Today is a very special day for Kat and me – this time 10 years ago we were getting married.
We met 16 years ago (she always likes the credit for the extra 6 years) when we both moved up to Birmingham for university, and it wasn’t long before we got together. We have been together ever since. Our lives developed after our courses ended, and our careers started, but at every stage we made our decisions as a couple – first deciding to stay in Birmingham and then later to start the business together. We have our similarities, and we have our differences and these both make sure we are there for each other when we need someone, whether that is to give a hug, advice, or just to encourage (and occasionally a jab in the ribs). We have travelled around the UK and the world together and have seen and done some amazing things, and in the last 4 years have had our two beautiful boys together.
Our wedding was at Grafton Manor and looking back on the photos it is amazing to see how some things have changed and some have remained the same; we have sadly lost some people who were there, but we have new additions to our family and friends; we have changed our careers and built up our business together (inspired in no small way by our own wedding photographer, Bruce Thomas), and hair has receded. However the vows we made that day to each other are still important to us, even if we don’t think about them consciously every day they are still there between us [although I did fluff the word ‘respect’ in the vows and so claim I don’t have to adhere to that one]. We even renewed our a few years ago with an Elvis impersonator in Las Vegas, but that is another story….
Like everyone we have had things that have tested us, but at the end of it all we have always had each other to fall back on. It would be naive to think that everything will go smoothly in life from now on, but we know that we have both have the other, and that is a great place to start the next 10 years.
Kat – I love you.