3 year wedding anniversary


The traditional gift for 3 years is leather and I instantly thought whips and face mask HAHAHHAHA. But that doesn’t really appeal to me so, I sought the help of a friend from my Mother’s Group to order a wedding album. She is an awesome photographer. It is never too late in my eyes. We didn’t order an album at the time because I always knew I could order it later. (and I was over bleeding money) Plus I wanted to design it ALL myself.


This is the wrapping of the album for my husband. Kept it quite masculine I think.


Tah-Dah! I had already done the bulk of the album design not long after the wedding. I just needed 2 nights (when husband was sleeping) to finish it off and be really happy with it. I had to run behind my garage one evening to ring my friend and rattle off credit card numbers as my husband was home! HE HE HE. The things you do for a surprise.


It is a gorgeous book. I was sold on it when I first inquired with my friend about albums. Because you can do this. Double page spread, full bleed and the image going across the binding, sitting flat on every spread. Which is the way I was designing the album to begin with.


Ah my bouquet! Phalis. Love them so much.


I tried calligraphy, yet again. . . .  Without any practice in between. It is still very amateur. I did draw that laurel wreath though with the nib.


These roses are bigger then my fist. Utterly gorgeous.

I cooked us some breakfast. I have been very excited about using these mini tomatoes!


They are the size of your fingernail! Forget cherry tomatoes, these are blueberry tomatoes. (Real name. Tiny Toms or Tiny Tims. I can’t quite recall)


So cute.


We grow 2 types of tomatoes. I’d love to grow big beefy ones, but we don’t have the space.

Then I cooked up some lunch


I made a big batch of basil pesto the other day. Basil was over run in our garden bed, so I hacked into it quite a bit. I used our home grown garlic too. This dish is totally healthy because I added spinach and zucchini too!! hehehe.

Then we went out to an Italian restaurant for dinner. Totally decadent and delicious. Major carbs fest.


These Peugeot grinders are sensational and very chic.

My kitchen now looks very put together because of this tray. I purchased it earlier but on first inspection I hated the marble. I knew it wasn’t going to be no grade A calacutta . . but this crud was flakey. I instantly wanted to return it. So I put it back in the box. But just having these items on my bench willy nilly wasn’t doing it for me. So I retreated and decided to at least give the tray a go. And it works wonderfully. Just as I had hoped. So I’m keeping it. I purchased it from Peters of Kensington.

This year we celebrated 3 years and my parents will celebrate 30!!!

15 Responses to “3 year wedding anniversary”

  1. Ness says:

    What a gorgeous gift! Beautiful photography and styling too! Happy anniversary! x

  2. What a lovely gift! We celebrated our 4th anniversary this year- the traditional gift is flowers or fruit. A little bit of anti climax! Those tomatoes are cute!

    • Laura says:

      I must be following a different list to you. I have linen or silk for 4th year. I’m hoping for linen sheets lol. Hubby wants to go the modern route with electronics. He’s hoping for a TV! I wish I had more of those tomatoes. They were sadly overrun by basil.

  3. Yvette Saint says:

    I adore your wedding album! Such a beautiful design, & I love the spreads.

    I’m sure those 3 years flew by!

    Sounds like you both had a wonderful anniversary xxx

    • Laura says:

      Thanks. It was great and relaxed! Very happy with the album. The album is of great quality. Very pleased. 3 years gone by on a blink but think we’ve achieved so much in that time.

  4. Natalie says:

    Sounds like you had a lovely day. Love the album and the wrapping. I think your calligraphy looks great!

  5. Kl says:

    Beautiful! Congrats on the anniversary…if I counted all my years as a wife, I’ve been married for 30 too. Split between two husbands though, so it probably doesn’t count? Lol! Love the POK tray! X kl

  6. Aloma says:

    Congratulations on your 3 year anniversary. My 3 years is coming up in a few months too!
    That album is absolutely beautiful! Do you mind sharing where you ordered from? I’m in the process of designing ours and don’t have a clue as to where I could order it from other than Black River Imaging from the US, but it all seems geared towards professional photographers.

    P.s. I’m in love with your kitchen. Can I live in it ?

    • Laura says:

      Hi Aloma. I could only find album companies that are for professionals too and in the US. So when I joined my mother’s group and found out she was a photographer I jumped at the chance. She ordered it for me with her trade account. She only let me design it because I am a graphic designer and knew how to set the file out according to their specifications. She does album designs though. Check out her site. She has that offered as a service.

    • Laura says:

      To add. My album was from the US as well.

  7. Gabs says:

    I am soo glad you posted this! I got a free photo album from Shutterfly and made an album from our paorospl as well. It is not as nice as this one, and I’m sure it’s not as durable either. After receiving it, my mom asked if I would make her one. I thought about it and had the idea to give her mine, and make another one that is nicer and more durable to use as a guest book at the wedding as well. Thanks for your post of encouragement to me today!

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