Our 9th Wedding Anniversary and a Few Embarrassing Pictures

You heard me right. This is going to be juicy. We are celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary today and why not give you a little present? Enter our EMBARRASSING PICTURES. I mean, you’ve followed along with us this long – why not reward you a bit?

So this is how it goes.

Boy meets girl freshman year of highschool.


Erica and Shaun start dating and makes her boyfriend go to silly little things like ROTC functions (girl was in the Air Force branch of JROTC).


Erica even manages to get this blackmail photo during prom. Shaun was determined to wear this baby blue three piece suit his 70 year old neighbor gave to him.


Shaun and Erica moved in together during college. They shared shaved head haircuts and fear of parents when they found out about the joint household.



Shaun and Erica get married on May 15, 2004. Shaun was 20. Erica was 21. They looked like babies.


They went on a honeymoon to Barbados – their first time out of the country. This trip is what started their wanderlust. Oh man, look at the lack of tattoos on those bodies.


It was like they were in love or something.


They traveled whenever their jobs allowed.


And took advantage of the fact they worked at Blizzard and went traveling to Anaheim to work BlizzCon.


And even make it across the street to Disneyland for Erica’s first visit.


But most of all, they really enjoy each others company.

And take the time to laugh and be silly.


They can only hope they look this badass when they are old and gray after all of their future adventures around the world.


And the best part of the day is when I open my facebook and see this awesome, mushy message on my wall:

From Shaun:

“I found the best partner to chase dreams with, both at home and abroad, and here we are after 9 years of marriage (and 5 dating before that) more in love than ever. Happy anniversary, sugarlips”

So after 14 years together, 9 of them married and celebrated today, we raise our virtual glass to you guys and thank you for joining us on our journey.


I hope you enjoy our horribad pictures.


43 Responses to “Our 9th Wedding Anniversary and a Few Embarrassing Pictures”

  1. OCDemon May 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I think you should:
    1) Keep a chart of your grand total piercings and/or tattoos per year over time
    2) Take a photo of you two at age 80 trying to look like you’re both 15, and then post it alongside the old-people-costume photo and see how many people don’t realize which is which.

    • Sofie @ Wonderful Wanderings May 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

      I TOTALLY agree on the piercings and tattoo counting!
      You should have a separate stat chart for that!

    • Erica May 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      Believe it or not, we actually have less piercings than we did 10 years ago lol. I’ve taken quite a few out as they get really annoying when traveling. 😛

      Although – I will TOTALLY take a picture at 80 and do a side by side comparison.

  2. Peg May 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Congratulations on so many adorable years. Hoping for many more for you!

    • Erica May 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      Thanks Peg! I think we’ve gotten through the “difficult” years so in theory we’re in the clear!

  3. Bonnie May 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Aw, congrats!

    • Erica May 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      Thanks Bonnie! <3

  4. Rachel May 16, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    Congratulations! These are great pictures 🙂

    • Erica May 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      I’m so sad I didn’t take more during the past 10 years (before I was a photographer). I feel like I’m missing so much!

  5. amy May 16, 2013 at 5:07 am #

    congratulations!!! i hope you know how lucky you are to have found each other!!! and hope you celebrate!!! 🙂 xx amy

    • Erica May 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      Aww, thanks Amy! We had a fab anniversary where we splurged a bit and it was GREAT.

  6. Steve May 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

    Congratulations. Have a drink on me.

  7. Giulia May 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    This… this is one of the sweetest, most beautiful things I’ve seen in a long time:)
    Congrats on your 9th anniversary, you guys are amazing.

    • Erica May 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      You are too sweet. Things haven’t been the easiest in the world but I’m glad that I have an awesome husband that is willing to work things through with me.

  8. Kirsten May 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    I can’t get over how fricken cute you two are! Here’s to many more years!

    • Erica May 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm #


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  10. Tom @ Waegook Tom May 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Cutest. Post. EVER. How cute were you both back in high school! Shaun doesn’t happen to have a younger brother say around 18-19 years old, does he?

    • Erica May 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

      Older brother, 33, metro guy but has a girlfriend currently. 😛

  11. The Dad May 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    Love you guys!

  12. Bethany May 16, 2013 at 8:53 pm #

    very cute you guys – love the photos. 🙂

  13. Andrea May 17, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    Awwww – loved seeing the evolution of you guys. Wishing you many more happy years and adventures together!

    • Erica May 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

      The weirdest thing in the world is watching Shaun age over the years.

  14. Heather May 17, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Congrats on 9 years of marriage! I’m working on my third with the hubband, hope we’ll have some great pictures when we get to 9 years. I think that sometimes the embarassing photos are the ones that bring back the best memories. 🙂

    • Erica May 31, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

      Make sure to take the time to get the pictures. I wish we had more!

  15. Scott - Quirky Travel Guy May 17, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Look at those kids! Amazing.

    • Erica May 31, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

      Crazy, right? My how times have changed.

  16. Heather May 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Happy anniversary! You guys are absolutely adorable 🙂

  17. Terence May 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful and lovely photos. Congratulation for your 9th wedding anniversary.

    • Erica May 31, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

      Thanks Terence! 😀

  18. Britany May 20, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    You guys are too cute! Congrats!

  19. Emma Gray May 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    I’m not the mushy type, but you guys are adorable. Congrats!

    • Erica June 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

      Thanks lady! And you are our beautiful Scottish chick. <3

  20. Tara May 21, 2013 at 3:47 am #

    CONGRATULATIONS! I love seeing the pictures and how you guys have been together since HS. That is so sweet. Also, props to posting pics of your prom up there. I would never have done that. Haha! Basti and I actually talked about you this weekend and agree that you two are probably one of the cutest couples evarrrrrrrrr!!!!! <3 from Berlin lin!

    • Erica June 1, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

      Thanks lady! <3 MISS YOUR FACE.

      I have nothing to hide except for the fact I was incredibly skinny. 😛

  21. TammyOnTheMove May 22, 2013 at 1:08 am #

    Awww, the photos are gorgeous! You two are such a sweet couple and from the looks of it made for eachother. Happy belated anniversary. Here is to many more happy years together!

  22. Becki Kremer May 28, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Awww!! This so brought tears to my eyes! I love a great love story!! Happy belated anniversary 🙂

    • Erica June 2, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

      You’re too sweet Becki! Thanks for stopping by and givin’ us some love!

  23. Tiana Kai June 5, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Ha, this is amazing, congrats!!!

  24. Robyn June 5, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    3rd picture from the bottom, you looking smokin’ hot with long hair and the rockabilly look.

    • Erica June 18, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      Thanks Robyn. I’m trying to grow my hair back out for that reason. I missed it dearly AND I can rock red lipstick like a son of a bitch!

  25. Amanda June 18, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    I somehow missed this post when it went up. Something about finishing up my master’s thesis put me in some kind of blogging black hole for a while… 😉

    But can I just say that you two are ADORABLE?!? Seriously.

    • Erica June 18, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

      I would hope that you would be in a black hole finishing that up! <3

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