Today is our first wedding anniversary. I can’t quite believe that it’s been one whole year since we got married. Isn’t it crazy how much can change in a year? I know I’ve spoken about the wedding planning and the wedding itself on my blog, but I’ve never really told you much about us. I thought it would be fun to share the story of how we met, a couple of embarrassing stories and just letting you into my life a little more.
I guess firstly you’ll want to know what we’ve got planned for our first anniversary as a married couple? We’ve decided to go for a meal out to our favourite curry place the night before our actual anniversary because we’re planning on spending the entire anniversary day on the sofa with snacks having a Lord of the Rings marathon. Yep, we’re geeks. I couldn’t think of a more perfect day together, all snuggled up cosy and warm with loads of snacks, prosecco and watching the films we watched so often when we first got together. It’ll sound lame to some but to us it’s the perfect way to spend our day together.
So I guess we should start at the beginning of this nerdy story. Back in 2012 I’d just finished university in London and had just come out of a 3 year relationship. I’d started a new career in the games industry with SEGA (post on my gaming career coming next week!) and had completely thrown myself into my work like most freshly single people. Due to how well I was preforming at work they wanted me to work off site for them in a studio in Sheffield, seeing as I had no real commitments in London anymore I jumped at the chance to add some good experience to my CV.
I’d been in the office probably about a week before I noticed Nick. I wouldn’t say it was ‘love at first sight’ but the moment I laid eyes on him I had to know who he was. I actually thought Nick was American at first as there were some people on the team from the USA and Nick constantly wore American football shirts, so when I heard him speak with a Yorkshire accent it was a little confusing! I found him on good old Facebook like any good stalker does and added him. One brave day I decided to FB chat message him. I remember that moment SO clearly because I was sat in a ‘meeting room’ in the center of the office which was glass fronted, we’d only sent back and forth a couple of messages but I remember seeing him walking across the office and heading towards the meeting room. I’ve never been so red in my entire life, he came in to look at something on a white board from the meeting that morning and we both just sat in there in silence not saying anything. It was honestly so ridiculous looking back, but it’s those awkward moments that make for great story times like this! It kind of went on like this for awhile FB messaging each other until one day I was going out with some work colleagues for a work meal, I decided to be brave and give him my mobile number in case he wanted to text me that evening whilst I was away from the internet. A few days later he asked me out for a drink after work and we’ve been pretty inseparable ever since.
Funny story time, we decided to have an ‘official’ first date at an Indian restaurant with a proper sit down meal. On the way to the restaurant I remember him telling me all about his father who worked at the Fire Station across the road and how this was both of their favourite Indian food place so he wanted me to experience the food. We both laughed and joked about how funny it would be to bump into his dad on our first date. We’d started eating our food and in mid flow conversation I remember Nick just completely going numb, like a statue and just staring at someone behind me. I was pretty worried about what was going on seeing as he just went as stiff as a board and pale as a sheet. So I turned around to see who he was looking at. It was Nick’s dad (I could tell because they’re both 6″5 and similar looking) who was there picking up a takeaway on his way home from work. A very awkward introduction to his father happened on our first date, which as you can imagine this tale has been told many a times.
After getting made redundant from work 3 months later and moving back in with my dad for a couple of weeks, he asked me if I wanted to move in with him in Sheffield and I guess the rest, as they say, is history. We’ve been one of those strange couples who seem to have ended working at the same place during 90% of our careers which means for a good 3-4 years we spent 100% of our time together. I know this would drive some people absolutely crazy but it seems to have worked for us. It actually feels a little weird not working together but it’s also nice to have different things to talk about when you get home.
We’re definitely one of those ying and yang couples who are completely opposites. When I’m being anxious and worrying, he’s the care free and positive one. I’m very serious and uptight quite a lot of the time but he’s a good fun and playful counter. He’s terrible with money and unorganized and I’m good at sorting shit out and planning. We just seem to be a good team and get stuff done.
People always say the first year of marriage is the hardest, it’s certainly been a roller-coaster for us (you can read about it here in my recent life update post) but we’re got through it together and that’s what matters. I wouldn’t have it any other way.