Here at Bridal Fantasy we have much appreciation for the writers that contribute to our magazine each year. Today we’ve decided to shine the spotlight down on one of our favorites, ‘Lyndsey Smith.’ She’s a Canadian Fashionista who was recently married; you might know her from her personal blog, ‘Over My Styled Body.’ Born and raised in Alberta she is the ‘IT’ girl for style on our radar of fashion adventures this past year.
She has evolved Over My Styled Body into a complete lifestyle platform for your go-to for tips on STYLE, BEAUTY, DIY, FOOD & DRINK, HOME, TRAVEL, PERSONAL, & WEDDING (our personal favorite.) We love her because she is relatable to the everyday woman just trying to find her way in life.
We came across her online and saw her blog about her first year of marriage and decided that we had to have it in our magazine. She talks about the hassles of changing your last name to keeping the romance alive in the relationship no matter how long you’re married.
An Influencer who remains completely down to earth and lively, you can look to Lyndsey for just about everything. We are so excited to see how much she has grown, and are even more excited to see her article in the magazine in physical print.
Have you read the magazine yet? Grab yours today! You can find yours at any Chapters, Coles, Indigo, Safeway, Save On Foods, Etc. in Edmonton and surrounding areas.
Here’s The Article ‘First Year Of Marriage,’ By Lyndsey Smith
My husband and I recently celebrated our first anniversary and I still can’t believe how fast time flies! October 8th was seriously the happiest day of my life and I never really knew what people meant by that until we had our wedding. But happy times aside, our first year of marriage has taught me A LOT and it hasn’t always been sunshine and rainbows.
I’m going to be real-our first year as husband and wife has been a combination of both the best and probably one of the toughest years for us as a couple. We’ve gone through a ton of changes, both good and bad, and navigating through those times together hasn’t always been easy. But like I said, we’ve both learned a lot from each other and in the end are a stronger couple for it (pats self on back).
Here are a few lessons I learned from my first year of marriage…
Being called wife is kind of weird…
I remember the first time Josh called me wife. It was on our honeymoon and as soon as he said it we both looked at each other and smiled. As weird as it was hearing him call me wife instead of girlfriend, it was also super special. Cheesy? Extremely.
…But calling him husband, is even weirder
I also remember the first time I called Josh my husband. I was making some changes to our phone plan before leaving on our honeymoon and the lady helping me asked who it was for and I totally freaked out. I ended up mixing boyfriend and husband in the same word and it came out something along the lines as husband? I’m now happy to report that saying husband has gotten a lot easier.
Changing your last name is a real pain in the butt
As much as I love being called Mrs. Smith, the journey to getting there is a long and annoying one. You don’t realize how many things have your last name on it until you need things changed! On the other hand, Mrs. Smith does have a nice ring to it.
There’s a difference between having a boyfriend and having a husband
You might think this one is pretty obvious but when you’ve been together for 10 years before getting married, you kind of think that signing a piece of paper won’t change anything. And although there’s a lot in our relationship that has stayed the same, becoming husband and wife is just different. I can’t really explain how it’s different but being married just makes you feel more bonded in a way that dating doesn’t.
You’ll say this to yourself weekly…’OMG, I’m married!?’
That thought will come over me at the most random times. I might be in the grocery store picking up Josh’s favorite snack or folding a pair of his pants and it will hit me. I’m married!? It’s a funny and amazing feeling that I hope never goes away.
Talking about babies actually becomes a thing
Before I get into it, no I’m not pregnant. But for some reason the thought of starting a family seems like more of a possibility and baby fever can creep up on you.
If you manage to send out your thank you cards before your first year anniversary you’re winning
There’s no ‘I’ in team
I kind of hate that saying but to make my next point it just works so I’m rolling with it…
I’m an only child and for majority of my life everything has been about me, myself, and I. But when we got married me turned to we and I now have a partner in life which is pretty great. I’ve realized that I can’t do everything on my own and that putting my needs aside for my spouse’s is sometimes necessary.
Being married doesn’t mean you have to trade in your lacy bits for granny panties
As Beyoncé once eloquently said, “I’ve got hot sauce in my bag, swag”, the same goes for your marriage. You have to keep things spicy! Whether you’ve been together for one, twelve, or twenty years, making an effort in the romance department is something you both have to make time for and it keeps the relationship fun!
Looking at your wedding photos happens ALL THE TIME
As I mentioned earlier, our wedding was the happiest day of my life but getting our wedding photos back was a close second. Seeing all of those special moments captured on film was super special so I decided to create a gallery wall with a few of our favorites. I always catch Josh standing there looking at them and he always shows them to everyone who comes over. It’s actually super cute. I also look at them often and they’re a great reminder of not only an amazing day but the start of an even more amazing journey through life together.
Image 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 by Katch Studios