Earlier this month, Chris and I celebrated our three year wedding anniversary, and I gave you in the inside scoop on our wedding (you can read about it here and here). I realized earlier this week that I never finished the series. Namely, how did we celebrate?!
We stopped giving each other gifts when it became clear, shortly after we were married, that Chris is not only impossible to buy for, but also a pretty bad gift giver. Yes, he knows and admits this :). In an effort to save myself years of disappointingly picking out my own gifts, and save him the stress of trying and failing, we decided to celebrate with experiences instead of gifts.
For our second anniversary, we visited Boston. For our birthdays this year (which are only two weeks apart) we spent a night in Astoria. Last year for our birthdays we went to Bend, in central Oregon. We had so much fun that we decided to head back this year for our anniversary.
Bend is located in a gorgeous high desert. It's well-known for it's outdoor activities -- hiking, mountain biking, skiing, etc -- but for also having great restaurants, stores, etc. The best of both worlds. In fact, South Sister, which I climbed earlier this fall, is in those clouds in the previous picture.
We inadvertently stumbled into Bend's annual fall festival. The city shuts down all the streets in the downtown area and brings in craft and art vendors .... it was HUGE and completely adorable. We had such a fun time wandering through booths and check out all the artists goods. Below are my photos for the weekend. I was actually coming down with a massive cold, so the weekend was incredibly low-key, but lovely none-the-less.
How do you guys celebrate significant events? I love it when people creatively celebrate anniversaries with the traditional wedding gifts. But I also love having amazing experiences with my adorable husband. I know we'll treasure them forever.