_JaclynShawn30©DanielleWoodall_JaclynShawn31©DanielleWoodall_JaclynShawn28©DanielleWoodall_JaclynShawn17©DanielleWoodall_JaclynShawn29©DanielleWoodall_JaclynShawn7

 

We asked:

How did you two meet? Tell us your story. We met in college our freshman year up at USU through a mutual friend at the very end of spring semester, he gave me his number (I still have that slip of paper) and one thing led to another, three years later we are happily married.

What do you love most about each other? I think what I love most about Shawn is that he is so full of life! Life with him is never boring, and there is definitely never a dull moment. We are both similar in the ways that I think need to be similar in order to have a well functioning relationship, but are definitely different in ways that we balance each other out really well.

What have you learned in your years of marriage? I think the most important thing that at least that I have learned while being married is to put your spouse first, always and to learn how to compromise with each other. It was really tough for me at first but now I am getting better every day at it, and am still working on it. Another really important thing is to choose your battles! … Some things are just not worth getting in a fight over. And lastly, do at least 3 things a day to serve your spouse.

Anniversaries
Sarah & Chris • 4 years

May 30, 2014
Sarah & Chris • 4 years Colbow__Carolyn_Ann_Photography_carolynannphotography006_low Colbow__Carolyn_Ann_Photography_carolynannphotography002_low 2Colbow__Carolyn_Ann_Photography_carolynannphotography009_low Colbow__Carolyn_Ann_Photography_carolynannphotography008_low1 Colbow__Carolyn_Ann_Photography_carolynannphotography054_low Colbow__Carolyn_Ann_Photography_carolynannphotography048_low

 

We asked:

How did you two meet? Tell us your story.

I get a lot of surprise from others when I tell the story of how Chris and I first met. We were both seventeen years old and were working at a local movie theater. About a year into working there Chris started working there too. I immediately like him. I liked his humor and his smile. I remember soon after meeting at work we were having a conversation about vegetarianism (I was a vegetarian at the time, now we are both vegans) and Chris said he would go vegetarian if his wife were one. I think this statement made me realize he was the one for sure. We kept laughing and talking at work and I went on my first date almost ten years ago and haven’t had to go on any first dates since. Chris and I got engaged when we were nineteen and married a few years later.

What do you love most about each other?

Her: There is so much I love about Chris. Meeting and dating when we were seventeen years old I feel like we have been through so much together. Chris is my humor on a bad day; he has a way of making me laugh and keeping me a float when life pulls me down. He always seems to know just what I need when I am upset or have had a bad day. He is always there to listen when I come home and rant about my day. When getting ready for a date and I am throwing clothes around Chris just looks at me and says, “take your time.” I love that he always complements me on the days when I don’t try at all and claims he likes when I just wear a sweatshirt and jeans. He is my best friend. He is the arm around me when I lay awake at night thinking about tomorrow. Chris is today what I nicknamed him when we were first dating. He is my wonderful.

Him: Sarah and I have changed a lot in the 10 years we’ve been together.  Most people are not so lucky as to find the person they want to spend the rest of their life with when they are just kids but I was so lucky.  As people we have changed a lot but the one thing that hasn’t changed is our love for each other.  She is a better person than I and she makes me want to be better person myself.  I love the way she wakes up early to make breakfast on Sundays or humors me when I make stupid jokes that aren’t funny or sends me a random text saying she loves me.  I love that she cares about others more than she cares about herself and tries to fix things that I would have long ago given up on.  Whether we are traveling or running or gardening or watching TV way too late into the night, I’m lucky to be spending the rest of our lives together.

What have you learned in your years of marriage?

Chris and I have been married for almost five years. Chris and I got married a little younger than most of our friends; I was 21, he was 22. Marriage is definitely not always easy. It is recognizing that your wants and needs can’t always come first. It is learning to compromise. It is working to communicate better and making one’s thoughts and feelings know. Marriage is also sharing your life with your best friend. Through all of life’s up and downs I am so thankful that Chris has been there by my side.

Anniversaries
Brittany & Landon • 3 Years

May 21, 2014
Brittany & Landon • 3 Years kathleenamelia002kathleenamelia005kathleenamelia003 kathleenamelia009 kathleenamelia017 kathleenamelia006kathleenamelia022 kathleenamelia024 kathleenamelia025

 

We asked:

How did you two meet? Tell us your story.

Our story began in the library at the University we were attending.  I’m not sure what I was doing there, being the artist who rarely studied, but he was “actually” studying being the pre-med driven student that he was.  It was love at first sight!

What do you love most about each other?

We love how similar we are in our personalities but how different our likes and professions are.  Landon is in medical school soon to be a doctor and I’m a photographer and artist, we couldn’t be in more opposite fields of interest.  Even though we’re both diverse in what we do, we both have a love and respect for each others interests and passions, we love how dynamic our relationship is.

What have you learned in your years of marriage?

We’ve learned that it’s important to not fall out of love, it’s something you always need to work at.  We like to continually go on dates and do special or silly things for each other.  We’ve also learned sacrifice and compromise is also a big part of a healthy relationship, we’re always doing our best to communicate and be open with each other.

Anniversaries
Gillian & Mike

May 14, 2014
Gillian & Mike McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill2_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill7_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill10_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill16_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill20_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill28_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill30_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill32_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill38_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill43_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill47_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill48_lowMcKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill55_lowMcKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill50_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill63_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill65_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill69_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill73_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill77_low McKendrick__Alisha_Lynn_Photography_MikeGill82_low

 

From the photographer:

Mike and Gillian have celebrated their one year anniversary together. They are a couple who, even early in their relationship, understand the value of cherishing their small everyday moments. He loves Pi (yes, pi, in the mathematical sense- not the tasty dessert) and she loves her ukulele. He helps her craft. She goes to car shows. He’s an machinist and blogger (http://www.thetunnelvisionblog.com/) and she’s a LOVE photographer (www.soundslikeyellowphotography.com). They inspire each other to be just a little better; she encourages him to strive harder for his goals, he gets her to slow down and enjoy the quiet. Together they are just the sweetest couple, who make people feel good by just being around them.