anniversary day

7/17/2012

me and scarf
the spot on the beach

It's hard to believe that although I am only twenty-four, Donald and I have been together for nine years. I met him ten years ago, at the ripe age of fourteen and couldn't have even imagined all the experiences we have shared together by now. The story of how we met is something I'll share in the future, but the important part is how we spent our anniversary this year (just two days ago). With the weather being especially hot at the moment, we decided to start the day with a beach picnic at our favorite spot in Malibu.

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picnic

We made our own sandwiches and shared a tomato salad, raspberries, and the best popcorn in the world with herbs. The picnic basket that we used has belonged to us for over 8 years, so we are quite nostalgic about it. It was such a calming afternoon that we wondered why we don't come here more often. Sometimes you have to remember to schedule rest days for yourself whenever possible!

my shoes
donald walking bouchon

After a quick change of clothes at home, we went for dinner at Bouchon in Beverly Hills. It's always our go-to for romantic meals!

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bouchon staircase

They have the cutest paintings on the walls, and the bread they serve tastes like it was baked in France. Yum.

bread
another

I wore a white midi-length dress from asos with a bow at the neck, and the only heels that I'll wear.
length photo of me

bouchons dessert
profiteroles
donald

As you can see we had lots of dessert- like profiteroles and chocolate bouchons! I felt so gluttonous. Afterwards we walked through the city at night, and then drove home to watch Amelie in bed. It was almost too good of a day, the kind that I can only daydream about at times. However so many experiences with Donald are special, that I should expect nothing less x

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39 comments

  1. Congratulations on your anniversary! :D It looks like you've had a great day :)

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  2. Congratulations to you two! Sounds like the perfect day. The empty beach and the restaurant both look lovely, and so did those desserts...

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    1. Thank you, Jane. They were so delicious and I was full for hours after that hehe.

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  3. It's a mercy to know and recognize the big love when you're so young:it saves oneself from so many dramas;) So many congratulations on your anniversary*

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    1. Thanks for the lovely sentiments! Dramas are inevitable in life, but I'm glad I never had to go on awkward dates :D

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  4. My hearty congratulations to you both! Meeting someone when you're 15 and then still together all these years later is a rarity these days. I am soooooooooooo looking forward to hearing your love story haha! Sorry, cuteness overload right here, you're literally "childhood sweethearts" :) I'm glad you and your boyfriend had a good time, and as always, your photos are gorgeous! xx

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    1. Thank you Anh! When I met him I was not really looking for "love" or a boyfriend, so it all happened so naturally. We've been peas in a pod ever since. How we met is not very traditional (perhaps it is today) so I'm sure it will be unexpected :)

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  5. you and donald are still the cutest couple ever. congrats, val! by the by, does that mean we've been sorta knowing each other for nearly ten years as well? SCARY.

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    1. I think it does mean that! I feel super old all the time now, just because I can now say "I liked this 10 years ago" but I guess that just means I was a cool kid haha. Thanks Brie - he's always been the one for me! x

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  6. Aw val!!! you are so blessed to spend your life with a man like Donald. :) I'm sure he's the guy you'll be married to. I mean.. NINE YEARS?? That's amazing (': So happy for the both of you.. Lots of love xx

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    1. Hehe thanks Sue! Across the years we have been quite indifferent about marriage, in fact I didn't want to get married for years because it doesn't solidify anything. However as you get older it changes a bit, especially after living together for 7 years. I am already practically married, just not legally yet :)

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  7. Happy Anniversary to you both! It truly does sound like you guys had the perfect day/date.The picnic by the sea, especially dreamy. Oh, and the desserts too :)

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    1. Thank you Mariana, I wish most days were like that but in fact they are quite mundane :D

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  8. This is the absolute sweetest post, Happy Anniversary! I can't believe you guys have been together for so long - it really warms my heart and, as cheesy as it sounds, renews my belief in everlasting, true love. Your anniversary day looks so elegant and lovely; I can't imagine a better way to celebrate. Congratulations! :) Also, that first picture of you is amazing.

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    1. Ah thanks Emily, that is sweet! I've never been around too many examples of it in my life, but it's certainly possible with a lot of hard work and finding the right person ! x

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  9. oooo girl you look fancy. and you take the most beautiful phots, it really captures your day so well.

    and happy anniversary to the both of you. to think nine years you were together- now that's a success. hope you have many more years of smiles and love :)

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    1. Thank you Marlena, I had to bring the fancy out since I was in Beverly Hills haha. I felt like I was surrounded by people out of a Ralph Lauren catalog! Nine years is a long time but sometimes it feels like it's been much less than that. Time honestly flies by! x

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  10. What a lovely post. Sounds as though you are very lucky to have found one another.

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    1. Quite lucky indeed. I always joke that I would have been a cat lady for life if I hadn't met him :)

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  11. Big big big congratulations - that is just wonderful! I met my lovely boyfriend when I was seventeen, isn't it lucky to find your other half when you're so young!

    x
    Lost in the Haze: a Fashion Photography Blog

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    1. It's certainly nice and saves you from having to be in lots of awkward situations haha x

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  12. Wow. 9 years! That's a wonderful accomplishment! And your day looks like it was just about perfect!

    P.S. Love your shoes.

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    1. Thank you! I've had them for about 2 years and they are from the company Le Marais. They go well with everything!

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  13. Happy anniversary! I met my boyfriend at about that age too, haha! I hope you two had a happy fun day! Oh and what a cute outfit! :)

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    1. Thank you and congrats to you as well! x

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  14. Wow congratulations! You're very cute x

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  15. Congratulations, Valerie! I wish you both many more years to be shared in the future :)
    I think you have a very pretty blog, I like your photographs and film choices. "La Jetée" also greatly impressed me when I saw it for the very first time!

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  16. Your photos definitely look like a daydream! Your picnic looks just perfect and the Bouchon in Beverly Hills is so beautiful! I love the Spanish tiles. That epi loaf looks divine. Congratulations on your 9 years together.

    freshfizzle

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  17. oh wow, congratulations on nine years, that really is something special - soon it'll be half your life! :) i can only hope one day i'll be that lucky.

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  18. Wow 9 years! You must really love each other and that is so so wonderful. Your day looks perfect and literally had a cherry on top.

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  19. All the best to both of you! That first photo of you is amazing!x

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  20. Aww that is such a cute story!! So you're basically middle school sweethearts (almost...haha...)
    All that food looks DELICIOUS!!! *dies*
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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  21. Looks like a brilliant way to spend an anniversary - I am a little bit taken with your photography and white dress :) x

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  22. Happy belated birthday ;)
    Awwww this post is the cutest, and I really wish you both the best !

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  23. 9 years holy cow. Again another batch of super pretty phtoos.

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