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02 December 2015

5 Years {Anniversary Photos}

2010

We packed up everything in my car after the reception, and drove 2 1/2 hours to our little yellow farmhouse. Someone suggested we stop for dinner, since we'd had a snacks and desserts reception, but we'd eaten so much that neither one was hungry. Angel unpacked the car and we sat on the livingroom floor (no furniture yet) and unwrapped and opened every gift and card.

 2011

I had class that morning, so Angel dropped me off, and opened my gift for him (a journal: Paper) while I was in class. After that, we went to Taco Bell and to the arcade--we were college students when we met, so as a throwback, I'd planned the kind of stuff we did when we were still on the college budget. We won so many tickets at the arcade that we picked out a stuffed bumblebee as a prize. At night, though, we dressed up in our wedding clothes and went out for steak at Logan's, shooting this quick picture by putting our camera on top of the bookshelf.

2012

Decided we might as well continue the tradition of dressing up and taking photos, only this time, with a photographer.This year, Angel planned the celebrations. I took the day off of beauty school, and he took me up to Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City for a night, where we played in the waterpark and the arcade in the afternoon. We went out for Mexican food and then wandered the local mall, where I fell in love with a black trenchcoat. He bought it for me. I gave him two customized t-shirts (cotton).

2013

My family was staying with us on our actual anniversary, so we postponed any big plans and went bowling. Angel had planned for us to go bowling at the place where we'd first gone bowling together with a friend before we were technically together, but it was closed. And I said there's another, cheaper, bowling rink, let's just go to that one instead. We did. I got him a wallet (leather). Angel got me pearl earrings and a necklace. In March, we had our postponed trip, a weekend in Chicago staying in an Airbnb apartment and walking everywhere.

2014

First anniversary overseas. Photo taken in China. I got him a pewter rose (flowers). We spent two nights in Hong Kong, and one glorious, blissful day at Hong Kong Disneyland, where Angel bought me a tiara and I cried while watching the Lion King performance.

2015
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My wedding dress is now back in the land of its birth, but Angel's suit has finally traveled to its 3rd country. I don't know for sure how we're celebrating at the time of this post, though. ;)
Angi said...

Happy anniversary!!!!!

Bethany Carson said...

Enjoyed all your anniversary photos! I hope you are enjoying an awesome day! Happy anniversary!

Patty said...

Happy anniversary Angel and Rachel!!! I love the tradition you two have of taking pics on your anniversary in your wedding clothes, so sweet :) Many more wonderful, happy year's!!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary! This post makes me so happy. I love the dress. Also, no shame crying at the Lion King musical...I haven't seen it yet live, but I'm assuming I'll bawl at the first sight of an elephant puppet when I do.

Branson Merrill said...

This is so fun! And bravo for still being able to wear your wedding clothes!

Nina W said...

Ahhh I love this idea!! It always makes me sad to think that a wedding dress is something you only wear one day. But you take the cake by wearing it every year! I think I might have to steal this idea one day. . .

Roshni Walia said...

Happy Anniversary! And I love this idea!!

Jo said...

What a fun idea! Happy anniversary! It is our 11 year anniversary next week and I realised today that I have no idea what we'll do to celebrate. Probably take out eaten at home after finally getting our 4 year old to sleep!

Suzanne Carillo said...

Happy Anniversary!

bisous
Suzanne

sara lafountain said...

Your pictures are full of happiness and joy. Happy anniversary!!

Belle Vie A Deux said...

Well that is the funnest tradition! I love that you keep wearing it!!! Such fun memories you have made and are making!:)

Donna said...

So cute! Happy Anniversary!

Greta Hollar said...

Happy Anniversary!

Charlene Maugeri said...

I love this tradition! Happy Anniversary! I hope you're having a wonderful time however you're celebrating!

Becky Ginther said...

How awesome that you went to Hong Kong Disneyland! Also you look gorgeous. I don't think I could still fit into my dress from 4 years ago!

Hannah Stein said...

Happy anniversary! What lovely photos and a great story :)

Hil D said...

That is awesome! What a fun idea! Four years later for me too and my dress does NOT fit post two kids :(

Bekah Walsh said...

I love seeing these each year! can't wait to hear about your celebration.

Lindsay Rosasco said...

This is so sweet!!!!! I love it! I am a firm believer that women should wear their wedding dresses as often as possible : )

Melissa said...

This is so lovely! Happy anniversary to you, too! Would it shock you that I have no idea what happened to my wedding dress since we last moved?! O.o

Mistle Petrey said...

Happy Anniversary!!! How exciting!!! I love that you take photos each year on your anniversary. Thank You for sharing!

Sara Strand said...

Happy anniversary! Pretty sure after three kids, my dress will not fit. LOL!!

Oh Chel said...

Happy Anniversary!!! This is such a cute idea! I love that you still wore your dress and tux to commemorate the day. So cool.

Leslie Verner said...

Loved this! And I hadn't even thought of wearing my wedding dress again. Hm...good idea! We're celebrating 5 years next month! Crazy how it feels long and short at the same time (deep, I know). Congrats!

Autumn @ Stay gold Autumn said...

Happy anniversary!! These photos are beautiful! My favorite is the one with the red backdrop. Our fifth anniversary is soon as well and this is making me itch to go try on my dress :)!

Claire said...

I love that you get dressed up like this every year it is so cool! I still have my outfit and often think it would be fun to put it on again, I think it may still fit lol!

Krysten Quiles said...

You two are so cute, love the pics. Happy anniversary!

Alexandra S said...

I love love love that you wear your dress every year. That is so adorable! Happy Anniversary!!

CLFLEENER Photography said...

What an Awesome tradition! Love the pics!

Brianna Wachter said...

Love this post...such a fun tradition! Happy Anniversary!

Sara S said...

Such a cute way to do an anniversary post! Love it! Happy Anniversary!

Rose Mont said...

Wow what fantastic memories you are making! Keep it up and many more anniversaries to you!

Hi, I'm Susannah! said...

Woohoo! I'm glad you were able to get another year of anniversary pictures taken. Once again, I'm very jealous that you can still fit in your dress. ;-)

Samantha White said...

Wow how fun! These pics are so cute! I wish we would/could do this but I don't fit into my dress anymore (my chest got too big from breastfeeding lol)

Paige @ Reasons to Come Home said...

I just adore all these pictures! I'm not even sure I could still fit into my wedding dress. Maybe I'll try it one day! Hope you two had a great anniversary!

Laura said...

I love that y'all take pictures in your wedding clothes each year. So fun!!!

Simply Alexandra // My Favorite Things said...

My husband and I got married in December too! Our anniversary is the 31st, and it will be our 4th! So fun. I love this tradition you guys have! We need to be more intentional about our plans, even if they are something fun and small! It just gets a little hard to remember with the holidays first. :) hehe XO -Alexandra

Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

Veronica Lee Burns said...

Love this tradition! Glad you're willing to share it ;)

Jennifer said...

What a great tradition! I love the pictures from year to year. Good times!

Mrs.AOK said...

Happy Anniversary!! I love your tradition!
XOXO

V. Nino said...

Happy Anniversary, to THE ultimate power-couple! Your union makes the world a lovelier place :).

-Shelly

Jenny Evans said...

You do realize that this means you've actually committed to both of you staying in the same shape you were in your 20s until... forever??? ;) Just kidding, you are both great.

Grady said...

Seriously loving this idea! :) And awesome pictures, too!