Chris and I recently celebrated our one year wedding anniversary! Our anniversary was actually on October 26th, but we couldn’t do much because Chris was sick with the flu, so we ended up ordering a pizza (we both LOVE pizza), watching movies, and exchanging anniversary gifts. Chris got me flowers and an iPhone; I got him a fancy watch from Express and wrote him a poem about our first year of marriage.
On Sunday, Chris and I took a day trip to San Francisco to officially celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We chose to celebrate in San Francisco because that’s where we took our engagement pictures and had our wedding, so you can imagine how significant San Francisco is to the beginning of our marriage.
We started the day off with brunch at Mama’s on Washington Square. We had both heard that this place is one of SF’s most popular brunch spots, so we decided to give it a try. It turns out that Mama’s popularity is no lie– we ended up waiting TWO HOURS to order our food and get a table! To say that we were cranky and starving by the time we got our food would be an understatement. As for the food, we ordered a breakfast sandwich, Dungeness crab benedict, and the french toast sampler. Overall, we thought the food was really good, but not worth standing in line for two hours. Plus, I didn’t feel like I could really take my time to enjoy the food because there was a long line of hungry people waiting to get in the restaurant and I could tell the servers were trying to turn the tables. Would I go back to Mama’s? On a weekday, yes, but never again on the weekend.
After brunch, we headed over to the Golden Gate Bridge Pavillion. It had been years since we had both seen the Golden Gate Bridge, so we decided to check it out and get some good pictures in front of the famous San Francisco landmark.
We had some more time to spare before dinner, so we headed over to SF City Hall which made us both nostalgic for our wedding day! We sat on the steps of the gorgeous building and reminisced over the last year.
We ended the day with dinner at Absinthe Brasserie and Bar, the restaurant where we had our wedding reception last year, and it was even better than we remembered: the ambiance was magical, the service was solid, and the food was amazing. Sharing a romantic dinner together at the restaurant where we had our wedding reception was the perfect way to end our anniversary celebration.
As for actually being married for one whole year and no longer being a newlywed?! It’s something I’m still trying to process. I can’t believe our first year of marriage is already over, but at the same time, it feels like we’ve been married for years. I think the reason why it feels like we’ve been together for so much longer is because we’ve come so far since we met two and a half years ago. We’ve gone from two crazy kids working their asses off to make an international long-distance relationship work, to two career-oriented adults who are married and living happily ever after.
All I really have left to say about this first year of marriage is that I’m proud of me and Chris. It felt like a lot of people doubted us from the beginning of our relationship for certain reasons (our international long-distance relationship, Chris’ unemployment situation, us getting engaged/married “too soon”). But here we are, happily married and our relationship is stronger than ever. We’ve come a long way since that first date way back when, and I have no doubt that our relationship–our marriage will continue to persevere, grow, and be successful.