Wedding Anniversary

I can’t believe our anniversary has come up so quickly. It feels like just yesterday I was still fiendishly collecting books for everyone’s personalised gift. There have been so many life-changes this past year and for the most part, all of them have been pretty great. A few weeks ago, Sam and I were walking along the streets of York when he piped up with, “Our life is pretty great, isn’t it?”. As a pessimist it’s hard for me to admit, but yes, yes it is. 

When I close my eyes, I can still feel the excitement of last July bubble up inside of me. It’s such a ridiculous cliche, but our wedding day really was one of the happiest days of my life. There are some real standout moments that I know that I’ll never forget: 

  • Giggling and eating chocolate in bed with my Maid of Honour whilst watching “Bridesmaids” much, much later than was suggested for so-called “beauty sleep” the night before. 
  • Absolutely weeping as my bridesmaids surprised me with letters that they had all written to me. They then proceeded to read them aloud as I was getting ready. I even got a letter read to me over Skype by one of my bridesmaid’s who wasn’t able to make it over to England from the States. 
  • Walking down the aisle to Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the Storm” and being in such an out-of-body frame of mind that I couldn’t physically hear or feel anything. 
  • Seeing Sam smile at the top of the aisle when I finally saw him that morning. And when he had to inevitably wipe away a tear that I shed when I cried my way through my vows. 
  • Listening to our friends read our wedding readings of: Phillip Larkin’s “Solar”; an excerpt from Phillip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”; and Carol Ann Duffy’s “Rings”.
  • Having confetti stuck to me all day long and smiling so much that my face hurt. 
  • Hiding in a closet at the village hall with Sam as he sprayed me with his deodorant and cologne once I realised that I had been in such a fluttery, excitable state when I left the hotel that I had forgotten both deodorant and perfume. 
  • My maid of honour, Sam’s and his brothers speeches all being heart-warming, tear-jerking, hilarious speeches. So many people have since told me that we had the best collection of wedding speeches that they’ve ever heard, and I’m totally biased, but I definitely agree! 
  • Dancing our first dance to Josh Ritter’s “Wait for Love”. 
  • Playing an epic, entire guest-list game of flip cup outside in the dusk. 
  • Sam and I holding hands in the taxi going back to the hotel before promptly falling asleep the second we got in.

But the real hero of this post (despite my narcissistic self-reflection) is Sam. I always tell people that I didn’t really find wedding planning or the big day stressful at all. And that’s because Sam took such a vested interest in making sure that the stress was off of me and that I just felt loved and excited the whole weekend. 

Here’s a secret about Sam. He hates bragging about himself and always thinks he has nothing interesting to say about himself because he refuses to big himself up. But he’s one of the most genuine, lovely, talented men out there. He’s a rock to all of his friends (and especially me). He’d blind his worst enemy with kindness (expect that he has no enemies because he’s the least judgemental person ever). He consistently underplays how exceptionally artistically talented he is. And – don’t tell him this because I like to pretend it’s not true – he’s hilarious. 

Sam and I started our wedding vows by declaring that we were coming forward freely and without reservation. And I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I’ve tried to internalise our vows and make them as true to myself as my own heartbeat 

I, Amanda take you, Sam to be my husband.

I will share my life with yours, build our dreams together, support you through times of trouble, and rejoice with you in times of happiness.

I promise to give you respect, love and loyalty through all the trials and triumphs of our lives together. This commitment is made in love, kept in faith, lived in hope, and made new every day of our lives.

Sam and I will be celebrating on Sunday by going out for a ridiculously exciting meal that we’ve waited ages for a reservation for! 

If you want a walk through memory lane with me, or just want to catch up on my wedding posts, you can read them here: 

The wedding posts: 

The Morning of the Wedding 
The Ceremony
Post – Ceremony and Dinner 
The First Dance and Evening Do 
My Advice to Future Brides 2 Weeks after the Big Day
My Vendor List

Wedding Planning Series: 

DIY Save the Dates 
Wedding Insecurities: Maybe I’m Not a Glowing Bride? 
My Surprise Hen Do
Colour Inspiration 
Shopping for an Unusual or Vintage Wedding Dress 
Musings on Finding “The One” (Wedding Dress, at least) 
Venue Hunting on a Budget 

And taking it way Back: 

How the Proposal Happened 
Our summer engagement party (complete with Taylor Lautner surprise guest. No really. I’m serious.) 

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  • Miu

    Oh Amanda, I cannot believe it is already one year ago! I’m sitting here, shedding some tears because I am so happy for you two!

  • Aww happy wedding anniversary!! WOW you had such an amazing day from these photos xxx

    Beauty Candy Loves

  • What a beautiful post happy anniversary to you both and here’s to many more

  • Gahhhhh stopppp. <3 you made me cry AGAIN.

    Happy Paper Anniversary guys!! I can't believe this was a whole year ago! xxx

    • Aww Katy – I cried writing it, but I’ll cry at anything! Thank you!!!! It feels like it was just last month, honestly! The hen do doesn’t even seem that long ago! xxxx

  • happy anniversary!x

  • Happy anniversary lovely! This post is just so beautiful. I love it so much. I almost cried while reading it. You’re wedding dress is absolutely gorgeous. xo

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  • Happy anniversary!!

