Hi guys! Happy Thursday! It’s my husband and I’s 9 year wedding anniversary today! I cannot even believe it really! It has been a whirlwind of fun, laughs and adventures. We have moved a couple times, we have changed jobs a couple times, we have taken some really fun trips, we have bought our first home, we have grown together (and sadly older). I cherish my husband more than anything on earth and forever feel so grateful to have found him!
We met literally on the first day of college at University of San Diego. My roommate, Gretchen, was friends with Colby (my husband) and actually even took him to their high school prom! Gretchen and I were in our room (we lived in the tiniest dorm room in an all girls dorm!! So funny to think about now) with my parents setting up our beds on cinder blocks (did you guys do this? Then you would use the space underneath for storage!) when Colby and his mom came by to say hi to her. I remember it so clearly, but at the same time I was so not phased as I had a serious boyfriend from high school. We quickly became close friends, which I love about us. We truly have the best time together and that was so apparent right from the start.
By the end of our freshman year, things heated up and we went from BFF to going steady real quick! Our college years are some of my favorite memories as we were so young and wild! We dated through college and after decided to move to Orange County for Colby’s job. That first year post college is so hard, right? You think just because you went to college you should get any job you want and life is just going to be so great because you won’t have to go to class anymore. Then reality sets in and the struggle is real! We both couldn’t really find our ideal job, so we ended up moving to North Carolina to be close to my family and for a job Colby had gotten.
After dating for 7 years, Colby proposed in Central Park on a bridge with our little Griff (our Cavalier King Charles pup that we got our first year out of college) in tow. He couldn’t have chosen a better place as I LOVE everything NYC, especially Central Park. It was during a trip with my family over Thanksgiving, so they were to celebrate with us after which was so fun! I am literally getting teary eyed just thinking about it, as it was such a sweet and fun time.
We lasted in NC for 5 quick years, but our love for all things California got the best of us, so we moved back to Orange County in 2011. We really are Californians at heart as we love love everything about where we live. We love the food, the culture, the weather, the fun places everywhere (and of course I love the shopping!) We adore that you can be in LA (where my sister lives) in hour, be in San Diego in a hour, be in Palm Desert in a little over an hour, that we are a quick 45 minute flight from San Fran and Vegas. We really should be ambassadors for Orange County because we love this bubble so much! If you haven’t ever been here, you are truly missing out and need to jet over! I would love to show you all the fab and fun spots.
Anyways, back to us. We got married in 2007 at Stone Manor (an estate) in Malibu overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was the most extraordinary and fabulous day ever! Here are a couple of photos from our big day.
I walked down the aisle with both my parents which I forever love. I feel like they both are such a huge part of my life that they needed to be there with me!
My wedding dress was Monique Lhuillier and would so still wear it (although let’s get real, I would so wear something totally different too as a true fashion lover). The and detailing on it were a total work of art!
Griff was our ring bearer!
So now here we are, 9 years later and like I mentioned earlier, I am just so so grateful the world brought us together. We are both super opinionated and stubborn, but somehow mesh so well. He makes me laugh nonstop, loves me for who I am and is always my biggest fan (plus he totally lets me style him!) We live in our own little world and have the best time exploring new places and are huge fans of trying new restaurants and critiquing them (my sister finds this so annoying as we literally break down every aspect of our meals) As we grow older, I just feel luckier every day to have someone that I just have so much fun with. All of this sounds so cheesy, but really I am being honest.
To celebrate, we are off to our favorite hotel, The Wynn, in Vegas!!! Now I know, Vegas may seem more of place to go with your girlfriends for a bachelorette, but we do Vegas differently. We go to really nice dinners, we shop, we go to the spa, we play all the cheesy slot machines (I won $100 on the Dolly Parton one last time!) and we are in bed by midnight. If you haven’t done Vegas the luxe way (or maybe it’s the grandma way?!), you so need to!! And let me just tell you, the Wynn is amazing! I am a total hotel snob and I promise you it’s the end all be all. The rooms are gorgeous and so spacious. I will post insta stories nonstop so you can all see!
Here our outfit details:
My dress (only a few sizes left in white, but does come in black too), my shoes, my sunnies, my bag (or here), my leather jacket.
Colby’s suit jacket & pants (such a steal and looks so good in real life!), shirt, shoes, sunnies
I hope you all have the best weekend! I will be stuffing my face at Nobu (hello spicy tuna roll), shopping at Barneys, giving Dolly Parton all my money and drinking all the drinks (our signature is tequila & lime juice on ice!) Cheers to us and to everyone finding the one who makes your life complete!
Oh dear lord… I got all teary eyed reading this with all your cute details about how you met and about the unique friendship and relationship you two have and the the love you share. I am truly happy for you and having read this post makes me believe in love again. You are amazing and here’s to at least 90 more years together! Happy Anniversary!
P.S. I’d love to see what OC is all about 🙂
This is so sweet! I enjoyed reading this!! It reminds me when my husband and I met. I thought I was one of the few that walked down the aisle with both of my favorites – loved that you did it too!! Of course, Griff was the cutest ring bearer. Happy Anniversary and enjoy your trip!
Ok. 1) You guys are absolutely adorable. Congrats on an amazing 9 years! 2) Your wedding…I mean WHOA. So so beautiful, and you were a stunning bride. 3) I swear we are the same person/couple. We are big time foodies and legit plan our vacations around food. We love critiquing our food and hitting up every Michelin-starred restaurant in sight (San Fran, Napa, Paris, Barcelona, etc are our favs.). 3) Vegas is ALSO one of our FAV places, and we do it JUST like y’all. The food, the shopping, and the top shelf tequila drinks (if you love just tequila and lime…try tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, and a splash of fresh OJ. YUM)! In fact, we actually had our “fake wedding” in Vegas. We had our real wedding in Mexico with our closest friends and family (50 to be exact). In order for a wedding in Mexico to be “legal,” you have to arrive days in advance with 4 witnesses. Well, we didn’t want to do this. SO, we flew straight to Vegas after our mini-moon in Mexico (instead of getting a certificate at the courthouse). On our “wedding night,” we blew it out at Nobu THEN went to one of the cheesy wedding chapels and had Elvis walk us down the aisle. It was HILARIOUS. But, we did not want to take away from our “real wedding,” so we had to do something cheesy. We love Nobu, Andrea’s, Joel Robuchon, Picasso, Guy Savoy, etc etc etc etc. Have SO much fun and here’s to 90 more years of bliss! xoxo
This is so sweet, Caro!!! Happy 9 years of marriage! I love reading couples love stories and how you met and your wedding was stunning, I’m loving the fur wrap! Have best time in Vegas and drink all the tequila! I keep bugging my boyfriend to go with me and do it the luxe way (I’ve only been twice for bachelorette parties!) Thanks for sharing <3
xx Tess | Sequins are the New Black
aw this was so cute to read. 9 years – that’s impressive!! i had no idea you were married and actually thought you were in your early 20s!
also i had to laugh at your way to do vegas because that it totally my idea of how to do vegas right! 🙂