12 years and counting

Today is extra-extra-special. Why? Because today is our wedding anniversary! 12 years and counting. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

And here’s a quick trip down our own personal memory lane.

First stop? Pics from our series of engagement photos, taken by a friend in college. These were taken in the fall of 1998. Oh, ’90s fashion. You crack me up. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Engagement photo

As do these outtakes from that same engagement photo session. Some things never change!

Librarian for Life + Style | Engagement photo outtakes

Next stop, a mere 3 years later to our wedding in 2001. Why the long engagement? I wanted my maiden name on my college degree. True story. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding

We got married in Poetry, Texas (awwwwww!) in a little one-steepled church. We had a budget for the wedding, and yes, I’m still proud that we came in under budget! For my wedding dress, I had scouted out a dress I loved — which cost more than our entire wedding budget  — and then had a local seamstress make it for me, with modifications that better suited my figure. For example, the inspiration dress had a round neckline, which we changed to a more squared-off neckline. The seamstress also layered chiffon over the skirt and added peach-and-white rosettes along the empire waistline. ♥

And yes, I still have my wedding dress! In an archival box, of course. I am a librarian.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding aisle

For the send-off, we wore “Married in the Millennium” t-shirts (a gift from my mom), and instead of throwing rice, friends and family rang little bells.

And finally, just for kicks, here’s a selfie 12 years later of those two crazy kids in love. ♥

Librarian for Life + style | 12 years and counting

Have a Happy Anniversary Thursday!


16 thoughts on “12 years and counting

  1. Katie

    Aw, congrats on 12 years! Tomorrow is our five-year, (and we have a couple of friends whose anniversary is today, too) so the beginning of August is just an awesome time for weddings, clearly.

    gotta love that 90’s fashion 😉 I think that wedding dress idea is really cool! Significantly cheaper than your inspiration, and helping out a local seamstress. Now I kinda wish I’d thought of that.

    Ah, well.

    Congrats, again!

  2. Julie Snoek

    Love looking at these pictures. Gee are you guys getting older? You look so young in the pre-wedding pictures. Thanks for sharing and so glad you are still so much in love 12 years later.

  3. Kezzie

    I LOVE these photos Jen!! Many congratulations to you and Sam. You looked lovely and I like your seamstress idea. I fell in love with a £3000 designer wedding dress froma collection 4years before my wedding and believe it or not, found the very wedding dress in perfect condition in my size, no adjustments needed for £200 on Ebay!!


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