We’re so happy today to celebrate with Jen and Robert on their first anniversary! You might remember their morning wedding from a year ago here in Charlottesville and reception at the relaxing Boars Head Inn (or maybe even their engagement portraits). We touched base with them recently to see how they’ve been doing and inquire about their favorite moments from the day. Here’s what they had to say.

We made it! Year 1! We are even more in love with each now than we were when we got married. Robert has started residency at UVA, and Jen is nearing the final stage of her Ph.D. training. We moved into a larger apartment and undertook the arduous task of combining everything – what to do with six spatulas?! We love entertaining and, in a great leap of faith (with a touch of naiveté), hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for 17 and our families for Christmas. One of our favorite traditions that we’ve begun is that of “Fancy Fridays” – one day a week to use our wedding china and crystal while trying a new recipe together. 2011 was a great year for us. Here’s to the start of another by each other’s side. 

I love this picture because Jen and I practiced our dance for several weeks prior to the wedding with the help of a close friend. I was so nervous about standing on Jen’s dress or messing it up somehow. When we finally started dancing, I forgot all of that prep work and just enjoyed dancing. I think this picture captures how much fun we had.

I really love this picture because it is very artistic, and the juxtaposition of us and our shadows is like that of our serious and playful sides. 

I love this because it shows Robert’s playful side. We chose not to see each other prior to the wedding, and Robert knew nothing about my dress (besides the fact that it was purple and had feathers on it…) 🙂 I think this picture really captures his excitement as he was peeking around people to get a glimpse of his soon-to-be wife at the back of the church.

This one captures the essence of our wedding day. Jen’s dad jokingly calls this one the “Nike pose,” in honor of the Greek goddess of victory. Greek goddess is a bit of a stretch, but I think we both felt pretty victorious at that moment. The bells were peeling, and everyone was all smiles. I love how our arms are interlocked, and how Robert is helping to lift my dress.

We both just look so happy in this one! We had just walked out of the church and Bill captured our first moments together. It was freezing that day (strapless gown in January, for the win!), and we look so cozy and giggly together, like we can’t believe we actually just got married.

Some people leave their wedding in a limo or horse drawn carriage. We opted for a golf cart. Showing us leaving our reception, this picture reminds us of all that we have to look forward to in the future and our friends and family who have supported us along the way.

Congratulations, you two!

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