Happy Third Year Wedding Anniversary!

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I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since we were in warm and sunny Hawaii where we exchanged wedding vows! I wish I could live it all over again. The moment was so surreal and I’m happy that we got to share this moment in front of our close friends and family. My husband and I got married at the beautiful Halekulani Hotel in Oahu and we couldn’t have picked a better place to say “I do”. Since our third wedding anniversary is today, I would like to share some of my favorite photos with you and share what I have learned about marriage so far. In no way am I claiming to be a marriage expert. These are just my personal thoughts. 🙂

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1. Make sure your spouse is your best friend.
To me, being married means you can be open and communicate fully with one another. Some people may have a separate best friend from their spouse but your spouse should always be #1! I’m able to communicate with my husband about everything because no one else understands me the way he does. We are each other’s biggest supporters and should always be able to count on one another no matter what we’re going through.

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2. Keep your private life private.
It’s so easy to overshare things these days, especially with the popular rise of social media. I’ve seen couples publicize their issues on Facebook and I honestly think it’s ridiculous! I know that information can also be passed around through word of mouth, texts, etc. My point is that it is important to keep some things in your marriage. Sometimes receiving “advice” or input from others can do more harm than good, especially when that person only hears one side of the story. Unfortunately, people tend to only remember negative things so if you speak poorly about your spouse, then that’s the only thing that people choose to believe. More importantly, being able to keep things private means that you have trust and respect for each other which is the key to marriage.

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wedding anniversary, destination wedding, wedding photos, hawaii, oahu, waikiki, halekulani, Derek Wong Photography

3. Always continue to date your spouse.
This is an absolute must! Although this is our third wedding anniversary, we’ve been together for a total of 7 years. It’s so important to make time for your spouse. Of course things get harder once you have kids in the picture. My husband and I have occasional date nights and have family or friends take care of Gabriel. We enjoy trying new restaurants and doing simple things together like making each other laugh! I don’t think anyone understands my sarcasm and dry humor the way my husband does, and I’m used to his sense of humor as well! You really don’t have to do anything fancy to keep the spark alive. We also like watching some of our favorite shows together. It’s really the little things that matters!

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wedding anniversary, destination wedding, wedding photos, hawaii, oahu, waikiki, halekulani, Derek Wong Photography

These are just a few things that I have learned about marriage. Thank you for taking the time to view our wedding photos in honor of our wedding anniversary! If you are married, I’d love to hear what you’ve learned about marriage!

Photography: Derek Wong Photography

28 Comments

    • Polly
      March 9, 2017 / 11:30 PM

      Thank you so much, Annabelle!

    • Polly
      March 9, 2017 / 11:30 PM

      That’s absolutely true! Thanks, Brianna!

    • Polly
      March 9, 2017 / 11:32 PM

      Thank you very much, Natalie! It definitely was dreamy! 🙂

    • Polly
      March 9, 2017 / 11:34 PM

      Congratulations, Rachael!! 🙂

  1. March 3, 2017 / 5:33 PM

    #2 is so important. Well all of the points are important but #2 is something that often gets overlooked.

    • Polly
      March 9, 2017 / 11:35 PM

      I think it is very important too! Thank you for visiting!

    • Polly
      March 9, 2017 / 11:35 PM

      Thank you so much, Kaitlin!

    • Polly
      March 9, 2017 / 11:42 PM

      Thank you, Daniel! 🙂

  2. March 5, 2017 / 12:25 PM

    Definitely, marriage is a pious bond, which is based on trust, respect, love, and understanding. It is the connection of two souls that promise to be with each other in the ups and downs of life. This is the beauty of marriage and one must put every effort to make it a happier one.

    • Polly
      March 9, 2017 / 11:43 PM

      I completely agree with you, Jason!

  3. March 6, 2017 / 9:53 AM

    Happy anniversary! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful.

    • Polly
      March 9, 2017 / 11:44 PM

      Thank you, Marissa!

  4. March 6, 2017 / 10:25 AM

    Happy anniversary!! It’s going to be my 15th wedding anniversary this month, which is crazy. It doesn’t seem like 15 years could have gone by yet! The most important thing that I agree with is your spouse being your best friend. Adorable photos! 😀

    • Polly
      March 9, 2017 / 11:44 PM

      That’s so amazing, Meghan! Thank you for your sweet compliment! 🙂

  5. March 6, 2017 / 12:15 PM

    What gorgeous wedding photos! Happy anniversary! The Halekulani would be the perfect wedding location too-I love how pretty that beach is!

    • Polly
      March 9, 2017 / 11:47 PM

      Yes, the Halekulani is gorgeous! Thank you!!

  6. Hadasah Love (Style to Love)
    March 6, 2017 / 2:15 PM

    “Loving this post, thank you for sharing this!!!

    xx,
    Hadasah Love || http://www.styletolove.com

  7. March 7, 2017 / 12:27 PM

    Your advice is on-point! So true. Thanks for sharing wise words. Happy Anniversary!

    • Polly
      March 9, 2017 / 11:51 PM

      Thank you very much, LaVonne!!

  8. March 8, 2017 / 3:25 PM

    Loved this post. I agree with all of your points (I have been married almost 11 years). It is so incredibly awkward when couples fight on facebook. I also fully believe that you should be able to share ANYTHING with your partner! A truly successful marriage means NO secrets! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Polly
      March 9, 2017 / 11:53 PM

      Yes, arguing on Facebook is so inappropriate! Thank you for visiting, Casey!

  9. March 13, 2017 / 6:31 AM

    Love your photos and great tips!! Marrying your best friend is so important. If you can’t tell them everything it makes it that much harder.

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