Last summer, we featured Annie and Sandy’s elopement in Avila Beach, California. We caught up with the couple to hear more about post-wedding life and how marriage equality has affected their lives. Plus, they have some great advice to share for newly married couples!
Give us a life update! Have there been any major milestones since we heard from you last?
Being married was a natural progression for us. Our love, friendship, commitment and daily life remain strong and steady. Since June of 2015, when our marriage became protected in all states, Annie has been able to be open with her employer and co-workers. We have had some illnesses that gave us each the opportunity to pamper the other.
What is your favorite thing about being married?
EVERYTHING! Two really do become one in their hearts, minds, and spirits. Also, building and looking forward to a shared future.
What do you fight about?
We haven’t fought yet. We have had opposite opinions that caused us to take time to think before we finished conversations.
What advice would you give to people who have just gotten married?
You must be adult to be married. Treat each other as an adult not a child. Act as an adult not a child. Give your all to the two of you.
What do you like best about your wife?
From Annie: Her adventurous spirit, her forward thinking, her dreams for our future
From Sandy: Her calm, her solid foundation, her logic
Describe a typical day in 5 words (or slightly more!)
Wake, Eat, Work, Sleep (all with love)
What is one thing you and your partner do to relax?
Our most favorite is to pile up in bed with snack food and watch a movie or recorded TV. Time for us alone is always the best.
What is the best wedding gift you received?
We eloped, so there were no material gifts. The love and acceptance of family and friends has been our favorite gift.
What moment from your wedding still stands out most in your mind?
A line of our vows stated that we would comfort each other with words or with silence if it was needed. At that moment, the sounds of the ocean became completely silent as if in affirmation of our vow.
If you had to compare your marriage to an animal, what would it be and why?
A large grizzly bear. Large and strong enough to keep away any threats of danger, warm and soft for comfort, and self-sufficient enough to endure months of hibernation.