Eugene and I celebrate two different anniversaries. In January, we celebrate the entire length of our relationship together. This year that number was 11. In July, we celebrate our wedding anniversary. This year, we have been married 8 years today.
The Day Of Our Wedding
Eugene and I got married in the Manukau Births, Deaths & Marriages Office on a rainy Friday morning on 17 July 2009. It was supposed to be at 9:15 am in the morning. But there was a slight delay with a previous ceremony. So it was much closer to 10 am before we got into the ceremony room.
We were surrounded by our important immediate family. Both our mothers. Both our sisters. My sister’s family. The only brother that I have a relationship with and his family. One of my best friends who took photos and video footage of our ceremony. And our oldest daughter, Celine, who was 18 months old at the time.
The ceremony itself was brief, the paperwork and legalities were not. Our mothers both signed as a witness. The paperwork was filed, and suddenly, we were Mr & Mrs Swanepoel. We were married.
We took the party back to our house for a bbq style reception. Extended family and friends joined us in celebrating. We pulled out Singstar for the kids. Everyone ate and drank and made merry. It was close to midnight before the last lot of guests left.
Moving Forward 8 Years
It wasn’t the big white wedding of most women’s dreams but it was enough for us. We didn’t go broke or get in debt doing it. It didn’t cost us a fortune. It certainly wasn’t as stressful as a lot of weddings are to pull together. All the important bits were there. And 8 years later, here we are, still together, still happy. We have the occasional fight about whatever, but we work through it and our marriage remains as strong as the day we said our vows. If not even stronger.
So, happy 8 years my love! Heres to many, many more!