09.28.12 Personal

Seven Year Itch

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even years ago, my life changed. Got flipped upside down, like the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Surrounded by 23 of our closest friends and family, I walked down the aisle to marry my best friend on a sandy beach in Hawaii. One of the few things I remember in that moment was realizing the time was right. After dating for eight and a half years, we were ready to become each other's counterbalance.

As a kid, I worried what might happen one day when I was married to someone for seven years, the dreaded Seven Year Itch (and the desire to try something new) I heard so much about. But my nature was to worry. I worried about my parents' finances, I worried my dad's car wouldn't start, and I worried I'd be abandoned at the grocery store (like I had seen on an episode of Punky Brewster). And, yes, I worried about how I'd feel being married to someone for what felt like forrrrrrrever.

Years later, reflecting on the love that has volcanoed for my husband, I can say the skeptics are correct. Seven years into my marriage, I'm itching. Itching to get closer to JD, to rest squarely in the center of his heart and a rooted fixture in his life. If I had the chance to walk down the aisle again along that sandy beach in Hawaii, I wouldn't. No, I'd run.

If I knew then what I know now, I sprint into his arms and shout I DO because the last seven years have been made of the stuff dreams are made of. Sort of like a glitter covered burrito, only better.

JD, I love you. Thank you for being the better part of me. Happy Anniversary!


