one year anniversary!

by Kaylah Stroup
all photos in this post by Madeline Barr

Sunday marked one year since the very best day of my life.

June 9th, 2018 at 9am I was standing on top of a crumbling old structure in a ghost town in Arizona exchanging vows with a real handsome dude.

I am still so embarrassed to call my wedding day ‘the best day of my life‘. I was never that person who dreamed about their wedding day before they were engaged, and I certainly didn’t have any grand ideas about what the day would look like. I don’t think it was the best day of my life simply because I got married and that’s what I think the pinnacle of adult life is…

Two Guns desert elopment
Apache Death Cave wedding

I truly just cannot think of anything that would top that whole week for me. It was nothing short of magic. That week included all of my favorite things plus things I never could have dreamed would be so darn special.

We were so gosh darn lucky to have that whole week to celebrate with our closest friends and family. Its been a whole year and I still can’t believe we managed to convince everyone to go on an epic family vacation with us. That week was about so much more than our wedding. While our wedding was the big event of the trip, we made so many other special memories it’s unreal.

I spent a lot of time stressing over our wedding plans. I worried that I’d regret not having something a bit more traditional. 365 days later, I can confidently say our wedding was perfect. There couldn’t have been anything more us than what we did.

The absolute only thing I can think of I’d change about our wedding day is that I’d have hired a videographer. I adore our photos by Madeline, the photos I took that week, and everything in the shared album from friends and family but gosh, I’m feeling greedy. I just want more! I want to soak it allllll up.

I’ve known since I met him that Jeff is special. I mean, that is why I married him. He’s there for me, always. He roots me on in all my interests, encourages me, and loves me unconditionally which is good because I can be a real stinker.

I’m someone who loves their alone time yet he’s the only person I’ve ever met that I don’t tire of. Being with him feels like home, no matter where we are. I feel like we just get each other.

The last year has really shown me what a wonderful partner I’ve chosen though. Losing my mom suddenly in April was the absolute worst thing that has ever happened to me. I still feel wrecked. I don’t know where I’d be had Jeff not been such an absolute angel. My mom loved the heck out of Jeff and I really think it was because she could see how good he was at taking care of me.

Jeff, I am so proud to be your wife. I can’t wait to go on a million more adventures with you. Thanks for being my best friend. xoxo

If you need more wedding photos, here’s the post I shared shortly after tying the knot.

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