  • That colorful confetti picture makes me so ridiculously happy, even though I don’t actually know either of you. Ha! So much love shining out of these photos! Happy anniversary and I hope you have many more!

    P.S. Shelter From The Storm is one of my favorite songs, too!

  • Happy Anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been a year too! xxx

  • How can this have been a whole year ago?!

  • So, so lovely. Happy anniversary! xoxo

  • Happy Anniversary! Your happiness and love shine through the whole post and that is just wonderful.

  • Happy anniversary you wonderful beautiful people! Your wedding continues to give me endless inspiration, far more than any others I’ve seen or even been to! I’lll definitely be coming to you when I eventually get married! I’m so excited to find out what you get up to on Sunday too! Alice xxx

    • Thank you so much, Alice! I know it sounds a bit tacky, but to this day I’m so proud of how little we spent. (Whilst still having free drinks and dinner) I know some people say that a DIY wedding can end up costing as much as a normal one because there are so many more things you have to factor in (tables, chairs, etc). But we literally did do everything ourselves (with family help, of course!) and there’s no way we could have had the same wedding had we not DIYed it. So I have SO many tips on saving money.

      But my biggest one is look at village halls! We viewed so many and some of them are listed and absolutely gorgeous and some are a bit rough around the edges. But most of them are under £300 for the entire weekend! And then they usually come with enough chairs (sometimes tables) and are just a blank canvas for you! xxx

      • Our big benefit us that we’re hoping to get married at home! Everyone can camp in the fields, we’ll get married in the listed barn that our neighbour owns and we’ll use the marquees that are stored next door for the marquee company our neighbours family all own!! Then we have all the time we need to prepare it all as well! Xxxx

  • Kourtney Reece

    Your wedding looked like it was super fun and relaxed. Happy Anniversary to you and Sam. And here’s to many, many more. =)

    • Thank you so much Kourtney! I did feel a bit guilty temporarily abandoning you all in the summertime for a bit though. Luckily Sarah and Claire were pros at covering for me! xxx

  • Your wedding photos are seriously so lovely! Happy anniversary!!!

  • Laura Torninoja

    Congratulations on your anniversary! These pictures are GORGEOUS – you can really tell what a wonderful day you both had. :’) xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • What a sweet reflection on your wedding! Happy anniversary to you both!

    Also, I still absolutely adore your photos. I’d forgotten about your sparkly shoes. And flip cup! So fun!

  • I love when you get to have those “our life is pretty great” moments with the person you know you’re going to go through life with — it is one of the most romantic things I can imagine. Happy anniversary!!

  • Congratulations on your anniversary! The photos of your wedding are so beautiful and it looks like such an amazing day 🙂 To many more anniversaries to come!! 🙂


  • Cat

    Heaps of congratulations to you both and happy anniversary! 🙂 Gorgeous photos and it sounds like you had an absolutely fantastic day! It’s amazing how quickly the time flies, we’re coming up to two years in September and I can’t quite believe it – and I’ve only just finished our wedding album! x

    • Thank you!

      Re wedding albums: that make me feel so much better as I haven’t even started ours yet! I keep telling Sam that I will and then never getting around to it! x

  • OMG it’s been a year what the hell kind of time lord distortion shizz is this?! You two are super cute, I’m so happy that you’re happy and I’m even more happy that that photo of Sam dancing exists 😂 It’s seriously meme-worthy

  • There are SO LOVELY!!! You have one of the most gorgeous wedding gown I’ve ever seen! And congratulations for the anniversary and I’m wishing you two for an always joyful and filled-with-love marriage forever! xxx

  • Andrea Louise

    What a beautiful post, congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! x

  • What a sweet post Amanda! I think I could feel a tear in my eye reading your lovely words! You look so pretty in the photos – it sounds and looks like you had the happiest day. Big congratulations for your anniversary! x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  • Such a beautiful post Amanda! Your wedding looks so beautiful and it made me feel so happy and warm to read all the wonderful memories you have of the day itself. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary. 🙂 x

  • oh my word, just the sweetest post that has left me sitting here grinning like a little chesire cat. what absolutely stunningly gorgeous photos to remember your day! happy wedding anniversairy, you two!

    katie xx

  • Lovely, lovely post! I never tire of poring over wedding photographs – what a stunning couple you make! Happy anniversary to you both – here’s to many more to come x

  • You are such a gorgeous couple!
    And your wedding shoes :))))))
    Gorgeous post and happy anniversary!

  • Kate

    Such a lovely post to read Amanda! Your wedding day looks gorgeous; happy anniversary! :):)

  • Ellie

    Your dress is absolutely stunning!
    What a beautiful day it must have been xxx

  • Aw congrats on your anniversary! Such a lovely post reminiscing 🙂

  • Oh my goodness these photos are just stunning! Frankie x