Five and a half years ago we had dinner reservations at a restaurant on the beach that I had ALWAYS wanted to go to. I was SO frazzled because the traffic that night was awful. Mike had stressed to me that we HAD to be on time for our reservation – it was Valentine’s Day and the place was booked solid. It took me twice as long as usual to get home, so I ran into the house, grabbed my clothes, and then changed in the back seat while Mike drove. Not very romantic on my part.
When we pulled up to the restaurant, Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz were outside waiting for their car. Remember when they dated? Dinner was delicious, and we had a great time talking and laughing. After we were done eating, Mike suggested that we go for a walk along the beach. We walked toward the Santa Monica Pier and when we got out on the sand Mike said all these wonderful things, then he dropped to one knee and proposed. I said yes. It was perfect.
He gave me an engagement ring with a diamond set in 18 k gold to match my Great Grandmother’s wedding band that has been passed down to me. He got the ring from my mom and took it to the jeweler to make sure it matched. I loved that he knew I had that ring, and that he realized he should bring it with him when he picked out my engagement ring. So thoughtful.
Our dating anniversary is December 16, which just so happened to fall on a Saturday in 2006. We both had time off from work then, so it was set. It was a sign.
We had fun planning our wedding. We made it uniquely “us,” and never fell into the stress-ball traps that capture so many couples. The night before our wedding we had a Karaoke party with our friends – Marry-oke, we called it. We dedicated songs to each other. It wasn’t the first time, or the last.
I woke up the day of the wedding so excited. I didn’t care that it was raining. I was getting married to my best friend! My favorite moment of the day was sitting on our bed in our hotel room after the wedding, eating the doggy-bag dinners we’d been too busy to eat. We didn’t have utensils so we ate fish and steak with our hands. And we laughed.
We’ve been together for nine years, and married for five. I can’t imagine my life without him.
Happy anniversary, Mike. Let’s keep laughing.
Congratulations Heather and Mike! I hope you get to do something fun today to celebrate!
Happy “anniversity” as my son calls it.
Cathy K. says:
I hope you have a wonderful day, Happy Anniversary!
Happy anniversary!! Our’s is the 18th.
Happy anniversary! In a time when marriages are so easily discarded, it’s refreshing to see a couple not only together and committed to staying that way, but also HAPPY. I hope your day is as special as you are.
Hey – we got engaged on Valentine’s Day too!!! COOL!!!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to 2 of my favourite people!! May your years be filled with Love & Laughter!!
Now go celebrate & make another beautiful baby!!! Ha ha ha
And here I was, thinking that we were the only bride and groom that ate their leftovers with their hands after the guests had left. I’ve always said I wished that the photographer had stuck around to get a picture of that!
Here’s to many more years of love and laughs, Mike and Heather. Happy anniversary.
Jenn @therebelchick says:
Happy anniverary! And here’s to many more years of joy!
Leigh Elliott says:
Happy Anniversary to you both! You’re a perfect match! ENJOY!
I’ve never commented before but I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for several months. All I can say is what treasures you have in each other, Heather and Mike. I hope at some point in my life I find as fantastic a man as Mike seems to be.
happy anniversary to a beautiful, fabulous, funny, LOVING couple!!
wishing you many, many, many more years together.
Lisa in WI says:
Happy Anniversary! You guys deserve every happiness and good thing that comes your way!
Wow, what a beautifully written story. Happy Anniversary to you both!
Happy, Happy Anniversary!
Happy Anniversary. You guys are so adorable, so strong, so perfect together. Love to you both on this special day.
Beautiful. Happy anniversary to you both.
Happy happy! xoxox
Bianca S says:
Happy anniversary you two! I was married this year and as my husband and I have been raised in a tradition of long and happy marriages (both sets of parents have been married for 30 years plus), we can only hope for the same for ourselves. I hope the same for you
This is a beautiful post! You two seem like such a fantastic couple! You are blessed to have each other!
Jessica V. says:
I just read both of your posts and now have tears in my eyes (and am almost at the point of sniffling, but am trying to keep it together b/c I’m at work and very quiet in my office).
You two are really great together and I hope you have many, many more years full of laughs together.
Wishing you a very happy anniversary!
Beautiful! As I said in the comment I left after Mike’s post, Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing your life with us.
I love your last line! Happy Anniversary to my favourite blogging couple!!!
Kristin (MamaKK922) says:
Another beautiful post. Happy Anniversary you two!
Heather & Mike… beautiful post… Happy Anniversary to the two of you! and many, many, more years with your best friend. Love is beautiful!!! commitment and being team players… making each other laugh…keep rockin’ you two!!!
Happy anniversary! How did you guys meet?
What a wonderful story! And I know the restaurant you’re talking about. Very cool. Happy anniversary, you two, and many, many more.
My husband and I also got married on the anniversary of our first date! Except ours fell on a Monday, which helped us decide to get married in Vegas. It was SO much fun!
Happy engagement anniversary to you and Mike. Ours was actually yesterday. Wishing you and Mike laughter and peace. Take care.
My Husbands and my anniversary is tomorrow as well and we have also been together 9 years!!! Too funny!!! Congrats and I wish you a lifetime together with lots of laughter!!!
Adventures In Babywearing says:
You two are a beautiful couple. Congrats! I am so glad you found each other.
Congratulations! I’ve been married for 39 yrs. I hope that you and Mike have a very long and happy marriage.
Amy Stensrud says:
Decembe 16 is a good day indeed. Eighteen years ago on December 16 my husband proposed to me.
May you continue with lifetime of memories together!
Happy Anniversary! You have a beautiful family!
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! Here’s hoping you all celebrate many, many more!!!
Congratulations on your anniversary. My husband and I just celebrated our 29th on Dec. 11 Sounds like you’re on your way for many more years together.
Mya Maternity says:
Congratulations! Laughter will keep a marriage going for years. Hope that you enjoy many more years together.
Dawn @What's Around the Next Bend? says:
Happy anniversary to two wonderfully beautiful people inside and out!!
Amanda M. says:
I already knew we had the same wedding dress and got married the same year, but I did not know what we have both been dating our husbands about the same amount of time, and had almost the exact same proposals. Except that we were at Newport beach. Weirdness.
You are a perfect 10 of a couple.
I read both your and Mike’s anniversary posts. So sweet! Definitely got that “awww” feeling. Happy belated anniversary!
Happy Anniversary!! Love you guys. XOXO
You two are the happiest couple I’ve ever seen in my life! literally. I can only hope that someday I'll find a love this perfect