Jun26 10 Years of Marriage Posted By : Greg/ 0 comments / Under : Grooms IT’S NOT ALWAYS A ROM COM FLICK… Guest blogger Marc Smith from Marc Smith photography return this week and gives his perspective on ‘Ten years of marriage – what does it mean’? Marriage is a journey, a road that we travel – two people finding their way through life together, loving unconditionally, sharing precious moments and ultimately being there for each other. The most apparent thing about ten years of marriage is how quickly time passes. I remember our wedding day. Perhaps not all of it in minute detail, but when I look through our wedding album, it all comes flooding back to me. It was a wonderful day, and to spend it with three of our children, makes me very happy in the knowledge that they were with us, witnessing our vows and that they now have their own memories of the day to cherish. What has celebrating ten years of marriage shown me? Well, it’s not always a rom com flick, not every day is rosey, not every day is joy, life is filled with ups and downs, but the one thing I can tell you, every day I look at Beth and I’m in love. Love is being there, working together to raise children and a quality of life that you are happy with. Love is supporting each other, caring for one another – putting the laundry away, loading the dishwasher, cooking dinner, putting the bins out, power washing the garden. We share our lives together, we are one. My wife and I really look forward to the special times we have together. The impromptu one-night stays in a secret hotel or the luxury of me having a destination wedding and Beth coming along to join me. So, with the normality of everyday life set aside, what does ten years of marriage actually mean for me? I look at Beth every day and still fancy her. l love waking up next her. I love to cuddle her every night in bed, and I really miss her whenever I’m away with work. Beth is an incredible woman; caring, hardworking, loving, thoughtful and kind. We don’t know what the future holds, but I can’t imagine a day without her. For all the time we have, I want to be with her. We really don’t have many photos of us together, and on this little adventure to the Snaefellsnes peninsula Iceland, I made sure to bring my camera so I could capture some self-portraits of the two of us. Marc recalls a quote that resonates with him; ‘Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose, life is empty without it. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.’ – Stephen Hawking Having now been married to my wife Natalie for 5 years in July this year, I too can wholeheartedly echo Marc’s words. Also having become new dad back in September, the whirlwind adventure continues daily. But I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else! I too re-call one of my favourite quotes that I had forgotten recently; ‘Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved piece. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, screaming; Shit, what a ride!’ www.marcsmithphotography.com If you’d like to share your wedding perspectives with us to inspire fellow Grooms, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.