five years

Mary Dougherty

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I still remember standing outside the doors of the sanctuary waiting for the trumpet to start playing for my dad and I to walk down the aisle. Of course, the trumpeter was waiting for the doors to open, so the anticipation was at an all time high. When the doors did open and I saw Matt standing at the front waiting for me, I knew I was making one of the best decisions of my life.

Today is our five year anniversary.

We’ve changed since that day. Five years has brought us through moving, new jobs, and now a baby… and we aren’t the same people. That day we decided to love each other through thick and thin and stand by each others side, and it’s a decision we make each day. While we have changed, we’ve done it together and it’s allowed our marriage to grow stronger. I never want to change and leave you behind, Matt, or not let you in. I know that life is only going to get more complicated – between the responsibilities and decisions we will have to make – but what is becoming even clearer is what is important.

Matt you are an even better husband than I could ask for, and from the second Daphne was born it was clear how much you loved her. Thank you for being there for us, for loving us and being the better half of me. I’m crying now in case anyone is wondering. Like the majority of our anniversaries, we are spending it apart. Between photographing weddings and attending track meets we keep this weekend pretty booked. It makes me appreciate the time we have together, so happy anniversary Matt!

the picture above is from the photobooth at the Eastman House, when we went there for a date at the very beginning of our relationship

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