Guest Blog: Jordan & Ashley | Our First Anniversary

Last year we had the honor to be a part of a beautiful love story. We got to know Jordan and Ashley and absolutely fell in love with their love for one another. For the past year, we have witnessed their love grow from an engaged couple, married couple, newlyweds and now we are celebrating their one year anniversary with them. Jordan and Ashley wrote a beautiful blog for us today about their first year of marriage. We hope you love it as much as we did.

“Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Coming from a faith-filled and biblical perspective it seems like love is or should be easy. We worship a savior that satisfies all aspects of love and exuberates the quintessential meaning of love. One would think mirroring this savior would come easy. As much as I would like to say how easy marriage has been and that I’ve been the perfect husband, I unfortunately cannot admit to this. Instead I seek and continue to rely on Jesus Christ to help lead me in the way of loving my wife Ashley. Just as Christ loved His church I am to love Ashley in an equivalent way. I wish to exemplify the above verse in fullness, separating myself from my own pride-ridden attitude. While there were certainly some “downs,” the “ups” were far more prevalent within the marriage. I have gained a life-long friend and companion. She is my best friend who I get to experience every adventure that life thrusts our way. Comical moments, like being woken up in the middle of night, multiple times, only coming to realize that she forgot whom she was sleeping next to and where she was, will forever be ingrained in my memory. Also, feeling reluctant to become the “top chef” in the household when all I really knew how to cook, prior to the marriage, was scrambled eggs and chicken nuggets; only to be taken aback by my wife’s remarkable cooking proficiency. Before the marriage she only knew how to cook pizza rolls and chocolate milk, now she has created an extensive menu and acquired cooking expertise. -Jordan

It has been a grand adventure thus far. I wouldn’t change a thing. Though there were downs, we grew as a couple. We grew closer together and closer to God. We both realized we could not get through the marriage without Him. Through this journey of marriage, my perspective has changed. This life is no longer just about me, but now a husband that I must honor, respect and cherish. Being married is a great learning experience, like figuring out how or what he likes or doesn’t like. For instance, he must have his own fan facing him at night to drown out any noise. Not only that but the room must be pitch black in order for him to go sleep. A hard Realization that not everything my parents did is something I must do. Instead, I get to help create our own traditions. While it may be a chore to some, I think best of all is figuring out how each holiday will be spent. Whose family do we visit? Who should host the main dinner? Should we spend some time at one family’s and then the rest at another? The questions never end. One of my favorite parts of marriage is having a partner in crime, who will also rock out with me when an old familiar song comes on. This turns into Head-banging, air guitar, and dancing around the house. It’s been a great first year, and can’t wait for the rest of forever. Thank you to The Copper Lens Photography. You have been there with us from the engagement to the wedding and finally to our anniversary. We have been to able capture cherished and unforgettable moments. -Ashley

Happy Anniversary, Jordan and Ashley! Your love inspires us. Featured Wedding Vendors: Venue: Bowing Oaks Plantation Photography: The Copper Lens Photography Assisting Photographer: Olivia Duke Catering: 4 Rivers Ceremony Entry Doors: Handmade Rentals

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