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Our first wedding anniversary! In the mountains of Idyllwild

Paul and I recently celebrated our first wedding anniversary! It really has been the best year of my life. Its been a pretty crazy time for us between leaving our previous home on the East Coast, driving across the country for our own Oregon Coast Wedding, living and volunteering in Thailand for six months, and then moving out to Santa Barbara. We are so grateful that throughout all of these changes we have had support and love from our friends and family. I feel like Paul and I have grown so much closer, become so much stronger, and learned to love so much more deeply in just this one year of marriage. Its been a year full of adventure and laughter and I am grateful for each moment with Paul. We were talking about how things have changed now that we are married (vs. dating), and we both agree that its a truly amazing comfort to know that we will always have a loving partner, to know that we are family.

For our anniversary I splurged a little and surprised Paul with a trip to the mountains of Idyllwild, California! We spent a few days hiking in the area and relaxing in a quaint little cabin called the Quail. I revealed the surprise to Paul in a series of little cards.

In the tiny town of Idyllwild.

We spent the morning of our anniversary sleeping in and exchanging gifts, and had a perfect, relaxing day complete with tropical ice and lakeside strolls.

Paul took this amazing wide-angle photo of Lake Hemet.

This is us on our first wedding anniversary! We forgot the tripod but were able to put the camera on the railing and car surfaces with the self-timer to take these photos at the little cabin.

Paul showered me in sweet, thoughtful gifts and totally spoiled me. He remembered that I admired amber jewelry in the past, so one of his gifts was this little etsy find.

Being a Graphic Designer, Paul created some beautiful cards, and a totally custom “coupon book of love!” How lucky am I?!


The first anniversary is the “paper year” so for Paul’s gift, I had our original hand-written vows matted and framed for our bedroom. I think we’ll smile every time we look their way.

After a relaxing anniversary, we did two hikes the next day! This is Paul at the trailhead for Devil’s Slide.


Paul took both of these stunning photos during a quick hike at Inspiration Point.

After a few days at mile-high elevation it was time to come back to the flatlands. This was taken during our drive home to Santa Barbara.

I hope you enjoyed these photos of Idyllwild! Love and peace.

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Courtney - What an awesome way to spend your 1st anniversary!! LOVE the idea of the framed vows! So happy you have found such happiness with such a great guy!! <3

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