celebrating our first wedding anniversary


365 days ago, there was sunshine and merriment and sand between our toes as we were married on the island of St. John.

Today, well, there's a tightly sealed box that contains my preserved wedding dress and naturally, there's photographs. We can't stop giggling each time we stumble across the former as it eerily resembles a dress casket, if there were ever such a thing, doesn't it? Creepy! But the latter, oh those stunning photographs, they bring us right back to that beach and the beauty and emotion of the day as if it were yesterday. I can almost taste the rum punch now!

I'm shocked how quickly the year passed and how fresh our wedding still feels, both the things that went well and the things that didn't go so well. But most important is that J and I made it through what Wikipedia calls the 'adjustment year.' Given that we lived together before we were married, it hasn't been much of an adjustment in that sense, but rather getting used to referring to J as my husband and the trust, energy and love that goes into making that union work every day. Yes, it's most definitely work and I'm better at it some days more than others, but the institution as a whole has been pretty darn agreeable so far.

Which reminds me, we never received an official marriage license notice from the St. Thomas courthouse. Wonder if we really are legally wed?! Wouldn't be the worst thing if we had to go back and do it all over again. :)

I love you to bits, J, and our families and friends, too, for loving and supporting us through this journey. Cheers to many more beach strolls and sunset swizzles for years and years to come. xo

To read a marathon thread of our St. John wedding planning process, details and photos, click here.
To get your own wedding dress cleaned and packed for safekeeping, contact Sally at Orange Restoration Labs in Connecticut here.
No, I didn't change my last name.
And no, there's no baby news to share yet.


  1. Anonymous9:50 AM

    love you emilie and j!!
    congratulations and have a wonderful celebration day!
    mom and steve xoxooxxo

  2. Anonymous10:08 AM

    We will gladly go back with you. We love you both so much!! Happy anniversary!!
    Kara & Scott

  3. Anonymous12:39 PM

    Happy First Anniversary! That year went by quickly! Love, Kate, Steven and Nathan

  4. I think you and J are the perfect couple! Something for me to aspire to!!

  5. Anonymous10:17 PM

    Congrats and many more happy years! I love your last two lines - the two questions I STILL get asked most six years later :)

  6. Congratulations, Em and J. I can't believe it has been a year already. Time flies when you're having fun and you two have just begun! Love you two! Whit


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