So this month was quite a big deal for us. Mike and I are blessed with celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. Where did 15 years come and go? It feels like it’s only been 15 months and I swear both of us feel the same way lol. It’s so crazy when I see people get married nowadays. So much love, hope, dreams in their eyes. On my wedding day, I was 22, scared and stressed. I felt like it was never-ending in a bad way. I was emotionally drained and it seems like the ultimate goal was to please everyone but myself and Mike.
We had 2 weddings because we are of different religions. Hindu and Christian weddings on a 2-day span. Reception following our Christian ceremony. We had everything one would expect at our weddings too including all the bad stuff. In the end, we only remembered how people made us feel. The ones that showed us love and unconditional support, the ones that spent hours helping, the ones that flew from far to be with us.
The years have definitely sped by with laughers, tears, some fulfilled promises and some empty ones. We’ve endured sickness and good health, good times and bad. We fought A LOT! Not just during the 2 am feedings and sleep deprived nights raising kids, but we fought as we got to know each other and lived with each other. We grew together in our marriage unit and we’ve learned that we need understanding, support, and faith in our marriage. We are still learning…
If you thought I was going to dish out some marriage advice then you’re on the wrong blog. Each couple is different, and I’ve still so much to learn. The fact that we made it to 15 years with all that we have had to endure is a testament only to God. We value each other and we learn from our mistakes.
Mike knows how to make me laugh and practices ‘selective hearing’ from time to time. He still makes me breakfast on Sundays and opens the car door for me when we go out. He grumbles when I watch my Bollywood movies but will still sit there and watch with me. He does the dishes when I cook and he says “I’m sorry first”! A wife can’t ask for more, he’s good to me in so many ways. He works his ass off for our family and sticks up for me when it matters.
Is our marriage perfect? Heck NO! We see our share of challenges every day. We’ve had to overcome a long distance relationship, we are raising our kids in an interfaith household on top of the everyday chaos and drama the world sends our way. I am still learning how to be a good wife and some days are harder than others. I would hope by the passing of each year we get closer and our marriage is more blessed. In the meantime, I want to take beautiful pics to mark our 15th anniversary and how far we’ve come together.
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Why We Did A Photoshoot
So why did we do an anniversary photo shoot? Many are asking… (because some people do ask!)
Mike and I never got any wedding pictures, our wedding photographer, unfortunately, suffered a heart attack 3 weeks before our wedding. Every photographer was completely booked in July and all we had back in 2003 was disposable cameras. I bought about 30 and gave them to family and friends but by the end of our 2-day wedding, most of them got lost or damaged. We got about 4 okay pics of both ceremonies that we treasure dearly.
I’ve always felt that experience stolen from me until this photoshoot. This is why we didn’t go casual and got ‘dressed up’. I am so grateful to finally have these images that reflect our relationship together.
We had the best photographer ever, Emily Susan Kim. Our personalities just jived, it was such a natural process with her. She selected the location, she was patient, and we chatted throughout the entire photoshoot. We were relaxed and candid and our best was captured. Emily is amazing and we plan on working with her for as long as possible. Her work speaks volumes if you weren’t yet convinced by our photos then check out her site here and her Instagram here and you’ll see what I mean.