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Brittany - Jasmine, I'm not married nor in love, but this post made me cry. It made me shed tears of happiness that one day I would find my JD! I'm super excited for you two and your world full of love. Thanks for sharing. May you experience many more 7 year itches!  10.04.12 - 11:02pm
Annetta - Congratulations, Jasmine and JD!! Wishing you many happy years together...doing what you love.  10.03.12 - 10:02pm
Evonne & Darren - Happy anniversary again, Jasmine and JD! Darren and I made our 7-year too this past June! Woohoo... wishing you both a lifetime of love, joy and happiness! :)  10.03.12 - 2:14am
Brittani - awww... congratulations guys.. <3   10.02.12 - 8:24am
Aderike - HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! Mr.& Mrs. FABULOUS   10.02.12 - 6:40am
Amanda Marie Photography - Oh you two are so cute. Congratulations on your anniversary.   10.02.12 - 2:06am
Karl Stelter - Awwwwww!!! That is incredibly sweet, and it makes me so happy that the both of you are so in love! As a newly married man (and slight worrier as well) the way you describe your relationship is exactly what I aspire towards. JD - you are the MAN for making your wife so happy, and I pray I can do the same!!!  10.01.12 - 5:36pm
Derek Martinez Photography - Congrats you two!   10.01.12 - 3:22pm
Hannes Uys - Robot and goof?  10.01.12 - 2:02pm
Cindy Habel - Congratulations to you both!! Wishing you many many more happy years together! xo  10.01.12 - 7:26am
Jolynn - You guys are seriously SO adorable. You have a love that I think people really look up to, and it's amazing! Happy Anniversary and God Bless!! =)  10.01.12 - 12:52am
Shefali Lindsey - Happy Anniversary to a very gorgeous couple (both inside and outside)! xoxo  09.30.12 - 4:41pm
Tereza Lee - Happy Anniversary guys :). You are both such an inspiration. All the very best and may all your dreams come true :) t xx   09.30.12 - 2:42am
David & Rodhelen Liao - Buon Giorno from Milan, Italy and Happy Aniversary and congrats to you guys, JD & Jasmine!   09.29.12 - 1:30pm
Jessica Vidmar Photography - can you two be any cuter?! i don't think so : ) happy anniversary!  09.29.12 - 11:14am
Michelle Lazette - Happy Anniversary! Here's to life, laughter & love! All the best to you guys!!!   09.29.12 - 10:31am
Andria Lavine - Happy Anniversary! May the best years be what's yet to come!  09.29.12 - 7:50am
LEOLAK - Lady you have such a beautiful way with words. LOVE IT!!! Happy Anniversary to you and JD!!! And many many more together!!!  09.28.12 - 8:33pm
Chris Fitchett - Happy Anniversary sweetie! May the Lord continue to bless you above and beyond! Love you!   09.28.12 - 8:04pm
Tony Belmont - I have a feeling that if JD had written this post, it would have been exactly the same. Happy 7 years...without the itch!  09.28.12 - 7:07pm
Michelle - Happy anniversary love bugs :)  09.28.12 - 7:04pm
MartaV - OMG! That photo kills me! It is straight up awesome. Happy anniversary!  09.28.12 - 4:04pm
Amy Jo - The two of you are my dream come true. I wish you the happiest of anniversaries, and many more to come. Jasmine, you are a beautiful writer. I get totally sucked in to the things you write, especially sappy things about love! Keep writing, you have an awesome talent.  09.28.12 - 4:03pm
Robyn - This post is one of the most adorable posts I've ever read! (And I read a looott of cuteness.) That was amazing Jasmine. And funny. And oh so genuine. You two are fantastic together. Thanks for brightening my day!  09.28.12 - 3:29pm
Rudi - Happy anniversary Jasmine & JD!  09.28.12 - 2:49pm
staci - love.  09.28.12 - 2:08pm
Emily K - Beautiful post! Congratulations on seven wonderful years. Happy anniversary! But might I ask, can I totally steal your quote "glitter covered burrito"?? For some reason that is the funniest thing i've heard in a looooong time! You're hilarious J*! :)  09.28.12 - 1:40pm
Mark Potter - Congrat's Jasmine + JD!! You are an amazing couple, and getting to meet you in person was truly something special. Allison and I look up to the both of you in many ways, not just in photography, but also the way you love and support one another. We'll be toasting you tonight as we share a drink. :)  09.28.12 - 1:29pm
Sheng - Happy anniversary!!!   09.28.12 - 1:22pm
Stephanie - This made me all sorts of teary eyed and happy. I love love. Dont you?  09.28.12 - 11:33am
Monica Brazier - AWWWWW! So sweet! Happy Anniversary to the both of you!   09.28.12 - 11:29am
rich - you guys are awesome! Happy anniversary!  09.28.12 - 11:28am
Shayla - Aww! Congratulations you two!  09.28.12 - 11:28am
Marjorie Etienne - Well said! Happy anniversary to both of you, this is only the beginning.   09.28.12 - 11:18am
Tina Nandi - You guys are so awesome! That's what I call a 'Power Couple!' ;) Happy Anniversary.  09.28.12 - 11:14am
Scott - you guys are so cute it makes me want to vomit...glittery burritos. It's great to see you truly appreciate your marriage. God bless!  09.28.12 - 11:06am
Brenda - AHHHH!! Today is my Anniversary too!! Happy Anniversary to you guys!!! <3  09.28.12 - 10:39am
Ashley Goodwin - Legit soul mates. It's pretty obnoxious, really. ;). Have the best staycation ever, y'all deserve it! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! Xoxo  09.28.12 - 10:38am
Kristin Cooley - Love, love, LOVE this post!! And the photo is probably the best part of it all. You guys are adorable!  09.28.12 - 10:37am
Deborah - Happy Anniversary!  09.28.12 - 10:34am
Leandra - Absolutely adorable! :) Happy Anniversary!!   09.28.12 - 10:29am
ML Pipes - WOW! I almost cried when I read this post. How beautiful Jasmine. I have not yet found that person in my life & so want that.. You & JD give me so much hope for the MY future... Thanks for sharing your life, your work, & your marriage with us....  09.28.12 - 10:21am
Mikaela - love, love, love it. xo  09.28.12 - 10:21am
Anika :-) - Happy Anniversary! Good things get better with time. I've been happily married for 12 years years, I feel more blessed each year. I wish you YEARS and YEARS of genuine happiness.   09.28.12 - 10:18am
Abe - Awww...congrats guys! Here's to another 7 years x another 111 years!  09.28.12 - 10:17am
Kendra - I love you both. Thanks for setting an amazing example of what an awesome, godly, and loving relationship looks like! Have an amazing day today! Relax! Massage each others feet and such ;)  09.28.12 - 10:12am
Christy Tyler - Your marriage and partnership is such an inspiration Jasmine & JD! Wishing you another amazing year together & many more to follow!   09.28.12 - 10:11am
Gail - Getting to hang out with you two for that long weekend in May, I got to see first-hand just how wonderful you two are for each other. It's an awesome thing to be in the presence of that (and I feel lucky to share that same kind of love with my Nickolas). Happy anniversary you two! You've got one year up on me in this department...how do the dates fly by so fast? xoxo G   09.28.12 - 10:10am
Kandise - Happy anniversary!  09.28.12 - 10:06am
Nicole - Happy Anniversary!!! You and JD are just the cutest couple ever, well minus myself and my hubby of course. :)  09.28.12 - 10:01am
Anna K. - Jasmine this made me tear up! You two are so great together and I wish you all the happiness! Have fun on this special day!  09.28.12 - 9:55am
Kristina - This is amazing! So sweet!  09.28.12 - 9:54am
Mirelis Sanchez - Happy Anniversary !! And best wishes to MANY more years. To have the love your parents have and celebrate the blessings God has given you over and over again.  09.28.12 - 9:44am
Rylie Sata - Happy Anniversary to you and JD! Keep doing what you do and thank you for giving us Readers the chance to cheer you on on the sidelines!   09.28.12 - 9:21am
Rachel Greene - So encouraging! And so happy for y'all :D. Happy seven years!! :D  09.28.12 - 9:21am
m - Happy anniversary!!   09.28.12 - 9:06am
Jessica K. Sullivan - I love you guys! Weird right?! Whatever. It's true:) You two are so sweet! Congratulations! Happy Anniversary and God bless you with many more years of "stuff dreams are made of" marriage together.   09.28.12 - 9:05am
Janel KG - Many congratulations to you both!!! Being married to your best friend is definitely the stuff dreams are made of! I'm glad you have that... and blessed to be a member of the same club! Muah!!  09.28.12 - 9:02am
Lindsey - :) It is great that you all are celebrating your 7 year anniversary. Gotta love being married to your best friend. My husband and I celebrate 5 years next year. I can't believe it has been that long. Time flies!  09.28.12 - 8:30am
Life with Kaishon - Love is the best. A glittery burrito sounds a little gross to me but that awesome picture took the grossness right out of my mind.  09.28.12 - 8:22am
Kristen - I just cried...HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to a wonderful team. :)   09.28.12 - 8:14am
Samantha June - Lovely!!! Happy anniversary to you both :)  09.28.12 - 8:06am
Rachel McCloud - My husband just celebrated our first anniversary this Monday and I wanted to thank you guys for being an example of what a husband and wife team should look like. Thank you for being s