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We’re Three!

June 20, 2013

Happy anniversary to us! Three years ago today, I married my best friend. Last year, I posted my thoughts on our second year of marriage and I thought I’d keep the tradition going this year as well. Would you like to hear?

Year three was full of adventure, many a delicious shared meal, tons of laughter and silliness, and even a few growing pains. But above all, it was full love and strength and perseverance. After 1,095 days (whoa!) of being married I’ve learned that listening and empathy is one of the greatest gifts you can give your partner. Evan and I both have the same habit of trying to fix each others problems. But sometimes, all we really need from one another is a caring ear…and maybe a hug. Most of all, from my third year of marriage I’ve learned that I grow more in love with my husband everyday. I’m a lucky lady.


1. Kissing, hugging and showing affection never gets old. Do it! Kiss him on the cheek, on the lips, on the neck! Hold hands, be cuddly. Never hesitate. {THIS STILL HOLDS TRUE!}

2. Pick your battles. About 99% of the things Evan and I can potentially argue about are completely silly and unimportant. We try not sweat the small stuff.

3. But if you are going to fight, Never go to sleep angry! It’s advice we’ve all heard, but it works! If we have an issue that needs resolution, we work it out before laying our heads down on our pillows. And the next day, all is good.

4. Never stop dating! It’s really easy to get comfortable and complacent in a relationship when you live together and see each other every day. But it’s important to take the time to plan a little romance. We make sure to have a date at least once a week and getaway for the weekend whenever we can.

5. Give each other space to grow as individuals. I love spending time with Evan more than anything in the world, but I know the importance of taking time to do things for myself and fostering the relationships I have outside of my marriage. It helps keep us balanced and fulfilled.

And now, on to my favorite part of my anniversary posts….our wedding pictures. More is always more on this festive occasion.











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{photography by Colin Young-Wolf}

42 Comments leave one →
  1. June 20, 2013 3:45 am

    Aw, you made for a beautiful bride! And your bouquet was gorgeous.

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      June 24, 2013 12:27 am

      I’m blushing! Thank you for your sweet comment!

  2. June 20, 2013 4:20 am

    Congratulations on your third anniversary! Beautiful and very true words and absolutely gorgeous photos! Have a lovely day!

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      June 24, 2013 12:26 am

      Thank very much, I’m glad you liked the post :)

  3. steviepreater permalink
    June 20, 2013 4:33 am

    You’re a photogenic bunch aren’t you? I love the ones of the dog with flowers around its collar – such a great idea. Lovely post and wise advice

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      June 24, 2013 12:26 am

      Thank you!

  4. June 20, 2013 4:37 am

    Happy anniversary! All of those pictures are lovely…they look like they belong in a magazine!

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      June 24, 2013 12:25 am

      Awe, so sweet of you to say :) thanks!

  5. June 20, 2013 4:54 am

    Congratulations!!!! Here’s to all the happy years to come!!!

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      June 24, 2013 12:25 am

      Thank you! Thank you!!

  6. June 20, 2013 5:02 am

    I love love love your pictures <3 And especially that you wear yellow shoes!! How awesome is that??? IN LOVE :D Hahaha! You are such a beautiful bride, unbelievable!
    Happy Anniversary and can't wait to read about your 4th anniversary :D

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      June 24, 2013 12:25 am

      Thanks do much! My shoes we Seychelles. I needed a low heel since I’m a total tomboy and those worked out perfectly. I still wear them!

  7. June 20, 2013 5:45 am

    Happy Anniversary! Mine was yesterday :)

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      June 24, 2013 12:24 am

      Well happy anniversary to you too! xo!

  8. June 20, 2013 5:48 am

    Absolutely love the pic’s and it’s awesome you were able to include your dog in your special day

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      June 24, 2013 12:23 am

      Awe, thanks! We lived including Diamond too. We had just officially adopted her after fostering for several months so it was really special to have her there.

  9. Marie-Pier | 4 Seasons at Home permalink
    June 20, 2013 6:25 am

    Happy anniversary Paola & Evan! Congratulations! :)

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      June 24, 2013 12:22 am

      Thank you so much!

  10. June 20, 2013 6:26 am

    Such wonderful, wonderful wedding pictures. Looks like there’s no possible way it could be anymore perfect. Wow.

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      June 24, 2013 12:22 am

      Awe, thanks! I appreciate that!

  11. June 20, 2013 6:47 am

    Your wedding photos are so fun and playful! Happy anni! :)

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      June 24, 2013 12:21 am

      Thanks so much! We had a lot if fun that day :)

  12. Carla Grandez permalink
    June 20, 2013 7:09 am

    such a wonderful wedding, Happy anniversary from Peru :)

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      June 24, 2013 12:21 am

      Thank you Carla!

  13. June 20, 2013 9:16 am

    YAY!! happy anniversary! such a sweet post.

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      June 24, 2013 12:16 am

      Thanks friend!

  14. June 20, 2013 10:44 am

    Great advice. Happy 3 years!

  15. June 20, 2013 11:18 am

    CONGRATULATIONS YOU TWO!!!! (And also Diamond, who I am not so secretly in love with….) LOVE these photos. And what an accomplishment. Especially these days when everyone’s dying to get married and then forgets about the work of true love. You’re an inspiration! And I want your yellow shoes. XOXO

  16. LuckyPorcupine permalink
    June 20, 2013 12:11 pm

    so sweet to read and see! congrats and best wishes on your years to come!

  17. June 20, 2013 5:46 pm

    Love it! Thanks for sharing and happy anniversary :)

  18. June 20, 2013 6:10 pm

    Paola! Holy smokes, I LOVE all of your posts, but especially your anniversary ones. A) You make the most beautiful bride B) It looks like you know how to throw a rad party C) Everything is so coordinated and aesthetically pleasing! xo

  19. June 20, 2013 8:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing your pic’s! stunning!

  20. June 21, 2013 7:35 am

    Happy Anniversary! Beautiful wedding, beautiful bride!

  21. June 21, 2013 11:38 am

    Congrats and Happy Anniversary! Thanks for the advice. xoxo #twinship

  22. June 22, 2013 7:17 am

    Congrats on three years! Your pics are so stunning, and I love that you had your doggie at your wedding – I’ve never seen that before :) Here’s to many more years together!

  23. bakesinslippers permalink
    June 22, 2013 2:58 pm

    Happy Anniversary and thanks for sharing! I think sometimes people feel they need to just share the good stuff, but the real stuff is what we all need to hear to know we are all human and love and grow. Thanks!

  24. June 25, 2013 11:32 am

    Amazing!! Beautiful classic spring/summer wedding you look gorgeous.

  25. melinda permalink
    July 7, 2013 11:13 pm

    soooo much fun looking thru these pics!

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      July 7, 2013 11:26 pm

      Thanks! I catch myself looking through my weddings photos far too often…it’s embarrassing! But I love them so much, we all look like we had so much fun.

  26. July 10, 2013 4:03 pm

    i think the happiest moment for girl in the world is when they are getting married. I’m happy to see your photos wedding. thanks for sharing, i love it. happy anniversary :)


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