Today, my husband and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary. I’ve been sharing some wedding photos on Instagram recently, to take you through a little journey during that special time. Our wedding is one of the things that pushed me to start my blog because a lot of people took inspiration from it and saw it as a resource. I would have loved to share a proper set of wedding photos on the blog but I just can’t cut it down from like 2,000 photos. Maybe one day I’ll get there…
So instead of wedding photos, I thought it’d be fun to share a shoot I did with Karan and talk about some of the things I’ve learned in the past two years. Ps. Outfit details for both of us are at the end of the post.
1. Commit to Marriage
When we were dating, I thought committing to marriage meant just tying the knot and then carrying on with life in this wonderful world the two of us would create. Nope. Marriage is work. Hard work. The only way to commit to it is by communicating well and being compassionate with one another. For example, after we’ve cooled down from an argument, we like to just step back and think about the intention either one of us had. Chances are, it’ll stem from nothing but love and care. Thinking about it that way helps approach the situation better when trying to resolve it. This is just one example but there’s so much that goes into committing to marriage every single day.
2. Year 1 is a Joke
I thought the honeymoon phase is so cliche, but it’s SO real. I mean, how could it not be? You get married, go for your honeymoon, have 3 more wedding receptions in other countries (okay maybe that was just us and our special families lol), attend newlywed dinners, host newlywed dinners, and then one fine day you receive the wedding photos and videos. Then you re-live the whole thing over again, with family and separate groups of friends and before you know it, year 1 has passed – that was easy! There are still some adjustments both people need to do but that would be your only worry, if at all. Enjoy that ride because real marriage starts at year 2!
3. Stay Connected with Friends and Family
I don’t know about you, but we are that married couple who hasn’t changed one bit in terms of making time for friends and family. We might actually need to re-evaluate things and spend more time alone…just kidding. But for real, don’t be one of those married couples who go into their own little nest just because you’ve tied the knot. Friends and family add so much to our lives so don’t let that connection weaken.
4. Date Each Other
We have had some of our best evenings when we just go out for dinner and relax. You could do anything – it doesn’t always mean needing to go out. Even just a few words every night before sleeping is sufficient to nurture the relationship.
5. Take Interest in Each Other’s Passions
The second year of our marriage has been quite exciting and different because I finally pursued my passion and created Songbird Echoes. Karan pushed me from the very beginning and he still does, every single day. Not only that, he also takes my outfit photos for the blog and is incredibly patient and supportive with it. Similarly, Karan’s passion is playing cricket and I know how important it is for him to play every weekend, unless there are travel plans or other circumstances. This means less activities for us in the summer time, but if it means he gets to do what he loves, then it’s totally worth it. We’ll just have to move to Australia or something, where we aren’t stuck with only 3 months of summer. On that note, I want to attend more of his cricket games when I can – so you guys keep me accountable for that, okay?
That’s all I have for you today. I can honestly go on and on but let’s save that for rainy days and a glass of wine. Later on the blog, I will be sharing our small 2 year anniversary getaway. By the way, how did you like meeting my photographer and seeing a his and her’s style post for the first time on my blog? Leave me a note in the comments below!
OUTFIT: Topshop Sleeveless Duster Coat (Contacted Topshop and they told me the exact colour and pattern I’m wearing is not available online, it’s in stores only) // Zara White Ripped Jeans with Frayed Hem (similar here) // H&M Ankle Strap Heels // Suede Choker
KARAN: Topman Black Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt (exact style available only in stores but similar options here and here) // White Linen Pants (old from Armani Exchange but similar options here) // Converse High Top Sneakers
Photos by Manya Sibal