Now say it with me as fast as you can – “10-10-10!” Haha, anytime someone asked when our wedding day was, I would say it so proudly and with the biggest, cheesiest grin on my face. Joe & I dated for years before getting engaged and although we tried for a smaller wedding, we were incredibly blessed with 100 or so people taking the visit to Florida for our special day.

I was up watching the sunset on the pool deck by 6am. The weather was amazing. The sun rose over the ocean in front of me and the wind blew a slight breeze in from the shore. I was in jeans and yet the gorgeous weather of the day was beginning already. It was mid-70s and I will never forget the perfection of the day. The weather was amazing. Despite the sun, there was no sweating. Despite the breeze, there was no chill. It was quite literally a perfect day.

While getting my hair done in the bridal suite, one of my bridesmaids asked if Joe was in the ocean. I peeked over our balcony and watched him in awe. He was out surfing the waves and while waiting to catch one, a pod of dolphins swam up next to him to say hello. He sat in awe, as I did from afar. A lot of the wedding party caught the moment and yet it seemed ours to share, despite not knowing the other was witnessing the moment. Truly incredible. 

The ceremony was beautiful, although I could be biased. 😋 We were swept away for pictures then the reception party began. We ate, drank from fresh cut coconuts and danced the night away. We had a Congo line, reggae music and the most amazing guests anyone could ask for. The night was truly a blessing.

I look back on that day and I cannot help but smile at all we were blessed with on that amazing day. But mostly, I look back at my husband. Neither of us had any idea what the future would hold for us and yet we embraced it, welcomed it even. We looked each other in the eyes and said that we would be there for each other no matter what – and we meant it.

And we have put that test to the limits. We have had our moments of complete strength and total weakness. We have laughed together and cried hard. We have hugged hard, loved heavily and fought ferociously. We have tested the limits of our marriage and then pushed them more.

At the end of each day, no matter what happens, I hug my husband. I kiss him and tell him how much I love him. I know that this life is not easy but it is ours. And I wouldn’t change that for anything. I am blessed beyond words to have this man in my life and for that, I am eternally grateful.

I love you, Joe. More than words. Forever and always. Happy anniversary, my love.