It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since Andrew and Emily Rowe’s gorgeous wedding at Aberdeen Manor in Valparaiso, Indiana. (I mean, snow fell indoors during their reception. It was epic!)
But, it was great catching up with these two during their Wednesday morning session and hearing all about how their first year of marriage has included Andy working toward a master’s degree, a new pup, prioritizing quality time together, and so many other good things.
And, I’m thrilled to share Mr. and Mrs. Rowe’s anniversary photos on the Lafayette, Indiana Pedestrian Bridge on the blog!
This year, I’ve been challenging VRP brides and grooms to be real about marriage and share their thoughts on a few marriage-related topics in hopes of showing other newlyweds that they aren’t alone.
Marriage is both wonderful and hard and takes intentionality.
And, with this in mind, Andy and Emily were willing to share their answers!
During our busy schedules, we have been able to spend our days off as quality time together. We brought a new puppy into the family in August. And, we’ve been able to open our home to family and friends multiple times this year.
Sharing life with the person you truly care about and can be your natural self with. Looking forward to tomorrow simply because it’s another day with your spouse by your side.
Being able to combine values and principles each of us were raised on into our own, as well as setting unfair expectations for one another.
Communication is key. It’s such a cliche phrase, and everyone you know will tell you that, but it honestly is so incredibly true. It’s very important to be able to sit down with your spouse and “hash things out.”
Secondly, don’t argue to be right. Argue to be heard. Sometimes in the middle of a fight, you realize that you don’t care if you’re right, but you just want to make sure the other person understands why you feel the way you feel and what is being said. Most of the time, you’ll realize how silly the argument is and remember what is most important.
Andy and Emily, I can’t begin to tell you how honored I was to be your wedding photographer or how great it was to catch up with you guys and to get you in front of the camera again for your anniversary photos.
Thank you for hanging out with me on an early Wednesday morning. (Andy and Emily have Wednesdays off, so they always spend the day together!) I hope you love your one-year anniversary photos on the Lafayette, Indiana Pedestrian Bridge!