Tell us a bit about yourselves.
Two young, Iowa natives currently exploring the Western US with their two little fur babies. When we’re not on the road, we enjoy spending time with friends and family, all things outdoors, watching football (Go Pack, Go!), and playing board/video games.
How long have you been married?
Just over one year! Our anniversary is October 1st.
Tell us your love story in 3 sentences.
We met early on in college through mutual friends. We started hanging out, became best friends, and fell in love. Now we’re continuing to grow our friendship and love together, always looking to explore, challenge each other, and seeing where life takes us.
What lessons did you learn from wedding planning that might help current brides and grooms?
Just breathe. Everything will work itself out, and at the end of the day as long as you have each other and get married, that’s all that truly matters!
What is your favorite thing about being married?
Knowing we’ve found the right person to spend the rest of our lives with.
Has anything about married life caught you by surprise or been something you absolutely didn’t expect?
Probably the amount of baby talk we received from friends and family the second we got married (not really a good or bad thing, we just weren’t expecting so much so quick).
What has been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it together?
Deciding what we want our future to look like together. There are so many different paths to take in life and it feels impossible to choose. For awhile we were hoping to have kids quickly and get settled into a house, then we were thinking about moving halfway across the country, and now we’re on a month and half long road trip. We’ve learned that as long as we communicate and we’re on the same page, that’s all that matters and we’ll get the rest figured out.
How to you prioritize time with each other and balance your relationship with life and responsibilities?
We typically try to keep week nights open for each other, even if it’s just eating dinner together and working out. Our schedules are always changing and it’s not easy to keep things regulated from day to day, or week to week. We try to make the most of the little things, like going to the grocery store together. On the weekends we also try to divide time between, friends, family, chores, and alone time for just us to relax or go out and do something fun together.
What is your favorite date idea?
That’s a loaded question. It totally depends on our moods, but typically we both really enjoy the nights where we make dinner together, and just hang out playing board/video games.
Any advice that you found incredibly helpful or wish you’d received before you got married?
Make sure to marry your best friend, keep them as your best friend, and always communicate with each other. We have heard this from all our parents, and it is the truth. We make this a main focus of our relationship, and we’ve only grown closer and strengthened our relationship as time has gone by.
What are you most excited about in the next year for your family?
Hopefully settling down, buying a house, and spending lots of time with friends and family!
What do you envision for your next 5 years of marriage?
A house, some kids, and just continuing to grow together and go on plenty of adventures! Other than that, only time will tell!
Isn’t their road trip the coolest? AJP and I are loving living vicariously through their adventures as we are in the throes of our own new adventure.