Tuesday, January 3, 2012

12 Years of Memories

Today is our 8th anniversary. 

Instead of doing my typical, overly sentimental, super saccharine post--I thought it would be fun to share some pictures from way back when...

After all, not all married couples of 8 years can say they they went to homecoming together when they were 16.
Yep, that's us. 16 years old. Junior year homecoming dance.
We'd already been together about four months when this picture was taken. {That's a long time for high schoolers, you know.}

Moving forward...

Junior Prom:

High School Drama:
 We got to know each other in high school because we did theatre together. The above photo is from my favorite show during high school, Noises Off

Below, this is "backstage", with our makeup still on. I think this one was from The King & I. Justin had the lead in West Side Story, I had the lead in The King & I.
{Looking back, I can see that it's probably best we never had roles across from each other... that just might have changed our fate together--seeing as I was a total diva back then.}

 From One Mad Night. And yes, 
I was supposed to look like a crazy person:

We did plenty of goofing around back then. Still do.
I remember seeing this photo back when I was 17, and I thought it made me look so fat! Ha! {Some of these pictures are pre-hair loss & Accutane for Justin. Pre-college weight gain for me.} 

Senior Prom:
 These are some of my favorite high school days photos, so I'm showing you several...
 {Justin drove me in my mom's Subaru to prom :) }
 In fact, I like these photos better than our wedding photos {yes, some of those are coming up.} Doesn't Justin resemble Prince William in these pictures??? I think so.
 My cat tried to destroy this one, my favorite! Don't worry, we have a double somewhere...

High School Graduation:
 {I'm so pale, I actually had to turn the shadows all the way up on this photo just so my face would show!}

This is Justin & me, and my sister Brittany with her now-husband, Noah. 

Our Wedding:
If I could go back I would change almost every detail about our wedding.
Everything except the groom. 

I guess that's what you get for getting married at 19, before you know your real self and your real style. {At least I have Pinterest. Pinterest let's me plan a whole new dream wedding...}

 Definitely something I'd change, if I could go back, is to hire a professional video grapher for the reception. This was the funniest moment, when Justin playfully removed my garter. I was so embarrassed...
 That was so long ago...

The Pre-Kids Married Years:
 {What did we do with all that time???}

Now:
Still happy. 

6 comments:

  1. Heather I so enjoyed looking at your photos! My husband and I were high school sweethearts too, and we got married when we were both 20. 2012 will be our 12th year of marriage. I LOVE your most recent family photo on the couch outside! That's an awesome photo! Congrats on 8 years!

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  2. That was a nice walk down Memory Lane. You two little high school sweethearts were inseparable! Justin would pick you up for school every day, and sometimes even spend the night at our house. I remember when dad and I got a note from your Spanish teacher reporting that you guys were holding hands in class (gasp!!!) Well, I believe that yours is a marriage that will last "as long as you both shall live", and we are SO PROUD of you!!! Love you both, and your two little pies :-) ~Mom

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  3. Ahh! I love these pictures. You are so beautiful, at 19 and now. I would change my wedding, too. I think most people would. (But I would elope).

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  4. Amber--Thanks so much for the kind words! I didn't know you and your husband were high school sweethearts too, that's so neat. You have such a gorgeous family.

    Mom, you idealize us too much but thank you. And it was German. Not Spanish. And she had a thing for Justin and hated me...

    Thanks Bea :) Now I feel like a jerk for making fun of you today on your blog...

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  5. Aww! I love these old photos. You guys are adorable. Here's to many more years together!

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  6. I loved this post. There is a beauty to marriage - it's hard to explain. I would change most things about my own wedding as well. It's especially annoying when you are a wedding vendor. We think you guys are great!

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