Advice from Not-So-Newlyweds: 10 Things I Learned in the First Year of Marriage

Advice from Not-So-Newlyweds: 10 Things I Learned in the First Year of Marriage

In the spirit of encouraging marriages, I'm excited to share advice from Misty of Misty Saves the Day, a veteran both of the wedding industry and her marriage. Read on to see what she has learned in the last 10 years...and what she continues to put in practice today.

My husband and I got married 6 days after I turned 21. We were young and in love and wanted the world to know it. We’d already been living together, and we decided to live by the mantra of “marriage doesn’t change anything.”

Except it does. And it did.

10 years later, here’s what I can tell you I learned in the first year of marriage...

Maggie Valley Wedding | Asheville Wedding Photographer | Michael + Erica

Maggie Valley Wedding | Asheville Wedding Photographer | Michael + Erica

When Michael and Erica talked about their wedding day, they dreamed big. They wanted a destination wedding that made the most of their love for the fall leaves. They wanted an estate-style reception hall that showcased the beauty of Asheville's surrounding scenery. At the end of the day, though, the thing they wanted most could happen anywhere - they wanted to be married after two long years of being engaged!

Thankfully every item was checked off their list, and after a long but much-needed wait, the day of their marriage finally came. Erica was calm as always, chatting casually with her best girls as she got ready for the day. When it came time for their meaningful Catholic mass to celebrate their nuptials, both she and Michael were more than ready. She was walking down the aisle to the man of her dreams, her best friend, and the one she will spend the rest of her life with.

One of my favorite things about their day (that I still can't get over!) is that Erica's bouquet was made of WOOD. Yep - you read that correctly! This handmade beauty was rich with the marsala and white wedding colors and looked absolutely stunning against her Watters wedding gown. Their day was perfectly fall-themed from beginning to end and when it finally came to the last dance and sparkler exit, both of them knew they had chosen the perfect place - and the perfect person...

My 30-Year-Old Bucket List | Monday Musings

My 30-Year-Old Bucket List | Monday Musings

Turning 25 years old was very difficult for me due to a lot of external factors. When I turned 26 this year I felt much happier and more at peace with life (due in no small part to the amazing trip I took to celebrate). The single factor that has made me feel my adulthood and responsibility is, as can be expected, adopting a child. Having a little human that completely depends on me has made me grow up quicker than almost anything else apart from marriage.

I may be growing up, but I never want to grow old. There are some things I do now that I swore I never would, some things I dreaded that aren't so bad, and some things that make me feel downright grandma-like at the young age of 26. For awhile I was going to bed by 9pm since Willow woke up multiple times per night! Thankfully this time has passed, but the other day I was reminded again that even as I am growing older I never want to grow old.

In light of my desire to always stay young and acknowledge that I still have over three years left before I turn 30 - and many more wonderful years after that! - I decided to make a 30-year-old bucket list. So, without further ado, here are 15 big things I want to do before I say goodbye to my 20s...