Jessica Holden Photography » My Photo Journal

Masthead header

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…

First_Dance-EditBlog

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

September 1996Blog

Then our second anniversary…

April 1998Blog

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!

Family in hospital-EditBlog

We took her to Hawaii in 2001.

HIfamilyphotoBlog

Spent 2002 Easter at Filoli:

FamEggHuntBlog

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:

207LoveBlog

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

Mom&DadJune04-EditBlog

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

IMG_0202Blog

Our 10th Anniversary!

IMG_2645Blog

Hiking in the hills above our home:

IMG_0926Blog

And trying on Mama’s wedding dress:

IMG_6644v2-2Blog

Ice skating in New York:

IMG_4218Blog

And Emily turns 11!

IMG_8476printBlog

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

IMG_6986Blog

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

JRH_1829-EditBlog

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

JRH_7845-EditBlog

And baking our annual Christmas cookies:

JRH_0061Blog

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

Photo Dec 05, 5 22 29 PM (2)Blog

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!)

IMG_0072Blog

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!

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

*

*