My husband and I recently celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary (where does the time go, exactly?). This is one of my favorite photos from our wedding, captured by our amazing photographer, Timothy Teague. His journalistic style fit perfectly with our desire to document the party rather than style an elaborate photo shoot. He got all the formal shots we asked for (and more we didn't realize we wanted!) in 20 minutes flat and we were able to attend our own cocktail hour, an experience I recommend to all brides!
We're a pretty laid back couple, and both of us travel independently all the time, whether for work or play. So, while it wasn't ideal that my husband had a friend's bachelor party scheduled for the weekend of our anniversary, I knew we'd celebrate another time and wished him bon voyage. Not that I should have worried that he'd put our celebration out of mind though: Petunia and I came back from running errands to find this pretty arrangement on our doorstep!
Celebrate another time, we did! Our anniversary tradition is to take a long weekend getaway to Las Vegas. Which sounds weird, because we're not exactly a party hard pair. We treat it more like a resort destination: spending lazy days by the pool and spa, trying great restaurants, and catching a show. The key ingredient is our stay at the Mandarin Oriental, a gorgeous property that feels like an oasis from the whirlwind of Vegas. From automatic upgrades to the bottle of champagne waiting in our room (and another glass brought to us poolside!), the staff at the Mandarin goes above and beyond to make our annual experience perfect.
Oh, and we do a little shopping too, since nearly all the retail options you could possibly imagine are available in Vegas. I couldn't resist snapping a pic of the complimentary water bottle we were offered at Thomas Pink - too cute! And very necessary during the summer in Vegas, when temperatures easily top 100 degrees.
Happy anniversary to the greatest gift of my life. To many more!