Last year before my wedding, my caterer asked if I wanted to save the top of our wedding cake. Without any hesitation I said “YES!”. Neal quickly looked at me and said, “why do you want to save it?”.
I went on to explain the tradition of freezing the top of your wedding cake and eating it on your one year anniversary. Neal thought it was an absolutely silly tradition and feared what the delectable cake would taste like 365 days later.
It’s funny because yes it’s just a cake, but I think there’s a lot of be said about why marriage is like a freezer burned wedding cake! You see, this cake, placed on a gold tray, nestled into a box, and wrapped in saran wrap, was made with love and treated to withstand the harsh conditions of our freezer.
Neal and I dated for 3 years, adding layer after layer to build our relationship. Bonded by the frosting of love, encouragement, patience, and kindness, we became one on July 7, 2012. We placed bands on our fingers and left out reception ready to enjoy wedded bliss!
A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked me how my first year of marriage was and I can honestly say, it was amazing. Even through challenging times, like when Neal feel and broke two teeth, Neal and I were unified and made it through. Neal has been amazing with Theodore and such an amazing support as I took on playing professional women’s football this year.
Yes we had our moments but we continued to communicate through everything and were open to any changes we each needed to make in order to grow as a couple.
You see, much like our wedding cake, we made it through the hard times, trusting the love, patience, and understanding that protected us from any outside conditions. Sure we may have a few bumps and bruises, but on the inside we’re stronger than ever!
Last night when we cut into our wedding cake, Neal was pleasantly surprised by how good the cake still tasted. It wasn’t exactly fresh, but it was still pretty gosh darn good.
This first year made me love my husband more than I could have imagined and I hope that our love grows more and more each year. We both look back on the past year and laugh about the memories…
- Getting a puppy 3 weeks after our honeymoon
- Me becoming a football player
- Neal breaking his two front teeth (literally)
- Traveling to Iowa for Thanksgiving
- Traveling to Texas for Christmas
- Moving apartments 6 months after our last move
- Dealing with my broken big toe this spring
It was a great year and I look forward to all that year 2 will bring!