Celebrating our First Wedding Anniversary In Lockdown

I was feeling mega nostalgic on our first wedding anniversary. This past year was filled with unexpected adventures, countless triumphs, and tonnes of love. I can’t really wrap my mind around the last three hundred and sixty-five days, but all i can say is they came and went in the blink of an eye. I always feel like when people talk about their first year of marriage, they talk about all kinds of “ups and downs” but i feel like this year has been immeasurably full of all kinds of ups. downs? what downs? I often question if this so called "honeymoon stage" will end, because we’re on one hell of a run with it.

We had grand plans for celebrating our one year anniversary, mainly to mark the occasion with our greatest joint love - travel. But as reality shows, life has its own sense of humour - hello Coronavirus - and all we can do is roll with the punches.

I had planned a romantic lockdown picnic, complete with a vintage picnic basket I got in a charity shop, our favourite cheeses and grapes, Krispy Kreme donuts and a bottle of champagne we'd saved from our wedding. But, I wasn't even getting that as the heavens opened, and quite literally rained on my parade, just like our wedding day.

We took these photos in the woods behind our house, a few days after our anniversary. They weren't planned, I seen that the evening was dryer than it had been all week and the sun set was giving us a beautiful golden hour so I quickly changed into a dress and grabbed the tripod.

Ways to Celebrate your Wedding or Anniversary at Home

1. Make your wedding breakfast Have your first meal together as ‘husband and wife’. I cooked us scallops and black pudding, followed by sea bass with crab mash and carrot cake. I found out too late that Six by Nico were doing delivery. A fancy takeaway would have been way less dishes.

2. Have a wedding picnic My original, rained off plan included lots of treats like crackers and cheese, strawberries and cream and Krispy Kreme donuts. A wedding picnic out in the sun would have been lovely.

3. Eat your wedding cake Some crazy people might still have that top tier (no one actually does that any more, do they?) I got the recipe for our bottom tier carrot cake from my bridesmaid and master baker Abbie and made my best cake yet. (Mary Berry would be proud of lockdown me) You can both cut your cake and eat it together.

4. Give handmade gifts or write each other a letter Karl and I didnt give each other monetary gifts to celebrate our anniversary. Instead we used our time during lockdown to craft paper anniversary gifts - with hilarious results.

5. Have a ZOOM party Invite all your friends and family onto a zoom chat to celebrate with you. Maybe do a Mr & Mrs quiz, pop some champagne, relax and enjoy everyones company.

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