Ten years ago today, I married my best friend. After two weeks of corresponding through emails, we met for a first date….then we were engaged nine months later. And seven months after that, on May 1, we were married. It was a bit of a whirlwind, but I wouldn’t change any of it.
We were one of those annoying couples who had a destination wedding. Both Matt and I love to travel so we wanted to get married in a unique place. In all fairness, we wanted a very small wedding and only had about 25 people in attendance. Half of those were within a day’s drive of our wedding venue: Jekyll Island Club on Jekyll Island, Georgia.
I had never seen Jekyll Island prior to getting married there. I chose it because it was historic, Southern, and different. It also fit my criteria of having a chapel or church on site and a reception venue within walking distance. I wanted everything on one property and the JIC accomplished that.
It ended up being the perfect weekend and I’ve had several friends who were there tell me that it was the best wedding they ever attended. That made me extremely happy!
We have taken an average of three trips every year for the past ten years. And, in addition to holiday trips to see family and weekend getaways, we’ve done a lot of traveling. And that’s what we wanted to do when we got married: we wanted to see the world together.
Along with travel, we’ve built a life together – and it’s the best life I could hope for. Nothing is perfect but life is about dealing with imperfection. And we’ve dealt pretty well with all, and had a lot of fun along the way.
To celebrate ten years together, we’re returning to Jekyll Island. We haven’t been back in these past ten years and we’re both really looking forward to seeing the island again, this time without the wedding stress.
With COVID, we didn’t know if we’d be able to travel, but we were determined to try, no matter what. Thankfully, we got our vaccines just in time, making us feel comfortable enough to fly there. I’m looking forward to a fun anniversary weekend!
Here’s to the next ten years – and beyond!