A Love Story (The Really Extended Version)

A Love Story (The Really Extended Version)

Exactly one month ago, Rory and I said our vows and got married. We had an amazing wedding, and I still love to look through all the pictures and videos that everyone took. I posted a long rambly post about the day (Our Wedding) after we got back from our Fiji Honeymoon (which I have also posted about). In celebration of this, I wanted to look back through the history of our relationship. I did a quick version in an older post calledΒ Lucky in Love.

So just a heads-up, I’m in a very lovey-dovey headspace, so if you don’t fee like reading a long rambly post about being in love (just look at that word count!), then check out some of my other posts. If you’re happy to join me on my rambles, then keep reading!

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The Marry-Wed Game

The Marry-Wed Game

Hello all! I found this cute variation of the Newlyweds game on Pinterest. Rory and I were doing our own thing at home a couple of days ago when I came across it. As newlyweds ourselves, we thought we would give this a go. It was a fun way to kill some time as we finished household errands and wound down from the day. This may be a long post, so skim read if you want πŸ™‚

the MARRY-WED game- a lot like the "newly-wed" game, but for those of you married couples! How well do you really know your spouse?! FUN and FREE printable! :):

There were only 20 questions, and we had a lot of fun thinking about our answers. First, I wrote down what I thought Rory’s answers for these questions would be. Then came the fun part, talking it through and seeing what the other person thought! As we went through this, I thought it would make a fun blog post, so I asked if he minded, and he laughed and said of course not. So you will have both of our voices in this blog, which makes this my first collaboration, of sorts. Rory’s voice will be in bold, as I will continue being in regular text. Here we go.

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Honeymooning in Fiji

Honeymooning in Fiji

It took me longer than I intended, but let me share with you all my wonderful trip (a.k.a. honeymoon) to Fiji with my brand new husband Rory!

As you’d know from Honeymooning Through Food, we stayed at Taveuni Island Resort. To travel there from New Zealand was a bit tricky however. We flew from Wellington to Nadi on Sunday afternoon (it takes around 3 and a half hours). Then we needed to take a connecting flight from Nadi to Taveuni. The timing of both flights always clashed. So we ended up having to stay the night in Nadi. This was on our first night in Fiji, and again on our last night as we ran into the same problem timetable wise.

For our one-night stay in Nadi, we booked withΒ Aquarius on the Beach. This was a lovely hostel, only 15 minutes from the airport. They also offer to pick you up and drop you off to the airport (for only $14 FJD), so we thought it would be a good place to stay.

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Our Wedding

Our Wedding

Hey internet friends! I’m finally back home in Wellington, we arrived yesterday afternoon. I also wanted to formally acknowledge a big thank you to everyone, because I officially hit 100 followers! I mentioned it in my last postΒ The Blogger Recognition Award (100 Followers!), but I wanted to say thank you again, because it really does mean a lot!

Back to the topic at hand, we’ve still got a few days before returning to work which is great. We are currently making our way through wedding cards and gifts, left over decorations, dry cleaning suits and dresses…basically everything we left before heading to Fiji! For now, I wanna hit PauseΒ and think back on the happiest day of my life (so far!)

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Discussions to Have Before Marriage

Discussions to Have Before Marriage

I’ve read a lot of these in the past. I think they’re important to avoid future problems or controversy later in the relationship. Even before Rory and I were engaged, we’ve been pretty good at communicating. This is mostly in the last couple of years, in the beginning we were happy to just float along and see where we ended up. As our relationship became more long term, and we moved in together, we started to have “talks”. We’d often go out on walks together and start chatting about our future.

From early on, we knew that we’d want to buy a house first before having kids. Children are great, as a daycare teacher, I love babies and children in general, but they’re also expensive. Owning a house is also expensive, but is more of a priority for us at the moment, since we’re still in our mid-twenties. Kids can come after. We also knew that we would only want two kids at max. Funnily enough, from a few years ago, we talked about marriage as a given. We loved each other, we had plans for the future, we figured it was gonna happen. Still didn’t stop me from being floored and bursting into happy tears when he asked me.

Before getting married, our officiant sent us some questions that he encouraged us to talk about. He didn’t need to hear this conversation, it was a tool for us, to open up dialogues of conversation we hadn’t thought of before. It covered topics about Communication, Family and In laws, Sexuality, Work, Finance, Spirituality and a lot of others. It was an extensive list. Rory and I went through this list over a period of months. While we didn’t get to every single question, we did talk more openly about subjects that hadn’t really been discussed as much before. For those who are interested, I’ll post a couple of questions from each subject below.

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Mixing Traditions for a Wedding

Mixing Traditions for a Wedding

As I said yesterday, I’m getting married very soon. I’m very excited. Rory and I are having a smallish wedding of around 40 guests, taking place in a historical homestead (inside is a safe bet when you’re in Wellington). By keeping the guest list small, we’ve got money leftover to save, and to take a trip to Fiji!! This’ll be our second trip outside of New Zealand together, and the first time we get to go to a Pacific Island. I’m looking forward to going to a beach with warm water. The sea in New Zealand is always like ice, summer or winter. Anyway, back to the main point at hand.

There are many wedding traditions out there, we crossed off a lot at the beginning. A wedding is personal, and you should definitely make it your own. Don’t include something you don’t want because ‘tradition’ dictates it.

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Lucky in Love

Lucky in Love

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Hey internet,

I’m trying my hand at the daily prompt today. It’s about luck. I consider myself lucky in many ways. One, in that I found a job while being a struggling university student. I applied in the morning, and got a callback for an interview that afternoon. Three days later after a surprisingly easy interview, I had the job. Getting a job had never gone that smoothly before.

Through this job, I was lucky enough to find Rory, who I’m going to be marrying in exactly one week. Luck and chance worked together to find me a job, where my future Β husband was waiting.

Here’s a quick version of our love story:

  • At the end of 2011 , we met and became fast friends working together at a local supermarket.
  • A few months later, he asked for my number and asked me out on a date
  • Immediately after, we became the office gossip as we were officially dating
  • During the next year we fell in love, met each other’s respective immediate and then extended families
  • Moved in together after two years of dating
  • Lived a happy, cruisy little day to day life together for another two years. Both found steady, full time jobs that support our lifestyle.
  • After four years of being together, he proposed during a picnic on Mt Victoria
  • One year later, we’re getting married.

Photo credit toΒ Kent Yu Photography.

Angela.

Luck