Celebrating Our First Year of Marriage

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Well, Jay and I have had an absolutely wonderful first anniversary together! 😀

Earlier today, Jay first surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of roses. I love them!!


Then it was time to exchange gifts. We kept things low-budget since a) we really don’t need all that much, and b) the kitchen is running us dry! 😯

But no worries…I had a plan!

The first thing that totally cracked us up was when we simultaneously opened each others’ cards…


Yup, that’s the same card! We both laughed hysterically when we realized what we had done. We both agreed that the card was absolutely perfect for both of us.

Talk about meant to be. 😉


So since the first anniversary is traditionally the Paper Anniversary, I knew I needed to go that route. In addition to a couple tickets to see our local hockey team, the Albany Devils, I also put together this little surprise:


Jay and I both love to travel. So thanks to an idea from a co-worker of mine, I presented him with this map, along with a special letter. In the letter, I explained that marriage is an adventure, and that I would be honored if he would join me in another adventure of our own!

I told Jay that by the time we reach our 50th Wedding Anniversary, I would be honored if he would join me in traveling to all 50 states.

50 states in 50 years? We can do that!

We’ve already hit two this year alone!


Jay really seemed to like it! I’m so excited to see where we’ll travel to first?!? :)


As much as I would have loved to just spend the whole day lounging on the couch being all lovey-dovey, there was work to be done…in none other than the kitchen. BUT, check it out…


The floor is DONE! Next step??? Cabinets!!! 😀


After all the hard work, it was time to wind down and get ready for our special dinner. Before leaving, however, we had a special bottle of wine to attend to. 😉

Our First Anniversary Wine!


We received this bottle in the same basket that had the bottle of wine I used for my beef stew last week. I’d never tried this kind of wine, but it wasn’t bad! A little bit on the sweeter side, but definitely tasty to sip on before heading to dinner.


We even broke out our special Waterford Crystal toasting glasses.


We received these as a very generous engagement gifts from close friends of ours, so it seemed fitting to use them again today. :)

After enjoying our glass of wine, it was time to head to dinner. I was so excited to to back to eat at The Century House!!!

Immediately upon being seated, we were presented with a special surprise:

Champagne! Cheers!! :)



We were also given some bread & dipping oil to start. Deeeelicious!


I started off by ordering their Caesar salad, dressing on the side.


If you know me, then you probably also know that I never, ever order Caesar. No particular reason, it just doesn’t usually appeal to me. However, when we had our tasting at The Century House for our wedding, I fell head over heels for their Caesar salad. It’s the best I’ve EVER had!


For my entree, I also ordered outside of my norm and decided to go with the Gorgonzola Crusted Filet Mignon.


Everything about this dish was top notch. I have nothing other to say than perfect. Absolutely perfect. :)


When our waiter asked if we’d like dessert, we actually said we’d pass (since we had dessert waiting for us at home). 😉

However, a couple minutes later, he came walking over with this little treat!


He said he couldn’t let us leave without giving us a little something since it was our special day. Isn’t that sweet?? And as if that wasn’t enough, he actually serenaded us with a favorite song of his from Cabaret! It was so nice…thanks Gordon! :)


Now Jay and I have our cozies on and we’re ready to end our special day on a sweet note…

Wedding Cake!


We’ve had this little guy wrapped up in the freezer since last year, and I can.not.wait to dig in!

We actually had four different cakes for our wedding, but the one we saved some from was our yellow cake + caramel mousse filling with buttercream frosting.


Mmmmmmm. 😛

Jay and I both thank you all so much for all of your sweet messages today! We’ve both really enjoyed reading them.

Time to go eat some cake!! 😉


  1. says

    Congratulations on one year together! What a great way to celebrate too!

    I love that you guys bought each other the same card – hilarious :) Also love the map gift idea– such a good one! It will be fun for you both to “work on” that gift together and I’m sure you already have ideas of where to go next!

    Happy Sunday night, take care 😀
    PS – kitchen is really comin along!
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  2. says

    So many great things about this post! First of all, happy anniversary! I’m so happy for you guys. Your roses are beautiful (looks like your husband really is a keeper) and the kitchen is coming along wonderfully. I can’t imagine how much of a relief that is. Visiting all 50 states is one of my goals as well, I think it sounds like so much fun. Best of luck!
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