On September 5th Matt and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary! I can hardly believe it’s already been a year and simultaneously I can hardly believe it’s only been a year. The time zooms by but we’ve squeezed so much into the past 365 days that it feels like it’s been much longer.
Matt and I already knew how we wanted to spend our first anniversary before we were even married. There’s an incredible restaurant in Virginia called The Inn at Little Washington and although it’s very expensive, we have always wanted to try it. So we spent the last year tucking bits of each paycheck into our travel account and made reservations for three nights at a bed and breakfast in Sperryville, VA.
I’ll let the pictures tell the story from our weekend but needless to say it was one of the most relaxing and memorable trips we’ve ever had.
Our trip started with a hike up one of our favorite trails, Little Devils Stairs in Shenandoah National Park. We were blessed with gorgeous weather the entire weekend and we made great time on this trek.
We saw a RATTLESNAKE on the trail! It was my first time ever seeing a timber rattler in the wild and it definitely made my heart race. We both heard it before we saw it and since Matt was in front and wearing his GoPro, we captured the entire experience on camera. It was scary but also very cool 🙂
After our hike we stopped at our favorite lunch spot in Washington, VA then headed to Gadino Cellars for a wine tasting. It was quiet when we arrived and we managed to get the bocce ball courts all to ourselves!
We have no idea how to play but it was still a lot of fun.
To kill a bit more time before check-in we decided to check out the local antique store in Sperryville. I found this fur coat that apparently once belonged to Dolly Parton…that’s what the tag said!
We checked into our B&B…
And spent the rest of our night like this:
(Our B&B was also a brewery!)
(this former church has been converted into a yoga studio…how cool?!)
We had an appointment for a couples massage the next day at 11:00 so we woke up for breakfast at our B&B then headed out for a quick walk around town before heading to the spa.
After our massages we were so relaxed and spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out on the porch before getting ready for our big dinner that night.
We got dolled up for our dinner date and headed out!
Dinner was incredible. Other than this quick photo that Matt snapped of our table we were 100% present trying to soak in every detail of the night.
We came home stuffed and exhausted but oh-so-happy!
We were moving a bit slower the next morning but decided that a hard and long hike was exactly what we needed so we set off into the woods.
One of our favorite vineyards was having a labor day party so we checked that out for a bit before heading back to the B&B to relax and grab dinner at a local pub.
We woke up Monday morning with a case of the vacation blues and decided to relish our last day of vacation (and our official anniversary date!) by heading out for one final hike and checking out a new vineyard.
According to tradition, a couple is supposed to keep the top layer of their wedding cake in the freezer for a year and then eat it on their anniversary. I can’t imagine that year-old frozen cake would taste very good so Matt and I bucked that trend and ate the rest of our cake the day after our wedding! For our anniversary we stopped at a local bakery in Sperryville and picked up a slice of chocolate cake with buttercream espresso icing. I packed our cake topper (hand carved and painted by my father) and we enjoyed it at the vineyard.
We also chose to not shove cake in each others faces during our reception so we made up for it a year later…
As we drove back toward the hustle and bustle of DC we reflected on the weekend, which was filled with mostly these three things…
…and of course we reflected on our first year of marriage. Which was also mostly filled with the top three things, just on a larger scale.
Cheers to many more years!