We celebrated our anniversary all weekend long. We dressed up on Saturday and went to dinner at Cooper's Hawk Winery. I wore my reception dress, along with all of my jewelry and the shoes I wore on our wedding day. My actual wedding dress is all tucked up in a preservation box, but I love that I could re-wear these things on our anniversary to remember our day.
Cooper's Hawk Winery is one of my favorite restaurants, and I love going here to celebrate any big occasion.
We had a wonderful dinner and then finished off with the dessert and wine sampler.
Although I loved it all, my favorite was the raspberry wine and the chocolate covered strawberries.
The next day we had lunch on the patio at Old Bag of Nails, and then explored Delaware, a neighboring town. We also came across a small park near our house that we can't wait to go back and take the dogs for a hike.
Later that evening we grilled out steaks, and then enjoyed some of our wedding cake. We were both surprised that it tasted wonderful. We ended up having an anniversary cake made because we needed all 3 layers of our wedding cake for the reception. The anniversary cake was already wrapped up and ready to freeze, which I think was perfect and kept it fresh.
In case anyone is curious how it was wrapped, she put the cake (unwrapped) in a small cake box, then wrapped the cake box in foil, then newspaper, and then freezer paper. We took the cake out of the freezer about 48 hours ahead of time to un-thaw in the fridge, and then took it out about 2 hours before we cut into it to allow it to come to room temperature. We have been feasting on it all week long, but have kept it in the fridge just to help keep it from going bad.
I didn't get a chance to get a good pic of these at the wedding, but I got these cute cake forks that say "I Do" and "Me Too" with our wedding date on them. I have been keeping them in a shadow box all year long, but got them out, along with our cake knife. We also used our cake plate for the pictures.
Here is a closeup of our toasting glasses that my good friend Suzie gifted me at my bridal shower. We toasted with some Almond Sparkling Wine from Cooper's Hawk, that we also toasted with on our wedding day. It was fun to get out all of our wedding stuff and recreate the evening.
The top layer of our wedding cake was Strawberry, so I asked for our Anniversary cake to be Strawberry as well. And I'm so glad we did because it is so good. I'm going to be very sad when it's all gone. I may just have to ask Kelly to make us a cake every year.
Rick got me 2 dozen red roses, and some bracelets from Michael Kors to add to my arm party.
We also exchanged paper gifts and Rick's gift to me was handmade paper (that he made by the way!!) and then turned into artwork. Mustaches have been a big inside joke for us, and we actually had chocolate mustache candies as our wedding favors, so it was only appropriate for him to include one in his gift to me.
He also got me a photography book, and the Charleston Receipts cookbook to remind us of our honeymoon. It's an interesting cookbook that I'll have to share details on in another post. He also wrote another entry in the journal he gave me on our wedding day. I love that he is willing to write me a little love note every year.
My paper gift to Rick was this custom map that we can document all of our travels. I'm still trying to figure out if we want to use markers or stickers to document on the map, but I think it will go great on the gallery wall I'm working on for our stairway, and the perfect way to remember all of our fun travels. I also got Rick a gift card so he could get the wooden workbench he has been wanting for some time. It's not exactly paper, but paper is made from wood, so I'm going with it...ha!
It was a great anniversary, and I can't wait for the many more to come!
You can find more details from our wedding, and our wedding planning process here.
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