Between COVID, Caitlin deciding to switch careers from teaching to nursing and going back to school, raising the sweetest little man, coaching multiple sports, and doing all of the other things they do, Jordan and Caitlin Wagner’s first year of marriage was a big one!
It was so great to see and catch up with this amazing couple and Hudson (their son) for Jordan and Caitlin’s one-year anniversary session, and I’m thrilled to share the Wagners’ winter anniversary photos on the Lafayette, Indiana Pedestrian Bridge on the blog!
After I shoot VRP brides’ and grooms’ anniversary photos, I challenge them to get real about marriage. I email them a few questions in hopes that their answers will show other newlyweds that (1) they aren’t alone in their struggles and (2) marriage takes work to thrive.
While they’ve only been married for a year, Jordan and Caitlin bring a lot of experience to these questions. These high school sweethearts have been together for a decade and lived together raising their son for five years before they were officially married.
As a result, Jordan and Caitlin have years of relationship experience, and I’m so thankful that they were willing to share honest answers to these questions on the blog!
“Our first year of marriage has been a little crazy since it was during 2020. However, the silver lining to it all is we got to spend a lot of family time together. We are very busy, on-the-go people, so it was nice to step back and focus on ourselves, our relationship, and our son at home.
“In October 2019, we got to go on our honeymoon. We decided to take our first cruise. We cruised to the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, and Turks and Caicos. Let’s just say we loved it and have become cruisers for life.
“During 2020, I decided to step back from my career as a teacher and pursue my calling of becoming a nurse. Jordan has been so supportive throughout the whole journey.
“We also took our first family trip with just us and our son in October 2020 to Branson, MO and had a great time.”
“We have been together for 10 years and lived together for the last 5 years. So, the normal answer of getting to be with each other and live together was already there. We would have to say, though, that having that supportive person for life is a great feeling. Being able to wake up to my husband knowing that we are in this together for the long haul is such an amazing feeling. With being together for so long, making it official made us both happy.”
“If I’m being real, I would have to say finances. Before being married, we both had our own separate accounts and just split the bills in half. After getting married, we decided to get a joint account, but it’s hard making that transition to “our” money. We have figured out what works best for us, but it definitely takes some deep discussions, thought, compromise, and responsibility. Once you find the thing that works, then you’re great!”
“Make time for date nights still. Whether it’s once a week or once a month, go out on a date or stay in and do something fun. If your significant other is down for it, take turns each month planning the date to surprise the other one.”
Jordan and Caitlin, I can’t tell you how honored I was to be your wedding photographer. Your wedding day was a beautiful celebration of the life you shared before your big day and all that has and will come after. Thank you for trusting me to photograph your sweet family again!
I hope you love your winter anniversary photos on the Lafayette, Indiana Pedestrian Bridge, but I hope you’re loving married life even more.
Hudson is seriously one of the sweetest, most polite little boys I’ve ever met. Jordan and Caitlin are raising such a gentleman!