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So, This is What 20 Years Looks Like!

It seems at once like yesterday and like a lifetime ago that we were planning our wedding and dreaming of our future together… So here we go: one photo per year of marriage:

Our wedding day felt perfect in every way…


And soon after was our first night in our new home…

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Then our second anniversary…

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And our pregnancy was a bit of a rough ride, but all was forgotten the moment we looked down into those sweet, perfect eyes of our little girl!

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We took her to Hawaii in 2001.


Spent 2002 Easter at Filoli:


Our favorite photographer while Emily was modeling (some examples are here and  here), Marcy Maloy, once invited Emily over for a test shoot for fun, and she took a few of the three of us while we were there—to this day this is my favorite image of our little family:


And soon Emily became a budding photographer in her own right!


Our love affair with Disneyland is obviously a big part of our family:


Our 10th Anniversary!


Hiking in the hills above our home:


And trying on Mama’s wedding dress:


Ice skating in New York:


And Emily turns 11!


Our annual Mother’s Day trek to college, where we met:


And Emily’s skills at work once again on our 16th anniversary!


Stealing some alone time while chaperoning Emily’s choir trip to Disneyland at the end of 8th grade:


And baking our annual Christmas cookies:


A selfie (with the less than spectacular forward-facing camera, but still I cherish the moment!):

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And our little family as we are today. (I really do need to get back into the swing of shooting with my big-girl camera, but I find myself loving these images, too!)


Twenty years is a long time; in some ways I feel like we were children when we met, and we dated for a long time before marrying. Our marriage hasn’t been perfect, but it’s been beautiful and special, and I think the good is made all the sweeter by the bad. I think we have grown together, and we will face more challenges together and apart as life winds along, but I am confident in our love. I married a wonderful man, and he gave me a wonderful daughter, and together we’ve built a life I adore. I can’t wait to see what the next 20 years have in store for us!