Cody + Kelly got married on a beautiful Saturday evening exactly one year ago today. Their ceremony took place on the banks of the Tennessee River, and the reception was full of good food, good people, and lots of dancing. I got the chance to talk to Kelly about some of her best memories from year one, lessons they’ve learned as a couple, and dreams they have for the future. You can read her answers below! (And check out more images from their wedding day by clicking here!)
the sweet stuff
Q: What do you love most about your spouse?
A: I love that he makes me his number one priority. He thinks of me before any decision he makes, even if it’s something small. He believes in me and encourages me daily. Any dream or goal that I have, he is there to offer his support to the fullest. He wants to see me succeed and fulfill my calling. I love doing daily life together. Whether it’s cooking dinner or running errands, it doesn’t matter, he can make it fun. He also has a great sense of humor! He understands and laughs at all of my (dumb) jokes.
Q: Do you have any sweet nicknames for each other?
A: “Booger” (lol)
Q: What’s been your favorite thing about marriage so far?
A: I love having a teammate – someone who I know is always in my corner. We live in a world where society doesn’t always want the best for you, and to have someone who always does is something I will never take for granted.
the fun stuff
Q: Who hogs the sheets at night?
A: Definitely Cody.
Q: Who takes longer to get ready in the morning?
A: He takes longer to wake up and get going, but I take longer actually getting ready.
Q: Who’s most likely to get locked out of the house?
the tough stuff
Q: What’s been the hardest thing about marriage so far?
A: I’ve had to learn that when I am in a bad mood for whatever reason, possibly work or feeling stressed, it is best for me to just take a few minutes to myself. It’s really hard not to unload your frustrations on your spouse (even when it has nothing to do with him).
Q: What’s one piece of marriage advice you wish someone had told you?
A: Pick your battles. When tomorrow comes, you will still be husband and wife. There is really no point to argue about who put the laundry in the wrong hamper. It causes more stress to argue about something rather than to just solve the problem yourself. We’ve both had to learn to let the small things go, because in the end they aren’t a big deal. I want to encourage new couples to give one another grace. No one is perfect!
Q: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome in year one?
A: We had to learn how get our financial goals in sync. Cody is more of the “let’s save for the future” type, and I am more of the “let’s splurge a little and enjoy life while we’re young” type. It took us a few months to find a happy medium, but I am happy to say we are on the same page and working towards our goals together. Luckily we discussed finances before getting engaged, so it was an easier transition. Combining finances is a huge deal, so I encourage all couples to have the uncomfortable money talk early so it doesn’t become an issue later on.
Q: What’s something you would have changed about your wedding if you could go back and do it again?
A: Not the wedding necessarily, but I would have waited a day or two before leaving for the honeymoon. It was very stressful to leave immediately after the reception. I wish I would have taken a day to relax (and finish packing) before rushing to an airport.
the life stuff
Q: How are you spending your anniversary?
A: We have dinner reservations for the night of. We plan to take a trip this summer to celebrate more!
Q: What does a typical date night look like for y’all?
A: There’s nothing I love more than going to a restaurant for good food and cocktails, so a date night in Florence usually consists of that. We also love a good day date with our pups!
Q: What are you most looking forward to about year two of marriage?
A: I am looking forward to spending more time with one another and just growing stronger in our marriage. We are learning how to strengthen our faith as one, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us. Hopefully a lot of traveling and adventures are also in the works for this year!
Q: What’s a long-term life goal you hope to accomplish together?
A: We got engaged while visiting a national park in Alaska, and now we have a goal of visiting all of the US National Parks! More importantly, we want to look back in 50 years and see a marriage and a family that we are proud of.