Happy 8 Years!

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.

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Every year I try to bake a cake to celebrate our anniversary. This year I made a chocolate espresso 2 layer cake with salted caramel icing. I used my light cake recipe but changed the vanilla essence for choc espresso flavouring and added 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.

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!


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4 Responses to Happy 8 Years!

  1. Glenda Cates says:

    Sounds like the perfect Weddings and you don’t have to spend a lot on a Wedding for it to be perfect. As long as your with the one you love that is all that matters. Have a Blessed day. And the cake looks so yummy.
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  2. Happy Anniversary! The expectation about getting married is not about the wedding but about the expectation of living together, sharing experiences and growing both as a couple and individually.
    Sounds like you two were on the right road from day one. We’ve been married 17,916 days. Love is a daily decision, some days it is easier than others. Worth every loving decision. .

  3. Martha says:

    What a great love story!! Happy Anniversary Patricia and Eugene! Big, expensive weddings aren’t needed to show love. Hubby and I are celebrating our 50th anniversary on July 29th and our entire wedding, including my gown and the bridesmaids gowns (made by my grandmother and me), the reception including the food and cake (made by my mom who was an excellent cake decorator) and mom and I even made the bouquets and floral arrangements c ost about $200. Money can’t buy love! Again, congrats on your special day!
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