Happy Anniversary to Us

Michael Bowman wearing an Eden Park suit and Viivienne Westwood Tie. Stephany Bowman in a Pink Tartan coat, Topshop shoes, and pink Chanel handbag

Michael Bowman wearing an Eden Park suit and Viivienne Westwood Tie. Stephany Bowman in a Pink Tartan coat, Topshop shoes, and pink Chanel handbag

Michael Bowman wearing an Eden Park suit and Viivienne Westwood Tie. Stephany Bowman in a Pink Tartan coat, Topshop shoes, and pink Chanel handbag

Michael Bowman wearing an Eden Park suit and Viivienne Westwood Tie. Stephany Bowman in a Pink Tartan coat, Topshop shoes, and pink Chanel handbag

Michael Bowman wearing an Eden Park suit and Viivienne Westwood Tie. Stephany Bowman in a Pink Tartan coat, Topshop shoes, and pink Chanel handbag

Michael Bowman wearing an Eden Park suit and Viivienne Westwood Tie. Stephany Bowman in a Pink Tartan coat, Topshop shoes, and pink Chanel handbag

Michael Bowman wearing an Eden Park suit and Viivienne Westwood Tie. Stephany Bowman in a Pink Tartan coat, Topshop shoes, and pink Chanel handbag

Michael Bowman wearing an Eden Park suit and Viivienne Westwood Tie. Stephany Bowman in a Pink Tartan coat, Topshop shoes, and pink Chanel handbag

Michael Bowman wearing an Eden Park suit and Viivienne Westwood Tie. Stephany Bowman in a Pink Tartan coat, Topshop shoes, and pink Chanel handbag

Michael Bowman wearing an Eden Park suit and Viivienne Westwood Tie. Stephany Bowman in a Pink Tartan coat, Topshop shoes, and pink Chanel handbag

 

Stephany’s Choice: Coat: SIMILAR HERE || Shoes: TOPSHOP || Purse: CHANEL 

Michael’s Choice: Suit : SIMILAR HERE || Tie: SIMILAR HERE || Shirt: SIMILAR HERE || Shoes: SIMILIAR HERE

Happy 7 year anniversary to us! Hooray, how can time feel like both forever and a blink of the eye at the same time? In a way it feels like we got married yesterday. I still can’t believe we’ve got 3 beautiful children, and lived in 4 cities (Chicago, London, Toronto and now Dallas) ! We’ve been busy! I suppose time does fly when you’re having fun.

It hasn’t always been rainbows and sunshine of course. Moving has not always been easy, especially with little children. In all the locations we’ve lived in, neither of us had ever lived lived there before. That has definitely been overwhelming at times. However, traveling with Michael has been an adventure and we always figured it out together. Facing life with my best friends by my side has made me a braver and much better person. We’ve discovered so many cool and new places. Every time we move somewhere we have to figure out the neighborhoods, scout out the restaurants, coffee shops, look for doctors and schools for the kids. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. We’ve met so many wonderful people who have become life long friends of ours. People we would never have known if we didn’t go to all these new locations.

 Saying goodbye and having to start all over again isn’t always easy. I miss so many of the people that we have met along the way. The special friends I’ve made and will never forget. I have learned so much from these different cities and the people who live in them. 

I thought it may be fun to do a “7 things you didn’t know about Michael and me”.

A few fun facts about us as a couple

We met at a cheesy, tourist bar in Down town Chicago called, ” Bar Chicago”. We didn’t exchange numbers at that time, however, two days later I bumped into him in an elevator on my way to a job interview at his company! 

We got married in Down town Chicago at the penthouse of Hotel 71, where Michael invited me to our first holiday party together 3 years earlier. The first time I went there it took my breath away. It had panoramic views of the city, and after the sun set all the citiy lights were so sparkly and beautiful. I never forgot that incredible view. As fate would have it, this was the very location we chose for our wedding party. 

We dated on and off for 3 years before getting engaged

 Michael flew to Lebanon to ask my father if he could marry me! 

He popped the question at a David Grey concert to our favorite song, “Sail away with me”. I can’t remember anything about what he said when he proposed, I just remember him dropping to his knees and sliding the ring on my finger! 

London was our first home together as newly weds. We made a vow to go back as soon as we could when we left for Toronto. We only lived in London for 3 years but had both Annabelle and Alexander there!

Michael is 7 years older than me, I met him when he was 30 and I was 23 years old. 

Michael never wore or lived with as much pink until he met me, and now he loves it! You’re welcome babe! haha

*Bonus fact: I wore this exact pink coat on my wedding day (over my dress of course). It was a chilly and crisp December afternoon and we took pictures all over Michigan Avenue. My mom bought me this coat and it matched my bubble gum pink shoes and rose bouquet 🙂

And there you go! Write to me if you have any more questions! I love sharing our journey. Happy Anniversary to my life partner and best friend.

I love you 

Photography: Ashley Kay Photography

 

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