5 Years, Our “Wood” Anniversary

August 22, 2011 · 26 comments

Today, August 22, is our anniversary. Henry and I have been married for five years. I made him take a picture with me this morning, and I’m pretty sure this is the only photo of the two of us together taken in over a year. We are such goofballs that we don’t make very good models.

Without being too cheesy, here are a few facts about our relationship:

We first met 10 years ago when I started working at Gathering Together Farm. We were 18, just graduated from high school. The day we were ¬†officially introduced, the two of us spent two hours driving to Portland, we set up a farmers’ market booth, we worked the market, and we drove two hours home. By the end of the night, I could tell I had found something good.

We dated briefly and then were just friends and coworkers for another three and a half years. It was awkward at times, but looking back, I’m glad we had that time to establish ourselves independently in our adult roles. By 21, Henry had already graduated from college (two terms early), started a career, and bought a piece of property. I wasn’t quite as driven, but when we got back together, I was about to graduate from college debt-free (only one term early with a pretty worthless degree), and beyond that, I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew I wanted Henry to be a part of it.

We got married on a Tuesday evening by a judge at the Benton County Courthouse with our close family in attendance. This is something that I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND. I know that weddings are supposed to be the happiest days in a girl’s life or whatever, but the thought of DIYing centerpieces and getting my nails done sounded like a nightmare. I ended up wearing pants on the big day, making me the least dressed up female AT MY OWN WEDDING. We also had a big potluck reception in my parents’ garden a few weeks later. It was great.

Next Monday is Charlotte’s 2nd birthday, and exactly six weeks later is Levi’s 4th birthday. All in all, the last five years have been full of love and laughter. Cheers to us!

 

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Amanda Whitmire August 22, 2011 at 10:23 am

Cheers to you both!

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Stephanie August 22, 2011 at 10:38 am

Happy Anniversary! You two look very happy!

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Aunt Sue August 22, 2011 at 11:00 am

and now I know the story behind the two of you….or at least a little of it ; )

love to all – you make a great pair of goofballs, among other things ; )

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Camille August 23, 2011 at 8:39 am

There’s lots more to the story. We’ll have to gossip sometime.

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Baby Aunt Sue August 25, 2011 at 2:59 pm

oh boy! i can’t wait!

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Aunt Sue August 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

oh yea and you make the cutest little goofballs, too!

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Caitlin August 22, 2011 at 11:08 am

Congrats you two! We were married the same year in a similarly small ceremony. I agree – totally the way to go! Who needs to start a marriage in debt anyway? ;)

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Camille August 23, 2011 at 8:40 am

I will also add that while folks get really worked up about writing their own vows, the standard vows at the courthouse were WAY better than anything I could have written. I really appreciated their straightforward but meaningful simplicity.

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Laura August 22, 2011 at 11:50 am

Thanks for sharing that wonderful story. My husband and I married in a park. We had decided a house was more important than a big fancy wedding. We bought our house 2 months before we wed. Best thing we did!
Happy day to you and Henry!

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Anna August 22, 2011 at 11:57 am

Congratulations! That is a great story, thanks for sharing! Many more happy years to you both!

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cynthia August 22, 2011 at 11:59 am

when something is right, it just is. hope you have many more wondeful years together. happy anniversary.

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Aunt Linda August 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Hope your next 5 (and many more 5’s) are as busy, productive, and FUN as these. It’s all good…a progression that builds on itself. Try to enjoy every single day even though at times all you want is for the day to end!

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Camille August 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

Thanks, Linda!

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ellie August 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm

yay! cheers to you both :)

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Sasha August 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Sounds beautiful! Congrats you two :)

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shellie August 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Great story and happy anniversary to you both!

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kara rane August 22, 2011 at 4:40 pm

** a very special Happy Anniversary to you both.
beautiful, pure, organic! love story ~ thank You for sharing.
(i love love.)

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Camille August 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

haha Organic is right. It all started in an organic farm truck.

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Amanda August 23, 2011 at 7:07 am

So sweet! I too got married at a courthouse. I think it disappointed my parents. They wanted a typical wedding day for their little girl. But I loved the simplicity of it. I’m so happy to see other people finding that special someone. Congrats!

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Camille August 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

Our parents all thought it was great, but then again, they had pretty low-key weddings themselves.

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ga447 August 23, 2011 at 8:12 am

Happy Anniversary, I eloped and I don’t regret it. My DH and I have been married for 40 years.

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abby August 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm

happy anniversary you two! I always think – who needs frill to simply say I love you.

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Kara August 25, 2011 at 9:30 am

Happy anniversary Camille. I am all about simple weddings. The focus can be on the union and not so much about the frills. We didn’t have a court house wedding, but ours was really simple. It’s interesting seeing Chris take pictures at a bunch of fancy weddings, because most people pay more for him than our whole wedding cost! Many more happy years for you guys to come!

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Camille August 25, 2011 at 11:15 pm

In Chris’s defense, I will say that the photos from our actual ceremony are really bad. Maybe we should have hired him for an hour of wedding photos so that our group pictures wouldn’t all be missing one person.

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kara August 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm

I definitely think that if you are going to splurge on one thing for the wedding, it should be on pictures. I also feel sad that we don’t have super good wedding pictures. No matter how simple/frilly your day is, it is good to be caputured. Oh, and I’m not biased at all as a photographer’s wife :)

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Taryn Kae Wilson August 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Sweet story! :)

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