Ten years ago, Brittany and I shared our wedding vows on a beautiful Kentucky evening surrounded by our closest family and friends. Last week on top of a boulder in Arizona, we recited those promises again to one another as a reminder of our love and our desire to keep God at the center of our marriage.
Scroll down to see photos from this special moment, but here’s a sneak peek of our vows which I scribed on the back of two small, paper napkins because that’s just how I roll.
In addition to celebrating the best ten years of my life having Brittany by my side, 2020 also happened to be the year I turned 40. We had originally hoped to go to Hawaii, but unfortunately, the global pandemic threw a wrench in those plans. We looked at several options before eventually landing on a trip to the Boulders Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. Looking back, we couldn’t have picked a more perfect spot and time of year to visit this desert paradise.
We rented a Jeep for the week and ventured to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess spa for our first full day in Arizona (fellas, I highly recommend this…Brittany loved it and so did I!). That evening, we met up with Megan Claire Photography for a brief 30-minute photoshoot on the resort property before we headed to Dominick’s Steakhouse for an incredible anniversary dinner where Brittany and I surprised each other with new rings (this was totally unplanned but so typical of us!).
Saturday was a chill day for us. We had perfect weather, and we decided to just relax at the pool for several hours. It was amazing!
On Sunday (my birthday), we went on a wild west adventure to Canyon Creek Ranch. We started off with skeet shooting, and while we took aim at the sky we were able to witness the Arizona Fire Service using massive slurry planes and helicopters to extinguish a growing brush fire on the mountain next to us. From there, we headed back to the stables where we mounted horses and went for a ride in the breathtaking canyon. We wrapped up our visit to the ranch by paying a visit to an old western town where the ranch owners had set up an 1800’s style saloon along with pistol shooting, archery, and ax throwing games.
Our trip to Arizona concluded with an attempt at fly fishing (unfortunately, neither the weather nor the fish cooperated) and a half-day trip to Sedona where we marveled at the majestic scenery. By the time it came to an end, we were ready to head back to Kentucky and reunite with our little Peanut (Willow), but we left with some incredible memories that we will treasure forever.
Brittany, I say this to you all the time, but you really are the best thing that has ever happened to me and I love you with my whole heart. Thank you for choosing me, for loving me, for respecting me, for challenging me, for trusting me, for forgiving me, for bringing into the world the cutest little girl ever, and for sharing your life with me. I love you.
Thank you to Megan Claire Photography for the beautiful images!